If you're 17 years old or under you can participate. Sorry grown-ups!
Wild Horse Annie/Youth Ambassadorship
Wild Horse Annie was the nickname of Velma Bronn Johnston, who loved our native wild horses and when she saw them being rounded up and killed to make room for ranchers & livestock, she knew she had to do something to help them. In 1950, she began writing letters to local newspapers and politicians, defending the horses' right to roam free. There were lots of people who wanted Annie to be quiet and stop making a fuss but she refused!
Annie was all alone on her quest so she got children to speak up, too, by having them write letters to Washington, D.C., politicians and the president, asking them to save America's grand wild horses.
Finally, with the help of young ambassadors, Annie persuaded Congress to pass a nationwide law protecting our wild horses and burros on our public land. That law is known today as the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon on Dec.18th, 1971, it took a long time to get the protections our equine needed but this is what can be accomplished when we all pull together.
Now, today our wild horses and burros need our help again and just like Annie, OWHO is seeking the help of our youth, please take a ride with us on a journey of discovery and learn how you can help us once again let Congress and the President know, our majestic icons of the west need help.
Current Youth Ambassador - Coming Soon!
We are very happy to have Tay representing our youth members as our first Youth Ambassador. Tay will be running our TikTok so check it out!
Click Below to enter your drawing of a blank coloring page for wild horses or burros. We'll choose 3 winners and those 3 winners will be on our webpage for other youth members to download and enjoy! To enter your submission fill out the form and upload your file in the pink box below. If you have any trouble please email our Outreach Liaison by clicking the "Email Miss Alison" button below this box. -Note: no parent assistance, that's cheating!
Wild equines is a term that means both wild horses and wild burros that live on our western public lands. We need your help to tell the people who manage them why they should stay free on the land and not in pens like the ones you see here. To send us a letter click the email button below and write us a note!
Fill Out the Form Below to Upload Your Coloring Sheet
Your coloring sheet must be a line drawing, just black pen or pencil on white paper.
To Become a Youth Member please fill out the following form with your parent's name, and email. have them send us a message with your first name only, and we'll send them a parental agreement form to fill out and send back to us.