No horsing around: Group needs donors

A local group has an idea that should pin down one of the wilder aspects of Moffat County.

With the help of donors, the Northwest Colorado Community Foundation eventually wants to see a collection of bronzed wild horse statues grace a small park in Craig.

"Wild horses have always been around here, but the idea of them running wild and free is not something that most of the world gets to see," Dona Shue, a member of the nonprofit group, said. "People here can see wild horses running and we take it for granted, but it's something that could really be a draw for others."

The idea started about three years, but the effort stopped with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, because "nobody was really into art for awhile," Shue said.

A two-acre plot of land was donated by John and Beverly Ricks for the project near Highway 13.

To get the project running, foundation members are selling a total of 45, 18-inch bronzed horse statue donations that should be a replica of the first life-sized statue in the park. Named "The Spirit of Sand Wash," the stallion statues by artist Curtis Zabel sell for $2,500 each. Zabel is creating the smaller for the cost of supplies only, and $1,700 of each statue purchase goes toward the cost of the first life-sized horse, which is projected to cost $60,000.

"The whole idea is to have an ongoing program of mares, stallions and horses -- to resemble a whole herd," board member Bernie Rose said.

Shue said she is offering an open forum for those who are interested in getting tips on horse training for wild horses. She said getting more people interested in the wild animals might help with the project.

The training demonstration is from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 at 696 County Rd. 22. A horse statue is available for viewing at the Bank of Colorado at 250 W. Victory Way.

For more information, call Dona at 824-0105.

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