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Welcome to the Wild Horse Sanctuary Press Room!

Dianne Nelson made a major life changing decision in 1978 when she and her family rescued a band of 80 wild horses that were destined to be destroyed and established the Wild Horse Sanctuary. A non-profit, tax exempt, public foundation, the Wild Horse Sanctuary occupies 5,000-acres of oaks and pines, volcanic rock outcroppings, meandering streams, and meadows near Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.

The Wild Horse Sanctuary is home to some 300 wild mustangs and burros, many of which were rescued from federal lands in the western U.S. At the Sanctuary these disappearing symbols of the American West can roam free and live out their natural lives.

From May through October, the Wild Horse Sanctuary offers two and three-day trail rides, as well as picnic rides where guests can view herds of wild horses in a natural setting. The Sanctuary hosts an annual Open House.

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Thank you for your interest in the Wild Horse Sanctuary, and we look forward to working with you!

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Wild Horse Sanctuary
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SHINGLETOWN, CA — The Wild Horse Sanctuary's annual Open House on Saturday, August 18 will provide your family and friends with some good old-fashioned fun. The Open House runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Open House festivities include docent-led walks to view wild mustangs and burros up close; free horse rides for children 10 and under; face painting; crafts for the kids; and demonstrations on horseshoeing and saddling throughout the day. Special guest Terri Farley, wild horse advocate and author of the popular Phantom Stallion series and Wild at Heart, will be on hand selling signed copies of her books. "The Wild Horse Sanctuary was established to provide a safe haven for wild mustangs and burros," stated Dianne Nelson, Co-Founder and President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. "We're encouraging our neighbors to try and put the stresses of this terrible time aside for a day, bring the kids and enjoy the horses and activities, which are all free. This year we'll also be providing free hotdogs and lemonade for our first 500 visitors," added Nelson. In addition, 10 percent of sales from refreshments and Wild Horse Sanctuary merchandise will be donated to Tri Counties Bank's Carr Fire Fund 2018 to benefit victims of the fires that have ravaged Shasta and Trinity Counties. For 40 years the Wild Horse Sanctuary has been rescuing wild horses and burros and providing them a home to live out their natural lives. Today some 300 wild horses and burros freely roam the 5,000-acre sanctuary in the foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park. A non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, the Wild Horse Sanctuary is located at 5796 Wilson Hill Road near Shingletown. For more information and directions, visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org or call 530-474-5770. You can also follow the Sanctuary on Facebook www.facebook.com/WildHorseSanctuaryShingletown.
SHINGLETOWN, CA – Looking for some wild summertime fun in the country? Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary’s annual Open House on Saturday, August 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open House festivities include docent-led walks to view wild mustangs and burros up close; FREE horse rides for children 10 and under; face painting; crafts for the kids; barbecue; performances by musicians on the Bruce Barron Memorial Stage, headlined by award-winning singer/songwriter Terry Brown; working stock dogs demonstrations by Patti Wells and her Border Collies; plus educational programs. Other returning favorites include demonstrations on horseshoeing, horse grooming, and saddling scheduled throughout the day, plus a question and answer session with a veterinarian. Special guest Craig C. Downer, wildlife ecologist and author, will be on hand selling signed copies of his book, The Wild Horse Conspiracy To help raise funds to care for the Wild Horse Sanctuary’s wild horses and burros, a raffle of premium items is being held. Topping the list of raffle items is a three-day Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride for two and two-night stay at the Sanctuary guest cottage valued at $1,200. To view all raffle items, visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org, where you can also buy a book of five raffle tickets for only $10. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the Open House. “The Open House gives our guests the rare opportunity to walk onto the Sanctuary and view wild mustangs in a natural setting,” said Dianne Nelson, Co-Founder and President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. “It’s also a good time to thank our Wild Horse Sanctuary friends and supporters and share our story with others who weren’t aware of what we do,” added Nelson. For 36 years the Wild Horse Sanctuary, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, has been rescuing wild horses and burros and providing them a home to live out their natural lives. In its location at 5796 Wilson Hill Road near the community of Shingletown (approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento), some 300 wild horses and burros freely roam the 5,000-acre sanctuary. For more information and directions, call the Wild Horse Sanctuary at (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org. You can also follow the Wild Horse Sanctuary on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WildHorseSanctuaryShingletown.
