Friends of the Mustangs (FOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. We work alongside the BLM to keep water holes and tanks flowing and clean, mountain trails clear and marked, help with gathers and adoptions, and even provide birth control to mares. We have received several awards from the BLM for our volunteer support of the horses and five of our members most recently were nominated for volunteer of the year award. We are passionate about protecting and preserving wild horses in our community. Click HERE to view a video presentation of the collaboration between Friends of the Mustangs and the BLM.
Upcoming Events 2015
June 6, Saturday, Sheriff Posse Open House from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on 25 Road in Grand Junction. Featuring Lee Hart, a championship horse trainer, and there will be a silent auction to raise funds for taking care of the mustangs on the range.
June 13, Saturday, Fruita Co-op Farm & Ranch Day.
NOTE: Click the Upcoming Events tab (at the top of the window) for a full list of events and more detailed information, including workdays (must be a member) and training clinics.
The Department of Interior awarded Friends of the Mustangs the “Making a Difference Award” for volunteers in Washington D.C. in 2002.
This year (2014), the FOM darting team received recognition by the head of the Colorado office of the BLM of the team as its volunteer of the year. The award, which was presented by Ruth Welch, the BLM state director, means the team is a nominee for the agency’s national award for volunteerism.
Fruita Co-op, Western Implement, Murdoch’s, Gene Taylors, REI, The Horse and Sport, The Equestrian Market, Enstrom’s Candy, Monument Well Service, and Mesa Feed.
Please read this important information regarding proposed gathers of excess wild horses in areas managed by the BLM White River Field office.
Click the link this link: BLM Horse Gather
Ruth Welch (far left), BLM state director for Colorado, presented John Boughton, Marty Felix, Gerald Thygerson, Georgia Manus, and Jim Dollerschell with the volunteer of the year award. They are part of the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area Darting Team, a volunteer group which controls the population of wild horses in the area by shooting darts with a substance that prevents mares from becoming pregnant. That means longer lives for the mares, an estimated difference in foal numbers of 26 a year, and means a potential savings to the organization of $416,000 a year.
Mail: PO Box 2771 Grand Junction, CO 81502
The Outdoor Heritage Days at Palisade's Riverbend Park was a great success despite the rainy weather.
There were numerous inquiries about the FOM organization and how people can help. Children were thrilled about seeing mustangs and learning things about them such as where they were born and how people adopted them. Click HERE to view some pictures from the event.