Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Viriginia Range Wild Horses Series

The Virginia Range is one of the most important sights in the history of the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971. The entire process began on this particular range with Velma Johnston in the 1950s when she saw a group of mustangers transporting bloodied and abused wild horses from the range to a slaughter plant. Her life's work became the humane treatment of wild horses and helping to pass laws that would protect these historic wild animals and preserve them for future generations.

Just In case you missed the beginning of the Virginia Range Series On the Mustang A Day Challenge this week here are the links so you can see the drawings and read back:
Day One: The Deer Run Horses from Pine Nut HMA
Painting #391  Deer Run Mares

Day Two: Part 1 Early History and why the Virginia Range is so Important to the Wild Horse and  Burro Program and Velma Johnston's Part
Challenge Painting #392 Virginia Range Foal "Running for Joy"

Day Three: Part 2 The Lay of the Land how the private lands and public lands complicated implementation of the Act and why the Virginia Range Herd was not included for protection.
Challenge painting#393  "Virginia Range Youngsters"

Day 4: Part 3 Virginia Range after 1971 (Who Owns the Horses?)
Challenge Painting #394 Virginia Range Foal: Woolly Bear

Reference Photography provided by Mikel Ann Hettrick

The Project will continue for another week or two and will cover some of the management issues with the Virginia Range Horses as well as some of the  ways that people can help prevent some of the problems that plague the horses now.

All of the images will be available in the form of signed prints on Etsy by Monday March 18th, 2013 Please check out the Mustang A Day Challenge Store on Etsy for Originals and Signed prints at this link: