by admin on September 1, 2009

Two horses linking

The Pegasus Rising Project is grateful for the inspiration, guidance and/or collaboration of the following organizations and individuals:

    1. ASPCA — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere, is a supporter and generous sponsor of The Pegasus Rising Project having provided Pegasus with a grant which has significantly aided in the care of our herd.
    1. Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) –The VVSD is a non-profit organization that extends assistance to needy and homeless veterans of all wars and eras. The VVSD provides housing, food, clothing, substance abuse recovery and mental health counseling, as well as job training and job search assistance. The VVSD was the first organization to voluntarily refer returning military members to participate in Pegasus’ EAT pilot program. Since the launch of our initial pilot program in September of 2009, Pegasus has expanded its relationship with the VVSD to include regular twice weekly sessions with both the downtown and Escondido based New Resolve branches of the VVSD.
    1. USC School of Military Social Work (USC) — USC is collaborating with the VVSD and Pegasus to educate and train their USC clinical interns to work with the Pegasus herd and their VVSD veterans in our EAT program. Pegasus is pleased to expand its relationship with the VVSD and proud to be associated with USC’s local Rancho Bernardo branch which focuses exclusively on the needs of the large military population residing throughout San Diego county.
    1. Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS)–The OASIS program is the Navy’s first and only residential treatment program for active duty service members who are diagnosed with PTSD. OASIS is located on the Naval Medical Center San Diego campus at Naval Base Point Loma.The OASIS program services active duty service members whose PTSD symptoms have not improved with traditional outpatient treatment. OASIS residents visit Pegasus weekly for the first 4 weeks of their 10 week residency program in groups of 6-8 as an adjunctive form of therapeutic exercise. We are both proud and honored to have this opportunity to work with OASIS and assist in the recovery of our returning active duty service members who are diagnosed with combat related PTSD!
    1. Dr. James Spira — As a licensed psychologist and Clinical Professor in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Spira brings many years of experience in clinical work and research in innovative treatments and experiential therapies for the treatment of military personnel who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Spira also previously held the position of Clinical Director at Casa Palmera, a private treatment facility located in Rancho Santa Fe, California, where he witnessed, first hand, the tangible benefits of using equine assisted therapy in connection with couples therapy/counseling. Dr. Spira provides Pegasus with his vast expertise in an advisory capacity in connection with the clinical design of our EAT programs.
    1. Dr. Rebecca Bailey — A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Bailey founded her private equine assisted therapy practice, Equine Mirrors (, which incorporates her clinical experience with her long-standing interest in animal therapy and equine-assisted growth and learning programs. Dr. Bailey is a member of The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and is EAGALA Level II certified. Dr. Bailey consults with Pegasus and provides her advise in overseeing the design of our EAT programs. You can also learn more about how Dr. Bailey uses her horses to help families successfully address and transition through crises by visiting her website at
    1. Dr. Carolyn B. Allard — Director of the Military Sexual Trauma Clinic, VASDHS and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, Dr. Allard provides Pegasus with her expertise in an advisory capacity in the clinical research aspects of our EAT programs.
    1. EAGALA— The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families and groups around the world by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).
    1. NARHA — NARHA provides Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy (EAAT) programs in the U.S. and Canada through its network of nearly 800 member centers. A section of NARHA, the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA), founded in 1996, provides equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) for people with psychological issues and mental health needs, including anxiety, depression and autism.

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