to three North Dakota owner-operators, two rare wild horse herds
have received a month's supply of free hay hauled to drought-stricken
central South Dakota, where the herds reside.
members Rick Slama and Kenny Gross, along with owner-operator Paul
Peterson, all of North Dakota, volunteered their trucks to haul
hay 600 miles from their home state to two wild horse ranches in
South Dakota. After an organized effort to find ranchers to donate
hay, Slama, Gross and Peterson picked up all the hay at different
ranches and organized it onto their three trucks.
Sussman, president of the International Society for the Protection
of Mustangs and Burros, the recipient of the good-will truckers'
hay, said, "We are overjoyed at the miracles that continue
to come our way here. We know fuel prices are up, and this makes
this response to our needs even more meaningful."
addition to their trucks and fuel, Gross and Peterson also donated
hay. The Grosses donated 40 large bales of alfalfa to the wild horse
project. Jerry Lykken, who drove Gross' truck, volunteered on his
own time. The Petersons donated 10 large square bales of alfalfa,
the use of their truck and fuel.
miracle workers stayed long enough to enjoy a hot cup of coffee
and a tour of the wild horse facility," Sussman added. "They
are back on the road again, traveling the country."
and her organization began its conservation program in 1999 to save
two endangered, rare herds of wild horses in South Dakota.
drought hit South Dakota hard this past year, and they expect another
hard year," Sussman said. "Grazing is minimal if any at
and donors from all over the country have come to their rescue.
Sussman says they are still in need of trucks to haul hay from donation
sites across the United States. At presstime, hay is awaiting transit
to the ranch from Kentucky, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The group expects
to be out of hay by April, well before the next cuttings of fresh
you can assist this group by hauling or organizing a hay drive,
please call Karen Sussman at (605) 964-6866.