Our Story: Passion for Service…

Karolyn (K) and Scott Hooper are the co-founders of Horsemanship for Heroes in Reno, Nevada. They both retired from the United States Army in 2016 after a combined 49 years of active-duty service. Between the two of them, they participated in seven combat deployments (Somalia, Iraq x4, and Afghanistan x2), as well as each serving a Peacekeeping Operational tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Hoopers are passionate about service to our nation and serving those who have selflessly served…both our country and our community. Veterans, Emergency Responders and their families have sacrificed more than we could possibly imagine. Those sacrifices often lead to invisible wounds that should not be ignored.

As horse owners, K and Scott have personally experienced the power of the human-horse bond in dealing with trauma. They are excited to continue serving by introducing others to that incredible power. Their goal is identified in the program’s motto: