As a young girl growing up in Southern Arizona I had the opportunity to see the Gila Herd Wild Horses. Time passed and I grew up but never forgot about the beautiful horses running through the desert. Little did I know that this connection would be brought front and center to my life as an adult some 50 yrs later. In October 2016 I was made aware of a situation of wild horses starving and neglected in South Dakota. I traveled there to assist as Adoptions Manager to try and place as many of these horses as possible to keep them from going to auction which would have meant slaughter for many of them. I walked over a small rise and there they were. The horses of my childhood days. The ones I witnessed as a young girl running free were now sad and starving. They barely lifted their heads to pay attention to us as we walked amongst them. I made them a promise that day that I would move heaven and earth to bring them home to Arizona. To preserve, protect and cherish them for what they are. We are hoping to raise funds to provide a sanctuary for these magnificent mustangs.