Saving America’s Mustangs

4.06.2015

Madeleine Pickens is a businesswoman, animal welfare activist and philanthropist of European descent. When, in 2008, the Bureau of Land Management declared that the United States government considered euthanasia and/or the sale of more than 30,000 Wild Mustangs to slaughterhouses overseas, Madeleine resolved to establish a sanctuary for endangered native horses.    A year later, she testified before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in support of H.R. 1018, the Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act. After acquiring the sanctuary in North Eastern Nevada, she saved over 600 Mustangs from slaughter and endeavours to rescue and preserve the Wild Mustang have been an ongoing process. Also, until this day, the sanctuary’s survival relies on Madeleine’s charity foundation „Saving Americas Mustangs“, through which the funding for the Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve could be raised.

Many an adventure seeker has meanwhile found his or her perfect retreat at The Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco-Resort to temporarily satisfy their urge for a true wilderness experience. New to the menu served at the 900 square miles Mustang reserve is the corporate programme that has been launched recently.

Low-flying helicopters are chasing the horses to a designated area for counting. There, the animals are loaded into trucks and delivered to short-term holding facilities where they stay for up to three years - if not adopted or sold. One hundred years ago, more than two million Mustangs roamed free. Today, there are approximately 30,000 left in America.

Low-flying helicopters are chasing the horses to a designated area for counting. There, the animals are loaded into trucks and delivered to short-term holding facilities where they stay for up to three years – if not adopted or sold. One hundred years ago, more than two million Mustangs roamed free. Today, there are approximately 30,000 left in America. Saving America’s Mustangs – a not-for-profit organisation – accepts donations (tax-deductible).

Far removed from the regular boardroom, meetings at the rustic saloon transformed to a theatre-style venue, in the airy atmosphere of a veritable tipi or enlightening brainstorming sessions held in the wide-open plains, may well carry the key for a successful thinking-out-of-the-box initiative. The physical and mental challenges in this unique wilderness environment hardly find comparison – and how can team building not be an exceptional experience in this ambience? Competitive 4×4 expeditions over crooked slopes in Mavericks buggies through the Goshute Valley or around the ramshackle ruins of abandoned pioneer towns, abseiling from steep rocks, precision target shooting, horse-riding across the mountainous range and cross-country GPS navigation, are activities sure to enhance trust and bonding, reciprocal respect and genuine team spirit. Accommodation is available for max. 40 delegates.

Tipis at the Mustang Monument

Tipis at the Mustang Monument.

Mustang M Cabins
The resident rodeo champion teaches calf-roping and horseshoe throwing, ancient cowboy skills (don't you think that's easy!). By performing traditional dance and music and by making transparent the symbolism of their ceremonial secrets, native Americans readily share their culture with participants. Guests will sleep in five-star hand-painted tipis or luxury safari cottages and sample Western gourmet cuisine meeting the native variety. And they may enjoy an exhilarating game of poker facilitated by a warming glass of bourbon at the saloon equipped with bar stools fashioned from western saddles.

The resident rodeo champion teaches calf-roping and horseshoe throwing, ancient cowboy skills (don’t you think that’s easy!). By performing traditional dance and music and by making transparent the symbolism of their ceremonial secrets, native Americans readily share their culture with participants. Guests will sleep in five-star hand-painted tipis or luxury safari cottages and sample Western gourmet cuisine meeting the native variety. And they may enjoy an exhilarating game of poker facilitated by a warming glass of bourbon at the saloon equipped with bar stools fashioned from western saddles.

Contagious native dancing around the cauldron.

Dancing around the red-hot cauldron below a starry desert sky can be a liberating act also for delegates.

Access:
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
http://www.slcairport.com
Elko Regional Airport (EKO) or
Wells Municipal Airport/Harriet Field (LWL)
http://www.airnav.com/airport/KLWL

Directions for the road trip: http://mustangmonument.com

All images courtesy of ©Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve.