With Gratitude to Our Sponsors and Crew

Newsletter – June 2019

Did you know that BWC2 is celebrating 10 years of service to veterans, kids and horses this August? We never could have made it this far without the kind support of our donors and volunteers. YOU make our programs possible. 

With our resources in place today, we are able to once again keep you informed through a regularly distributed newsletter. Have a story? Let us know!

2017, A Year in A Hay Bale

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2017, A Year in A Hay Bale!

(You will want to hang on for this ride!)

Before the ride begins, lets take a moment to Thank all of our Military who are sacrificing being away from home and their families to keep our freedoms. Our thoughts are with them and their families this Holiday season.

The Bwc2Crew would like to thank every one who has supported, donated and/or volunteered this year. Your support has helped us to Pioneer Alternative Solutions for PTSD and Autism. We are 100% volunteer driven. Which means, every dollar donated is spent on our programs. We are $2500 from reaching our goal for this year due to a few unfortunate happenings. You have a few days left this year to get in a tax-deductible donation. Click the link below to secure yours now!

This year has flown by rather fast! It seems like it was just July and now here we are on the cusp of 2018. The weather is finally starting to turn cooler making winter more of a reality now than it was a couple of weeks ago. Like the weather, the Bwc2Crew has also gone through some dramatic changes this year. We have faced and braved adversity and are looking forward to continuing with our journey.

Now For the Ride!

It begins with a record rainfall in January and February. In January our ranch received rain 14 of the 31 days of the month. This may be fine and we all know we need the rain but nobody said anything about the mud!!! In February, our ranch received rain 18 of the 28 days of the month! Again, more mud! For the safety  of our clients and volunteers there was very little horse activity. Dave and two Board members were hand walking the horses during this time. Conditions were so bad we could not even drive our cars up to our barn. Not running our programs during this, we lost a lot of our donations.

As the rainy season finally came to an end, we were beginning to get our Children’s program back into full swing. Then June came in like a wrecking ball and we decided to shut the Children’s program down for the duration of the year. On a side note, we will be starting our Children’s program again in early 2018.

June had to throw in its own activity with threats to our horses’ lives as well as Dave. After a detailed investigation, the authorities that be had ruled the threats as a hoax.

July, August and September rolled through with more days over 100 degrees than below. Wind that kicked up dirt devils across our round pen and turn outs. Not the healthiest air quality for a horse. In September, due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to cancel our Artwork Fiesta 2017 fundraiser and what was going to be our first Bwc2 poker tournament fundraiser. Two of the reasons we are $2500 short on our goal for this year.

However, despite all the adversities, the Bwc2crew had a record number of Veterans for the year. We love our Veterans! Through our alternative solutions we have been able to hear Veterans tell us they are sleeping through the night for the first time in years. They say they are able to deal with people better, driving slower and many other accomplishments too long to list.

We would like to invite anyone to the ranch that would like to see first hand how we are giving back to our military as they help us with our horses.

Bwc2’s only overhead is taking care of the horses. Although we had record rain, excessive heat, wind and threats, we still have our horses to care for.

To help us out, you can make a one time donation. We are also looking for 50 new donors who can donate $25 a month. Please forward this email to anyone who would be interested in our mission of “Pioneering Alternative Solutions for PTSD and Autism”.

Click Here, then click on “Let me choose my amount”.

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Bwc2Crew Update

Bwc2 has our 4th Annual Art Work Fiesta fundraiser coming up on the 6th of November 2016.  This year it will be held at the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge located in Santa Clarita, California.

The last few weeks have been full of change for Bwc2.  We make an effort to embrace these transitional periods, because they reveal opportunities to improve our programs and our ability to serve others who are in need.

