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04/17/15

I have a wonderful problem to share with you and to ask your help with!!!!  The Bently Foundation has generously granted Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund a $25,000 matching grant!  The proceeds from this grant will pay for feed and pasturing fees at Wynema Ranch and Washoe Valley for our 143 rescued wild horses!!!!!! 

How does this work?  We need to generate a total of $25,000 in public donations.  Once we have reached that goal, the Bently Foundation has kindly agreed to match that very amount with a $25,000 matching grant!  AND, the exciting news is that we’re almost there!!!  We have already raised $19,000 of the total $25,000 needed to satisfy the matching requirement!!!!!  How cool is that!  And with your help, we’ll be able to reach our ultimate goal by raising the final $6,000.  In the grand scheme of things, that’s not a mountain, it’s a hill and together we can climb it and climb it fast!!!! 

We’ll be adding a meter to our website DONATIONS page so everyone can watch the funds roll in!!!

To help us reach this goal please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and use the DONATE button on the right side of the screen to apply your donation to your credit card.  How much more simple can it get than that?

You can also mail your tax deductible check donation to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno NV 89515

Any and all amounts will be more than gratefully appreciated and accepted.

A $25 donation will pay the pasturing fee at Wynema Ranch for one horse for one month.  A $15 donation will buy a bale of hay.  $100 donation will feed one horse for one month at Wynema Ranch.  Can you help? 

Thank you so very much for your enduring support of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund herd!!!!!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

For those who are interested in taking the next step and getting hands-on with projects, we can use your help!! 

This weekend we need help:

-          loading some hay in Washoe Valley.  If you can help, we’ll be meeting at  8:00 am at the Starbucks at Home Depot on Steamboat Pkwy and should be done by about 9:30 am.  You’ll also be able to see our wild horses!

-          cleaning up at Wynema Ranch - pens need to be scooped

Reply to this message if you can help with either of these projects.

We’ll also need some strong young people to help move super heavy panels next weekend at Wynema Ranch.  That should take about 4 hours and again, you’ll be able to hang out with the herd afterwards!!

We also need some strong young people (60 yrs and younger J) interested in helping with fence repair at the Washoe Valley ranch.  That should also take just 4-5 hours with some stunning views and awesome horses to hang with!

Kelly Hyatt is heading up our major fencing projects and is looking for volunteers.  There are many ways to help so chime in and get your name on the growing list of people who want to make a difference.

Please contact outreach@hvwhpf.org if you’re interested in volunteering!!!

PZP PRESENTATION BY DR JAY KIRKPATRICK!!! – APRIL 23RD AT 6:00 PM AT THE SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY

Dr Jay Kirkpatrick has once again generously agreed to provide his most current presentation on the use and application of the fertility control vaccine PZP.  There has been a lot of chatter and much misinformation and internet gossip about its use and alleged side effects.  We hope you’ll join us and learn about the benefits of this product, how we will be implementing it in the Virginia Range, we will dispel the many myths and stories floating across the ethernet and talk facts, and hope that you leave with a much clearer and intelligent perspective on what is going to be a key factor in the humane management of the historic horses of the Virginia Range.  The public is welcome and we encourage you to share this information and invite others who want to become educated and informed about the fertility control vaccine PZP.  Please see the attached document PZP Q&A – it’s very informative and will help you get familiar with, answer some questions about and stir new questions for you about PZP.

 

Join us - THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD – 6:00 PM at the SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY on Wedge Pkwy.

 

04/01/15

RALLY IN SUPPORT OF NEVADA WILD HORSES!!!

Hi Everyone – an update on the proposed Nevada bill AB431 – a bill that would have put our Nevada wild horses at great risk!!! – has been removed from the Nevada Committee on Natural Resources hearing for Thursday, April 2nd!!

However, we have not yet confirmed that it will be pulled completely from this Legislative session.  AWHPC reports “We are told, but have not yet confirmed, that the bill may be pulled from this legislative session in order to give the partnership agreement a chance to succeed.”

This is a great opportunity to get out and celebrate and THANK the level heads on the Natural Resources committee for seeing the benefits of what we’re doing!!!  THANK the NDoA and Sandoval’s office for giving this Cooperative Agreement a chance to be successful!!!!

We want everyone to STILL COME TO CARSON CITY AT 1:15 PM tomorrow for a rally in support of the Cooperative Agreement and most of all in support of Nevada’s Wild Horses!!!  This is our chance to show the Legislators in Carson City, and those who might think they can get away with nonsensical bills, that WE THE PEOPLE of Nevada will continue to work for our Nevada horses and fight for them at every opportunity!!!!!

Level heads, knowledge, wisdom, and dedication is what will make a difference – YOUR PRESENCE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!  Let’s have a tremendous show of force for NEVADA’S WILD HORSES in Carson City THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND AT 1:15PM!!  Plan your lunch hour for that time if you can!  It’s only a 20 min drive from Reno.

Parking available all around the Capital buildings.  From Reno, use exit 39 (Hwy 50 sign), turn right and head west then turn left on to Stewart Street.  The Legislative building is about 10 short blocks on the right and you’ll see lots of parking lots and parking on the side streets too.  

 

03/31/15

Another VERY disturbing and lousy piece of legislation has risen from the sewer!!  Just when we get a good agreement signed, some fool comes up with a really bad idea.  A proposed Nevada State Assembly Bill 431 calls for the NDoA to develop a “management plan to achieve and maintain appropriate management levels of horses subject to the management of the Department” and “Use humane methods of reproductive control for both male and female horses subject to the management of the Department”!!!!!  What does this mean – the NDoA has no means to humanely manage and protect wild horses in the state of Nevada so the ultimate outcome will continue to be trucking Nevada wild horses to the livestock auction where they enter the slaughter pipeline.  Dr Josef Mengele Nazi type fertility control experiments being carried out on our treasured wild horses!!!

Obviously, our fight is long from over but with your help and direct action we’ll get this bad idea flushed back down the sewer where it belongs.

Please read more at this link from AWHPC:

http://act.wildhorsepreservation.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1325342

Please attend the hearing if you can – Thursday, April 2 at 1:30pm.  We need lots of people to attend as a show of force whether you want to speak or not – our numbers speak volumes!!!!  Let’s continue to protect our wild horses!!!!!

Send an email to AsmNRAM@asm.state.nv.us   This will go directly to the committee – send your comments as soon as possible to this address to make sure they get the full impact of exactly who does care about what happens to Nevada’s wild horses!!!!  WE CARE!!!!!

Register your opinion at  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/ , use the drop down list to find AB431, select  “Against”, and type in your opinion – support public/private partnerships to humanely manage Nevada’s wild horses, Nevada does not have the resources to support this type of legislation, NDoA needs to focus its efforts on Agriculture and livestock and leave wild horses wild and free, support Nevada’s wild horse tourism industry by killing this bill.  We value our wild horses and want to make sure they are protected, not predated by our state government!!!!!

THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU FOR FIGHTING FOR THE WILD ONES!!!!

Shannon Windle

 

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund

 

03/30/15

Well, we're in the middle of the Nevada Legislative season - Nevada government only meets every 2 years for 5 months!!!!  And it seems we are having our fair share of nonsensical bills being presented for consideration. 

Of interest is an attempt to have the State of Nevada take over federal public land - our public land, open space where we all have the right to go and enjoy the great outdoors, our great American wild west, and our indomitable Nevada culture.  The following information has been supplied from the Sierra Club and is concise and very helpful! 

Nevadans - Please let your Nevada State Assembly rep and Senator know that this is not acceptable and the bill should die. OR attend the hearing this Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm in Carson City!!!

EVERYONE! – Please take this link https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/   and register your opinion – keep public lands public, promote Nevada tourism, ensure Nevada maintains its open space and natural resources – don’t let big business “pave paradise and put up a parking lot” (Joni Mitchell).

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE NEVADA LEGAL SYSTEM – let’s kick some butt and save our public lands!!!!!!!!

AB408 misuses the "Enclave Clause" of the U.S. Constitution to stake a claim to all public land in the state of Nevada. AB408 was introduced by tea-party favorite Michele Fiore, and is called the Bundy Bill after scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy.

The Natural Resources Committee is hearing the bill on Tuesday, March 31st.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. Call or email  your Assembly representative and State Senator and tell them you oppose this radical bill to grab our public lands.

To email your legislators, go here:

Assembly            http://asm.leg.state.nv.us/Assembly/AssemblyMembersM.aspx

Senate                  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/

If you don't know who your legislator is, go here    http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/  

Urge them to oppose AB408. Tell them that all of us, not just developers, deserve to have access to our public lands. Urge them to keep federal protections of our public lands.

2. Go to the "Share Your Opinion"  page at https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/

and vote AGAINST AB 408. The Bundys asked their followers to comment, so right now the site is clogged with out-of-state "yes" votes.

3. On Tuesday, March 31, at 1:30PM, please consider attending the hearing of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee to register your opposition to the bill. Assemblywoman Robin Titus chairs this committee; Assemblyman Jim Wheeler is the vice-chair.

Carson City: Room 3138 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St.

Elko: Videoconferenced to Room 120, High Tech Center, Great Basin College,

1290 Burns Rd Las Vegas: Videoconferenced to Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E.

Washington Ave

MORE INFORMATION

AB408 would require the state of Nevada, after it asserts a claim to the land, to "sell permit rights" to any individual who goes anywhere on the land and develops so-called beneficial uses -- defined in the bill as logging, mineral development, and grazing. No land off limits. Goodbye Great Basin National Park, Red Rocks National Conservation Area, wilderness areas, critical habitat, hunting and fishing and recreational access. 

Here's the text of the bill:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/78th2015/Bill/2042/Text

Does this bill have a chance of passing?

Unfortunately, it might.

Fifteen  members of the Assembly have co-sponsored it . To our surprise, this number includes some, like Carson City's P.K. O'Neill, who ran as moderate fiscal conservatives. And the Bundy family is asking their supporters from throughout the country to show up in Carson City next Tuesday, March 31st when the bill will get a hearing in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

 

Were you ashamed last summer when the national press headed to southern Nevada to watch Bundy and his followers make a mockery of the laws of our country and of responsible land management? Did you want a chance to tell the world that all Nevadans aren't like that?

 

03/03/15

WELCOME to MARCH 2015!!  We’ve been languishing in late spring weather here in the west for 2 months now.  We’ve been wishing, hoping, dreaming for winter weather to set in and bring some desperately needed snow to the Sierra Nevada range.  Well it finally came and did it ever!!!  16 inches of snow in the mountains, about 6 inches at Wynema Ranch, and 6 inches in Washoe Valley!  This will take us a long way to where we need to be to replenish our aquifers, raise the levels of our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, and help the many springs that keep the wild horses watered.  Why, we got so much snow this last weekend, that even the Virginia Range turned white – what a terrific sight it is!!!  Now, if we can just have a few more of those storms come in between now and May the grasses may have a good chance to grow and nourish ALL our beautiful wildlife!!!!!

FENCE PROJECT FOR RESCUED WILD HORSES FINISHED
A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to Kelly Hyatt, super volunteer for the wild horses for her indomitable spirit and determination to see a 50 acre parcel of land fenced in for some rescued wild horses.  The land was donated for use to Dr Pat Colletti of Virginia Range Sanctuary as pasture for a group of wild horses his organization adopted.  But, a fence was needed before the horses could be placed on the property.  Kelly Hyatt put out the call for and organized volunteers, Pat purchased the materials, and after 4 weekends of hard work, through rain, snow, and one of our Reno windstorms, the fencing was completed around a 15 acre portion on Saturday, Feb 28th.  Thanks to Willis Lamm and the LRTC trailer brigade, the horses were delivered to the property today, Monday, March 2, 2015!  They now have a wonderful place to roam and be happy for many years to come!!!  THANK YOU to all who made this rescue and homing possible!!!!

MARCH FOR HAY FOR THE HORSES!!!!
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is declaring MARCH 2015 “March for Hay for the Horses” month!!  Our goal this month is to generate $5,000 in donations towards our hay fund to feed our rescued wild horse herd!!! 
Please visit our secure website at  www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and make your 2015 tax deductible donation using your credit card.  Or mail your check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno NV 89515. 
Thank you for your very kind and generous donation to help feed our rescued wild horses.

HOME NEEDED FOR FAMILY OF 6 WILD HORSES
Fortunately, the good people at Wild Horse Mentors Least Resistance Training Concepts, www.whmentors.org and THANKS to the Let Em Run Foundation, Rojo’s band of 8 horses have found a home with a good rescue in Arkansas.  They will wait until the late spring for transport because there are several babies due over the next several months. 
However, we are still looking for a good home for Waylon and his family of 6.  They are a stunningly beautiful little family who were ripped from their grazing lands in November 2014 when they should have simply been moved to a safer location.  Please pass the word that these horses need a quality, forever home and refer any opportunities to this email address.  Thank you!!!!!!

WORKING MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD AT 6:00 PM SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
For anyone who is interested in participating in some of our projects, please join us at the South Valley library on Wedge Pkwy tomorrow evening, Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00p.
We need volunteers interested in fencing projects, fund raising opportunities, and our adoption committee.  We are also looking for people interested in working with our water resources group.  Join us if you can!

COMMUNITY BOARD

NEVADANS FOR RESPONSIBLE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
A message from Don Molde of Nevadans for Responsible Wildlife Management:

I really appreciate everybody's interest and concern.  We do have a chance to get something done with this issue.  Worst case, if the commission refused to do anything, we will be in a good position to look for a sponsor at the legislature when we next have that opportunity.

NEVADA COYOTE KILLING CONTEST PETITION INFORMATION SHEET 02/28/2015

WHEN:  Friday, March 20, 2015 at Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners meeting.

WHERE:  TMCC, 7000 Dandini Blvd (Parr Blvd exit off 395), Sierra Building, Room 108 (auditorium).

TIME:  Meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.; petition hearing should begin about 9:30-10:00.

LOGISTICS:  Plenty of parking.  We'll try to have someone by outside doors to help with directions.

NDOW INFORMATION:  ndow.org/public meetings/commission/agenda when posted for public viewing.

PROCESS:   In response to numerous requests to do so, there is no petition to be signed by supporters.  The term, “petition”, is used here in a legal sense (NRS 233B.100) and requires only one signature to bring it to the attention of the commission.  Information we have submitted to support the petition should be posted at NDOW web site (shown above) within a week or so of the meeting.

The petition will be presented by Fred Voltz and me, giving a short summary of the issue and supporting documents.  Public comment will be allowed (3” per comment).  Those wishing to speak need to put your name on a yellow card (provided) so names are spelled correctly in the minutes. Following public comment, the commission will discuss the issue and make a decision.

IF YOU WANT TO TESTIFY:  There is no need to be an “expert” or have detailed information.  Since these contests have no scientific underpinnings, represent frivolous, gratuitous killing, and involve the unnecessary destruction of public property (wildlife, including coyotes, belongs to everyone per NRS 501.100), your opinion and related comments are pertinent and sufficient.

WHAT THE OTHER SIDE SAYS:  Proponents claim they are helping to “control” coyotes, protecting human life, domestic pets and saving livestock.  Since there is not (and never has been) a coyote management plan prepared by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the truth is that these events are nothing more than random killing of the animal with no beneficial purpose.  Science shows that coyotes respond to random killing by increased litter sizes.  The proponents may be making coyote problems worse because increased litter sizes means more juvenile coyotes in the mix and juveniles tend to be more troublesome. If ranchers have depredation problems, they call Wildlife Services, the federal predator control agency for assistance. 

A FEW FACTS ABOUT COYOTES:  No one knows how many coyotes live in Nevada…maybe 100,000 by one estimate.  About 10,000 coyotes are killed every year in Nevada by Wildlife Services, fur trappers, and other random killing.  We've had a “war” on coyotes, ongoing for decades, resulting in coyotes now living coast to coast. What we've been doing to coyotes makes no sense.

FURTHER INFORMATION:   Trailsafe.org, an excellent source, and/or contact me:  skyshrink@aol.com (Don Molde).  Please forward this information sheet widely.  Emails of support to the Governor: cthunt@gov.nv.gov, or to the Nevada Department of Wildlife:  sscourby@ndow.org will help.

 

SPACE FOR HORSES – ½ ACRE IN THE TOLL ROAD AREA
A south Reno property owner has contacted me about a ½ acre paddock she has for rent for $200 per month. There is a round pen, shelter, you supply the hay but rent includes feeding, plenty of room to play and work. Call Sandy at 775-233-5470.

 

02/24/15

It’s been awhile but we at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund have been busy developing projects and working on some exciting events – all to benefit the focus of our efforts:  the Historic Horses of the Virginia Range!  Some of you may not know that these horses are known as “Wild Horse Annie’s” horses.  They are the horses that started Velma Bronn Johnston on her epic journey to save the American wild horse. 

A very kind, intelligent, and most inspirational person once advised that we not get ourselves bogged down in the negative information and heartbreaking stories that surround our American horses – both domestic and wild.  And while we should never ignore the information that comes to us on a regular basis, we should instead maintain focus on all the positive achievements, stories, and efforts taking place that are turning the tide of change in favor of protecting our horses!!  All the people, young and not so young, who continue to fight for the protection and humane treatment  of one of mankinds most magnificent companions and highly revered icons of our American heritage – the horse!  Let’s continue to celebrate the Year of the Horse by declaring 2015 to be the Year of the American Wild Horse!!!

14 Virginia Range Wild horses Still Need a Home!!!!
As you may already know, the NDoA removed another 14 horses from the range in November and December.  They were processed at the Carson City prison and urgent pleas for help were sent out across the globe through our partners at American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.  Thanks to the generosity and open heart of a local Reno family, Mr Shaggs, his mare Misty, and her foal Twyla, were rescued and now have a wonderful forever home right here in Reno!!!!  Also, as a result of some great networking efforts and the kindness of a terrific wild horse advocate from Washington state, Wendell Stockdale, a home was found for Smokey and his family of 5 (Violet and colt Abe, and Rose and her filly Hyacinth). 

But that still leaves us with no placement for 2 families totaling 14 horses.  Waylon and his family of 6 – newly gelded Waylon, a powerful sorrel, Dolly, a lovely bay mare with her yearling Faith and new colt Willie, and Loretta, another bay mare and her filly Shania.  They were taken from the USA Parkway area of the Virginia Range, Nevada, and now have no home.  Unfortunately, we at HVWHPF don’t have the space or financial means to take on any new horses at this time.  The other beautiful family of 8 taken (once again) from the Steamboat Valley community of south Reno in December is made up of a handsome red roan gelding named Rojo and his family of 7 - Condra, Corona, Cayenne, Calonee, Cazari, Coteah, & Cailea!

Can you help these 14 beautiful horses find a home where they will be safe and well cared-for for the rest of their lives?  Please forward this message and/or contact us by replying or at hiddenvalleywildhorses@gmail.com

BENTLY FOUNDATION GRANT TO BENEFIT THE HORSES!!!
We, at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, are so very excited and honored to have been awarded an extremely generous and so very kind grant from the Bently Foundation,.  As a private foundation, they support organizations and individuals in the areas of the environment, animal rights, and the arts.  Thanks to the Bently Foundation, we have been able to purchase winter hay for our rescued horses and ensure their board is paid.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Chris Bently for his vision, compassionate enthusiasm, and desire to make a lasting difference in the world we all share.  And our endearing thanks goes out to Camille Crowder, Director of Development at the Bently Foundation for her patience, guidance, compassion, and genuine interest in the welfare of the historic horses of the Virginia Range.  We are truly fortunate to join the growing list of exceptional organizations to have been awarded grants from such an honorable benefactor as the Bently Foundation. http://www.bentlyfoundation.org/grants

New Board of Directors to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund
We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome three new members of our Board of Directors.  HVWHPF held its Board of Directors election at its annual membership meeting on December 17, 2014.  We are so very pleased to introduce Phil Caterino, Sylvia Coburn, and Karen Vineis.  Each of these very fine, upstanding citizens will be bringing their own select talents and resources to this organization that in the end will benefit and promote the historic horses of the Virginia Range.

Phil Caterino                      pcaterino@hvwhpf.org
Sylvia Coburn                     scoburn@hvwhpf.org
Karen Vineis                       kvineis@hvwhpf.org

Ellen Holcomb and Shannon Windle WELCOME Phil, Sylvia and Karen to the HVWHPF Board!!!!

MEMBERSHIP MEETING THURSDAY FEB 26TH 6pm SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Our next general meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, Feb 26th at the South Valley library on Wedge Parkway at 6:00 pm.  The public is welcome!!! 
And please join us for our monthly working meeting on Tuesday March 3rd at the South Valley library, 6:00pm.  Our adoption group, fencing projects group, and fund raising group will be pushing forward and making things happen!  Join us!!!

DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
Amazon Smile – don’t forget to use this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0208865 when purchasing through Amazon.  Logging in once will always take you back so your future purchases will always benefit the wild horses.  There is no added cost to you and no difference in the selection of goods.  Amazon will donate a small portion of their proceeds from your purchase.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Equine Digestive System seminar
An educational seminar for horse owners

Horse Owners:  Learn about colic, ulcers and more!

Saturday, March 7th, 1:00-4:30 at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno

If you have ever wanted to have a better understanding of the equine digestive system – how it works, what can go wrong, and what you can do to help prevent problems, this seminar is for you! Presented by equine health and welfare expert Susan Kauffmann, this one afternoon talk is designed to give you a better understanding of the equine digestive system so that you can optimize your horse's gastrointestinal health.

Topics to be covered will include:

 ·        The anatomy of the horse's gastrointestinal tract

 ·        Colic -- the different kinds of colic, what causes them, and what we can do to try to prevent colic in our horses.

 ·        Ulcers -- symptoms, how they form, why horses are so vulnerable to them, what we can do to prevent them.

 ·        Feeding and management practices that promote good digestive health. (Please note that while some general feeding strategies will be discussed, this is not a nutrition class.) \

The cost to attend the seminar is $35.00 per person, and pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so book early to reserve your spot.

For details on how to pre-register or if you have any questions, please email Susan at: thedarkhorserider@gmail.com, or call (775) 847-0547
 
About the Lecturer: Susan Kauffmann is an equestrian educator and journalist who specializes in topics relating to equine health and welfare. Her articles have appeared for over a decade in magazines such as EQUUS, Trail Blazer and Western Horse Review, for whom she also served as Health Editor. In addition, Susan has written content for a number of equine-related courses for Michigan State University's MSU Global program, and she is currently writing a book on the equine hoof for Trafalgar Publishing. Many of Susan's most popular articles are archived on her website, TheEquinist.blogspot.com, and her photography can be viewed at EquineShots.blogspot.com.

Coyote Killing Contests – We say NO!
This information came in from Don Molde with the Nevadans for Responsible Wildlife Management .
Here is a link to a Reno Gazette Journal article on Coyote Killing Contests in this area Critics try to ban coyote hunting contests
“Our petition will be the first agenda item after housekeeping stuff at the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners meeting at TMCC on Dandini Blvd in Reno on Friday, March 20th.  I expect the meeting to start at 8:30 a.m or 9 a.m., depending on flight schedules from Las Vegas.  I anticipate our petition hearing should start by 9:30 - 10:00.  It'll go on a while since there is considerable public interest in it...or so it seems to me.  There will be videoconferencing in Las Vegas and Elko.
We encourage public turnout for this one...even if folks don't want to get up and speak.  The commissioners know the same old faces on both sides of the aisle.  People in the audience not dressed in hunter garb, long hair and beards will be assumed to be on our side, even if they don't say anything.
For those who want to do something now to get the ball rolling, I'd suggest emails to Governor Sandoval's office c/o Cory Hunt:  cthunt@gov.nv.gov, and/or emails to Suzanne Scourby, Executive Assistant to the Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife:  sscourby@ndow.org   No need to be technical.  Comments to the effect that you oppose coyote killing contests and support our petition would be sufficient...and appreciated.”

Upcoming fence projects
Kelly Hyatt is heading up a huge fencing project here in south Reno.  There is tons of planning and logistics to organize.  If you’re interested in helping please come to our membership meeting Feb 26th and the working meeting on March 3rd, both at 6:00pm.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!!!!!

Contact Tesla if you haven’t already
The Tesla plant will be built at USA Parkway, in the ginormous Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center 10 mins east of Reno and skirting the edge of the Virginia Range.  Many wild horses call this area and that complex their home.  If you haven’t already contacted Tesla, please take a few minutes out of your very busy schedule to write Tesla a note about YOUR horses - the Virginia Range horses.  Tell Tesla how much we treasure them and want to protect them, and that as good ecofriendly stewards of the world Tesla Motors should do the same and make efforts to ensure our horses are protected and revered as the star American icons they are.  Let Tesla Motors know that you love having them in your backyard, a true gift of beauty and grace that so many people from around the world embrace and adore. 
Contact Tesla Motors      gigafactory@teslamotors.com

DONATE NOW!!
You can help by sponsoring our horses to help pay for their feed, care, and training until placement can be secured for them.  Please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the ‘Donations’ page or www.wildhorseadoption.org on the ‘Sponsoring a Horse’ page to set up a recurring monthly donation to help the horses of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund rescued herd. 
Thank you so very much for your continued support of the historic Virginia Range wild horses!!!!

 

Thanks so much for your continued support of the historic Virginia Range wild horses!!!!

 

12/11/14

On behalf of everyone at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, we want to wish you and yours a wondrous and safe Happy Holiday season!!!  We wish all your hopes and dreams for 2015 come to fruition and thrive.  We have had many wonderful things and awesome people to be grateful for and to celebrate this year of 2014 – the Year of the Horse!!!!!!!!

WASHOE COUNTY COMMISSION PROCLAIMS PROTECTION OF NORTHERN NEVADA’S WILD HORSES!!!
I was honored to attend the Washoe County Commission meeting yesterday, December 9, 2014 to hear Louise Martin, representing American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, and Patricia Phillips speak on behalf of the wild horses, the pending Cooperative Agreement, and of course to hear the Resolution to Protect the Wild Horses and Burros of Northern Nevada!!!  Out-going Commission Chairman David Humke read aloud:

WHEREAS, Nevada is home to more than half of the Nations wild horse populations; and
WHEREAS, wild horses and burros are living symbols of our American Western heritage as represented by the depiction of wild horses on the Nevada State quarter; and
WHEREAS the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 covers the management, protection and study of feral horses and burros on federal land; and
WHEREAS, portions of Washoe, Storey and Lyon counties include habitat for wild horse populations outside the jurisdiction and protection of The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and under the responsibility of the State of Nevada; and,
WHEREAS, residents within  Washoe County are passionate about the management, protection and preservation of the wild horse population; and
WHEREAS, State statue allows the State to enter into cooperative agreements with public entities and non-profits for the management, control, placement of wild horses and burros, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that Washoe County supports the implementation of humane management cooperative agreements between private non-profits and public agencies to address the management of wild horses and burros not protected by federal law.

We are over the top elated at this long sought after acknowledgement of our beautiful and historic wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!  And it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of so many people who believe in the value, grace, and benefit these horses bring to our communities and our lives.  Special thanks goes out to Brad and Sharon Stanley, Patricia Phillips, Dr. Pat Colletti, Louise Martin, and Corenna Vance for their special contributions to this effort. 

Earlier in the year, out-going Reno Mayor Bob Cashell made a similar proclamation in support of our wild horses on behalf of the City of Reno!!  How awesome is that.  But we’re not done yet……

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

We have many, many miles to tread before we’re done, but together we can do this!!!!!!!!  Together, we will bring about the changes needed and sought after for so many years to protect these beautiful horses!!!!
HERE’S TO THE HORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  For without this beautiful, gentle creature as a partner in our evolution (and who evolved on the North American continent before travelling across the Bering Strait land bridge before the last ice age!!!) our lives, our societies, our souls would have been so very different and cold.  And HERE’S to doggies, too!!!

PRESENTATION ON THE USE AND APPLICATION OF PZP & ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH 6:00 PM
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is very proud to bring Dr Jay Kirkpatrick via teleconference to our next meeting, Wednesday, December 17th at 6:00 pm at the South Valley Library on Wedge Parkway.
Dr Kirkpatrick is the Director of The Science and Conservation Center, Billings, Montana and holds a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  Dr Kirkpatrick will offer a presentation on wild horse fertility control - the use and applications of the fertility control drug PZP.  PZP is the drug that will be employed for the fertility control program of the Virginia Range wild horses.  This is a wonderful opportunity to become more informed and knowledgeable about a very important aspect of the proposed humane management of our horses.  Your attendance will be appreciated and welcome.  The more informed we are the better we can help our horses and ensure their longevity and survival on the Virginia Range!!  Dr Kirkpatrick and Dr Fazio have provided a Q&A which is attached to this message that will answer many of the questions you may already have. 

We will also be holding our annual elections at this meeting for the Board of Directors of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. 

TESLA MOTORS COMING TO THE VIRGINIA RANGE
As many people in the northern Nevada area have heard, Tesla Motors will be moving to our area in the very near future.  What does this mean for our horses?  The plant will be built at USA Parkway, in the ginormous Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center 10 mins east of Reno and skirting the edge of the Virginia Range.  Many wild horses call this area and that complex their home.  If you can take a few minutes out of your very busy holiday schedule to write Tesla a note about YOUR horses, the Virginia Range horses, and how much we treasure them and want to protect them, and that as good ecofriendly stewards of the world Tesla Motors will do the same and will make efforts to ensure our horses are protected and revered as the star American icons they are.  Let Tesla Motors know that you love having them in your backyard, a true gift of beauty and grace that so many people from around the world embrace and adore.  Contact Tesla Motors                 gigafactory@teslamotors.com

CONGRESSMAN GRIJALVA ELECTED RANKING MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Congressman Grijalva has been a supporter of wild horses and requested Interior Secretary Sally Jewel for review and reform of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program earlier this year.  We wish him luck as he leads the committee that oversees what Secretary Jewel does………or doesn’t do!!!!

http://grijalva.house.gov/news-and-press-releases/rep-grijalva-elected-ranking-member-of-natural-resources-committee/

EUROPEAN UNION BANS HORSE MEAT FROM MEXICO!!!!!!!!!
Please sign up for news from the highly respected folks at the Equine Welfare Alliance.  They fight for all horses and report on news and topics relevant to the world of equines. 

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001vyxPS_LLFLDQhmGuzhLqGQ%3D%3D

This information is more than amazing and absolutely wonderful!!!  The European Union is banning the import of horse meat from Mexico!!!!!

Currently, there are an estimated 140,000 horses sent annually through horrendously cruel slaughter in both Canada and Mexico.  99% of those horses are regular, healthy, well trained, wonderful domestic horses that people just can’t afford to keep, are unwanted from breeding farms, or any multitude of other reasons, end up on a transport truck packed in like sardines and headed north or south to the borders.  Horse slaughter is cruel and horrendous as the horse is fully aware of what is happening (they’re darned smart creatures!!) and are often still alive when being butchered.  Sounds nasty, well it is.  And it’s real. 

The reason the European Union is banning the import of horse meat from Mexico is because there is no good way to track or know how many of over 43 drugs on the market today a horse has been given over its lifetime that would render the meat “not fit for human consumption”.  Examples include deworm medication and a myriad of pain medications.  The United States defunded meat inspectors of horse meat because of this very reason.  Therefore, we currently have no horse slaughter in the United States.  And as reported by EWA, this defunding has been secured through 2015!!  And yet, we (the United States) continue to ship our horses out of this country knowing the meat will make the dinner tables of thousands of unsuspecting Europeans and others around the world.  If the US labels it “unfit for human consumption” why do we think it’s okay to ship that same meat to other people who don’t know it’s not fit meat?

Contact your representative in Washington DC and ask them to sign on to Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE Act) S 541(Senate) and HR 1094 (House of Representative)

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094

Contact the committee members and encourage them to bring the bills before their committees for approval so they can be moved to the House and Senate for a vote and then before the President for his signature where it will then become law.  Again, it’s easy to do, and if we all do it we might just make the earth move a little!!!

NEWS FROM THE FIELD & OTHER FUN STUFF!!!
Please join in some holiday fun and festivities at a Christmas Celebration with Lacy J Dalton and Dale Poune at the Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City on December 19th at 7:30 pm.  This performance will benefit the wild horses – tickets are $27 each and available online at the Red Dog Saloon website at http://www.reddogvc.com/ or call 775-847-7474.  Eddie Floyd of America Matters Media will be hosting the evening and will perform his first-ever cowboy poem!!

 

Thanks goes out to one of our super volunteers Margie Rick who happened upon and helped rescue a lost baby bull last weekend in Washoe Valley!!  Great job Margie!  Picture attached….. 

 

11/11/14

We had a great rally in support of the historic wild horses of the Virginia Range on Saturday!!  We had a good showing of support – over 50 people holding signs, cheering on and waving!!  And 30-40 people stopped by to get more information about calling the Gov (775-684-5670) and NDoA (775-353-3600) and letting them know you want to keep Nevada’s wild horses wild and free roaming and to sign the Cooperative Agreement allowing for the humane management of our horses!!!

Relocation, rather than Permanent Removal

Fertility Control, to reach a Healthy Sustainable Population

Diversionary Feeding, to keep the horses safe and on the range

Fence-out projects, to keep horses off of roadways

On-The-Range Management, veterinary care, documentation, tracking

Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the excitement, the satisfaction of doing something positive for the horses, the shirt sleeve weather, and great company!!!  Channels 2 and 4 came by to get some great footage (Thanks so much Michelle for bringing the kids!!) and do some interviews. And Thank You Kevin and Kenzie for bringing the great and healthy snacks for us all to enjoy!!!  We had some great signs and made some terrific new friends!  But no surprise there because as we already know, the majority of people love the horses and want to see them protected and safe and off of our streets and highways!!!!

Here’s a link to some great pics – thank so much to all who contributed!!

https://www.facebook.com/HiddenValleyWildHorses/posts_to_page#!/john.pocino/media_set?set=a.10152818661733360&type=1

28 HORSES AT THE PRISON – THEY NEED OUR HELP!!!

As we reported previously, there are another 28 horses at the prison – permanently removed from the range because of the NDoA’s lack of management and responsibility for the tasks they have been charged with according to NRS 569 - http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-569.html  .  The NDoA has been offered help from our Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates to humanely manage the historic horses of the Virginia Range but instead of moving forward and proactively and cooperatively working to resolve public safety issues regarding our horses, they are wasting valuable time by trying to set unrealistic goals and measures when they don’t even have a baseline to start measuring from.

All the while, the fate of these 28 horses remains in the air.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund doesn’t have the money or space to take them.  We have several “maybe we can” responses but the facts remain:

                We need space to place them

                We need funds to feed them and pay for their space

                We need good, quality, dependable horse gentlers (not wranglers) to volunteer to work with the horses so they can move to the “adoptable” category

                We need good, qualified adopters

If you know anyone who can help these horses, please let us know.  Go to http://www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com/main.php?c=adoptions and fill out the adoption application and agreement.  Any of the 28 horses not placed by the time they are released by NDoA run the risk of going to slaughter.  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF THE VIRGINIA RANGE WILD HORSES!!!

Please take action using the link below to contact Governor Sandoval of Nevada and let him and his office know that there are thousands of people out there who care about what happens to Nevada’s wild horses!!  It’s easy, it’s quick!! 

We did it 2 years ago - let’s make sure Governor Sandoval receives another 18,000 FAXes before they return to work on Wednesday!  Please share this message with your friends, family, colleagues, club members, social media friends!  We know we are the majority so let’s make sure THEY know we’re the majority and TAKE ACTION NOW!!!

http://act.wildhorsepreservation.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18755  

CLICK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

WASHOE COUNTY CITIZEN ADVISORY BOARD – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH 6:00PM SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY

Please come if you’re able – to the next CAB meeting at the South Valley library – to tell them how important it is to you that any future development in the Damonte Ranch community, including the proposed 260 home ‘Palisades’ project, must incorporate the use of barriers to keep the horses safe on the hillsides and off our congested streets and that public safety take precedence over developer’s profits.  The more people come to these meetings, the more positive the impact for the horses when decisions are made that affect their safety.  I know we are asking a lot of you but showing your support by coming to meetings makes a huge statement – as demonstrated at the last Planning Commission meeting after we all left and only a handful of people remained for the rest of the agenda.  Remember you can submit your Public Comment in either written form or by speaking at the meeting or both.  Your comments can also be emailed in advance of the meeting to stone@washoecounty.us.  Your voice counts for those who can’t speak and aren’t welcome to attend these meetings.

NEVADANS FOR RESPONSIBLE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Please visit www.nrwm.org  and become more informed about the humane treatment we should afford our Nevada wildlife!!  Dr. Don Molde and others are working tirelessly to ensure wildlife management practices and needed reforms are being implemented to protect Nevada’s wildlife.

If you can take the time, please attend oral arguments regarding their request for an injunction pertaining to the upcoming trapping season in front of Judge Scott Freeman on Thursday, November 20th at 2pm in the Washoe County Court House at 75 Court St.  Street parking (meters) and parking garages are close by.

If you own a dog or cat or horse, you should know that horrible leg-hold traps have been found in and around our communities, within feet of well used walking paths, in county and state parks.  I know I thought trapping was banned decades ago.  Why do we need it?  The answer is - We Don’t.

 

This is a cause worthy of your support and attention – we love our wildlife, alive and wearing their own fur.

 

11/08/14

We had a great turn out at both meetings showing awesome support for our wild horses!!!  Thank you so very much to everyone who attended!  Your support makes a huge difference for these horses!!

Reno Planning Commission meeting – Palisades above Damonte Ranch High School

Probably 95% of the people at the meeting in attendance were there in support of the wild horses!!  There were some very insightful and great public comments added to the record requesting the horses be taken into consideration during every phase of development.  This project is being “continued” until the December 4th meeting because the Planning staff didn’t notify the neighboring property owners about the project moving forward.  So after several meetings and a lot of negotiating, the developer agreed to postpone discussion while they work with neighboring property owners.  We need to head back to the Dec 4th meeting and make our comments again so the Planning Commission will get the importance of employing measures to ensure public safety and keep our horses on the range where they’re safe!!! 

Nevada Dept of Transportation meeting – USA Parkway 12.5 mile extension to Silver Springs
Kelly Hyatt reported that “ almost every single person who got up to speak in the public comments was concerned first and foremost with the wild horses and other wild life. It is confirmed that fencing, water sources and at least two wild life underpasses are to be included in the plans for the road.”  Please remember that we can all still provide public comment to the NDOT at info@dot.state.nv.us until Nov 21st - tell them they need to include provisions for the wild horses and other Virginia Range wild life along the proposed 12.5 mile road extension of USA Parkway to Silver Springs.

PEACEFUL RALLY IN SOUTH RENO – SATURDAY, NOV 8TH 10-2PM ROUNDABOUT AT GEIGER GRADE & MT ROSE HWY

Please join us at a PEACEFUL (but very exciting!!!) RALLY IN SUPPORT OF OUR WILD ONES!!!! Come join us for a blast back to the 1960's where we really did make a difference with our rallies and protests!! Bring a sign of your own or carry one of ours or be a warm body or come to meet people who care about the horses like you do or come to sign up as a volunteer or come to get more information about where we are now and what we'll be doing going forward. Tell your family and friends to join us SATURDAY, NOV 8TH 10-2 at the roundabout at Geiger Grade - take I-580 South, exit 57B (Virginia City and Hwys 341 & 431) then turn left at the signal in the direction of Virginia City! You can't miss us!!!
We’re protesting the lack of cooperation from the NDoA to help manage our beautiful wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out! The more people we have, the more NDoA and the Governor’s office will know that we are the majority and the majority is in support of the horses. They need to stop listening to the few people who don’t like the horses and start taking proactive steps to manage our historic horses effectively and protect them.

Thank you everyone for your support - let's show how much we all care about the protection of our historic horses and that we want them wild n' free on the range, the way it should be!!!!

POOPER SCOOPERS NEEDED THIS SUNDAY AT WYNEMA RANCH!!!

Contact me at 775-297-2955 or reply to this message if you’d like to help scoop and clean up the corrals and stalls up at Wynema Ranch on Sunday.  I’ll be heading up there about 9:00 am for several hours of a good work out – so why pay monthly gym fees when you can help us scoop horse manure!!  And you can visit with the horses while you’re there, too.

‘ABOUT THE HOOF’ SEMINAR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 1-5

Susan Kaufman, internationally respected equine health and welfare specialist, is offering a seminar “About the Hoof” at the Truckee Meadows Community College, Dandini campus – cost $35.  Hope to see you there!!!

 

For more information http://reno.craigslist.org/grd/4731675875.html

 

11/04/14

We had a blast this last Saturday, November 1st, in Carson City at the Nevada Day Parade celebrating 150 years in the Union!!  The day started out with a blast of cold freezing rain and wind but turned into a beautiful crisp and sunny day.  We were float #116 out of over 200 entries!!!  Kelly Hyatt and Bonnie Matton dressed in beautiful period costumes and looked just stunningly lovely!!!  We also had the Technical Large Animal Rescue team and several mustangs ride along with us – followed of course by the Pooper Scooper team!!!

On a sad note - one of the riders, Bonnie Reploggle rode her beautiful mustang Falcon.  We are very sad to report that later Saturday afternoon, Bonnie left this earth and is now in a beautifully peaceful place.  Willis Lamm said about Bonnie – “she was a real trooper, over the years even taking on a few of the barely gentled adoption horses and starting them to saddle for placement.  She had a can-do attitude and a great sense of humor.  She will be missed.”   

CAN YOU ATTEND ONE OF THESE MEETINGS?

There are two important meetings for wild horses upcoming in your area. We want to make sure that we have as many people as possible showing support for the wild horses.  Please attend one of these meetings if you can.  Our message is to make sure they know you are attending the meeting in support of the wild horses.

USA PARKWAY EXTENSION
What: Hearing for the proposed extension of the USA Parkway which lies between I-80 and US 50 and would construct 12.5 miles of new road connecting to US 50 at Opal Avenue in Silver Springs, Nevada.
When: Wednesday, November 5th 4-7 pm
The hearing will be an open house format from 4 to 7pm with a presentation at 5:30 pm followed by a question and answer session.
Where: Silver Stage High School, 3755 W Spruce Ave, Silver Springs, NV 
Why You Should Attend: The proposed 12.5 miles of new roadway will cut directly through the grazing lands and migration paths of hundreds of historic Virginia Range horses. These mustangs need your voice in this planning process. We need to call for measures to be taken to have the necessary protections put in place to prevent problems with wild horses -- including fencing, underpasses and other measures.
Read more information here.

Let the organizers know you are there to show your support of the wild horses and that you want to know what is being planned to ensure the horses and other wildlife are being included in their planning of the road.


