For Immediate Release: 19/09/2018
CANA Helps to Save One Hundred Plus Spanish Mustangs of the Cayuse Ranch in Wyoming.
It takes a dedicated and focused group of warriors to save some of Americas last remaining Spanish Mustangs! Together a group of private citizens and a few amazing horse preservation groups pulled this mission off seamlessly.
About the Herd:
The Cayuse Ranch founded in 1957 has for decades been home to some of the original blood-lines from the Spanish Mustangs. In 2016 the Brislawn family lost their father and founder, leaving his beloved herd of Spanish Mustangs to his family to care for. The task was overwhelming for the family and they realized that soon the horses would need relocation. In 2017 the ranch was sold, and the horses quickly needed a new place to call home.
Adam Edwards of PaHa Ponies and The Spanish Mustang Foundation worked tirelessly to help the family with the monumental task of rehoming this special herd throughout 2017, yet in early 2018 the task was still incomplete. That is when the group of rescues teamed up with Cayuse Ranch and PaHa ponies to save this herd.
The collaborative team of preservationists:
Return to Freedom, The Spanish Mustang Foundation, Cana Foundation, Reach Out to Horses, Cranio-Connection and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch came together to bring this herd to a sanctuary in CA. Relocating an entire herd of Mustangs from the range is a monumental undertaking and every single member of this focused group did all they could to make it possible.
There were two women that drove from Longmont, CO to Hulett, WY multiple times to bring some of the horses to Denver for training and forever homes. After the initial trips these two amazing women saw how huge the task was and realized quickly that one man (Adam Edwards) on the ground with the herd wasn’t enough. So, Lorraine Campbell and Kelly Moore continued to make multiple trips, trailer in tow to Wyoming offering more hands-on helpers to sort and move the horses.
Where the mission stands today
After two years of effort, this small group of dedicated people managed to move a large number of the Cayuse Ranch Herd of Spanish Mustangs to CA and place them in a forever sanctuary with Neda DeMayoe and Return to Freedom. While the horses have been moved as of 12/8/2018, there are many outstanding expenses that we are seeking funding for. Keep in mind that this operation was lean on funds and huge on passion, the bills must be paid.
Donations are being accepted through Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, a 501(c)3 charity in Littleton, CO www.zumasrescueranch.com/general-donations
More about the players in this mission:
The Cayuse Ranch:
The Cayuse Ranch was the first mustang preservation effort in the US. They were hell bent on preserving the often thought extinct, rugged old Indian pony: the Spanish Mustang. Historically speaking, these horses are incredibly important. They are the last remnants of the mustang that was here before the westward migration of the United States. How do we know this? There is a paper trail. All these horses that were found are proven, pure old stock and type and have been cataloged in the Spanish Mustang Registry.
Paha Ponies- Adam Edwards:
Believe that the horse was put here to help humans evolve in the best possible way. In the past, horses have helped us during war, provided transportation, and supported our agricultural pursuits. Now they are here to help us spiritually evolve as a species. In a time when we need to embrace and protect the natural world, we need a guide that is as close to nature as possible. There is no better conduit to nature than the Spanish Mustang. This is the most natural horse available to the human. There has been little human interference in their evolution for the past 500 years on this continent, which has resulted in an incredibly smart, herd driven animal. The Spanish Mustang is truly a magical horse.
The Spanish Mustang Foundation: Doug Lanham
The Spanish Mustang Foundation is comprised of volunteers who exercise overall responsibility for the Spanish Mustang Foundation governance. This dedicated group of people are focused solely on the preservation of these heritage blood lines of the Spanish Mustang breed.
Return to Freedom: Neda Demayo
Return to Freedom is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Lompoc, CA. Neda Demayo has long been an advocate for our nation’s equine heritage so that we may keep our wild horses and burros safe and cared for. The backbone of this organization is protection, education, legislation and conservation for America’s Mustangs.
The CANA Foundation: Manda Kalimian
CANA Foundation is a 501(c)3 New York-based rewilding organization.
CANA Foundation’s re-wilding initiatives foster community empowerment, land conservation and the sustainable management and preservation of America’s wild horse populations.
CANA Foundation rescues, re-wilds, and re-homes wild horses in order to improve their quality of life and ensure that they can live with dignity in a protected habitat, free from the risk of slaughter and out of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities.
These initiatives simultaneously provide humanitarian incentives to the communities that welcome them home, while also empowering those with the knowledge and understanding of natural law and the original creation to become rightful stewards once again.
Reach Out to Horses- Anna Twinney:
Anna Twinney is the founder of Reach Out to Horses®, based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado. As an internationally respected Natural Horsemanship Clinician and Trainer, Animal Communicator and Reiki Master she travels the world teaching the art of creating a trust-based partnership between Humans, Horses and all Animal Companions. She has conducted clinics, classes and training sessions in Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, and New Zealand and throughout the entire United States.
Anna’s dream is to take the Reach Out to Horses® program around the world, especially to Third World countries, to make a difference in the lives of the working horses and people who don’t have access to these ground-breaking methods.
CranioConnection- Tracy Vroom
The CranioConnection, founded by Tracy Vroom has been providing complementary healing and performance solutions specializing in horses and dogs for 20 years. Having grown up on a farm with many species of animals, Tracy’s passion for them came naturally. Today Tracy is the owner of Rocky Mountain School of Massage and Acupressure in addition to CranioConnection, both providing healing for animals throughout the US.
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch- Jodi and Paul Messenich
Our organization is named in honor of the first horse our founders, The Messenich Family, purchased together nearly 20 years ago. Zuma was a bright spirit – a truly once in a lifetime horse who forever changed the hearts and minds of some very experienced professional horse people. By partnering those in need so that they may in turn rescue each other, we honor Zuma’s legacy. Serving the community since 2008, the mission of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch is to foster an environment of healing by pairing rescued horses with at-risk youth in mutually therapeutic programs.