We have had a very busy few weeks!! Mark and I had the honor of speaking to 600 students at West Essex Middle school about Unbridled Heroes. It was amazing and inspiring. I always get really nervous before a speech and in the end, I simply speak from the heart and it comes naturally. If I can reach one child and change that one life, I am happy. We talk about kindness and faith in yourself, the faith to be YOU. And when you are YOU, the rest happens as it is supposed to. That being said, there will always be obstacles and things in your way, but if you stay true to your own heart’s mission, you will get through all the storms and prevail. And through every storm, you will become that much stronger and that much more beautiful. Be UNBRIDLED!!!
“She fell, she crashed, she broke, she cried, she crawled, she hurt, she surrendered….. and then… she rose again…….”
This video means so much to me… there is so much more but I kept it to a minute for Instagram…. NEVER in a million years would I ever think I could be doing what we are doing. This journey has been exhilarating and so eye opening in every way. I have met beautiful souls and followed on the path of positivity and gratefulness. With this change in mindset, everything else changed in our lives. There have been awesome highs and many lows, but the PROCESS, that, like I said before is the ultimate living. Live with no regrets, you will fail, you will cry, you will feel like quitting… but don’t. Your glory is waiting right there, so push through, look to your tribe and your vibe. Rely on your team, be yourself. Do not be embarrassed, be true to yourself. This video is a quick motivational piece of some of our lows, but despite. the pain, the tears, the hurt, the haters, the self doubt… we still pushed through…. So push through… live your TRUTH. Be kind, humble, give what you can, and see the beauty in everything. And it is ok to cry, and it is ok to want to quit, but don’t…. crawl your way through, find that grit in yourself and fight for your dreams!!! Be so freaking UNBRIDLED!!!
Legendary Cat Zimmerman
Not enough is said about this young woman… when I think of a hero, and an unexpected hero, I think of Cat. In her humble nature and soft spoken voice, you may not realize the fierceness it takes to do what she does, day in and day out. While making a massive difference with CZ Mustangs, she is instrumental in what we do at Unbridled Heroes. We are proud to announce the opening of The Unbridled Heroes Project second location in Archer, Florida where we will host our first wellness retreat for Veterans next winter. We are in the works, no rest, building the most insane foundation to give back, to those who need it and seek it. Cat and I together will work to plan our first winter Unbridled Heroes retreat at CZ Mustangs. Cat is the All American girl, and to me, she is the Mustang Queen, showing grace and humility. We wish her luck as she heads to Wisconsin for the Mustang makeover. She is a key foundation in everything we do, and as the time progresses, the magic will be inevitable. She is already becoming a local hero to young girls in NJ. We love her, and your team at Unbridled wishes you the very best!!!
Crazy beautiful dreams…
Everything has been a beautiful blur. Beautiful blurs, or beautiful chaos is something I feel that is built from something more than just pure beauty. It is built with tears, love, sweat, frustrations, setbacks, broken bones (yes!! Gentling Mustangs is not easy), determination, passion and pure grit. From that, if you do not give up, the process of where you are going on the way to your dreams, THAT is the beautiful part. The people you meet, the team you build, the foundation of what you are trying to create. One of my board members and brilliant mind, Yasminka, sat me down the other day so we could brainstorm. She looked at me and said “the magic for you and your husband was in the unstructured way you healed… and now you are trying to bottle that up and share it”. She knew EXACTLY what I was trying to do, before I even knew how to explain it. And she knew a way in which we could do it, and how to structure that beautiful magic into something we could share, and that is precisely what we are doing.
While we have been growing and building, I found myself running a million miles ahead, leaving my husband behind in the dust. Forgetting that WE needed to do this together, that this unique beautiful thing we were trying to do could only be done together and through the love we genuinely experienced through loss and regrowth. This process has taught me so much about patience and placidity, that there was something pure in the stillness of things.
The team we have built are some of the most solid good people I could think of. They have been steadfast in our journey and will be vital to our prosperity. We are so BLESSED with our team and their ability to work together for the greater good. We are all on this amazing ride together, and each person that we have encountered has had a big part in our journey.
Since September we have had three cruelty investigations, 2 resulting in positive outcomes and one that had our hands tied…. but only for a moment, because we realized in order to make massive change, we must change the laws.
Our Heroes program is ready to launch in May. This program has been carefully planned out to capture what we know it can do…. joy. Joy in the moments, how do you measure authentic joy? While this may be hard to capture on paper or in a statistic, we know we will see it on our heroes faces as they interact with our herd. So much preparation has gone into getting our Rescues ready for this massive journey, one that will enrich the soul more than anything I can truly explain. Only the human and the horse will understand what I am talking about. The training and gentling we have done has us all now in a place to change lives.
We have had our first birthday party at UHP, which was amazing. To see kids being kids, engaging with one another, being creative, running outside and creating art was beyond awesome.
All American Ford and Roush Performance has changed our lives in so many ways and to be partnered with such a force has us humbled and grateful…. knowing that God does have a plan and the Universe is hard at work…. This partnership is something we only dreamed of… but dreams come true…. We will be updating as this is all happening. Be kind, be good, and be UNBRIDLED!!!!!
Penny justice came to us on a whim. I had heard about her from a friend, and it broke our hearts. She was the last one left on the kill lot, no one had taken her, so a good friend pulled her out last minute. Covered in scars and open wounds, 300 pounds underweight, she took her in. We decided we would offer her a home with UHP. While she was not a Mustang, she was a soul that deserved to be loved and cherished for the rest of her life. They said she was 16, but I think she is much older. We named her Penny Justice and she is adjusting to life here. Our Mustangs are slowly taking to her which is good. All our volunteers have fallen head over heels for this sweet mare, and we know she will be a Hero to someone in our heroes program. Here is the beautiful Penny Justice!!!