Victoria Acres Equine honored to help veterans

ALTAMONT — Victoria Acres Equine facility will be honored at the 2014 Heroes’ Breakfast on June 8 for offering assistance to military personnel reintegrating into civilian life.

The facility, on Western Turnpike, opened in 2012, and has therapeutic riding programs with an EAGALA — Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Living — instructor.

EAGALA focuses on mental health and development, and Victoria Acres owner Erin Pashley said those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome could benefit.

On May 31, the facility will hold an open house, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and memorial garden dedication at 10 a.m.

Congressman Paul Tonko and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will be guests at the ceremony, and Robert Clancy will speak.

The flag will be raised in honor of the programs to support military members, veterans, and their families, and EAGALA will give a demonstration with members of the military.

Victoria Acres also offers programs for people with developmental disabilities.

The American Red Cross will honor the facility, along with seven individuals, on June 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park.