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Equestrian Legacy Radio

Interview on Equestrian Legacy Radio

Equestrian Legacy Radio – heard around the world –  spotlights Blue Star Ranch’s Nancy Zhe in a recent feature.  Click below to listen!

Equestrian Legacy Radio2020-07-24T05:37:23+00:00

SCVTV’s Community Corner

Interview with Nancy Zhe, Director of Blue Star Ranch

SCVTV’s Jade Spurr welcomed Blue Star Ranch’s Nancy Zhe recently on a feature called “SCVTV’s Community Corner. Watch the interview HERE.

(From SCVTV)

On this segment of SCVTV’s Community Corner, correspondent Jade Spurr interviews Nancy Zhe, Director of Blue Star Ranch. In this interview, Nancy explains how equestrian therapy at Blue Star Ranch helps veterans overcome PTSD and other mental challenges.

SCVTV’s Community Corner2020-07-07T04:40:12+00:00

Blue Star Ranch Gets A New Home

The Signal News Celebrates Our New Location

Focusing on the new home for Blue Star Ranch, the Signal News, Santa Clarita, featured the Ranch in a recent story. See the feature below or read the original story HERE:

(From the Signal News – March, 2020)

Blue Star Ranch, a nonprofit equine-assisted therapy ranch for veterans, recently moved to a new location, which will allow them to expand their services.

“This is our corner of the world,” Executive Director Nancy Zhe said as she drove across the nonprofit’s new location in Placerita Canyon. “Where we were we probably had an acre of workable, usable space, (but) this is several acres. There’s plenty of room for all the horses to turn out and run. It’s a perfect location.”

The new location allowed Blue Star to add two new therapy animals to their herd, bringing the total to five, including three horses, a mini horse and mini donkey. These animals help veterans to overcome their barriers through a 10-week program.

“It’s solution-oriented,” Zhe said. “We work on the ground, they don’t ride the horses.”

Instead, during a typical session, veterans will use props to represent some of their current struggles.

“We will set up certain scenarios (to represent) what’s bothering them the most,” Zhe added. “Then, they have to lead the horses through the props.”

With the help of the horses, veterans are able to address their issues.

“The horse is like a giant biofeedback machine who’s reflecting your emotions, and it’s amazing how the horses pick out exactly what’s going on with them,” Zhe said. “The problems and anxieties just float to the surface.”

Over the course of 10 weeks, veterans are charted on their progress in six categories, which include anxiety, anger, communication and coping levels, among others.

“So far, our statistics have shown that we’ve been hitting on a 35 to 45% reduction of their issues and get them getting control of things in 10 weeks,” Zhe added.

The new location will also allow Blue Star to work with double the amount of veterans at one time, as well as begin offering group sessions.

“Every veteran is different, and not all of the veterans need one-on-one (sessions),” Zhe said. “That way, we can serve more and they also get to support each other as veterans.”

With the extra space, Blue Star has added a 60-foot round pen to the pasture, which will be the perfect spot for therapy sessions, Zhe added.

Blue Star Ranch is located at 20827 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall.

Blue Star Ranch Gets A New Home2020-03-10T19:34:43+00:00

BSR Featured in Santa Clarita Magazine

Blue Star Ranch – Our Veterans, A Silent Majority

by Santa Clarita Magazine | Dec 29, 2019 | Community

They are trained to sacrifice themselves for us on the home front. They do it with patriotism and pride in our country and way of life. They do it for their families and all American families. Yet many civilians treat them like the enemy, even though they (the civilians) do not know why.

Spouses know that the person that left to protect our country was their beloved family member. And they spend hours praying their loved one will return to reunite with them. When they do there is great joy and celebration. This can last several weeks or months, until the spouse realizes that the person that came home was not the same person that left. They don’t understand why they can no longer communicate with their spouse. They don’t understand the things that are happening every day. So, I am going to attempt to give you a little peek into the life of our PTSD veterans.

Nancy Pitchford-Zhe, Janice Murray
BSR Featured in Santa Clarita Magazine2020-03-10T19:33:23+00:00

Our Latest: KHTS Non-Profit Hour

Hear the latest broadcast of KHTS’ Non-Profit Hour (aired February 26):

On this episode of The SCV Non-Profit Spotlight Show Janice sits down with a couple of representatives from the Blue Star Ranch, a local veteran relief program. Guests included: Richard Carillo, Authorized Campaign Field Representative Blue Star Ranch; Nancy Zhe, Executive Director Blue Star Ranch; Jack Hernandez, Board Member Blue Star Ranch

Every Monday, Janice Murray hosts the SCV Non-Profit Spotlight Show from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m, highlighting local Non-Profit organizations.

The Santa Clarita Valley has no shortage of people looking to make a difference and impact the world around them. Every Monday, join Janice Murray to explore and discover the multitude of Non-Profit organizations working in and around the Santa Clarita Valley.

Listen in to learn more about exciting events going on around you, from marathons to galas to charity auctions there is always a way you can help.

Nancy Pitchford-Zhe, Janice Murray

L-R: Nancy Pitchford-Zhe (Co-Founder & Equine Specialist) Jack Hernandez, BSR Board Member, Richard Carillo, BSR Events Coordinator, and Janice Murray, KHTS Personality and Host.

Our Latest: KHTS Non-Profit Hour2018-03-14T22:09:04+00:00