Wild Horse Exhibit at Reno Int'l Airport

Wild Horses: Spirit of the West

By Terri Farley

Photographer Mark Terrell with Kim Matthews, Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Thousands of people rank "seeing wild horses running free" #1 on their Bucket Lists.

Susie Alexander with her "Endangered Spirits" mural.

That's why Wild horse tourism has been envisioned by many who see it as a way to save the West's mustangs.

Last year, when Nevada's wild horses were trucked to slaughter sales, Bonnie Matton of Wild Horse Preservation League grew tired of waiting. A former dude ranch owner, Matton knew the thrill-power of horses and her enthusiasm was contagious.

Soon, Reno-Tahoe Airport's marketing coordinator, Kim Matthews was fired up with the idea of wild horses in the airport. Next, writers, artists and historians contributed ideas and Wild Horses: Spirit of the West was born.

The exhibit of words and art depicting Nevada's mustangs launched DepARTures, an oasis in one of the country's busiest airports.

Dorothy Nylen, Wild Horse Preservation League president, praises stamina of wild horse advocates.

Author Terri Farley can't stop talking about mustangs.

Lacy J. Dalton and Willis Lamm sing LET 'EM RUN

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki attended the opening of Wild Horses: Spirit of the West with his daughter Kate. Kate Krolicki lead the children's campaign to put wild horses on Nevada's state quarter.

New DepARTures Gallery features Phantom Stallion (HarperCollins) book cover art by Greg Call

"Wild Horses: Spirit of the West" is on display until August.

Originally Posted By Terri Farley