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Equestrian Living Readers Vote EQUUS Foundation as Favorite Equine Charity

“There’s no better way to kick off our 20th Anniversary than being voted the favorite equine charity in 2022 by the readers of Equestrian Living,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. Read the feature story in the November-December issue of Equestrian Living here.

The EQUUS Foundation was born from love of the equestrian sport and the need to provide care to horses after their sport careers are over. The EQUUS Foundation awarded its first grants in 2003 to seven equine charities based in Connecticut and the metropolitan New York area.

Now, in its 20th year, the EQUUS Foundation supports 150 equine charities nationwide and is undertaking its most ambitious campaign in its 20-year history. “We’ve set the bar to raise $2 million to double our support of equine charities across the United States and to double our endowment to ensure that America’s horses are protected now and in the future,” said Coakley. Read more about our plans to celebrate our 20th Anniversary here.

Horses bring joy to millions of people, and help make those with the deepest of wounds whole again, but tens of thousands of horses are abused, neglected, and shipped across our borders for slaughter each year. NO HORSES should be subjected to the inhumane fate that awaits them – especially because there are solutions within our reach.

The EQUUS Foundation would like to express its appreciation to the readers of Equestrian Living for voting for the EQUUS Foundation as their favorite equine charity for 2022 and for featuring our story in the November-December 2022 issue.

To learn more about the EQUUS Foundation and their mission, please visit www.equusfoundation.org.

‘Just Doing My Job’ – A Bureau of Land Management Excuse for Mismanaging Wild Horses

Photo from NBC News video shows BLM contractor abusing a burro during BLM managed roundup.

History is replete with examples of people and agencies causing great harm or that have been caught in the act of some form of wrongdoing, only to offer the excuse, “I was just doing my job…”

On 16 March 1968, First Lieutenant William L. “Rusty” Calley, Jr., and his platoon murdered at least 300 Vietnamese civilians (and perhaps as many as 500) at a small South Vietnamese sub-hamlet called My Lai.

The excuse offered to the military court in regard to that massacre was “I was only following orders.”

Is it ever acceptable for Government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management (‘BLM’) and the U.S. Forest Service (‘USFS’) or their employees, to engage in wrongdoing as a function of ‘just doing their job’?

Are employees of Government agencies required to follow directives from their superiors even when such directives are highly questionable or fly in the face of common sense, logic, and established policies and law?

Is it reasonable for the BLM and USFS to willfully ignore the best available science that would lead to a more honest, humane, and ecologically appropriate wild horse management model?

Is it fair to American taxpayers for the BLM to knowingly waste over $100 million annually in taxpayer funds mismanaging wild horses when there exists a far more cost-effective and humane method for managing native species wild horses in America?

History teaches many lessons for those who ask the right questions.

Read full article HERE.

Preventing Wildfire with the Wild Horse Fire Brigade

Like a growing number of people in the American West, naturalist William Simpson is intimately familiar with wildfire. He lives in California’s rural Siskiyou County where overgrown grass and brush routinely fuel hot-burning and deadly wildfires. This year, the McKinney fire killed four people and burned more than 60,000 acres.

But it was a wildfire four years ago that posed the greatest risk to Simpson’s home. The 2018 Klamathon Fire burned uncontained for 16 days, sending giant flames toward Simpson’s property.

“The fire just came right up over that ridge,” Simpson tells NPR during a visit to his property. “[It] burned all the trees and destroyed all that conifer forest up there.”

Yet Simpson’s land and much of the local community remained safe. He credits the community’s Wild Horse Fire Brigade.

“It started getting into the area where our local herd of wild horses had reduced the fuel… large areas that were grazed open became safe zones for Cal Fire personnel and equipment that were stationed in front of the fire,” Simpson says. “These horses helped mitigate the Klamathon Fire.”

This local herd is the collective poster child for Simpson’s proposal to re-wild horses rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and placed in government holding facilities.

The Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act

The BLM is charged with managing the nation’s wild horses under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Congress passed it to protect America’s wild horses and burros that had been hunted to near extinction. Whenever the BLM determines there are too many horses in a given area, it can order helicopter roundups.

But the roundup is controversial. BLM helicopters sometimes swoop down above frightened wild horses, chasing them, sometimes for miles, until they’re funneled into traps on the range.

Read more here.

Also please visit www.wildhorsefirebrigade.org.

by Stephanie O’Neill, NPR

EQUUS Film & Arts Festival Officially Selects New Music Video ‘We Are the Wild Horses’

California wild horse and burro nonprofit Wild Horse Fire Brigade has produced a new music video for wild horses featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Ginalina

YREKA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com — An emotionally powerful music video about wild horses has just been honored by the 2022 EQUUS Film & Arts Festival. This new music video, titled ‘We Are the Wild Horses’, produced by California nonprofit Wild Horse Fire Brigade, has been officially selected by the 2022 EQUUS Film & Arts Festival and will be premiered during the 10th annual EQUUS Film & Arts Festival in Sacramento California.

The EQUUS Film & Arts Festival will be held in Sacramento California and will run from December 2 through December 4th, 2022. Tickets for this event are available online at the Festival website.

The music video ‘We Are the Wild Horses’ is based upon actual events. It tells the story of a young poet-musician (Ginalina) who, upon learning about wild horses, their lives, and their plight after visiting the website of Wild Horse Fire Brigade, was compelled to compose a song about wild horses.

This was the beginning of her odyssey of discovery, which led her to travel over 2,000 miles and into the rugged wilderness of the Cascade Siskiyou mountains on the Oregon-California border in search of wild horses and the truth of their existence.

Upon reaching the wilderness and the wild horse observation station known as Wild Horse Ranch, Ginalina met wild horse ethologists William E. Simpson II and Michelle Gough, who are engaged in a continuous ongoing study of the behavioral ecology of free-roaming wild horses that was started in 2014 by Simpson.

“Uniquely in the study of any wildlife, Simpson has lived among the free-roaming wild horses as an embedded observer for the past 8 years. Simpson has coined the study method he uses as the ‘Goodall Method’ in honor of Dr. Jane Goodall, who pioneered the method of being an embedded observer during her study of the apes in Gombe Africa in the early 1960s,” said Deb Ferns, President of Wild Horse Fire Brigade.

Filming on location in the wilderness with Simpson and Gough presented many interesting challenges. “When some of the talent are wildlife, in this case wild horses, capturing the desired imagery is a tough assignment,” said Gough.

Interview: The making of the new music video ‘We Are the Wild Horses’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMVfBBhj6SA.

For more information, visit: https://www.WildHorseFireBrigade.org.

For more information about Ginalina Music, visit: https://www.ginalinamusic.com.

Information about 2022 EQUUS Film & Arts Festival can be found at these websites:
1) https://filmfreeway.com/EQUUSFilmFestival
2) https://www.equusfilmfestival.net/

An Update on the Pokegama Herd from American Wild Horse Campaign

Due to legal actions taken by the legal team for Wild Horse Fire Brigade at Vermont Law, led by our legal advisor, Professor-Litigator Michael Harris, the DOJ attorney had the BLM in Klamath Falls Oregon temporarily stop the bait and trap at and around the Pokegama HMA on Oct 4th, to give time for the DOJ to consider our lawsuit and potentially file a reply to our legal action filed in Federal Court in Washington D.C.

The press release below cites the lawsuit brought against the BLM by Wild Horse Fire Brigade’s legal team at Vermont Law:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/596270269/vermont-law-and-graduate-school-files-motion-for-preliminary-injunction-in-federal-court-to-stop-blm-wild-horse-roundup

Now, here comes the American Wild Horse Campaign (‘AWHC’) who sends out an article making it seem like they are somehow involved in stopping the Pokegama roundup, arguably to grift donations via a donation button at the bottom of their article page for simply citing already published news, but actually doing nothing to help in any way: they are not litigating, they have not contributed a dime; they are just watching, just like when they boasted about watching nearly 1,000 mustangs go to slaughter via their so-called ‘investigation’.

This is akin to offering just a part of the total $25,000 reward for the murderers of the Alpine horses.

AWHC full well knows that on average, only about 17% of such rewards are ever claimed. So they get lots of press and limelight for probably not having to fork out a dime.

It’s schemes like these that bring in lots of donations with little money spent that builds massive multi-million-dollar bank accounts funded by good-hearted donations to these BIG nonprofits. HSUS, for instance, has over $100 million in donations sitting in their bank account, while millions of dogs, cats, and other animals suffer and die.

Wild Horse Fire Brigade is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We walk the talk.

FACTS:

*Wild Horse Fire Brigade is the only Wild Horse nonprofit that has team members living full time among and studying the free roaming wild horses in the balanced ecosystem of a wilderness area.

*The founder (William Simpson) has been living among and studying wild horses in wilderness full time since 2014.

Wild Horse Fire Brigade is the ONLY organization that filed a lawsuit to stop the BLM Pokegama bait and trap roundup.

The fakery of feigning some kind of involvement with the Pokegama roundup by AWHC is consistent with the last misleading social media post by AWHC crafted to create the impression that Gandhi endorsed them, which he never did.

