Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

TCF Board Member to give talk at Boulder Library 4/26

April 23, 2012

Craig Downer, noted wildlife and wild horse biologist and ecologist, will give a talk and show photos of wild horses from all over the West and will highlight various portions of his book, The Wild Horse Conspiracy.

This event will be held at the main Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe, Thurs., April 26, 7-9 PM.

There will also be time for a Q & A after the talk.

Summit of the Live Horse – April 3, 2012

April 2, 2012


Jasper (Flint x Feldspar) of the Pryor Mountains

From Respect4Horses:

Summit of the dead horse turns on haunches and runs.

Oklahoma City, OK (R4H) – While last year the two conferences representing opposing sides of the explosive Horse Slaughter Debate took place in Las Vegas, this year’s Equine battleground was set to play out in Oklahoma City no farther than one city block away from each other.

Although they had been planning it for over a year, spent a lot of resources and had sold many $150-$300 tickets, the United Organizations of the Horse, (the Pro- Horse Slaughter faction) announced today that they postponed their dead horse Summit to January 2013, in order to focus resources on a rescue and rejuvenation program!

“I believe the ground was getting too hot for them in Oklahoma City. 80% of Americans are against Horse Slaughter, and although they believed Oklahoma was an exception, it turns out that it is not,” states Simone Netherlands, the organizer of the Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference.

The Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference is in no way quitting and the live online broadcast will move forward as scheduled:

The Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference

Holiday Inn, Will Rogers Airport

4401 SW 15th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73108

12 – 1PM CDT

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

“Just because they canceled their conference it doesn’t mean that they will stop strategizing about how to increase the demand for horse meat, how to slaughter our wild horses and how to open new horse slaughter plants in the U.S.,” says R.T. Fitch, writer and also one of the speakers of the Press Conference of the live Horse.

Will horse slaughter be coming to your neighborhood? Do we need horse slaughter in America? Can horse slaughter be made humane? Is horsemeat toxic? Does horse slaughter solve abuse and neglect? Does horse slaughter encourage over breeding? Will our wild horses be slaughtered? Will it stop horse slaughter across our borders?

The Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference, will have a panel of equine experts and professionals who will answer the above questions and offer solutions and alternatives.

Panel members will include:

  • Scott Beckstead, Senior Oregon Director for The Humane Society of the United States
  • Carolyn Schnurr, Federal Legislative Manager for the ASPCA
  • Ginger Kathrens, Filmmaker and Director of the Cloud Foundation
  • Dr. Jennifer Madden, DVM
  • Simone Netherlands, Horse trainer and Director of Respect4Horses
  • R.T. Fitch, Writer and co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
  • Brogan Horton, Founder of Animal Rescue Unit

“We collectively suggest that they take their deceptive name, their deceptive propaganda and their deceptive agenda far away and go pretend that they care about horses and horse people somewhere else,” states Simone Netherlands.

The interactive Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference will be broadcast on, April 3, 2012. This service will give the press conference global coverage and allow anyone to participate in the question and answer sessions afterwards. Search at 12:00 noon CDT to log into the live broadcast. The link will also be available at


National Wild Horse & Burro Protest Day

February 23, 2012

March 1, 2012

Dear Friends of Cloud and the Wild Horses;

I fear for our wild horses that have been captured and are now in government holding facilities. Why has Secretary Salazar appointed yet another pro horse slaughter person to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board?

Please read the following, mark your calendars, and on March 1st act to block the appointment of this latest threat to all captive wild horses.

Happy Trails!


Safe in the wild, Cloud enjoys a foggy morning.


“The Wild Horse Conspiracy” New book out by TCF board member, Craig Downer

January 23, 2012

Proudly announcing the publication of a pivotal book for America’s wild horses and burros that has been over 4 years in preparation


by Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist and Author  (Date of Publication: 1/18/2012)

This stirring and amply illustrated, 300-page book fully justifies America’s magnificent wild horses and burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals and people. Though true restorers of this continent’s ecosystem, they have been unfairly targeted for elimination. Over the centuries, they have borne our burdens and helped us along life’s way—which makes it doubly unfair that they should be blamed for what we humans have done. As always, they stand ready to help us do the hard work now so desperately needed to restore our shared home. (more…)

Take Easy Action for Nevada Wild Horses

October 24, 2011

Submit your own comments for the Pancake Complex herds

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Supporters;

Nevada wild horse herds are on the chopping block in FY 2012 with roundups scheduled to begin in the dead-of-winter… again!

An old mare chased to exhaustion at the
Antelope Complex roundup, January 2011 (more…)

Furthering the Movement

October 5, 2011

An Update After the International Equine Conference

While Ginger and I were only able to attend the last day of the 1st Annual International Equine Conference, it was the wild horse and burro day.  The weather outside might have been grim in Alexandria, VA, but the mood inside seemed hopeful.

And that was when the new head of BLM’s Wild horse and Burro Program stood up to give her introduction. The mood shifted, and you could cut the tension with a knife. Everyone was anxious to hear how Joan Guilfoyle, only at her new post for 5 weeks, would address a group of equine (both domestic and wild) advocates. She was joined by long-standing BLMers Dean Bolstad and Ed Roberson.  (more…)

Sister Rallies on the Coast!

