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Jeremy Svejcar is the founder and trainer for Charlie Five. He grew up around horses, worked on a ranch through high school and rode roughstock in rodeos before he joined the military in 2000. Ten years and multiple deployments later Jeremy decided to retire his combat boots. He met Rose in 2007 and married in 2012.
It took a few years for Jeremy to understand the impact that his time in the military had on him, and it was not all positive. He struggled to find his place in society, felt out of place and like he needed to be who he once was. He became shut off from much of the world and refused to do things he once did.
Jeremy learned about a program called Heroes and Horses that provides an opportunity for Veterans to disconnect and challenge themselves through trips on horseback into the wilderness. He applied and was accepted in 2016.
Rose met Jeremy shortly after he returned from his last deployment in 2007. She is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran who bred, trained and showed cutting horses. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in Mass Communications and Spanish in 2007 and her MBA from New Mexico Highlands University in 2015.
Rose carefully handles all of the administrative details of Charlie Five, plans fundraising events and, most importantly, keeps Jeremy on task!
Crossing the South Fork of the Flathead photo: Ben Masters
Heroes and Horses had a tremendous impact on Jeremy and during his third phase he traveled to Cody, Wyoming to serve as an apprentice under mentor and good friend Val Geissler. Jeremy was coached by Val and honed his timing and feel, establishing a solid foundation in horsemanship.
Jeremy started Charlie Five as a way to pay it forward for the gift he had been given. He knows that getting back around horses was helpful to him and he wants to ensure that any program that uses horses to affect positive change in the lives of people has access to good, sound equines.
Charlie Five Inc. is a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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