Here are some things that American Wild Horse Campaign can take credit for:

1. Sitting on millions in their bank account while boasting of their ‘investigation’ that, according to them, showed nearly 1,000 mustangs going to slaughter, as they failed to rescue them from the slaughter auctions.

The average sale price for a mustang at the slaughter auction is about $125/horse. Their last IRS 990 shows they are sitting on over $2 million in donations.

Using just $125,000 (6% of their cash on hand), they could have saved ALL of those mustangs, and then, using $500,000 more, they could have bought some remote grazing lands and rewilded those mustangs, which are now likely in pet food cans at a Mexican-based pet food cannery.

2. Helping the BLM eradicate wild horses from the landscape via supporting a key tactic (using genetic poison) included in the sinister PATH FORWARD: roundups plus genetic molestation via castration of stallions (lost genetics) and chemical treatments of mares with PZP & GonaCon — both are genetic poison, are known toxins, and further result in Genetic Erosion.

Stalking and shooting wild horses with high-powered gas-powered firearms that shoot heavy darts filled with genetic poison PZP is ‘harassment’ and is a violation of the Intent of the 1971 Act to protect wild horses.

The EPA labeling for PZP cites it as a toxin. It also uses ‘disclaimer’ language (terms) like ‘we assume’ and ‘we believe’, and that’s because HSUS arguably got them to waive all the normally required safety studies. So, since there are no studies to cite, the EPA instead uses disclaimers.

The EPA label also suggests there are ‘indirect’ toxic effects for both aquatic and terrestrial threatened and endangered species in areas where PZP is used; a chart of those species is also listed in the EPA labeling.

So, with due consideration to what the EPA labeling was required to state, how reckless is it to shoot that dangerous toxin into any wild animal, let alone our noble and precious American wild horses?

The damage to wild horses via PZP promotion and use doesn’t stop with just genetic poisoning; there’s more!

These two EIN NEWS Press Release cites the other serious issues:

a) https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/550887360/wild-horses-wild-horse-management-non-profit-organizations-wrong-chemical-use-on-wildlife-populations-flawed

b) https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/543923114/can-wild-horse-non-profit-advocates-save-america-s-wild-horses-by-drugging-them

3. Paying themselves handsomely as they live in the lap of luxury, even as they watch their own media showing wild horses being abused in every way.

This EIN NEWS press release cites the questionable behavior of American Wild Horse Campaign:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/553798287/american-wild-horse-campaign-got-it-wrong-wild-horses-paying-the-price

As we can all now appreciate, American Wild Horse Campaign was so busy heaping praises and kissing the backside of Deb Haaland to get into her good graces, arguably for some of the $48 million in PZP/GonaCon grant money, they didn’t care about her actual agenda for American wild horses.

Hindsight is 20/20, and if advocates cannot start learning from history, then wild horses in America are DOOMED!

Wild Horse Fire Brigade has a credible, natural, cost-effective plan for our government and local authorities to start managing wild horses in manner consistent with the fact that they are keystone herbivores, and with their status as the foundation stones upon which this country was built, and as the native sentient beings that they are.

Wild horses have earned and deserve our utmost respect and support, without compromises!

Our organization may be small, but we truly represent the wild ones, as advocates who literally live among them.

Since we live among them, visit with them daily, and share breath with them, we are inspired by them and informed directly by THEM, the wild ones! That is the essence of the discipline of being an ethologist… in this case, learning directly from the free-roaming wild horses in a natural ecosystem/wilderness as we do.

We do need funding… and urgently.  We need to execute the tactics to implement our solution ASAP!

We are doing all that we can, and smartly applying the little money we do have available.

We have already saved 32 wild horses at risk by rewilding them into Our Herd, and they are now living naturally and happily so.

We are an all-volunteer organization, unlike the big dollar gold plated orgs. like American Wild Horse Campaign, who arguably have a conflict of interest in their mission, because a genuine holistic solution for wild horses, which ends their plight, also ends the need for AWHC and their bloated organization.

In contrast, Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a California-based 501(c)(3)organization, uses all the money we get on working to save wild horses using intelligent strategies for natural conservation, using a multiple of tools, including a focus on educational outreach of our plan to legislators and the public, explaining our research and supporting science, and how we can humanely and cost-effectively rewild and relocate wild horses away from pathetic government holding and away from areas where they are in conflict and subjected to extreme prejudice and grave risk via barbarians.

We can do this with proper financial support.

Please visit our website where we have a ‘Chip In’ button. We accept credit and debit cards or PayPal: https://www.wildhorsefirebrigade.org/chip-in.

