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This is the place we introduce the wonderful members of our Allegiance community who help make our mission to help horses and heroes possible. Today we’re introducing Zoey Snyder. Zoey saw an ad for our first Open House and Family Fun Day in June 2018 and told her mom, Roxy, that they had to come. Zoey had been riding horses since she was quite young and both her parents are committed to veteran causes, so it seemed a great fit. She, her mom, and her dad Jerome, a retired Marine, soon became valued members of the Allegiance family. Zoey has spent her time at the ranch helping with mucking, grooming and working horses, and a significant amount of time training the miniature horses who have come a long way with her guidance. She has also helped with our new volunteer orientations, horsemanship clinics, and annual Heroes and Horses Hoedown. Zoey has a real knack for sharing her horse experience with our newer volunteers and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is also an experienced rider and jumper.

What initially drew you to Allegiance Ranch? I found Allegiance Ranch through an advertisement for an open house in which my mom and I attended. After completing the orientation and coming out a few times after, I found that I loved everything about the ranch. The mission and the horses.

What do you find most meaningful or enjoyable about volunteering your time at the ranch? Establishing a connection with each of the horses is by far the most meaningful and rewarding aspect to me as a volunteer. I love learning about the horses’ quirks and personalities, along with learning more about equines in general.

Do you have a favorite rescue horse? All of the horses at the ranch mean a lot to me, but Poppy has a special place in my heart.

What would you tell someone whoโ€™s thinking about volunteering at the ranch? Go for it. You’ll meet so many great people and have opportunities you wouldn’t have even thought were possible for you. Allegiance Ranch is a peaceful and friendly environment to learn more about equines.

Zoey with Compass