We Ride Sport and Trail Magazine July 2016 - Page 29

directly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and specific Herd Management Areas will not only help alleviate the pressures on holding facilities, but also keep the wild ones running free on their native lands for generations to come. This is exactly what the Great Escape set out to accomplish. By offering support on and off the range, we are able to be an effective solution to the problem.

We now have an established collaborative working relationship with the BLM and the Sand Wash Herd Management Area, in Northwest Colorado. As an on the range project of GEMS, the Sand Wash Advocate Team (SWAT) volunteers work tirelessly to provide support in the form of herd documentation, fertility control, special range projects, promotion and education about Sand Wash Basin and most importantly, keeping Sand Wash wild.

Off the range, and at the sanctuary in Deer Trail, Colorado, we are home to American Mustangs, Spanish Mustangs, as an educational herd, and Burros, how can you not love those little long ears and want to help give them a voice as well? In addition, we have formed a unique partnership with BLM Colorado and the Mustang Heritage Foundation to find collaborative management solutions for wild horses and burros and to match animals with adopters. We just opened Colorado’s first “storefront” location where selected horses from the BLM’s facility in Cañon City, Colorado, can match with trainers from the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program.

Photo by Jeff English

Deer Trail, Colorado