Award for volunteer team’s wild horse music video


A music video created by a collective of wild horse advocates won its category at the Equus Film and Arts Festival.

“We Are The Wild Horses” captured the Winnie Award, the top honor in the category of wild horse music videos.

The video was presented by the Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a diverse team of mustang advocates. They believe that music is a meaningful way to educate others in a way that opens hearts and minds about the importance of American wild horses.

The award was made at the Sacramento, California festival earlier this month.

Deb Ferns, president of the Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a California-based all-volunteer 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, said the group’s mission was to save wild horses and to reduce catastrophic wildfires and toxic wildfire smoke. This would be achieved by reestablishing wild horses into wilderness areas that are both economically and ecologically appropriate to help reduce and maintain grass and brush wildfire fuels.

“The 10th Annual EquusFilm and Arts Festival was educational and fun. Our board got to meet and make new friends and look forward to working towards implementing the natural management of wild horses,” Ferns said.

During the festival, Wild Horse Fire Brigade founder William E. Simpson premiered his presentation about Wildfire and Wild Horses at the Guild Theater in Sacramento.

Simpson’s presentation drew from his years of research and hands-on empirical experience with wild horses, as well as training as a scientist and background in ranching, forest management and wildfire.

His 30-minute presentation had the largest audience attendance at the Festival, and was followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with Wild Horse Fire Brigade office holders.

Questions from the audience included those involving the evolution of wild horses and native species status, depredation by North American apex predators and the importance of maintaining trophic cascades and balanced ecosystems with wild horses and their co-evolved natural predators, and the current situation for wild horses amid the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Programs.

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