Our Mission

NATIONAL MUSTANG ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO

Our mission is to preserve and protect horses in the wild and to promote conscious and humane herd management.

The National Mustang Association, Colorado Chapter, started out as being committed solely to the well-being and continued wildness of the mustangs of Spring Creek Basin in Southwest Colorado.  We have been instrumental in the implementation and success of the Spring Creek Basin HMA, working for more than 20 years on their preservation.  We have been asked to help with other wild horses in Southwest Colorado, and are committed to helping as many of them as we can.

NMA/CO is committed to assisting our local Tres Rios Field Office with the management of the Spring Creek Basin mustangs, as well as other agencies when we are asked to do so.  For information on adopting a mustang please visit the BLM national information web site at www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/.

Our Board

David Temple – President
David is one of the few certified Master Arborists in Colorado.  He and his late wife, Pati, made southwest Colorado their home for more than thirty years.  They were instrumental in founding the National Mustang Association-Colorado and working to protect the wild horses of the Spring Creek Basin herd area. They spent hundreds of hours replacing fencing, raising funds and purchasing grazing rights in the herd area in favor of horses, collaborating with the BLM and advocating population control, and installing water catchments for the horses.

David is an avid horseman having adopted five mustangs from the wild, three of whom he still owns and rides. He  has ridden, packed and camped all over the Southwest and continues his efforts on behalf of the Mesa Verde horses and all wild horses.

Lynda Larsen
As horse-crazy teenagers, Lynda and Pati rode their horses together through the fields, forests and backroads of upstate New York.  Pati went on to live the rest of her life in Colorado, and pursued her passion for horses by starting the National Mustang Association-Colorado chapter, working tirelessly to protect the wild horses in Colorado until her death in 2013.

Lynda practiced law in Los Angeles for almost twenty years and maintained her love of horses with jumping, eventing, and dressage. In 2012, she retired early and moved to Colorado to join NMA and work with Pati and the wild horses. Pati had adopted a yearling mustang from the Spring Creek Basin gather in 2011 (a Traveler baby) and bequeathed him to Lynda when she died.  Lynda has trained and ridden the grey gelding all over the mountains and canyons in the Four Corners area, and finds him to be the smartest, most athletic, opinionated and entertaining of all the horses she has known, confirming her conviction that mustangs can be the best companions.

Nancy Schaufele

Nancy Schaufele MS spent her professional life as a coach, counselor, and consultant working in both the public and private sector. She enjoyed her career as a psychologist in Atlanta owning a counseling center and Employment Assistant Service.  After years of traveling to the Four Corners region, she responded to the call of the west, sold her business and retired to Mancos Colorado with her husband in 2000. She continues to work within her community helping Boards, coaching non-profit and business leaders, and is a counselor for the Small Business Development Center.

Nancy says that she was born loving horses. She rejected dolls for horse toys – stuffed, plastic or paper. She says that a pony farm in Atlanta Georgia “saved” her young life and she wrote a prize winning story about her experience in “A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers.” She was drawn into NMACO by her friend Pati Temple who started the organization.  She recognized the plight of wild horses and embraced the mission to preserve and protect these magnificent animals in whatever capacity possible.

She currently owns two horses (she adores), two dogs and a cat (oh… and a husband) and rides with friends in the canyons and mountains as much as possible.   

Sandie Simons

Sandie grew up with the little girl passion for horses that never diminished. Rather, she grew up on the Maryland shore water skiing, fishing, swimming, and crabbing. After graduation she moved to Colorado to continue her education and pursue her career. Sandie  didn’t get her first horse until she was 23. He was a young Appaloosa that had been injured by aggressive horses in the pasture. Although he couldn’t be ridden for some time, patience paved the way for a wonderful, trusting relationship. The two went on to successfully compete in trail classes and to cover many miles on the trail. Since then, she has not been without horses and has formed a special bond with each. With her horses she has worked cattle in Wyoming to trying her ability at polo cross. She has competed in endurance riding as well as competitive trail riding. Currently she has one retired mare, a mare she is conditioning for endurance competition, a gelding that will continue to compete in long-distance trail competition, and one wonderful cutting horse whom she hopes to get back into competition.
Sandie joined NMACO in 2015, not long after moving to SW Colorado. For the last few years she has worked with the NPS to perform wild horse counts in the Park. She continues to learn and respect many of the ways of interacting with these magnificent creatures. (They teach us so much!) From visiting both wild horse holding facilities to training wild horse facilities and listening to learn from those dedicated to offering new ways of gathering and training wild horses, she hopes to bring this new philosophy to help in finding good homes for displaced mustang.

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