Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Warrior Ranch Foundation held an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a limited/soft opening of the facility, which provides a safe haven of health and well-being for veterans, first responders, their families, and horses in need.  

Attendees included: Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone; Congressman Lee Zeldin; Legislators Steve Flotteron, Susan Berland, Sarah Anker; Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar; Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Steven Castelton; Director of Veterans Affairs Tom Ronayne; Equine Specialist & Warrior Ranch Vice President, Tony Simonetti; Warrior Ranch President & Founder, Eileen Shanahan, and several veterans.

After acquiring a license to operate in the former Long Island Beagle Club, the organization has galvanized a diverse team of volunteers who have been renovating the buildings and property making it suitable for horses and hosting retreats. “I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and participation of the community to pitch in and get the job done!”  said Eileen Shanahan. “Countless hours, goods, and services have been provided by volunteers, local businesses, anonymous donors, and large organizations: Island Federal Credit Union, PSEG, Northwell Health, Riverhead Building Supply, Carpenters Local 290, Iatsi Local 52, and International Operating Engineers Union Local 138” Most of the volunteers have been the very people for whom this organization was created to serve. Veterans and first responders have been eager to contribute whatever they can to bring this facility to a reality.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the event was open to press and invited guests, only.