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A CELEBRATION OF WILD HORSES THROUGH ART AND MUSIC

Press Release from The Cloud Foundation

Honoring Living Symbols of the Spirit of the West

Ginger filming Cloud and Family, May 2014 ~ photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Ginger filming Cloud and Family, May 2014 ~ photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 17, 2014) –  TheCelebration of Wild Horses through Art and Music, a month-long juried art exhibit featuring the work of nationally recognized will be at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO., August 1 – 31, 2014.  The opening reception August 2 will feature presentations by filmmaker Ginger Kathrens and Opus Moon, Cindy and Bill Loos’ musical journey into the world of wild horses.

The Celebration continues when Ginger Kathrens presents a free screening of “Cloud: The Challenge of the Stallions” at the Tim Gill Center for Public Communication August 6, 2014, 315 East Costilla, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

When a new-born pale palomino colt tottered from the trees in front of her camera, Ginger Kathrens, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF), never realized the life-changing impact wild horses would have on her life. Since that eventful day in 1995, she has dedicated much of her life to advocating for wild horse freedom. Her films about Cloud air on PBS’ Nature series and represent the only continuous documentation of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere. Ginger’s chronicles of Cloud have been compared to Jane Goodall‘s work with chimpanzees in Africa. Thanks to Ginger’s tireless efforts, today Cloud roams free in his Montana mountain home with his family and herd.  But thousands of other wild horses are not so lucky.

“When I look at our public lands I don’t just see wild horses – I see a rich tapestry of life.  There is plenty of room for all the wild creatures if they are managed in a way that prioritizes preservation over private economic gains,” says Kathrens.  “The abundance and diversity of wildlife on our public lands belongs to the American public, and should be preserved for everyone’s enjoyment.”

However, few people have the opportunity to see these magnificent animals in their natural landscape.  By exhibiting art that depicts the spirit of wild horses, we hope to give the public a better understanding of a national treasure in peril.

The Cloud Foundation’s mission is to protect wild horses and burros on our public lands. We embrace a philosophy of education and collaboration in working toward positive solutions for wild horses and burros.  Over the years we have worked with the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service and other government agencies in hopes of creating a formula for protecting and managing wild horses and burros in a sustainable way that creates a healthier ecosystem not only for the horses but for all wildlife species and the rangeland as well.

Funds raised will help TCF continue ongoing work to educate the public, document and monitor the remaining wild horse herds on public lands, and to be a voice for of these voice-less and elegant symbols of freedom.

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  1. Carol I so admire your work. I think between your images and Ginger’s–that was what moved me in 2010 to visit Cloud. In a month I’m going back! I’ll be with someone who knows all the horses and relationships–so I can make sense of it all! I’m so excited!

    Cloud when I first saw him walked across this little meadow we were at. He was like “oh new people!”. As quickly as walked to greet us he moved off to be a horse!

    Bolder never let us get anyway near that day.

    Breeze (who is now with Rachel Reeves)was super busy nursing! She was about three weeks old. It crushed me when BLM took her. But Rachel assures me that Breeze is safe for her whole life.

    There was a cute yearling colt. His stripe came down to his nostrils and split going to either one. He was SO brave! He approached Cloud, and sniffed under him just like dogs do! Cloud was like ok. Cloud NEVER got mad or irritated. He sent the little one on his way with gentle chewing on his withers. My pics show Cloud’s teeth but he never bit or drew blood.

    A couple months after my visit is when the FS put that stoopid fence up. I wish the horses would band together and kick the darn thing down. Like call a truce to everyone challenging each other for mares (think time out), kick and kick the thing down. Then everyone has a couple minutes to get back with their families and life continues on!

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