Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Stillwater Veterans Ranch

 A few weeks ago - I was able to head out to the Stillwater Ranch - A Ranch that focuses on Veterans - and you all!!! I was in Love!!

One of My Veterans ( you know every Vet I award a Quilt of Valor to becomes mine - right?) told me about it - and I had to check it out - not only to learn more but to see how we can incorporate QOV with it!!

And me - the Guru of remembering to take all sorts of Photos.... FORGOT!!! I was just drawn in by the place!

BUT!!! Never Fear - they have a website with all sorts of Photos!

We did remember to get a photo of the two of us though - this is me ( left) and Wendy ( right) the Director. We had such fun touring the place

The facility is not a new state of the art building - but one that is just perfect - it is homey, it has something for everyone - If Veterans come out with their families - there is something for the kids, the spouse - it is just a wonderful way to help our Heroes Heal - Go check it out - right now... as you all can imagine - the biggest expense is HAY - for the big ol HAY burners - Of course, the Horses are so amazing, and provide so much for the Veteran. 

The therapy these animals provide is amazing - Horses are Fight or Flight animals, and given the reactions of Veterans to different situations they can mimic their emotions and help them learn to deal with them.
( on a side note - a lot of people ask how I stay sorta not crazy... My Horses... Oh if they could talk... It'd be bad... just sayin') 

As our restrictions are dropping - I am so excited - we got to do a small Group Presentation - and yes- I realize I am in the way of the shot - but we were just so excited to get to our Veterans... 

And last but not least - let me show you a few QOV"s 

A cool sampler - Kathy B Quilted it

and below -
Donna Mae taught a quilt class - and the class was about how to use a panel

This is one from her class ( I picked up three!) Yay Quilters!!

Alright - your homework - Go check out Stillwater Ranch and just tell me how cool it is!!


Donna said...

What a great place for veterans to heal! I think you have found a new place to award QOV!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sounds like a cool place.

Delighted Hands said...

Beautiful quilts. The star of the post is the ranch--how incredible to see the vast areas of education and rehab for the whole family. I didn't know such a place existed! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Sherrill said...

I have a few panels and have been intimidated so far as to how to incorporate them into a quilt. Maybe one of these days I'll get brave. Love the sound of the ranch and the therapy it provides!!

The Joyful Quilter said...

You FORGOT to take pictures AND you got in the way to the QOV photo op?! Somebody needs to take your temperature, Alycia!!! Stillwater Ranch looks like a beautiful place for Veterans and their families. Thanks for sharing!

Quiltdivajulie said...

You are right - this is SO very cool.

Vicki W said...

What a cool place to be able to award a QOV!