Who We Are
Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded to provide veterans in central Pennsylvania a much needed equine therapy program.
Studies have repeatedly shown that therapeutic riding has a massive positive effect on combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and coping with pain and physical injuries. Through working with horses we aim to empower our veterans and offer a gratifying outlet in which to work through their ailments. Equine therapy is proven to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families.
We provide our programs at absolutely no cost; proudly serving those who served our country.
Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship was founded by John Zanella, a twenty year Army veteran with multiple combat tours. Having suffered through many physical injuries, several TBI's, and severe PTSD; he knows first hand the benefits of equine therapy. "I am proof that therapeutic riding works. Studies are showing suicide at a horrific rate among veterans at 22 a day. It was only through a therapeutic riding program that I found the will to keep fighting and not become just another statistic. I know the advantages of these programs and now wish to bring my experiences as a disabled vet, rider, program volunteer, and instructor to Pennsylvania. Hopefully I can assist some of my peers the same way I was helped."