SHINGLETOWN, CA – Looking for some wild summertime fun in the country? Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary’s annual Open House on Saturday, August 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open House festivities include docent-led walks to view wild mustangs and burros up close; FREE horse rides for children 10 and under; face painting; crafts for the kids; barbecue; performances by musicians on the Bruce Barron Memorial Stage, headlined by award-winning singer/songwriter Terry Brown; working stock dogs demonstrations by Patti Wells and her Border Collies; plus educational programs. Other returning favorites include demonstrations on horseshoeing, horse grooming, and saddling scheduled throughout the day, plus a question and answer session with a veterinarian. Special guest Craig C. Downer, wildlife ecologist and author, will be on hand selling signed copies of his book, The Wild Horse Conspiracy To help raise funds to care for the Wild Horse Sanctuary’s wild horses and burros, a raffle of premium items is being held. Topping the list of raffle items is a three-day Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride for two and two-night stay at the Sanctuary guest cottage valued at $1,200. To view all raffle items, visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org, where you can also buy a book of five raffle tickets for only $10. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the Open House. “The Open House gives our guests the rare opportunity to walk onto the Sanctuary and view wild mustangs in a natural setting,” said Dianne Nelson, Co-Founder and President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. “It’s also a good time to thank our Wild Horse Sanctuary friends and supporters and share our story with others who weren’t aware of what we do,” added Nelson. For 36 years the Wild Horse Sanctuary, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, has been rescuing wild horses and burros and providing them a home to live out their natural lives. In its location at 5796 Wilson Hill Road near the community of Shingletown (approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento), some 300 wild horses and burros freely roam the 5,000-acre sanctuary. For more information and directions, call the Wild Horse Sanctuary at (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org. You can also follow the Wild Horse Sanctuary on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WildHorseSanctuaryShingletown.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — An estimated 15 wild horse colts and fillies in a rainbow of colors will be available for adoption on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Wild Horse Sanctuary, located near Shingletown in northern California. Adoptions get underway at 8:00 a.m. with a silent bid auction, ending at 12 noon. Foals not selected during the auction will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until 3:00 p.m. Available for viewing on Wednesday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the healthy foals range in age from 3 to 12 months and have been weaned from their mothers. The annual Adoption Day is a humane way for the Wild Horse Sanctuary to effectively manage its herd of approximately 300 wild mustangs. To qualify, potential adopters must meet certain criteria, have the ability and financial means to care for a wild horse, and undergo an interview with Wild Horse Sanctuary staff to ensure their facilities are adequate for accommodating a wild horse, and that they understand adoption regulations. "With love and care, the foals will grow to be intelligent, sure-footed and loyal," stated Dianne Nelson, President, Wild Horse Sanctuary, "and with a little patience and proper training, they will become great companions." The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses a place to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Sanctuary is located at 5796 Wilson Hill Road between Shingletown and Manton, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. For more information about the adoption and directions to the Wild Horse Sanctuary, call (530) 474-5770 or visit www.wildhorsesanctuary.org.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — Looking for some wild summertime fun? Well, look no further then the Wild Horse Sanctuary annual Open House on Saturday, August 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Open House festivities include docent-led walks to view wild mustangs and burros up close; FREE horse rides for children 10 and under; face painting; crafts for the kids; barbecue; live music; stock dog demonstrations; and a program by Shasta Wildlife Rescue. Other returning favorites include demonstrations on horseshoeing, horse grooming, and saddling scheduled throughout the day, plus a question and answer session with a veterinarian. Special guests Terri Farley, author of the popular Phantom Stallion series and Seven Tears into the Sea, and Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist and author of The Wild Horse Conspiracy, will be on hand selling signed copies of their books. To help raise funds to care for the Wild Horse Sanctuary's wild horses and burros, a raffle of premium items is being held. Topping the list of raffle items is a three-day Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride for two and two-night stay at the Sanctuary guest cabin valued at $1,200. To view all raffle items, visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org, where you can also buy a book of five raffle tickets for only $10. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the Open House. "The Open House gives folks the rare opportunity to walk onto the Sanctuary and view wild mustangs in a natural setting," stated Dianne Nelson, Co-Founder and President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. "It is also an opportune time to thank our Wild Horse Sanctuary friends and supporters and share our story with others who weren't aware of what we do," added Nelson. For 34 years the Wild Horse Sanctuary has been rescuing wild horses and burros and providing them a home to live out their natural lives. Today some 300 wild horses and burros freely roam the 5,000-acre sanctuary in the foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park. A non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, the Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for America's wild horses and burros since 1978. In its location at 5796 Wilson Hill Road near the community of Shingletown (approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento), these disappearing symbols of the American West can live out their natural lives. For more information and directions, call the Wild Horse Sanctuary at (530) 474-5570 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — Are you looking for an affordable and unique vacation experience this year? Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life for a two or three-day trail ride among wild horses and burros at the Wild Horse Sanctuary located in the northern California foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park. Viewing herds of wild mustangs and burros while on horseback will provide guests with memories that will last a lifetime. The 2012 Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride season runs from May 5-6 through Columbus Day Weekend (October 6-8). Trail rides are not offered during August. Wild Horse Sanctuary rides follow trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of native grasses, manzanita, oaks, pines, and lava rock that is inhabited by a diverse wildlife population. After a day of riding on the range, guests will enjoy a relaxing evening at "Wild Horse Camp," which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty cowboy barbecue dinner. The camp features frontier-style sleeping cabins that comfortably sleep two to four guests, a cook house, restrooms, and yes, even a hot shower. "Wild horses continue to face an uncertain future on shrinking public lands and federal holding facilities throughout the country," said Dianne Nelson, President & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Sanctuary. "During our rides guests will see how these incredibly beautiful creatures are able to live freely in a protected environment," added Nelson. Cost for the two-day trip is only $435 per person, and the three-day trip is $535 per person. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses 5,000 acres to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — For what may be the most unique wildflower experience found anywhere, the Wild Horse Sanctuary is offering a special "Wildflowers & Wild Horses" weekend to kick-off their 2012 trail ride season, April 28 and 29. The variety of colorful wildflowers bordering the trail and dotting the landscape of the Sanctuary will only be matched by the rainbow of colors of the wild horses you’ll see along the way. Viewing bands of wild mustangs and burros while on horseback will provide guests with memories that will last a lifetime. Add wildflowers and your experience becomes even more memorable! Laird R. Blackwell, an experienced wildflower guide, will join the trail ride and talk about the various wildflowers seen along the trail. Mr. Blackwell is the author and photographer of several regional field guides to California wildflowers, including his latest book — Wildflowers of California: A Month-by-Month Guide. "Wildflowers & Wild Horses" trail ride participants will receive a complimentary signed copy of Wildflowers of California: A Month-by-Month Guide. The book features more than 650 color photographs and is available online from the University of California Press at www.ucpress.edu/9780520272064. The "Wildflowers & Wild Horses" ride follows trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of native grasses, manzanita, oak woodlands, pines, and lava rock that is inhabited by a diverse wildlife population. After a day of riding on the range, guests will enjoy a relaxing evening at "Wild Horse Camp," which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty cowboy barbecue dinner. The camp features frontier-style sleeping cabins that comfortably sleep two to four guests, a cook house, restrooms, and yes, even a hot shower. "During our "Wildflowers & Wild Horses" trail ride guests will see firsthand how these incredibly beautiful wild horses are able to live freely in a protected environment, while learning about the native wildflowers found here, too," said Dianne Nelson, President & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Sanctuary. Cost for the two-day "Wildflowers & Wild Horses" trip is only $435 per person. