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Release Date: 02/23/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM High Desert District Wild Horse Drawing Winners Announced

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is pleased to announce Aislyn Pecolar, Domanik Gunyan and Rachel Shiler are the first, second, and third place winners of the wild horse drawing contest.  

The winners were announced Tuesday, Feb. 21, during an awards ceremony at Westridge Elementary School, Rock Springs, Wyo. The ranking of winners was determined by the number of votes their drawings received. 

As first place winner, Aislyn Pecolar from Westridge Elementary School receives a $100 Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, which is accepted at most businesses in Sweetwater County. Pecolar’s family says she loves to draw. As second place winner, Domanik Gunyan from Desert View Elementary School receives a $75 Chamber gift certificate. Third place winner, Rachel Shiler, also from Westridge Elementary School, receives a $50 Chamber gift certificate. Shiler’s teacher says she spent a lot of time on her drawing.   

ADM Jodi Camrud and contest organizer Kathi Fine with winners.
Associate District Manager Jodi Camrud with drawing contest winners Domanik Gunyan, Rachel Shiler, Aislyn Pecolar, and Contest Organizer Kathi Fine.

Aislyn Pecolar’s first place drawing.
Aislyn Pecolar’s first place drawing.

Domanik Gunyan’s second place drawing.
Domanik Gunyan’s second place drawing.

Rachel Shiler's third place drawing.
Rachel Shiler's third place drawing. 

Sweetwater County School District #1 fourth graders submitted more than 85 drawings of their interpretation of a wild horse during the contest. The public voted for their favorite artwork. The contest was held in conjunction with the reopening of the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility on Jan. 26, when 310 students from Green River, Rock Springs, Eden and Farson, Wyo., toured the facility. Other reopening activities included a preview day for potential adopters to view available mustangs and an adoption event resulting in 24 wild horses being adopted. The contest also coincides with the Wyoming history curriculum. Some of the drawings refer to the “Gift of the Sacred Dog,” which is the Native American term for wild horses. 

To learn more about wild horses, visit: For more information contact Kathi Fine, 307-352-0292 or 1-866-4MUSTANGS.  

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District Office   280 Highway 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 02-23-2012