The biggest change recently was moving our non-profit organization to Alamode Ranch at 15844 Baker Canyon Road, Canyon Country, CA 91390.  Alamode was gracious enough to board our horses more than a week earlier than planned, due to the Sand Canyon Fire.  This greatly reduced the physical and emotional stress exerted on the horses and the Bwc2Crew, by limiting unnecessary travel, etc…  Now our horses are living in true comfort, where they enjoy in & out stalls equipped with fans and meals served three times a day.  We also have a wash rack with both hot and cold running water.

We are enjoying the use of a private 50’ round pen for our veterans and children’s equine programs. The stalls, wash rack and round pen are in a secluded area from the rest of the 81 acre ranch, so participants feel confident to learn at their own pace without distractions.

Currently we are offering a children’s program every Sunday morning starting at 10am. Call the number below for further information or for setting up an appointment. The Bwc2Crew has an arts and craft table sponsored by Lynch Plumbing that the kids use while waiting for their lesson or siblings can hang out.  Marque, Dakota and Buddy Wyzer are on hand for all lessons and are handsomely rewarded with lots of cookies.

Through all of the changes, we have been able to grow our Horses – N – Heroes Program.  We now have three groups of Veterans coming to the ranch every week.  This includes two men’s and one women’s group.  The Bwc2Crew chooses to utilize our freedom by showing appreciation to American Veterans through our Horses – N – Heroes program.  The Veterans help BWC2 by helping us rehabilitate and condition our horses.  The Veterans involved find more value in our Horses  -N – Heroes program than just a weekly diversion.  Through TCR Horsemanship the Veterans learn that the horses have heightened senses similar to their own. By learning to utilize those senses working with the horse in the round pen the Veteran creates a relationship between the horse and themselves.  It’s through this relationship that both the horse and the Veteran learn TRUST, CONFIDENCE & RESPECT with each other.  These traits don’t just stay in the round pen, they influence all aspects of the Veterans life and the horse’s life.  It’s through these relationships that the veterans help our horses and our horses heal our Veterans.

All of our programs have always been and will continue to be, FREE of charge.  We are grateful for every donation.  We rely on and are grateful for our volunteers and all of our donors.

Dave Drulias at 818-640-7952

 

Thank you,
Bwc2Crew

California Riding Magazine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Original article at California Riding Magazine[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When veterans call Because We Can – Because We Care, one of the first questions asked is, “Are you a therapy provider? We take pride in saying “no” to that question.

Veterans have told us they don’t like to be followed around or studied. They say it makes them feel like another number or lab rat. We are not therapists, nor do we claim to be. We also don’t believe in shoving “happy, happy, joy, joy” in their faces and sending them on their way. Why put a Band-Aid on something that requires surgery?

We simply teach horsemanship. It’s through this process that our veterans and first responders are able to focus on and learn how to redirect their energy. The BWC2 crew likes to call this “Positive Energy with Intent.” Many veterans/first responders have told us after their first time they find themselves driving home slower and are more relaxed. After a couple of times at the barn they say they are sleeping through the night for the first time in years.

What price would you put on this?

When BWC2 rescues horses, these horses exhibit signs similar to that of post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Veterans and first responders coming to BWC2 can relate to what the horse is going through. You never know what will light a horse up, a sight, a touch or a sound.

Through our Veterans Program, Founder and President of BWC2, Dave Drulias, introduces and teaches his own TCR (Trust, Confidence and Respect) Horsemanship that has been developed over the past 40 years. As our veterans/first responders learn TCR Horsemanship, a self-discovery begins to happen. They begin to realize those same tools and techniques used to help the horse and build a healthy relationship are the same tools and techniques they can utilize in their personal lives.

In the equine therapy “industry,” we hear all the time how the “horses are beneficial.” It’s not the horse that has magical healing powers. It’s how the horse was programmed and has learned how to have a healthy relationship with humans.

If we realize it or not, every second we spend time with a horse, the horse is learning something. BWC2’s TCR Horsemanship is based on education. Whether it’s a horse, veteran/first responder or special needs or disabled child, it comes down to education.

BWC2’s clients work towards and share the same goal to be an independent rider to the best of their own abilities. Our philosophy is to build our clients’ self-confidence by focusing on what they can accomplish versus what they can’t.

The travesty throughout the horse industry is that when a horse that is no longer suited for the job at hand, it is often discarded. Dave and the BWC2 team put their hearts and souls into their horses. We believe the horses should have a home for life. At BWC2, they do!

BWC2 started out with two horses in 2009 and we now own six. We currently work with 10 veterans/first responders and 20-plus special needs and disabled children every week, and we give them the option of coming up as often as they would like.

Our mission is to create and build a working equine rescue and rehabilitation facility/sanctuary. Our primary goal is to give back to society by enriching the lives of our American veterans, first responders and special needs and disabled children challenged by a range of emotional and/or physical issues.

We are based at a private ranch in Santa Clarita, and our vision is to be in every major city across the United States. BWC2 acquires horses that have been mistreated, neglected, unwanted, abused and/or slaughter-bound. All of our horses will have a home for life.

Our philosophy is to share our love and passion for horses with those who are in need, for free. Our clients learn BWC2’s own Trust, Confidence and Respect Horsemanship and play an intricate role in the rehabilitation process of the horse. Upon completion of the horse’s rehabilitation, they become “super stars” in our special needs and disabled children’s program.

As BWC2 introduces TCR Horsemanship throughout major cities across the United States, there will be a need to hire a staff. Who better to hire than an American veteran who has already gone through our TCR Horsemanship program?

At the end of the day, what the BWC2 crew wants most of all is to share their love and passion they have for horses. It may be someone in need, someone who wants to volunteer, or a simple donation. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the BWC2 program and organization. Imagine, Americans helping Americans![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Santa Clarita Gazette

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Original article in the Santa Clarita Gazette[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Every Thursday, Charles comes all the way to Canyon Country from Los Angeles and gets to spend the day on a ranch, grooming, training and riding horses. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was stationed in West Germany during the Cold War and he went to jump school with the 101st Airborne Division. The 52-year-old has experienced hardship, but finds relief and calm from visits to Because We Can – Because We Care, or BWC2, where he gets to interface with rescue horses.

“A lot of us have PTSD – things we’ve seen in life,” Charles said. “We can identify again with the world through communication with the animal.”

nonprof horse charles riding and daveTeaching TCR horsemanship (Trust, Confidence and Respect), founder/president Dave Drulias passes on the benefits of riding and caring for horses with those who need it. On Thursdays, American veterans are invited to the ranch in Sand Canyon to learn the process of grooming and caring for the six horses owned by BWC2.

“Our philosophy is to share our love and passion of horses with those who are in need, for free,” says the website.

After just four weeks visiting the BWC2 ranch on Thursdays, Charles got in the saddle and took a turn riding in the arena. He said his favorite part of the overall experience is “the bullpen.”

“You’re training, you’re commanding,” Charles said. “Calm and aggressive at the same time. The love I try to give them comes back to me.”

Jennifer Ericson enlisted in the U.S. Army following 9/11. Unfortunately, she was injured during basic training, so she had to return home to the San Fernando Valley. Now Jenny lives with a chronic pain condition.

bwcJenny found a brochure for Because We Can – Because We Care at the VA Sepulveda Hospital. She found the experience therapeutic.

“I was having so much fun. I was building stamina and being outdoors,” she said. “I wasn’t depressed, watching TV at home in bed.”

Jenny spends much of her time with the horses, exercising them in the round pen and teaching riding lessons. She can describe every horse in detail, from “Maxwell” the race winner to “Marque,” who is the star of BWC2’s children’s program on Sundays.

Whether it is a Sunday and the ranch is filled with kids with developmental challenges, or Thursdays, giving veterans the chance to manage their emotions, Because We Can – Because We Care is there to serve others and rescue horses.

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