The Wild Beauty Foundation welcomes you to the eighteenth edition of our weekly newsletter!
Read the newest wild horse and burro focused headlines for the week of September 17th, 2022
Happening Now: Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West World Premiere
We are extremely excited to be in Breckenridge, Colorado at the World Premiere of our documentary, Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West! Our film is premiering officially at Breck Film Festival on Sunday, September 18th at 2:30 pm at the Riverwalk Center.
Join us afterward for a panel featuring filmmakers Ashley Avis and Edward Winters as well as cast members Kimerlee Curyl and Erik Molvar. The panel will be moderated by cast member and program director, Scott Beckstead. Additionally, children (and adults!) are encouraged to write a letter for our letter-writing campaign showing your support for wild horses.
There are so many exciting surprises in store for this weekend, and we can’t wait to share them with you as we bring Wild Beauty to the world stage for the very first time!
Wild Beauty’s next stops on the festival circuit are Boston Film Festival on September 23rd, followed by Newport Beach Film festival and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festivals in October and November. Be sure to follow our social media and the documentary film page to see if our documentary will be screening in a city near you! We would love for you to experience this incredibly special film on the silver screen!
Roundup Begins in the Cedar Mountain HMA
In a last-minute decision by the BLM, the Cedar Mountain HMA was scheduled for a major roundup of approximately 700 wild horses. Cedar Mountain wild horses can be found in a variety of colors with dominance on black and bays. There are also several flashy pintos within this herd that are a favorite for photographers and wild horse watchers alike.
The roundup is set to begin this Saturday, September 17th, and be conducted by helicopter drive methods. According to the BLM’s roundup page, the HMA’s population will be reduced to the “low- to mid-Appropriate Management Level.” This means that there will be as few as 190 wild horses left on these lands after this week’s roundup.
Utah’s Cedar Mountain HMA contains more than 211,000 acres with a little more than 197,000 acres being BLM-managed land. This is more than enough land for a modest 390 wild horses, at most, to roam free.
Unusually, the BLM will not be allowing public viewing on the first two days of the roundup. We at WBF believe this is problematic and the BLM should not be authorized to deny visitation on public lands. Without public witnesses, the BLM cannot be held accountable for any failures to policy or inhumane treatment of the public’s wild horses.
In addition to administering Population Growth Suppression vaccines and IUDs, some horses will be equipped with GPS tracking devices via collars or tags. This is something that has not been seen often in BLM management and little is known as to why they are implementing this technology on the range.
Reward Increases for Information in Wild Horse Shooting Investigation
Late last year, five wild horses were found fatally shot in Eastern Nevada. The BLM is looking for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for these awful actions. The horses were found within 600 yards of each other within a few miles of U.S. Highway 50.
Now, the American Wild Horse Campaign has matched the BLM’s initial reward of $5,000 for information, with the total reward becoming $10,000. We hope that the individual(s) responsible for these terrible actions are found and no additional horses will become victims of their crimes.
A still from Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West
This Week’s Calls To Action
Show Your Support by Joining the “I Stand with Wild Horses” Campaign
The Wild Beauty Foundation’s “I Stand with Wild Horses” campaign aims to unite wild horse advocates to be a voice for our greater wild world. By joining this creative campaign, you can share your support for wild horses with your friends who might not know they are fighting for freedom in our country.
Write the words “I Stand With Wild Horses” on a piece of paper, or on another creative surface like cardboard, asphalt, or glass.
Take a photo with the words, and your face, in the shot!
Post your photo to social media with the hashtags below!
#IStandWithWildHorses #WildBeautySpirit #WildHorseTeamwork
We can’t wait to see your creative activism and thank you for standing with our wild horses.
WBF’s 2nd Annual Short Story Contest’s Equine-Loving Celebrity Reader: Graham Wardle
Joining us this year for our Second Annual Short Story Contest as an Equine-Loving Celebrity Reader is actor, Graham Wardle!
Raised in West Minster, British Columbia, Wardle began his acting journey at the age of 6. Landing his first acting role at 12, he continued to appear in TV shows such as The Outer Limits, Life as we Know it, and Supernatural throughout his career. Wardle graduated from the Motion Picture and Production Program at Capilano University in Vancouver in 2007. The same year, he booked a leading role as Ty Borden on CBC’s family drama, Heartland, where he has played the equine-loving character for 14 years. Now, Wardle produces his own podcast, “Time Has Come”.
We are delighted to have Graham read one of our winners’ amazing short stories this year and thank him for lending his voice to the wild horse cause!
Keep writing your stories!
The deadline to enter is October 31st, 2022 so be sure to get your stories in soon so they can be considered by our wonderful panel of judges. To learn more about the short story contest or submit your story, visit our website!
Check Out The Wild Beauty Boutique!
Take home a memento from the Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West documentary journey with this selection from our “Treasures from the Journey” collection.
“Handcrafted by a local artist on our journey, this piece of wall art seamlessly captures the color, power, and spirit of the wild. Three rust-textured metal horses gallop in the foreground, with the silhouettes of their brothers, sisters, and family running behind them in the distance. A wonderful addition to any room, it’s almost as if this piece was captured from a moment directly from the wild planes where the horses roam free.” (Wild Horse Wall Art Runner)
All proceeds benefit The Wild Beauty Foundation and our work on behalf of wild horses and our upcoming educational programs for children.
To take home this piece and many more all while supporting WBF, check out The Wild Beauty Boutique!
Glimpse of Wild Beauty
This beautiful photo of three generations of Red Desert wild horses was captured by Chad Hanson.
Can you spot the tiny foal hiding in the sagebrush?
A Quote to Graze On
“It is a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong,
something the best people have always done”
– Harriet Beecher Stowe
Though our wild horses do not have a voice as we do, we can stand beside them and use our own to preserve their beauty for generations to follow.
Thank you for being a supporter of wild horses, and protecting the wild beauty of our world.
– The WBF Team
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