Hello and Happy Saturday! We know it has been quiet on the website lately.
Please know that does NOT mean that we are being quiet off the website!
Last week we got an interesting email:
Hello Chris! I hope this finds you well. I understand I missed you when I was in Medora in the beginning of June for the Freedom Conference. If I would have known you were there, I would have tried to connect. In any case, I was thinking I would like to give you a call for an update and to find out where you think things stand. I’ve been doing backgrounders with the political folks and think things are going to work out to our satisfaction. I am going to be plowing through my call list tomorrow and Wednesday and if you have an open slot on your schedule for a call, please let know when and to which number I can call. Thanks for what you are doing to save the horses in the park.
For those of you who are not aware of who Ed Schafer is (from Wikipedia):
“Edward Thomas Schafer is an American businessman and politician who served as the 30th governor of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000 and as the 29th United States secretary of agriculture from 2008 to 2009 under President George W. Bush. From January to July 2016 he served as interim president of the University of North Dakota.”
Ed Schafer is also the son of Harold Schafer, founder of The Medora Foundation.
We had an awesome telephone conversation! He thanked us for all of the work we are doing to fight to save the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park! He also said to let him know if there is anything he can do to help us! WHAT AN HONOR!
The support we are getting to help save these horses continues to amaze me! Thank you to all of you that have helped support us throughout this fight!
The excitement of my email and phone conversation with Ed Schafer was followed by another email:
Hi Chris, hope all is well with you. Would you have time this week to connect about the wild horses for a story I’m working on for AP?
North Dakota Capitol Reporter
The Associated Press
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS!!!!
OF COURSE I have time to talk to the Associated Press! And we did! We spoke on the phone and over email. Then we travelled to Bismarck to meet Jack Dura in person and take a few photos!
The AP article has been released! You can read it here: https://apnews.com/article/north-dakota-national-park-wild-horses-dd955ffdf9c3ff9f5370e832e59cc3e4 We are asking that you share the article from the AP website! We are hoping that other AP news outlets across the country will share Jack Dura’s article! Sharing and commenting are GREAT ways to show the AP that there is a HUGE interest in wild horses!
Lastly, I CANNOT say THANK YOU enough to our followers! When this journey started back in December of 2022 with the park’s announcement to eliminate the ENTIRE herd of horses from the park, we promised that we would do everything we could to help save this herd! Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates has kept their promise! Our dedicated advocacy work with all of our followers has helped the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park gain the support of many!
Remember, this fight is far from over! We are ALL waiting patiently for Theodore Roosevelt National Park to release their Draft Environmental Assessment. Once that is released, there will be another public comment period, and we will need EVERYONE to comment!
Until the Draft EA comes out, the biggest thing you can do is help support the advocacy work that we at Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is doing! We need volunteers to help us! If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also need financial help! There are other organizations that SEEM like they are working with us to save these horses – they are NOT! Please feel free to email us and ask if a specific campaign to help the TRNP wild horses is helping our efforts. You can make a donation directly to Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates on our website:https://chwha.org/support-chwha/
Thank you for your support and have a GREAT weekend!
Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home! We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control. Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans. We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.