save the Wild American Mustang

    In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Horse (January 31, 2014 - February 18, 2015), the Tai Chi Center of Chicago in collaboration with the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary created the "Year of the Horse, Save the Wild American Mustang" initiative that is open to all.

    In China the Horse represents endurance, loyalty, and purity to the Buddhist way of thinking. It is also a symbol for quick advancement in rank, and recognition of strength.

    The mission of the Year of the Horse, is to learn more about the Wild American Mustang, and raise funds from anyone who loves and cares that he/she continues to have a place to live within its natural habitat. All donated funds will go directly to the "Year of the Horse, Save the Wild American Mustang" fund then be donated directly to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

    Thank you friends of the Horse, $1,600.00 was donated!

    Feel like you missed out on making a donation? No worries! Donate directly to BHWHS

    Year of the Horse Celebration and Fundraiser
    February 8th, Saturday, 8pm - 12am

    Below you will find information about the Year of the Horse Celebration and who YOUR donations will go to.

      Tai Chi Center of Chicago - 4043 N. Ravenswood #201 / #228
      Questions please call 773-396-2653 or

    • To welcome in the new year while having fun amongst friends!!!
    • To raise money for the Year of the Horse - Save The Wild American Mustang. This year TC3 will support the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Visit to learn more about BHWHS. Or if you are unable to attend the celebration you can still make an online donation.
    • To Bang the Bao Gong of course!
    • To Burn Joss Paper with your New Year wishes.
    • To read your horoscope for the Chinese New Year, 4712.

    • Bring whatever you need to make yourself comfortable.
    • New Year wishes/resolutions.
    • Some food and drinks will also be provided otherwise this is a potluck event; please bring your favorite organic dish. Call if you have questions.
    • Buckets of money! 100% of the proceeds will go to BHWHS.

    • A suggested $20.00/person, $30/couple or family.
      We know you work hard for you money so any amount is appreciated! Our goal is to raise $2,000.
    • For a $50.00 donation you will receive a limited edition, Year of the Horse poster designed by Sas Stark (see below).

      8:00pm - Doors open!
      Gong'n will take place on the hour and half hour only in order to give our ears a break.
      8:00pm - midnight - Subtitled viewing of "Running Wild" the inspiring journey of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs in his quest to protect wild horses and the american west!
      8:45pm - 9:15pm Providing the spellbinding vocal harmonies, Steve Frisbie and Liam Davis will help us gallop into the new year. Steve and Liam fronted the power pop band Frisbie in the early 21st century. Each has moved on to individual success (with Davis earning a Grammy nomination), but they continue to nurture their special connection. With talent, good fortune, and hundreds of gigs on their side, Frisbie and Davis keep lifting their voices higher. For more information go to their Facebook page and Liam's website.
      9:30pm - Year of the Horse Puppet Show
      11:00pm - Joss Paper burning. You don't have to be here at this time but you must have your personalized paper prepared in order for me to burn it for you. Joss paper will be provided.
      Midnight Doors close. See you next year, The Year of The Sheep!

    save the horse
    Limited edition:
    Save the Wild American Horse poster
    Designed by Sas Stark
    Photo by Karla R. LaRive 11" x 17"
    13 pt. Recycled Matt Cover

    Who Your Donation Will Go To

    By donating to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary you are providing for the basic needs of nearly 600 wild horses that are a constant, ongoing, never-ending challenge for the staff and volunteers at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Every year there are fences to build and mend, water tanks to maintain, mineral salts to distribute, hay to purchase and feed during the winter, veterinarian costs, haying equipment to maintain, fuel costs for the ranch and visitor vehicles, and so much more. Donated dollars by friends of the sanctuary are always put to good use. The water tanks are an example and are absolutely essential to the well -being of the wild horses and we have located them in key places around the 11,000 acres of prairie lands where the mustangs roam freely.

    Here is a short 30 second commercial about BHWHS.

    Here is a link to the award winning, feature length film Running Wild staring Hayton O. Hyde and the Black Hill Wild Horse Sanctuary! (This film will be showing throughout the night of the fundraiser!).