DAMONTE RANCH DEVELOPMENT
What: Palisades Development - 260 new homes behind Damonte Ranch High School.
Public Comment will be taken on a tentative map to develop up to 260 new homes on a 189.5 acre site directly behind the Damonte Ranch High School in south Reno. 
When: Wednesday, November 5th 6:00 pm
Where: Reno City Council Chambers, 1 East First Street, Reno, NV
Why You Should Attend: The proposed 189.5 acre development is on traditional grazing land used by approximately 100 historic Virginia Range horses. We need to ensure that the developer will build a wild horse friendly subdivision that includes proper fencing, public education and other measures as a part of the development plan to ensure wild horse safety.
You can make your public comment in written form or speak during the public comment portion.  Ask what steps will be taken during construction to ensure the horses are safe and point out that doing nothing as other developers have done means creating public safety issues and putting the horses as well as the public at risk by not preventing the horses from accessing our busy streets.

Please attend one of these meetings if you can and speak on behalf of the wild horses to ensure the safety and protection of our wild horses is at the forefront and implementation of these planning proposals.

PEACEFUL RALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE WILD HORSES!!!

Join us SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH at 10:00 am through 2:00 pm at the roundabout at Geiger Grade and Mt Rose Highway in south Reno.  We’re having a peaceful rally in support of our wild horses and protesting the lack of cooperation from the NDoA to help manage our beautiful wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!!  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out!  The more people we have, the more NDoA and the Governor’s office will know that we are the majority and the majority is in support of the horses.  They need to stop listening to the few people who don’t like the horses and start taking proactive steps to manage them effectively and protect them.  Please come and bring your family members, friends, and neighbors!!!  Tell your neighbors about what is happening and ask them to come out and get informed.

Please help the horses – let’s create a show of force that can’t be denied!!!!!!

‘ABOUT THE HOOF’ SEMINAR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 1-5

Susan Kaufman, internationally respected equine health and welfare specialist, is offering a seminar “About the Hoof” at the Truckee Meadows Community College, Dandini campus – cost $35.  Hope to see you there!!!

 

For more information http://reno.craigslist.org/grd/4731675875.html

 

10/31/14

HAPPY NEVADA DAY!!! Nevada is celebrating its 150th year as a State!!!  And it’s going to be a great year for Nevada’s wild horses!!!!!  We are as determined as ever to get the Cooperative Agreement implemented and keep our horses safe!!!!  But until that’s done, here’s the latest!

28 MORE HORSES WERE ARRESTED!!!

Sadly, before the last 28 horses were released to rescuers from the prison on Tuesday, Oct 14th, another 10 Virginia Range wild horses were being brought in – forever removed from the range!!!  We have since received reports of 18 more wild horses arriving at the prison.  All of this in reaction to the incredibly sad and so very tragic death of a motorcyclist who hit Bubba, a long-time highway savvy stallion, in the wrong place at the wrong time – illegally lured near the highway by a resident putting out water.  The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike but survived.  However, he was immediately run over by 3 vehicles and killed.  Again, the wild horses are paying the price of our State’s decade’s long lack of wild horse management on the part of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. 

And the trap just off of Geiger Grade on Riata Circle where the homeowner trapped 5 horses -  after we spoke with her, she apparently had a change of heart, opened the gate to the trap on her property and let the horses go.  A small victory, but an important one.  It goes to show the more information we can bring to the public, the better choices we as a community can support and implement.  When she heard about the terms of the Cooperative Agreement, she was excited about getting involved and helping – why?  Because it’s a WIN-WIN-WIN agreement for our horses, communities, and government!!!
Why then is the agreement not yet signed and executed?  More on that later…..

If you can help us place these horses, please contact us at hiddenvalleywildhorses@gmail.com – fill out the adoption application and agreement from our website www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and mail it to HVWHPF PO Box 20052, Reno NV 89515.

HAY DRIVE CONTINUES!!!!!!

Our HAY DRIVE is still on – let’s get those trucks of hay to Wynema Ranch!!!!!
Jessica McKenna from Missoula, Montana is organizing a hay delivery to the ranch of donated hay rounds, each weighing in at approximately 1,000 lbs.  The farmers are donating the hay, we have a trucker who can transport for the price of fuel.  Details on the cost are still coming in.  You can help!!!  Consider a donation or monthly sponsorship.  Go to www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to use your credit card or mail your tax deductible check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno NV 89515.  Our hay costs approximately $5,000 per month and we’ll be feeding our horses hay through the winter until about April or May when spring brings fresh grasses.

YOUR DONATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND WELCOME!!!!  THANK YOU!

NEVADA DAY PARADE, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST IN CARSON CITY
Come join us in Carson City Saturday, Nov 1st for a very special Nevada Day Parade!!  Today is the first day of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial year-long celebration!!!  Join us to ride on our float or stake a spot on the sidewalk and enjoy the entire parade!  It’s always a terrific event with about 200 floats.  And remember, this is Nevada…..there are always interesting and colorful entries!!!!

If you’d like to join the float, we’ll be lining up at West Adams Street about 9:30 and are Float #116.  Contact Bonnie Matton at 775-720-5134 or Sheila Schwadel for horse information at 775-721-4785

MUSTANG MATTERS e-MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2014
Please enjoy another edition of the new Mustang Matters e-Magazine!!  It’s free and full of interesting information and opportunities to get involved!!!!  ENJOY!
http://issuu.com/mustang_matters_magazine/docs/mustang_matters_magazine_-_october_

Thank you to Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary for sponsoring this beautiful e-magazine!  Contact Kelly Rush at kelly@americamatters.us for advertising opportunities and more information.

WHAT A GREAT FALL FESTIVAL AND BARBEQUE!!

Thank you to all who came out and supported our Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund 2014 Fall Festival & Barbeque.  It was a great success and everyone had a blast!!!!  We had a great crowd, there were a ton of wonderful raffle prizes, everyone enjoyed the horses (Cahill, Mara, and Traveller), the food was scrumptious, and the children had ball with all the games we organized!!!!

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who helped to make the day a wonderful success!!!  Frank took care of the hay ride, Sandy Todaro sponsored the face painter, Jennifer & friends organized all the games, Betsy organized everything, Kelly handled our booth and raffle ticket sales, Margie was in charge of the grilling, John C organized the food, John P helped with the set up, Terri Farley brought her children’s books, Andrew handled the horses, Linda S brought her horse Cahill, Elmira contributed to marketing, and Ellen supplied our booth!!!!  I apologize if I’ve left out any names - no matter how many different events we organize, they are only as successful as the participation and involvement of our volunteers.  We can’t do any of what we do alone, and believe me we don’t ever want to do anything alone.  THANK YOU!!!!

PATAGONIA FENCE TEAM PROJECT – COMPLETE!!!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Patagonia Shipping Department volunteers who came out to help us repair and maintain the fencing around the Hidden Valley community and install new fencing at Wynema Ranch and Washoe Valley pastures!!!  We are so very appreciative of Gavin Back and Derek Smitherman for organizing this project and their teams to help keep the wild horses of the Virginia Range safe and wild n’ free!!!!!

 

 

 

10/13/14

We’ve had a very busy few weeks with all the horses – wild and free and our rescued herd!!  Thank you Kelly Hyatt, Willis Lamm, Larry, Nathanie, Corenna and Karen for the successful rescue operation of an on the range young stud who had a 3 inch nail in his hoof - it was successfully removed!!  And thank you to Shirley Allen (LRTC Orphan Foal program) for helping to treat an 8 month old on the range colt for worm colic – he’s doing great and will now grow to be a healthy, strong stallion.
Thanks goes out to the volunteers who came to scoop the poop in the Curti Ranch community Saturday morning – John, Janet, and Christina!!!  And to those who cleaned out the pens at Wynema ranch today – Terri, Dee, Margie, and Kelly!  You are all very special and we so appreciate the time you spent and the work you accomplished – for the horses!!!!

Sadly, we have only found placement for 14 of the 28 Virginia Range horses at the prison.  Thank you so very much to those who donated to the medical and transportation funds for the 14 going to permanent homes!!!  They will be released Tuesday morning.  The fate of the remaining 14 horses (10 mares and 4 gelded stallions) will not be a happy one.

CRITICAL NEED FOR HAY DONATIONS
We are in critical need of your generous donations to help feed our rescued wild horse herd!  Can you help?  We have only collected a fraction of what is needed to feed our beautiful Virginia Range wild horses rescued since September 2012.  While we’ve been very successful in finding good quality homes for almost 50 of our rescued horses, we still have 152 horses in our care.  Winter is quickly approaching and we need to secure more hay for our herd.  Our total hay bill will be approximately $45,000 through April 2015.
Please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to donate via paypal using your credit card or via snail mail to
HVWHPF
PO Box 20052
Reno NV 89515
The horses need your support now!  Thank you so very much!!!!!

2ND ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL & BBQ – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 11 – 2 AT BARTLEY RANCH
If you don’t already have your tickets, please jump over to www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the Shopping tab and purchase them now!!  Adults $12, Children under 12 $7.50 – includes one hamburger or hot dog, bag of chips, soda, and deliciously decadent desserts.  There will be a raffle, music, horses, your picture with Traveller the pony, games for the kids, and great gift items for sale!!!  And much more!  Don’t forget to bring any gently used mens jeans and boots to be donated to the inmate wild horse training program in Carson City.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - We can still use help with the events of the day.  We’re also looking for feed sacks for the sack race.  If you can bring a bag of ice, please let us know.

GENTLING 101 CLASSES BEGIN THIS SUNDAY, OCT 19TH 10AM
We are very excited to welcome KAREN VINEIS to our Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund family.  Karen is a long time horsewoman and a Least Resistance Training Concepts trainer.  Karen has agreed to take over the HVWHPF training program and our adoption program!!!  Our goal is to get all our horses halter trained, farrier ready, and trailer savvy.  Karen will be working fulltime with our horses at Wynema Ranch to achieve that goal.  We’ll be bringing you regular updates on the progress of all our horse kids in training.
Additionally, Karen will be holding Gentling 101 classes starting this Sunday, October 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This session will run for 4 weeks (Oct 19th, 26th, Nov 2nd, 9th).  We are looking for people who can commit to these days and who will commit to at least 20 volunteer days going forward.  We will have various levels of interaction with the horses from hands on gentling as noted above, to regularly scheduled skill re-enforcement, to working with the foals and yearlings.
For those who have already signed up, I’ll be contacting you directly!  There is no charge for this training but you must become a member of HVWHPF and sign our liability insurance waiver.  A safety helmet is also a requirement (riding helmet will do), as well as good footwear.  Bring your own lunch, water will be provided.

 

Thanks so much for your continued support of the historic Virginia Range wild horses!!!!

 

10/07/14

The Nevada Department of Agriculture has removed another 28 horses from the Virginia Range over the last 8 weeks.  They gave us no confirmation of having these horses until September 24th.  We have been reaching out to find permanent placement for them but times are tough for all. 

We have found permanent placement for 14 of these beautiful horses but are desperately looking for qualified adopters for the remaining 14 horses – all adult gelded stallions and mares.  We have no pictures of these horses, we just know we might have 3 black stallions and the remainder are primarily bays.  These horses were “arrested” on Toll Road, Rhodes Road, east of Sparks, and Lockwood.

Please spread the word and if anyone can help, please complete the adoption application and agreement found on our website at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the Adoptions tab.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund will be handling all the adoptions.  Please return your paperwork either:
                via scanned document attached to an email sent to hiddenvalleywildhorses@gmail.com
                or snail mail to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515

We are asking for donations to help pay for the fuel needed to haul these 14 stunning horses from the prison in Carson City where we will be” springing” them and taking them to their new homes.  Our goal is to raise $800 for fuel – can you help? 

Some of the lucky 14 will be going to a beautiful sanctuary in California.  They will need coggins tests, vaccinations, deworming, health certificates, and brand inspections to cross the state line.  Our goal is to raise $1,100 for this medical care.  Please help us get these 14 horses off to a good start and consider a donation to help pay for their initial care.  THANK YOU!!!

VISIT www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com AND USE THE ‘DONATE’ BUTTON ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN.  THIS METHOD OF PAYMENT REQUIRES A CREDIT CARD THAT WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH PAYPAL.  AN ALTERNATIVE IS TO MAIL A CHECK PAYABLE TO HVWHPF, PO BOX 20052, RENO, NV 89515

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is working with Return To Freedom’s American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign to ensure placement for as many of these beautiful historic Virginia Range horses as possible.  We are seeking quality homes for all 28 horses.  Can you help?  Contact us at hiddenvalleywildhorses@gmail.com or call 775-851-3692 for more information.

 

Thanks goes out to all of you for your encouragement, donations, and amazing support!!!  You are making a difference for these horses!

 

09/25/14

I can’t believe we’ve crossed into fall already!  I love this time of year here in northern Nevada!  Our days have cooled to warm instead of toasting, evenings are cool but mornings are becoming a tad crisper.  Our wild ones are trying to pack on the calories anyway they can that will help take them through this winter.  It’s not going to be an easy one for any of them.  We still haven’t seen any measurable precipitation and it seems the weather forecasters don’t see any on the horizon for us either.  Our volunteers continue to watch over the horses on our slopes and continue to move them to safety.

UPDATE ON THE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF NEVADA
Leaders from our local Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates met with representatives from Governor Sandoval’s office and the Nevada Department of Agriculture yesterday afternoon.  The purpose of the meeting was for all of us to come together in a face to face meeting and take an interactive approach to define and hammer out definition on some of the points in the proposed agreement.  We had a terrific, collaborative engagement that resulted in many positive discussions.  After almost an hour and half, we dispersed with some assigned action items and a renewed sense of building cooperation and moving forward with the goal of finalizing an agreement that will benefit the horses in an environment of trust and collaboration.  Another meeting is being scheduled – we’re moving forward folks!!!!!!!

FALL FESTIVAL & BARBECUE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 11-2
We’re ramping up for our 2nd Annual Fall Festival & Barbecue at Bartley Ranch Flying B picnic pavilion on Saturday October 18th from 11:00 am thru 2:00 pm.  We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in planning, helping the day of, and promoting the event.  We’d also like to reach out to vendors and ask if you would like to set up a booth at this event – Christmas shopping time!!!!  Tickets available at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the SHOPPING tab.

Would you like to help? – we sure would love to have you on the team!   Come to our monthly membership meeting tomorrow night at 6pm at the South Valley library or email back saying you’d like to help!

MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 6:00 PM SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY

Come join us Thursday evening at our monthly membership meeting.  If you’re interested in volunteering and helping to shape the future for our wild horses, we’d love to have you at our meeting!!!  There are so many upcoming opportunities and projects that we need help with – the horses need YOU!!!

Projects we need help with – install ‘Illegal to Harass Horses” signs, plan placement of and install fencing, walk existing fencing and report back, learn horse identification and reporting, scoop poop in neighborhoods and at the ranch, learn to safely and calmly move horses, and other fun things!!!

 INFORMATION BOOTH THIS WEEKEND

We will once again set up our booth – this time at the intersection of Toll Road and Geiger Grade this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon.  If you’d like to learn more about what we do or volunteer to help, stop by and chat. 

THANK YOU TO THE EMPLOYEES OF HENRY SCHEIN INC, RENO, NEVADA
We were blown away when one of our very dedicated supporters said she had organized a fund raiser at work and that she and many of her colleagues had come together and raised $1,175 to benefit our rescued wild horses!  What a monumental and simply wonderful effort this was to benefit the wild horses!!!  A tremendous THANK YOU!!!!!! goes out to Paula Spurrier and her many wonderful co-workers at HENRY SCHEIN INC. in Reno, Nevada who contributed to their monthly cause – which was the wild horses!!!  It never surprises me at the willingness for the people in our community to want help animals.  The more people find out about the horses, the more people want to help.  THANK YOU again Paula and gang!!!!

HIDDEN VALLEY GARAGE SALE
Once again Mary Gomez and her team of Garage Sale savvy experts went all out and sold and sold and sold!!  Each year Mary solicits for donated items she can sell at the annual Hidden Valley Garage Sale and each year she and her team seems to outdo themselves!  They sell everything from blankets, to lamps, to hot dogs and sodas!!!  Her prime location in the Hidden Valley community really pays off.  For those of you who have never been, this is an annual “event” and draws thousands of people from across the area who are seeking that special find, that special treasure!!!!
Thank you Mary Gomez and your team for your hard work and your donation of $2,386.10!

MARVIN PICOLLO SCHOOL’S EQUINE THERAPY RIDING PROGRAM

 

Join everyone at the Fall Family Fun Day at Marvin Picollo School, 900 Foothill Drive in south Reno, Saturday October 4th from 9:00 – 3:00.  Craft vendors, petting zoo, face painting, go carts, and much more!  Proceeds from this event go to benefit their Equine Therapy Riding program.  We’ll have a booth set up so please come and join in the fun and learn about this program.

 

09/20/14

It was 2 years ago today that together we embarked on this journey - to save some of the most beloved wild horses in the world – Wild Horse Annie’s Virginia Range herd!!  All told and with your help, support, and encouragement, we rescued 137 between September 19,, 2012 and January 9, 2013.  We’ve come a long way since that time, overcome a tremendous learning curve, and had our share of “life experiences” along the way.  But in the end, we have grown stronger as an organization, seen first-hand how the power of positive energy prevails whereas that of negativity becomes nothing more than an anchor in a deep dark sea; we’ve come to know so many wonderful and true friends of wild horses, and realized the strength of our Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates - true and strong partners working on important collaborations for the benefit of wild horses. 

We have been so very fortunate to be associated with so many good people – those whose true motivations are to improve the conditions and treatment of wild horses.  Those people are not just here in and around Reno, Nevada, but hail from cities and towns across this nation, north across the border into Canada, and around the world.  People who have seen the mismanagement and mistreatment of our American wild horses and are standing up and doing something about it.  Right now, more senseless round-ups are underway in Wyoming.  We support and encourage the humane management of our Virginia Range wild horses designed and implemented to benefit the herds for decades to come.  We currently have no management of those horses by the state agency tasked with managing them.  As we’ve said before and will continue to say it – “We’re NOT going away!!! ” None of us will.  We will continue moving forward to get the cooperative agreement with the state of Nevada signed so we can work on positive changes coming for our horses.

 FALL FESTIVAL & BARBEQUE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 11-2
We’re ramping up for our 2nd Annual Fall Festival & Barbeque at Bartley Ranch Flying B picnic pavilion on Saturday October 18th from 11:00 am thru 2:00 pm.  We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in planning, helping the day of, and promoting the event.  We’d also like to reach out to vendors and ask if you would like to set up a booth at this event – Christmas shopping time!!!!  Watch for upcoming details on the fun things we’re organizing for this terrific family event!!!

 PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Our attached pictures are of Dehlia, one of our young mares, with Andrew, our new trainer.  Andrew is making incredible strides with our little group of horse kids.  Dehlia is scheduled to have her hoofers trimmed next week!!!  Great work Andrew!!!

KUDOS to Toll Bros, one of the largest developers in our community, for being so proactive and working with us to get a solid gate installed at one of the biggest construction site entrances in Damonte Ranch.  Thank you for helping us keep more horses safe, off the streets, and wild and free!!!!!

INFORMATION BOOTHS
Thanks to Kelly Hyatt’s great idea to set up our booth in our own neighborhoods, we’ve had 2 very successful Information Booth days.  Labor Day weekend we set up at the roundabout at Geiger Grade near south Virginia, then last weekend we set up at Veterans and Rio Wrangler Pkwys. 
From Kelly – “Had a great day on Monday 1 September, Labor day, helping to raise awareness about the perils our wild horses are facing. We set up the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund booth on the roadside across from the Maverick station on  Geiger Grade, a very busy intersection that wild horses unfortunately cross regularly to get to water. I want to say thank you to Margie Rick,  and Anna for working the booth for  a few hours and to Mary Murby for staying all day with me, and to  Tamie Hainlin Gerdts and Pat Phillips , Sherry Snider, Mona and Katrina Louise Shelton for stopping by to help out for a bit and for taking flyers home with them. We had lots of cars honking and about 20 or so people stopped and asked questions, gave donations and took home literature and a new understanding of what is the truth about the Virginia Range horses and the difference between Virginia Range and BLM.  And for those folks who did not stop,  just a short way  up the road was a HUGE bright pink and yellow sign that said  “Wild Horse Trap” (has since been removed, yeeeaahh!!!) with an arrow pointing over to the trap, Reno’s newest tourist attraction. It was a good day for educating our local residents and tourists alike.”
We met some great people and got loads of information out to the public.  We’ll continue doing this so if you see us in south Reno stop and say HI!!!!! If you’d like to help out with this type of event, just drop me a line – we’d love to have your help!!!

 MUSTANG ROBIN FIGHTS ON WITH HER COMMITMENT TO SAVE WILD HORSES AND BURROS!!!

I encourage you check out what YEA (Youth Equine Association) is up to and especially encourage young people to get involved with Robin’s organization.  The wild horses and burros of America need you and YEA is working tirelessly to raise awareness and affect change.  They’re a great group of kids supported by some amazing adults – thank you Mustang Robin for working so hard for our wild and free horses and burros!!!!! www.yeaspage.com

 LOOKING FOR WOOD WORKERS TO MAKE WOODEN HORSES

Can you or anyone you know make wooden rocking horses?  Wild Horse Preservation League is looking for talented woodworkers who could donate some time to making wooden rocking horses that they would like to sell to help raise funds.

Please contact Bonnie Matton if you can help - 775-720-5134 or bonnie@wildhorsepl.org

GO DON!!!! LAW SUIT FILED TO STOP TRAPPING SEASON IN NEVADA

Long time Hidden Valley resident and staunch wildlife advocate Dr. Don Molde has been fighting a great fight to stop the bear hunt in Nevada and reform trapping practices in Nevada.  Recently, Dr Molde and Mark Smith have filed a lawsuit that seeks to actually stop this year’s trapping season in Nevada because current trapping laws and regulations are not being followed and animals are suffering.  Great work Don!  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our fragile wildife!!!

https://www.facebook.com/NevadansForResponsibleWildlifeManagement

MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 6:00 PM SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY

Come join us this week at our monthly membership meeting.  If you’re interested in volunteering and helping to shape the future for our wild horses, we’d love have you at our meeting!!!  There are so many upcoming opportunities and projects that we need help with – we need YOU!!!

 

If you’d like to participate and volunteer to help the wild horses roaming free and wild or our rescued horses, please respond to this message and we’ll get you set up!! Or contact one of our Directors

 

08/26/14

Well, here we are once again nearing the end of August – ramping up to be yet another terribly busy fall with all the horses coming down from the highlands.  It happens every year as those of us who move horses have come to know.  And it was just over 2 years ago, on August 16th to be exact, when our journey together started.  The first 23 horses were picked up on Clean Water Way – why we still have not received a reasonable response and most likely never will.  No houses, no schools, no businesses, just open land and access to water for the horses.  No public safety issues there or within a mile of that location.  Just a perverted predator on the loose.  That was the beginning – as December approached, we saw 149 of our beautiful Nevada State horses removed from the range – your horses, my horses, horses that belong to the people of this State.  Together, we all said No More.  Things seemed to change and progress was made.  And then a long period of not much happening.  But my patience has run about as thin as it’s going to get.  We won’t sit idly back for much longer Gov’.  Today was a testament to the true sentiments of the people of this State.  A huge cheer goes out  to the residents of the Curti Ranch community who (completely unsolicited) expressed their displeasure and dissatisfaction to the Brand Inspector today with the way the NDoA is “doing business” in our community – there’s another horse trap on Curti Ranch Maintenance2 property!!!  No management is no management.  I don’t blame the people who are paid to do their jobs – they just get the earful in the street.  It’s the responsibility of the individuals in charge to take responsibility for what the Nevada Revised Statutes (Nevada laws) have tasked them with or move on!!!   And cut the lying!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If we don’t rescue the horses when the NDoA picks them up, they’re going to the slaughter auction.  Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.  It’s in writing!  And NO, the horses DO NOT go into a training program at the prison.  But you know what!!  Since employees of the NDoA are telling the public the horses they are rounding up do go into a training program at the prison, then please produce the directive to back up this statement…….AND put ALL future State of Nevada horses you pick up into this “training program” you’re telling people about.  AND once the horses have graduated, then we’ll take them from you and find good homes for them.  AND if this training program really exists, why haven’t we seen or heard of it.  Did I get in the wrong line?  Is the line for the training program at the Sparks NDoA office?  ‘Cause I have 152 horses I’d like to enroll in that program - NOW!!!!!

Thank you to Mona, Kelly, Tammie, Tom, Mary Ann, Tanya, Gail, Pam, Sandy, Betsy, Buck, Pat, Suzanne, Norma, and MaryAnne for moving horses out of the streets and out of danger!!!  You do it quietly, without fanfare and bluster, and with your heart and compassion for the horses.  They need good people like you to help them and watch out for them – THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

And THANK YOU to all those who have been sending in your alerts about horses in the streets!  You play a huge role and we thank you so very much for helping the horses!!!!!! Zac, Lisa, Sylvia, Linda Jo, Mickey, John, Sherry, Toni – Thank you!!!!!!!

Without a volunteer base, we’d be nowhere and the horses would be disappearing before our very eyes.  What a horrible thought.  And what wonderful people you are!!!!!!!!  (I apologize if I’ve left out any names!!!!)

MONTHLY OPEN MEETING – THURSDAY, AUGUST 28TH, SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY 6:00 PM

The public is welcome to join us this Thursday evening at 6:00pm at the South Valley library (the door on the far left side of the building will be open).  We need to get the gears rolling for our 2nd Annual Fall Festival and BBQ!!!!!!! What would you like to see at this event?  Bring your ideas and energy to help make this another great event to remember!!!!

We’ll also be talking about some campaigns that we will be getting off the ground.

Would you be interested in helping to document and log our rescued horses as well as the wild & free horses? 

We also need volunteers to help scoop poop in our streets and at the Wynema Ranch - come visit our horses, Shari and the gang at the ranch, and help make a difference for the horses! 

 1ST ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY WILD HORSE FAIRE – WHAT A BLAST!!!!!!!!!

We were all just blown away at the incredible response and support that came to Virginia City last Saturday for the big Wild Horse Faire!!!!!  I think it’s safe to say that a great time was had by all who came and we can’t thank everyone enough for the outpouring of support and encouragement we saw for the wild horses!!!!  I think the topper for the day were the 5 wild horses standing in an empty lot on the hillside between B Street and C Street as the parade went by!!!!  Only in Virginia City – what an honor it was to be part of such a wonderful celebration for our wild horses.  We had many opportunities to get reacquainted with some old friends, meet many new friends, and have many wonderful laughs together!!!  We met people from Texas, Oregon, Washington state, California (of course!!! J), from southern Nevada, Idaho, and beyond!!!  Our good friends and fabulous volunteers Jeff and Virginia Hudson of the Equine Welfare Alliance came all the way from Montana!!!

There were 37 vendors selling all sorts of great things and delicious food.  Let ‘Em Run and Wynema Ranch teamed up together to sell their beautiful t-shirts and swag, Wild Horse Preservation League had a full store of goodies, Pat Colletti’s Virginia Range Sanctuary had a lovely booth filled with great people and interesting stuff, Samantha S. was there with her Nevada Discovery Ride information, Save Nevada’s Bears had a beautiful booth, Nevada Humane Society was represented, the Reno Mustang Car Club was there to shine and honor their namesake and host of our weekly talk show ‘Mustang Matters’, Eddie Floyd was there to officiate at the Parade.  

And there was our booth – Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund – filled with tons of beautiful prints, greeting cards, calendars, books, mousepads….all made and donated by Ellen Holcomb!!  THANK YOU to Juanita, Sandy, Phil, Betsy, and Ellen for working the booth and raising money to feed our hungry horses!!!!!!

The concert was fabulous with Lacy J Dalton and Dale Poune headlining the evening, David John & The Comstock Cowboys, The Mountain Girls, All Hat No Cattle, Harold Roy Miller, and Willis Lamm and the Mountain Outlaw Band.  What a line-up!!!

Willis Lamm was there with the LRTC Wild Horse Mentors Large Animal Rescue Squad to demonstrate the amazing work they do to save large animals in northern Nevada/California, Midori Morgan gave a terrific horse gentling demonstration, and the Dayton Elementary Choir sang their lovely hearts out for the horses!!!  The Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates decorated what was by far the most beautiful float in the parade and thank you to Ellen, Kelly, Gigi, Katie, Sandy, Virginia, Jeff, John, and Betsy for decorating and riding it through the parade!!!  The theme was “Wild Mustangs Rock Around the World” and Bonnie Matton brought 3 large wooden rocking horses that rode through town with us!!!!

Check out this link to Patty Summerson-Bumgarner’s facebook photo album with tons of great pictures of the day’s events https://www.facebook.com/4daytonbums/media_set?set=a.10203067094890952.1073741852.1013102934&type=1

Momma Shirley was there with little River and new rescue arrival baby Cante!!!  What a thrill that was for hundreds of folks to see them and hear their stories!!!!  Palomino from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue was there with their new emergency foal mobile!!!  And the big news is that little River and his buddy wee AJ got adopted!!!!!!!! It doesn’t get any better than that folks!

 We’d like to throw a hugely tremendous THANK YOU to Hugh Roy Marshall, Robert Steiner, the staff of The Silverland Inn & Suites, Lacy J Dalton (what a terrific Lady!!!), Bonnie Matton and the teams of volunteers who made the 1st Annual Virginia City Wild Horse Faire such a wonderful success!!!

Thank you to Benson’s Feed in Carson City and Olivia Fiamengo for the terribly generous hay donation of 34 hefty bales of grass mix that were enjoyed by some of our rescued horses at Wynema Ranch on Sunday evening!!!!  And Wynema Ranch received 2 brand new donated hay rakes!!!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WAS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S EVENT!!  It was such a terrific success that I know we’ll be holding a 2nd Annual and so on….!  We hope those who were not able to come this year will be able to celebrate our wild horses with us next year!!!

2015 CALENDARS ARE AVAILABLE!!!!!

Please check out the new “2015 Wild & Free on the Virginia Range” calendars by Ellen Holcomb – they’re stunning!  Thank you so very much Ellen for doing this for the horses!!! 

100% of the proceeds from these calendars goes to the wild horses!!!  They make wonderful holiday gifts and are easy to buy and ship from this website 2015 Wild & Free on the Virginia Range calendars by Ellen Holcomb

We already have a link on our webpage as well at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com/main.php?c=shopping

 HIDDEN VALLEY GARAGE SALE

We’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Suzanne Saucier and Mary Savage for raising money for the wild horses at this year’s Hidden Valley garage sale!!! Suzanne allowed us to set up a snack & soda stand in her driveway at the corner of Mira Loma and W Hidden Valley Drive while Mary Savage had a full blown garage sale and hot dog/soda stand operating full force all day at her home on the corner of E Hidden Valley Drive & Tamarisk!!!  It was hot as blazes but that didn’t stop the hundreds of people who seek out this particular garage sale year after year – for some it’s a family tradition!!!  Thank you both for your kindness and generosity towards the wild horses!!!

 

 

08/20/14

UPDATE – on the rescue of the wee colt named Cante – short for Cante Wakan Tiwahe Waste, Lakota meaning ‘his heart is sacred, his home is good’.  See the attached picture with his new big brother Chance.  Baby Cante is one strong and tough little boy.  He has a huge strong heart and soul.  He is now the newest resident at Momma Shirley’s orphan foal home – 1 of 5 horse kids she’s caring for. 

Cante has been followed for several weeks by volunteers tracking his progress.  His dam was killed (probably hit by a vehicle) and he was taken in by a lone stallion who has spent at least the last three weeks watching out for him.  Cante was spotted yesterday on his own – he was no longer able to keep up with the stallion.  Rescue efforts were set in motion and Cante was wisked off to Momma Shirley and Uncle Bruce’s where he will be well cared for and one day be available for adoption. 

If you are interested in helping with the Least Resistance Training Concepts Orphan Foal program, please go to http://www.wildhorsepl.org/ and click on the DONATE button – use the notation box to indicate you want your donation to go to the Donna McElroy Endowment Fund.

 WILD HORSE FAIRE TIME

It’s right around the corner!!!  Just 4 more sleeps until the Biggest Little event of the year taking place in Virginia City, Nevada this Saturday, August 23rd – the 1st Annual Virginia City Wild Horse Faire fun starts at 9:00 am and goes until 9:00 pm!!!  All thanks to the Silverland Inn & Suites, Lacy J Dalton’s Let ‘Em Run Foundation, and the Wild Horse Preservation League of Dayton!!!  All proceeds go to the wild horses!!!!

9:00 am                Vendor Booths open for business – 50 vendors with great stuff to get a jump on your Christmas shopping

10 – 12                  Pancake Breakfast at the Silverland -  provided by the Bonanza Restaurant

12 noon                Parade down C Street - come see the wild horses on parade – no shooting allowed!!!

1:30                        Reno Mustang Car Club Show & Shine down E Street

2:00                        Large Animal Rescue demonstration

3:00                        Wild Horse Gentling demonstration

4:00                        Wild Horse Exhibition

4:30                        Opening Ceremonies – including Dayton Elementary Schools Combined Choir & Native American Percussion demonstration and Lakota Blessing

5 – 9 pm               Concert begins – All Hat No Cattle, Mountain Girls, Harold Roy Miller, Willis Lamm & the Mountain Outlaw Band, Lacy J Dalton & Dale Poune and David John and the Comstock Cowboys

 There will be food, drink, entertainment, pony rides, hot air balloon rides, a jet flyover, raffle, silent auction, Virginia City drunken brawls with rowdy Comstock Lode era characters to mingle with!!!! And much, much more!!!!

 RIDING HORSES IN THE PARADE

If you want to ride your horse or burro in the parade, please contact Sheila Schwadel no later than Thursday at 775-721-4785 or at schwadel@aol.com – horses & burros must be parade proof trained!!!!

PLEASE NOTE – If you called Peggy Irving about riding one of your mustangs in the parade, please call her again as she needs contact information and details…..and would be honored to ride your mustang!!!!

 GET YOUR RAFFLE AND CONCERT TICKETS

We have raffle tickets and concert tickets for sale!!!

Fabulous prizes available to view at www.wildhorsefaire.com plus loads of information.

                Raffle tickets - click on the “Raffle” tab to see some of the great donated prizes available for the raffle drawing.  You don’t have to be present to win and there is everything from a 48 inch Vizio TV, gift baskets, antique collectibles, crystal serving pieces, artwork, jewelry, books, and much, much more. This is one raffle you don't want to miss!!!
            Tickets are $5 each, 6 tickets for $20, or 40 tickets for $100

            Charity Concert tickets – all performers are donating their time so that 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to the wild horses!!  Come join in the fun and enjoy the live performances of Willis Lamm & the Mountain Outlaw Band, All Hat No Cattle, the Mountain Girls, Lacy J Dalton & Dale Poune, and David John and the Comstock Cowboys!!!
            General Admission Tickets are $22 each (children under 12 get in free).  The Concert starts at 5pm and will run until about 9:00 pm.  But don’t miss the opening ceremonies at 4:30pm!!

            At www.wildhorsefaire.com , click on the “Auction” tab to see some of the treasures you’ll want to have for your very own!!!  There are travel packages, golf packages, a gorgeous acoustic “wild horse” guitar, crystal, wine, artwork, jewelry, and more!!! 
Winning bids will be announced at 7pm, August 23rd, and will be posted.  Winning bid holders will have until 8:30pm to pick up and pay for their winning bids or the next lowest bid will be notified that they have been selected.  All prizes must be paid for and picked up by the close of the concert, approximately 9:00 pm.

 VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!!!!

Can you help with decorating our float on Friday evening in Virginia City?  We still need help to work our booth between 10 am and 5 pm and especially during the parade from 11:30 – 1:30.  Let me know – call 775-297-2955.

Also, volunteers are still needed to help in many different areas of the event.  Please contact Bonnie Matton at 775-720-5134 or bonnie@wildhorsepl.org if you can spare a few hours.  There’s tons of stuff to do but as a volunteer there are plenty of benefits too!!!

 

 

08/12/14

As I made my way home heading south along I580 through the rain this last Saturday evening after a very fruitful trip to Fernley to meet Michael and Pat, I glanced over to my left and saw such a beautiful sight!  A rainbow.  A huge rainbow, that stretched from the northern tip of the Virginia Range near I80 all the way up and over and down to the south end of the range near Carson City – shining beautiful in color, light, and magic on those hills……those hills filled with our beautiful horses!!  It is after all The Year of the Horse – a time to celebrate and be proud to know that we have one of America’s great icons in our very backyards!!!!  And celebrate we will!!!!!

 1ST ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY WILD HORSE FAIRE – SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD
PLEASE JOIN US, WON’T YOU!!!!  The fun, excitement, interesting demonstrations, and music and laughter!  All to benefit the wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!!!  There will be pony rides, pancake breakfast, train rides (on real trains!!!), a parade, the Reno Mustang Car Club show & shine, large animal rescue demonstration, vendor booths, music, a town filled with characters, and so much more!!!  AND don’t forget to get your tickets for one ultra fabulous concert featuring our very own Lacy J Dalton and many others all performing to benefit the historic horses of the Virginia Range!!!  Take in the sights and sounds of Virginia City – a trip back to the days of the Comstock Silver Lode with bandits, and sheriffs, and miners, and loads of fun, things to do, and sights to see!!  The home of the wild horses!
Find more information at  http://www.wildhorsefaire.com/ and see the attachment for details on the concert! 

Bonnie Matton, President of Wild Horse Preservation League is asking for volunteers to help sell concert tickets as well as raffle tickets starting now.  Bonnie wants to make sure the concert is a sell-out so, if you can help sell some tickets, the horses would be most appreciative!!!!
This is a great chance to help out our wild horses and be a part of something very cool!  And meet some other like-minded, wonderful people in the process!

Please call Bonnie at 775-720-5134 for information about selling concert and raffle tickets – THANK YOU!!!!

Also, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is asking for volunteers to help out at our booth on the 23rd.  We will set up at 7:30 am and tear down at 7:00 pm. If you can help to work the HVWHPF booth for a 2-3 hour shift, we would be ever so grateful!!!!    

HIDDEN VALLEY GARAGE SALE, SATURDAY, AUGUST 16TH

It’s hard to believe but YES, it’s that time of year again!!!  The Hidden Valley garage sale starts at 7:00 am and runs until about 2:00 pm this Saturday.  It’s a great opportunity to find those hidden treasures and things you knew you always wanted.  Come on out to Hidden Valley this Saturday – eastern Reno, using either Pembroke Way or Mira Loma.
If you have items to donate, please contact Mary Savage at reenew@charter.net .  She will be selling garage sale items as well as operating a hot dog stand.  All proceeds go to the wild horses.

 We will also be running our booth at the corner of Mira Loma and W. Hidden Valley Drive.  We’ll be selling our tshirts, photos, 2015 calendars, as well as coffee, Danish, ice cream bars, water, and soft drinks.  We are asking for donated canned soft drinks – please reply to this message if you can contribute. 

THANK YOU!!!

ORPHAN FOAL RESCUE AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM

There are few people who work harder and do so without fanfare and bluster than those who rescue and care for the orphan foals of the Virginia Range and other open rangeland in this part of the country.  These precious creatures are often found injured, dehydrated, starving, alone, lost, frightened, and sometimes on death’s door.  But for people like Shirley and Bruce Allen, Palomino and Matt Armstrong, and Willis and Sharon Lamm, rescue is what they do.  They’ve been doing it for many years now and have spent countless hours in the field executing perfect rescue plans, searching for and recovering injured foals, transporting them great distances to the warmth, safety, and love of their rescue homes, and spending countless sleepless nights and hours watching over these babies and in many instances nursing them back to health from the brink of death. 

Not all babies make it, but these people have the knowledge, practice, wisdom, innate sense, and sheer patience that often makes the difference between life and death for some of the wee ones.  They don’t give up on these babies until the babies let them know it’s time.  They are very special, hardworking, dedicated people who receive no compensation for what they do.  Caring for these babies is expensive.  Their food and supplements cost over $200 a month and that doesn’t include any veterinary care they might need. 

If you can help, please visit www.wildhorsepl.org and click on the DONATE button - If you wish to contribute to this very worthwhile cause, simply click on the ‘Donate’ button [on this page] and in the box under the word ‘Purpose,’ type in ‘Donna McElroy Endowment Fund.’ If you prefer, you can donate by sending a check to W.H.P.L., Post Office Box 1958, Dayton, NV 89403. Please indicate on the check it is for the endowment fund.
This is a very worthy cause and the babies that grow up out of this program are some of the most wonderful little critters you’ll ever meet.  They grow up to be good companions and wonderful friends to humans.  THANK YOU!!!

ILLEGAL TO HARASS WILD HORSES SIGNS!!!

We have been given a wonderful $500 donation from one of our wonderful supporters who is dedicated to helping animals and doing the right thing when it comes to the protection of creatures who need a helping voice.  We will be purchasing “ILLEGAL TO HARASS WILD HORSES PER NRS 504.490” signs and installing them in various locations where they’re most needed.  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH JANET!!!!

  TAFFY & TRUFFLES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!!

Our two sweet candy fluff girls, Taffy and Truffles, are available for adoption.  Megan has been working with them for four weeks now and gotten them completely used to people, and halters, and trailers, and other scary stuff!  THANK YOU MEGAN!!!!! 
Taffy is a precious 15 month old filly, is a gorgeous solid sorrel with a mixed red and flaxen mane, and a pretty elongated star and very slight partial strip.  She’s a push over when it comes to learning new things, picks up on anything new very quickly, and loves getting her mane braided!! She is halter trained, can pick up her feet for the farrier, and loads on and off like a charm.

Truffles is a sweet little 16 month old filly, has a stunning dark red bay coloring, a right front full pastern, right rear full pastern, and a strong star/strip in the shape of a dagger.  She’s very curious and has a pleasant personality, is willing to try new things and is looking for a solid life-long commitment to her forever human companion.  Truffles is also halter trained, can pick up her feet for the farrier, and loads on and off like a charm, too.

If you’re interested in adopting either of these fillies, please respond to this message and we’ll arrange for you to meet each other.

WYNEMA RANCH UPDATES

We had a great Trailer Day both Saturday and Sunday at Wynema Ranch!!!  Our three little boys in training loaded nicely and without hesitation not once, not twice, but yes ladies and gentlemen….three times!!  Not only that, but we went for a ride around the ranch each time as well.  They’re no longer little babies, but are growing up fast and turning into wonderful, gentle creatures.  We also got Simon and his new best friend, our one and only Lil’ Diamond, loaded on the trailer several times.  This is a big step for my friend Simon and we’re all very proud of him!!!

Volunteers needed to help clean stalls and clean out water troughs several times a week.  Can you help?

 GENTLING 101 – A CLASS FOR THOSE WANTING TO WORK WITH THE WILD ONES

We’re setting up a gentling program for those who would be interested in learning and working with our gentled horses.  If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll get you on a separate email list.  This should be very informative, exciting, rewarding, and memorable for all who take part in this unique opportunity to work with the wild ones – some of the smartest, most willing friends you’ll ever find.  NOTE: You must be willing to purchase your own safety helmet.

URGENT PLEA FOR DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP FEED OUR RESCUED HORSES

We have received our first truckloads of hay from a local farmer.  Now we have to pay for it!!!! You can see in the attached photo what a ‘truckload’ of hay looks like = 450 bales.   We’ll be getting 5 more just like it!!  We are reaching out across the globe asking for donations needed to help feed our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.  

