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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
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Release Date: 09/04/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis, Public Affairs Specialist, 970-244-3097    

Friends of the Mustangs Event to Feature Wild Horses from BLM’s Little Book Cliffs (9/4/2009)


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Mustang Open House scheduled for September 19 in Grand Junction will feature several horses adopted from the BLM Grand Junction’s Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range.

The event will be held at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on 25 Road and F ½ Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Owners of wild horses gathered in 2007 and at earlier wild horse gathers in Little Book Cliffs will be on hand with their horses.

“We’ll have several demonstrations that show just how trainable these horses can be,” said Beckie Diehl, a member of Friends of the Mustangs and owner of Wind Dancer, a mustang gathered from Little Book Cliffs in 2007. “This event will be a great day for anyone who loves horses, and anyone interested in finding out more about our wild horse range.”

“Events like this benefit the BLM by increasing the public’s knowledge about wild horses and their capabilities,” said Jim Dollerschell, wild horse and burro program specialist for the BLM Grand Junction Field Office. “This helps us when we have wild horse adoptions.”

For more information about the event, go to the Friends of the Mustangs website at www.friendsofthemustangs.org.

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range is one of only three designated ranges in the United States specifically set aside for wild horses. It is located eight miles northeast of Grand Junction, and encompasses more than 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus. As of August of this year, the range supports 130 horses.

Since the mid-1980s, Friends of the Mustangs and BLM have worked together to ensure that both the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range and the horses living there are kept healthy.

For more information on the BLM Wild Horse Program, go to http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/wild_horse_and_burro.html.

 



Editors: This event will offer excellent video and photo opportunities, including several riding and games presentations with former wild horses and their owners of all ages. Interviews with mustang owners prior to the event can be arranged by calling Erin Curtis, 970-244-3097.
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