Pegasus Collaborates with USC’s Rancho Bernardo Branch of Military Social Work

by admin on September 7, 2010

IMG_7162_3On Saturday, August 21, 2010, Dr. Eugenia Weiss and 20+ first year graduate students and staff from the University of Southern California’s School of Military Social Work visited Pegasus Rising’s private Valenti Ranch located in Rancho Santa Fe. Pegasus Rising was pleased to be one of only a handful of San Diego County programs to be included as part of USC’s Community Immersion Program for their incoming first year students.


The day’s events opened with an educational briefing covering both equine psychology in general as well as the extreme neglect the Pegasus Rising herd endured before their rescue. President & CEO Gary Adler also detailed the results of Pegasus Rising’s ongoing EAT program and how it has provided therapeutic benefits and assistance in reintegrating both active duty and retired veterans (and their families) into their civilian and family lives.

IMG_7241_3The educational briefing was followed by an interactive Q & A session and, thereafter, an equine experiential engagement. All of the students, staff and faculty participated for well over an hour in a hands-on equine based exposure, working simultaneously in all three main paddocks with a total of 18 herd members facilitated by Pegasus Rising’s all volunteer staff. The program concluded with a spectacle of water sports (i.e., sprinklers) and the herd showed off like kids at the beach; enjoying the water and rolling in the sand–to everyone’s delight.

The response from the USC faculty and students was so positive that Pegasus Rising and USC are now in the beginning stage of discussing the possibilities for clinical student internships at the Valenti Ranch and we will update you further as things develop!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

*karendianne. September 8, 2010 at 9:51 am


james mcdonald September 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

great work. : )

Monique Morimoto Flaherty October 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Thank you for the work you do. I’m putting together a web portal of sites that do this work with vets and for other types of personal growth. Would you be interested in being part of this project?
I”m also part of a nonprofit that is working to support programs that support vets. I’d like to have a conversation to tell you more about it.
Thank you,

Executive Director October 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Monique: Great to hear of your work and interests. Yes, please do contact and provide your contact phone number so we can talk and collaborate.

Sky Brooks February 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm


I am so glad to have found out about your program! I help at a small stable in York Center Ohio where we have worked with autistic and special needs children. We have been recently called to provide support for PTSD and trauma survivors especially our returning veterans. We are just starting to look at how this would work and would love any guidance you could give us. Would it be possible to arrange a phone interview at your convenience to go over how you have put your program together?

Many Blessings!
Sky Brooks

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