from the pages of trueCOWBOY magazine – Sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south the vast, untouched grass covered mountains and plains of Outer Mongolia have been and still are today the perfect setting and habitat for all things equine. It is here, half way around the globe, an emerging democratic country is turning the clock back in an effort to return to the wild an exquisite creature that was allowed to go extinct many decades ago; the prehistoric Takhi (Przewalski’s horse) of Outer Mongolia is making a comeback
It’s Sunday and time for a little respite from the fight; but today our story actually takes you to a small skirmish within the battle to save our wild horses and burros, a story right to the heart of the problem and the soul of those who are fighting the battle.
Coming in with a first place ribbon was wild horse advocate Terry Fitch’s photograph of “Dueling Band Stallions” capturing the top honors for the People’s Choice Amateur award. The photo was actually placed in fourth position by the judges in the category of “Extreme Action” but public demand and interest rocketed it to a solid first in “People’s Choice”. Dueling Band Stallions was shot last year in the Pryor Mountains of Montana where Fitch was visiting the herd of wild horse stallion “Cloud” made famous by Emmy award winning cinematographer Ginger Kathrens.