You can help by making your tax deductible donation

at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and using the DONATION buttons on the right side panel

OR mail your check to                    HVWHPF   PO Box 20052   Reno   NV   89515

Consider a Sponsorship – set up a recurring donation one time and watch as your monthly donation flows seamlessly to benefit the horses.  Just a $1 A Day can make a huge difference for our rescued Virginia Range horses.  Your continued support, encouragement, and participation is so greatly appreciated!!!  THANK YOU!!!!

The horses’ success depends upon you – please spread the word and donate now.  We all love and want to create good lives for these horses – they need your help now!!!

Thank you for your support, kindness, and generosity towards our beautiful rescued Virginia Range horses!!

 RAISE YOUR COFFEE MUG TO SUPPORT OUR RESCUED HORSES

ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP!!!!  Fill your coffee mug with GIVING BEAN Gourmet Fresh Roasted Coffee and Tea and support the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Wild Horse Rescue Operation!!!  Purchase your next smile at  GIVING BEAN COFFEE FOR WILD MUSTANGS  and get some high quality, fresh roasted coffees, teas, and cocoa delivered right to your home or work place.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund receives a portion of each sale so please shop, shop, shop!!!  You can even set up a recurring fresh roast coffee delivery! They don’t roast your beans until they get your order and then they ship it right to you.  Sit back, enjoy your coffee at work or at home and know that you’ve made a difference for the horses you helped to rescue!

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!    

 

08/03/14

BRING JUSTICE FOR LITTLE EBONY!!!!
The findings are in and have led us to inconclusive results. While no metal was indicated in the x-rays taken, there are clearly 2 holes in the front of little Ebony's skull - one in the middle of her pretty little star and the other several inches higher.
The events of these last weeks have simply re-enforced upon us the urgent need for the Nevada Department of Agriculture to finalize and sign the Cooperative Agreement with Return to Freedom/AWHPC allowing for the management of the Virginia Range horses to fall on local area advocates. The NDoA does not currently have adequate resources available to allocate for the proper and humane management of the Virginia Range horses. And as important, they should be focusing their existing resources on our Nevada agricultural industry - and not the horses. But instead, their resources are being stretched beyond reason between agriculture business and wild horses. And when that happens, "things" fall through the cracks and the wild horses pay the price. In this case, little Ebony did not get the attention and justice she deserved in declaring a clear and final case for her cause of death. Questions loom, speculation will forever surround the circumstances of just what happened in the early morning hours of Monday, July 21st - simply because the time and resources needed for a thorough and responsible examination were not there for her. This is just a sad state of affairs for our historic Virginia Range horses. But Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is determined now more than ever to see that the winds of change move from a breeze back to hurricane force!!!!
To the Nevada Department of Agriculture - Get out of the wild horse business! Sign the Cooperative Agreement now - be responsible and give our horses the attention and protections they need through this agreement to keep them safe from those who would do them harm. Work with us to improve public safety and don't ever try to sweep the historic horses of the Virginia Range under the rug again!!!!
Visit http://www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com/
for more information about the Virginia Range wild horses and ways you can help.
Thank you to all who care about and support these wild horses!!!! They need our help now more than ever before. We will continue to fight for and protect them. If you have any information about the death of a wild horse killed in the early hours of Monday, July 21st, 2014 on the dirt road between Hidden Valley and Damonte Ranch (Desert Way), please let us know. We currently have an active case open with the Washoe County Sheriff's office and are determined to Bring Justice for Little Ebony!!!!!!!
Please SHARE this information around the world and come to Reno, Nevada to visit these beautiful horses - we love sharing them!!!

 1ST ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY WILD HORSE FAIRE – SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD
This promises to be such a wonderful event – filled with fun, excitement, interesting demonstrations, and music and laughter!  All to benefit the wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!!!  The day is going to be packed with so many wonderful things to do – pony rides, pancake breakfast, train rides (on real trains!!!), a parade, the Reno Mustang Car Club show & shine, and large animal rescue demonstration.  AND there will a fabulous concert featuring our very own Lacy J Dalton and many others all performing to benefit the historic horses of the Virginia Range!!!  Take in the sights and sounds of Virginia City – a trip back to the days of the Comstock Silver Lode with bandits, and sheriffs, and miners, and loads of fun, things to do, and sights to see!!  The home of the wild horses!
Find more information at  http://www.wildhorsefaire.com/ 

Please see the attachments for more information!  Bonnie Matton is in real need of tons of volunteers to make this an event to remember.  It lasts all day and into the evening so you will be able to choose almost any time of the day to help out!  This is a great chance to help out our wild horses and be a part of something very cool!  And meet some other like-minded, wonderful people in the process!

Bonnie says any questions please call her at 775-720-5134 or Robert Steiner at 775-847-4484.

 TRAINING / GENTLING UPDATES
Megan Robson
has been making great progress with Taffy and Truffles!  Truffles has her halter on, been on and off and in and out of the trailer and is getting her hair braided!!!!!  She is available for adoption and we might have a forever home for her, but we’ll keep you posted on that!!!  And Miss Taffy is picking up everything new and rolling with it like a champ!!  She is also available for adoption so if you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact us and go to our website www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to get the adoption application and agreement.   Keep up with their progress on facebook at Star Horses https://www.facebook.com/Starhorsetraining  . 

 HORSE SLAUGHTER TAKES ANOTHER BIG HIT!!!!!

Please read the attached “Notice of Withdrawal of Application” for Valley Meats out of New Mexico!!  The people who wanted to force the US Government to re-open their horse slaughter plant have gone out of business.  And so it should be.

This is a good day for our American horses – especially the domestic ones!!!  And thank you so very much to Yvette Dobbie for sending us this great news!!!  But please don’t think our horses are safe – they won’t be until our government puts an end to horse slaughter in the United States for once and for all.  Please take a look at the following information and take action – contact the people on these committees and your Congressman and Senators. Killing horses is just wrong.  Encourage them to support the SAFE Act by signing on as a sponsor and to tell the committees to get it moving to the floor!  Each House has a bill – HR1094 and S541.

 

Please contact the committee chairs and ranking members noted below and tell them to approve HR1094 -the SAFE Act

The House version - https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094

The Committees -     https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSAG/29

Contact Congressman Rick Crawford       Tel 202-225-4076  FAX 202-225-5602

Congressman Jim Costa                                Tel 202-225-3341

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSIF/14

Contact Congressman Joseph Pitts          Tel 202-225-2411

Congressman Michael Burgess                  Tel 202-225-7772  FAX 202-225-2919

Congressman Frank Pallone Jr                    Tel 202-225-4671  FAX 202225-9665

 

Please contact the committee chairs and ranking members noted here and tell them to approve S541 -the SAFE Act

The Senate version -      https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541

The Committee -              https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/SSHR

Contact Senator Tom Harkin                       Tel 202-224-3254  FAX 202-224-9369

Senator Lamar Alexander                             Tel 202-224-4944  FAX 202-228-3398

 

Find your Senators and Congressional representatives here - https://www.govtrack.us/

Call, FAX, email, facebook your representatives and ask them to sign on to the Safeguard American Food Exports Act today!!!

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS!!!!

Thank you to Shirley Vittorino, Kelly Hyatt, Pat Pruitt, Betsy Brownfield, and Ellen Holcomb for digging out the 2 cattleguards on the dirt road just south of Hidden Valley!  It seems the flash flooding brought loads of dirt and rock right down the road and it settled right into the slats.  It was hard work but worth every second as some of our large fluffy friends were making their way right across them and visiting their human friends around the corner.  All safe now.

And a tremendous thanks goes out to Becky and Gary Cantara for their work on repairing the gate, welding the steel post, and straightening the metal bands at the cattleguard at the old gun club.  You may remember that it was rammed about the same time little Ebony was killed.  Gary and Beck have contributed so much to help keep the wild ones safe and wild – we are truly grateful for everything they have done over so many years.  And they never bellow or complain, they just do what is needed. 

And an huge Thank You to Kelly Hyatt and Craig for re-engineering and building a new gate at the construction site next to the old gun club.  It’s now easier to open and close which should encourage the workers to close it at night, thereby preventing the horses from wandering through and out to the streets!  Great work!!

THANK YOU to each of you as well as Mona and the gang for continuing to move horses out of the streets and watch out for their safety – you are all my unsung heroes!!!!

URGENT PLEA FOR DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP FEED OUR RESCUED HORSES

We have negotiated a good price for our hay from a local farmer.  Now we have to pay for it!!!! We are reaching out across the globe asking for donations needed to help feed our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.  The continued drought conditions in northern Nevada have dramatically reduced the amount of feed available for grazing for the Virginia Range wild horses you helped rescue from the slaughter pipeline.  We are way ahead of schedule in providing supplemental feed for our 94 adult horses at Wynema Ranch. 

You can help by making your tax deductible donation

at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com using the DONATION buttons on the right side panel

OR mail your check to                    HVWHPF   PO Box 20052   Reno   NV   89515

Consider a sponsorship – set up a recurring donation one time and watch as your monthly donation flows seamlessly to benefit the horses. 

The horses’ success depends upon you – please spread the word and donate now.  We all love and want to create good lives for these horses – they need your help now!!!

Thank you for your support, kindness, and generosity towards our beautiful rescued Virginia Range horses!!

RAISE YOUR COFFEE MUG TO SUPPORT OUR RESCUED HORSES

ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP!!!!  Fill your coffee mug with GIVING BEAN Gourmet Fresh Roasted Coffee and Tea and support the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Wild Horse Rescue Operation!!!  Purchase your next smile at  GIVING BEAN COFFEE FOR WILD MUSTANGS  and get some high quality, fresh roasted coffees, teas, and cocoa delivered right to your home or work place.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund receives a portion of each sale so please shop, shop, shop!!!  You can even set up a recurring fresh roast coffee delivery! They don’t roast your beans until they get your order and then they ship it right to you.  Sit back, enjoy your coffee at work or at home and know that you’ve made a difference for the horses you helped to rescue!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!   

Just a $1 A Day can make a huge difference for our rescued Virginia Range horses.  Your continued support, encouragement, and participation is so greatly appreciated!!!  THANK YOU!!!!

 WORKSHOP MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH 6:00 PM SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY

 

Please join us this Tuesday evening to talk about the 1st Annual Virginia City Wild Horse Faire, the upcoming Hidden Valley garage sale, and other important projects.  We need your help so if you can volunteer your time to help the horses, please come!!

 

07/24/14

DEAD MARE FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DIRT ROAD

First thing this last Monday morning I received a call about a dead mare in the middle of the dirt road which appeared to have been shot in the head.  She wasn’t hard to find and after a quick review of the scene, it seemed very obvious that she had been shot at point blank range, simply fallen over and was left to bleed to death.  There were no other indications of any trauma, broken bones, or any marks on her body.  I immediately contacted the NDoA brand inspector and confirmed that he had not “dispatched” her and he agreed to come right out to take care of the situation.  However, what seemed all too soon and too quickly he announced his findings of her death to be caused by a vehicle strike and that she had not been shot in the head and is refusing to entertain the idea that she might have been shot or give an explanation about the origin and cause of the 2 holes in her head.  So, over the last several days, Kelly and I have been doing some research, asking questions, requesting assistance, calling people and asking for reports (from public agencies which are of course public records).  Simply put, speaking for the wild horses when it seems that too many so-called voices working on their behalf have dulled and taken a bizarre direction – a direction that serves the human ego and not the wild horses.

Since the mare is dead and the NDoA left her remains for the coyotes (which is appropriate and part of the circle of life), she technically now belongs to the earth.  That being said, we have taken her remains to be examined and x-rayed for indications of cause of death. 

I have had two veterinarians examine her in the field.  One vet made a “blind” observation, knowing nothing about the circumstance of her death, and reported that it appeared she had died of two gunshot wounds to the head but no indication of trauma from a vehicle strike.  The other vet made the same observation.  We should have a determination in a few days about whether her death involved a gunshot or not. 

Over the last 3 days, every person who saw her (except the one noted above) said the same thing – it appears she was shot twice in the head. 

You may ask why does this matter – she’s dead.  Well, this innocent little mare had a life, hard as it was, it was her life. And by the way, her name is Ebony, and she is just one of about 2,000 wild horses in the Virginia Range that deserve better, deserve to be protected from people who would just as soon do them harm, and deserve better treatment from the people who have been tasked to “manage” them and keep them from harm.

It’s not acceptable to me and many others that we sit back and know that these horses are being harassed and do nothing.  It’s not acceptable that anyone intentionally harm these horses – these beautiful, trusting souls, and we do nothing.  We now have a case open with the Washoe County Sheriff and will continue to work with them to ensure that our wild horses are treated humanely and with the respect they deserve.

The cost of the examination and x-ray is $440.  The gate at the end of the dirt road was rammed and needs to be repaired – it keeps the horses from trying to cross the cattleguard and get into the streets (where they would get picked up by the “Nasty” truck) – estimated cost of repair is at least $400.  We need more signs installed reminding people that it’s illegal to harass the wild horses – estimated cost $300.  Can you help with any of these costs?  If so, please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com , make a donation using your credit card and add a note indicating how you would prefer to have your generous donation spent.  Or mail your kindhearted check to:

                HVWHPF
                PO Box 20052
                Reno NV 89515

Also, if you or anyone you know has any information about the death of Ebony, the 2 year old mare, please let us know.  And spread the word - it’s illegal to harass wild horses and WE WILL NOT allow the killing of our wild horses to continue.

 1ST ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY WILD HORSE FAIRE – SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD
This promises to be such a wonderful event – filled with fun, excitement, interesting demonstrations, and music and laughter!  All to benefit the wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!!!  The day is going to be packed with so many wonderful things to do – pony rides, pancake breakfast, train rides (on real trains!!!), a parade, the Reno Mustang Car Club show & shine, and large animal rescue demonstration.  AND there will a fabulous concert featuring our very own Lacy J Dalton and many others all performing to benefit the historic horses of the Virginia Range!!!  Take in the sights and sounds of Virginia City – a trip back to the days of the Comstock Silver Lode with bandits, and sheriffs, and miners, and loads of fun, things to do, and sights to see!!  The home of the wild horses!
Find more information at  http://www.wildhorsefaire.com/ 

Please see the attachments for more information!  Bonnie Matton is in real need of tons of volunteers to make this an event to remember.  It lasts all day and into the evening so you will be able to choose almost any time of the day to help out!  This is a great chance to help out our wild horses and be a part of something very cool!  And meet some other like-minded, wonderful people in the process!

Bonnie says any questions please call her at 775-720-5134 or Robert Steiner at 775-847-4484.

TRAINING / GENTLING UPDATES
We are just so tickled with the progress our trainers have made with some of our “kids”!! 

Megan Robson has been working with 2 of little girls – Taffy and Truffles ~ both sweet as candy!  Taffy is already in her halter and Truffles is getting closer each day.  Keep up with their progress on facebook at Star Horses https://www.facebook.com/Starhorsetraining  . 

Lorie Barrett has made some terrific progress with one of our favorite boys – Mr Simon!!!  See the attached picture of him – he’s munching away on his goodies inside the trailer!!!  We’re all so very proud of him – this was not an easy task for him given the bad experiences he’s had with trailers, but he has really come around in the last several weeks!!

Thank you so much Megan and Lorie!!!!!

WILD HORSE SPONSORSHIPS – IT’S SO EASY!!
I’d like to introduce ya’ll to Shakey Jake, the new mascot for the “Chillin’ with Bobby Joe” radio show on www.renegaderadio.org and locally at 101.3FM.  Bobby Joe Holman has stepped up and started a sponsorship for one of our horses he has named Shakey Jake!!!  As a matter of fact, Shakey Jake already has his own facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakey-Jake/1604051926516257Like his page and Share it!!!!

Please consider a sponsorship of one of our horses. Come on out to Wynema Ranch and pick out which horse you’d like to sponsor!!!  Get pictures together and open your own facebook page for your sponsored horse!  Visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and go to the “Donations” tab for instructions on establishing a sponsorship.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS FOR THIS WEEKEND – SATURDAY, JULY 26TH ~ EARLY
PROJECT #1, SATURDAY 7 AM
- We need people to come out and help dig out 2 of our cattleguards!!  It will go fast with lots of people helping.  Please bring your small garden hand shovel (they fit between the steel slats), gloves, a cushion (optional but make it comfier), and sun protection.  The cattleguards are on the south side of Hidden Valley and can be easily accessed from East Hidden Valley Drive and Hidden Highlands Drive (turn right onto the dirt road and follow it to the cattleguard.

PROJECT #2, SATURDAY ABOUT 9 AM – Fix the gate at the construction site at the end of Rio Wrangler.  We’ll rework the existing gate to make it easier to close up.  This is the gate that is continually left open by the construction workers and where our 9 beautiful bachelors were recently snatched up by the NDoA.  We can’t risk any more horses lives.  We need to make sure our fences and gates are regularly maintained to keep the horses safe.

FENCING SAVES LIVES AND KEEPS HORSES WILD AND FREE

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the people who made their way out to Fernley to install about 1,000 feet of fencing along the edge of a new development.  A band of 9 horses had found their way into a new community in Fernley and were getting out on the highway.  Thank you Anne Hall for sounding the alarm and rallying volunteers to come out and install fencing that would keep the horses back on range – wild and free!!!  The NDoA had threatened to come around and pick them up but thanks to some hard work and quick action by a few dedicated volunteers, these horses missed the “Nasty” truck by hours and are now SAFE!!!!!!

SHOPPING, SHOPPING, AND MORE SHOPPING!!!!
Check out our website www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the SHOPPING tab – Our t-shirts and caps and visors are now available for sale!!!  AND WE’LL SOON BE ADDING 2 GORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER DEBBIE SMITH!!!  So keep checking for new items.
Light and easy shopping experience – just add as many goods to your “cart” as you would like and check out using your credit card or paypal account.  We’ll prepare your order for immediate shipment via USPS.  So don’t forget the wild horses when you’re thinking about what to buy for a birthday or any occasion gift.  Also, Ellen is hard at work on our 2015 Wild Horse calendars so stay tuned – we’ll let you know when they’re ready! Contact me directly if you prefer to purchase our swag using a check instead of going through PayPal.

 REMINDERS

Just a $1 A Day can make a huge difference for our rescued Virginia Range horses.  Your continued support, encouragement, and participation is so greatly appreciated!!!  THANK YOU!!!!  Head to www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to use your credit card to make your generous donation or mail your kindhearted check to

                HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno NV 89515

Fill your coffee mug with GIVING BEAN Gourmet Fresh Roasted Coffee and Tea and support the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Wild Horse Rescue Operation!!!  Purchase your next smile at  GIVING BEAN COFFEE FOR WILD MUSTANGS  and get some high quality, fresh roasted coffees, teas, and cocoa delivered right to your home or work place.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund receives $5.00 for each sale so please shop, shop, shop!! 

 MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY JULY 24th  6:00 PM – SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Just a reminder of our monthly membership meeting, Thursday, July 24th at 6:00pm at the South Valley library – the public is welcome.

We’ll be talking about some very important projects coming up.  We need help and ideas about what we can do about the 9 beautiful bachelors from Damonte Ranch that got picked up several weeks ago.  We have no room and donations are not coming in for us to rescue them.   

We’ll also be talking about the suspicious death of the mare found in the middle of the dirt road on Monday. 

We also have various projects that need volunteers – determining alternative water sources, fencing (planning & installing new & fixing old), and fund raising events and planning.  We also need people who are interested in helping with our horse adoption program.  There are lots of things to do for our rescued horses!!  If you can volunteer to help we’d love to have you!!

 

Please come join us Thursday, July 24th 6:00 pm and feel the satisfaction of helping the wild and free Virginia Range horses and our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.

 

07/11/14 

Let’s cut right to it!!  It’s hot, hot, hot out here and will get hotter this weekend!  We had a dump of desperately needed rain on Tuesday but it seemed that was just enough to keep the dust down.  We need good, strong, positive energy out here to break this drought.  But with good people surrounding us and our horses, I know that good things are on their way!  Our friend, Ginger Kathrens, founder of the Cloud Foundation was in our neighborhood just a few weeks ago and stopped by Wynema Ranch to say HAY! to the horses!!!  Thank you Ginger for your support and encouragement – it means a great deal!

First up…..
1st ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY WILD HORSE FAIR – AUGUST 23RD
Come one, come all and join in the fun and celebration to benefit and in honor of our beautiful Virginia Range wild horses!!!  The day is going to be packed with so many wonderful things to do – pony rides, pancake breakfast, train rides (on real trains!!!), a parade, the Reno Mustang Car Club show & shine, and large animal rescue demonstration.  AND there will a fabulous concert featuring our very own Lacy J Dalton and many others all performing to benefit the historic horses of the Virginia Range!!!  Take in the sights and sounds of Virginia City – a trip back to the days of the Comstock Silver Lode with bandits, and sheriffs, and miners, and loads of fun, things to do, and sights to see!!  The home of the wild horses!
Find more information at 
http://www.wildhorsefaire.com/ 
For wild horse tour information visit 
http://www.travelnevada.com/deals/virginia-range-wild-horse-experience   and contact Kelly Hyatt at 775-828-4000, ext 105 or Kelly@watvl.com
MUSTANG MATTERS – THE E-MAGAZINE – THE INAUGURAL PUBLICATION!!!
Please take a look at the new  
MUSTANG MATTERS - THE E-MAGAZINE
Enjoy and share this wonderful FREE publication!!  And it’s all THANK YOU to Eddie and Shari Floyd at Wynema Ranch for sponsoring this very first publication – one of thousands more to come.  It’s a great way to keep up with all things ‘wild horse’ and also how you too can help and participate in preserving our American heritage.
Please reply to this message if you’re interested in advertising in this publication.  Also, all horse advocacy groups are invited to have their own page – it’s all about horses!!!!
HAY, HAY, HAY DRIVE FOR OUR RESCUED HORSES!!!
Hey Everyone!!!  We are just so pleased and very proud to THANK the LET ‘EM RUN FOUNDATION and WILD HORSE PRESERVATION LEAGUE for their incredibly generous donations towards our hay drive!!!  As you’ve heard, we are in desperate need of hay for our rescued historic horses!  Lacy J Dalton, founder of the Let ‘Em Run Foundation presented us with an incredible check in the amount of $1,000 toward the purchase of sorely needed hay at Wynema Ranch.  Bonnie Matton, President of Wild Horse Preservation League presented us with an unbelievable check for $500 to be used to buy hay for our over 100 horses at Wynema Ranch!!  And a huge THANK YOU  goes out to the Warrens of Washoe Valley for your generous hay donation of 27 big fat bales!! 
Please help if you can by making your tax deductible donation at
www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com or by mailing your check to:                 HVWHPF      PO Box 20052    Reno, NV 89515
We’re so very grateful to all those who have helped and continue to support our efforts to care for, gentle, and find good, quality adoptive homes for our rescued horses!  Unfortunately, because of the drought conditions in our area, the feed is almost all gone and we’re now feeding 9 bales of hay a day.  This amount will increase as the forage runs out.  It’s a delicate but necessary balance – feed and care for the horses, get them gentled, and find good homes for them where they’ll be safe and live good long lives.  44 of our horses have found wonderful humans to depend on.  That’s not a bad number but we still have a long way to go.  Please help if you can – THANK YOU!!!
RAISE YOUR COFFEE MUG TO SUPPORT OUR RESCUED HORSES
Fill your coffee mug with GIVING BEAN Gourmet Fresh Roasted Coffee and Tea and support the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Wild Horse Rescue Operation!!!  Purchase your next smile at 
GIVING BEAN COFFEE FOR WILD MUSTANGS  and get some high quality, fresh roasted coffees, teas, and cocoa delivered right to your home or work place.  I did and I’m loving my fresh cups of coffee and hot cocoa!!  I know, it sounds crazy to have hot cocoa in the heat of summer, but I work in a building with machinery that has to stay cool so we humans are sacrificed and frozen for the sake of the machines.  Sounds a little sci-fi, right! Needless to say, I’m enjoying my new found coffee flavors.  I’m liking the Sunrise Breakfast Blend the best.  Try it and see if you agree.  And while you’re drinking your cup-a-fresh-roast, you can take solace in knowing that you’ve help make a difference for some horses in need.
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund receives $5.00 for each sale so please shop, shop, shop!!  Consider ordering some coffees, teas, cocoa, or biscotti for special occasions and gifts for friends and family!!!  You can even set up a recurring fresh roast coffee delivery! They don’t roast your beans until they get your order and then they ship it right to you.  Sit back, enjoy your coffee at work or at home and know that you’ve made a difference for the horses you helped to rescue!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!
REMEMBER - Just a $1 A Day can make a huge difference for our rescued Virginia Range horses.  Your continued support, encouragement, and participation is so greatly appreciated!!!  THANK YOU!!!!
WE HAVE A TRAINER!!!  WELCOME MEGAN ROBSON!!!!
Just how fortunate can our beautiful horses be to have found a young woman who is so excited about training our horses that she wants to move here to Reno ASAP!!!!!!  We’re so delighted to introduce everyone to Megan Robson - one of the Extreme Rescue Makeover trainers.  Megan gentled and trained Gunnar and together they make an awesome team!!!  Check out their video 
Gunnar & Megan June 2014  taken at the Grand Finale Event on June 22nd.  We’re so very pleased and excited that Megan will be joining us to gentle and love on our horses!!!  She created an amazing partnership with Gunnar and we know she will help many of our other horses learn to trust and enjoy being companions for humans.  Megan is starting off this weekend with two of our girls, Taffy and Zoe!!!!  We’ll keep you posted on their progress and highlights!!!
                                **************WELCOME MEGAN!!!!!!!!**************
VOLUNTEERS – YOU ROCK!!!!!!
I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to CHARLES and to DOMINIC for helping me load and unload 27 bales of hay that were donated to us on Tuesday evening.  Charles and Dominic were a pleasure to work with and did a fantastic job – and didn’t complain once!!!!!!  And not only did they help with the hay but they fixed the broken tail light on the flatbed trailer so we’re legal again!!!  THANK YOU GENTLEMEN!!!
And huge THANKS goes out to each of you who responded with an offer to help!  It just amazes me how wonderful most people can be.  Despite the bad knees, backs, and allergies, so many of you jumped so eagerly at the chance to pull yet more muscles and rupture more discs – you’re all wonderful!!!  THANK YOU to each of you for wanting to help the horses!!!
DO WE HAVE A BAKER IN THE HOUSE?  We have an opportunity to provide a cake for a local auction house that will put it up for auction where it will go to the highest bidder – and the proceeds go to help feed our rescued wild horses!!!!  We may be able to do this once a month or every other month.  Every little bit counts when you’re buying hay for over 100 horses.  If you think you might like to do this, please reply to this message and we’ll work on the details. 
CAN YOU SPARE SOME CHANGE?  I prepared some jars to give out to people who are interested in collecting spare change from home or at work – the money collected will go to the horses!!  Once the jar is full, just call me and we’ll make arrangements to help you empty it!!!!!
We’ll be setting up our booth this weekend at Hidden Valley Park for the Hidden Valley Homeowners Association annual picnic.  Come on out – we’d love to meet you!  The burgers, hot dogs and drinks are a very reasonable price and with some luck you might see some of the wild & free horses on the hillside.
Save the date – Sunday, July 20th at McKinley Park downtown Reno – ART PAWS – 10 am to 5 pm.  This is one of the best events of the year!!!  It’s all about cats and dogs so we’re very proud to include our horses in with this distinguished crowd of animal lovers.  We’ll be setting up our booth and selling our goods – t-shirts, caps, mousepads, photographs, visors, greeting cards.  If you’d like to help with booth sales please respond to this message – we’d love your help and could really use it too.  Otherwise, make your way downtown on Sunday, July 20th and enjoy the festival!!
SHOPPING, SHOPPING, AND MORE SHOPPING!!!!
Check out our website
www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the SHOPPING tab – Our t-shirts and caps and visors are now available for sale!!!  Light and easy shopping experience – just add as many goods to your “cart” as you would like and check out using your credit card or paypal account.  We’ll prepare your order for immediate shipment via USPS.  So don’t forget the wild horses when you’re thinking about what to buy for a birthday or any occasion gift.  Also, Ellen is hard at work on our 2015 Wild Horse calendars so stay tuned – we’ll let you know when they’re ready! Contact me directly if you prefer to purchase our swag using a check instead of going through PayPal.
NV DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CAPTURING HORSES BAITED INTO TRAPS BY HOMEOWNERS
Please be watchful in your areas for any signs of homeowners luring/baiting horses into their yards or corrals or the sudden appearance of a corral pen where there never was one before.  2 horses were baited and removed from the range in the Foothills/Geiger grade area.  We don’t want more coming off the range.  I’ve attached a flyer that Kelly has been handing out in that area to help educate people.  NDoA is “allegedly” telling residents that these horses will be taken into government training programs and adopted out.  This is far from the truth.  Our rescues are full and can’t take anymore horses.  If we don’t take them, they will be dumped at the Fallon livestock auction to enter the slaughter pipeline – that’s the truth!!!
Again, our goal is to feed and care for our rescued wild horses, get them into a gentling program, and find good, quality loving forever homes for them.  The more horses we can place, the more horses we can eventually save.  But we only have so much space and resources.  The horses need your help – keep an eye out for corral traps, ask questions, inform your neighbors, donate if you can, volunteer if you can. But always remember to be polite and respectful.
SHOW YOU CARE – LEAVE A MEMENTO AT THE MEMORIAL SITE FOR CANDY.  She was hit and killed just last week on Toll Road near the entrance to the Via Bianca Estates.  Kelly, Norma, MaryAnn, and others have place flowers and other tokens at the site.  Show your support for our horses – write a note, leave a flower, place a stone….whatever you feel best describes how you feel.  They need good humane management, not random, opportunistic predators trolling the streets after them.  Thank you for showing you care!!! 

06/28/14 

PLEASE HELP NOW!!!!

We’re calling a special meeting to discuss the extreme drought issues related to the Virginia Range horses.  The meeting is open to the general public and will be held this Tuesday, July 1st at 6:00 pm at the South Valley library at 15650 Wedge Parkway in south Reno.  Please tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives to join us if they’re truly interested in helping the horses we all love and enjoy.
Volunteers, ideas, suggestions, creative thinking, and resources are needed to ensure the horses remain safe on the hillsides and have access to water.  We stress the importance of the humane management of the horses and acknowledge their need for the survival of the fittest and the strongest.
Your support and participation in this project is critical and greatly appreciated by Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.
 
URGENT PLEA FOR DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP FEED OUR RESCUED HORSES
We are reaching out across the globe asking for donations needed to help feed our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.  The continued drought conditions in northern Nevada have dramatically reduced the amount of feed available for grazing for the Virginia Range wild horses you helped rescue from the slaughter pipeline.  We are already providing supplemental feed for our 94 adult horses at Wynema Ranch.  We will need to start bringing in hay at increasing levels beginning next week.  We have 13 surprise babies from one of our ‘mis-gelded’ rescue horses last spring that need your help to ensure they continue to grow healthy and strong.
You can help by making your tax deductible donation
at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com using the DONATION buttons on the right side panel
OR mail your check to                    HVWHPF   PO Box 20052   Reno   NV   89515
Consider a sponsorship – set up a recurring donation one time and watch as your monthly donation flows seamlessly to benefit the horses. 
The horses’ success depends upon you – please spread the word and donate now.  We all love and want to create good lives for these horses – they need your help now!!!
Thank you for your support, kindness, and generosity towards our beautiful rescued Virginia Range horses!!
 
RAISE YOUR COFFEE MUG TO SUPPORT OUR RESCUED HORSES
Fill your coffee mug with GIVING BEAN Gourmet Fresh Roasted Coffee and Tea and support the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Wild Horse Rescue Operation!!!  Purchase your next smile at  GIVING BEAN COFFEE FOR WILD MUSTANGS  and get some high quality, fresh roasted coffees, teas, and cocoa delivered right to your home or work place.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund receives a portion of each sale so please shop, shop, shop!!!  You can even set up a recurring fresh roast coffee delivery! They don’t roast your beans until they get your order and then they ship it right to you.  Sit back, enjoy your coffee at work or at home and know that you’ve made a difference for the horses you helped to rescue!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!   
 
Just a $1 A Day can make a huge difference for our rescued Virginia Range horses.  Your continued support, encouragement, and participation is so greatly appreciated!!!  THANK YOU!!!!

06/25/14

I hope your summer has started off with a blast of fun and good kharma!!!  We have some great news so read on!!!
Extreme Rescue Makeover Grand Finale Event – WHAT A SUCCESS!!
We just got back from a wonderful event where 7 of our horses had been chosen for training by some very nice young people.  The horses and trainers were paired up at the end of January and have spent the last 5 months working with Ace, Gunnar, Roscoe, Einstein, Lil’ Brother, Zero, and Magic – gentling and training.  They did an amazing job!!  We saw these horses head off with their trainers as frightened wild horses and then to return as saddle ready, gentle, confident, bright characters ready for the world!!!  Congratulations goes out to each trainer:  Sarah Cobos, Courtney Clifford, Joey Houtekamer (2nd Place Winner), Megan Robson, Sadie Smith, Molly Stark, and the Grand Finale winner Cheyenne Emerson!!!  The trainers and the horses did an incredible job and created some wonderful relationships.  They also created some memorable moments for all of us who attended the Grand Finale Event.  Somewhere between 300 – 350 people attended, 7 horses and their trainers competed, the weather was gorgeous, new friendships were created, ALL HORSES WERE ADOPTED AND HAVE GOOD, QUALITY HOMES WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM!!!!!  Can life get any better for these horses?  This is a happy end to the next chapter in the lives of these horse kids!!!
NOTE – videos and photos will follow so stay tuned!!
HAY DRIVE – THE HORSES NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Did you know that for just $1.00 a day you can help feed, care for, and ensure safe refuge for one of our rescued mares and her new born foal?  Just $30 will make a difference!!!!!  Please consider making a $30 recurring donation at
www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and click on the DONATIONS tab.
Your $30 tax-deductible contribution will go to pay for the hay the horses need now.  Due to the extreme drought conditions in our area, we didn’t get as much feed from the seed planted last November as we had hoped.  We will have already started supplemental feed.
As you know, our goal is to adopt out as many of our horses to good quality homes as we can.  To date, we have seen 44 successful placements of our beautiful Virginia Range wild horses.  We have started gentling our yearlings, which means they need hay now.  13 of our mares have given birth to some beautiful little babies and they both need good nutrition.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated and greatly needed.  Can you help?  THANK YOU!!!!!
SPONSORSHIPS – IT’S EASY TO DO!
We have several SPONSORSHIP opportunities for those interested.  Our orphan foal Twizzle needs a sponsor to help pay for her munchies – about $100 per month for her foalac (milk supplement), vitamins and rice and bran pellets.  Remember, if we got 5 people donating $20, we’d meet our goal!  Our beautiful blue roan Big Blue needs a sponsor to pay for his hay while he’s being gentled – about $120 a month – 6 people donating $20 would do it!!  He already has a sponsor who is paying for his supplements.
Would you like to sponsor a horse?  We’ll send you updates and pictures and you can visit your horse to see how your contribution is making a difference.  Visit
www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and click on the DONATIONS tab to find the SPONSORSHIP buttons.
NEW MEETING LOCATION FOR THURSDAY JUNE 26TH – BOURBON SQUARE CASINO
We’ll be holding our monthly membership meeting at the Bourbon Square Casino (old Silver Club) at Victorian Square in Sparks this Thursday evening at 6:00 pm.  We’ll be joining Rich Cable’s meeting to discuss moving forward with his eco-sanctuary project and creation of a hay co-op among other interesting and productive topics.  We’ll be gathering in one of the meeting rooms – look for signs when you get there.
Also, you’re welcome to take advantage of their $11 buffet and bring you r dinner to the meeting!!!
THANK YOU TO OUR PATAGONIA SHIPPING DEPARTMENT FENCING TEAM!!!!
Our heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the incredible volunteers from our local Patagonia Shipping Department for the great work they’ve been doing to help us with our fencing projects!!!!  They helped us with fencing three different areas so far and they still have plans to continue helping.  We’re very fortunate to have wonderful people like this helping the horses!! THANK YOU PATAGONIA AND THE TERRIFIC PEOPLE OF THE RENO SHIPPING DEPARTMENT!!!!!!

06/18/14

We’re enjoying the heck out of the new babies that seem to be popping out of nowhere!!  As you might remember, we discovered a stealthy and virile stud in the midst of our herd this time last year. But before we could get him to the vet, he had already “won the hearts” of quite a few of our mares who are now presenting their sweet, wee surprises to us – 13 so far!!!  So, as we have been wonderfully successful in finding new forever homes for 40 of the horses you helped to rescue, our herd has actually grown with the mares who arrived pregnant and these little surprises.  BUT, you can offer aid once again by helping us continue with our mission of gentling, training, and adopting out these beautiful, historic Virginia Range wild horses rescued from the slaughter pipeline!!!
Did you know that for just $1 a day you can feed, care for, and ensure safe refuge for one of our rescued mares and her new born foal?  As the largest wild horse rescue operation in the Reno, Nevada area, with over 150 horses in our care, we encourage you to take an active role now to help our mares and foals!!!  Please visit the ”DONATIONS” tab at
www.HIDDENVALLEYHORSES.com or mail your tax-deductible contribution to
                HVWHPF
                PO Box 20052
                Reno NV 89515-0052
We would love to invite you to come and see the horses!!  See what YOU accomplished through your open-hearts and compassionate giving.
If everyone contributed a little, our gentling/training program would work at hyper speed to help these horses live the quality of life we all want for them.  We THANK YOU in advance for your kindness and generosity!!!
EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER – June 22nd at 10am at Butte Valley CA
This Sunday, June 22nd is the Grand Finale for 6 of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund rescued wild horses chosen for the Extreme Rescue Makeover.  The event starts Sunday at 10:00 am and promises to be a terrific day of surprises and delights!!!  It’s all happening at the Camelot Equestrian Center in Butte Valley, CA.  Check out the horses on facebook!  Prequalify if you’re interested in adopting one of these gorgeous Virginia Range horses!  Come join in the fun!!!!
WILD HORSE FAIRE EVENT – INCREDIBLE TRAVEL PACKAGE AVAILABLE!!!
If you haven’t heard already, WILD HORSES ARE COMING TO TOWN!!! To Virginia City that it – Saturday, August 23rd!  It’ll be a fun filled day of celebrating all our wild horses with all the proceeds going to benefit the Virginia Range wild horses!!
For those of you who don’t live in the Reno, Nevada area, but want to join in the fun, READ ON!!!!!  We have a fabulous travel package that includes adventures to see wild horses and join in the fun of the Wild Horse Faire! 
Contact Kelly Hyatt at Welcome Aboard Travel –
kelly@watvl.com  or 775-828-4000 ext 105.
The package is a 4 day adventure filled with exploration and fun - $800 per person/double occupancy (airfare not included) for concert tickets, wild horse tours, BBQ, meals, and much more!!!
Contact Kelly today as these slots are disappearing fast!!!
WINTER HAY FUND 2014-15
It’s that time of year again!!  The rescued horses at Wynema ranch are taking advantage of the beautiful winter rye grass that was donated by Bently Foundation/Bently Ranch in the fall of last year.  But with the current drought conditions we’re experiencing here in northern Nevada, it won’t be long before we must start feeding the horses.  Our goal this year is to raise $45,000 to pay for their winter hay.  This is a huge goal, but with your help we can do it!!!!
Without your support and contributions, these horses would have seen a certain and horrible death.  Please accept their THANKS AND GRATITUDE!

05/30/14

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST
We’re so very excited about our upcoming watercolor workshop with Lorraine Turner, author of the children’s book “The Calico Horses, A Patchwork Trail”.  Lorraine illustrated the book herself and wants to bring the magic of wild horses and the art of painting to children and adults everywhere!  Students will learn how to meditate and connect with the artist within. 
"Connecting with the spirit of the horse enables us to speak through art. It was through this connection that I was able to write and illustrate ‘Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail’.  This is a hands-on equine watercolor lesson for ALL levels.  I teach a very loose style, erasers and pencils will not be needed as we will ‘sketch with paint’.  Anyone can do this – there ARE NO MISTAKES only learning.” ~ Lorraine Turner.
The day will start at 10:00 am at Bowers Mansion on old Hwy 395 where we’ll meeting and organize into groups for a trip to see and be inspired by some of our rescued wild horses!!!  Then we’ll head back to Bowers Mansion for the workshop, followed by a snack and beverage.  It promises to be a fun, educational, and inspiring morning! 
There are still openings available, so please hurry to
www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com , click on the Shopping tab and purchase your Advance Tickets through PayPal using your credit card.  $20 for a painter 8 yrs and older or $35 for a child + parent pair.  Your ticket includes a copy of Lorraine Turner’s book “The Calico Horses, A Patchwork Trail”, art supplies and instruction, trip to see some of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund’s rescued “New Beginnings” herd, and a light lunch+beverage.
We look forward to seeing many excited young faces enjoy and learn about wild horses!!
 
And please contact us if you can volunteer to help with this fun event  - we can use your help!!!
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A FENCING PROJECT AT WYNEMA RANCH – Saturday, May 31st
We are asking for volunteers to help us with a rather small fencing project at Wynema Ranch.  This Saturday, May 31st, starting at 9:00 am we will be removing a section of fencing, rolling up the wire, moving the t-posts just a few feet away and digging up and moving the corner H-braces.
And we’re just so very pleased that the Patagonia Shipping Department Fence Team will be picking up where we left off and finishing the job for us next week!!!!  What a great group of people they are!!! And how very lucky are we that Patagonia has approved their internship to help Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund build and repair fences that will help keep the wild ones safe and our rescued horses comfortable!!!  The team already completed a ton of work to repair some existing fence in Hidden Valley – THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!  Take a gander at the attached photo – a great group lead by Betsy’s husband Buck!  Thank you Buck!!!!
 
WILD HORSE TRAINING CAMP -  UNDERWAY!!!!!
4 of our beautiful horses have arrived at Dick & Suzy’s and are settling in nicely!!!  Horse gentlers/trainers Megan and Scott have already been getting acquainted with them.  Thank you Dick & Suzy for sponsoring these horses during their training!!!! 
 
HAY DONATION – THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU out to Pat and Steve Crouch from Los Angeles who generously donated 16 tightly packed heavy bales of oat hay to our horses!!!!!  What a wonderful gesture and gift for this organization!
And a big Thank You goes out to super volunteer Greg Anders for helping to load the hay!!  And to Shari and Eddie Floyd for helping to unload it – TEAM WORK!!!
We’d also like to thank Linda and Joe Stradlin for their generous grass hay donation for our horses!!!  We are truly very lucky to have so many wonderful people who step up to help the wild horses, both wild and free and rescued!!
 
