Hay For A Day

Hay – it’s what’s for dinner! Also breakfast, lunch, and a few snacks in between. Quality hay is the mainstay of our rescued horses’ diet. Horses are grazers. In the wild, they spend the majority of their time foraging for food and it’s important to recreate this behavior with domestic horses as well. The horses at the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center are given hay in what’s called slow feeders; special nets that mimic the horses’ natural grazing and foraging behaviors. 

For just $14 you can sponsor Hay For A Day and help support Amadeo, Noel, Roamer, and all the rest of the horses under the Fund’s care. We spend about $5000 annually on hay, and every little bit helps! 

Hay For A Day – $14.00

Hay For Two Days – $28.00

Hay For A Week – $98.00


The Corolla Wild horse Fund is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. We do not receive any state or federal funding. We raise over 80% of our budget through donations, special events, memberships, sponsorships, grants, and mission-related merchandise sales.  Every dollar donated helps to further our mission to protect and conserve the Colonial Spanish Mustangs living on the Northern Outer Banks. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

Open House & Farewell to William

May 13, 2016 – May 13, 2016

102 Young Rider Lane

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

The Winter 2016 Newsletter is available to view online.

First Annual Corolla Mustang Reunion & Celebration

October 30, 2015 – October 30, 2015

102 Young Rider Lane

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Corolla Mustang Reunion Celebration

A 3 day weekend full of fun events for you and your mustang, or come watch and learn from our demonstrations, clinics and exhibitors! Food, music, vendors and fall activities for all ages to enjoy

Tentative schedule:
Friday- demos, clinics, lessons, vendor shopping, meet the horses, antique tractors, kid’s crafts, kid’s games, trick or treating through the vendors
Saturday- mustang fun show, trail challenge open to all breeds, costume competition, pig pickin’, kid’s crafts, kid’s games, Halloween Parade open to kids and horses
Sunday- beach ride, private lessons available

Scott Purdum of Advantage Horsemanship will do two educational demos Saturday and be available for group and private lessons Sunday. He is featured on RFD-TV

Michael Gaulding will do a presentation on barefoot trimming. He is a very talented trimmer, and cares for all the horses at the rehab facility

Steve Edwards and Co of Mill Swamp Indian Horses will do a demo on how they train horses.

Fun show for east coast or BLM mustangs, trail challenge and beach ride open to all breeds

Info sessions on nutrition, barefoot trimming, training and more

Vendor space for local businesses, artisans, food and used horse items

Stalls and paddocks available for rent on a first come basis. Primitive camping (no hook ups) available. Lots of parking

Negative coggins required for equine entry

Suggested donation $5 at entry

Visit the Facebook Event Site for current information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1075642449129820/

For information on sponsoring this event, or to book a vendor space, email corollamustangreunion@gmail.com

The Corolla Wild Horse Fun is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, protect and responsibly manage the free roaming herd of Colonial Spanish Mustangs north of Corolla. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated! For more information, you can visit www.corollawildhorses.org or follow us on Facebook.






Special Mustang Fun Festival At Scarborough Faire in Duck

It’s like a special, miniature Faire Days Festival Event this Wednesday, September 9th from 2-5pm at the Wild Horse Museum Store in Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck NC.

“Meet A Mustang!” and make a donation to preserve and protect the wild horses

“Paint A Mustang” wooden cutout in sizes $5-$15

“Glitter Tattoos” that last for days $3.50

“Wine Tastings” locally made Wild Pony White and Shipwreck and Plank Reds from Sanctuary Vineyards, plus Wild Horse Chardonnay and Merlot from California’s Central Coast.

ALL proceeds from your purchase of these wines and all merchandise at the store benefit the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs!

2017 Photo Contest

Do you have photos of the Corolla Wild Horses?

Each year thousands of visitors from all over the country head to the northern beaches of Currituck County to see the wild horses.  If you are one of the many amateur photographers with pictures of the Corolla Wild horses, you are eligible to enter them in our Annual Photo Contest!

Finalists will be selected by a panel of three independent judges, and the winners will be published in our 2017 calendar.

Click here for : Photo Contest Entry and Rules Form 2017

Join us for a Wine Tasting on Wednesday September 10th 1-4:30

Join us for a wine tasting on Wednesday September 10 from 1-4:30 at our locations in Scarborough Faire in Duck  or the Museum store in Corolla. You can sample local NC wine Wild Pony White and Wild Horse Merlot or Chardonnay from California.

It’s a great event for the mid-week and best of all… any purchase you make at either location will directly benefit the critically endangered Colonial Spanish Mustangs on the northern beaches of Currituck county. Hope to see you there!wine-glass-pour-1

Creed – has been adopted 10/23/2014

Our wonderful Creed now resides in Asheville, NC with his new owner Jim Kelton and will take part in endurance riding. It was bittersweet to see him go, but we are very happy and proud of him.

Creed is a Colonial Spanish Mustang. He was born in the wild in May of 2006, north of Corolla. Creed is coming along nicely under saddle. He was trained at Mill Swamp Indian Horses in Virginia, where young riders enjoyed long trail rides with him, and he was praised for his athleticism and endurance. Herd Manager, Christina Boucher-Reynolds rode Creed in a competitive obstacle course challenge in which he performed admirably.

Creed stands at 13.3 hands tall and loves people.


Member Spotlight: Claire Ledbetter


July 2014: Our member spotlight shines on Claire Ledbetter who is from Virginia. Claire came to visit us before, but this summer was different: Claire volunteered for us for a day, and she brought with her a Tupperware container filled with money she saved and donated! We asked Claire to tell us about herself, and she sent us this note:

“I learned about Corolla’s wild horses from my mom. I started saving after I came home from my Outer Banks vacation last year. I saved money from my birthday and Christmas, and my family donated, too. I saved all of the loose change I could find! My favorite book about horses is Whinny of the Wild Horses, by Amy Laundrie. I’ve been riding for about seven years, and I’m 13. I lease a 20 year old quarter horse cross buckskin mare named Girlfriend. I love all horses (especially the Colonial Spanish Mustangs!), and hope to do more volunteering in the future.” Claire is shown here with Creed, a Colonial Spanish Mustang who is saddle trained and available for adoption through the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Creed was born in 2006 and stands at about 14.1 hands.

If you are a current member and would like to be in Member Spotlight, please send an email to programs@corollawildhorses.com.

Mustang Music Festival is October 10th & 11th!

MMF logo 2014 (2)Mark your calendars for Friday October 10th and Saturday October 11th and join us for the 4th annual Music Mustang Festival!

Mike Dianna is going all out this year by bringing this music extravaganza to the Whalehead in Historic Corolla. There are expanded activities for families, horses and of course award winning music. Please click here for all of the information, proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. We can’t thank Mike Dianna enough for his efforts to preserve our treasured Colonial Spanish Mustangs, he is indeed one of our local treasures.