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Community Recognition - Spur Ranch Program for Veterans

20 March, 2024.

The Spur Ranch Equine Program was developed by veterans, for veterans, to offer participants mental and emotional healing, recovery and wellbeing. Through equine-assisted activities, individuals can rediscover joy, purpose, and resilience in their lives. Co-located in RSL LifeCare's John Goodlet Manor in Picton, Spur Ranch Equine Program is driven by veteran Max Streeter. After finding that a short course in equine therapy boosted his own recovery after leaving the services, he realised the potential of this type of course in helping others. Max worked with RSL NSW and Racing NSW to develop the program, which can be completed in a series of short courses, culminating in a seven-day trek through the Snowy Mountains. In 2023 RSL sub-Branches donated $3.3 million to RSL LifeCare Veteran Services to ensure the future viability of the program. Through engaging in the program participants find fulfilment in overcoming obstacles and are offered a practical path to healing. Over 100 veterans are set to participate in the course this year, and I am proud to recognise this vital and life changing program that RSL LifeCare Veteran Services, Max Streeter and the volunteers at Spur Ranch make possible.