We continue “Movie Week” with a Double Feature that even has a “movie trailer” before the features! We will move from “entertainment” to a piece where YOU can get involved in the ACTION! (Better than 3D!) PLEASE take a peek at ALL the “movies” to see the kind of work Wild Horse Education (WHE) does! WHE is very busy. Grab the bon bons, the peanuts or popcorn and sit with us for a bit…. lights….
Movie trailer! (a real movie trailer!)
Wild Horse Educations founder Laura Leigh meets and works with MANY different people that take the time to come to the range to gain information. After being in contact for several months with two young women working on a film project for school, the two came out to meet Leigh on the Range. The two women were Stephanie Martin and Tara Tucker. They came to Jackson Mountain…
Meeting Leigh at Jackson resulted in the two participating through witness Declarations in the Jackson Mountain legal action against BLM. At Jackson the BLM tried using a small area of “emergency” to expand their actions well beyond the scope of anything that resembled “justified action” and gained a TRO to running foals in JUNE in a non-emergent situation. READ CASE HERE>>>
One roundup wasn’t enough for Stephanie Martin. She returned to the range to document another roundup, this time in winter. She came to the Owyhee operation bringing her mom and at 5 1/2 months pregnant, her unborn daughter. READ OWYHEE CASE HERE>>>
At Owyhee Stephanie continue to interview Leigh extensively. This time however Stephanie brought with her a rough cut of the film. This is what Laura Leigh had to say, “The film is fiction, but it had my heart racing and tears falling within five minutes of the start of the piece. The experience is very real to that of a photographer. I have seen literally thousands and thousands of wild horses have freedom and family torn from them. Everyone should see this piece.”
“Again, I was able to help my friend Laura and participated in writing a statement in support of another Humane Care case brought forth against the BLM. On this particular trip, we unfortunately witnessed (among other atrocities) a band of horses being run into barbed wire fences by the BLM contractor, horses being run in freezing temperatures for hours on end and then loaded with hot prods onto trailers. In this way, the unborn Madeleine participated in two roundups before even being born. ” ~ Stephanie Martin, in a write up on her film “Wild Horses”
Synopsis of the film: Wild Horses tells the story of two generations of women who come face-to-face with the brutality common to the removal process of wild horses from public land in America. Mills, an up and coming celebrity photographer, has just returned to Nevada after her grandmother calls with news that the herd of horses that ran on land near their family’s home when Mills was a child faces government roundup.
In the course of an afternoon, cruelty, love and courage collide amid the chaos of the wild Nevada desert landscape, haunting helicopter blades, untamed hoof beats and a bold act of resistance.
Update May 2014: Stephanie has made the “Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2014” list! http://www.aivf.org/magazine/2014/05/stephanie_martin_10-to-watch-2014
FIRST PIECE IN THE DOUBLE FEATURE!
This piece was done in 2012 to simply show one day at a roundup. No commentary, just video and pictures. It may seem long…. but an entire day is condensed, as it happened, into ten minutes.
FINALE: The ACTION Movie!
This Action is EXPIRED But you can find new actions to take to protect horses and burros from abuse, slaughter and extinction every month here: http://wildhorseeducation.org/invitation-to-action/
UPDATE ON HORSE TRIPPING! ACTION STILL NEEDED! APRIL 11, 2013: https://wheblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/updates-on-horse-issues-tripping-slaughter-and-wyoming-wild-herds-in-trouble/
There are two Bills before the Nevada state Senate; one involving wild horses and one that is an
anti-cruelty bill against the practices known as “horse tripping and steer tailing.” You can access a TAKE ACTION form and read the text of both bills in full to make up your mind and comment to both bills. Comments that just say “leave the horses alone” will not be taken seriously. Take a minute and take ACTION HERE>>>
Wild Horse Education (WHE) needs your help to continue to work for wild horses and burros (and domestics as we can). WHE carries THREE active Federal court cases and is in the field gathering data, working with other individuals from various media outlets, and educating the public and those that make critical decisions. WHE NEEDS your support to continue to make a stand for our beloved wild horses and burros wherever they may be.