The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center has a long history that has worked towards preserving the wild horses in the neighboring Pryor Mountains. The Mustang Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.Plan to visit Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lovell attractions using our Lovell travel route planner.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center was incorporated in 1998 by Reverend Floyd Schwieger and John T. Nickle with initial donations of $300 each. John Nickle served as President and appointed Rev. Schwieger, Richard Doerr, Jim Edwards, Daphne Hartman, and Phillip Schaeling as the original board. Not long afterwards Hope Ryden, Bill Roberts, Wes Meeker, and Dr. Phillip Sponenberg were added. These were later joined by Cal S. Taggart, Todd Wacaser, Jim Minchow, Kathy Johnsey, LaMoine Sorenson, and Nancy Cerroni. Rev. Schwieger, Richard Doerr, and Cal Taggart are now deceased and Wes Meeker and Phillip Schaeling no longer serve on the board.
Today's Center evolved from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Association, a loosely knit group who were supportive of the Pryor horses. Some members of the Association dated back to the local area committee that worked to save the wild horses in the mid 1960's. Some of the members of the committee who remained active through the years were Bob Doerr, Wes Meeker, Rev. Schwieger, Emil Doerr, and Phyllis Hill, along with the Lovell Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lovell. John Nickle supported the committee as Town Manager of Lovell. They all worked to help Lloyd and Royce Tillett and their families in their battle with the BLM to save the herd of wild horses in the Pryor Mountains. Hope Ryden, then a roving reporter with ABC TV, aided the cause by airing a report on national TV that brought nationwide attention to the plight of the Pryor horses. Finally in 1968, Secretary Stewart Udall established the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range in Montana and Wyoming. This became the first public Wild Horse Range in America. Clyde Reynolds, then Mayor of Lovell, was named to the first Wild Horse National Advisory Board, which convened their first meeting in Lovell. Rev. Schwieger liked to say, "come to Lovell to see the first horses on the first wild horse range".
In the early 1990's Dale and Daphne Hartman became interested in the Pryor horses. They began adopting and breeding Pryor horses and along with Rev. Schwieger, they founded The Pryor Mountain Mustang Breeders Association. Today the Breeder Association has a large group of registered Pryor horses. One of the purposes of the Association is to have horses with the Pryor bloodline that could be reintroduced to the range if there were a huge loss of Pryor wild horses in the future.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center now serves as a permanent advocate group for the Pryor horses. This was the dream of Rev. Schwieger and remains the dream of John Nickle and the Board of Directors. Please join us in supporting the Pryor horses.
Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center Reviews
We stopped first thing in the morning and learned about the Pryor Mtn Mustangs. Our kids were able to see the mustangs kept at the center and even feed them. The best part was the scouting report we..... more »
More like quarter horses...my g.son has some great pix of the mustangs and their special markings...way beyond what most get to see if they do take the drive.. more »
Nice people. They told us where we were likely to spot the wild horses. Very few horses were showing themselves out in the range, but we did see 3 of them. Even better, we saw some big Horn ewes with young in tow. I wish we had time for a guided excursion. Hopefully next time.
Touring the Pryor Mountain mustang range was the highlight of our Wyoming vacation. Steve was a great host and he and Nancy made our trip extra special. We saw a great many amazing mustangs in beautiful mountain settings. Steve shared his vast knowledge of the mustang bands and their Pryor Mountain heritage. This tour went above and beyond our greatest expectations thanks to Steve and Nancy.
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