INMATE MUSTANG TRAINING PROGRAM – SADDLE HORSE ADOPTIONS - Saturday, May 31st
If you have never attended an adoption event at the Carson Correctional Facility now is your chance.  Here is a link to the catalog of horses available for adoption.  It’s well worth your time to see the final results of a good program for both the horse and the inmate. Previewing starts 9:00 am and the bidding starts at 10:00 am.  Cheer them on, won’t you!!!
 
SUPPORT THE SAFE ACT – CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
Please contact the committee chairs and ranking members noted below and tell them to approve HR1094 -the SAFE Act
The House version -         https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094
The Committees -            https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSAG/29
Contact Congressman Rick Crawford       Tel 202-225-4076  FAX 202-225-5602
Congressman Jim Costa                         Tel 202-225-3341
                                     https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSIF/14
Contact Congressman Joseph Pitts          Tel 202-225-2411
Congressman Michael Burgess                 Tel 202-225-7772  FAX 202-225-2919
Congressman Frank Pallone Jr                 Tel 202-225-4671  FAX 202225-9665
 
 
Please contact the committee chairs and ranking members noted here and tell them to approve S541 -the SAFE Act
The Senate version -        https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541
The Committee -              https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/SSHR
Contact Senator Tom Harkin                   Tel 202-224-3254  FAX 202-224-9369
Senator Lamar Alexander                        Tel 202-224-4944  FAX 202-228-3398
 
Find your Senators and Congressional representatives here - https://www.govtrack.us/

Call, FAX, email, facebook your representatives and ask them to sign on to the Safeguard American Food Exports Act today!!! 

05/21/14

I never thought I’d even think this in my life but “YEAAAHHH, it rained and snowed today in Reno, Nevada!!!!!!!!!!”  And a good rain it was, too!!!  It rained at Wynema Ranch also which means sorely needed water for the 200 acres of beautiful winter rye still growing strong, thanks to the generosity of Bently Foundation/ Bently Ranch!!!
WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST
We’re so very excited about our upcoming watercolor workshop with Lorraine Turner, author of the children’s book “The Calico Horses, A Patchwork Trail”.  Lorraine illustrated the book herself and wants to bring the magic of wild horses and the art of painting to children everywhere!  Students will learn how to meditate and connect with the artist within. 
"Connecting with the spirit of the horse enables us to speak through art. It was through this connection that I was able to write and illustrate ‘Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail’.  This is a hands-on equine watercolor lesson for ALL levels.  I teach a very loose style, erasers and pencils will not be needed as we will ‘sketch with paint’.  Anyone can do this – there ARE NO MISTAKES only learning.” ~ Lorraine Turner.
The day will start at 10:00 am at Bowers Mansion on old Hwy 395 where we’ll meeting and organize into groups for a trip to see and be inspired by some of our rescued wild horses!!!  Then we’ll head back to Bowers Mansion for the workshop, followed by a snack and beverage.  It promises to be a fun, educational, and inspiring morning! 
There are still openings available, so please hurry to
www.hiddenvalleyhorses , click on the Shopping tab, scroll down just below the “AmazonSmile” box, and purchase your Advance Tickets through our PayPal account.  $20 for a painter 8 yrs and older or $35 for a child + parent pair.  Your ticket includes a copy of Lorraine Turner’s book “The Calico Horses, A Patchwork Trail”, art supplies and instruction, trip to see some of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund’s rescued “New Beginnings” herd, and a light lunch+beverage.
We look forward to seeing many excited young faces enjoy and learn about wild horses!!
 
WANTED –  TRAILER TO HAUL WATER TANKS TO THE HORSES
The Wild Horse Preservation League, in collaboration with other Virginia Range horse groups, is in the process of developing an emergency contingency plan in the event some of the essential springs fail in the Virginia and Pine Nut ranges due to the lack of winter snow and rainfall.
A 400 gallon fiberglass water tank and gasoline pump are available.  What is needed is a 2-axle flat bed trailer capable of at least 5,500 Lbs gross weight, with good tires and working electric brakes, that the tank and pump can be strapped onto.  The trailer will need to be dedicated for this purpose during the drought as it's not practical to constantly install and remove this equipment.
If anyone has a trailer available or knows someone who has one that may be suitable for this purpose, please contact Bonnie Matton at
bonnie@wildhorsepl.org .
Minor repairs such as getting lights working or electrical wiring fixed are not an issue, so long as the trailer is structurally sound and has a current registration.
 
MUSTANG MATTERS – WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST www.991fmtalk.com
www.991fmtalk.com or local Reno radio at 101.3 fm or www.renegaderadio.org .  Try the TuneIn app to listen on your phone.
Mustang Matters also airs again on Saturday evenings at 9:00 pm.  We also add links to the shows at
http://hiddenvalleyhorses.com/mustangmatters.php
John Holland, co-founder and President of Equine Welfare Alliance will be the special guest on Mustang Matters!!!!   If you get a chance, please listen in tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21st to Mustang Matters at
We hope to have Scott Beckstead, Oregon HSUS Senior State Director as our guest on the next Mustang Matters radio show, May 28th!!!
 
HVWHPF FIRST TRAINING CAMP TO GET UNDERWAY!!!!
A huge Thank You goes out to Dick and Suzy Mahoney for helping us get our first training camp rolling!  Thanks to their generosity and open hearts, four of our horses will soon be starting in to a gentling / training program with horse gentler / trainer Megan Lowry!!  We’ll keep you posted on their progress!!!
Also, Erin and Tim have been working miracles with their foster kid Big Blue!!!!  He’s filled out to be a big handsome fellow and is so gentle and calm.  Check out this short video clip (I ran out of space on my phone!!!) of Big Blue and Erin enjoying some afternoon bonding time together.  His video: http://youtu.be/7GLOCtOdfqs
And Melanie Hudson is taking awesome care of 8 of our newest bachelor boys!!  They were captured in Pleasant Valley and made their home in Steamboat Valley until they wandered across the highway and … well, got arrested and sent to prison!!  We’ll have some video of them for the next newsletter!!! 
And a tremendous THANK YOU to Shari Floyd and Lorie Barrett for all their hard work with caring for and watching out for our horses at Wynema Ranch!!!  We’ve got some great plans rolling for the horses and hope that some of you can help us!!  Come to our next meeting and stay informed! J  There’s lots to do and you can help!
 
PATAGONIA’s SHIPPING DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIP WITH HVWHPF HAS BEEN APPROVED!!!!
We’re so very excited, honored, and delighted to get the news that Patagonia has approved an internship for its Shipping Department personnel to work with HVWHPF on fencing and rangeland projects that benefit the Virginia Range ecosystem and its wild horses.  Gavin Back and Derek Smitherman, Managers of the Patagonia Shipping Department, made a bold move to apply for a department wide internship and with the full agreement of their staff, selected Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund as the non-profit organization they wanted to work with!!!  This is truly an honor and we are so thrilled to be getting our first project organized.  I’m looking forward to taking pictures and hearing the chatter of so many delightful people on the hillsides helping us help the horses!!!

04/30/14

There is so much to celebrate as we move closer into spring here in northern Nevada!  First, it rained ALL DAY last Friday – unbelievable for this area!!  And we so needed it!  See the attached picture of a section of the 200 acres we had seeded last November with the seed donation from Bently Foundation/Bently Ranch.  Isn’t it a beautiful sight!!   Those little specs in the distance are some of our horses.  Shari and Kat are rotating the horses on and off the pasture so that the grass will continue to grow and last a little longer through this summer before we have to start feeding them once again with hay.  What a beautiful sight!!!!
 
ASPCA & Hidden Valley Helping Horses Expo
I want to thank the many wonderful people who came out to celebrate with us this last Saturday, April 26th in Carson City and at Bartley Ranch!!  Together, we honored the ASPCA’s Help A Horse Day – in commemoration of the first arrest on American soil for animal abuse – the beating of a horse by its owner on April 26, 1866.  Sometimes I think we, the human species, haven’t come very far, and then we have a day like Saturday!!! 
Thank you to all who showed up in Carson City, and all other cities around the world, to protest the mismanagement of our American wild horses and burros and to encourage Congress to pass the Safeguard America’s Food Export Act – get it out of committee now!!!  The International Rally – Fight for the Survival of Wild Horses and Burros was a great success for the 2nd year in a row!!!!  A special THANK YOU to Patty Bumgarner and the Wild Horse Preservation League from Dayton for organizing that event!!!  And a HUGE THANK YOU to all who joined us for our 1st Annual Helping Horses Expo at Bartley Ranch!!!!  We had over 115 people attend, gave away almost all our snacks, and met some great new friends!!!! 
THANK YOU so very much to our honored guest Lacy J Dalton who sang the national anthem for us (inspirational!), Megan McCoy, her mustang Brooklyn and Karen Veneis for carrying our American flag, Midori Morgan and her trick pony Willie for sharing themselves with us and giving us some great insight into working with horses, Willis Lamm and mustang Pumpkin for showing us how patience, understanding, respect, and gentleness are the keys to creating the beginning of a good life for a wild horse, Megan Lowry and Scott Lawrence for demonstrating the importance of creating that critical bond between human and horse, Kat Ennis for being our expert wild horse handler, mustangs Lil Diamond and Rebel for simply being their awesome selves, Ellen Holcomb for doing so much to make this event great, Betsy Brownfield for being everywhere and being our rock, Fran Melino for getting so many people to sign in for us, Kelly Hyatt and Pat Colletti for working the Ecotourism booth, Colleen Schultz for donating the proceeds from her Hoofin It horse treats to HVWHPF, Pat Pruitt for donating a sponsorship of our new orphan foal Twizzle, Sandy Todaro for your amazing donation to our hay fund, Patty Bumgarner for collecting donations for our hay fund at the Rally in Carson City.  I’m sure I’ve left some people off this list so I apologize in advance - but everyone’s contribution is so very important and greatly appreciated!!!!
We’re already excited about planning for next year’s Expo 2015 – it will be twice as big and twice as much fun!!!!
 
 
04/26/14
JOIN US TODAY TO CELEBRATE ASPCA’S HELP A HORSE DAY
AT THE BARTLEY RANCH HORSE ARENA
HELPING HORSES EXPO – THE VIRGINIA RANGE EXPERIENCE
HOSTED BY HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND
 
GATES OPEN 1:00 – 5:00 PM  THIS IS A FREE EVENT!!
COME MEET THE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH WILD HORSES EVERY DAY
THERE WILL BE SOME MUSTANG GENTLING, HORSE TRAINING, AND THE
LARGE ANIMAL RESCUE SQUAD FROM LYON COUNTY!!!
MEET OUR WILD HORSES REBEL AND LIL DIAMOND!!!!
 
WE WILL HAVE OUR WISH WAGON ON SITE IF YOU’D LIKE TO
DONATE BALES OF HAY, MINERAL BLOCKS, HALTERS, LEAD ROPES,
BAGS OF FOALAC POWDER, FOALAC PELLETS, EQUUS JUNIOR, RICE BRAN PELLETS
 
COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS, VENDOR BOOTHS, ECOTOURISM INFORMATION
OUR SPECIAL GUEST WILL BE LACY J DALTON
HORSE EXPERTS MIDORI MORGAN, WILLIS LAMM, MEGAN LOWRY
 
COME JOIN THE FUN!!!!!!
YOUR PARTICIPATION WILL HELP US COMPETE FOR ONE OF FIVE $10,000 GRANTS
 
 
04/23/14
ASPCA’s Help A Horse Day – Saturday April 26th – Lots going on!!!!
I hope you can join us this Saturday, April 26th to celebrate the day for horses!!!!!  The ASPCA is honoring our equine friends with Help A Horse Day!  And we at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, along with Patty Bumgarner and the Wild Horse Preservation League will start the day in Carson City with the 2nd International Rally!! Fight for the Survival of Wild Horses and Burros, followed with an afternoon in Reno at Bartley Ranch Horse Arena with the 1st Annual Helping Horses Expo – The Virginia Range Experience!!!
Everyone is encouraged to come out – orange is the ribbon color – from 10:00 – 1:00 pm in Carson City in front of the Legislative Building to rally with dozens of other cities and countries around the world to show support for wild horses and burros.  This event and others like it are protesting the BLM mismanagement of our American horses, asking the BLM to stop rounding up and stock piling our American horses, telling Congress to pass the SAFE Act (Safeguard America’s Food Exports) and stop allowing American horses to be sent to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.
And for those in the Truckee area, Stacie Smith is organizing this rally at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road starting at 10:00 am – thank you Stacie!!!!
After the rally, please join us in Reno at Bartley Ranch Horse Arena – gates open at 1:00 pm!!!  The 1st Annual Helping Horses Expo is a FREE event for all ages and sizes!  Come meet the people who work with wild horses every day and see what they do and how they do it.  Midori Morgan, founder of Wild Horsemanship will be available to talk about her experience and philosophy towards gentling and training horses and humans.  Willis Lamm and Megan Lowry will also be showing us some of their handling techniques and will available for more personal discussions.  The LRTC Wild Horse Mentors Large Animal Rescue Squad will be giving us demonstrations of what they do for horses, cattle, and other big critters when they get themselves in trouble.  Mona Armenta and others will be available to talk about their volunteer work of herding and watching out for the horses, Betsy Brownfield will be available to chat about adoptions, Kelly Hyatt and Pat Colletti will be on hand to discuss and promote ecotourism.  Here is a link to the PROCLAMATION IN SUPPORT OF WILD HORSES AND BURROS signed by Mayor Bob Cashell last Wednesday, April 16th!!  http://www.reno.gov/home/showdocument?id=43852
 
And for those who would like to donate something to help our horses, we’ll have a “Wish Wagon” ready to load up with anything you’d like to drop off.  We will happily, gratefully, and gleefully accept bales of grass hay, mineral blocks, foalac powder, foalac pellets, Vitaquin pellets, rice bran pellets, Equine junior, Ivermectin (dewormer), halters, lead ropes.  We are truly grateful!
 
There is so much to celebrate – this is a wonderful Year of the Horse!!!  We’re hoping to see lots of people come out for this fun and interesting event – a rare chance to meet some of the people who work with wild horses!!!  Tell your friends, family, co-workers, put it out on facebook!!!
I had the opportunity early this morning to do a spot on KOLO8 TVs Good Morning Reno show – take a look http://www.kolotv.com/video?videoid=2826234thank you Amanda Sanchez for having me on the show and giving me a chance to spotlight our wild horses!!!!
 
And we can still use some volunteers to help out with this event – if you can help, please reply – thank you!!!!
 
MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY APRIL 24TH  6:00 PM – SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Just a reminder of our monthly membership meeting, Thursday, April 24th at 6:00pm at the South Valley library – the public is welcome.
We’ll be talking about our upcoming fund raising events and the development of a training program for our horses right here in Reno!!!!  We’ll also give you an update on the mustang makeover event – some of these horses will definitely be available for adoption!!!    If you’re interested in adopting an historic Virginia Range horse, we’d like to talk to you!!!!
We also have various projects that need volunteers – determining alternative water sources, fencing (planning & installing new & fixing old), and fund raising events and planning.  We also need people who are interested in helping with our horse adoption program.  There is lots to do for the horses – let’s keep them safe and on the range – wild & free!
Please come join us Thursday, April 24th 6:00 pm and feel the satisfaction of helping the Virginia Range wild horses and our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.
 
COMMITTEE MEETING – TUESDAY MAY 6th 6:00 PM – SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
We have reserved one of the large meeting rooms on the first Tuesday of each month to hold a working meeting night – where groups have a place to sit down and discuss, learn, decide, and make plans to move forward.  There is plenty of space for several groups to meet at one time.  We’ll have people from the fund raising group, adoptions, fencing group, and alternative water sources.  If you’re interested in getting involved and helping, volunteer opportunities are open and promise to be great fun and exciting!!!! If you would like to help or know others who would like to help, come join us on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 pm at the South Valley library!!
 
04/21/14 
HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND CELEBRATES ASPCA'S HELP A HORSE DAY WITH THE 1ST ANNUAL HELPING HORSES EXPO - The Virginia Range Experience! Saturday, April 26th at Bartley Ranch Horse Arena, gates open 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Aspca’s National Help a Horse Day Event Hits Reno This Saturday as Mayor Makes Proclamation of Importance of Wild Horses
 
 
 
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell's Proclamation for Support for the Development of Wild Horse and Burro Related Ecotourism in Northern Nevada!!!!!!
Scroll down to C4 and click on the underlined "the proclamation" to see a copy of the actual document!!!  A great day for wild horses and burros in the State of Nevada!
 
 
04/17/14
We have some really cool stuff for you today!!!!
 
ANOTHER LANDMARK DAY FOR WILD HORSES IN NEVADA!!
I received confirmation from Reno Mayor Cashell’s office that today, Wednesday April 26, 2014, he will be signing a Proclamation of Support for Horse Ecotourism in Nevada!!!!!  I have requested details and a copy of this Proclamation and will share it with all of you as soon as we see it!!!  This is a huge step forward in our fight to ensure the survival of our beautiful horses!!!  They are a wonderful gift to our community and to the world.  Thank you Dr. Pat Colletti for your tireless work on behalf of the wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR A FREE EVENT SATURDAY APRIL 26TH!!!
We’re just over the top thrilled to be hosting the 1st Annual Helping Horses Expo – The Virginia Range Experience, on Saturday April 26th at Bartley Ranch Horse Arena – gate opens 1:00pm, Opening Ceremonies featuring Lacy J Dalton start at 1:30 pm, then we’ll roll into riding, horse training, and large animal rescue demonstrations from 1:45 – 4:45 pm! 
 
We’re hosting this event in celebration of the ASPCA’s Help A Horse Day – and it seems we’re getting pretty good at doing just that.  Please come out to Bartley Ranch Horse Arena and meet some of the fabulous people who spend most of their days, and sometimes nights, helping the wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!
It will be an afternoon filled with fun and interesting activities, giving everyone a chance to see some of our wild horses and learn how they can help horses and get involved.  Country singer-song writer Lacy J. Dalton of the Let ‘Em Run Foundation, will sing the national anthem, well known wild horse gentler/trainer Midori Morgan will share her experiences, Reno local Megan Lowry will give horse training insights, and the Least Resistance Training Concepts Wild Horse Mentors Large Animal Rescue Squad featuring Willis Lamm will offer up-close demonstrations of their emergency rescue operations and gentling techniques. It promises to be both informative and interactive!!!
There will be free food, booths, photography, information tables featuring HVWHPF wild horse adoptions, wild horse rescue efforts, growing our eco-tourism industry, and wild horse gentling and training are some of the featured highlights for the afternoon.
Please join us to celebrate ASPCA’s Help A Horse Day, Saturday, April 26th at Bartley Ranch Horse Arena, 1-5pm!!!!
We also need volunteers who can help with the event!!!  We’ll need help with set up of a few booths, corral panels, and food station and then with tear down.  We’ll need several people available to help with general duties for the duration of the Expo.
WOULD YOU CONSIDER SPONSORING OUR NEWEST ORPHAN FOAL?
Got word about noon today that we have another new foal but this one was orphaned almost immediately!!!!!  This happens occasionally with young mares that don’t know what to do with the baby.  Last year, we discovered that one of the geldings we rescued had only one “jewel” removed by the NDoA – the other probably had not dropped.  ‘Mr. Studley’ had his way with several of our mares before we realized what he was up to and had him “taken care of”.  So, over the last several weeks, Shari Floyd and Kat Ennis have been watching over several bright and beautiful little faces as they greeted the world!  This little one makes the 6th newest member of our herd! 
I’m calling her Twizzle because of the incredibly intricate star, strip, snip on her precious wee face.  Kat was able to scoop her up and rush her off to Shirley Allen’s where she is now safe, well taken care of, and is lil’ sis to big boy Chance, another Virginia Range orphan foal from the wild.  Chance is about 4 weeks old now and will be a wonderful big brother to lil’ Twizzle.
Caring for orphan foals is costly so if you’re able to sponsor this little girl, she would greatly appreciate your help!  Go to the “Donations” tab at  www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and set up a monthly sponsorship.  For as little as $5.00 per month (or $.17 cents a day) you can make a difference!!!  It’s easy to assume that others are taking care of everything – but they’re not.  The horses need your help!! 
Here is a video of one day old Twizzle, part of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund herd http://youtu.be/Pziu2sZSI14
 
 
04/09/14
We’ve been anxious to share and I’m sure you’ve been anxious to hear word about the 10 stallions that have been waiting at the prison to be released!  I’m over the top excited to report that they were all released to us Saturday morning!!!  The beautiful Steamboat Bachelors band of 8 were all loaded and safely delivered to their temporary home for a few days until their foster home is ready.  We’re finalizing the details now, but all these beautiful boys will be going into gentling and then training to follow.  We’ll follow along with them and provide photos and videos and bring you updates and progress reports!!
Besides the 8 boys, we also rescued Cowboy and Buckaroo!!!! 
Buckaroo is a very handsome blue roan and is brimming with life and excitement!  AND, he’s already been adopted!!!  He was delivered to his new home Saturday morning – and what a wonderful place it is!!!  Thank you Johnney and Steven for opening your hearts and your wonderful ranch to help Buckaroo – the newest member of your beautiful family!!!
Cowboy is a stunning bay, has tons of life, energy, and personality plus!!!  He had integrated himself in with a herd of cattle and had become quite comfortable being a cow.  Because he had forgotten how to be a horse, we decided it would be best for him to spend time just hanging out with other horses for a while…..well, you’ll see. Please enjoy these videos produced by Ellen Holcomb – thank you Ellen!!!
Steamboat Band of 8 –  http://youtu.be/gg6wKr2w_-k
Cowboy goes a runnin’ -  http://youtu.be/1yYJB9AdIIo
 
We want to thank and acknowledge the many people who participated both directly and indirectly in this wonderful rescue!  We are so very grateful to have been given the opportunity to save these horses lives!!  THANK YOU to the wonderfully generous people who donated to this rescue effort!  Return To Freedom’s American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign set the wheels in motion and contributed financially – thank you Deniz, Suzanne, and Neda!!!!  THANK YOU to all the private donors who stepped up to the plate for these horses, and especially to a few very special people from Steamboat Valley who went over the top to help these horses!  THANK YOU to HorseandMan.com and all your supporters and readers who gave so very generously to help these boys!! And finally, a tremendous THANK YOU to Shirley Allen for leading a safe, smooth, and well-coordinated rescue operation!!! And THANK YOU Willis Lamm, and Russell, and Fred Winkler for being there for the horses!!
We’re very proud to be associated with so many talented, dedicated, and professional people who share the same passion as we all do – the love of those wonderfully iconic creatures that live right in our backyards – the historic wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!!
Stay tuned for updates on all these and other horses we have in our care.  As spring is arriving in the high Sierra desert, there are many wonderful things happening for our horses.  We are looking forward to sharing many good things with you.  Please forward these messages on to your friends, family, and coworkers so they too can follow along with our excitement and good news as it unfolds!
 
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT UPDATE!!!!
We received this update from Deniz Bolbol of Return To Freedom’s American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign on Friday, April 4th:
I'm happy to report that, as promised, the Governor's office just sent a draft cooperative agreement for our review.
 
Return to Freedom will begin to review the document this weekend and we will work with each of our local partners to be sure this agreement is acceptable to all. Stay tuned for details in the next few days.
 
Thank you to all who rattled the gates of the Nevada Executive branch of government over the last several years!!!  You spoke and it shook the earth enough to wake our government in to knowing that WE’RE NOT GOING AWAY!!!!  AND NEITHER ARE OUR HORSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE AND HELP A HORSE!
We’re very excited to announce our SMILEAMAZON account has been approved and our supporters can start purchasing the same great stuff at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0208865 as you have from the regular Amazon website – the difference here is simply that Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase of qualified products to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund!!!!!  Use the link above to get to AmazonSmile, then type Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund in the search field and add that page to your ‘Favorites’ so you can quickly access it any time you feel the desire to buy something.  There is no difference to how your existing account is set up so there is virtually no difference to your shopping experience except that you will be making a difference for our horses!
The horses appreciate your good spending habits!!! Shop ‘til you drop or fall off of your chair!
 
HELPING HORSES EXPO – The Virginia Range Experience
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is proud to announce a joint partnership with the ASPCA and Wild Horse Preservation League (Dayton, Nevada) to celebrate Help A Horse Day, Saturday, April 26th!!!  The day will start at 10:00 am in Carson City with the 2nd Annual International Rally! Fight for Survival of Horses and Burros in front of the Legislative building.  The rally’s message is to stop roundups of wild horses and burros and get the SAFE Act passed.
From there, we are asking everyone to head to Bartley Ranch in Reno for a fun and interesting afternoon of celebrating our historic Virginia Range wild horses and all those who work tirelessly to protect, preserve, and rescue them!!!  There will be riding demonstrations, training demos, large animal rescue demonstrations, food, drinks, and more!!! 
This will be a free event open to the general public and promises to entertain people of all ages!!!  WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!!
We’re looking for volunteers.  Can you help by volunteering to work this event?  Let us know by responding to this message.
 
THE BINKY FOUNDATION GRANT AWARDED TO HVWHPF!!!!
We are very proud and honored to be the recipient of a $2,500 grant award from the Binky Foundation!!!!  This incredibly generous grant was awarded to us for the purchase of the materials to build a hay pole barn.   
 
Once we find a place to construct this building, we’ll need to transport the materials from California.  Lots of work, but it will be worth it as the benefits to our rescued horses and the wild & free horses will be enormous!  So….we’ll be looking for a centrally located spot with adequate fencing where we can securely store large amounts of hay. If you know of a place, please let us know.
 
THANK YOU to The Binky Foundation for your kindness and generosity!!!!!!  www.binkyfoundation.org
 
 
03/30/14
I’m sorry I haven’t given you an update on our protest rally yet but I’ve had a very sad couple of days.  I had to say ‘Until we meet again’ to my beautiful Big Bear.  He left for the Rainbow Bridge on Thursday.  He was my best friend and had the most purely gentle and good soul I’ve ever known.  I miss him.
 
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT UPDATE
We had a great gathering in Carson City on Wednesday, March 26th!!!  THANK YOU to those who came and persevered through the cold wind (but not rain, yeeeahhhh)!!!  The rally was well attended, especially considering it was in the middle of the week (so many of us have to work, darn!)  and the cold weather.  Several news stations covered the story and we received tons of enthusiastic car horn honking (a tradition in Carson City when there is a rally in front of the Legislative buildings).  Thank you so very much Deniz for encouraging us to take action, Kelly for spurring us along, Ellen for your awesome new protest signs, and of course, a huge THANK YOU goes out to Bonnie Matton and her team for pulling it all together and bringing so many signs for us to carry!
Peek in on the video to see how your awesome efforts in contacting the Governor’s office paid off:  http://youtu.be/_JXSVYhEDuw
Thank you Ellen for the video!!
We received a follow up from the Governor’s office through our representative Deniz Bolbol, AWHPC:
Governor Brian Sandoval's office called today to say that next week they will send us a draft cooperative agreement for our review. We look forward to moving forward on the proposal to humanely manage Virginia Range horses and take actions to mitigate horses from being captured and removed.
We will keep you informed and look forward to working together to implement this important program for these magnificent and historic wild horses.
Thank you to all who took the time to send your FAX, email, written letter, make your phone call, sign a petition, and/or sign one of our letters! 
 
UPDATE ON THE STEAMBOAT VALLEY BACHELORS – 8 boys + 1 boy taken from Washoe City
We have received word that these beautiful stallions have been castrated, branded, micro-chipped and are now ready for pick up from the prison!  Thank you to all those who have donated to this cause – we have given notice that we will take these beautiful boys in to our herd.
The priority for this group of horses is to get them into our first gentling/training program!!!  It’s been a loooooooooong road to get to this point but we have finally found the right people, the right places, the awesome kharma that our horses so rightfully deserve. I hope you stay tuned for updates on these 9 horses as well as several others that we have in training and will be going to gentling/training soon!  Very exciting!
We’ll be posting pictures and video of this rescue from the prison to their new temporary home and provide regular updates on their progress as they go through the transition to becoming good horse citizens!!!!!!
  
UPDATE ON THE RHODES ROAD BAND OF 13 – now known as the FREEDOM BAND
The beautiful band of 13 (first reported as 15) wild horses lured and trapped by one property owner in Steamboat Valley became a band of 14 over a week ago!!!! Dr Colletti stepped up, rescued this band, and has promised to care for them for the rest of their lives.  Here are pictures of them in their new pasture in Reno, with their newest member – how adorable!
Thank you Corenna for the beautiful pics!!!!!
 
 
03/26/14
First of all, I’d like to shoot out a tremendous THANK YOU!!!! to Christie Hawke and the Nevada Women’s Expo, for their gracious invitation to join them in the fun and excitement that energized everyone at the Reno Sparks Convention Center this last weekend!  We were very honored to be there and bring our message to so many bright, intelligent, energetic people! 
And another huge THANK YOU!!!! goes out to the volunteer team that pulled together at the last minute to run the show!  Thank you to Suzy Morgan Williams, who again did backflips for the horses and pulled in a ton of signatures and donations!  And a tremendous Thank You!!! to Peter Draper for his relentless pursuit of more signatures!!!! And Thank You so very much to Ellen and Betsy – we couldn’t accomplish anything without their continued dedication to our horses!!!
And in just a few short hours at the Women’s Expo, we collected over 200 signed letters that will be delivered to Governor Sandoval after the rally tomorrow!!!  This speaks volumes about how much people in Nevada care about this beautiful gift we are hiding in our backyard!  In just a few short hours, the attendees at the Nevada Women’s Expo made it very clear -
            NEVADA WOMEN CARE ABOUT NEVADA WILD HORSES!!!!!!
Wake up Governor Sandoval, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dean Heller, Representatives Titus, Horsford, Heck, and Amodei and smell the roses we call horses!!!
 
RALLY IN CARSON CITY – WEDNESDAY MARCH 26TH 11 am – 1 pm
Come join us – your voice counts, especially because we’re speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Wednesday Rally: Nevadans Call Upon Governor to Follow through with commitment to Help Horses
Virginia Range Horse Management Agreement Has Languished for Six Months
Carson City, NV -- Wednesday, March 26, 2014 -- On Wednesday at 11 a.m. in front of the Nevada Legislative Building, local organizations and community members will rally asking Governor Brian Sandoval for his help to move forward the private-public partnership for the management of Nevada's Virginia Range horses.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Wild Horse Preservation League, Least Resistance Training Concepts, Let 'Em Run Foundation, Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association,  and other local organizations have collaboratively contributed to a comprehensive management proposal which was submitted to the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDOA) on October 4, 2013. To date, no cooperative agreement has been proposed by the Governor's administration.
WHAT:  Rally Calling Upon Governor to Help Horses
WHEN:  March 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: 101 N. Carson St., Carson City, Nevada
               ( Legislative Building)
Also on Wednesday, wild horse advocates in southern Nevada, including representatives from the Youth Equine Alliance, will deliver letters in person to the Governor’s Las Vegas office, demonstrating statewide concern for the Virginia Range horses and support for the public/private partnership to humanely manage them in the wild.
The nearly six-month delay has stretched the resources of local organizations as the State continues to remove horses instead of allowing for the humane management on the range. Since December approximately 40 horses have been removed from the range. Many of these removals could have been prevented if a cooperative management agreement had been in place.
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund has rescued more than 150 of the Virginia Range horses removed from the wild by NDOA over the past two years. The ongoing rescue of horses is diverting the local organizations from their primary mission of protecting the Virginia Range horses in the wild, through on-the-range management, including fertility control to address population growth. 
"We call upon Governor Brian Sandoval to exercise his leadership to move this process along and finalize an agreement for this win-win partnership." said Shannon Windle of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. "Every day this agreement is delayed contributes to the already difficult situation for the horses and the range."
"Providing fertility control is a major component of the management proposal, yet this delay has made us miss the window of opportunity that ran from November through February to reduce population growth for 2015," said Willis Lamm of Least Resistance Training Concepts.
Last year, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 264 (AB264) reconfirming the State's ability to enter into cooperative agreements for the management of the Virginia Range horses with nonprofit organizations. AB264 went into effect on October 1, 2013. Yet, nearly six months later there is still no agreement.  As a result, the taxpayers of Nevada continue to bear the management burden for the Virginia Range horses.
We welcome anyone who can come to Carson City Wednesday March 26th 11 – 1 pm to support our historic Virginia Range wild horses!!!
 
REWARD OFFERED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ONE OF OUR HISTORIC VIRGINIA RANGE MUSTANGS
Please take note of the attached document – another one of our historic Virginia Range mustangs has been shot and killed.  If you have any information about this murder, there is a $1,000 reward that could be yours.  Keep your eyes and ears open and report anything you know to the NDoA Wild Horse hotline at 775-353-3608. 
 
MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY MARCH 27TH 6:00 PM – SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Just a reminder of our monthly membership meeting, Thursday, March 27th at 6:00pm at the South Valley library.
We’re very excited to announce Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen as our guest speaker, who has served as spokesman for the NHP in this area for many years now.  Chuck is an avid animal lover and supports the humane treatment of all animals.  He is actively involved in several charities and has served on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Humane Society for the last eight years.  He is currently running for Washoe County Sheriff.
Roger Dauffenbach will also be joining us to share the results of his trip to Washington, D.C. several weeks ago.  Roger was in DC on behalf of our Reno Paralyzed Veteran Association.  He took the time to also speak with the staff of our Senators and Representatives in DC about how we can grow ecotourism around our beloved horses.
We’ll also be talking about our upcoming fund raising events and the development of a training program for our horses right here in Reno!!!!  We’ll also give you an update on the mustang makeover event – some of these horses will definitely be available for adoption!!!    If you’re interested in adopting an historic Virginia Range horse, we’d like to talk to you!!!!
We also have various projects that need volunteers – determining alternative water sources, fencing (planning & installing new & fixing old), and fund raising events and planning.  We also need people who are interested in helping with our horse adoption program.  There is lots to do for the horses – let’s keep them safe and on the range – wild & free!
Please come join us Thursday, March 27th 6:00 pm and feel the satisfaction of helping the Virginia Range wild horses and our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.
 COMMITTEE MEETING – TUESDAY APRIL 1ST 6:00 PM – SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
We have reserved one of the large meeting rooms on the first Tuesday of each month to hold a working meeting night – where groups have a place to sit down and discuss, learn, decide, and makes plans to move forward.  There is plenty of space for several groups to meet at one time.  We’ll have people from the fund raising group, adoptions, fencing group, and alternative water sources.  If you’re interested in getting involved and helping, volunteer opportunities are open and promise to be great fun and exciting!!!! If you would like to help or know others who would like to help, come join us on Tuesday, April 1st at 6:00 pm at the South Valley library!!
 
03/21/14
Well, we’re off and running again……..against the Sandoval administration for their lack of action towards our beloved, historic Virginia Range horses!!!  This message is aimed at Nevadans to come join us to RALLY in Carson City, but everyone can contact our Nevada Govn’r directly by phone, send your own fax, or write a letter to:
Governor Brian Sandoval
State Capitol Building
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-684-5670
Fax: 775-684-5683
 
Or use this link by American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (very easy) http://act.wildhorsepreservation.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16884
 
RALLY 
FOR VIRGINIA RANGE HORSE MANAGEMENT
 COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT
We have waited patiently for the Nevada Department of Agriculture to implement a cooperative agreement allowing on-the-range management of Nevada’s historic Virginia Range wild horses as promised.  Nevada’s Department of Agriculture has been wringing their hands and moaning about the “horse problem” for years. Yet, they have done nothing.  Now they are looking a golden opportunity in the face, but are mired in the old habit of inaction.
We, as tax paying Nevadan’s, are tired of being ignored. WE'VE HAD IT !!  It’s time for Governor Brian Sandoval to respond to his constituents.
We will come together to protest this inaction on
Wednesday, March 26th
WHY:
AB264, a bill allowing the cooperative agreement we seek, became law on October 1, 2013.  Since that time, there has been one delay after another and our cooperative agreement is nowhere to be seen. This bill was supported by the Sandoval Administration and still we have no agreement.  
 
In the meantime, we have missed the opportunity to implement a time sensitive birth control program that would have slowed further growth of the herd. That means more hungry horses in a drought cycle that will provide little forage. Is this what the administration wants to see? 
 
More than 40 horses have been labeled as a threat to public safety and removed from the range in the last few months. Advocate responses under a cooperative agreement could  possibly have prevented their removal and better served local residents. Holding capacity for the rescue of more horses has momentarily reached its maximum.  Continued removal could mean Virginia Range horses sold for slaughter.  Is this what the administration wants to see?
Further delay in implementing a cooperative could leave slaughter as the only alternative.   Does Nevada want to be known as the state that slaughters its horses?
Show the Sandoval Administration that we mean business
JOIN US IN PROTESTING
Our voices count too!!
When:  Wednesday, March 26, 2014
           11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
Where:  Nevada Legislative Building, 
   101 N. Carson Street, Carson City
  
We have tons of work to do for our historic horses – help them now by taking action – come to the rally in Carson City, write Sandoval a letter and mail or fax it, and/or call the Govn’rs office.
 
HELP WANTED AT OUR BOOTH – NEVADA WOMEN’S EXPO
If you can help work our booth this weekend at the Nevada Women’s Expo, please reply to this message and we’ll get you organized.  It’s really easy and a fun thing to do.  There’s no high pressure sales, just chatting with people about our historic Virginia Range horses – and they always draw a crowd!!!
Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 11 – 4.  If you can help for 2 or more hours let us know!!
Join us at the                     2014 Nevada Women’s Expo at the Reno Sparks Convention Center
Saturday, March 22nd 10 – 5 and Sunday, March 23rd 11 – 4
 
03/19/14
Thank you for responding to American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s TAKE ACTION fax to the Gov’nr of Nevada.  As overwhelming as it can sometimes seem, you do have a voice and it can be heard!!!!  Gov’nr was only elected to his current office; he wasn’t born to it nor became a divine entity all of a sudden.  He and all those appointed to their positions have just been reminded about the POWER OF THE PEOPLE, all people who feel this issue is important enough to raise their voice on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. THANK YOU!!!!!!!! And continue to spread the word – we want to make sure that old fax machine keeps on spewing paper.  Remember, they have to look at each page that comes out of that machine just in case it’s some business they’re looking for J.
2014 HOME & PET SHOW
Thank you so much to all those who came out and supported HVWHPF at the Home & Pet Show this last weekend!!!  We had a great time and primarily thanks to Suzy Morgan Williams, author, savvy booth operator, and great sales personality, we now have a ton more people on this email list J - WELCOME!!
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Shelley Hernandez, Emhiser Research, www.emhiser.com  who donated the fee for our booth!!  And to Christy and Dawn from Diggin’ Your Dog for letting us use their very classy booth backdrop and for donating the proceeds from the box of Charki O doggie chews!!  www.dydusa.com.  And Ellen for organizing all of us and CSA Concepts for donating the Pet Zen Den for the raffle!  www.petzenden.com .  And Laurie, Stephanie, Suzy, Betsy, Kelly, Pat, and Ellen for working our booth so smoothly and professionally. And Dick and Susan for helping with the setup!!
2014 NEVADA WOMEN’S EXPO
The wild horse gods have looked upon us with favor and grace – we have received a most generous offer of a last minute booth at the 2014 Nevada Women’s Expo at no charge to us!!!!!!!  For all those in the northern Nevada area, please check out this link for discounted tickets and tons of good information about the exhibitors at the Expo – and don’t miss the Fun, Firemen, & Fashion show all for a great cause!
2014 Nevada Women’s Expo at the Reno Sparks Convention Center –
Saturday, March 22nd 10 – 5 and Sunday, March 23rd 11 – 4
And if you’re interested in helping at the booth, please respond – we can use your help, always!!!
HELP US FUND MURPHY’S VET CARE!
Our little man Murphy got rough housing with his buddy Jett and ended up with a hairline fracture to his wee hooflet!  Accidents can happen, but for horses healthy feet and legs are critical as they grow and can end up putting 1,000 lbs of their own weight on those stick legs of theirs.  http://youtu.be/R0Dcy-VEZcE
Dr Lau from Comstock Large Animal Hospital paid a visit today to x-ray Murphy’s wee hoof and leg and decided he needs a soft cast, anti-inflammatory meds and stall rest for the next 4 weeks.  So, no more horsen’ around for this horse kid for a while.  This isn’t going to be easy for Jett and Murph as they get along so well and have bonded as brothers.  They are very sweet and thoroughly enjoy each other!!!  Murphy’s vet bill for today came to $268 for the field visit, exam, x-ray, and treatment.  Can you help us pay this bill?  Your generous and tax deductible donation to Murphy’s fund can be made at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com – thank you!!!
DAKOTA’S JEWELS MUST GO!
We recently found out that one of our rescued gelded stallions had not actually been gelded!  Thank goodness he had been in foster care with several other males.  He’s a beautiful roan bay gentleman and his name is Dakota.  Check out his video debut http://youtu.be/K1-OaFgZqG8   Dakota is currently in training to become a good horse kid ready for ‘humanville’.  While the NDoAs policy is to always geld stallions, they didn’t do it in this case and that might actually have saved Dakota’s life – too often the decision is to kill the horse rather than spend the money on the surgery.  So, now we face a $1,000 - $1,200 vet bill to geld Dakota as he is a cryptorchid – one of his testicles has not yet dropped.  Surgery of this type is more complex than a simple gelding; he will need to be checked into the veterinary hospital and put under while the surgeon performs a surgical procedure to extract the hidden testis.  If you can help us pay at least part of this vet bill we will be over the top appreciative!!!!  Your kind donation can be mailed to                      HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89521    and note on your check “For Dakota’s surgery” – Thank you!!!!!
TERRI FARLEY AT THE SPARKS MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER – SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND
World renowned local author and wild horse advocate Terri Farley will be giving a presentation this Saturday, March 22nd at 3pm at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center in Victorian Square.  “What It Means to be a Mustang” is an insightful look through the eyes of a wild horse and should be a pleasant and memorable opportunity to learn more about the gift we have in our very own backyard – the American wild horse.  Check this link for more information and have fun!!! http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303140010&nclick_check=1
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH – 6:00PM, SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Just a reminder that our next membership meeting is next Thursday, March 27th at 6:00 PM at the South Valley library on Wedge Pkwy.  NHP Spokesman Trooper Chuck Allen will be our guest speaker and Roger Dauffenbach will bring us an update on his recent trip to Washington DC where he spoke on behalf of our beloved horses.
MONTHLY WORKING MEETING – TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST – 6:00 PM, SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
We have reserved one of the large meeting rooms on the first Tuesday of each month to hold a working meeting night – where groups have a place to sit down and discuss, learn, decide, and make plans to move forward.  There is plenty of space for several groups to meet at one time.  If you’re interested in getting involved, please reply to this message.  We’ll have people from the fund raising group, adoption committee, and range management group (fencing group and alternative water sources).  If you are interested in helping us with these projects or know others who would like to help, come join us on Tuesday, April 1st at 6:00 pm at the South Valley library!!
 
