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Release Date: 02/15/13
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM High Desert District Congratulates Wild Horse Drawing Winners

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is pleased to announce Delanie Messick, America Santos and Diego Angulo are the first, second, and third place winners of the wild horse drawing contest.  

The winners were announced Feb. 13 during an awards ceremony at Desert View Elementary School, Rock Springs, Wyo. where all the winners go to school. The ranking of winners was determined by the number of votes their drawings received. 

As first place winner, Delanie Messick receives a $100 Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce gift certificate donated by Daryl Fellbaum, owner of Marty’s Gastrol Pub and Grill in Rock Springs. Messick says her picture is of a wild horse in pretty clothes in its corral at sunset. As second place winner, America Santos receives a $75 Chamber gift certificate. Santos says her picture is of a wild horse one of her family members saw in Mexico. Third place winner, Diego Angulo receives a $50 Chamber gift certificate. Angulo says his horse drawing is surrounded by beautiful mountains. 

Sweetwater County School District #1 and #2 fourth graders submitted nearly 120 drawings of their interpretation of a wild horse during the contest. The contest is held in conjunction with the reopening of the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility which has been rescheduled for March 6-9. Nearly 350 students from Green River, Rock Springs, Eden and Farson, Wyo., will tour the facility. Other reopening activities include a preview day for potential adopters to view available mustangs and an adoption event March 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. 

To view pictures of the winners and their drawings, visit:

For more on the reopening of the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility, visit: or call Kathi Fine at 307-352-0292. 

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 Hwy 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 03-24-2014