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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
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Release Date: 05/24/13
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BLM Recognizes Wyoming Honor Farm for 25 Year Partnership


The 25-year partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming Honor Farm was celebrated at the May 22 meeting of the BLM Wyoming Resource Advisory Council in Riverton.

BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson presented the Honor Farm with a plaque to commemorate the successful partnership in which the Honor Farm trains wild horses gathered from Wyoming’s public lands and readies them for adoption.

“Thank you for 25 years of partnering with us,” said Simpson. “By training these horses, you are helping us manage wild horse populations on public lands.”

Simpson also emphasized the Honor Farm’s service to society through its inmate rehabilitation program, which helps transition men in a positive way back into society. “As the statue in front of the Honor Farm says, ‘There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.’ We’re happy to be a part of this partnership,” Simpson added.

“It’s been a win-win situation for the past 25 years,” agreed Honor Farm Ranch Manager Joe Crofts.

The Honor Farm and the BLM held their first adoption in 1988. Almost 70 adoptions later, approximately 3,500 wild horses have found new homes after beginning the gentling process with inmate trainers. Most recently, 19 horses and 3 burros were adopted at the May 18 adoption at the Honor Farm.

Honor Farm Training Supervisor Jeff Martin has found that the wild horse training program contributes to inmate rehabilitation and teaches important life lessons.

“We don’t want inmates to get out of prison,” Martin said. “We want them to stay out of prison and become law-abiding citizens and good neighbors.”

Two adoptions are held at the Honor Farm each year and the second will be August 30-31, 2013. In addition, Honor Farm saddle-started and halter-started wild horses will be showcased and available for adoption at Wyoming Mustang Days at the Wyoming State Fair, August 12-17.

Many adoptions are held throughout Wyoming each year. The complete adoption schedule can be found by visiting www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html. For more information about the Honor Farm, visit http://corrections.wy.gov/wildhorse/HorseHistory.html.

Hnonor Farm and BLM staff.
LtoR: BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson, Department of Corrections Director Bob Lampert, Honor Farm Training Supervisor Jeff Martin, Honor Farm Ranch Manager Joe Crofts, Honor Farm Assistant Warden Tony Thorton and BLM Wild Horse Specialist Scott Fluer.
             

Plaque received by Honor Farm.
This plaque was presented to the Wyoming Honor Farm for 25 years of partnering with the BLM.

         

Inmate gentles horse.
A Wyoming Honor Farm inmate gentles a wild horse that was gathered from the Fifteenmile Herd Management Area.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 05-24-2013