When people think about Virginia Beach, Virginia, they think about tourists, beautiful beaches, hotels and sunny summer days. When you tell them that the south end of Virginia Beach has been home to wild horses, whose ancestors were brought to Virginia in the early 1500's, they look at you in disbelief.
Wild horses' descendents of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs (Banker Ponies) and a true living American Heritage, still roam the sandy beaches of the outer banks of Virginia and Currituck County, North Carolina.
I am President and my husband Gene and I are co-founders of the Virginia Wild Horse Rescue, a non-profit equine organization, incorporated May 2006, to continue to enhance the education and preservation of these magnificent wild horses.
My husband and I have been involved in the protection and preservation of the wild horses for over 20 years. It has been because of our undying love and passion for the wild horses that we have dedicated our life to try to help make a difference with their continued existence and preservation.
We have watched in awe as these beautiful wild horses roamed the sandy beaches and dunes in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach. In the early 70's my husband had a part-time job at the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and I was a Virginia Beach Animal Control Officer. It was then that we first began to be involved with the wild horses and their protection.
As part of the Virginia Wild Horse Task Force, we hope to continue our support, with our common goal being the welfare and preservation of the wild horses.