Board of Directors

Ginger Kathrens - Producer/ Cinematographer


board of directors-gingerGINGER KATHRENS is an Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor as well as an award-winning author. Her documentary filmmaking trips have taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America and all over the U.S. She filmed and produced the acclaimed Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns for WNET's Nature series on PBS. Cloud will return to PBS in November with Cloud: Challenge of The Stallions. Five years in the making, it is Kathrens' next chapter in the life of the charismatic wild stallion she has documented since his birth in May of 1995. Ginger's revealing journey with wild horses has been compared to Jane Goodall's experiences with Chimpanzees. Her documentation of Cloud represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.

Kathrens was the co-producer and cinematographer of the two-hour Discovery Channel special, Spirits of the Rainforest, which won two Emmy Awards including one for Best Documentary. Additional projects for Discovery included The Ultimate Guide: Horses and The Ultimate Guide: Dogs. Kathrens also wrote, edited, and produced over two dozen segments of the Wild America series for PBS, and has filmed for National Geographic, Animal Planet and the BBC.

Ann Evans


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Ann is the CCO at Kindred Healthcare in Denver. She is the owner of Smokey and Mahogany, Cloud's sisters who were captured in the 1997 roundup. Both are limited distance endurance horses and wonderful trail companions. Mahogany was ranked #1 in the mountain region in the Best Conditioned category in 2005. She was privileged to work on all three of the Cloud films and Year of the Mustang so has been a frequent visitor to the Pryor Mountains since 1995. (Pictured: Ann riding Mahogany, with her dog, Tori)

Craig Downer

Board Member

Craig C. Downer is a wildlife ecologist (UCalifBerk, UNevReno, UKanLawr, UDurhamUK) who has extensively studied both the wild horses of the West and the endangered mountain tapirs of the northern Andes.

craig downerHe has given speeches and written manyarticles, including encyclopedic, and several books. His works are both popular and scientific, in English, Spanish and translated to German. Several of these concern wild horses, their ecological contribution, their North American evolutionary roots, their great natural and social value and their survival plight. He is a member of the World Conservation Union, Species Survival Commission and has written the Action Plan for the mountain tapir (1997).

Susan Sutherland

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Susan Sutherland is a professional in the financial services industry interfacing with the banking, trading, and manufacturing sectors in the U.S. and around the world. Susan has an agricultural and farming background in Illinois. Her interest in horses has been channeled to the advocacy of wild horses in the U.S. She is the guardian of three Mustangs: Bravo, nephew of Cloud (adopted from Front Range Equine Resce); Arrow, Cloud's granddaughter who was rounded up in 2009 and gave birth to a roan colt, Arroyo, in April 2010. (Pictured: Susan and Arrow at a Colorado Parade, Summer 2010).

Anni Williams

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anni williamsTop corporations, law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations have enlisted Anni over the past 25 years to provide highly specialized communication consulting services. She helped start-up a successful 501(c)(3) that later served as a model for other state agency and private sector alcohol abuse prevention programs and successfully handled risk management issues as an Executive Director to an international trade association. Anni also directed numerous grassroots and advocacy programs for regional and statewide political campaigns and ran her own Top 25 ranked San Francisco Bay Area public relations firm. Also regarded as an expert in witness preparation and trial communication strategy, Anni presently consults with prominent law firms across the country to tackle challenging legal cases. (Pictured: Anni riding Smokey, one of Ann Evans' adopted Pryor mustangs, and Cloud's half sister)

Rob Pliskin

Board Member

rob pliskinRob Pliskin began gentling wild horses in 1998 at national workshops presented by the US DOI – BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. In December 2006, while a trainer at Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue in Lancaster, CA; he developed clinics in Equestrian Education and brought the EAGALA model to Lifesavers. EAGALA is the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, which Rob has been a member of since 2003. The EAGALA model hosts clients in coaching, learning, counseling, and psychotherapy sessions with a team of a licensed coach-therapist, an equine specialist, and horses or other equines.

Lisa Anne Friday, PHR

Board Member

lisa anne friday-phrIn 2005, Lisa Friday was given the book "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies" as a Christmas gift by her mother. This started her on the path of helping to save the wild horses. As a wild horse advocate turned activist, Lisa has attended round-ups, investigated, videoed and reported on BLM short and long-term holding facilities, arranged for meetings with Congressional representatives of the Appropriations Committee concerned with budgeting for wild horse roundups; and most heartwarming, has adopted Cloud's daughter Rain from the Pryor Mountain round-up of 2009. Lisa is committed to educating the highly visible horse industry in the Eastern United States. Her presentations of wild horse and burro issues have been presented at several hunt clubs, riding clubs, and schools throughout Virginia. (Pictured: Lisa with Rain)

Linda Hanick

Board Member

linda hanickA few years ago a friend suggested that one of the young fillies belonging to Linda's daughter resembled the pale palomino stallion in the PBS "Nature" program and shared the video with her. Linda was surprised to learn about this wild herd for the first time, even though she had previously lived in Montana for nearly 10 years. In the summer of 2009, she and her husband, Vic, decided to travel north and learn more about Cloud and the herd of wild horses who lived in the Pryor Mtns. Since then they have traveled there several times a year, to experience the magic of the wild mustangs on the mountain top and canyon area. About the same time, an active group of wild horse advocates became active in Ft. Collins, Northern Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Partners, and Linda became active in that group--through educational meetings, research, rallies and protests, meetings with USGS research teams, and an intense sharing of knowledge. (Pictured: Linda with her husband, Vic, with Cloud atop the Pryor Mountains)

Jaime Wade

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Jaime Wade has been certified through the Certified Horsemanship Association to teach both western and English horsemanship disciplines.  She owns and operates Sonshine Acres where she teaches riding lessons, runs summer programs, and trains horses.  Jaime has studied natural horsemanship extensively and uses her knowledge and experience to change the lives of horses everywhere. Although she works with multiple horse-analities, Jaime’s primary focus is mustangs. (Pictured: Jaime on one of her Pryor mustangs, Boomer)

Paula Todd King

Director of Communications

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Three years ago Paula had no idea that wild horse herds still existed in the U.S.  Then her old friend Linda Hanick sent information about BLM Roundups and Paula was interested.  At that time Paula lived in South Carolina and felt cut off, but in August 2012 Paula and her husband Ron moved to Taos, NM, a place that had won their hearts. (Photo: Paula with Swasey, adopted in 2013 by Ginger, rounded up from the Swasey Mountain Herd in Utah)

Hope Ryden

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Author-Naturalist Hope Ryden has spent years in the field, studying and photographing North American wildlife. Her behavioral findings have been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon magazine, and her books have been translated into German, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Russian. To date she has twenty-three books to her credit, all of which are illustrated with her own photography.