03/13/14
We have an urgent need for donations to our HAY FUND!  We are currently feeding and paying monthly board for 99 horses at Wynema Ranch.  While we had the great fortune to receive an incredibly generous seed donation from the wonderful people at Bentley Foundation/Bentley Ranch in Minden, Nevada, the field is not quite ready for our herd. As you may remember, we had to start feeding our horses earlier than expected last fall due to drought conditions, which has us now about 4-6 weeks short between the end of our winter hay supply and before we can open the winter rye pasture to our horse kids.  Additionally, we didn't have the response from good trainers for the Extreme Rescue Makeover event as we had hoped. And none of our horses were accepted into training this winter at Wynema Ranch so our herd size and the adoption opportunities for our horses was not nearly as high as was anticipated. 
And I think one of the hardest things to bare is the sky rocketing price of hay.  Right now we are seeing an increase of $5 - $6 per bale over last fall’s prices!!  Our horses need your help and support to provide this bridge until we can open the pasture.
 
Please consider a donation of $30 - or $1 a day.  Head to www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and use the DONATE button.  Your donation is tax deductible and will be allocated to buying a 6 week supply of hay for the horses you helped to rescue. 
And of course, we would always accept any hay donation you may be able to provide!
 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES!!!!  
We will continue to move forward and create opportunities for our horses!  With your help to feed them, we will be embarking on an ambitious plan to gentle and train our most eligible horses.  This will open some fabulous adoption opportunities for you, your family, and friends to find the forever horse of your dreams – a real Virginia Range wild horse.  We are determined to provide good lives for our horses – the very same horses Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston set out to save so many years ago!  We urge your participation in the futures of these horses – donate, stay tuned, and watch as these horses transform into loving, lifelong companion animals.  They belong to all of us and deserve to have good lives.  We’re committed to making that possible for them.
 
OUR NEXT FUND RAISING EVENT – BOOTH AT THE PET SHOW
We’ll be setting up our booth at the Home & Pet Show at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center – show runs from Friday through Sunday – March 14th – 16th.  We hope to see you there!!  We’ll be right next to Wrangler Rich and his beautiful horses.  So don’t forget to clip your coupon for $5 off your entrance fee!!!! 
 
MURPHY AND JETT GO TO SCHOOL!!
I’ve attached a picture of Jett (named after Hank Williams daughter!) with his first halter on.  Until last week he insisted on grabbing Murphy’s lead rope and pulling him around their corral with it.  Now he’s a big boy and has his own halter!!!!  Momma Shirley paid a visit to see them last week and noted how much they both have grown.  It won’t be long before these two kids will be available for adoption.  Watch for their facebook page coming soon!!!!
 
 
03/03/14
If you have any pictures of the Andrew Lane/Rhodes Road bachelors, please send them to me.  We’re working on a fund raising effort to ensure we can spring the 8 bachelors from the Carson City prison!!!  Dawn Diovera of the HorseandMan blog has offered to set up a ‘Bucket Fund’ fund raiser for these beautiful, innocent boys so we can ensure they don’t enter the slaughter pipeline, and instead we find good, quality care for them until we can find them good, quality forever homes!!!  Here’s their story:
 
In the bitter cold of this last December, 8 bachelors made their way down out of the hills and into a very small community known as Pleasant Valley in south Reno.  After several days of grazing the lawns on the east side of the highway that dissects the community, they wandered across to the other side (without getting hit!!!) and continued to graze and get happy!  At the beginning of February, I received a voicemail that some horses had been trapped by an evil rancher, the horses were under stress, had no water, and the NDoA was on their to pick them up.  That story was only partially true – the horses were locked in the field.
While we all thought they had eventually crossed back over to the east side and made their way back up into the hills, they apparently had taken off for parts west and were having a great time in one of the canyons under the major freeway between Carson City and Reno.  After about a month, they made their way back down to Pleasant Valley where a rancher locked them inside a 50 acre fenced pasture and called the Nevada Dept of Agriculture to have them picked up.  He had been genuinely concerned that they would get out on the highway again and someone would get hurt. 
And, of course, word hit facebook and panic wafted across the Ethernet. 
After a series of phone calls and emails, we determined that the horses were fine, had plenty of food and lots of water and the NDoA was in no hurry to get them as long as they were safe inside the pasture.  Alliance members started to formulate a plan to get the horses safely moved back to the east side of the highway, back up in the hills where they would be safe and repair/install fencing where they had come through.  The Nevada Highway Patrol were on board to help with traffic control, and we had volunteers organized to help herd the horses. We just needed the rancher to unlock and open the gate for us.  In the end, the rancher decided to go with the NDoA and have the horses labeled ‘nuisance’ and removed from the range.  Unfortunately, word had spread on social media and someone (an idiot, a wild horse advocate, a horse hater, who knows) took it upon themselves to cut the fence to the pasture and the lock off the pasture gate, and lured the horses out of the pasture so they could wander the quiet streets and busy highway of Pleasant Valley.
First thing that morning, calls started that the horses were standing right on the edge of the highway. A volunteer was sent out to get a first-hand report and by the time she arrived, the NDoA was there and had ‘arrested’ all 8 bachelors.
What started out as a perfect opportunity for advocates, property owners, and local government to work together on a solid plan to benefit the horses and maintain public safety, turned into an unfortunate life changing turn of events for 8 innocent creatures just out looking for food.
 
They are now at the Carson City prison waiting for us to rescue them.  That requires donations.  We have raised $6,250 so far with a goal of $21,000 which is the cost of buying them, and the estimated cost of caring for them, feed, and board for one year.   Our goal is to have these horses trained and to good, quality forever homes in no more than 9 months. 
NOTE: the original Rhodes Road 13 band of horses we were originally raising money for have been adopted by Dr Pat Colletti and will be well cared for for the rest of their lives!!!
 
                PURCHASE - 8 Steamboat Valley former stallions + 1 lone former stallion               $2,700
                HAY                                                                                                                                             $9,700
                PASTURING                                                                                                                              $5,400
                VET CARE/TRANSPORTATION/MISC                                                                                  $4,000
                                                                                                                                                Total cost   $21,800  
Total cost for one year for all 9 geldings - $21,000
Average cost per horse per year - $2,333
Average cost per horse per month - $195
Average cost per horse per day - $6.50  (the cost of a specialty coffee and doughnut!!)
I hope this information is helpful and that you can help us help these horses!!!!!
 
And by the way, if you know who cut the fence and lock, please let me know – I’ll arrange for the idiot to stand in the middle of the highway for an 8 hour stretch……at night……dressed in dark brown clothing.
CAN YOU HELP?
Please make your generous donation using your credit card at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com  or mail your generous check contribution to:
HVWHPF
PO Box 20052
Reno, NV 89515
 
THANK YOU for caring about the historic wild horses of the Virginia Range!!!!!! 
 
And don’t forget to check out Dawn Diovers'a Bucket Fund set up for them!!!  Check out www.horseandman.com  - THANK YOU DAWN!!!!!!
 
 
 
02/27/14
Just a reminder of our monthly membership meeting this evening, Thursday, February 27th at 6:00pm at the South Valley library.
We’re very excited to announce Dr. Pat Colletti as our guest speaker, who has been working diligently for the past year to make a difference for the Virginia Range wild horses.  Dr. Colletti will be sharing some of the wonderful achievements he has reached in this short period of time as well as letting us know about his vision and plans for the future of our beloved wild ones. 
We’ll also be talking about our next mustang makeover event – what we’ve already done and what we still need to accomplish!!!  We’ll need many volunteers to help with the various activities and projects planned for this event, but I guarantee you’ll be impressed and as excited as we are about this opportunity for some of our horses to be trained and find good, quality homes!
 
We also have various projects that need volunteers – determining alternative water sources, fencing (planning & installing new & fixing old), and some fund raising events, including our upcoming booth at the 2014 Home & Pet Show at the Convention Center Fri, Sat, Sun.
 
We have the same room at the South Valley library the first Tuesday in each month at 6:00 pm to discuss, plan, and implement  the many projects we have on the schedule.
 
Please come join us tonight, February 27th 6:00 pm and Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm and feel the satisfaction of helping the Virginia Range wild horses and our rescued Virginia Range wild horses.
 
 
02/20/14
MAINTENANCE ON FENCING IN HIDDEN VALLEY
Due to the superior intellect of the Virginia Range wild horses, they are more likely to devise ways to get through our fencing J – especially the sections of fencing that need maintenance.  If you can help with fence maintenance (add one more wire to make it a 3 wire, tighten, shore up) in Hidden Valley on Saturday, please contact Betsy Brownfield at savum1@charter.net .  The horses appreciate your time and volunteering to help keep them safe!
 
2014 HOME & PET SHOW  at the RENO/SPARKS CONVENTION CENTER
We’re getting ready for our next fund raiser!!!  We will once again have a booth at the Lockette Home & Pet Show at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center the weekend of March 14, 15, & 16.  Shelley Hernandez, owner of Emhiser Research Inc., has generously donated the $250 fee for our booth so we can once again join Wrangler Rich and his horses as he entertains the masses!  How lucky we are to have this terrific opportunity.  BUT, we need volunteers to help set up Thursday evening, work the booth Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, and tear down Sunday afternoon.
Please contact Ellen Holcomb at ellenholcomb@charter.net to sign up for a time of your choosing.  Working this event is really easy – we’ll be selling our tshirts, mousepads, calendars, etc. as well as handing out brochures, and other informational items.
And remember, the more volunteers we have to work the booth, the less time each of you is tied up!!!!
 
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH – 6:00PM, SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Just a reminder that our next membership meeting is next Thursday, February 27th at 6:00 PM at the South Valley library on Wedge Pkwy.  We hope to have several well respected locals speak at this meeting.  
 
MONTHLY WORKING MEETING – TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH – 6:00 PM, SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
We have reserved one of the large meeting rooms on the first Tuesday of each month to hold a working meeting night – where groups have a place to sit down and discuss, learn, decide, and makes plans to move forward.  There is plenty of space for several groups to meet at one time.  If you’re interested in getting involved, please reply to this message.  We’ll have people from the fund raising group, fencing group, and alternative water sources.  We really need to reach out and find people who are interested in helping us with our first makeover competition!! This project will takes lots of volunteers but promises to be great fun and exciting!!!! If you would like to help or know others who would like to help, come join us on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm at the South Valley library!!
 
2014 DONATION TO A GOOD CAUSE
We have several programs that we’re raising funds for.  If you can or know others who would be interested in helping, please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and click on the DONATE button – or mail your generous check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89521.
We accept donations into our general fund unless they are specified towards a specific program such as:
                FOALS AT SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP with the riding program staff at Marvin Picollo school  - sponsor Murphy & Jett at school
                HAY DRIVE to feed our rescued wild horses
                VETERINARY MEDICAL CARE FUND to help us pay for the cost of vet care for our horses
                TRANSPORTATION FUND to help pay for the cost of transporting our horses
                BLUE IN TRAINING FUND – sponsor our first wild horse in training!! Blue is in the last few months of training and we’re very excited to find him a good, quality adoptive home.  Until then, please help us pay for his food
 
OUR HORSES IN THE EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER
Take this link and check out the HVWHPF horses selected by trainers to participate and compete in the 2014 Extreme Rescue Makeover organized by Horse Plus Humane Society.
Find your favorite horses and trainers and follow their progress through to the final Grand Finale event on June 22nd at Camelot Equestrian Center in Butte Valley California!!  Most of these horse will be available for adoption at the end of the Grand Finale.  If you or someone you know might be interested in adopting one of these horses, please contact Carrol Abel at hiddenvalleyhorse@yahoo.com , fill out your application (found at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com ) and send it in to us.  This is your chance to take a real Virginia Range horse into your home and heart!!!!
 
VOLUNTEERING
If you’d like to participate and volunteer to help the wild horses roaming free and wild or our rescued horses, please respond to this message and we’ll get you set up!! Or contact one of our Directors
Carrol Abel   hiddenvalleyhorse@yahoo.com      Betsy Brownfield      savum1@charter.net 
Ellen Holcomb, Treasurer        ellenholcomb@icloud.com
 
 
02/14/14
Hi Everyone!!!!
A few quick updates and some exciting news!!!
 
HEARTS FOR HORSES FUND RAISING EVENT AT THE SWILL COFFEE & WINE
We had a terrific turn out for our HEARTS FOR HORSES fund raiser on Tuesday evening!!!  A great time was had by all – we enjoyed some classy music from the Valley Harpers, thoroughly enjoyed chatting with world renown local author Terri Farley and sharing her books from her Phantom Stallion series, had some great munchies, good wine, and engaging company from all those who came out to support the Virginia Range wild & free horses as well as our rescued horses!
Thanks to the following local businesses and individuals who donated some wonderful items for our raffle and silent auction:  Patagonia, Reno Little Theater, Flowers by Patti, Celestial Caress Healing by Kelly Rush, Rachael Boward from Metamorphosis Salon, Taylor James, Mikel Hettrick, Happy Foot Spa & Nails, Ellen Holcomb, Marge Frandsen (I still owe you $2!!!!), Bloom Bakery, and Betsy Brownfield to name just a few!
Thank you all again for your incredible support and making it possible for us to raise over $1,700 that will go directly back to benefit the horses!!!  As you may already know, because we don’t own our own property we pay well over $3,500 a month in pasturing fees, and over $5,000 a month for hay.  Every donation is precious to us and means everything to the horses!!! Thank you!!!!
 
IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER HAY DRIVE!!!!
While we love our beautiful and gentle Virginia Range wild horse herd, they sure do like to eat…..and eat, and eat!!  We always seem to be asking for money for one thing or another, but what remains a constant is the desperate need to feed our horses until we can get them gentled and adopted.  Spring is on its way with the promise of green sprouts of luscious grass and winter rye, but until then we’ll need to purchase approximately $5,000 worth of hay for our horses.  Please consider a visit to www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and donating an amount you feel comfortable with.  You can also set up a sponsorship at www.wildhorseadoption.org to have a fixed amount that you designate be automatically charged to your credit card each month.  We value and appreciate every cent we receive in donations, services, and in-kind offers. Thank you!!!!
 
EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER
The competition is officially open and 10 horses and 10 trainers have all been paired and are working hard to teach and learn all the tasks they will need to accomplish before the big Grande Finale at Camelot Equestrian Center in Butte Valley, California on June 22nd!
Here are some links to some of the trainer’s facebook pages – check out their photos, videos, and stories and follow their journeys through to the final adoptions of these beautiful horses!
 
 
ONE OF OUR GELDINGS IS STILL A STALLION!!
We discovered several weeks ago that Dakota still haS one testicle. We found out today that he will require a more complicated surgery to remove his other testicle that has not yet dropped.  The quote for his surgery is $1,000 - $1,200.  If you or anyone you know can help us pay for his surgery, we would be enormously grateful.  This was an unexpected surprise for us.  He is currently in training and we will keep a close eye on him to ensure he heals fully before he continues his workouts!
 
UPDATE ON THE LATEST GROUP OF HORSES “ARRESTED” BY THE NDoA
We’re always glad to share good news and while this is a mixed bag in the end what’s really important is what’s the best for the horses!! As you know, we’ve been frantically seeking temporary placement for the Rhodes Road 13 (final count from NDoA), we have seen a sharp turn in possibilities for these horses!!!  Straight from Return to Freedom, we’re happy to share this information with you:
“Return to Freedom has today notified the Nevada Department of Agriculture that all 24 Virginia Range horses that have been offered to us for sale will be purchased and rescued. This means that these horses will not be sent to the slaughter auction. We have secured a temporary holding facility for the Lockwood family of 9 and one of the single geldings. The Steamboat family of 13 and a single gelding have found permanent homes. We MUST secure permanent homes for the horses being held at temporary facilities. In addition, we expect NDA to notify us of an additional 9 geldings are in need of rescue and we will have to find placement for these horses as well. The attached pictures are of the Rhodes Road 13 family in the wild, which has found a permanent home where they can stay together!
 
We still need to collect donations for the rescue of the final 9 bachelor / former stallions still being held at the prison.  Our donations goal is $25,000 but I know we can reduce that number by finding good quality foster homes so these 9 bachelors can enroll “in training”.  If you or someone you know is interested in working with some of these horses to help get them gentled at a minimum, please contact us by replying to this message.
If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of these beautiful boys to help defer the cost of feed and training, please visit our adoptions website at www.wildhorseadoption.org and set up your sponsorship on the “Sponsorship” tab.
Thank you!!!!!
 
NEWS AND OTHER GOODIES COMING UP!!!!
CROSSPOSTING FROM WILLIS AND LEAST RESISTANCE TRAINING CONCEPTS:
Just a reminder, the next Inmate Saddle Horse Adoption will be held at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City on February 22, 2014.   It's worth seeing what these horses can do. Wear something other
than blue jeans so you won't get misidentified as an inmate!
February is usually a good adoption for bidders as the cooler weather tends to reduce the numbers of competitors present.
 
Here's a link to the catalog.
 
THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD
Here are 2 links in the local newspaper’s Editorial section. 
 
 
The beautiful power of words!!!!!  Thank you Hank Kimbell and Cynthia Smalley for voicing your valuable opinions and to the RGJ for publishing them!!!
 
 
 
02/10/14
RHODES ROAD 13 RESCUE UPDATE
We finally received word from the NDoA that the actual number of horses removed from the Rhodes Road area was 13 horses, not 15 as originally reported from eyewitness accounts of the trapping and removal.  We have not yet come close to our goal of raising $25,000 so we can rescue and care for these horses.  So far, we have received donations totaling $5,275 towards this rescue. 
Additionally, we received word that a band of 9 more horses (mares and foals) were taken from the Lockwood area and 8 bachelors from the Steamboat Valley area were removed from Pleasant Valley after they went a wanderin’ across the highway!  And 2 additional bachelors were ‘arrested’ from the Stagecoach area.
That means that we have a total of 32 horses at the prison that need your help!!!!!!!!  We ask you to spread the word to help us raise money so we can ensure none of these horses go to the Fallon livestock auction. 
Instead of pasturing these horses, we are looking for people who can foster them for the short term and qualified people who can volunteer their time to help gentle and/or train them so they can have a better chance of finding good, quality forever homes!!!  Can you sponsor one of these horses for a six month period?
Consider a sponsorship of as little as $25 per month or as much as $100 or more a month.
Go to www.wildhorseadoption.org/#!/p/sponsoring-horse.html   and scroll down to the magic sponsorship buttons.  It only takes a few minutes and the cost can be less than the price of a fancy coffee or less than $1.00 per day. 
We will have pictures and videos of these horses in the coming days once they’re released.  In the meantime, I’ve attached a picture of some of the horses from the Rhodes Road band in the wild and also at the prison where they’re waiting for us. 
Please help these horses – spread the word across the ethernet – they need your help!!
 
 
01/31/14
HEARTS FOR HORSES FUND RAISER
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund presents Hearts for Horses – a fund raising event to benefit the wild and free horses of the Virginia Range and the rescued horses of the Hidden Valley herd. 
                TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH            5 – 7 PM               at the Swill Coffee & Wine         at 3366 Lakeside Court, Reno
                MUSIC by the VALLEY HARPERS                 Raffles, Silent Auction, Door Prizes          Cash Bar service available
                Tickets $20 advance at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com    or $25 at the Door
                Ticket includes delicious appetizers, 1 complimentary glass of wine, and 1 door prize ticket
We will also be selling our t-shirts, mouse pads, calendars, and other goodies – all forms of credit cards will be accepted
Come and join us for a fun and entertaining evening and win some cool raffle items!!
 
We’re still asking for donations of bottles of wine to include in a Grande sized raffle prize!  It’s all for the horses so if you can donate or volunteer to help with this event, please respond to this message.
 
RHODES ROAD 15 RESCUE
We are still reaching out for donations to rescue and care for the 15 Rhodes Road horses ripped from their homeland valley in Reno several weeks ago.  So far, we’ve raised $4,650 towards the rescue and care of the 7 mares and their 7 babies and the stallion/now gelding, but we have a long way to go to reach our goal of $25,000. 
Placement is also a challenge for us as we don’t own any property and need to pay for pasturing for our horses.  A good alternative for these 15 horses will be to find foster homes for them.  If you have a safe set up for horses and are interested in taking some of these mare and their babies, please reply to this message.  We are reaching out to qualified individuals who are interested in donating their time to help gentle (minimum halter break, pick up feed, trailer) these horses so we can get them into the adoption process and find good quality homes for them as quickly as possible. 
The Ag promised pictures of the horses over a week ago but unfortunately we haven’t seen anything from them yet.
Our need for donations for this cause is urgent as we could get word any day now that the horses will be released and we need to be ready!!
A huge THANK YOU to those who have donated and offered to place some of the horses already!!!  Together we’ll make a difference for these horses!
 
MUPHY & JETT GO TO SCHOOL!!!
We’re so very excited to have been accepted at the Marvin Picollo school riding program here in Reno. They have generously agreed to take in 2 of our foals and work with them for the next several months when they will be available for adoption!    
Murphy is 5 months old and has been cared for by Shirley Allen of the Least Resistance Training Concepts organization.  Shirley has been caring for orphan foals for many years now and has saved several of our babies, including Mr. Murphy.  He has already been to a number of special events, including a fund raising event inside Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City and our barbeque event in October.  He’s a beautiful sorrel with a black mane and tail, is very loving and curious, and is as smart a whip.
Jett is 6 months old and just recently lost his momma.  The vet confirmed that she was an older mare, well into her 20s, and died of old age.  Jett is a sweet, loving boy and is still unsure about humans.  He and Murphy have bonded and are now best buddies. 
We are so very excited for these 2 youngsters to be a part of this education program, headed up by Sue Lennon.  They will continue working with our boys to ensure they get a good solid grounding and create the trust and security they will need as they grow and become good companion horses for years to come.
Please enjoy this video of the arrival of Murphy and Jett at their first day of school!
Please consider donating to help support these little boys and this program – we need to buy their food, pay for their farrier, and pay their vet bill as they both need to be gelded.
We’re setting up a facebook page for them so you can follow their progress and cheer them on to graduation!
 
EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER
6 of the trainers made their way to the Horse Plus Humane Society facility in Bangor California on Sunday morning to pick out their horse, load him, and make their way home!  It was an exciting and very successful morning – all horses loaded well and without problems or ‘adventures’.
Here is the first video of one of the trainers and his horse – Roscoe and Joey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF-B5unk-Ic  - it’s unbelievable what they accomplished together in such an incredibly short period of time.
 
CONTACT THE DIRECTORS 
Carrol Abel    hiddenvalleyhorse@yahoo.com    Betsy Brownfield         savum1@charter.net                     Ellen Holcomb, Treasurer             ellenholcomb@icloud.com
 
VOLUNTEERING
We are looking for volunteers to expand our Adoption Committee, develop a solid Fund Raising Committee, and create a group of individuals who are interested in working on our own makeover event.  There is lots to do and we can use your help!  We need to identify areas where fencing is needed, install fencing, find qualified trainers to work with our horses, work on fund raising projects so we can continue to feed our rescued horses and many other areas fun and opportunity!  We have reserved the meeting room at the South Valley library on Wedge Parkway for the first Tuesday in each month from 6-8pm.  We’ll use this space for any groups wanting to meet, discuss projects, etc.  Please consider volunteering to help the wild and free Virginia Range horses and our rescued horses.  We have lots of work to do in preparation for the signing of the Cooperative Agreement with the State and we need to get moving so we have a well thought out plan in the works.
 
 
01/16/14
Hi Everyone
As some of you already know, 15 more of our beautiful Virginia Range wild horses were picked up and removed from their range land just over a week ago!!  A long-time resident in the Steamboat Valley community in south Reno opened his gates, lured the horses on to his property, slammed the gates and called the Dept of Ag to pick them – which they did!  The entire Steamboat community is shocked, disgusted, and distraught that 2 people in their community could complain about the horses and the Dept of Ag comes rolling in to remove them!!  Doesn’t this sound familiar – remember last year they were doing the same thing with people who harbored violent sex offenders and who then ended up in jail for shooting their spouse!
Yes people, it’s been over a year since we rallied together and gave the Governor of Nevada heartburn.  While this last year started out to be promising, with the agreement between the Dept of Ag and wild horse advocates to purchase the horses directly, and then the signing of the bill allowing for the ‘management’ of wild horses, the State has been dragging their feet with the second phase of the Cooperative Agreement that would have allowed us to work with residents to ensure the horses would NOT be removed from the range!!!! We would have been able to implement tactics that could have ensured their safety on the range.
 
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is committing to rescuing these 15 horses!!!!  We won’t risk them going to the Fallon Livestock auction again – the gateway to the slaughter pipeline!  NDoA has yet to confirm the horses they picked up but eye witness reports indicate there were 7 mares plus their 7 babies and the stallion – who is by this time a gelding.  These horses were long beloved and welcomed visitors to the Steamboat Valley – no more!
We have several possible locations where we can keep these horses until they can receive the gentling and training they will need to live quality lives in our ‘humanville’. If you know of anyone or place willing to work with us to ensure temporary placement, please respond!!
 
We will need your help to ensure the funds needed to feed and pasture these horses for at least one year.  We estimate the total cost to be approximately $25,000.
                PURCHASE    7 mares + 1 gelding               $  1,000
HAY                                                                        $13,000
PASTURING                                                        $  7,000
VET CARE/ TRANSPORTATION/MISC       $  4,000
                                                                Total cost             $25,000                                                                             
Total cost for one year for all 15 horses - $25,000
Average cost per horse per year - $1,666   
Average cost per horse per month - $139
Average cost per horse per day - $4.63                  (the cost of a specialty coffee!)
 
We can do this!  Together we can rescue these horses and ensure they will not be subjected to the horrors and abuses of the slaughter pipeline!!!!
It sounds like a lot of money, but if we band together and pitch in what you can, I know we’ll meet this goal.
                DONATE NOW AT            www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com
 
                                                                Or mail your check to:    HVWHPF
                                                                                                                PO Box 20052
                                                                                                                Reno, NV 89515
 
Please consider a donation to help Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund save these 15 horses (that includes 7 mares and their 7 beautiful babies).  You can use your credit card at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to make your tax deductible donation or mail your check to the address noted above. 
Time is of the essence as we may hear any day now that the horses must either be purchased or risk being dumped out in Fallon again – just as those 149 others were last year!
I’ll keep you informed as things develop.  It’s time for us to remind the State of Nevada WHO those horses belong to!!!!!  Let’s show these people we care about our wild horses!!!!! Show them that there are more of us than there are of them!!!!
 
 
EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER – MAY 18TH GRAND FINALE
Enjoy these video clips of some of our horses entered in the Horse + Extreme Rescue Makeover event
                http://youtu.be/38-L_oMGR7g
 
                http://youtu.be/qDkOrabuKUE
 
This makeover event will transform up to 21 of our horses into quality, good, life-long companion friends!!
This is what we want for these 15 horses coming to us soon!!!
 
 
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING – THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD
Just a reminder that our next membership meeting is set for next Thursday, January 23rd at 6:30 pm at the South Valley library on Wedge Parkway.  Please plan to attend as we will be discussing the rescue of these 15 horses and how you can make a difference, the next steps needed with regard to the Cooperative Agreement, and the many upcoming projects and plans we will need your help with!!!
 
 
12/31/13
All of us at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund would like to wish all of you a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!!!!
As we go forward in to this new Year of the Horse 2014, we are filled with hope and optimism that we can make a positive difference for our horses and all horses and burros across this country.
 
CALL TO ACTION – STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF AMERICAN HORSES
We can stop the horse slaughter pipeline for all American horses, burros, and mules by sending our voices to Congress and showing them that the majority of people in the United States of America are against horse slaughter.
Use this link to learn more http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094# - Safeguard America’s Food Exports Act, is still in committee. Contact the US Dept of Agriculture: Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit committee http://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSAG/29#members and let them know you want them to send this bill to vote in the House and Senate!!!!!! The Chairman of the committee is Rep Eric Crawford - we need to blast him with messages telling him that WE, the people, want to see this bill enacted NOW!!!!!
 
EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER COMING SOON!
We have partnered with Horse Plus Humane Society to provide the 23 untrained, wild horses for their 2nd Extreme Rescue Makeover!  This event pairs natural horsemanship trainers with our wild horses and culminates in an exciting Grand Finale event in Butte Valley, California on May 18th!  This is a wonderful opportunity for some of our horses to learn to become awesome companion horses and find their forever human!!!  Stay tuned for updates and to follow the progress of each one of our horses as they make their way to the Extreme Rescue Makeover Grand Finale!!!!
Thank you to Ty and Reid from Crossfit Initiative on Prototype Drive for helping us to buck 38 bales of hay that was delivered to Horse Plus Humane Society for our horses once they arrive at there and wait to be taken to their new homes!
 
ADOPTIONS IN 2013
We are so happy for 21 of our beautiful horses who found new homes this year!!!  Thank you to each adopter and organization that reached out to make a difference for these horses!!!!
One of the attached pictures is of Blue, our beautiful blue roan gelding.  He’s in the process of being trained and will be available for adoption in the coming months.  Stay tuned for updates on his progress!!!
 
MAKE YOUR 2013 TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY
It’s not too late!! You can still help to make a difference for our horses and complete your 2013 tax deductible donation at http://www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com/main.php?c=donate .  We still have to pay for the plowing and seeding of our generously donated seed from Bently Ranch and Bently Foundation.  We are looking for donations to help pay the final $5,000 of our hay bill, fund our 2014 Medical fund and Transportation fund with $5,000 each, and purchase our own used horse stock trailer.
Visit www.wildhorseadoption.org to set up a recurring sponsorship for one horse or all horses!  This is a wonderful opportunity to take a more active role in the lives of our rescued horses. 
Please donate today – the horses thank you!!!!!!
 
FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT SERIES FUND RAISER – JANUARY 3RD – FEBRUARY 7TH
We are excited to announce a FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT at the Hilton Garden Inn at 9920 Double R Blvd in south Reno!!!  We will be showing some great movies each Friday night from Jan 3rd through Feb 7th!!!  Movies start at 7pm – 9pm (approx.).  Donations of $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12 will be accepted to help cover the cost of your soda, freshly popped popcorn, and candy bar. 
JANURARY 3RD
A FIST FULL OF DOLLARS
CLINT EASTWOOD
JANUARY 10TH
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
CLINT EASTWOOD
JANUARY 17TH
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
CLINT EASTWOOD
JANUARY 24TH
BLAZING SADDLES
MEL BROOKS
JANUARY 31ST
NATIONAL VELVET
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
FEBRUARY 7TH
WILD HORSE, WILD RIDE
EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER
 
COME EARLY & ENJOY DINNER OUT AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN RESTAURANT!!!!
WITH A DELICIOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER TO COMPLEMENT OUR
‘SPAGHETTI WESTERN’ THEME
SPAGHETTI MARINARA, TOSSED SALAD, ROLLS, DESSERT, ICED TEA OR COFFEE
ADULTS     $11.95                   CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER   $8.95
DINNER SERVED FROM 5:00PM – 7:00PM (SEPARATE OFFERING FROM THE MOVIE)
 
It’ll be fun!  Come join us at the movies!!!!!
 
 
12/22/13
Winter set in hard here in northern Nevada over the last several weeks and it’s been hard for our horses but their big fluffy coats have protected them well.  They are truly wondrous creatures – so adept to this climate.  Winter doesn’t stop babies from popping out no matter how cold it is.  Babies born in the midst of winter in this area come out with the thickest, most fluffy coats you can ever see.  They’re literally ready to hit the ground running, and jumping, and springing, and leaping….all for the joy of life and the love of their family.  For family is the key to the survival of the wild mustang. They depend on each other; each family member has its role and place; the new born babies are adored and guarded by their aunties and uncle just as much as they are loved and protected by their Mommas and Daddies.  They learn survival skills from their family members;  how well they learn those skills is often measured in their impermanence on the range.  Their family bond is strong and has purpose and intention.  For without family, the life of a mustang can be precarious, frightening, and tenuous.  As we seek adoption possibilities for our many herd members, we know finding the right human match for each horse is so very important.  Creating that secure bond of love and respect between human and horse is vital to building a powerful foundation designed to ensure a positive quality of life that will carry the horse through its entire life.  
 
2014 HORSE PLUS HUMAN SOCIETY EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER COMPETITION
We at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund are excited to announce our participation in the 2014 Horse Plus Human Society Extreme Rescue Makeover competition!!  We invite you to view some of our horses that are available for adoption and could be competing at the May 18th Grand Finale at Camelot Equestrian Center in Butte Valley, California - http://horsehumane.org/erm/horses.htm .  This is an exciting opportunity for these horses as their lives change from wild horse to gentle, forever companion. 
We will keep you updated on the latest happenings for these horses and follow their progress from adoption through to the Grand Finale on May 18th.  Stay tuned!!!!!
 
ANOTHER ADOPTION - SPIRIT WIND HORSE RESCUE AND WAGS AND MENACE MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION
They’ve done it again!!!! Spirit Wind Horse Rescue and Cindy Lee of Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation have opened their hearts and rescue gates to take in 4 more of our beautiful horses!!!  Broker, Johnny Winter, Malibu, and her yearling Starlight have been adopted by Cindy Lee and will live their lives together as a little family at the Spirit Wind Horse Rescue in Colorado.  We’re so very grateful to Vee and Beth and especially to Cindy Lee for everything they have done for HVWHPF!!!  They have already taken in Brittany and her baby Spencer as well as Jesse and her wee baby boy JJ.  And on top of that, Brittany and Jesse were pregnant and have since had their new babies!!!! 
 
HAY DRIVE SUCCESS!!!!
We are so very grateful and excited to acknowledge 2 very special organizations that have reached out to HVWHPF to help us pay our hay bill for this winter!!!!
Return to Freedom / American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and its fabulous supporters have raised and donated $10,000 towards paying our hay bill.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!  This tremendous support is so very encouraging and uplifting.  Knowing there are so many wonderful people who support our Virginia Range wild horses even though they may have never seen them is inspiring and warming.  Thank you Neda DeMayo, Suzanne Roy, and Deniz Bolbol for all you have done to help our rescued herd of historic Virginia Range wild horses!
Get on their webpage at  http://wildhorsepreservation.org/ , sign up for their newsletters and calls to action and help make a difference for America’s … for YOUR American wild horses!!!!
Wild Horse Preservation League of Dayton, Nevada and their awesome supporters have raised and donated $5,000 towards paying our hay bill!!!!!  We are so very grateful for all the support and encouragement from their organization and volunteers!!  WHPL works diligently all year round to raise awareness about and promote our Nevada wild horses.  Please visit their website at http://www.wildhorsepl.org/ to get more information and get involved.
Without the support of our alliance and all those who support our partner organizations, wild horse advocates would certainly not be able to do a fraction of what we have been able to accomplish so far.  We have the deepest gratitude for Return to Freedom / American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and the Wild Horse Preservation League and all those who have reached out to support them!!
These 2 donations have made a huge dent in our hay bill that has now been reduced to only $5,118.  Can we bring that total to $0.00 by New Year’s Day?  If you can help, please donate at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com
 
FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT SERIES FUND RAISER – JANUARY 3RD – FEBRUARY 7TH
We are excited to announce a FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT at the Hilton Garden Inn at 9920 Double R Blvd in south Reno!!!  We will be showing some spaghetti westerns like ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly’ as well as classics like ‘National Velvet’ each Friday night from Jan 3rd through Feb 7th!!!  Movies start at 7pm – 9pm (approx.).  Donations of $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12 will be accepted to help cover the cost of your soda, freshly popped popcorn, and candy bar.  It’ll be fun!  We’ll follow up shortly with our flyer and more details – hope to see you at the movies!!!!!
 
 
11/28/13
In reflecting back on all the events of this last year, I know there are many wonderful things that we at Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund have to be thankful for!
The top reason for us to be overwhelmingly thankful this year is that 173 of our beautiful and historic Virginia Range wild horses were rescued over the last 14 months.  137 were rescued directly by our organization, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.  13 were rescued in a collaboration between HVWHPF and our alliance partners Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.
And we are ever so grateful and thankful to have Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign as a partner and voice for our historic Virginia Range wild horses. They stood tall for us and rescued the last 23 horses removed from the range. They also brought about the first phase of the cooperative agreement with the Nevada Department of Agriculture which effectively brought an end to our horses ever going to auction again!!!!!!
We are thankful that our horses are healthy and that not one has gone to slaughter!!!
And none of any of this would have been possible without the wonderful people who have stepped up and support us, physically, emotionally, and financially, and who gave us encouragement to continue on.  And for you, we are so terribly thankful.
We are so very thankful for and appreciative of all the work done by our volunteers and supporters – none of whom demand notoriety or the spotlight.  They just do right by the horses in their own quiet ways.
We are thankful that our rescued horses have good hay to eat this winter.
And we are so very thankful for Shari and Eddie Floyd of Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary for supporting Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and caring for over 100 of our horses.
We are thankful to America Matters Media for giving us a wonderful talk radio show that has helped to inform more Americans about our American wild horses and burros and spotlight so many wonderful causes.
We are thankful that Bo is doing well and making great progress with his recovery – the horses miss him!
 
We look forward to this year managing our beautiful and gentle Virginia Range horses and the range they call home, working on ecotourism opportunities for the horses, and finally bringing an end to horse slaughter for all American horses and burros.   
 
And as we all give thanks this year for the many wonderful people and things we have in our lives, reflect a moment on nature and its many incredible creatures and know how fortunate we are that they exist despite us.
EVERYONE AT HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND WISHES YOU AND YOURS A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!!!!
 
 
SHOPPING UNTIL YOU DROP ON ‘BUCKSKIN’ FRIDAY AND EVERYDAY
If you are looking for some unique, quality gift ideas and would like to help the horses at the same time, consider visiting our Store on our SHOPPING tab. 
We already have 2 different 2014 calendars, one featuring our rescued horses and the other featuring the wild and free Virginia Range horses. 100% of the sale price of the calendars goes to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.
You can also purchase the stunningly patriotic “Unknown Mustang” matted 8 x 10 photograph by well-known Reno photographer Taylor James. 50% of the sale price of the photographs will go directly to benefit the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund horses.
FINALLY, the long awaited print of “Rambles, Our Little Mustang” by famed artist Steven Saylor is available for sale as a print or remarque.  Steven is donating 50% of the sale price of this precious work to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.
 
Check out our SHOPPING tab and watch for more items coming soon!!!
 
 
11/20/13
UPDATE ON THE RESCUED VIRGINIA RANGE WILD HORSES
Our fabulous volunteer and Director Ellen Holcomb, documented the rescue of Red’s band from the prison to their new and awesome forever home!  Thank you so much Ellen for putting this video together, allowing all of us to follow along on this fantastic journey to what will be their freedom!!!!
Return to Freedom / American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign reached out to their vast network of supporters and were able to purchase and find homes for all 23 Virginia Range wild horses recently captured and removed from the range forever.  THANK YOU to Return to Freedom/American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign for saving our horses and ensuring they will have a good life going forward!!!!!
Please enjoy Ellen’s video
 
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Bring us your questions or suggestions.
HVWHPF is holding its next monthly membership meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 21st at the South Valley Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy) in south Reno. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE! Among the items to be discussed we will be organizing volunteer teams for various projects including work at the ranch, on the range for the wild ones, and some exciting fund raising opportunities, an update on the cooperative agreements, and of course plenty of time for public comment. If there is anything you would like to see on the agenda please contact any of the board members listed below. Should you be unable to attend or find that you have questions any time, feel free to contact us.
See you there,
Carrol Abel                                    Betsy Brownfield     Ellen Holcomb, Treasurer
 
 
UPDATE ON IKEY AND MIKEY, THE 2 FALLON AUCTION ORPHANS
The boys are growing like crazy and even have enough energy to play for a few minutes most days.  However, as much as the Vibra VM machine is helping, they still have a cough.  We are talking to the vet about which antibiotics to try now.  We didn't want to just flood them with antibiotics as that is so damaging for them.
To help support these and other orphan foals, contact www.whmentors.org and donate.  It just takes a few dollars to make a huge difference for these babies.  How they survive as adult horses in our world is determined by the love and awesome care they receive from Shirley Allen and Palomino Armstrong.
 
 
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES
Please check out this link to a 2014 calendar created and produced by Ellen Holcomb of Sundance Digital Studios.  She has graciously offered this item for sale, “Wild and Free on the Virginia Range” with all proceeds going Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund to benefit the rescued and wild and free horses of the Virginia Range!!!!
 
Also, Taylor James of Up Close & Personal Photography is making the following offer:
Because Christmas is coming, ALL Mustang prints will have 10% of the purchase price donated to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund ! Offer expires 12-20-13
 
We appreciate the support and encouragement from all of you!!!!!!
Please stay tuned for more items coming to our website!!!
 
10/31/13
Just a few quick updates on the goings on and happenings with the wild horses and Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund!
 
NEVADA DAY PARADE – WHAT A GORGEOUS DAY
The Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates celebrated together on Saturday, October 26th in Carson City by joining in the festivities and fun of the NEVADA DAY PARADE!!!  The banner led the way for our Alliance group, followed by about 12 well trained mustangs all on their best Parade-ready behavior, then came the beautifully decorated float, followed by the hit of the parade, the Poop Patrol wagon!!!
It was a fabulous day, and Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund was very proud to join the Alliance, highlighted by Wild Horse Preservation League, Least Resistance Training Center (LRTC), Let ‘Em Run, and of course American Wild Horse Preservation League!  Thank you to Sheila Schwadel and Bonnie Matton for getting us all organized and to all those who participated in this wonderful event! 
Next year will be Nevada’s 150th Anniversary in the Union.  We’re planning a BIG show and would like to invite all volunteers to join us!!!  More later……
 
THANK YOU TO BENTLY RANCH AND THE BENTLY FOUNDATION FOR DONATING SEED TO HELP FEED OUR HORSES
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is extremely honored to be the recipient of a fabulous donation of seed from the Bently Ranch and The Bently Foundation in Minden, Nevada.  They have very generously provided HVWHPF with enough seed to plant 200 acres of land at Wynema Ranch that will blossom into delicious winter rye and be enjoyed and appreciated by all our horses come spring!!!!  This opportunity to grow some of our own grass for our horses to graze upon this spring means that the horses will get a reprieve from eating hay for several months and allow us to save some money during that time.
 
                           
Thank you to the good people from Bently Ranch and The Bently Foundation for supporting us and our horses with your kindness and generosity!!!  We are truly grateful and so very appreciative of what you have done for us.
 
DO YOU HAVE A TRACTOR AND SEED DRILL OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT?
We are looking for someone who might have equipment and even the labor to donate to help us plant the seed we received as a very generous donation from Bently Ranch and The Bently Foundation in Minden, Nevada.
A tractor with a seed drill is what is needed to do the job.  If you can help or know someone who might be able to, please respond to this message and we’ll start working together to get that seed in the ground!!!!
 