Alternatively, we can also accept checks made out and sent to:

Wild Horse Fire Brigade
404 S. Main Street – #162
Yreka, CA  96097

Best Regards,
William E. Simpson II, wild horse ethologist
Founder/Executive Director:  Wild Horse Fire Brigade

Kent Farrington and Orafina Finesse $139k Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*

Kent Farrington and Orafina ©Lisa Thomas Dufresne for TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – October 22, 2022 – Kent Farrington (USA) and Kent Farrington LLC’s Orafina were victorious in the $139,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* with a time of 39.06 seconds. Luiz Francisco De Azevedo (BRA) and Eurohorse BVBA’s Nashville (Diamant De Semilly x Darco), the 2013 Belgian Warmblood gelding, took the second place position with a time of 39.39 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Maria Gabriela Brugal Gasso (DOM) and BG Stables LLC’s J’Adore Flamenco, the 2012 Anglo-Arab gelding (Je T’aime Flamenco x Corofino 2), with a time of 41.69 seconds.

Thirty-three entries contested Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) course, with seven pairs advancing to the short course. Farrington and the 2012 Dutch Warmblood mare Orafina (For Fashion x Canturo) were able to produce a round that couldn’t be bested, despite some communication issues in the first round, he recapped.

“I tried a new bridle today. It felt great in the practice class, and then as soon as I went over number one, I knew that I was in trouble and it was going to be a long way around the ring. We managed to get through the first round, and then I changed the equipment a little bit for the jump off, and it was so much better.

“She’s an incredible horse,” Farrington described. “She’s lightning fast and she’s unbelievably careful. The hardest part is just the control, so that’s my limitation right now. If I can get the control, I think she will be a top horse in the world. Right now I’m still managing the controls, so I have been moving up and down in my classes. We’ll see how far I get, but on days when she’s good, it feels great.”

Orafina and Farrington have been quite a winning combination, currently ranking 6th in the FEI World Rankings as a pair. “I got her from Leon Thijssen. I’ve done business with him for over 20 years. He said, ‘I think this horse could be great, but she is very difficult, and she needs a particular ride and will be hard to train. But if you can make her go well, I think she can be exceptional.'”

Farrington has competed at TIEC consistently for the past few years, saying, “The facility here is great, especially with the upgraded footing a couple years ago. In terms of a showjumping venue, I think it’s great.”

Leading Lady Maria Gabriela Brugal Gasso was given the Leading Lady Award, presented by Marthaler Jewelers, as the highest-placing female rider in the Grand Prix. With a young – and somewhat nervous – horse beneath her, Brugal Gasso was thrilled to reach the podium and even more overwhelmed at the gift she received from the presenting sponsors.

“I have no words. I don’t know what to say! I’m just very thankful,” Brugal Gasso emphasized. “In my eyes, my horse was the best one in there. We gave it our best shot. And today, it was good enough for a lot of things. This is his last show of the season, so I think he knew it mattered. I love my horse!”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Team Bronze for Hamilcar Interagro and Malin Morén at 2022 South American Games

Malin Morén and Hamilcar Interagro (Photo by Cora Causemann)

Asunción, Paraguay (October 21, 2022) – Hamilcar Interagro and Uruguay’s Malin Morén delivered exceptional tests at the Prix St. Georges and intermediaire I level during the 2022 South American Games, held October 1-15 in Asunción, Paraguay, to help earn Team Bronze. Along with teammates Agustina Bravo, Guillermina Birenbaum, and Carolin Mallmann, Morén and Hamilcar Interagro (Bungo Interagro x Tiffany Interagro) posted a score of 126.589 to take Bronze. As a precursor to the 2023 Pan American Games set to be held next fall in Santiago, Chile, these Games once again prove the mettle of the Interagro Lusitano on the world’s stage.

Bred in Itapira, São Paulo, Brazil on the tropical breeding and training center of Interagro Lusitanos, Hamilcar Interagro was sold by Interagro as a yearling in 2012. His lineage includes Ofensor (MV), arguably the most influential and iconic modern Lusitano stallion, Novilheiro (MV), and Yacht (SA). Hamilcar sire, Bungo Interagro, competed through the international FEI level in dressage, and boasted spectacular movement and conformation. Hamilcar Interagro clearly inherited his sire’s talent for dressage, and with Morén in the irons the pair danced their way through the Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire I, and Intermediaire I Freestyle in Paraguay. Their freestyle featured upbeat music by Ed Sheeran and earned scores as high as 72% from individual judges on the panel.

“Hamilcar Interagro is the most wonderful horse to ride,” said Morén. “His gaits are fantastic, especially his extended trot and collected work. It’s been very easy for him to learn new things and to quickly advance to higher levels in dressage. He is the perfect companion on the show grounds. I think he knows how beautiful he is and loves getting applause from the audience. In Odesur 2022, he proved that he is ready for the bigger competitions. He is a very special horse with a big heart and a mind made to compete!”

For more information on Interagro Lusitanos, Interagro’s horses for sale, or the Lusitano bloodlines, visit Interagro’s website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.

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Micaela Mabragana Earns CDI3* Grand Prix Special Win at Dressage at Devon

Micaela Mabragana and Diamond Rosso.

Alice Tarjan Wins CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Devon, Pa. – Oct. 1, 2022 – Dressage at Devon’s pinnacle classes of the week, the CDI3* Grand Prix Special, presented by BioStar Whole Food Supplements, and the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Kingsview Partners, were highlighted in the Dixon Oval on Saturday evening. Ready for a night of musical freestyle performances in the electric atmosphere of the Dixon Oval, competitors and spectators reconvened for the evening session of FEI competition, seeing Micaela Mabragana and Alice Tarjan once again earn top placings, this time in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special and CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle.

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Shannon Dueck Takes Home CDI1* Intermediate I Win; Camille Carier Bergeron Clinches FEI U25 Grand Prix with Sound of Silence 4

Performance competition continued at Dressage at Devon 2022 on Saturday morning, with energy still high from the festivities of the night before. Featuring the Junior, Young Rider, and Intermediate I tests for CDI1*, CDI3*, and Amateur competitors prior to another exciting evening of special exhibitions, parties, and FEI Grand Prix competition, the historic show’s top competition continued over the weekend.

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Emma Miller
em@phelpsmediagroup.com

Daniel Schneiders the Best in Four-in-Hand Marathon at Baborówko Driving Show 2022

Marek Baryłko. M&R Photo.

Baborówko, September 3, 2022 – Day 2 of Baborówko Driving Show 2022 is already behind us. The athletes had to conquer the Section A, at the length of about 6 kilometers, and the B Section of marathon obstacles, measuring almost 9 kilometres. The key was speed, precision, and accuracy.

In the four-in-hand, for the trophy of BADIX, the best one was Austria’s Daniel Schneiders driving DANCINGSTAR, ENRIQUE H, GHANDI, and FANNO. Second went to the world ranking leader Boyd Exell (AUS) with CELVIRO, CHECKMATE, HERO, and IVOR.

“We were considering our performance at the World Cup 2.5 weeks from now, so we tried to go smooth and fast without taking any risks. And the course here is great. An amazing audience and organization of the competition together with the patron of the event, who did everything to make us feel good here. We would very much like to come back next year,” said Boyd Exell.

Third place went to Markus Stottmeister (GER). The best Polish athlete was Piotr Mazure, who finished 5th with BANKIER, BLIZARD, ERAZMUS, and SANTORINI.

In the pairs competition, for the trophy of Kuhn, the fastest one was Poland’s Marek Baryłko with JUP LIBERATOR and JISKEFET. Second place went to his compatriot Szymon John with NICO and FAVORY FONIX, and third to Rens Egberink (NED) with KULANO and JEAMON VAN DE MARTHA HOEVE TEXEL.

Livestream prepared by Świat Koni is available at www.equestrian.baborowko.pl.

More information can be found at: www.equestrian.baborowko.pl.

New Pony Book Series by #1 Best-selling Author Elaine Heney Helps Children Fall in Love with Books

A series of pony books for children aged 8 and over by the #1 best-selling author Elaine Heney has shot to the top of the Amazon best-selling charts in the USA, UK & Canada.

These charming Connemara pony books follow the lives of 12-year-old Clodagh and her pony Ozzie.  In the Forgotten Horse, the first book in the series, Clodagh’s life changes dramatically when a mysterious grey Connemara pony called ‘Ozzie’ appears in the paddock by her home. Charged with caring for him by the local manor’s owner, she quickly befriends him. But what will happen when his absent owner unexpectedly reappears and sells him to a riding school with a very bad reputation? Can Clodagh save her new pony friend? Or does she have to say goodbye to Ozzie forever?

These wholesome and heart-warming books are capturing the imagination of children all over the world, and helping them to put down their digital devices and start reading books again – much to the delight of their parents! You can find these books at www.writtenbyelaine.com.

Elaine Heney is the #1 best-selling equestrian author, award-winning filmmaker, director of Grey Pony Films, and creator of the Listening to the Horse™ documentary. She has helped over 120,000 horse owners in 113 countries to create great relationships with their horses. Learn more at www.greyponyfilms.com.