“I came into this issue with the mindset that the “truth” of a story can only be revealed if it is “lived.” So I set off and literally immersed myself in the issue of wild horses and burros in America, driving over 200,000 miles following Bureau of Land Management BLM roundups to date. My list of questions grew, instead of shrunk, as I began to look at the issues surrounding the management of wild herds and public land. I formed Wild Horse Education to inform the public of the unreported, hidden holocaust that is taking place on our public ranges with our heritage animals.”
The year 2011 ….
Contact Info: WildHorseEducation@gmail.com
Thank you for your help in getting the truth out to the public and in changing the future for our wild herds. Wild Horse Education is a registered non-profit in the state of Nevada.
Registered nonprofit in the state of NV , federal 501 c 3 status pending.
Wild Horse Education Board of Directors
President/ Founder – Laura Leigh
Laura Leigh’s education spans nursing, media arts, fine arts and biology. She operated a wildlife nursery. She is an award winning illustrator and animator, and a photojournalist whose work has appeared in many venues including Horseback Magazine, KLAS-TV, CNN and a BBC television special. Before becoming an advocate, she managed a production studio.
Laura first became involved as an activist in the movement to end horse slaughter over two decades ago. After meeting an old mustang in a kill pen, the betrayal of what we had done to him, drove Laura to focus only on wild horses and burros. She has now spent four years and thousands of hours in the field documenting the plight of wild horses and burros, assessing range conditions, and addressing the management of these heritage animals. She has driven over 200,000 miles following BLM roundups. She is also the plaintiff in four successful ongoing cases in federal court against the Bureau of Land Management. In one case a federal Judge called Leigh likely the worlds most knowledgeable journalist on wild horses in the American West.
Vice President and Director of Public Affairs – Marta Williams
Marta Williams has a BS in Resource Conservation and an MS in Biology and Systematic Ecology. She has worked as a wildlife researcher, wildlife rehabilitator, hazardous waste specialist, and an environmental assessor and regulator for private companies and governmental agencies. She is currently an author and animal communicator. She has extensive experience working as a volunteer for nonprofit groups and serving as a nonprofit board member.
Marta is an animal/environmental activist, working for many causes. Horses, however, have a special place in her heart. All her horses are rescues and she loves to ride trails and explore natural training and holistic horse care techniques.The plight of the wild horses and burros, as with so many of us, was too much to just live with. Marta investigated what others were doing and she chose to become a volunteer for Wild Horse Education because she sees the work that Wild Horse Education is doing as unique and the brightest hope for helping those horses and burros still left in the wild – creating humane treatment for them and finding the sane and scientifically valid plan for managing them on the range.
Secretary – Tami Crisanti
Tami Crisanti has over 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant supporting upper management, team members and executive management in various professional environments.
Tami began working with Wild Horse Education over a year ago by volunteering to document her very first roundup of burros at the Bullfrog Roundup. After she saw what was happening she has been volunteering with Wild Horse Education ever since.
Treasurer and Director of Social Media – Connie J. Cunningham
Connie J. Cunningham has a Bachelor of Art’s Degree. She spent 26 years working for a local level governmental office, performing investigations, preparing legal documents and making recommendations for legal decisions to a County Board of Commissioners. Her written legal documents were used in State District and Supreme Court cases and often affected the laws of the state.
From an early age, Connie loved horses but couldn’t have one herself until she was an adult, at which point she was finally able to realize the dream of having horses in her life. Connie’s interest in wild horses began when she visited the wild horses in holding at the wild horse corrals in her town. From that point, she began learning about them and studying what the various groups were doing about the problem. About three years ago she found Laura Leigh’s Facebook page and the Wild Horse Education Facebook page and website; that is when the real adventure and learning experience began. Laura put out good solid information, and Connie sensed the knowledge, sincerity, credibility and commitment behind it. As Connie learned more about Wild Horse Education, her commitment grew and she has now become a major contributor to the daily working of the organization.