Friends of the Mustangs (FOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 in Grand Junction, CO. 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
Unbranded at the Avalon Theatre Saturday, November 14th, and Sunday, November 15th. There will be miscellaneous items for sale, including FOM merchandise, horse calendars for 2016 (featuring Little Book Cliff horses), and Unbranded merchandise.
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
Mail: PO Box 2771 Grand Junction, CO 81502
TO GRAND JUNCTION
The true story of four cowboys who trek 3,000 miles, with 16 mustangs, across the American west. This is a Must-See film that will take you on a journey like no other. Read our special thanks to Ben Masters on the Upcoming Events page.
Friends of the Mustangs is presenting this epic adventure film in Grand Junction at the Avalon Theater on November 14th and 15th. Tickets are $12 and can only be purchased at the door or at City Market stores (Grand Junction, Fruita, Clifton, Delta, Montrose, Hotchkiss, Rifle, Craig, Glenwood, and Moab, Utah). Four shows are scheduled as shown below.
Saturday, Nov. 14 @ 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15 @ 4:00 p.m.
If you want to learn more about Unbranded, check out Unbranded's Facebook page, website, and the Western Horseman blog below.
Western Horseman Unbranded Blog
Special thanks to the people and businesses that contributed to our quest to bring Unbranded to Grand Junction.
Ruth Ann Burnett, Copy Copy, Patty Painter, All Metals Welding & Fabrication, Shafer Equine Services, LLC, DeBeque Liquors, Desert Spring Veterinary Services Inc., Precision Printing, Modern Classic Motors Inc., Clifton Animal Hospital, PC
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 BLM of $416,000 a year.
DeBeque Wild Horse Days was a very busy, fun-filled event. We gave horse rides, and they were a huge hit. Several kids came back again and again. People were fascinated with the mustangs and so happy to see them there. Click HERE to view some pictures from the event.