    A word from Dayton O. Hyde

    Imagine a place where as far as the eye can see, miles and miles to the horizon, you can view America as it was 300 years ago. Imagine a place, long revered by the American Indians, where the Cheyenne River flows in all four directions and eagles' shadows sweep rocky canyon walls, a place where wild horses run free across endless prairies, hooves striking thunder, manes and tails flying in the wind. Imagine a crowded, bone-bare feed lot packed with captured mustangs, some too weak to stand. Listless, dejected, some have lost the will to live. Spirits broken, unwanted, either too old, too ugly, or too Now Imagine an Oregon rancher, naturalist, and the author, with the heart, the will and the sense of duty, the desire to save these animals, and you have Dayton O. Hyde. In 1988, Dayton Hyde raised, by the skin of his teeth, enough money for a down payment on a sanctuary near Hot Springs, South Dakota, and convinced the Bureau of Land Management to send him its unadoptable wild horses.

    Today, that dream is a reality. Come to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, experience the dream, visit their grassland home of rocky canyons, wind swept prairies, and dark pine forests, a home they share with coyotes, cougar, white-tail and mule deer, elk wild turkeys, eagles and falcons. A home where hundreds of wild horses not only live but flourish, nurtured by the dream of a man of vision, and the freedom he gave them. You too can be a part of that dream. Your participation in the planned giving program can keep these wild horses running free. The Sanctuary has given the wild horses that make their home there over 10,000 years of horse freedom. Thank you!

    Perhaps you are one of those who have already helped with your donations. Donations are accepted anytime of the year. Won't you please help? Come and take pride in what you have become a part of. Enjoy the herds of sleek, healthy mustangs running where wild flowers bloom in profusion, and the sky goes on forever.


    Dayton O. Hyde

    Interesting Facts About Horses

  • A mustang is a free-roaming horse that has become an iconic symbol of the spirit of the American West. Mustangs are often called a wild horse. However, this term is incorrect because they are genetically descended from domesticated Spanish horses. A more accurate term is feral horse.
  • Mustangs were first brought over to the Americas by Spanish explorers. Native Americans quickly adopted the horse as a means of transportation. Pioneers in the American West, ranchers and cowboys also used the hardy, stocky horses for travel.
  • Mustangs are known for their speed and grace. They measure an average size of 14 - 15 hands and typically weigh around 800 pounds (360 kg). One hand is equivalent to 4 inches (10 cm). Their coloring varies from reddish-brown, black, white or a golden-brown. In the wild, Mustangs have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, while domesticated Mustangs can live up to 30 years. Like most horses, mustangs spend much of their day grazing in open plains.
  • The name 'mustang' has been derived from the Spanish word 'mustengo', meaning 'ownerless beast' or 'stray horse'.
  • SMustangs are known for their stamina and speed. Their stockier legs make them less prone to injury.
  • Approximately 100 years ago, about 2 million Mustangs roamed the North American terrain. Today, there are about 30,000 horses.
  • Mustangs live in large herds with a lead female horse or mare. The males or stallions can lead a herd around six years of age.
  • Around the start of the twentieth century, mustangs were hunted for their meat. Some of this meat was even used for pet food.
  • The mustang is descendant from the Iberian horse. Some herds have been genetically mixed with French or thoroughbred horses.
  • In the Wild West, cowboys known as mustang runners would catch, tame and sell the horses from 18th century to the early 20th century.
  • In 1971, the United States Congress recognized Mustangs as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.
  • A heroic women named Velma B. Johnston later nicknamed "Wild Horse Annie" alongside hundred of thousands of schoolchildren and wild horse supporters lobbied the government for 18 long, hard years against the unspeakable cruel destiny of the Mustangs.
  • Today, the Mustang population is managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management. Controversy surrounds the sharing of land and resources by the free ranging Mustangs with the livestock of the ranching industry, and also with the methods with which the federal government manages the wild population numbers. An additional debate centers on the question if Mustangs-and horses in general-are a native species or an introduced invasive species. Many methods of population management are used, including the adoption by private individuals of horses taken from the range.
  • The ratio of domestic livestock to wild horses and burros on the public lands is at least 50 to 1. An estimated 4.1 million domestic livestock graze the public lands compared with approximately 25,000 wild horses and 5,000 burros.
  • Numerous experts agree, that at the present rate of decline, and without intervention the Mustang could very well become extinct by the end of this century.

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