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses 5,000 acres to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — For more than thirty years the Wild Horse Sanctuary has been rescuing wild horses and burros. During this time the original band of 80 wild horses rescued by Dianne Nelson and her family in 1978 have been joined by numerous other horses over the years, including 14 wild horses released into the Wild Horse Sanctuary two weeks ago. On Saturday, August 20, the Wild Horse Sanctuary will welcome visitors for an afternoon of family fun at their annual Open House from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Open House festivities include a docent-led walk to view wild mustangs and burros up close; FREE horse rides for children 10 and under; face painting; crafts for the kids; barbecue; live music; and stock dog demonstrations. Other returning favorites include demonstrations on horseshoeing, horse grooming, and saddling scheduled throughout the day, plus a question and answer session with a veterinarian. Special guest Terri Farley, author of the popular Phantom Stallion series, will be on hand signing copies of her books. To help raise funds to care for more than 300 wild horses and burros that roam the 5,000-acre Wild Horse Sanctuary, a raffle of premium items is being held. Topping the list of raffle items is a three-day Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride for two and two-night stay at the Sanctuary guest cabin valued at $1,200. To view all raffle items, visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org, where you can also buy a book of five raffle tickets for only $10. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the Open House. "The Open House gives folks the rare opportunity to walk onto the Sanctuary and view wild mustangs in a natural setting," stated Dianne Nelson, Co-Founder and President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. "It is also an opportune time to share the Wild Horse Sanctuary story with our friends and neighbors," added Nelson. A non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, the Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for America’s wild horses and burros since 1978. In its location at 5796 Wilson Hill Road near the northern California community of Shingletown (approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento), these disappearing symbols of the American West can roam free and live out their natural lives. For more information and directions, call the Wild Horse Sanctuary at (530) 474-5570 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — The Wild Horse Sanctuary announced today that it has rescued 15 wild horses from Barkley’s Freedom Mustang Rehabilitation and Adoption Center in Wildomar, California and plan to release them into the Sanctuary on Thursday, July 7. The Center was forced to reduce the number of horses in their care due to a change in the zoning code as a result of the recent incorporation of the Riverside County community of Wildomar into a city. "We are so grateful to the Wild Horse Sanctuary for taking our horses and providing them a place to roam free and live out their natural lives," said Debra Barkley, President, Barkley’s Freedom Mustang Rehabilitation and Adoption Center. The wild horses were rescued by Debra and her husband Tom from various locations and have a history of abuse and neglect. "Because of the distinctive Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Department of Agriculture freeze marks, we know that at one time these horses roamed federal and state lands administered by these two agencies," noted Dianne Nelson, President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. Before being released in to the Sanctuary, the horses are given time to acclimate to their new surroundings. In addition, as a course of responsible herd management, the mares received a laparoscopic ovariectomy, a surgical procedure rendering them unable to breed. The laparoscopic ovariectomy is less invasive, requires less anesthesia and less recovery time then other birth control procedures. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses 5,000 acres to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.
SHINGLETOWN, CA — Are you looking for an affordable and unique vacation experience this year? Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life for a two or three-day trail ride among wild horses and burros at the Wild Horse Sanctuary located in the northern California foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park. With all the rain and snow that the Sanctuary has had this year, the wildflower season promises to be spectacular and streams and vernal pools should be brimming with water well into summer. Viewing herds of wild mustangs and burros while on horseback will provide guests with memories that will last a lifetime. The 2011 Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride season runs from May 7-8 (Mother's Day Weekend) through Columbus Day Weekend (October 8-10). Trail rides are not offered during August. Wild Horse Sanctuary rides follow trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of native grasses, manzanita, oaks, pines, and lava rock that is inhabited by a diverse wildlife population. After a day of riding on the range, guests will enjoy a relaxing evening at "Wild Horse Camp," which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty cowboy barbecue dinner. The camp features frontier-style sleeping cabins that comfortably sleep two to four guests, a cook house, restrooms, and yes, even a hot shower. "Wild horses continue to face an uncertain future on shrinking public lands and federal holding facilities throughout the country," said Dianne Nelson, President & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Sanctuary. "During our rides guests will see how these incredibly beautiful creatures are able to live freely in a protected environment," added Nelson. Cost for the two-day trip is only $435 per person, and the three-day trip is $535 per person. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses 5,000 acres to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.

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