September 19, 2011

A Unified Stand for Horses & Burros

The sad truth is that the vast majority of Americans are unaware of the rapidly decreasing wild horse and burro population. In fact, many Americans have no idea there are still mustangs in the West at all! At the vast expense to the American taxpayer, wild horses and burros are being rounded up in the thousands each year.

In light of the International Equine Conference, two rallies are planned for the support of horses and burros, wild and domestic.

When: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Time: Noon – 4 pm (DC), Noon – 3 pm (CA)

Where: Washington DC – (West side of the Capitol on 1st Street NW), Santa Monica, CA – (3rd Street Promenade – corner of Santa Monica Blvd  & entrance to promenade)

TCF Board members Susan Sutherland & Anni Williams with Lauryn Wachs, TCF associate director, in Phoenix - March 2011

Our federal government (via the Bureau of Land Management) is managing these iconic symbols of the Wild West to extinction. These coast-to-coast rallies are in effort to shed light on the inequalities given to wild horses and burros, and encourage Congress to defund the massive, inhumane roundups of these treasured animals. Instead, funding should be directed to humane, on-the-range management. The national effort also supports the passage of the anti-horse slaughter bill HR2966.

The rallies are supported by several nationwide organizations, like The Cloud Foundation, and include In Defense of Animals, HSUS, Equine Welfare Alliance, Animal Law Coalition, Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Animal Rescue Unit, American Wild Horse Advocates, & Respect4Horses…

Bring banners if you have them or want to make them as well as lots of enthusiasm for our wild ones! Let’s show Congress that we stand united for the animals that helped build our nation!

Wyoming, its wild horses, and the BLM

June 27, 2011

A Note from Lauryn 

Dear Wild Horse and Burro Supporters;

Rock Springs, Wyoming, is not exactly what I would call ‘close’ to Colorado Springs. Nevertheless, our new intern, Erin Clifford from Michigan, and I hopped in the car and started up I-25 northbound, picking up our fellow wild horse advocate friend, Rachel Reeves, along the way.

When we finally pulled up the drive to the BLM office the first thing I noticed was my tax dollars at work: a shiny new building complete with landscaping and the works.

BLM Office in Rock Springs


Live from Phoenix! And Schedule of Events

March 10, 2011

p04_001_war_bonnet_and_flash_foal_2003_AE_6_03The Phoenix Press Conference will be live broadcasted by Grassroots Horse TODAY! from 11:30am-12:30pm MST. Join Dances with Wolves Oscar-Winning Writer, Michael Blake, The Cloud Foundation’s Ginger Kathrens, RT Fitch, Madeleine Pickens and more for this special press conference. Click here to tune in.

The BLM Public Advisory Board Meeting will be follow, live broadcasted by BLM online here, beginning today, Thursday, March 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MST (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST) and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST), Friday, March 11 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST). From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Friday, the public will present comments to the Board.
Watch online here and demand accountability from this public Advisory Board that is historically stacked against the horses and burros. Please watch online and support advocates in Phoenix!


Phoenix Advocates Schedule

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

11:30—press conference speakers

12:00- questions

12:30 pm- press conference concludes

1:00-5pm  — BLM meeting

5:15- 6:45pm pizza party for advocates at The Brick restaurant (reserved for 40 under “Wild Horse”) 455 N. 3rd St  in the “Arizona Center” – right across the street from the Sheraton, p. 602-258-3665. 455 North 3rd Street

7:00- 8pm candlelight vigil (starting in front of Sheraton)

Friday, March 11th, 2011

8:00am- 9:00am — BLM meeting

9:00am-12:00pm – Public comment period

12:00-1:00pm – lunch

12:00- 2:00pm PROTEST with everyone in attendance (minus a few at meeting)    – some may start protesting at 10am but press told 12-2 focus time) – restart at 12pm in front of Sheraton

1:00-5:00pm BLM meeting concludes

5:45pm – Advocates dinner “going Dutch” at Sam’s Café (southwestern) at the Arizona Center- right across the street from the Sheraton, 455 NORTH 3RD STREET, SUITE #114
P. (602) 252-3545

Event: Wild Horses and Burros Need Your Voice

February 17, 2011

Come give a voice to America’s wild horses and burros!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a meeting Thursday and Friday March 10-11 in Phoenix, Arizona, to discuss its proposed new wild horse and burro management strategy. This is the first meeting in nearly a year and

an opportunity for the American public to stand in front of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and the BLM to voice your opinions on the management policies of the agency, the complicity of their carefully selected Advisory Board, and solutions available to right the many management wrongs. Or, just simply come to support others making comments.

We will be attending this meeting, and I urge you to join us. We cannot allow the BLM to continue rounding up the last of these great symbols of the West. The roundups themselves have devolved into shoddy, careless actions in which wild horse families are destroyed, burros are hot-shotted and knocked to the ground by helicopters, and old, weak animals are harassed into collapse. We need to present a united front and ask for the following (pick your favorite topics): (more…)