We are so proud of Meg, our Director of Herd Management!

We are so proud to share that Meg, our wonderful Director of Herd Management, has been recognized as a 2023 Southerner of the Year by Southern Living!
Meg’s dedication to the Banker horses inspires us at the Fund every day. She is incredibly hard-working and an invaluable part of our team. We cannot think of someone more deserving of this recognition!
Thank you, Meg, for everything you do for the wild horses, the rescued horses, your colleagues, and the community. We are honored to work alongside you, serving the Fund’s mission to protect and preserve our beautiful horses.
From Southern Living:

Meet The 2023 Southerners Of The Year

The trailblazers supporting and preserving our region’s people, places, and tradition

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Corolla, North Carolina

As the herd manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), Meg Puckett is the face of the most famous herd on the Outer Banks. It’s a big job. Since 2016, she’s been on call 24-7, though she says she loves every “sweaty, heartbreaking” moment of it. The Banker mustangs have become her life, and working with them means so much to her that she sometimes struggles to speak about it without crying.

Preserving these treasured animals amid an endless stream of tourists is a complicated dance. Puckett likes to say that “it takes a village,” but it also takes education, which is where Facebook comes in. She uses CWHF’s page to provide an unfiltered look at all that goes into caring for the more than 100 wild horses, as well as the struggles they face on a daily basis. It’s not always pretty, but that is often the point.

Puckett considers the fund’s ongoing program with the Equus Survival Trust to be her greatest accomplishment on behalf of the herd. CWHF collects DNA to be processed and analyzed to better understand the breed and its 500-year history. They’ve even mapped out family trees and, with help from NC State University, started a sperm bank.

In just a few years, this research has elevated the work of CWHF in the eyes of the scientific community. As Puckett puts it, these animals have always been special, but now there’s proof. With this data, CWHF can accomplish its goals of maintaining the mustangs’ natural environment and keeping them wild. Puckett says, “The research has established them as an endangered breed worth saving.”

The original article containing the full list of incredible Southerners Of The Year can be found here: