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Ginger Kathrens, Nominated to National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Source: The Cloud Foundation

Advisory Board Nominees R.T. Fitch and Ginger Kathrens speak at press conference during BLM Advisory Board meeting in March 2013 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Advisory Board Nominees R.T. Fitch and Ginger Kathrens speak at press conference during BLM Advisory Board meeting in March 2013 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

WASHINGTON, DC (August 20, 2013) – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) was nominated to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board position of  Public Interest (Equine Behavior) by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), with recommendations from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jim Moran (D-VA) and Eric Cantor (R-VA). The uncompensated board provides advice to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concerning the management, protection and control of wild free roaming horses and burros on public lands.

In her letter nominating Kathrens, Congresswoman Grisham said, “Ms. Kathrens understands the complexities of the issues surrounding wild horses. I have seen her continuously maintain the highest level of integrity, exercising sound judgment and developing creative solutions to problems that arise in this challenging area.   Her efforts to educate the public and foster strong relationships among all stakeholders have established her as a leader in this field.  She is known for her calm demeanor and balanced approach to complex issues, making her an ideal fit for this appointment.”

Congressman Grijalva stated, “Ms. Kathrens has the experience and background to help make policy changes a reality.  Her addition to the board will provide an important and experienced voice.Congressman Moran commented, “Ms Kathrens is one of the most highly qualified persons in the country to hold this position.”  He went on to say, “Kathrens has a proven track record of offering positive and constructive feedback to the Bureau of Land Management…

An Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor as well as award winning author, Kathrens’ resume includes nearly 20 years of documenting wild horses in the Pryor Mountains of Montana , and creation of The Cloud Series, for PBS’s “Nature” series. The first Cloud program was voted the most popular in the program’s 25 year history. Kathrens has a life-long fascination with wild animals and a sound foundation in agriculture and the challenges of making a living raising cattle.  These are qualities and sensibilities that allow her to understand the challenges the BLM faces in managing public lands and their multiple use mandate.  She is also an adopter and trainer of wild mustangs, and, through TCF, has rescued many Pryor mustangs and helped in finding them good homes.  Ginger is currently helping publicize the auction of The Badlands Horses scheduled for round up in September in Teddy Roosevelt National Park to insure that those historical horses do not end up in slaughter houses.

Of her nomination Kathrens said, “Many Americans don’t even know we have these incredible animals roaming free on public lands. Those that do, want them protected. If selected for this position I would try to represent the public’s wishes and give voice to our freedom-loving wild mustangs and the burros.”

Given the National Academy of Science recommendations to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, the Department of Interior would be taking positive steps toward fulfilling it’s promise to increase transparency and make good on its promise to more humane treatment of wild horses and burros if Kathrens is chosen. With Ginger Kathrens commitment to “on the range management” of wild horses and burros, her recommendations could also reduce the enormous annual BLM Wild Horse and Burro Budget which now exceeds $78 million, 70% of which goes to Roundups and Holding costs.

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    • Patricia Barlow -Irick is being nominated from New Mexico. She has a Doctorate in Equine Science and she trains mustangs from the Jicarilla Reservation, now bait trapped by BLM and previously bait trapped by Forest Service. She is one of our sage ladies here in the Southwest. No offense to anyone, she actually has a chance for this.


  1. Wow great news I have been waiting for this for a long time. It would be so amazing to actually have horse advocates on the board! There still is hope to turn this inhumane mess around.


  2. It is so difficult reading this now,,,,,,,all the grey letters and and words blend into the background…..there is too much important stuff here….can you, RT, fix this?…… makes it so hard to read…it is a strain to see what is written….and maybe people will pass over it instead of getting all this vital information,,,,,,thanks for all you do…golde


  3. I cannot let myself believe this will happen, but hope that the powers that will take a moment and see how vital your election or that of Ginger to the Board will be. The present Board, is trying, I suppose. And not saying you can, either of you, bring miracles to pass.

    But at least we can be sure no rash decisions will be passed on without the horse and burro best interest spoken to.


  4. This of great news also. Our side had got to load the BLM with advocates to make things at least better for the horses….and burros.


  5. The Wild Horse and Burro Board has always been a go between of no real consequence. I have no idea what anyone of us can do to affect BLM by being on the board. If we had our own citizens’ board in response to the BLM board I bet we might be heard a bit better. Would anyone actually be on the ‘inside’ by being on the board? Craig Downer will also be nominated if he has not already. Even if all of you were on there… the recommendations you make would still be going to BLM in DC and NV and they are not going to change their tune. Good luck all. We need new approaches and fresh attitudes and more real work funded. We may need miracles but they will only come from hard work and more voices.


  6. Ginger K, is one of the best to speak up for the wild horses & her lifetime experience….R.T. & Terry also… plus, there are so many other groups (which I know we all support)..This is very hopeful…. Do not ever give up!! All of the innocent ones who have no voice need us now…more than ever!!


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