NEWS FROM AWHPC ON THE 23 HORSES AT THE PRISON
An update on the 23 Virginia Range wild horses that have been removed from the range:
Great news: we've (AWHPC) raised the funds we need to rescue Red, his family of seven and the fifteen other mustangs in the Carson City Prison.
We're already making plans to transport the horses in the coming days from Carson City to the DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary in Northern California (pictured left). And Barbara Clark, founder of DreamCatcher, says they can't wait to set the horses free to roam once again:
"We at DreamCatcher look forward to getting Red and his band out of the pens at the Carson City Prison. Our 2,000-acre sanctuary in northern California stands ready to greet this family where they will live out the rest of their lives together as wild horses."
This is yet another heroic rescue that could not take place without the generosity of AWHPC supporters, who have allowed AWHPC to send significant funds to underwrite these lifesaving efforts.
But the hard work for wild horses of the Virginia Range has just begun. We are still raising funds to implement range management measures to prevent future captures and removals of horses from their homes on the range, and to help our coalition member, the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, care for the 150 Virginia Range mustangs they have already rescued from the slaughter auction.
If you donate to our Virginia Range mustang fund, your contribution will be put directly to work to protect these historic and cherished wild horses.”
THANK YOU TO RETURN TO FREEDOM/AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN AND THEIR SUPPORTERS FOR THIS INCREDIBLE FUND RAISING AND PLACEMENT EFFORT THAT IS ENSURING THE SAFETY OF 23 MORE OF OUR VIRGINIA RANGE WILD HORSES!!!!!  RTF/AWHPC ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!
 
VOLUNTEERING MEETING
We will be announcing a volunteering meeting in the next week.  We have tons of work to do and need lots of volunteers with a variety of talents like: muscle, intelligence, creative thinking, passion for what you’re doing, and the love of the wild horses!  We are looking for people who have some experience with horses to help with projects at the ranch and people who are interested in helping us develop projects to help our wild and free horses on the range. 
Please respond to this message if you are interested in helping.  We are reaching our peek time of concern for our wild horses to ensure they stay safely on the hillside and need help from our community to continue to do so.  Everyone is welcome!!! I look forward to hearing from you!!!
 
NEWS FROM PALOMINO AND IKEY AND MIKEY!
From Palomino:
Took the boys to the vet last week. She did blood work and gave them a steroid to see if that would improve things.  We also changed the bedding to straw to see if they possibly were having an allergic reaction to the shavings.  (They are not allergic to the shavings, which is a blessing as it is easier to keep the stall clean - especially with two of them and it is imperative that we not have that "ammonia" smell as it is very harmful to their lungs.)
The blood work showed normal on Ikey and Mikey's showed a slightly elevated white count and had very low indicators that an infection was present.  The conclusion is that neither of them have pneumonia, but they have some type of bronchitis.
The boys have continued eating and drinking well, and are growing and gaining weight.  Ikey still keeps his ears pinned back most of the time, (he is tired of being sick)  as they are still having issues with their breathing and are still coughing, although Mikey's cough is worse than Ikey's.  They are exhausted  (this has been going on for nearly 6 weeks) and still struggling to breathe, especially when they are lying down, which makes it hard for them to get good rest.  Both boys are fighters though and are giving it their all.   We are continuing to keep the positive energy and let them know that they are loved and need to be here.
Last week I received a wonderful phone call.  It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart.  Thanks to a wonderful woman in Florida, who picked up the phone and told them about Mikey & Ikey, the folks at VIBRA VM donated one of their units to help us with the boys.  In summary, these machines send energy in the form of sound waves, in the correct frequency, to loosen the mucous plugs that can cause breathing problems.  The VIBRA VM has been used successfully to treat COPD/Heaves, Emphysema, Asthma, Influenza, Sinusitis, Barn Cough, Pneumonia, Feline Asthma, and Kennel Cough.  Their website is WWW.VIBRAVM.COM.  Please visit it for more information.
We had our first two sessions yesterday, about 4-5 minutes each time.  Both boys were absolutely fine with the treatment and showed no nervousness whatsoever.  They haven't spent too much time standing still for long periods, but they both did very well.   We were very pleased to find that their nostrils were quite wet and we even had a little drip of mucous.  This is wonderful as so far, their coughing has been for naught and the offending mucous refuses to leave their airways.  So a change has been made.  Woohooo PTL!!!
We will continue to treat them daily and keep you all updated.  We are needing to purchase another bag of foal lac pellets and 
their grain this week.  We are so grateful for all the help and support, from prayers to suggestions and of course the money that we need to provide their veterinary care and feed.  You can go to WWW.CHILLYPEPPER.WEEBLY.COM and donate there, or go directly to Paypal and donate through Palominodancer@yahoo.com or contact us at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Road, Shingletown, CA  96088.  All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.  Once again y'all have come through and made it possible to give these amazing and courageous little guys a chance at life.  We are going on 6 weeks and praying hard that we start turning the boys in a new direction and see improvement as opposed to them feeling worse.  Will post some pix/video of the boys getting their treatment as soon as I can.
Thank you again for making it possible to help these guys through the tough times they are facing.  We simply could not provide the standard of care and feed they enjoy without your help.  You guys are awesome, and I have to say "it takes the world to save a foal".  God bless!
Palomino
p.s.  Please excuse my writing as I am a tiny bit tired and definitely in my "double foal coma".  :)
THANK YOU PALOMINO FOR TAKING SUCH WONDERFUL CARE AND GIVING SO MUCH LOVE TO THESE TWO LITTLE CHARACTERS!!!!!!! 
 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER AND KEEP THE FOOD SUPPLY SAFE
Use this link to learn more  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094#  - Safeguard America’s Food Exports Act, is still in committee.  Contact the Dept of Agriculture: Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit committee http://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSAG/29#members  and let them know you want them to send this bill to vote in the House and Senate!!!!!!  The Chairman of the committee is Rep Eric Crawford - we need to blast him with messages telling him that WE, the people, want to see this bill enacted NOW!!!!!
 
VOLUNTEERING
If you’d like to participate and volunteer to help the wild horses roaming free and wild or our rescued horses, please respond to this message and we’ll get you set up!!
WILD HORSES ROCK!!!!!!
 
10/24/13
A quick note to bring you up to speed on several topics!
 
FALL FESTIVAL & FAMILY BARBEQUE
We had a great turn out for our 1st Annual Fall Festival & Family Barbeque last Saturday.  Thank you to all those who came to support our wild horses!!!  We sold 85 tickets, enjoyed the music of Joseph Greco of Silver Springs, Wrangler Rich brought 4 of his horses and gave rides all day – and what a beautiful day it was!!!  We had a hay ride and Momma Shirley Allen brought 2 month old Murphy who entertained and discovered green grass for the first time!!!  He’s such a cutie!
And thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who pitched in to set up, cook, organize, sell raffle tickets, man the gate, kept the silent auction going, drove the truck, and kept the children entertained, and then cleaned up!!!  Awesome job!
 
Of special note:  Dorothy Nylen, President of Wild Horse Preservation League of Dayton, Nevada presented Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund with a most generous donation of $1,000 towards our hay fund!!!!  We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Wild Horse Preservation League of Dayton, Nevada for this incredibly generous donation!!!! 
 
 
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Bring us your questions or suggestions.
HVWHPF is holding its next monthly membership meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th at the South Valley Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy) in south Reno. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE! Among the items to be discussed we will provide information on Red's band and other recent removals, an update on the cooperative agreements, plans for on the range management of our Virginia Range horses and will save some time for public comment. If there is anything you would like to see on the agenda please contact any of the board members listed below. Should you be unable to attend or find that you have questions any time, feel free to contact us.
See you there,
Carrol Abel                                                                          Betsy Brownfield                                             Ellen Holcomb, Treasurer
hiddenvalleyhorse@yahoo.com                               savum1@att.net                                              ellenholcomb@icloud.com
 
 
NEVADA DAY PARADE
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is very proud to be part of the Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates and will be joining everyone in Carson City for the Nevada Day Parade this Saturday, October 26th.  Come on out and enjoy the hundreds of dazzling floats and fanfare!!!  We’re supposed to have another gorgeous weekend so start your Saturday watching the balloon races at 8am and then the parade starts at 10am.    
 
 
AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN
AWHPC has announced a fund raising campaign to rescue the 23 Virginia Range wild horses that have been removed from the range over the last several months.  The 23 horses include Red’s band of 8 taken from the park in Hidden Valley, 4 mares taken from the Toll Road area, 9 stallions taken from Lockwood and 2 stallions taken from the Stagecoach/Dayton area.  Red’s band has an opportunity to go to Dreamcatcher in northern California where they could live their lives out on a 2,000 acre range and stay together as a family.  HVWHPF will be adding the funds raised to rescue Red’s band to this fund raising effort!!!  Please donate if you can at:
 
 
10/09/13
We have some great news – 3 more of our horses will be going on to their new forever homes!!!  One of our little babies born mid-March, Collins was abandoned by his mom and then whisked off to be loved and cared for by Palomino and Matt Armstrong of Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Equine Rescue & More.  Now he’s getting ready for the next big step in his little life – he’s being adopted by a young lady who has been bonding with him for months now and we know will give him a wonderful life.  Congratulations Danielle and Collins!!!!
And 2 of our mustangs are going into the Least Resistance Training Concepts “Train to Sustain” gentling and training program with Fred Winkler!!!  Apache and Chief will spend a few months with Fred building a solid foundation that will transport them off on an amazing path to success for the rest of their dear lives.  We bid them well and thank Sharon and Willis Lamm for developing this fantastic program!!!!
 
1st ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND FAMILY BBQ – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH IN RENO
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is proud to present a Fall Festival and Family Barbeque on Saturday, October 19th at Bartley Ranch Flying B Pavilion to benefit the wild horses of the Virginia Range – both rescued and on the range.  The fun starts at 11am with activities and games for children, horse rides with Wrangler Rich and his beautiful horses, music by Joseph Greco, hay rides, and a pumpkin patch!!
Your ticket includes lunch, a beverage, and some decadently delicious desserts!!!  Tickets on sale now at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com then click on the SHOPPING tab - $12 for adults and $7.50 for children under 12 yrs old.
Join us, won’t you!!!!
We’re also looking for volunteers to help work this fun event!!  We need people to help with the children’s games and activities, the hay ride, cooking and serving food, set up and clean up.  Please respond if you’re interested in helping!!!
 
INTERNATIONAL EQUINE CONFERENCE AT KENTUCKY HORSE PARK, LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund was invited to attend and present at the 3rd Annual International Equine Conference in Lexington, Kentucky over the weekend of September 27th – 29th.  We were very proud to display the HVWHPF banner at the press conference and hang it in the hall during the entire conference.  We were also very proud to present the story of our horses to such a wonderful group of people!!!
The conference was organized by Equine Welfare Alliance, Virginia Hudson and Wild Horse Freedom Federation.  Some of the distinguished presenters included, but was not limited to, Ginger Kathrens from the Cloud Foundation, RT Fitch author of Straight from the Horse’s Heart, Dr. Dan Rubenstein of the BLM’s NAS Committee Member, Scott Beckstead Oregon Senior Director HSUS, the Kokal Family from the award winning film Wild Horse Wild Ride, Simone Netherlands of Respect4Horses, John Holland of Equine Welfare Alliance and Key Note Speaker Victoria McCullough of Chesapeake Petroleum and fabulous horse advocate.
It was a packed full weekend, we met some beautifully gracious people, made new friends, and learned a ton of good stuff!
 
BLM HOLDING FACILITIES AND THE US GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN
I’ve been receiving lots of emails from people who are concerned about the wild horses at the Palomino Valley Center holding facility just north of Reno.  What is happening now that the government has shut down and is anyone there to feed and water the horses?  Advocates have been making daily visits to PVC to ensure that someone shows up each day and that the horses are safe.  While there are no government employees on site, the contract employees are there each day to feed and water the horses.  Thank you to all who are making that trip to check on the welfare of those horses!!!!!  You’re making a huge difference for them!!!!
 
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR HORSES AND HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND
Please check out this link to see our newest wee herd member, Murphy!!!!  He’s about 2 months old now and just got a hard start on life.  He wasn’t flourishing the way he should so he was whisked off to Shirley Allen’s orphan foal program where he immediately made himself at home and bonded with her.  He made his debut as the little ambassador for all wild horses at the 2nd Annual Wild Horse Preservation League’s Wild Horse Benefit this last weekend.  Check out his pictures - http://www.whmentors.org/men/murphy1301.html
 
MONTHLY MEETING – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is holding its next monthly membership meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th at the South Valley Library located at 15650 Wedge Pkwy in south Reno.  This meeting is open to the general public.  We welcome and encourage new members. Learn about wild horses, how you can participate in shaping the way the wild horses of the Virginia Range are managed, and how you can help in your local area to keep the public and the wild horses safe.
 
 
 
10/05/13 
Updates on the happenings and going ons with the Virginia Range wild horses!  It’s fall and volunteers are busy each day moving horses back up to the hillsides and out of harm’s way.  Thank you to all who have called and emailed to let us know where to find our furry friends!!!  It takes everyone’s help to make this successful and ensure our horses are out of danger. There are many people who are so very grateful to you for keeping the horses safe!!!
 
FENCING PROJECT
The fencing project above Damonte Ranch is complete!!!  Great work to all those who volunteered their time and hard work.  And a huge THANK YOU to Return to Freedom / American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and to Stacie Smith for helping share the cost of the fencing materials needed for this project!!!  Great work Karen Ballard for all your organizational work to pull this project together!!!
 
RESCUE FOR 10 HORSES REMOVED FROM THE RANGE
We’re still collecting donations for the 10 horses waiting for rescue.  If you can help, please donate at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com and use our DONATE button.  We have secured a location for them and hope to be able to take them soon.  Can you help?  One beautiful band of 8, led by the former stallion “Red” and his 7 mares and babies removed from the Hidden Valley rangeland area.  And 2 beautiful big bachelors, one dark bay and one chestnut, removed from the LaFond Avenue area of Dayton.  These horses are waiting for us to bring them home to a safe, secure location and care for them for as long as necessary while we find them good, quality forever homes.  Can you help us with this rescue?  Please visit our website at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to donate using a credit card or mail your check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV, 89515.  You can include a note telling us where you want your donation spent.  I know that together we can raise the money needed to buy these horses and feed and care for them for one year.  Our goal is $10,000 and we’ve already collected over $2,700 in donations earmarked for this rescue!!!  We have found temporary placement for them, but these horses will need to be fed hay as there is no pasture at this location.  Your kindness and generosity has always been heartwarming and amazing!  Please help us help these horses to find a good, new life of quality and purpose.
We received sad news this week that 4 more horses – one mare and three fillies – have been removed from the range in the Toll Road area.  If you have any information about the circumstances behind how and where these horses were removed, please reply to this message.
 
OUR HAY DRIVE IS ON!!!!
We are opening a HAY DRIVE fund raising event to help feed the 118 horses we care for just north of Reno.  Due to a lack of forage caused by a severely dry spring and summer, we have already started feeding hay.  We estimate our hay bill will be approximately $45,000 through to spring.  Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause.  You played a huge role in our ability to rescue 150 Virginia Range wild horses between September 2012 and January 2013.  Because of your kindness, we were able to purchase these 150 horses, or as I call them ‘gifts’ .   As we continue to gentle our horses and think outside of the box to find them good, quality forever homes, we still need to feed and care for them until we make that perfect match!!!
We have already receive donations in the amount of over $3,000 towards this project.  To donate, please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com  and click on the DONATE button or mail a check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515.  Consider a $30 monthly donation which works out to be no more than $1 a day.  Each bale costs us $11 – how many bales can you help us buy?  Think of matching the cost of 3 x $4 cups of coffee a month.  We will be putting a donation meter on our website so everyone can see how we’re doing towards our goal!!!  A huge “THANK YOU” to each of you for caring so much about our wild ones!!!!!   
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO TAKE DOWN OUR “MIRACLES HAPPEN” CORRAL IN PLEASANT VALLEY
Remember the corral that went up in just a few hours, built so many wonderful volunteers to offer a safe and peaceful holding area for some of the horses rescued from the Ft McDermit Paiute Shoshone Indian horse sale in Fallon, Nevada in mid-August?  Well, all the horses that were brought to that corral got examined by the vet, their blood test completed, and then were whisked away to California where they are being gentled, and adopted out.
Now, we need to take the corral down!!!  If anyone can help, please come to the Murry Ranch Hay Barn Saturday morning at 10:30 am.  We just need to take down the panels, stack them, and then remove the t-posts – about 1 hour of work.  Sorry for the late notice on this but Jason just asked if we could complete the work this weekend.  Hope to see you then!!!
 
2ND ANNUAL WILD HORSE BENEFIT CONCERT – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH IN VIRGINIA CITY
Don’t miss this fun filled afternoon full of music, great people, loads of unique and interesting things to buy and lunch!!!  This wonderful event is sponsored by the Wild Horse Preservation League of Northern Nevada to help protect and preserve the wild horses of northern Nevada!  And it all takes place at the historic Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City!  Doors open at 10am with a silent auction, art vendors, food and bar.  The music starts at 11am with entertainment from Richard Elloyan, David John and the Comstock Cowboys, Ron Christopher, and Cowboy Poet Harold Roy Miller.
Come on out and support the wild horses at this benefit event!
 
1st ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND FAMILY BBQ – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH IN RENO
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is proud to present a Fall Festival and Family Barbeque on Saturday, October 19th at Bartley Ranch Flying B Pavilion to benefit the wild horses of the Virginia Range – both rescued and on the range.  The fun starts at 11am with activities and games for children, horse rides with Wrangler Rich and his beautiful horses, music by Joseph Greco, hay rides, and a pumpkin patch!!
Your ticket includes lunch, a beverage, and some decadently delicious desserts!!!  Tickets on sale now at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com then click on the SHOPPING tab - $12 for adults and $7.50 for children under 12 yrs old.
Join us, won’t you!!!!
 
HORSE KILLING IN MOUNDHOUSE, NV
Please pass the word along that a reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the conviction of those who shot the horses in Moundhouse, Nevada. NRS 504 calls for the punishment of this act as class C Felony.  Keep your eyes and ears open – slime butts like them can’t keep their mouths shut.  Tell your family and friends so they know to recognize the spinless bragging of these creeps when they hear it!!  Someone heard something  -  don’t keep it quiet, tell someone what you’ve heard.  Call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, your information will be kept confidential!
LET’S STOP THE ABUSE AND TORTURE OF OUR WILD HORSES NOW!!!!!
 
 
09/24/13
Oh my gosh, it’s been a jam packed several weeks full of horses stuff – mostly good things, some sad things.  But that’s the way it is with our wild ones. 
 
Enjoy one of Ellen Holcomb’s newest videos of our herd!!!  ENJOY!!!!
 
10 VIRGINIA RANGE WILD HORSES TO BE RESCUED!!
We need your help now to rescue 10 wild horses removed from the Virginia Range.  One beautiful band of 8, led by the former stallion “Red” and his 7 mares and babies removed from the Hidden Valley rangeland area.  And 2 beautiful big bachelors, one dark bay and one chestnut, removed from the LaFond Avenue area of Dayton.  These horses are waiting for us to bring them home to a safe, secure location and care for them for as long as necessary while we find them good, quality forever homes.  Can you help us with this rescue?  Please visit our website at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to donate using a credit card or mail your check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV, 89515.  You can include a note telling us where you want your donation spent.  I know that together we can raise the money needed to buy these horses and feed and care for them for one year.  Our goal is $10,000 and we’ve already collected over $2,700 in donations earmarked for this rescue!!!  We have found temporary placement for them, but these horses will need to be fed hay as there is no pasture at this location.  Your kindness and generosity has always been heartwarming and amazing!  Please help us help these horses to find a good, new life of quality and purpose.
 
HAY, HAY, HAY DRIVE
We are opening a HAY DRIVE fund raising event to help feed the 118 horses we care for just north of Reno.  Due to a lack of forage caused by a severely dry spring and summer, we have already started feeding hay.  We estimate our hay bill will be approximately $45,000 through to spring.  Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause.  You played a huge role in our ability to rescue 150 Virginia Range wild horses between September 2012 and January 2013.  Because of your kindness, we were able to purchase these 150 horses, or as I call them ‘gifts’ .   As we continue to gentle our horses and think outside of the box to find them good, quality forever homes, we still need to feed and care for them until we make that perfect match!!!
We have already receive donations in the amount of over $1,500 towards this project.  To donate, please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com  and click on the DONATE button or mail a check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515.  Consider a $30 donation which works out to be no more than $1 a day.  Each bale costs us $11 – how many bales can you help us buy?  We will be putting a donation meter on our website so everyone can see how we’re doing towards our goal!!!  A huge “THANK YOU” to each of you for caring so much about our wild ones!!!!!   
 
FALL FESTIVAL AND BARBEQUE – BARTLEY RANCH
We have rescheduled our BBQ event to October 19th from 11 – 3 at Bartley Ranch in Reno and are bringing in the fall season.  It promises to be an exciting and fun afternoon for the whole family!!!! Wrangler Rich will be there with his horses to give rides and take pictures.  Joseph Greco will play live music and there will be a pumpkin patch!  We’ll have a hay ride around the park, and lots of games and activities for children and adults alike!!!  For those who want to volunteer to help organize and make this a special day for all, please reply and let me know how you’d like to help!!!
 
MONTHLY MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is holding its next monthly membership meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 26th at the South Valley Library located at 15650 Wedge Pkwy in south Reno.  This meeting is open to the general public.  We welcome and encourage new members. Learn about wild horses, how you can participate in shaping the way the wild horses of the Virginia Range are managed, and how you can help in your local area to keep the public and the wild horses safe.
 
HORSE KILLING IN MOUNDHOUSE, NV
Very sad and pathetic news out of the Moundhouse area on the south fringe of the Virginia Range.  The body of a beautiful, big paint stallion (see the poster below) was found last week, shot 6 times in its belly and then had its throat slit.  A few days later, another horse was found, still alive, with an arrow through his face and another one in his shoulder!!! This is always heartbreaking and maddening to think what these slimy cowards did.  Wild horses are gentle creatures worthy of our respect and command for just a safe place to live.  These horses were beloved and well known residents of the Moundhouse area along the Virginia – Truckee Railroad tracks (for tourists not hauling).
Please pass the word along that a reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the conviction of whoever shot this horse – NRS 504 calls for the punishment of this act as class C Felony.  Keep your eyes and ears open – slime butts like this one can’t keep his mouth shut and there was probably more than one of them.  Tell your family and friends so they know to recognize this spinless fools bragging when they hear it!!  Someone heard something  -  don’t keep it quiet, tell someone what you’ve heard.  Call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, your information will be kept confidential!
LET’S STOP THE ABUSE AND TORTURE OF OUR WILD HORSES NOW!!!!!
 
 
NEWS FROM THE RANGE LAND
Overall condition of the horses this year – across the range, reports coming in indicate they are for the most part, looking good.  Much better than they did this time last year. 
 
Effective October 1st, the law prohibiting the feeding of wild horses goes into effect.  First offense will continue to be a verbal warning.  Second and all subsequent violations will be subject to up $2,000 fine and/or prison time. 
 
Fencing projects Hidden Valley area
The mile of fencing above HV on Man of War and connecting to the park continues to be a work in progress.  We ran a fourth wire, slammed  about 40 more posts and installed 80 stays.  We thought it was very secure but Smarty Pants continues to find ways out.  I've watched him on many occasions while herding him back to the gate, he will go up the fence line and he keeps looking for a spot, then he will stick his head through and pop the wire off the post which loosens the wire and then like an acrobat he goes through the fence, of course his weight loosens the wires and then we have to spend hours finding where he got out then tighten the wire and replacing the clips.  I've been told that he  also will go down on his knees and crawl under the bottom wire to get out.  Buddy the older horse that is blind in one eye and has foot problems is another one that is getting out. He has been going in the ditch and carefully placing his feet in this terribly rocky, cemented place and getting out.  So we have spent a lot of time moving rocks and covering up any spot that he can put a foot.  I'm so worried he is going to break a leg going through these rocks to get out.  Anybody got any suggestions on how to keep these horses out as I'm getting tons of calls complaining about the horses being out.  Sometimes my husband myself and others have put them back up to 3 times a day.  We talk about running a barbed wire but I worry if people cut it to get through, the wire will be left for a horse to get caught up in and that is why we use barb-less wire.  Above Man of War there are about 35 horses that hang out in that section but since we did all the repairs only 2 are still getting out.  After they picked up Red's band from the park, the bachelors have moved into that territory but have been on the right side of the fence above the park and I'm hoping they will stay out of trouble.  I would like to thank all that have helped in the past couple of months on this project including: Kelly, Lindalee, Ann and Tim, Butch and Don for their generous donations that made this improvements possible and several of the residents in the neighborhood who came up and helped.
Thank you Betsy for submitting this report!!!
 
From Damonte Ranch area – thank you Karen B for heading up this project and doing such a great job!
A hard working group of volunteers has spent the last 2 weeks installing another section of fencing just south of Damonte Ranch high school in the hopes that it will keep the horses higher in the hills and out of the gravel pit area where they tend to wander down into the neighborhoods.  A great job being accomplished by awesome volunteers who want to see the horses remain safe and off our congested, high speed streets. 
 
If you’re interested in helping, let me know and I’ll get you the information.  Great work everyone!!!
I’ve said it before, volunteering with the wild horses is much better and much cheaper than joining a gym!!!  You get a well-rounded workout on almost any day of the week!  Guaranteed to drop the pounds!!!
 
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT INFORMATION
From Carrol Abel, directed towards the local Reno population, please read
Hi all,
We are gathering information needed to complete our management plans for the Virginia Range horses. The time is nearing  for us to submit our  plan to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.  I have attached a form we would like you to fill out and return as soon as possible.  You will notice this form uses the term "Critical Action Area".  The  term refers to areas with immediate need for action to prevent the removal, injury, or death of the horses.  Critical Action areas will of course be a high priority.  
Please be as detailed as possible when  recommending solutions.  For example:  "This area needs 300 feet of fencing" instead of  " We need to get a fence up there." or  "Diversionary feeding behind the power station would keep the horses away." instead of " feeding the horses would solve the problem".    This information will also help us  determine the funding needed to handle the project.  
It is also very important for us to know the number of horses effected in the area you're reporting on.    Please add that information to your reply. 
Thank you so much for your help.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Carrol Abel
 
 
08/21/13
Well, this was one of the hardest weekends I’ve had in a long time.  Amongst the sadness at the auction in Fallon, there were many wonderful stories of rescue and leaps of faith!!!!
 
FALLON AUCTION RESULTS – AUGUST 17TH
The auction in Fallon was chaos and mayhem after American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign dropped a temporary restraining order on the auction yard, prohibiting them from including any unbranded horse in that day’s sale.  Since all the pens were a mix of branded and unbranded, they were forced start at 7:30 am to separate out the unbranded horses and didn’t finish up until 2:30 pm. That left us all only ½ hour to walk through the aisles and see what horses they had for sale.  The auction yard didn’t have any information to give out about how they were selling them, which pens were being sold as lots and which horses would go through a single horse, etc.  The bidding started at 3:00pm as the horses were brought through one by one and some of the mares with their babies.  The bidding was fast but there was no nonsense like what we had seen at the other auction yard last year as our horses came through the arena and the shill bidding owner drove up the prices.
Half way through the auction, I was asked to buy as many mares and babies as I could  - I won the bid on 2 lots of mares and babies that some fabulous people stepped up to rescue with donations and placement for them!!!!  Thank you so very much Shirley Puga of the National Equine Resource Network for pulling it together and a very special thank you goes out to Cindy Lee of the Wags and Menace Foundation for your enormously generous donation that saved the 34 babies and their dams from a horrible end.  They will all now live out their lives at a beautiful sanctuary in California where they will be cared for and protected until their last willing breath.
Additionally, while Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund could not step in to take any of the horses from the Fallon auction, we knew we could still help through volunteerism.  Horse Plus Humane Society from Oroville CA said they wanted to help and could take some yearlings.  The challenge when you rescue a horse in another state is that you are then required to get a specific blood test performed (Coggins) before the horse can legally cross the state line – that takes days.  I got on my cell phone Friday afternoon, secured a place to put 20-30 yearlings, put out the URGENT Volunteers Needed message to build a temporary corral and OMG 15 people showed up Saturday afternoon to put together the structure!!!!!  I couldn’t believe what a wonderful sight it was as the trucks and trailers pulled up and let out 23 horses into a secure, safe, clean corral where they waited to get their blood drawn!!!  A huge thank you goes out to all those who showed up and put in some well spent time to help make sure more horses could be rescued on Saturday!!!!  You all ROCK big time – and please know that if you hadn’t helped, 23 more horses would have likely gone to slaughter.  A special THANK YOU goes out to Jason Murry, owner of Murry Ranch Hay Barn in Pleasant Valley, south Reno for allowing us to use one of his pastures and a ton of panels for the corral.  Click on the link below to see the outcome- great job Ellen!!! And what a team!
 
Altogether, while Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund was not able to take any of the horses from the Fallon auction, we did support and directly participate in the rescue of 59 horses on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from going to slaughter!  Hats off to all those who stepped up and did what they could to ensure that at least some of the horses got on the safe trailer to a new home!!!
 
FALLON AUCTION ISSUES – AUGUST 17TH
Through all the controversy, internet chatter, and speculation about what was happening, let me provide this information that will hopefully clear some of it up:
                The Ft McDermit Paiute Shoshone Indian tribe from northern Nevada (near the Oregon state line, in the middle of nowhere!!!) claimed to have 700-1000 horses and that they were bringing them to Fallon to auction them off.  They, like any other animal owner, have a right to do that – the horses are their property and they can sell them to whomever, wherever they want.  However, they can only sell the horses they can show ownership of.  If the horse is branded and it’s your brand, then it’s your horse. 
But, you ask yourself, where in the h#$l did they get 700-1000 horses?  And why are only some branded and so many weren’t?  Were the unbranded horses really Indian property or American wild horses from nearby BLM Herd Management Areas?  Did the US Forest Service push protected wild horses onto Indian land and then allow the tribe to turn them in to the auction – the first step in the slaughter pipeline?  Those are some of the questions American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign raised in their lawsuit to try to stop more horses from being rounded up and brought to Fallon.  And they were successful!!!!  They were also granted a TRO (temp restraining order) Friday evening and served the papers to the auction yard first thing Saturday morning which prevented the sale of any horses without a brand. 
The outcome of these questions is still to be determined, so please stay tuned to AWHPC website for updates to learn the fate of the approximate 150 unbranded horses at the auction and the estimated 500 or so being held “somewhere” in preparation for the trip to the slaughter pipeline.
 
CALL TO ACTION – we need to get Congress and the Senate to vote on passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.  Please contact your Senator AND Congressman and ask them to push this forward.  To learn more, try this helpful link
 
MORE PROBLEMS FOR THE HORSES
I see two very big problems here. 
One – the apparent lack of fertility control in place for horses on Indian tribal lands.  A recent story on the front page of the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/us/on-fate-of-wild-horses-stars-and-indians-spar.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0  quotes Ben Shelly, Navajo president, as saying he is in favor of horse slaughter – simply because they can’t control their herd populations.  They’ll suck the very last cent out of their horses because they have not shown the responsibility that comes with owning a horse.  We need to step up and help stop this cycle – work with the tribes to implement fertility control so that we don’t see 464 horses plus show up at one of the auctions in Fallon.
Two – if the BLM and/or USFS pushed American wild horses on to Indian land, then they are wrong, wrong, wrong in doing so and the horses should be returned to the HMA where they came from.  Additionally, there should be a congressional investigation about the goings on involved with this one example where your tax payer dollars are going to fund the round-up of protected wild horses and where the end of the trip lands them in the slaughter house.
 
FUND RAISING – PLEASE CONSIDER HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND
The reason HVWHPF was unable to take in any of the tribal horses in Fallon, Nevada, is because we already have 13 more horses coming our way this week and in several weeks and we need to secure at least $12,000 to pay for their hay and board for a year.  As you know, rescuing a horse is only the first step in a long partnership between humans and horses.  Please help ensure our horses have a place to live this winter and enough hay to keep them warm.
 
 
08/11/13
We had our little booth set up at the 2013 Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo in Gardnerville last weekend.  What a great event to attend if for nothing more than to see the prison inmate trainer’s wild mustang auction.  We met lots of new friends and saw many familiar faces!
 
BLM Workshop on “Shade”
The BLM Workshop on “Shade” for the Palomino Valley Center holding facility (where they have almost 1,800 wild horses that have been removed from the range) on Tuesday evening was not a waste of time because many people who attended had an opportunity to push home the message that BLM operates in an unfriendly, adversarial manner towards the public, and is ineffectively managing America’s wild horses and burros through poor decision making processes and irresponsible spending.  They did request lots of questions and asked for input regarding wild horses and burros so it will be interesting to see if how they respond.  Joan Guilfoyle, BLM Division Chief from Washington, D.C. was there and promised to have a response to the plea for shade for the horses at PVC within 2 weeks.  Shall we take bets?
 
HORSE SLAUGHTER LAWSUITS ARE FLYING
Advocates managed to get a temporary restraining order that will halt horse slaughter in New Mexico for at least 90 days.  And a judge in Missouri blocked a permit need for horse slaughter plants to open there!!!  We really need to keep hammering Washington to move on and vote for the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094) – please contact your Senator AND Congressman and ask them to push this forward.  To learn more, try this link
 
 
Many people are asking about the Hidden Valley garage sale – SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH
August 17th  we will once again be part of the Hidden Valley community garage sale.  The location is at Mary Savage’s house on the corner of Tamarisk and E. Hidden Valley Dr. If anyone has sellable items they want to donate, please give Mary a call to schedule the drop off: 857-0119.  . Your donations are tax deductible but we will need a list of the items you donated and the garage sale value that they are worth in order to get your receipt.  Volunteers are needed to help at this event.  We will once again be selling hot dogs and sodas. Last year we raised about $1,600.00 for the horses so this is a great event and any help is greatly appreciated.
 
FUND RAISING EVENTS – FAMILY STYLE BBQ AT BARTLEY RANCH: SUNDAY, AUGUST 25th 5 – 8pm
It should be a fun family event at Bartley Ranch in west Reno (where the amphitheater is).  Wrangler Rich will be there with his mustangs, we’ll have a real old-fashioned hay ride, a sing along, vendor booths, silent auction, raffle, and more!!!  Your ticket includes a meal (hamburger or hotdog, bag of chips, beverage, and deliciously decadent dessert treats) along with all the fun.
You can buy your advance tickets online at our website www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com on the “Shopping” tab or by sending a check to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515.  ADULTS - $12.00, CHILDREN under 12 yrs - $7.50.  All tickets will be available at the Will Call booth at 5:00pm on the 25th.
 
Other upcoming events
Watch for upcoming details about our more formal fund raising dinner in September. 
Stay tuned for more information coming about a fun event in Virginia City at the Silverland Hotel on Saturday, October 12th.
Is anyone interested in helping to organize and run a booth at the Fall Home & Pet Show at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center the weekend of November 1 – 3?  We did quite well at the Spring Home & Pet Show – the team rocked!!!
 
NEXT HIDDEN VALLEY WILD HORSE PROTECTION FUND MEETING – THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND 6:00 PM
We have scheduled regular meetings for our membership at the South Valley library on Wedge Parkway.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm.  We’ll see you there!
 
08/03/13
Just a few important things to share with you:
Yesterday was a real landmark day for the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund!!!  After weeks of prep work, discussions, reworking designs and ideas, and finally completing our horse management zone, the team successfully and calmly extracted one of our horses from the sanctuary.  The horse, who had been known as Studley, started presenting strong feelings towards many of our mares when we realized that he had had only one testicle removed before we rescued him.   We knew we’d have to scramble quickly to take care of that naughty ‘business’ and yesterday he walked calmly and proudly right through the horse management zone and into the trailer, met the vet who took care of that ‘business’, and had him back home at the ranch with his family in their little holding area where he will recuperate before being released back out with the rest of the herd.  Attached is a picture of him as he reaches his family after his great adventure.  I’m very proud of this accomplishment – we’ve come a looooong way!  A HUGE THANK YOU once again to all those who donated to Hidden Valley to make all of this possible. 
 
DONATIONS NEEDED – REALLY!!!!!!!
Taking care of our horses is fun and rewarding, but it costs a lot of money.  Studley has been renamed Dudley.  His surgery and vaccinations all cost money.  Also, we will be receiving 4 more Virginia Range wild horses that were removed from the range by the NDoA.  2 of those horses had been illegally taken in by someone and then turned back out after a year – how cruel as they had become completely dependent on humans.  A 3rd horse was being fed by someone – stop it people!!!! And the 4th had a foot injury and someone called the NDoA to pick him up – leave them alone, please!!!  They’re wild!
Again, this all costs money to feed and care for them until we can find them good, quality homes.  Please consider Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund when you are making your annual donations.  We are an all-volunteer 501(c ) (3) non-profit organization – find out more at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com .  And remember that you can become a sponsor of one or more horses or by sponsoring the herd with a general sponsorship.  Go to www.wildhorseadoption.org , click on the “Sponsor a Horse” tab and take a few minutes to set up a recurring charge to your credit card to help support our beautiful Virginia Range horses!!! 
 
WILD HORSE AND BURRO EXPO THIS WEEKEND IN GARDNERVILLE
Just a reminder about the 2013 Wild Horse and Burro Expo at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville – map http://www.wildhorseandburroexpo.com/app/download/7236434674/Fairgrounds+Map.jpg  
Douglas County Fairgrounds is at 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville, NV 89410
Check out the 11 beautiful horses that will be showcased by the prisoners of the Prison Training Program. Each horse will be sold at the auction tomorrow – this is an opportunity to get a fabulously well trained horse for a song. 
Also, we’ll have our little booth there selling our tshirts, caps and visors (new products), calendars, and mousepads!!!  
 
 
07/31/13
Well, we’ve made some fantastic progress at Wynema Ranch!  Up until now, we would have had a real challenge to extract any horses from the property.  But with some good ole’ blood (I think we all had at least one cut, puncture, or scrape), sweat (yes, we’ve had triple digit weather, some lightning, very little rain, and lots of bottled water), and hard work, we’ve managed to transform one small area into an efficient and productive horse management zone.  Take a look at the attached photos – great job Cindy, Bruce, Kelly, Shari, Kat, Brittani, and Eddie!!!!!
 
The Wild and Free horses are starting to move already!!!!  Thanks so much to Boe, Anna, Corenna, Karen, Roxanna, Tom and MaryAnn, Betsy, Kelly and Lindalee for keeping up with their movements.  We can use more volunteers who would like to learn how to move horses – Reno/Sparks area.  Enjoy the attached picture of Little Girl’s new baby born within the last 24 – 48 hours on the range, wild & free – what a beautiful face!!!!!!
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FUND RAISING EVENTS – RENO / SPARKS!!
We have two big fund raising events planned and need volunteers to help make sure they are both as successful as they can be:
1)       Sunday, Aug 25th – Bartley Ranch Park - a big community wide open to the public BBQ and fun day at the Flying B picnic area at Bartley Ranch.  We’ll have music, hay rides, raffles, vendors, horse rides, and much more!
2)      September (probably the 21st) – a dinner, raffle, silent auction, music and dancing, and fun!
Please respond to help us raise money to feed our beautiful horses and foals through this coming winter.  We have taken on a huge responsibility and are determined to make this work for them!!!  The success of these events is not only important to our horses, but promises to be loads of fun for all involved. 
 
Help Us Help Our Horses!!!!
BOTH RESCUED AND THOSE THAT
REMAIN WILD AND FREE
And don’t forget that you can now SPONSOR one or more of our horses – go to www.wildhorseadoption.org , click on the ‘Sponsor a Horse’ tab at the top of the page, and scroll down to complete the process.
 
BLM WORKSHOP TO IMPROVE THE PALOMINO VALLEY CENTER HOLDING FACILITY       
The BLM is inviting the public to tour the PVC holding facility on Tuesday, August 6th between 2 – 4pm and will then hold a public workshop on………………………providing shelter for the approximate 1,800 wild horses in holding just north of Reno.  Get more information at this facebook page.  Denise also has a petition to sign for those who won’t be able to attend but still want to provide input on this most important subject. 
 
Here's a link to the BLM's press release announcing the event: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/july/nso__blm_s_national.html
Let’s make sure that we give the BLM the encouragement they need to move forward with actual shelters and not so much with their presentations, discussions, and brainstorming.  Please forward the link above to your friends, family, and coworkers (where appropriate) and let them know how easy it is to help these wild horses, currently languishing in prisons – here at PVC and others facilities across the country!
 
 
07/24/13
It’s been another scorching week here in the Reno/Sparks area.  Triple digit temps this last weekend!  We made some great headway at the ranch on Saturday getting closer to having a holding area leading to our new sorting pens and chute.  That will all be used to extract our horses from the open grazing areas to which they have access. 
Also, wild horse advocates here are making great waves across this country to raise awareness about the horrible conditions at the Palomino Valley Center (PVC) just north of Reno.  This is one of the facilities where the BLM wild horses are brought after they are brutally rounded up so they can be sorted and then transferred to other ‘prison’ facilities across the west, permanently and forever breaking up their families.  The PVC facility holds approximately 1,800 horses, and provides no shelter for them.  Neither in the terrible heat of summer, nor the frigid cold temperatures of winter, they have nothing.
 
FUND RAISER - GREAT BASIN BREWING COMPANY- SPARKS IN VICTORIAN SQUARE – July 24th!!!
We’re excited to say Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is partnering with the Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks at Victorian Square for a “Dine In for the Wild Horses”!!!!!  Enjoy dinner tonight at the Great Basin Brewery, tell your server you’re there to support the wild horses and 10% of your dinner check will be donated to our wild horses!!!! 
We have about 20 items for a fun and exciting raffle – and you don’t have to be there to win!!!!  Great Basin is donating a keg of their delicious Wild Horse Ale, we have tshirts, massages, movie tickets, framed photos of wild horses, gift certificates from various restaurants, a beautiful ‘John Wayne’ lithograph, and many more items!
You can also pick up a 6-pack of Wild Horse Ale for just $6 each – and the proceeds all go towards the wild horses!!!
Come out and see us at Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks on Victoria Square 5:30 – 8:30 tonight, July 24th
 
ENJOY THIS VIDEO OF OUR HORSES – PASS THIS LINK ALONG
Take this link to enjoy a few minutes of bliss with our horses as they joined together one early spring morning at the ranch. Enjoy!!!!
 
 
07/19/13
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is looking for volunteers for the following areas:
 
                FUND RAISING
                Opportunities are available to organize, work at, prepare for, think up, and/or execute fund raising events that will bring us closer to our goal of reaching $75,000 needed to feed and pasture the 145 horses we currently have in our care.  Our opportunities are almost limitless – only limited by the number of volunteers we have who can help make the reality of wild horse sanctuaries in the Reno area (for both our rescued horses AND our wild friends on the range) become a reality!!!!
                FENCING PROJECTS
                The fall season is approaching fast and we have quite a few fencing projects we need to attend to – new fencing and repairing existing fencing.  Help keep the wild horses safe from our congested streets, help out with some fencing projects.  You don’t need any special talents, and will learn some really cool stuff.
 
Working for the horses is rewarding and fulfilling.  Some work gets you a better work out than going to the gym and it doesn’t cost a thing!!!  We want to make sure that everyone has fun while ensuring our rescued horses and the wild horses still on the range are kept safe and protected!!!!!
If you’re interested in helping, please respond to this message, providing your contact information (always kept private, never released!) and how you think you’d like to help.
Please pass this message on to others you think might be interested in helping. 
Wild horses are cool to hang out with and don’t care what you look like or how you’re dressed – they just appreciate the work you do on their behalf!!!!  Won’t you help!
WILD HORSES ROCK!!!!!!
 
 
07/16/13
Hi Everyone
It’s been another busy, busy week!!!  We moved 27 horses to a new location 2 weeks ago – what an incredibly well-oiled machine it takes to pull off the logistics for that!!!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered and took part in that adventure!!!  A special thanks goes out to our friends at Wild Horse Mentors – Least Resistance Training Concepts – www.whmentors.org for their leadership and partnership and for always being there when we need help!!  Please check out their website.
 
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING REFORMATION OF BLM’S TREATMENT OF AMERICAN WILD HORSES AND BURROS
Please read the note below from American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, then click on the link and reach out to your House Representative on the issue of reforming the way BLM moves forward with our American wild horses and burros.   
Just a quick reminder that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will testify before the House Natural Resources Committee tomorrow. Your representative is on that committee and has the opportunity to get Jewell on the record about the status of reforms to the BLM's wild horse program following the National Academy of Sciences' scathing independent review.
We're closer than we've ever been to securing real change for America's wild horses. Help us keep the pressure on decision makers by contacting your representative today.
Thanks,
- The AWHPC Team
AWHPC always makes it so easy for us to speak for the wild horses and burros.  If you don’t get this message until after the hearing, take the link and send your message anyway.  It’s important that the people in Washington and your representatives know that there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who demand reform. 
 
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS
We held our annual meeting and elections last week.  New Board members elected to a 2 year term are Ellen Holcomb, Cindy Hartzell, and Carrol Abel.  Two other Board positions, held by Betsy Brownfield and Shannon Windle, will be open for election at next year’s annual meeting and election.  Shannon Windle was elected to the position of President and Louise Martin was elected to the position of Secretary.
Many volunteer positions are open and ready to be filled especially in the fund raising area.  We have opportunities in the educational sector, hands on with the wild horses and with our rescued horses, fund raising (many fun chances to help!), help organize topics and guests for our radio show, Mustang Matters, many volunteers needed for our upcoming Extreme Rescue Makeover event, and of course volunteers needed for our many ongoing fencing projects.
 
UPCOMING FUND RAISING EVENTS
We are partnering with the Great Basin Brewery on Victorian Square in Sparks for a ‘dine-in for wild horses’ dinner event.  Grab your friends and family and team members, and co-workers, and neighbors and come to the Great Basin in Sparks on WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH between 5:30 and 8:30 pm for dinner!  Make sure you tell your server that you’re dining for the wild horses and they will donate 10% of your dinner check to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund!!!  WILD HORSES MEETS WILD HORSE ALE – Great Basin Brewery in Sparks will also be selling their Wild Horse Ale for $6.00 / 6 pack ($2 off) and donating 100% of the proceeds to Hidden Valley!!!
We’ll also be selling raffle tickets for a keg of beer and some t-shirts donated by Great Basin Brewery, as well as some other cool prizes that we’re still collecting!!!!  We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Great Basin Brewery in Sparks next Wednesday, July 24th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
 
We’re also organizing a fun BBQ day in the park in mid-August that we hope will bring lots of people out to enjoy some delicious hamburgers, hot dogs, and cold drinks.  We’re planning several fun activities that promise to entertain the whole family.  In order to make it a successful event, we need volunteers to help cook, serve, and organize activities.  If you can help, please let me know as we’ll be meeting soon to define the final details and start rolling!
 
Finally, we’re organizing a special dinner event for a weekend evening in September and are looking for volunteers and donations to a silent auction and raffle.  If you’d like to help, we’d really like to have you!!!!
 
If you have fund raising ideas and suggestions and would like to help feed our horses, please contact me by replying to this message.  I look forward to hearing from you!!!
 
MUSTANG MATTERS ON www.991fmtalk.com and 101.3 FM
We have been given a wonderful gift and opportunity from the good people at Renegade Radio - Eddie Floyd, Debbie McCarthy, Dennis Romeo and the entire team!!! They have given us a one hour spot streaming on www.991fmtalk.com and 101.3 FM radio aired locally and across the U.S.!!!  We hope to have interesting guests and topics for discussion and encourage people to call in at 855-790-8255 or come by the studio in the Reno Town Mall across from the Atlantis Casino.  The show airs live each Wednesday from noon – 1:00pm.  Please feel free to offer your suggestions for guests and topics. 
 WILD HORSES ROCK!!!!!!
 
07/08/13
THE TIME HAS COME – CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA
I just sent President Obama the following message:
 
"My name is Shannon Windle
I am from Reno, Nevada
I am against horse slaughter
I would like to ask President Obama to sign an Executive Order
1)      banning horse slaughter plants within all the 50 United States of America and all territories
2)      declaring illegal the transportation of horses and burros, including across international borders, for the purpose of slaughter
The United States of America should not export horse meat because American horses are routinely injected with and fed toxic drugs, which renders the meat not fit for human consumption under the legal definition of adulterated food product.  The United States of America should not engage in misleading consumers from other countries into believing that they are purchasing and consuming untainted meat.  Partaking in such activities will only serve to slander the great name and reputation of this country and the majority of its voting public.  Moreover, horse slaughter is well documented as implementing inhumane methods and practices that do not represent or reflect the core values and morals of the American public.
I encourage President Obama to listen to the majority of American citizens who support banning horse slaughter and banning the transportation of horses and burros for the purpose of slaughter."
  
It was easy – I went to www.whitehouse.gov , clicked on ‘CONTACT US’ (upper right corner), then ‘Submit Your Questions or Comments Here’ and filled out the online form.  I used “Agriculture Department” for the SUBJECT and then just pasted my note above into the ‘Message’ box.  I checked the box for “Contact Me” to request a response – I thought at least the 1,000 + horses just north of Reno at the Palomino Valley BLM prison holding facility deserve that, to say nothing of the hundreds of domestic horses that pass through livestock auctions each week on their way to slaughter houses in Canada or Mexico.
 
Try it – it’s quick and painless.  I’m going to do it all over again, but this time I’m going to send it to VP Biden and then to the Office of Public Engagement!    - same webpage, just above ‘Contact the White House’
 
And then, I’m going to call President Obama at (202) 456-1111 in the morning (in a few hours) and politely read my note to the operator after I tell him/her to stay on the line and please take my brief statement.  They’re open from 9 – 5, Monday – Friday.
 
I think this is something we can all do!  We did it once before across the state of Nevada.  We can all do this very easy and quick thing.  And then we can forward this message across the U.S. and around the globe!  We can ask our friends and family members and colleagues and neighbors and facebook and twitter friends to make a quick call and/or send a message.  If we don’t speak, President Obama can’t hear us - the voices of those speaking on behalf of all American horses and burros.  I don’t know about you but I’m tired of this topic, I want it to go away forever.  President Obama can make it go away….forever.  Let’s make him hear us!!!
 
Let’s do this – all for one, one for all, for America’s horses and burros!!
 
06/17/13
A GOOD DAY FOR WILD HORSES!! It’s been awhile and we’ve been busy!!!  Our horses are looking good and most have already shed their winter coats. The babies are growing and cuter than ever!  The Nevada Legislature (which meets for 6 months every 2 years) just concluded its 2013 session and Beverlee McGrath, our tireless animal advocate lobbyist, sent out a list of bills affecting animals.  She passed on a comment from Kevin O’Neill, ASPCA, that Nevada is the state that leads the nation as far as passing animal protection legislation this year!!!!  I know many of you took an active role in pushing these bills along – and your voice made a difference!!  I’m not a fan of ANY politician, but they can’t possibly be expected to do the right thing if we don’t let them know what we believe that is.  If we don’t speak up and loudly then we shouldn’t be surprised when the ‘other side’ always seems to get their way.
AB 264 – No feed bill amended to include “management” of horses
Something that I’m tickled pink about – AB 264 calls for increased penalties against people who feel it’s okay to feed horses in inappropriate places and put horses at risk for their own fun and pleasure.  Additionally, and of most importance, this bill was amended to include wording to change the law pertaining to our wild horses – replacing the word “controlling” with the word “managing”.  This small change opens the door that will bring wild horse advocates and the NV Dept of Agriculture together to develop humane methods of managing the wild horses of the Virginia Range – a cooperative agreement!!!!!  Something many people have been waiting for for years!!!!  This is very exciting news for our horses.  The bill received unanimous approval from the Senate and then again as it went back to the Assembly where it again received no opposition– unprecedented!  The Governor also signed it into law this week so effective October 1, 2013 there will be harsher penalties for feeding horses and we should be well underway with a cooperative agreement.
Of course, this would not have been a possibility without the support and thunder from so many wonderful people from this area, from around Nevada, across the US and around the world!  While we still have tons of work to do, we can now say “WE DID IT”!!  And I have to say to you all – THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!  The nightmare we lived through last fall is almost over.
National Academy of Sciences report on BLM and America’s Wild Horses
For those who have not yet seen the news, it’s a great day for our American Wild Horses!!!  The National Science Academy committee came to the same conclusion as a previous committee did 30 years ago – picking horses off the range and sticking them in prison corrals for the rest of their lives is an expensive, unproductive, and unrealistic way to ‘manage’ wild horses.  While this is not the ‘end all’ report, it does bring to light many of the ridiculous methods and theories the BLM has used for decades as excuses to remove wild horses from the range.  Poor documentation, unreliable data and statistics generated and based on ‘subjective, probably independent judgements and assumptions’, and lack of science based management are just a few weaknesses of BLM’s management techniques.  ……haven’t we been saying that all along?
I think it’s important to note that this report doesn’t fix everything.  It does, however, mark a distinct change in message that we need to push home to the new director of the BLM, Sally Jewel.  I know I write it a lot, but it’s true – this is the beginning of a looooooooooong journey that we still need to continue on together because there’s tons of work to be done before we can say our horses are truly protected!
But in the meantime, let’s celebrate a little!!!
Fund raising event for us – Mustangs, Mustangs, and Mustangs!
We have been given a terrific opportunity to raise funds this weekend at the Boomtown Casino in Verdi!  We’re partnering with the Mustang Car Club and the Mustang Plane Club at their gathering event this weekend at Boomtown.  We’ll be setting up a table and selling our t-shirts, mouse pads, calendars, photos, and other goodies from 9 am – 7 pm Saturday, June 8th.  Several members of the Mustang Car Club have committed to sponsoring some of our horses.  It costs a lot of money to feed and pasture our horses, so donate if you can and wish us the best of luck raising money for our rescued horses.
Adoptions
Our most recent adoption was Dreamcatcher heading to her new forever home with Cindy, our primary herd manager volunteer.  Congratulations to them both!!!!!!
 
05/17/13
YOU DID IT!!!!!! Please take a moment and celebrate for the horses!!!!  Several of us headed back to Carson City today to attend the Senate Natural Resources Committee workshop where they vote on the bills they have heard throughout the week. 
The Committee voted unanimously in favor, without any opposition, to Assembly Bill 264.  This is a special day!!!! This bill started out to protect the horses from people luring them into dangerous situations so they could feed them – such as encouraging them to cross highways and hang out dangerously close to congested roadways and highways which has resulted in countless horse fatalities.  An amendment was added to that bill that would change Nevada Revised Statute 569 to remove “control” of horses and add “management” of horses.  This change was supported by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA), the Nevada Attorney General’s office, and sponsored by Assemblyman Wheeler and Grady. 
The effect of this bill now allows the NDA to move forward and engage wild horse advocates in a cooperative agreement to assist in the management of the State’s wild horses – the historic Virginia Range wild horses!!!!  This is an achievement that soooo many people have worked very hard for a very loooooooooong time to attain!!!!
We’ll have tons of work ahead of us and will need lots of enthusiastic, energetic volunteers – but before we get there, I want to say to all of you, your friends, families, and colleagues that none of this could have been possible without your help and persistence.  You contacted the Governor’s office and the NDA and let them know just how much we value and love our wild horses.  You made a difference by using your right to speak.  I think Thelma ‘Wild Horse Annie’ Johnston would be proud of this day!!!!!
Thank you to the many people who attended the hearing in Carson City on Tuesday, who have attended the Board of Ag meetings, sent letters, FAXes, emails, made phone calls, protested in front of the Legislative building and generally got mad enough to create a small earthquake that made our halls of government shake!!!
So STAY TUNED because we’re not done yet!!!!!
 
05/08/13
LET’S GO TO CARSON CITY TOGETHER!!!
The Nevada State Senate Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony from the public about the need to protect our Virginia Range wild horses.  This is your opportunity to play a role in shaping how our historic horses are managed, protected, and remain free to roam the Virginia Range. 
You can make a difference by saving the date and time – TUESDAY, MAY 14TH AT 1:30 PM IN CARSON CITY – ROOM 1214, YOUR LEGISLATIVE BUILDING 401 Carson Street - and attending this hearing.  Let’s join together to give our horses a voice – Wild and Free is how they should be!!! 
Let’s show this Committee how many people support our horses, believe they are an asset to this state, and are worth fighting for – let’s create a show of force that will resonate across this continent!!
The legislation that will be considered at this hearing will pave the way for on-the-range cooperative agreements between the state and advocates.  You won’t have to speak before this committee unless you want to, but your presence at this hearing is our chance to continue the push for wild horses and burros and to let our legislators know how important they are to this state.
Remember to wear your ‘Save the Virginia Range Horses’ button and an orange ribbon to represent your support of wild horses and burros.  
WHAT:                  SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE HEARING
WHEN:                  TUESDAY, MAY 14TH AT 1:30 PM
WHERE:                ROOM 1214, LEGISLATIVE BUILDING, 401 S. CARSON STREET, CARSON CITY
Please come!!
ANOTHER HORSE REMOVED FROM THE RANGE
On Friday, May 3rd, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund was able to accept and receive another wild horse from the Dept of Agriculture, through the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.  She was removed from the Virginia Range in the Stagecoach area and is a beautiful palomino mare approximately 6 years old.  We placed her with a group of 19 adults and 3 babies and she is settling in quite well with them. 
 
ADOPTIONS
Congratulations goes out to Sandy T. who is the proud owner of Jewel and her filly Wildfire, rescued at the September 19th auction. We are elated and grateful that these two will stay together.  They have a wonderful new home in the Reno area and are truly loved and I think they’re getting spoiled.
Check out Dreamweaver’s adventure with our fabulous volunteer, wild horse trainer, vet tech, healer, and horse lover, Cindy.  Cindy is adopting Dreamweaver, rescued from the auction on January 9th.
 
FENCING PROJECTS
If you’re interested in helping out with a number of fencing projects we need to complete before the heat of summer hits us, please respond to this message and I’ll get you on a separate email distribution list.  THANK YOU!!!!!
 
04/24/13
RALLY FOR WILD HORSES AND BURROS
There will be a rally this Saturday, April 27th (meeting at 10:30 across the street from the legislature) The rally starts at 11am – 2pm in Carson City with the purpose of displaying support for our wild horses and burros!!!!  This is an international event with rallies going on in almost every state in the union, and in Canada and Australia so far!!!! 
We will gather together as a show of support to:
  Stop the round ups of our wild horses and burros
   Stop the imprisonment of our wild horses and burros in holding pens across the US
   Stop the misuse of our Federal Tax dollars used to support these activities
   Stop the mismanagement of our Federal lands
   Stop horse slaughter in the US
   Pass the S.A.F.E. Act
Here is a link to a facebook page for more information
Bring a sign if you want, Hidden Valley will bring it’s banners – orange ribbons will be the common thread for us all, signs in support of Animal Cruelty Awareness month will be absolutely appropriate!  It’s so fabulous to see soooo many across this great nation standing up for our horses and burros – those who cannot speak for themselves and need our help now to stop the madness that our government has brought upon them. Join us in Carson or find a location near you to join in to create one very loud voice!!
NEVADA LAWS UPDATE
Some good news coming out of the Nevada Legislature – the ban on horse tripping in Nevada made it out of the Assembly and SJR1 is out of the Senate and headed to the Assembly.
Please visit: http://links.causes.com/s/clJ9xX?r=tzK1, select bill SRJ1 or any other bill you’re interested in and vote to show your support. 
The following bills passed their respective houses today:
 
SB 73 - Protects identity of person reporting animal cruelty.
SB 82 - Resolution, upon completion of 2013 bear hunt, a 3-yr study will be conducted.
SB 72 - Prohibits intentional Horse tripping.
SB 213 - Requires registration on traps, allows NDOW to change visitation time of traps.
SB 245 - Counties may adopt ordinances re exotic animals.
SJR 1 - Tourism of wild horses in their natural environment, encourages DOA to enter into cooperative agreements with wild horse advocacy groups.
AB 168 - Public Representative to be appointed to CABS.
SB 371 - Prohibits feeding of big-game mammals
Previously passed:
AB 110 - Prohibits dog breed discrimination.
AB 246 - Prohibits SALE of live animals at swap meets, etc.  Allows dog/cat ADOPTIONS at open air events.
Other bills:
Referred to Cmte on Finance:
SB 83 - Stronger penalties for cockfighting.
EARTHDAY EVENTS
We had a great time at the Youth Equine Alliance gathering in Carson City last Saturday.  Mustang Robin, the 14 year old founder of the Alliance was there with her newly adopted yearling Rocky.  Willis Lamm and volunteers from Least Resistance Training Concepts Wild Horse Mentors http://www.whmentors.org/  were there with Willis’ horse Trooper and Palomino and Matt from  www.chillypepper.weebly.com were there with Collins, our 6 week old colt she is caring for because his Momma abandoned him.  The kids had a wonderful time and we got a chance to educate and raise awareness about the horses and burros of Nevada.  Thanks so much Cindy for spending the day at the celebration!
On Sunday, we set up our canopy and tables at the very busy Earth Day celebration in Idlewild Park alongside the Truckee River in Reno.  There were tons of booths and the day was a real success!  The only downside to the day was when I realized they had put our booth space between a snake & tarantula booth and a lizard & snake booth on the other side.  Oh my, say no more. I know we have tarantulas here in Reno but I haven’t had the ‘pleasure’ of running into any.  But I have had my encounters with rattlers and am glad to give them the respect they deserve and a wide birth.
Thanks so much to Ellen, Betsy, and Kelly for volunteering your day and raising money and awareness!!
 
RAMBLES
I told you last week about our sweet wee Rambles and how she was struggling with what seemed to be complications caused from her pre-existing condition.  Our wonderful friends Johnney and Steve, who adopted Rambles without question knowing she had some physical challenges, made the very difficult decision last week to send our wee angel to soar with the Great Spirit.  She is now enveloped in her Momma’s never ending love.
Here’s a link to a video I took of her enjoying life and her new friends back in February http://youtu.be/P0apUaMgD8I
I will be forever grateful that our paths met and that with all your help, we were able to bring her to safety and find a loving home for her where she was well cared for and treasured.
 
NEW LIFE
Somehow death always seems to breathe life and sure enough one of our lovely mares, Brittany, who was adopted by the Spirit Wind Horse Rescue out of Crawford, Colorado gave birth this afternoon to a beautiful little filly. Thank you so much Vee and Beth and everyone at the Spirit Wind Horse Rescue!!!  Little Spencer finally has a little sister!!
 
04/18/13
I hope you are all well and in great spirits!!  Personally, I’ll not be sad to say goodbye to the snow and cold and look forward to retiring my winter coat for summer shorts and sandals.  The big news for me is that I finally finished my taxes!!  This is the first year that I actually forgot all about Tax Day – that’s what happens when you have 160 horses to think about instead of taxes!
RAMBLES
Recall the story of little Rambles, our “really old Shetland pony that someone turned out on the range” that we rescued from the Fallon Livestock auction on January 9th.   Take this link to refresh yourself about her story http://www.aowha.org/war/rambles01.html  .  Rambles isn’t doing very well tonight and needs all the love and strength we can send to her this cold, cold Nevada night.  Our vet has been caring for her, and it seems that she has developed a growth on her spine that is affecting her ability to get up and stay up.  Please send her your warm thoughts and love to overcome this debilitating affliction and grow strong again.   I’ll keep you posted on how she is doing.  Thank you Johnney and Steve for caring for her and giving her so much love!
SPRING HOME AND GARDEN / PET SHOW AT THE RENO CONVENTION CENTER
We had a great time at the Home and Pet Show last Sunday!!  The show opened on Friday and ran Saturday and Sunday.  Our booth was right next to Wrangler Rich who had 3 beautiful, gentle, and really mellow Pinto’s with him.  They gave rides to children all day long and the children left with huge smiles on their faces!!  And thanks to Wrangler Rich for sending a bunch of people over to our booth where sold lots of t-shirts, and mouse pads and calendars (donated by Ellen!) and small stuffed horses (donated by Cindy).  We handed out lots of brochures (donated by Dana) and got loads of interest in our ‘canvas’ style photos (donated by Roxanna and photos donated by Bo).  We were also honored to have partnered with local vendor Diggin’ Your Dog who not only loaned us their trade show booth set up for the weekend but also donated the proceeds for all the Charki Puffs and Charki Os we sold plus 100% of the sale from the first box sold!  Yeahhhh Christy and Dawn!!!!  And it would not have been possible without the generous donation from Lorie B that covered the fee for our booth.  It’s late and I hope I haven’t forgotten to thank someone so just in case THANK YOU!!!!
EARTHDAY EVENT
We’ll have another booth set up at this year’s Earth Day event at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 21st from 10 am – 6 pm.
Earth Day is always a fun and interesting event to attend for us.  The weather is supposed to clear and warm for this weekend so I hope we get to see lots of people come out in support of our planet this Sunday!!
We will also have a table set up at the Earth Day with Wild Horses event in Carson City on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am through 3 pm at Mills Park.  This event is to engage young people and bring awareness about wild horses.  It is being hosted by Least Resistance Training Concepts Wild Horse Mentors and Youths’ Equine Alliance.  There will be lots of fun and some very cool demonstrations from Willis Lamm and the LRTC team!  If you want a thrill, come on down and take part in the events!
WILD HORSE UPDATES
We’re now up to 17 babies – all so cute and wonderful!!!  We’re ordering enough corral panels to build a catch/sorting pen and loading/unloading chute at Wynema plus 2 square pens for gentling.  All the horses are doing well.  Little Collins had a bad encounter with dogs but is in good shape and doing well.  We had yet another baby rejected by its Momma so Shari swooped in again and got her to Shirley Allen who is caring for her.  She has been named Miracle and is doing great. 
Ellen and I arrived early at the ranch on Saturday morning, just in time to see the entire herd take off running towards the northeast.  We wandered out into the field to see what they were up to but they spied us coming and decided to give us a thrill – there’s nothing like the thundering of so many hooves to humble your soul and be thankful for all those who helped to bring our horses to safety!  Please enjoy Ellen’s video clip of that moment -
 
04/04/13

We had a successful hand off of 6 Virginia Range wild horses (5 picked up off of Geiger Grade and 1 abandoned stallion from Stagecoach) from the NDoA on Monday morning!  The Momma mare was trailered alone as we feared she might give birth on the way to the ranch – but she hung on and still has not foaled.  The young stallion/now gelding was immediately spoken for by a wonderful couple in Stagecoach.  He was transported to their property and we’re finalizing the adoption paperwork for him now – a very lucky boy!!!!  The good people of Stagecoach once again step up and take in yet another Virginia Range wild horse!!!  Thank you!!!  And THANK YOU again to the fabulous Trailer Brigade for safely transporting their precious cargo to their new home.

While I’m relieved that we no longer have to endure the stress, gloom, and all around unpleasantness of the Fallon livestock auction and everything that it stand for, I’m still saddened that these horses were removed from their home and will no longer be free to wander at their pleasure….which was truly ours to enjoy.

SPONSOR A MUSTANG

To date, through your extreme kindness and generosity, we have been able to rescue 143 Virginia Range wild horses.  We love our horses and have made a commitment to care for them for the rest of their lives.  Of course, owning horses is expensive and they never stop eating!  

While many people aren’t able to adopt a horse, we’re making it easier for those who would like to hold a deeper stake in the welfare of one of our horses.  We are opening a ‘Sponsor A Mustang’ program that will bring you a little closer to a horse of your choosing.  Let us know if you’re interested.  We’ll be bringing you more information in the coming weeks.

SPRING HOME AND PET SHOW

Well, we’ve been peddling like mad to get ready for the Spring Home Show / Pet Show this weekend at the Reno Sparks Convention Center!!  Thanks goes out to the many volunteers who have organized everything and will be manning our booth!  And a huge THANK YOU goes out to Lorie B. for donating the fee for the booth!  It looks awesome – I’ve attached a picture – we have our t-shirts, gorgeous photos done on canvas, mouse pads, calendars, and framed and unframed photos!!! 

Also, Diggin’ Your Dog will be selling their Charki Puffs for $10/bag and giving Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund ALL their profits as a donation to our horses!!!!  How fabulous – thank you so much Christy and Dawn!!!

The show opens tomorrow Friday from 10:30 am – 9 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm .

We’d love to see you there!!!! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – MOVE CORRAL PANELS AND CLEAN UP AT WYNEMA RANCH AND SHOVELING MANURE AT STEAMBOAT

For Reno residents, we’ll need some volunteers to help out at Wynema Ranch this Saturday morning.  We need to move corral panels to create a training area as well as doing some clean up on the property.  If you can help, reply to this message.

We’ll also have a manure shoveling party on Sunday at Steamboat.  Let me know if you’re interested.

Who needs to pay for a health club membership when you’ve got horses!!!!

 

ANOTHER VIDEO FROM WYNMENA

Enjoy!!!!  This video shows many of our horses enjoying their breakfast in the rain on Easter Sunday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEKlaCyf8To

CALL TO ACTION

Please take action to protect our burros on public lands –

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1242349

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign makes it sooo very easy to help – thank you!!!

 
03/31/13
Board of Agriculture– results of meeting
Thank you soooo very much for all those who were able to attend the Board of Ag meeting last Tuesday, March 26th.  We had a really good show of support with at least 20 people taking time out of their busy schedules to attend.  And I know there were many of you who wanted to come but weren’t able to – thank you so very much for your continued support and heartfelt words of encouragement! 
Our message included a request for the Board to support and encourage Director Barbee to immediately implement the second cooperative agreement for ‘on the range control’ of our Virginia Range wild horses, a review of a survey pertaining to Nevada tourism and wild horses, ecotourism opportunities, and an introduction to our ‘Don’t Feed Wild Horses’ campaign.  Thank you so very much to those who spoke during the public comment section of the meeting.
More new babies
Pearly finally had a gorgeous filly we’ve called Lacy.  She has been named after one of our horses biggest advocates – Lacy J. Dalton who founded Let ‘Em Run over ten years ago.  Another new face is Lokie, born to Brazil - an energetic bundle of joy! As of today, we now have 15 babies and there are more coming!!!!
Little Collins is doing really well at his foster home under the watchful care of Palomino Armstrong.  He’s growing stronger, is getting bigger, and is a smart little man.  A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Palomino for taking in our little mustang and giving him a chance to grow up to be a great companion to a human one day.
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
Equine Rescue & More - Rescue/Rehab Project LRTC
REMINDER - Spring Home & Garden Show and Pet Show & Pug Parade
The Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund will have a booth at the Pet Show & Pug Parade at the Spring Home & Garden Show.  4 shows in one also includes the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo and Reno Boat & Recreation Show, all in one packed weekend, April 5 – 6 – 7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center at Kietzke & Virginia.  Tell your friends and bring your family!!  We’ll have t-shirts, calendars, stuffed plushy horses and other things for sale.  We’ll have booklets of pictures of our horses up for adoption and see how many forever homes we can find for them. 
 
03/23/13
I received word last evening that the Nevada ban on horse tripping bill SB72 needs help – the opposition is saying they rope the horses’ legs but they don’t go down – NEVER GO DOWN!!!
Please write a short email to these Nevada Senators (before Sunday night) letting them know that horse tripping is an unacceptable, cruel, potentially deadly, harmful, abusive, reckless, irresponsible activity dreamt up by people with no respect for horses and an overt passion for inflicting cruelty towards animals.  Even if you can’t send it before Sunday evening, send it anyway – our collective voices speak for the horses and it’s never too late!
Please check out this link to educate yourself about this cruel activity
Points to make:
Horse tripping is cruel and terrorizes horses.  The opposition would have you believe that they never allow a horse to go down.  The Federacion Mexicana de Charreria  (FMCH) publishes its horse tripping events rules at Charreria and call it ‘forefooting’.  While they advise that the horse is not allowed to be brought down, they note that it can happen “even if the occurrence is accidental”.  It happened in Winnemucca and the opposition has already mentioned this occurrence in their testimony which means they have acknowledged that it can happen. The penalty for bringing down a horse at these events is 4 points.  The “penalty” to the horse is ALWAYS injury; it’s just the level of injury that can vary.  Terror and potential death by broken legs or neck are the ultimate “penalty”.
 
The opposition would have you believe that no horse tripping events are happening.  There are several scheduled events that can be found on the internet where “forefooting” is part of the activities on the agenda.  Allowing horse tripping to continue in any form leaves the door wide open for abusive behavior by those whose interests lie not in the welfare of animals, but in their ability to line their own pockets.  While the FMCH says it’s acceptable to lasso a horse’s front foot/feet as long as you don’t bring the horse down, this sort of logic provides no protection for any horse from this barbaric activity.  The horse is subject to the skill of the horseperson with no guarantee of its safety or welfare at any event, whether sanctioned by the FMCH or not.  Give law enforcement a tool they can use to put an end to this abusive activity across the great State of Nevada.
The intent of the horse tripping event is to gain points by intentionally bringing the horse to the ground. If the intent of the horse tripping activity was to demonstrate the accuracy and skill of horsepersons, an apparatus mimicking a galloping horse could be easily manufactured and used for the event.  The conclusion must therefore be that the event is not worth the entertainment factor unless it involves a living animal that can be put at risk and abused for entertainment purposes.
The opposition notes that horse tripping is common practice in Mexico.  I would note that horse tripping has already been banned in Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, California, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas with support gaining across the United States.  The intentional tripping of horses has been banned by both the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and its sanctioned events as well as by film and television industries and the American Humane Association.  While Americans have no control over cruel and abusive practices in other countries, we can stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves in this country.
The opposition would have you believe that animal advocates are attacking Hispanics and the Hispanic culture.  By way of this statement, it seems the opposition is associating Hispanic culture with this abusive practice.  Banning intentional horse tripping for entertainment does not end the Mexican charreada tradition, it just puts a stop to needless animal cruelty and provides law enforcement with the tool it desperately needs to clamp down on animal abuses.
Encourage these Senators to champion this cause and protect all horses from this barbaric activity.  Give law enforcement the upper edge on animal abuse by banning horse tripping across the great State of Nevada so the Mexican charreada culture can remove this horrible shroud of abuse that has been associated with it and focus on time honored, respected horsemanship traditions.
Points that the opposition to Nevada SB72 are trying to make are:
That this bill is an attack on Hispanics. 
That it's an attack on the Hispanic culture (said about 5-6 times). 
That horse tripping is done in Mexico. 
That SB 72 is a slippery slope - and the animal rights fanatics will attack ALL rodeo events next (said several times). 
That the animal rights fanatics want more and more regulation. 
That these events are their cultural tradition. 
That there's no horse tripping going on - the one in Winnemucca was just an accident, and the huge charreada rodeo that's scheduled for Las Vegas in September (with two horse tripping events according to Clark County District Attorney) is a misunderstanding.
Please send in your comments to these Senators so they know there are thousands of people out there (not fanatics) who care about horses, care about the welfare of animals, and who are willing to stand up and be heard and be a voice for those poor souls who are forced into this horrible abuse and cannot speak for themselves.  PLEASE TAKE ACTION AND PASS THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SO THIS BAN CAN MOVE ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH THE FORCE OF THE WIND. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
 
03/20/13
I can’t believe it’s the middle of March already – can you feel spring in the air?
One of the new babies born at Wynema but rejected by his Momma is Collins and he’s not yet one week old!!.  He’s being care for by Palomino from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Equine Rescue. Thank you so much Palomino for jumping in and taking on this huge task. Taking in a new born foal is not a simple task. It’s a 24/7 job until the baby is at least 6 months old.
Board of Agriculture meeting
A reminder that the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Board of Agriculture will hold its next meeting this Tuesday, March 26th at 9:00 am.  As of this evening, there is no available information about the meeting – location, agenda, etc. – on their website.  However, I have been told by Director Barbee’s assistant that the wild horses will be on the agenda for this meeting.  I encourage as many people as possible to attend this meeting, to show our support for our Virginia Range horses and encourage the NDoA staff to continue working with wild horse advocates to develop comprehensive, viable, and realistic programs that will ensure our horses are here for generations to come, to enjoy and love and be proud of.  We are truly excited to have seen the signing of the Cooperative Agreement allowing us to purchase our horses directly from the NDoA.  But that was only the first step in creating a solid, respectful, and effective management program for our horses between wild horse advocates and the NDoA.   Topics such as a well-organized diversionary feeding program to keep horses safely away from the streets, the implementation of a humane fertility control program, and the development of a realistic relocation program that will allow us to mitigate public safety concerns all need to be included in a second cooperative agreement.  The effect of such an agreement will benefit the NDoA, the community, wild horse advocates, wild horse detractors, law enforcement, and most of all our beloved horses.
Let them know how you feel:  Attend the Board of Agriculture meeting at 9:00 am Tuesday, March 26th.
Check out the Fact Checker on the BLM and the Deer Run Road horses
Removal of the last 11 horses from the Deer Run Road area near Carson City, Nevada – fact checker!  A must read
As a note, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign will be bidding on these Deer Run Road/Carson City BLM wild horses on March 23rd and has promised that this family will be kept together for the remainder of their lives at a wild horse sanctuary.
Spring Home & Garden Show and Pet Show & Pug Parade
The Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund will have a booth at the Pet Show & Pug Parade at the Spring Home & Garden Show.  4 shows in one also includes the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo and Reno Boat & Recreation Show, all in one packed weekend, April 5 – 6 – 7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center at Kietzke & Virginia.  Tell your friends and bring your family!!  We’ll have t-shirts, calendars, stuffed plushy horses and other things for sale.  We’ll have booklets of pictures of our horses up for adoption and see how many forever homes we can find for them. 
FENCING THIS WEEKEND in Dayton
From Willis Lamm – a fencing party Saturday, March 23rd
Terry at Santa Maria Ranch is organizing the last phase of the fencing project designed to keep the free-roaming horses over on the river side of the development. Of course this effort is being thwarted by one of the residents of the nearby mobile home park who insists on feeding the horses, contributing to a road accident involving a 3 week old foal who is presently in LRTC's Lucky Horse Rehab Project. So far the seriously injured foal is recovering under the care of Shirley Allen and crew.
Meanwhile the Santa Maria Ranch folks have obtained the necessary materials to fence the last stretch of open area that runs between the entrance road to River Park and the riverfront fence line. We're calling on volunteers to come out Saturday morning (March 23) to make quick work of that project. The folks at Santa Maria Ranch are asking for a head count as they, as usual, plan to feed us at the end of the morning's work.
Please reply to me if you can participate. As we have learned, if we get a bunch of folks there it all goes pretty fast. (Special request was issued for Megan - really - as she was our #1 fence post pounder last time out.)
Contact Willis at willis@kbrhorse.net if you can help.
 
03/16/13
The time has finally come to celebrate!!!!!  Please read the press release from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) about the Cooperative Agreement signed this week with the Nevada Department of Agriculture.  This agreement will prevent our wild horses from being dumped at the livestock auction when the NDoA removes them from the range.  Instead, they will be available for purchase by the AWHPC directly from the NDoA for a nominal fee of $100 per horse.
This is truly exciting and looooong awaited GOOD news by sooooo many wild horse advocates.  We are absolutely thrilled with this first step in establishing a program designed to ensure the safe and humane treatment of our wild horses.  The next step is to create a solid, viable plan that will incorporate the concerns of all parties involved with the realistic and achievable goal of protecting our cherished Nevada wild horses.  We look forward to working with the NDoA, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to ensure the success of this and all future programs.  With your persistence and support to raise awareness about Nevada’s wild horses and the State’s concern for public safety, we have been able to find common ground and now embark on a path to implement productive and responsible methods and solutions that will ensure our Nevada wild horses remain safe and wild for generations to come.
You deserve a standing ovation for the support and generosity you have given our horses!!  None of this would have been possible if you hadn’t taken action by caring enough about these gentle, graceful creatures to cause a small earthquake that created a wake-up call to those who didn’t know we were out there.  ‘Thank you’ is simply not enough to capture how purely wonderful your response has been towards the Virginia Range wild horses.  When I stand amongst our horses, whether on the range or in their pasture, my thoughts turn to you, so many people that I have never met and who have never met our horses.  You amaze me!
Donations Needed – Always!
We still have a long way to go and until I win the lottery, I’ll need to ask for your continued support to help feed and board our Hidden Valley horses and care for the Virginia Range wild horses still on the range.  Visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com to donate using our secure “DONATE” button, or mail your donation to HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515.
Videos on youtube
Please visit our youtube channel at HiddenValleyVRHorses.  We have started to load some videos we think you’ll enjoy.  Right now, we have the video from January 4, 2013 when approximately 2,000 of your letters were delivered to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s office.
We also have a short clip from Blackie & Blanca’s band at Wynema – note that Blackie is in his usual position which is the speck in the background at the end of the clip, taking a nap in the afternoon sun J
 
03/10/13
I was out walking my dog yesterday morning along the wetlands pathway that is part of the awesome trail system around the Damonte / Curti Ranch community.  As I approached the empty field off of Rio Wrangler (between Big Trail Cir and Brittany Park Dr) I noticed a lone horse (Mr Shags) making a bee-line towards the corral trap that the property owners set up over 3 weeks ago.  I complained to the NDoA then about the trap and was told that the property owners could put it up on their own property and the NDoA had no plans to ask them to remove it.
Please note that the trap is set up in an area commonly and often frequented by children from the neighborhood and adjacent to walking paths used by many people each day.
By placing the trap in this location, and throwing hay outside and inside the trap, it appears that the property owners are intentionally luring horses into a potentially very bad situation. 
However, this morning as I approached the trap, I noticed that the hay they had thrown out (approx. one bale worth of flakes) was the same hay they had left 3 weeks ago!!!  For anyone who knows anything about horses (and apparently these people don’t have a clue about horses, let alone wild horses), you NEVER, REPEAT NEVER, put out old, wet hay for a horse to eat.  This is a sure way to make a horse seriously ill, if not cause its death.  The hay in the trap is wet, rotting, disgusting looking, and simply put - contaminated.
I made a verbal complaint to the NDoA and asked the Brand Inspector to stop by the trap and take a look at the hay inside of it so he could draw his own conclusions. 
And I contacted KOLO 8 news channel and they said they would follow up on Monday when people are in their offices. 
Oh, and by the way, thanks to the help of Corenna and Karen, we were able to calmly, quietly, without havoc and mayhem and danger, walk Mr. Shags out of the residential area and back up on the hillside where he is safe again.  Imagine that!
 
03/01/13
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
It’s been a really busy month just trying to catch up with paperwork, tend to all the things that are needed for our horses and work on future plans for them.
 
NEW BABIES
Yes, spring is definitely on its way!!!!  We are the proud guardians of 4 new babies!!!! Our first surprise came on Valentine’s Day so her name came easily.  She is adorable and has a wonderful Momma and 2 beautiful aunties who help to babysit her.
Just 2 days later came another wee soul on wobbly long legs.  He doesn’t have a name yet but I know it will come soon as his personality develops.  Then, last week came another girl!!!!  I don’t have pictures of her yet but will get some posted soon!
And just a few days ago, little Batman was born.  The vet believes he is about 3 weeks premature but there’s not a darn thing wrong with him!  He is getting wonderful care and his Momma is very watchful and attentive. 
This is just the beginning of many more babies to come so stay tuned!!!
 
SAD NEWS
Along with new life, comes death and sadness.  Many of you have seen the pictures of Lil’ Diamond, the 2 week old baby with the lasso around her neck, being dragged by 2 men during a round up in our neighborhood on December 6th.  While she, her Momma (Mandolina) and the entire band were saved from the auction with your help on January 4th, Mandolina developed post-partum colic on February 19th and was gone in just a few hours.  This is a rare condition that can affect mares up to about 3 months after giving birth – Lil’ Diamond is just 3 months old.  We’re thankful that she didn’t suffer long and are grateful to Shari for her quick actions to bring help to Mandolina and take care of Lil’ Diamond.  After consulting with local experts, we all agreed the best solution was to place her where she could be monitored and receive one-on-one care from a human.  She has a wonderful new home with a terrific family willing to take her in and care for her until she is old enough to be adopted.  Her neighbor is a 32 year old mare and they are getting along really well.  Lil’ Diamond will stay there for several months receiving the care and attention she deserves.  She hasn’t had the best start with us humans but we’re determined to ensure she learns that not all humans cause stress and turn her life upside down.
 
ANOTHER TRAP SET UP IN DAMONTE RANCH
The DiLoreto’s have set up another trap just off of Rio Wrangler and have laid out hay to bait the horses.  They chased a group of 6 horses around the wetlands pathway on Wednesday afternoon but the horses got away and thanks goes out to Bo for getting them back up on the hillside again. 
 
