Congrats Ginger: Renowned Wild Horse Advocate Finally Appointed to BLM Board

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

“It’s a first and a long time in coming.  Internationally acclaimed cinematographer and wild horse advocate Ginger Katherns has finally been appointed to sit on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.  Ginger and other advocates have attempted to be a voice for the wild horses and burros in the past but have been inexplicably passed over, but not this round.  The BoD of Wild Horse Freedom Federation would like to express their congratulations to Ginger and sincerely hope that her sage advice will be listened to and acted upon by the other members of the board.  Job well done.” ~ R.T.


Source: BLM Press Release

BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

The Bureau of Land Management announced today the selections for three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  Ginger Kathrens of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been appointed for the category of humane advocacy; Ben Masters of Bozeman, Montana, has been appointed for the category of wildlife management; and Steven Yardley of Beaver, Utah, has been appointed for the category of livestock management.  Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.Ms. Kathrens is the Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public lands.  Kathrens is an Emmy award-winning creator of the acclaimed Public Broadcasting System series documenting the birth and life of a Pryor Mountains (Montana) wild stallion called “Cloud.”  Her first Cloud film was voted the most popular documentary in the 25-year history of the Nature series on PBS.  Kathrens is an honor graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a Master of Art’s degree in Mass Communications from Florida State University.

Mr. Masters, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fin & Fur Films, LLC is best known for his successful documentary Unbranded, an account of a 3,000-mile ride on wild horses that has raised awareness of the BLM’s adoption program and the myriad challenges facing public land managers.  Masters holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Yardley, Vice President of Yardley Cattle Company, is a public land rancher and private landowner who holds grazing permits from the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.  A graduate of Southern Utah University, Yardley has been active with the Future Farmers of America, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Southern Utah University’s Block and Bridle Club.  Currently, Mr. Yardley serves as Vice President of the Western Rangelands Conservation Association.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions.  (Information about the board can be found at:

Among its current efforts to strengthen the Wild Horse and Burro Program, the BLM has been moving forward with a population-growth suppression strategy consistent with recommendations of a National Academy of Sciences study issued in June 2013.  The agency’s new population growth-suppression research, representing an investment of approximately $11 million in 20 research projects over five years, will focus on (1) developing longer-lasting fertility-control agents; (2) evaluating the safety, feasibility, and effectiveness of spaying and neutering on-range wild horses; and (3) implementing better methods for estimating wild horse and burro populations.  To achieve those aims, the BLM is working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and five universities — the University of Kentucky, Oregon State University, Colorado State University, Ohio State University, and Louisiana State University.  Detailed information about each project has been posted on the agency’s Website (


  1. FINALLY! I just hope she gets a chance to actually make a difference. I’m betting it will be very stressful for her, but if anyone can help our WH&B – Ginger can!


  2. I’m so happy I could explode! I have meet Ginger personally and I must say that she is a woman of conviction and civility. She will be an important asset to the advisory board and will continue to champion the welfare of wild horses and burros. Her appointment couldn’t come at more important time. Congratulations Ginger Kathrens! 😀




  4. The BLM will discover it is beneficial for all to finally have someone on the Board who truly cares about managing our wild horses instead of the usual suspects with no meaningful input.


  5. I am dumbfounded!! How could they make such a “slip-up” ?? The board has never had such a wild horse advocate—simply amazing….And this in the wake of the field spaying debacle. I wish her all the luck in the world.

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  6. At last we have someone who genuinely cares about the wild ones instead of parroting the same old establishment propaganda. Now if we could only do the same with BLM staff and directors…

    Congrats Ginger!!


  7. This is good news, but sadly it remains only an Advisory Board so time will tell if any positive changes will be allowed any traction.


  8. Finally some good news!

    On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 7:21 AM, Straight from the Horses Heart wrote:

    > R.T. Fitch posted: ” “It’s a first and a long time in coming. > Internationally acclaimed cinematographer and wild horse advocate Ginger > Katherns has finally been appointed to sit on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro > Advisory Board. Ginger and other advocates have attempte” >


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