Ginger Kathrens, founder and volunteer Executive Director of TCF, 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, Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns, and Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions for WNET’s Nature series on PBS. Challenge of the Stallions was five years in the making, and 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.
Ginger is an honor graduate of Bowling Green State University and also holds a Masters Degree in Communications from Florida State University. In 2006 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Bowling Green State University and was their graduation speaker in 2007. In 2009 Ginger was chosen as one of top 100 graduates of BGSU in the 100-year history of the university.
Ginger is an avid wilderness trail rider, lifetime bird watcher and lover of all things wild. She is the proud owner and co-owner of six mustangs, Flint, Sky, Trace, Sax, BJ, and Swasey.
The Cloud Foundation, is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger Kathrens’ knowledge and fear for not only Cloud’s herd but other wild horses in the West. “I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger says.”They are rounded up by the thousands, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family. I realized that even Cloud and his family were in danger.”
“In Cloud’s remote mountain wilderness we have a perfect opportunity to step back and watch nature call the shots. But, until we can better protect predators, a natural balance is unlikely. That is why we collaborate with BLM to limit reproduction through the field dartable, one year, reversible vaccine PZP,” she states. “We continue to fight for the restoration of historic lands so that the wild horse population can grow. Range expansion is essential, if we are to preserve the genetic viability of this Spanish herd. We could lose Cloud and his herd forever, unless we continue to stand up for them now.”
The non- profit Cloud Foundation is dedicated to preventing the extinction of Cloud’s herd through education, media events and programming, and public involvement. The Foundation is also determined to protect other wild horse herds on public lands, especially isolated herds with unique characteristics and historical significance.