02/15/13
I know everyone has been wondering what has been happening with the horses and the NDoA. 
Update on relations with the NDoA
Some great progress has been made over the last several weeks.  As you recall, representatives from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) and the ASPCA had met with representatives of the NDoA and Nevada Governor’s office in January to find some common ground and understanding.  To date, the NDoA and Governor’s office still appear to be working with us to hammer out the details of a cooperative agreement.  While there are no guarantees in this process, we remain cautiously optimistic that an agreement can be completed which will satisfy the concerns of wild horse advocates, the NDoA, and most importantly provide our wild horses with the protections they need.
We’ll keep everyone in the loop as we move forward.  There will be lots of work ahead of us.
Unfortunately, despite the good work that is going on, the NDoA did pick up at least 6 horses in the Foothills neighborhood off of Geiger Grade over a week ago.  Several homeowners had been feeding these horses in their yards for months now which precipitated complaints from their neighbors to the NDoA.  The new brand inspector did warn at least one of these individuals to stop feeding them or they would remove the horses – when they didn’t stop, the horses were removed.  You may think you’re doing the horses a favor by feeding them, but all you’re doing is putting them at risk of removal or injury because they end up wandering through congested roadways.  That alone is tragic enough but the fact that these horses lives are changed forever is the real crime.  Some of them are not able to adjust and live the remainder of their lives under stress.  Please do not feed the horses in your neighborhood and if you know of anyone who is, please tell them to stop.
Our Horses
We’ve had a busy month moving some horses and getting others settled in to their new home.  All are doing well and I’m sure are as glad as we are that that severe cold weather we experienced this last month is gone and that spring is looming closer.  Our 29 new horses from the Jan 9th auction made themselves at home at Wynema Ranch just north of Reno.  Surprisingly and even though they came from across the Virginia Range and probably never knew each other, they all still hang together in the meadow.  The 3 Cremellos have adopted 2 young bachelors into their family and at least one of Rambo’s bay band mares has moved off with a few of the Dayton gang.
Reports coming out of Stagecoach are that Sandy and her new baby Sammie are doing really well!!!   Betty says he’s figured out how to buck and run and has strong little legs. This is Sandy’s first baby after her last son, Apache, who is now about 7 years old but nursed until he was going on 5 years old.  She’s a good Mom and makes sure that Sammie is always safe. Lobo, her former stallion, has been moved over to Dayton to get some one on one training.  He’s a strong individual but still tends to guard his harem from other geldings.  The rest of his harem were moved to a beautiful meadow in Washoe Valley where they met up with Daisy and Mr. Jingles – all is peaceful for these horses right now.
We’ll have new photos and videos uploaded soon – stay tuned!
Now, we need to start planning for a sanctuary for our horses.  Let me know if you are interested in helping with this project.
A Word of Caution
Please be aware that the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund does not solicit people on the street or over the phone for donations.  If you’re interested in donating, we encourage you to either mail a check to:
            HVWHPF
            PO Box 20052
            Reno, NV 89515
Or use the secure DONATE button on this website to the right
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Nevada state Senator Manendo is a great animal advocate and works tirelessly to ensure our Nevada laws include protections for our pets and wildlife.  As responsible, intelligent citizens, we need to reach out and extend our support to Senator Manendo’s ‘Senate Joint Resolution 1’ – Expressing support for wild horses and burros in Nevada.
This link will take you to a pledge to support SJR1 and everyone can use it, no matter where in the world you are!!!!
This link takes you to the actual SJResolution – our horses and burros need this to pass!!!  Please encourage your family and friends to read it – perhaps this Resolution will inspire folks from other western states to take the action needed to tip the scales back in favor of America’s wild horses and burros!
This link is for Nevada residents only.  You can use this link to express your opinions to your legislators and help shape the future for your wild horses and burros in the state of Nevada.  Please act soon – don’t let this opportunity slip through your fingers and roll off of your mouse – click now and let them know you’re in favor of SJR1.  You can also take a moment to add comments and give them your opinion about this resolution.
Other Good Horse News
An informative and refreshingly detailed job of investigative reporting by local reporter Cynthia Kennedy of the Virginia City News
Thanks so much Cynthia for actually asking the people involved in this bizarre mess about what has been happening instead of taking yet another canned line from Ed Foster’s NDoA party line.
 
Please check out the link below to learn more about the 2013 Nevada Discovery Ride.  Our horse Sandy, the flaxen maned sorrel alpha mare from the Damonte Ranch area was going to join in on the ride until we discovered that she was pregnant and had little Sammie.  Samantha will continue without Sandy on her journey across Nevada this May – one woman, one horse and one dog!  Read more at this link -
Samantha’s journey across Nevada
 
01/17/13
OUR FIRST BABY!!!
Hi All – some FANTABULOUS news!  We’re grandparents……well, kinda!  Sandy, our Ambassador for the Virginia Range Wild Horses, gave birth to a wee colt early this morning!!!!  How beautiful is he!!!! 
Sandy was a well-known resident of the hillside above Damonte Ranch.  She and her stallion Lobo were minor celebrities among the countless people who visited that area over the last decade.  As you can see from the pictures attached, she is a stunning blonde and along with Lobo, they ruled the hillside as the dominant band in the area.  Lobo stood up to any stallion that he felt came too close to his harem.  Sandy was the perfect alpha mare and led her mares to food, water, and safety with guarded belligerence.  She is the mother of Apache, who stayed with his mom until he was almost 5 years old – highly unusual for wild horses.   She raised a wonderful son – proud and strong with a huge heart.
Sandy’s beautiful flaxen mane made her stand out from a distance on the hillside.  Now, she will spend the rest of her life in the role as Ambassador for all our beautiful Virginia Range wild horses.  She will now care for and raise her little baby BOY in a safe, loving environment.  Stay tuned for more stories about Sandy, her COLT, and their upcoming adventures.
 
01/14/13
A follow up report from Willis Lamm, please follow the link below for more interesting information and pictures:
“I went digging through the archives on the three cream colored horses that the Dept. of Ag picked up in the Fernley area, with some help from Anne Hall.  This is actually a pretty interesting story since these were some of the horses originally from a band in which we were studying color genetics.
http://www.kbrhorse.net/wclo/whcolors01.html
I'm going to add a couple of additional photos to the last page of this report once I receive them.”
 
01/12/13
We got some background on the "pony" picked up with the 41 Virginia Range horses.
The Pony is "Rambles."   If I recall the information correctly, Rambles was foaled in April of 2011.  She's actually a Virginia Range horse.  Rambles had a congenital birth defect that caused her to become a dwarf and created some leg disfigurement.  She could walk around OK with her band, but she had difficulty running, looking more like a spider moving over the ground rather than a horse.  However her dam took good care of her so she was able to stay in her band.  Last year her dam was found dead with two broken front legs, apparently suffering some kind of 'accident' out on the range.  Rambles had not been seen since then and it was presumed she had died – that was until she was picked up at the livestock auction. 
Rambles has turned out to be very friendly and somewhat needy.  She is going to need special care and we may have an experienced rescuer who may take her in and who could afford veterinary expenses if she needs work on her legs.  More will be posted shortly.
It was great that Hidden Valley decided to also pick up this "sad little pony" as it turned out to be a 42nd Virginia Range horse.  How's that for an ironic twist?
Thanks to Anne Hall for digging out the historic photos of Rambles and her band.
Here’s more on Rambles story and pictures – get a Kleenex!
 
 
01/12/13 
BANDIT'S STORY - Here's the wrap-up on Bandit's band "coming home."  They were some pretty happy horses.  They started whinnying as soon as the trailers descended the hill into Stagecoach and they realized that they were back in familiar territory.
Here's the complete report.
http://www.aowha.org/war/ndoa_horse_sale_1303.html
 
01/11/13
 
Here is a report on the progress of the 29 Virginia Range horses rescued from the Fallon livestock auction by the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, made possible by donations from people like you.  HUGE Thank You’s go out to the Trailer Brigade once again for delivering these sweet souls safely to their new temporary home.  Read below and follow the link for more great pictures and the story.
 
Thank you SHIRLEY, WILLIS, LISA, SHEILA, BETTY, SHERRY, BOBBY, DEE, JANN, CINDY, and I think NORM was there as well. 
 
This report is a terrific reminder that there is a lot more to it than winning the bid on any horse at the auction.  That’s just where the story for each of these horses starts.  Their lives have now been dramatically changed and for the rest of their lives they will depend on the kindness and goodness of all of us to ensure they live healthy, productive, meaningful lives.  That means hay and/or pasture, gentling and training, boarding fees, vet bills when needed, farriers services, and finding them good forever homes where they will be safe and respected for the rest of their days.
 
PLEASE NOTE: All of that costs money, so we will continue to reach out for donations needed to keep these kids happy!!  J Also, please note the DONATE button for the VIRGINIA RANGE ROUND-UP FUND at the bottom of the Alliance webpage to support efforts like this one.
 
All but 8 of the 41 Virginia Range horses that went through the livestock sale Wednesday night have been recovered and delivered on Thursday.  Due to the weather, 8 Stagecoach horses (Bandit's band) were boarded at the stockyard for the night and are being picked up today as soon as the roads in Fallon are reported to be clear.
The delivery had its challenges thanks to the weather.
All of the two vehicles were four-wheel-drive but it took two pickups to get some of the trailers up to the unloading area.  The tow pickups needed an additional assist from a "tug" pickup that had chains on its front tires. 
By nightfall all the horses were unloaded and they were starting to settle in. The winter foal, "Diamond," that has been a concern of many, settled in with her dam as members of that band found each other and reconstituted.

A complete report with a number of additional photos can be found here:
http://www.aowha.org/war/ndoa_horse_sale_1301.html
Thanks to everyone who participated in this effort, both working from home to make this all happen to slogging it out, digging trailers out of the snow!  Advocates rock!
 
01/09/13 UPDATE!!!
We did it again!!!!  It was another long day and loads of cattle but the weather held and the horses hung in there and are now ready to come home!!!
All 41 Virginia Range horses have been rescued from the Fallon livestock auction!!!  The wonderful folks from Stagecoach, Nevada were able to buy back the 8 wild horses stolen from them in November!  Bandit and his family will be heading back home in the next day or so (depending on the weather).
4 horses were purchased by individuals and will be well cared for and loved for the rest of their lives – thank you so much Anna, Norm, Tim, Erin, and Bear for jumping in and giving these horses a chance at a wonderful life!
The remaining 29 horses were purchased by the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and will be heading to their new home near Hallelujah Junction – their temporary home until we find good, caring, loving homes for each one.
 
Thank you so very much to each and every one of you for your support and encouragement and for making all this happen!!!  Your generous donations have once again ensured the safety and well-being of 41 more of our Nevada Wild Horses.  While the Governor of Nevada doesn’t seem to think they matter, you do.  And for that, we are truly grateful and applaud you for your determination to make a difference.
 
Together, we will affect the changes needed to ensure our Nevada Wild Horses are valued and protected.
 
01/09/13
Please keep your eyes peeled for any NDoA corral traps – we believe they have them set up somewhere already.
 
Our 41 horses will be going to auction today in Fallon.  I’ll be there along with some others interested in buy some of the horses.
 
Some mixed news today:
 
The BLM has been stopped from further round ups in Nevada – good news!!!!
 
BLM provides an update to Madeleine Pickens property in Northeast Nevada
Thanks so much for forwarding this information Don!!!
  
From Willis Lamm – Wild Horse Mentors
'Given all the controversy over the disposition of Virginia Range horses by the NV Department of Agriculture, I didn't want some improvements to BLM's Sale Authority Program to go unnoticed.
 
The bureau looked into the "Davis incident" where indications were that Colorado resident Tom Davis acquired hundreds of BLM horses under allegedly false pretenses, whereupon many horses were subsequently unaccounted for.
 
In contrast to our continuing local problems involving state managed free-roaming horses ending up at auction yards, the BLM has taken specific steps to address a weakness in how Congress designed the Sale Authority program.  For details, plus additional links, please visit:
 
 
Thanks to BLM for promptly addressing potential fraud on the part of Sale Authority buyers.'
 
Sandoval says “he sees no need to intervene in an upcoming auction of 41 stray horses  
 
So it looks like we’ll be going to Fallon tomorrow.  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and several other groups and a few individuals intend to rescue as many of the 41 horses trapped by the NDoA in Stagecoach, Dayton, Fernley, and southeast Reno between Nov 5th and Dec 6th as we can.
 
01/03/13
Please read the very important information below from Willis Lamm – this is your state at work.
 
The people on the Board of Agriculture are not elected officials; they are appointed to serve the people of Nevada.  I can’t see how a discussion such as this “serves” the people of this state. 
The wild horses of the State of Nevada belong to the State.  Therefore, they belong to me….and you…..and Governor Sandoval.  The Nevada Department of Agriculture’s only role is to fill the job of managing these creatures, and they continue to fail at that job.  The NDoA says the horses belong to them – no, our horses do NOT belong to them.  If the NDoA is not capable of managing our horses, then perhaps the NDoA should find something else to do.  And not one person working for NDoA better ever tell me again that if I want change then I need to change the law – the NDoA needs to comply with the existing law and start listening to the public.  From Willis Lamm:
 
“NV Board of Agriculture proposes a horse slaughter facility for Nevada.

Advocate Carrol Abel, while researching documents from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, uncovered that during discussion among the members of the Nevada Board of Agriculture on the subject of the Virginia Range horses, that they should develop a market, address public perceptions and get a horse slaughter plant started in Nevada.

Among the concepts discussed was that while the (elected) Legislature got hammered into the ground on anti-horse issues, the (appointed) Board of Agriculture "
would not get hammered the same way it would be a subject we could put out. "

Here is an example of how responsible these people are to the will of the citizens and of the appropriate processes that have been put in place.

"
Think looking at putting facilities on Indian reservations which takes legislature and everybody out of the equation."

Yes, folks.  This stuff is right there in the Board's official minutes.

The complete story can be found here:

http://www.aowha.org/war/nboa_horse_slaughter_1301.html
 
If you can make it to the rally tomorrow in Carson City, please come even if it’s for just a short time. 
When: Friday, January 4th, 10:30 AM (assemble and organize) until 1:00 PM - the actual rally starts at 11.
Where: In front of the Nevada State Legislature building 401 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV.
Notes: Dress warmly. There will be hot beverages available. Watch the parking regulations. The two-hour parking zones on the public streets are patrolled!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SENT IN THEIR LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR!  We have somewhere around 1,800 letters.  If you haven’t mailed your letter yet, please go ahead and send it to the Governor’s office anyway at:
Governor Brian Sandoval
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
775-684-5670
Fax: 775-684-5683
It’s not too late to speak on behalf of the wild horses of Nevada.
On October 10th, we requested the minutes of the Board of Agriculture meetings for the past 18 months as none had been publish on their website.   On Dec 4th, we submitted a verbal complaint to the Attorney General’s office because NDoA had not responded to the request and was in violation of Nevada’s Public Meeting laws.  On Dec 10th, we received the minutes to some of the meetings held over the last 2 years.  The minutes to the December 6, 2011 meeting contain a shocking discussion about opening a horse slaughter facility in Nevada.   Any doubts about the position of the Nevada Department of Agriculture regarding the State’s horses can easily be set aside as you read the minutes.
 
12/21/12
This is our opportunity to show the public how many people support our horses!!!  When the public calls, or emails, or mails a letter to the Governor, there is no public acknowledgment of that effort.  The contact is logged and put aside.  We want to make sure that the support and opinions of the people are acknowledge by giving the media and the general public a means with which to measure their efforts – we will load (hopefully) bags and bags of letters and dump them in his office – it’s the visual effect that will make the biggest impact.  We will alert the media and video the event ourselves and put it on youtube so they can no longer ignore the will of the majority and acknowledge that our horses have value.
Please encourage others to participate and have their voice acknowledged – send in your letters as we can’t do it without everyone’s help!!!!!!
 
12/20/12
Please open this pdf document – Letter to Nevada’s Governor Sandoval.  We really need your support and for you to take action with this item! 

Open_letter_to_Sandoval_Dec2012.pdf
 
We found out last evening that there are 41 Virginia Range wild horses at the prison and scheduled to be dumped at the Fallon Livestock Marketing auction on January 9th.  My heart sank when I saw the notices.
I know it’s the holiday season and everyone is very busy, but if you can help the horses will benefit!
Please open and print the document, sign it, print your name and address, put it in an envelope and mail it to
      HVWHPF, PO Box 20052, Reno, NV 89515, all noted at the bottom of the letter.
Or, scan it if you can and email it to hiddenvalleywildhorses@gmail.com .
Or, hand it to one of our volunteers.
We want to get back as many signed letters as we possibly can – from across the city, state, country, globe!! 
We want this Governor to know he has a problem and for him to fix it – protect our Virginia Range wild horses.
Please act soon so you don’t forget (but I’ll remind you) and to make sure that we get your letter before January 3rd.
We will be taking ALL the letters to our capital and delivering them to Governor Sandoval’s office on January 4, 2013.
Please help, please take action, please mail us your letter so we can help stop the madness that is hurting our horses!!  Pass this email and the letter on to your friends and family everywhere!  Ask businesses if they will make them available to their customers.
Thank you to all!
The Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund wishes you and yours a peaceful, safe and warm Holiday Season!
  
12/17/12
A huge THANK YOU goes out to our friends at Diggin' Your Dog for their fabulously successful fund raising event this last Saturday, Dec 15th at their warehouse at 5635 Riggins Court in Reno.  With the help of soooo many wonderful supporters, Dawn and Christy raised over $700 for Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.  It was a great day, I had a chance to meet some of the people I've been emailing with, lots of people were introduced to Diggin' Your Dog treats for the first time, Dawn and Christy got some great exposure, and the horses benefited from this terrific partnership!
Thank you so very much to all who supported this wonderful event!
Shannon
 
12/13/12
Hi Everyone 
We had an awesome turn out at the Board of Agriculture meeting yesterday morning!!!  More than 50 people turned out as a show of support for our horses and many people took the opportunity to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting.  Dana had some beautiful “Save the Virginia Range Horses” buttons made up and donated them to everyone who came – thank you Dana!!!!  The Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates spoke about inconsistent management, legislative intent of the law, the need for proactive vs reactive management, budgetary constraints, and need for the Ag to re-engage advocates who are will to help, create good working relationships and develop open, respectful communication.   Comments centered around the dangerous methods used to take up the horses baited in Damonte Ranch, questioning the legality of bait traps and how the Ag is using that as a method to take up horses, to questioning why the Ag was taking the position they were, requests to stop picking up the horses where they are not a problem, and start working again with the advocates.
The news media was there to report and interviewed several people. 
The outcome of the meeting was that the wild horses should be on the agenda for the next meeting scheduled for March.  Many of the Board members had lots of questions about what was going on and how the situation had gotten to this point but were told by the Deputy Attorney General that they could not pursue that line of discussion or they would be violating Nevada Open Meeting laws because the horses were not on the agenda.  We have lots to do to get ready for that next meeting. 
 
The current brand inspector is being reassigned back to Elko (apparently not related to any Virginia Range horse issues) and another one is already on site to replace him.  Poor guy, having to put up with us!!!!!! 
 
HORSE ADOPTIONS
There are another 41 Virginia Range horses at the prison facility waiting to go to auction on January 9th.  12+baby from Damonte Ranch, 5 bachelors from Steamboat’s Rhodes Road, 8 “Bandit’s Band” from Stagecoach, and we just found out that a band of 8 was taken up from the Fernley area.  The Township of Stagecoach has organized and not only arranged for the placement of their 8 horses but have also raised the funds to buy them!!!  That leaves us with 26 horses that we need to rescue and find homes for.  Our organization can no longer take more horses unless we can get some of ours adopted.
  
NEED FOR A SANCUTARY IN RENO/SPARKS
To truly help our Virginia Range horses, it has become obvious of the need for a sanctuary / education center to benefit our horses.  I will be drawing up a plan for such a facility but it won’t happen unless we can obtain funding to make it happen.  I’ll keep you posted but if you know anyone who would be interested in helping with funding, please let them know about what we have been able to accomplish so far through your support. 
 
I think it’s important to note to all who are interested in helping that we are an all-volunteer registered 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping our Virginia Range horses.   
 
 
12/04/12
BOARD OF AGRICULTURE MEETING, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
Betsy forwarded me a note from Don Molde, Hidden Valley Home Owners Association, who has been talking with the Ag office here in Reno and asking for information regarding the agenda for their Tuesday, December 11th Board of Agriculture meeting.  He is hoping to get a certain time set up for public comment regarding the wild horse issues we would like to address. 
We would like to have as many people as possible from across the Virginia Range attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th.  The meeting starts at 9:00 am and will run until they are finished with their business.  The facility is located at 405 S. 21st St, Sparks – located across Glendale Avenue near Baldini’s Casino.   Here is a google map link  http://goo.gl/maps/hHjrl
 
Will keep you posted about the agenda and public comment schedule.  Please encourage others to attend as well as a show of support for the horses and the disappointment we have with the management of the NDoA.  The challenge for this meeting is that the conference room where the meeting will be held is only large enough for a large conference room table and chairs that seats about 10 – 12 people.  More later…
 
11/29/12
8 MORE HORSES RESCUED - THANKS GOES OUT TO STAGECOACH, NEVADA
After a very long day of waiting and watching loads of cattle move through the auction arena, our 8 beautiful Stagecoach bachelors finally made it through at about 8:00 pm tonight.  We were able to rescue all 8 of them!!!!!  Our heroes of the Trailer Brigade will be picking them up tomorrow and transporting them to their new long and short term homes in the Stagecoach, Nevada community.  The good people of Stagecoach have stepped up to the plate in response to the opportunistic predatory practices of the current brand inspector Blaine Northrop.  They have organized their community in support of THEIR horses – (they’re no longer NDoA horses) and are working hard to raise money for feed, working on temporary foster home facilities and even better, several long term forever homes for these sweet bachelors of Stagecoach, Nevada!!!!
 
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Trailer Bridgade team members for their continued support and undaunting spirits:  Shirley Allen, Willis Lamm, Betty Retzer, Sheila Schwadel, Lee Ramsey, Kate & Larry Carlson, Cindy Cherrigan, Karen and James Mayfield, Cindy Phelps and Sally Summers.  I’m sure I’ve forgotten some names so please accept my apologies and send me the corrections.
 
As noted previously, we have started a drive to raise funds for transportation of 10 of our horses to Virginia.  Given the current cost of gas, this is not an inexpensive effort.  I’ll be following up in the next several days with more details and information so we can all follow our Virginia Range horses making their way to the state of Virginia!!!
 
11/27/12
ANOTHER RESCUE / TRANSPORTATION FUND RAISER
We’re getting ready for the next auction – tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th.  From what we’ve been able to determine, there will be another 8 horses coming through the livestock auction – all these young bachelors were lured into corral traps set up on private property by people who don’t like the wild horses……and of course, Blaine Northrop, brand inspector, swept in and took them away.  None of these horse, once again, were considered a nuisance but were baited and lured by the property owner.
 
11/21/12
CORRAL TRAP ALERT
Please keep an eye out for the Nevada Department of Agriculture corral trap.  I have attached a picture of one that was set up in August for those who don’t know what it looks like.  If you see one of these set up somewhere, contact us as soon as possible.  If you have seen one set up in the last several days and think that horses have been removed from the range, again, please contact us.
 
11/15/12
17 more rescued
17 more of our wild horses went to auction yesterday in Fallon – Blackie and Blanca’s band (the black stallion w/3 white socks and the white mare).  We were able to buy them all back so they are all now safe and heading to a great place to wait for their short term homes before they get adopted!!!!  Stay tuned for more pictures on our website!!!! 
 
Yeaaahhh Virginia Range wild horses!!!!
 
11/04/12
VIGILANT WATCHERS RULE!!!
It was another good day for the horses – no horses were lured into the trap at 15930 Toll Road again. The sad news is that they put a lock on the front of the trap, opened a section in the back of the trap and opened a section of fence behind their house so the horses could be lured in from behind. Not a worry though, we had people on site all day again today.
If you’re interested in helping with this effort, please contact Terri Farley at farleyterri@aol.com . Terri has offered to coordinate schedules to ensure we have as much time covered as possible. Terri is our very own famous local author who wrote the Phantom Stallion series of books.   Thank you Terri and all those who continue to show up to make sure the horses don’t get picked up.
 
REPORT TRAPS WHEN YOU FIND THEM
But please be mindful to keep watch for any other traps the Ag might have set up. Unfortunately, this can happen anytime, anywhere. If you see or hear of any corral being set up anywhere in the Virginia Range or around residential areas, please, please, please contact this email address hiddenvalleywildhorses@gmail.com . If it seems suspicious to you, report it. If it doesn’t look right or you think someone is giving you a line of doodoo, report it. If it’s a legitimate corral that your neighbor just put up you’ll know it because good people don’t usually leave a trail of hay leading to the opening that lures wild horses to enter the trap.
 
MOVED ANOTHER GROUP OUT OF CURTI RANCH
Many of you know the small group with the sweet lame chestnut 2 year old who has been limping around for about 2 weeks. He was hit by a car that caused some damage to his knee but we feel confident that he will recover and live a good life. But, we will continue to monitor him and help him as much as we can. We got his little band moved out of the Curti Ranch / Lennar homes development late this afternoon. A huge thanks goes out to Mona, Karin, Karen, and Karina who helped get them back up to the open spaces they so dearly love to be in. 
 
FLYERS ARE FLYING OUT TO OUR NEIGHBORS
Another humungous THANK YOU to Anna, Cindy, and Nathanie for taking charge of the flyers and getting them distributed around our neighborhoods!!!! I’m sure others have helped as well so please let me know who you are so I can thank you too!!!! Starbucks on Steamboat has one on their board and Sierra Feed is putting one up too. As I said before, the more informed we are the smarter we can work together…..it’s just too bad that the NDoA can’t join us with that thought.
 
MEETING THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 3-5 PM AT THE SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
Just a reminder that we will have a meeting this coming Saturday at the South Valley library on Wedge Parkway from 3-5pm. I will be sending out some information to you before then about things we need help with. I would like to ask you to bring your ideas and suggestions about how to help our horses and things you think we can accomplish.
 
Remember to talk to your neighbors and friends and let them know what we’re doing and about the horses. The greatest gift we can give these beautiful jewels in our backyards is to teach our children and young people about them and let them know to respect these horses and what they stand for – our ever enduring pioneering spirit, our right to be free, and our independence that so many have fought for. Spitting on them is like spitting on the flag and what it stands for…..but some just don’t see it like that.
 
 
11/03/12
We had a lot of success today!!!  And no horses were caught in the trap at 15930 Toll Road!!!!!
 
I was blown away by the out pouring of support for this effort to keep that trap empty.  Cindy, Anna, and Norm were there first thing in the morning and got the paint band moved away to safety.  All day long, people showed up to stay watch and ensure that when our horses did come around, they were quickly shooed away – thank you so much, you are fabulous and ROCK big time! 
 
We got a flyer printed up for the residents of the Toll Road area and Anna delivered 100 of them this evening.  With the NDoA working so underhandedly, it’s important that we make sure the people in that area are informed and have the opportunity to speak their piece.  I have attached a similar flyer so please feel free to pass it along.  The more informed we are, the more change we can affect. 
 
We also got the Big Bay band (12 horses) moved out of Curti Ranch and up to the hillside this morning.  After the stallion introduced himself to some of the local residents, he actually seemed to relax and kept his family in that area for the rest of the day.  A huge THANK YOU to Tom, Mary Ann and Shirley for your help and dedication to these horses.  You amaze me for all you do for our horses.    
 
 
11/02/12
IRRESPONSIBLE – IS THIS HOW OUR HORSES SHOULD BE MANAGED?
I received word this afternoon that the Nevada Dept of Ag picked up their trap on Veterans Parkway (where they had picked up a bunch of our horses on Tuesday afternoon) and moved it to a Dept of Ag fans property on Toll Road.  The sad and pathetic point of this story is that, once again, the Ag is luring horses down out of the canyon where they aren’t bothering anyone and into a trap at the isolated end of a dead end road that leads into a canyon where horses have lived harmoniously with residents in that area for decades.  If you don’t like the horses, then move - you don’t let the Ag (or your in-laws) put up a trap in your yard.
 
According to public records, the trap is now located at 15930 Toll Road.  For those who are interested, here is a google map link:
 
In the morning, we will confirm claims from surrounding neighbors that the Brand Inspector Blaine Northrop also laid out substantial amounts of hay strewn out from the trap on up into the canyon.  Why in the name of all that is good and wonderful about these horses would any respectable individual do such a thing – perhaps because he is not.  The outcome will only serve to bring innocent horses down the canyon and into the trap.  Such actions are absolutely pathetic and irresponsible and using the excuse that “I’m only following orders” didn’t get much sympathy at the Nuremburg trials either.
 
Please let me know if you can help to keep the horses away from this trap.  If we have enough people who can rotate one hour shifts then we can buy the horses time and perhaps save their lives – if trapped, they’ll be off to the auction yards in Fallon.
 
 
10/30/12
HARASSING OUR HORSES
Thank you to everyone who contacted me today about the so called ‘round-up’ that took place this afternoon on Veterans Parkway in Damonte Ranch.  I have heard from lots of people and many who were lied to.  Apparently the horses were pushed into the corral trap by men using lassos.  People were told that these horses were being relocated to higher ground – bullshit.  Others were told that the horses were being taken to be trained for border patrol protection – more bullshit.  The horses were harassed and entrapped.  This was all done with the knowledge and encouragement of the Nevada Dept of Agriculture.  I understand that one of the property developers was also involved.  I would like to ask anyone who saw this ‘round-up’ to contact me and let me know what happened.  Please send any pictures or video that you may have taken or ask friends and neighbors if they got any.  From what I’ve been able to determine, they picked up approximately 24 horses today.  Just so everyone knows, these horses were taken to the prison in Carson City where the stallions will be castrated, they will all be branded, and micro-chipped and then taken to the Fallon livestock auction for sale to the highest bidder.
I’m angry.  I understand the horses need to be moved out of our community but this is unconscionable.  Instead of helping us move the horses and encourage them to stay on the hillsides, they push these horses into corrals and take them away – they can never again roam free and wild. 
 
MEETING NEXT SATURDAY AT SOUTH VALLEY LIBRARY
I have rented a meeting room at the South Valley library for Saturday, November 10th from 3 – 5 pm.  I invite you to join me to discuss what we can do together as a community to improve the situation for our horses.  Please pass this invitation on to your neighbors and friends.  Whether you like the horses or hate them, we need to work together to come up with solutions for all.  The library is located off of Wedge Parkway.
 
PLEASE DON’T FEED OR WATER THE HORSES
Above all, I encourage everyone to stop feeding and watering the horses in your neighborhoods.  While we know the horses are attracted to all the green grass and several water sources, feeding and watering them desensitizes them to the dangers of our streets and vehicles.  And please stay away from whichever horses are still left.  They are not aggressive and are very gentle but can move quickly and unpredictably and people should give them a wide breadth.  And more than anything else, please keep children of ALL sizes far away from the horses.
 
INJURED COLT
On another sad note, I also received quite a few reports of an injured colt in the Curti Ranch area.  We are assessing the situation and are getting him help but I understand he was hit by a vehicle last week so the outcome is not promising.  Situations like this are the sad outcome for the horses when they remain in our communities.  A dark horse on a dark street where there is low lighting and people driving too fast is a bad combination.
 
Please keep me informed about what is happening out there and send me your feedback about the events of today.  Again, I encourage everyone to come to our meeting next Saturday, November 10th 3-5pm at the South Valley library.
Also, the Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association will be holding their monthly meeting at the Firehouse on Cartwright Lane in the Highlands tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 6:30 pm.
 
 
10/24/12
Just got in the door from another session out at the livestock auction – the wild horses prevailed…..we got ‘em all! 
 
All 29 wild horses picked up in Virginia City 2 weeks ago are now going to be safe and well taken care of.  We spent more than the going rate again but the kill buyers and horses thieves didn’t get one of them!!!!
 
We should have pictures of them all in the next several days and will get those on our website as soon as I can get them up there. 
Thank you again to all those who sent in their donations to rescue these beautiful horses!!!!  There were a total of 4 foals, 12 mares, and 13 gelded stallions.  They are mostly bays, but there is a black/gray appaloosa, a sorrel, and several black ones.  And there are three yearlings and five 2 year olds.
They are all very beautiful and gentle creatures.
Now I have to zip over to Verdi and buy my lottery tickets so I can win several million dollars and buy several million acres of land to put several million horses on…..
 
10/22/12
ADOPTIONS
We’re still looking for long term forever homes for 29 of our horse ‘kids’.  If you’re interested or know someone who is interested in adopting one of our Virginia Range wild horses, please check out our website at www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com .  You’ll also find photos of each of the ‘kids’ and a little description about each.  We are starting to prepare all these horses for transport to the east coast so time is running out for you to be able to adopt them before they leave.  Send us your completed application and we should have an answer back in about a week.
 
RESCUE
We have another 29 Virginia Range wild horses going to auction this Wednesday, October 24th at the Fallon Livestock Marketing yard.  These horses were picked up by the Department of Agriculture 2 weeks ago because they were a ‘public safety concern’ – what a load!!!  Wild horses in Virginia City a ‘concern’!  It will be a concern when we don’t have any more wild horse in Virginia City!  So, we will be heading out to the auction again on Wednesday in the hopes of buying as many of these poor horses as we can.
 
On a positive note, 12 of our rescued Virginia Range horses (6 mares and 6 babies) were transported and safely delivered this weekend to a wonderful rescue in California.  We will be sending 4 more horses from that same band to them as well, so the entire family will be kept intact and continue to live their lives together as a family.
 
SUPPORT AND DONATIONS
I want to again extend my thanks and gratitude to all those who have offered their support and donations to help our horses.  I’ve received hundreds of emails from wonderful, caring people.  If I haven’t yet responded, I apologize but am still working my way through them. 
 
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE HORSES
And please remember not to feed our horses in or near the streets.  It’s either a death sentence for them because they run the risk of getting hit by cars or they will get picked up by the Dept of Ag and enter the slaughter pipeline!!!!  Either way, we need to get them back up in the hills, away from our streets, where they are safe.  Spread the word to your neighbors and friends.
 
10/10/12
NEW ARRIVALS
Jesse, JJ, Brittany & Spencer all arrived safely at their new rescue home in Colorado!!!  We'll have their pictures up soon. 
 
 
10/09/12
Thanks so much to so many of you for writing and sharing your thoughts and opinions about our wild horses!!  And a special thanks to all those who have donated to help us save our 53 wild horses from the slaughter pipeline. 
 
RESCUES AND ADOPTIONS
We have been extremely busy with setting up an adoption process for our new extended family of 53 horses.  We are now working to ensure that we get them adopted out to good, loving, caring, qualified adopters where they will be safe and cared for for the rest of their lives.  Please check out our ADOPTION tab to view pictures of the ‘kids’ that are up for adoption and where you can print out the adoption papers:
 
Today was bittersweet for us – the first 4 horses (2 mares and their babies) of the Virginia Range 53 were loaded onto transport this morning for a journey to their new home at a rescue in Colorado.  While finding them all good homes is our goal, it’s still hard to say good-bye and acknowledge that they will never again be truly free.  We are grateful to all the rescues and individuals that have stepped up and offered to adopt our ‘kids’.  However, we still have quite a few that are looking for forever homes.  Please forward this message to your friends, family members, colleagues, acquaintances and others who might want a gentle soul to care for.  Additionally, we just got word today that another 29 horses have been picked up and are due at the Fallon auction on Wednesday, October 24th.  We cannot take more horses until we adopt out the ones we have.  Can you help?
 
We are all very frustrated with the Ag department and have been for some months…well years actually.  All our horses in the Virginia Range fall under the rule of the state Agriculture department because the Virginia Range is primarily private property, not BLM.  Thus, the horses are not afforded protection under the Wild Horse & Burro Act of 1971 but are instead subjected to the whims of whoever is in charge of the Ag department – currently Jim Barbee.  He has done nothing for the horses, does not respond to phone calls to help, or emails with suggestions, has been caught spewing horrible things to the public, and refuses to work with wild horse advocates to try to fix some of the problems we are having especially in places like Curti Ranch.
I have asked the Ag to consider implementing emergency diversionary supplemental feeding which means taking hay up on the hillsides at least once a day.  This method has proven successful in the Hidden Valley community because it draws the horses out of our communities and back up on the hillsides where they are safe and can be horses.  The Ag has yet to respond to this suggestion. 
Another problem we face with the Ag is that when they pick up horses (and they do because people complain about them), the current policy is to send them to the Fallon livestock auction where they enter the slaughter pipeline if we don’t buy them back.  This is extremely upsetting, unfair, and illogical.  I have asked them to consider entering into a cooperative agreement with our organization where we can take possession of the horses and use our valuable donations to find the horses good forever homes instead of lining the pockets of the shills at the auction houses – to date no response has been received.
And as I mentioned above, I received more bad news out of the Ag’s Elko office today – they did indeed pick up another 29 horses in Virginia City (the home of the great wild west and back drop to TV’s Bonanza!!!) because of complaints that the horses might hurt some of the Outhouse Race contestants.  And now these horses will be headed to the October 24th auction in Fallon.  My stomach is turning at the thought of going out there again.
 
I’m hoping we can get enough residents interested that they will sign a petition asking for emergency measures to be implemented like the ones above.  But what do we do in the meantime?  The horses are starving.  Because we are a non-profit we cannot feed them without an agreement with the Ag and we can’t tell people to do it either!!!!!!  Feeding in the streets is the worst thing we can do – so please don’t do it.  This encourages the horses to stay near roads and is essentially a death sentence to them.  Let me know if you have suggestions or ideas or want to help.
 
For those interested, the Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association will be holding their monthly meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month, October 24th at 6:30pm at the Firehouse on Cartwright Road. 
Also, I will be heading down to Wild Horse Spirit in Washoe Valley this Sunday, October 14th to shovel some more digested hay – let me know if you’d like to come along. 
 
 
 
09/19/12
As you may have heard, there has been a lot of stuff going on, from more horses being picked up (at least 16 if not more) to the newspaper advertising the first 23 horses trapped being sold at the livestock auction in Fallon to the Master Builder in Damonte Ranch refusing to fence out property to stop the horses from getting into our streets and then crying about them on his property.
 
The auction is to be held in Fallon at the Nevada Livestock Marketing, Wednesday, Sept 19th.  We will be attending and attempt to get our horses back.  We have been able to secure short term housing for them all but now are in desperate need of long term forever homes for them.  Please continue to spread the word that we have some beautiful, gentle souls who are very scared right now and need people who will care for them for the rest of their lives.  And no mistaking, this is a huge commitment, horses are expensive and can live to 25 – 30+ years.  We are willing to help get adopters started with these horses so please help us find homes for them.
 
09/12/12
We’ve seen a lot going on over the last several weeks, some of it very disturbing.  Of most importance this morning, our 23 horses that were captured on Clean Water Way are now headed to the Livestock auction yards next Wednesday, September 19th.  Unfortunately, the Ag has chosen this path instead of allowing horse advocates first chance to purchase them.  Now, we must compete with Kill Buyers who purchase horses at these auctions for transportation to slaughter houses in Mexico and/or Canada. 
We are in grave need of people who can adopt these horses – 23 in total, mares, gelded stallions, and foals – see the attached newspaper ad with their descriptions.  We need long term adoption placements for them as well as short term placement while we find them forever homes.  And not to forget, that while these horses are not trained and will need work and secure quarters, they also are known to be wonderful, gentle, smart, and very hearty animals.
Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be able to help, regardless of their location.  We have the funds to purchase these horses, however we must have a place or places to take them immediately after purchasing them.  This also means that we will need to have trailers available for 23 horses.
We also have not been granted access to the prison facility to photograph the horses so we can start advertising them. 
Our intent is to purchase all 23, however there is no guarantee that we will get them all.  I will not give up and will continue to try to get special consideration for these horses from Director Barbee to be allowed to purchase them without them going to the auction yards.
Additionally, Jane called me yesterday about noon to say that another corral trap was being set up near Steamboat and Veterans.  Again, the developer has complained about the horses being on his property and asked for a pick up.  The horses are getting out in our streets through property which the developer refuses to fence up.  How hypocritical and shameful.  I will try to find out which horses they picked up yesterday.  The numbers just seem to be growing.
Also, Amie from Curti Ranch advised that one of the horses in the big band that moves between Toll Road, the Foothills and Curti Ranch has a large open gash on its right flank.   We’ll make sure to keep an eye on it.
Enough for now – thanks so much to those who are calling in and watching out for the horses!  This is huge!!!!!!! And makes such a difference!
Stay tuned and I’ll try to keep you all informed – thanks!!!!
 
 
Great news! - The project manager for the Stagecoach development (next to Damonte Ranch High School) called today to say they had installed the additional fences on both the access paths!!!!!!!! They have no idea how many horses lives they’ve just saved by doing this! If anyone is interested in an early morning fence maintenance outing this Saturday morning, I’ll be walking the fence line behind that development and fixing any open or weak spots. This is VERY exciting news as it brings us one more step closer to a complete fence out!!!
 
On a very sad note, we found a dead mare last evening up in the hills. She had a baby estimated to be about 5 months old – it was still with the band but calling for its Mom. This band are roamers so it will be hard to find them again – but we’ll keep watching for them.
 
If you are interested, we’d like you to write a letter to Governor Sandoval expressing your dissatisfaction with the performance of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, and its oversight of Nevada’s wild horses. the Ag is not responding to requests to engage in cooperative agreements with non-profit organizations which would include diversionary supplemental feeding designed to keep the horses as far away from our streets and developments as possible, as well as implementing population control methods designed to maintain healthy populations; additionally, the Ag has not provided a reason for not wanting to engage in cooperative agreements, but instead simply remains silent and unresponsive; there is no announced change to the department’s policy towards the horses despite the severe drought conditions that surround them, horses are dropping dead and the NDA is doing nothing; the department is responding when people complain about the horses by setting up corral traps and removing horses, however does not respond to requests from non-profit organizations to help improve conditions and fix problems.
Your letter, however brief or longwinded, will be greatly appreciated. One of our wild horse advocates will be meeting with the Governor’s office on Friday and would like to take as many letters as possible to this meeting. You are more than welcome to send your letter to me (no later than Thursday afternoon) and I will ensure that it gets delivered. However, if you can’t make the Thursday afternoon deadline, please write your letter anyhow and send it on – every voice counts for those who have no voice.
 
 
08/24/12
Well, it’s been a busy and bizarre week and a half.  The corral trap set up at Brown Elementary school last weekend was removed.  Thank you to those who contacted the Washoe County School District.  The on-going issue being repeated across the Virginia Range hillside is that people are feeding the horses which encourages them to stay near homes, on roads, and in this case on school property.  Just a few days after the trap was removed, someone dumped a bunch of hay on the school grounds again.  So far, the horses seem to be staying away from the school. 
 
Last Friday morning at 6:15 am I received a call from Betsy, one of our Board members, who spotted another corral trap on Clean Water Way and there were 11 horses in it.  The Brand Inspector, was on-site and said that he had picked up “several” horses the previous day.  We believe he picked up 18 horses total, 3-4 babies and the rest adults.   Again, “people have been complaining” was the reason for the pick up and involved apples being left at the roadside causing the horses to congregate along the side of the road.  We are kicking into gear to raise money to purchase these horses, however a much more serious problem is placing them!!!!  It is getting much harder to find homes for horses which means they must be placed in boarding situations – all costing lots of money.  Please spread the word that we need to find homes for these innocent creatures. 
 
Great news in the Stagecoach development next to Damonte Ranch High School – the developer is putting up more fencing, scheduled to be installed in about 2 weeks.  Horses are popping out of that community like popcorn.  Thanks so much to Jane and Doug for your reports about the whereabouts of the horses!!!  And thank you to Mary Ann and Tom and Mona for moving these horses on a daily basis  - hopefully they’ll be plugged up shortly!!
  
Opportunities – spread the word NOT to feed the horses; help us raise money to help the horses; help us find homes for lots of horses; want to work on our annual fund raising silent auction and dinner?; interested in helping to move horses, especially in Damonte Ranch?; take pictures of and identify all the horses;  help us make a youtube video.
 
 
YOUTUBE video - Enjoy!
 
We invite you to use this link to view our first 'youtube' video highlighting photos of many of our wild ones in their natural habitat. All photos were provided by our volunteers.
 
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