Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wild Horse Tourism Stars on Bucket Lists
Wild Horses: Spirit of the West
|Photographer Mark Terrell with Kim Matthews, Reno-Tahoe International Airport |
Thousands of people rank "seeing wild
horses running free" #1 on their Bucket Lists.
That's why Wild horse tourism has been envisioned by many who see it as a way to save the West's mustangs.
Last year, when Nevada's wild horses were trucked to slaughter sales, Bonnie Matton of Wild Horse Preservation League grew tired of waiting.
A former dude ranch owner, Matton knew the thrill-power of horses and her enthusiasm was contagious.
|Susie Alexander with her "Endangered Spirits" mural |
Soon, Reno-Tahoe Airport's marketing coordinator, Kim Matthews was fired up with the idea of wild horses in the airport. Next, writers, artists and historians contributed ideas and Wild Horses: Spirit of the West was born.
The exhibit of words and art depicting Nevada's mustangs launched DepARTures, an oasis in one of the country's busiest airports.
|Dorothy Nylen, Wild Horse Preservation League president, praises stamina of wild horse advocates|
|Author Terri Farley can't stop talking about mustangs|
|Lacy J. Dalton and Willis Lamm sing LET 'EM RUN |
|Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki attended the opening of Wild Horses: Spirit of the West with his daughter Kate. Kate Krolicki lead the children's campaign to put wild horses on Nevada's state quarter. |
|New DepARTures Gallery features Phantom Stallion (HarperCollins) book cover art by Greg Call |
"Wild Horses: Spirit of the West" is on display until August.
Labels: DepARTures, Reno Tahoe International Airport, wild horses
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Terri Farley @ 11:02 PM
Fantastic and inspiring event and photographs.
Seeing our own USA wild horses is on my bucket list too. What can we do to make it happen?
I have loved horses and wild horses since I was tiny.
In Canadian on a pack trip through the Burnt Wilderness, my mate and I saw a band of wild horses. The stallions make huge pyramids of dung to warn other animals and humans. As the band of all bay colored ran straight at us, our trail horses happily turned and left.
Keep up the fantastic work you do.