"It was an honor to perform with my brother, Michael Roberts, at the Year Of The Horse Celebration!
We enjoyed sharing who we are with the Native American artisans, event attendees, and Santa Fe Plaza patrons.
It is important for us, the Native Pride Dancers, to collaborate with artist and organizations that strive to make a
difference in this World!
Thank you" ~ Larry Yazzie
Michael Roberts, with Native Pride Dancers, on the Santa Fe Plaza.
In 1680 a Tewa leader, Po'pay led an attack against the colonial rulers in the region now known as Santa Fe, New Mexico.
After the attack hundreds of horses, possibly as many as 1,500, were left behind. This was the largest number of horses to pass into native hands at one time!
The Pueblo people began trading horses to neighboring tribes and the horse population expanded rapidly across North America.
Three hundred thirty three years later we gathered on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza and honored the descendants of those horses the Native way, with dignity and respect, through our stories, song and dance.
Melody Perez & Karl Zimmer ~
'From living among the Wild Mustangs in the rugged terrain of northern New Mexico for a year, to touring Wild Horse Public Land Management area's across the west, I have had the wonderful experience of learning the story of the wild mustang, up close and personal. I have shared in their daily lives experiencing their incredible beauty, strength and will to survive.' ~ Melody Perez
Artist, Singer, Songwriter
Visit the 'Running Horses Studio' web site to view Melodys' full collection.
Theresa Montano ~
Sonja Meadows ~ President Animals' Angels
"For the last 8 years, I have traveled all across the United States, Canada and Mexico to investigate the plight of horses being shipped to slaughter. I have seen almost all of the major kill buyer feedlots, export pens, slaughter plants and auctions. While there, thousands of horses have crossed my path. Horses, who are all dead now. I will not forget any of them: The friendly brown mare at the Presidio export pens, who came close when I was filming and rested her head on my shoulder. The beautiful and proud black gelding in Sugarcreek, Ohio. He stood there in the “kill pen”, very tall and very strong. Only his eyes showed that he knew what was coming. The grey mare dying at Southwest Livestock Auction, down, with bleeding hips, struggling to get up. They all deserved so much better.
Animals' Angels continues to conduct these investigations to tell these animals' story and to expose horse slaughter for what it is: A predatory, cruel industry that benefits only a few and causes so much suffering. Our reports have led to convictions of animal abusers and thousands of dollars in fines. Our international awareness campaign in Europe has caused grocery stores in several countries to pull all horse meat off their shelves. However, our work is far from being done. For more information about our work and what you can do to help. please visit www.animalsangels.org. - Sonja Meadows - President Animals' Angels Inc."
The Horse Shelter Ranch Managers brought several rescued horses from the shelter offering a unique opportunity to witness the amazing work horse rescues do.
Pam Spatz with Pueblo Animal Health Services joined us again this year presenting the important, FREE, animal services her organization offers the Pueblos!
Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding Center is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and serves northern and Central New Mexico.
President of Listening Horse, Gus, was on hand to presenting information on the
invaluable work Listening does with horses for people.