Take a Ride on the Wild Side

equine photos, Native American

November 10, 2019



If you do not walk with the animals, you will not know them – 

And what you do not know, you will fear –

And what you fear, you will destroy.

–Chief Dan George, Tsleil Waututh Nation


Last weekend I attended the annual fundraiser and training event at The Nokota Preserve, Chester Springs. Frank Kuntz, with The Nokota Conservancy, trailered out some new horses from the large herd in North Dakota. I love to meet the new horses, as I am captured by their wild, unbroken spirit. The new horses did not disappoint!

In addition to the many hours attendees spent training and connecting with the new horses, Blue Horse Theater performed as well! Their show shares the art of horsemanship through a dance performance and educational presentation on how to train a new equine partner for performance.

Saturday evening more than 100 people gathered for a fundraising event. It was incredible to be surrounded by so many who have a deep passion for saving our wild horses and the Nokota breed. Their great history must be taught, revered and protected. Funds were raised to purchase life-saving hay for the large herd in North Dakota. Their winters are long, cold and harsh and these wild horses rely on this hay to survive the winter.

It’s never too late to make a donation! If my images help you to connect with these incredible animals, I would urge you to visit The Nokota Preserve website and make a donation today. Saving our country’s wild horses and their history takes the work of many! These Nokota horses have a proud history among the Lakota Sioux Nation and the great Chief, Sitting Bull.

I hope you will take a few moments to take in the beauty of these wild horses and the wonderful weekend so many shared together to support them!


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