The Bully Pulpit Rally

Fighting for the Spirit of the Badlands: The Bully Pulpit Rally 2023

The Bully Pulpit Rally is over and was a HUGE success! You can view the video of the rally on our YouTube channel:

The 2 day schedule is here:

Through our email communications with National Park Service Regional Director Herbert Frost, he has informed us that he will be IN Medora the week of July 10th. He agreed to meet with us and other interested parties for a “listening session”.

We intend to give him just that!

The rally will be held at the Medora Community Center located at 465 Pacific Ave in Medora, ND!

We will continue to add speakers to our list as they commit! So far we have the following speakers confirmed:

Mike LeforNorth Dakota House Majority Leader
Dr. Ross MacPhee – Senior Curator in Residence Mammalogy/Vertebrate Zoology American Museum of Natural History (virtual presentation)
Ginger Fedak – Wild Horse and Burro Senior Campaigner for In Defense of Animals
Jen Britton – Wild Horse Photographer and Wild Horse Advocate
Carter Fong – Executive Director Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce
Joe Wiegand – Medora’s very own Theodore Roosevelt

Frank Kuntz & Christa Ruppert – Kuntz Nokota Ranch
Mary Koncel – American Wild Horse Campaign
Jessica Jordaan – Mrs. USA 2022 and wild horse advocate
Terri ThielDickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau
Dr. Castle McLaughlin – former curator at Harvard’s Peabody Museum (virtual presentation)
Shari Buck – Senator John Hoeven’s office
Bonnie Overby & Sherry Moore: North Dakota Badlands Horse
Jamie Baldanza & Deb Carson – Wild Lands Wild Horses

We are working hard to have a diverse group of speakers that can speak to the importance of the wild horses from a cultural, historical, scientific, economic and political point of view. We are also inviting people who can speak up for the longhorn cattle, as the park’s new “Livestock Management Plan” includes them as well. We plan to make sure there is time for the general public to have their time to RESPECTFULLY speak out as well.

Director Frost and Superintendent Richman will be invited to the event and will also be offered time to speak. We cannot guarantee that either will attend the rally.

We will continue to update information as details are confirmed! Be sure to check back! If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor for this event or if you have any additional questions, ideas or are interested in volunteering to help us with this rally, feel free to email us at

We are excited to announce that on July 12th we will be looping the NEW documentary Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West! We will also be holding a Q&A with some of the cast! Exact times and other activities for the 12th will be announced SOON!

The Medora foundation will be offering a discount to attendees on some of their attractions, including The Medora Musical and The Pitchfork Fondue. The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is also offering a discount for attendees! We will email discount information to you after you purchase your tickets!

A bully pulpit is a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. This term was coined by United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who referred to his office as a “bully pulpit”, by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda. Roosevelt used the word bully as an adjective meaning “superb” or “wonderful”, a more common usage at that time.

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THANK YOU to our Bully Pulpit Rally 2023 sponsors!


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