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2012 Equine Ideal Online Photography Contest

January 26, 2012

Equine Photographer’s Network is sponsoring the Equine Ideal: Winter 2012 Photography Contest.

New to this year’s contest is the “Wild Horse” category!

“This class is for any horse living in the wild anywhere in the world, or a horse that was born in the wild but now lives in a sanctuary or holding pen. Photos for this class should depict the spirit, nature and challenges of horses living in the wild in the modern age.”

50% of the profits from this submission category will be donated to The Cloud Foundation. You can help TCF and earn recognition for your photos of wild horses at the same time!

Submissions are due by February 1, 2012. You can learn more information about the contest, including guidelines and entry forms by clicking here.

Shane - one of our Freedom Fund band stallions (Oct. 2011)

Park Service Puts Up Pryor Signage

December 1, 2011

Park Service Puts Up Pryor Signage

Dear Supporters of the Pryor Wild Horse Herd;

I want to share the following letter we received this week from the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (BCNRA) regarding signage which they have erected along the paved Park Highway. It alerts motorists that there are animals on the road. We appreciate your emails and letters encouraging this action by the BCNRA in response to the hit and run deaths of the band stallion, Admiral, and his yearling son, Climbs High (Kapitan is his BLM name) along the park highway last summer.

Climbs High, May 2011

As you may recall, the driver of a truck, Adam Finn of Germantown TN, was intoxicated when he ran them down at 2 am  on July 24th. His case is being heard in the Lander, WY U.S. District Court and, as yet, no decision has been reached. Mr. Finn drove away from the accident, but his truck broke down about a mile from the crime scene. Authorities found him still drunk in his truck the next morning.

We appreciate the signage which the BCNRA put up this fall to alert drivers that animals may be on the road. It is common to see not only wild horses, but bighorn sheep and deer as well as smaller animals along the highway, hence the generic nature of the signs.

Photo Courtesy: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Thanks for speaking up. Your voices made a difference!

Happy Trails!


Court Allows The Cloud Foundation, AWHPC, & ISPMB to Intervent on Behalf of Mustangs in Southern Wyoming

November 12, 2011

The fight for wild horses on our public lands presses on. Recently the largest “welfare ranching” organization in our country, the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in an effort to remove all wild horses from the “checkerboard” lands of southern Wyoming. These lands encompass roughly 2 million acres of square mile sections—one square mile of private land, then one mile of public land, 20 miles wide on both sides of the freeway.  This hodgepodge of public and private land was created in the 1800s when the railroad was built and investors wanted to encourage settlement.

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Take Action… and an update

September 12, 2009

We have returned from home from Lovell, Wyoming and the Pryors. But 57 horses, three of them mares with foals at their sides, remain incarcarated at the Britton Springs corrals. We have been unable to view the horses as the corrals were closed to the public until today. We did get word that the independent humane observer who had permission to act in that role through Sept. 12, and had to fly back to California in the afternoon, was denied access to see the horses in the corrals the morning of September 11. This is unfortunate as we cannot report to you how the horses are doing, the condition of Rain, Cloud’s daughter who colicked the day she was rounded up, and of special concern to many of you who watched our recent youtube video, the lame colt of Baja’s who is so footsore.

The BLM Billings Field Office’s decision to deny the humane observer viewing access only increases the perception of the public that they are hiding something. This is the most watched roundup in the country; at most there is no one to watch what is going on. What is the BLM trying to hide? Viewing of the horses is allowed starting today and details were released here.  This roundup has been a disaster for so many horses, those who are in the corrals, those who are sore and back up on the mountain missing their family members.

Please take time to call and write your local media as well as national media— we have made an incredible impact but we cannot let up now. Tell them that this is an issue that matters to YOU, ask them to involve you or another local advocate in the story. 

Phone calls to make:

ask for the release of the older horses and reform of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, fax your comments as well:

  • White House Switchboard – 202-456-1414 (fax: 202-456-2461) E-mail here  Ask for Senior Advisors:  Valerie Jarrett  and David Axelrod. Ask for Michelle Obama too, her office is recieving a tremendous number of calls and they need to continue.
  • Call your Senators – switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask that they support S1579, The Restore our American Mustang (ROAM) Act
  • Call the Senate Committee of Natural Resources – 202-224-4971 (fax 202-224-6163) Email here. ask that they push the ROAM Act through immediately– it must go up for a vote soon in the Senate

Demand reform for our wild horses, it is too late for thousands but it is not yet too late for Cloud’s herd and many others.  The roundup crews are headed next to the Steens Mountains of Oregon.We have been told that there will be no observers or photographers allowed. This  is illegal- these are the public’s wild horses.

Right now 12 herds are being zeroed out in Nevada, 650 horses off 1.4 million acres because the land is not suitable… but the horses have been living there for over a hundred years. 

Please take time to call now, we are losing our wild horses in the West and the world is watching: Read a recent London Times article here.

Please join us and many others at the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA on September 28th. Make your voice heard – and then join us on the hill for meetings the following day. Their hoofbeats need to be heard in Washington DC. 

Bo's band- Pryors Roundup 9-2009

Bo's band- Pryors Roundup 9-2009

More from Observer RT Fitch

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