Even though she had lived in Montana for a decade, Linda learned about Cloud and the Pryor herd for the first time in 2006. The week before the 2009 Pryor roundup, she and her husband, Vic, traveled north to learn more about Cloud and the herd of wild horses and the place they lived in the Pryor Mountains. At that same time, a group of wild horse advocates became active in Ft. Collins, CO, Northern Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Partners, and Linda joined that group–learning through educational meetings, research, rallies and protests, meetings with USGS research teams, and an intense sharing of knowledge.
Linda quickly realized that the management of our wild horses was not only a humane issue, but also political, scientific, and fiscal issues. Since 2009, Linda has become an active advocate on various other levels, from arranging education opportunities and informational booths at farmers’ markets, to arranging meetings with local BLM offices and visiting various wild horse herds, attending regional and state BLM meetings as well as the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, and meeting with members of Congress in Washington. She has visited eleven wild horse herds throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana and works to expand her knowledge and understanding an improved range management for wild horse populations.
Linda lived her childhood in Parkville, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia and Kansas City with a BS and MS in English and Speech/Secondary Education. She enjoyed teaching English and Speech & Communications for 12 years before she and Vic opened Great Harvest Bread Company in Kansas City–having previously lived in Kansas, Missouri, and Montana. After 23+ years in the bakery business (while also serving on a national marketing board, helping with new bakery startups, and providing problem solving consulting services for established bakeries who needed business assistance), Linda and Vic sold their business and moved back West to Estes Park, Colorado. She now substitutes in the Estes Park schools and helps with the ground training of young horses at Cheley Colorado Camps. She enjoys their hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. But she and her husband’s most memorable adventures are their annual camping trips on the top of Pryor Mountain, which re-energize an appreciation for the outdoors and the importance of protecting our wild horses.
Linda’s other interests include her work as a volunteer and board member (for the past 13 years) of the John Austin Cheley Foundation, a national foundation that provides funding to deserving children so they can attend residential mountain summer camp.
Linda grew up in a small northern Missouri town, riding with many friends who had horses and continues to enjoy her daughter’s two little mares who live in Colorado.