Winter 2016 Newsletter

The Winter 2016 Newsletter is available to view online.

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

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.

CWHF Annual Calendar Contest

Walk This Way, by Karen Watras

Are you an amateur photographer with great pictures
of the wild horses of the Currituck Outer Banks?

Have you always wanted to have your photography published?

Do you value the wild horses and want to support the
mission of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund?

If you answered Yes! to these questions, the annual CWHF Calendar Contest is for you!

Winning images will be selected by a panel of  independent judges, and the winners will be published in our 2016 calendar. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar support the CWHF mission to protect and preserve the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs and the land on which they live.

The 2016 calendar contest is held now so that it can be available for purchase early in 2015. Every year our calendar becomes more an more popular, and every year we have more and more printed. Plan now to have your photography in the next calendar!

The Entry Form must be submitted with your image files. Submissions must be postmarked between May 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014.  Click here to download the 2016 Calendar Contest Rules and Entry Form. 

2015 CWHF Calendar Contest Winners Announced!

With nearly one hundred submissions to the 2015 calendar contest, selecting the final thirteen images for the 2015 calendar was an arduous task. All of the submitted photographs are beautiful, and were taken and submitted by people who undoubtedly care about these wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs. Three regional artists judged this years submissions, and final selections were based on several criteria, including photographic excellence, variety of setting, and variety of horse groupings and behaviors. Click the link to see the final selections: 2015 CWHF Calendar Contest Winning Photographs and Photographers.

Spirit Horse

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I don’t think there is a rational person in this country that wasn’t torn apart by what happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. When this type of unspeakable horror takes place it leaves just about everyone feeling helpless, with a deep need to reach out and do something, anything, to show how much you care. But what can be done?

Greg Becker of Palm Beach, Florida, is one of those people who wanted to do something. He reached out to us to ask if we could name a wild horse after Jessica Rekos, a horse lover who died that day. “Jessica loved everything about horses,” her parents, Rich and Krista Rekos said in a statement. “She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses.” When she turned 10, they promised, she could have a horse of her own. For Christmas, she asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and hat.

Our staff knew just the filly and now “Jessica” runs wild and free on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We hope that her family can find some small comfort in this knowledge.

Jessica Certificate

 

Awesome Volunteers!

During their Thanksgiving break, this group decided to give thanks by giving back!  While planning their recent trip to Corolla, Jena and Anthony Mazzio, Jon, Erica, Cindy and Rocco Parise, and Gina and Valerie Philippi contacted the Corolla Wild Horse Fund for a volunteer project that would benefit the wild horses. As frequent visitors to the area, this group understands involvement in protecting the horses’ habitat is necessary for their continued survival.   They showed up in force on Friday, November 23 to tackle the day’s work.  Supplied with trash bags and gloves, they combed several miles of the four wheel drive beach for hours collecting an impressive pile of trash that would otherwise become a hazard to the wild horses, visitors and vehicles.  Our dedicated Corolla Ocean Rescue came through with a plan to pick up all the trash that was collected that same afternoon.  A huge thank you goes out to this awesome group of volunteers!  Way to go!

 

Wild Horses and Waterfowl Habitats

URGENT: Read the letter filled with false claims sent by Ducks Unlimited that is negatively impacting the critical legislation to protect the Corolla wild horse herd as well as the response by our Executive Director. If you are a local hunter or come here to hunt, you know that the wild horses have no impact on the duck population – or the subaquatic vegetation. In fact, on September 13, 2012 as he and our Herd Manager conducted our aerial herd count (which is 119 not 140 as stated by Mr. Hall), the Currituck Wildlife Refuge Manager remarked that there was more subaquatic vegetation than he had seen in a long time. Please write, call, or email H. Dale Hall; Senators Hagan, Burr, Inhofe; Boxer; Warner and Webb and let them know, that as a hunter, or a member of Ducks Unlimited you are outraged by these false statements and ask these Senators to pass the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act. Time is running out.

Ducks Unlimited Letter to the Committee on Environmental and Public Works

Corolla Wild Horse Fund Executive Director’s Response to Ducks Unlimited

Links:

Ducks Unlimited: http://www.ducks.org/about-du/contact-du-online

Environment and Public Works Committee, Barbara Boxer, Chair http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.ContactForm

Senator Kay Hagan:  http://www.hagan.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Richard Burr: http://burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Senator Mark Warner: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact

Senator Jim Webb:  http://www.webb.senate.gov/contact.cfm