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COWBOY CHANNEL | NCHA Military Cutting Challenge Creates an Outlet for the Military Community to Heal

AUTHOR: COWBOY CHANNEL

JUNE 05, 2024

A year ago, NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn started the Military Cutting Challenge as a way for those who previously served in the military to heal using equine therapy.

This exciting three-day challenge starts with every challenger being paired with a well-known cutting horse trainer. Each day riders gain knowledge and confidence in order to showcase their skills on competition day.

“I took a green beret riding the other day, introducing him to cutting and we were talking on the way home and he’s like it was exhilarating, it was terrifying, at any moment you could be gone, you could be gone and off of that horse, and I was like it kind of reminds us of combat,” Executive Director of the Special Forces Foundation Ignacio Garza said.

Hosting this event has not only helped numerous special operations men to heal, but it has also given many of them a love for the cutting horse world. Multiple participants from last year have gone on to buy a cutting horse and compete on their own.

This event will be held and open to public viewing on Aug. 3, 2024 at the Will Rodgers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

FOX 8 | Special Forces Foundation

AUTHOR: FOX 21

APRIL 18, 2024

Katie Matzke, Digital Engagement Manager with Special Forces Foundation, joins KC O’Day to talk about some fun events the organization has planned in the Johnstown region.

WJAC | Charity golf outing, mini-golf bar crawl coming to Johnstown

AUTHOR: Sean Eiler

APRIL 16, 2024

A charity golf outing, and mini-golf bar crawl, is coming to Johnstown to raise money for military members and their families.

The “Special Operations Cup” is a modified-scramble style golf tournament, with proceeds going toward the Special Forces Foundation, a non profit that supports green berets and their families, as well as Gold Star families, which are families that lost a loved one while serving in the military.

The Special Operations Cup will be held Friday, June 28th at Sunnehanna Country Club in suburban Johnstown. Registration starts at 11:30 AM, with a shotgun start to the tournament at 1:30 PM. The evening is capped off with dinner, a silent auction and awards beginning at 6:00 PM.

Katie Matzke, the organizer of the outing, is a Johnstown native who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, Chris Matzke, who is an active green beret. When asked why she decided to bring the charity outing back home to Johnstown, she said, “I know the patriotism that we have here, and there’s a great amount of veterans here. Like, why not bring this foundation here so people can learn more about it, support it, and if there’s green beret’s here in town that need help, they can get help through us as well.”

While you’ll find a lot of similar themes at most golf-outings, the Special Operations Cup will get started in a unique way.

“And it’s kind of cool, we call it the ‘Special Operations Cup,’ and we bring in Green Beret’s to parachute from the sky, and they’ll be parachuting down onto hole one here at Sunnehanna, so it’s very cool, very exclusive,” said Matzke.

In addition to the golf outing, Matzke is holding a mini-golf bar crawl around downtown Johnstown, called the “Johnstown Barstool Open,” which will be held on June 27th.

“We’re going to start that at 1st Summit Arena, and then I will give you a score card and kind of tell you where to go, and there’s going to be nine different bars, all with putt-putt holes for you to go through, and you’re going to drink and golf your way through downtown,” said Matzke.

Proceeds from both events will support the Special Forces Foundation.

The deadline to register for the Special Operations Cup is June 1st. You can sign up, here.

To register for the Johnstown Barstool Open, click here.

FOX 21 | Special Forces Foundation to Host Ladies’ Night

AUTHOR: Julie Baker

SEPTEMBER 21, 2023

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — The Special Forces Foundation is hosting a night of networking for women of Southern Colorado on October 21 at Black Hat Distillery.

The foundation serves members of the Special Forces and their family members. The Masquerade Themed night will feature appetizers, drinks, and the opportunity to network.

Currently, sponsors are needed. Please reach out to the Special Forces Foundation if you’d like to aid via email at info@specialforcesfoundation.org

FOX 21 | Special Forces Foundation

AUTHOR: FOX21

SEPTEMBER 7, 2023