THE JOURNEY

On January 3, 2017, Heroes and Horses embarked on the first stage of integrating 16 wild mustangs into their program.

The Heroes and Horses Crew, accompanied by Montana State University Veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Moreaux, former Heroes and Horses Veteran Program Manager, Mike Reilly (SEAL), Val Geisler, Russ Lewis, Chris Douglas, horse trainer Ramon Becerra, and The Pursuit Society film crew, traveled to Burns, Oregon, where H&H adopted 16 wild mustangs from the Oregon BLM.

This highly trained group put these mustangs through a rigorous gentling process in hopes of being able to integrate them into the current H&H herd, and utilize them in the 2017 Heroes and Horses veteran program, which began in June 2017.

The final phase of this training was a 560 mile pack trip through some of the most unforgiving landscape in New Mexico and Arizona. 

 
 
 
 
 

THE PURPOSE

The purpose of this innovative short film is to start a new, universally-understood conversation around the necessity of struggle, challenge and perseverance as they relate to creating meaning in one's life - without one, you cannot have the other. 

The 500 Miles film communicates the importance of this concept by telling the story of the un-purposed wild mustang and the un-purposed veteran, following both as they learn to face and navigate challenges, with the ultimate goal of discovering what their greater purpose in life is.

For these mustangs, the arduous 500 mile journey through New Mexico and Arizona was their purpose-defining challenge, but we all have our own version of a "500 mile journey". It's the moments in life where we choose to buck up instead of give up. Where we choose to take the unbeaten path instead of the easy road. It's the moments that force us to take a hard look at ourselves, and the decisions we have been making, and decide if we have been letting life happen to us, or for us.

SO, THE QUESTION IS, WHAT'S YOUR 500? 

 

THE TEASER

 

THE TRAILER

 

THE FILM RELEASE

The film will be released, free of charge, on November 10th (Veteran's Day) via our Vimeo page.

 

THE FILM TOUR

Prior to the public release of the 500 Miles film on November 10th (Veteran's Day), the Heroes and Horses crew will be jetting around the US on a 5 cities/5 days promotional tour for the film.

Click below to find out how you can get tickets to one of the private, invite-only, screenings.

 

THE TRAINERS

 
 
GRANT COLLIHER Jackson Hole, WY horse trainer and clinician, Grant Colliher, bases his training techniques on trust. He is a former horse packer, and was a pro polo player for 15 years.   

GRANT COLLIHER

Jackson Hole, WY horse trainer and clinician, Grant Colliher, bases his training techniques on trust. He is a former horse packer, and was a pro polo player for 15 years. 

 

RAMON BECERRA Ramon resides in Santa Ynez, CA and is a world renowned classically trained horseman in many disciplines. It is his goal to bring out the best in each horse.   

RAMON BECERRA

Ramon resides in Santa Ynez, CA and is a world renowned classically trained horseman in many disciplines. It is his goal to bring out the best in each horse. 

 

BRENDON CLARK Australian horseman, Brendon Clark, was a PBR Bull Rider prior to his retiring and going back to his first love of horse training. He now resides in California.   

BRENDON CLARK

Australian horseman, Brendon Clark, was a PBR Bull Rider prior to his retiring and going back to his first love of horse training. He now resides in California. 

 

 
 
MICAH FINK Micah spent 10 years as a Navy SEAL, conducting operations involving land and undersea mobility platforms in USPACOM, USCENTCOM, and National Tasking Deployment. He is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, skier, and Ironman. 

MICAH FINK

Micah spent 10 years as a Navy SEAL, conducting operations involving land and undersea mobility platforms in USPACOM, USCENTCOM, and National Tasking Deployment. He is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, skier, and Ironman. 

MIKE REILLY Navy SEAL combat veteran, Mike Reilly served at SEAL TEAM ONE in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He became and instructor of Special Operations Urban Combat (SOUC), teaching small unit tactics, snipers, and lead breachers.

MIKE REILLY

Navy SEAL combat veteran, Mike Reilly served at SEAL TEAM ONE in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He became and instructor of Special Operations Urban Combat (SOUC), teaching small unit tactics, snipers, and lead breachers.

 
 
 

THE FILM CREW

 
 
THE PURSUIT SOCIETY The Pursuit Society is a full-service visual communications agency based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they have teamed up with Director Josh Fletcher, and cinematographer Mike Eldredge, to produce the film "500 Miles". 

THE PURSUIT SOCIETY

The Pursuit Society is a full-service visual communications agency based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they have teamed up with Director Josh Fletcher, and cinematographer Mike Eldredge, to produce the film "500 Miles". 

CHRIS DOUGLAS Chris Douglas is an advertising and editorial photographer born and raised in East Tennessee. After a long career in the fashion industry living between New York, Paris and Milan, he put down his roots in Southwest Montana, where he worked various ranches and competed as a saddle bronc contestant in rodeos throughout Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Chris' photography reflects his life as an outdoorsman, conservationist and cowboy, and expresses the respect and gratitude that he has for his Native American lineage. 

CHRIS DOUGLAS

Chris Douglas is an advertising and editorial photographer born and raised in East Tennessee. After a long career in the fashion industry living between New York, Paris and Milan, he put down his roots in Southwest Montana, where he worked various ranches and competed as a saddle bronc contestant in rodeos throughout Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Chris' photography reflects his life as an outdoorsman, conservationist and cowboy, and expresses the respect and gratitude that he has for his Native American lineage.