COLTS NECK, N.J. — Jamie Baldanza, a wild mustang advocate, equine photographer, and filmmaker is using her talents to better the lives of horses.
Baldanza will be traveling to Mongolia to film a short film or documentary of The Gobi Desert Cup Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. She also recently teamed up with Clare Staples of Skydog Sanctuary to create a short film to raise awareness for the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.
Baldanza is no stranger to filming in the wild. Spending most of her time shining a light on animal causes through art and stories (specifically wild horses), she is honored to take on a project so deeply rooted in culture, land, and horses. While the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle is slowly disappearing Baldanza wants to show that there are a group of people out there who want to help preserve this part of the world through the Gobi Desert Cup. Through a 480-kilometer endurance race across the Gobi Desert this short film/documentary will bring you on heartfelt Mongolian journey from start to finish on horseback.
The Gobi Desert Cup is a multistage endurance race on Mongolian horses, unlike any other endurance event. Combining the safety protocols and regulations of three international endurance organizations with semi-wild Mongolian horses and horsemanship, the event occurs over multiple terrains from dunes to rolling, verdant hills. Each of the approximately 20 international riders will ride six horses in six days, testing their horsemanship, their endurance and their sense of adventure. Each horse is chosen specifically for their physical strength and quiet temper and trained specially for the race by our team of Mongolian herdsmen and veterinarians.
Mongolia horsemanship and nomadic tradition have remained virtually unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan in the 13th century. The Gobi Desert Cup was founded to directly benefit the local nomadic people and their horses while drawing global attention to their slowly dwindling lifestyle through the race benefitting the Mongolian Horse and Nomads Foundation
Campaigning To End Slaughter Of Horses
The Safeguard American Food Exports or SAFE Act would permanently ban both horse slaughter in the U.S. and the exportation of horses for slaughter abroad.
The bill was introduced on Feb. 4, as H.R.961 by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). On March 1, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture by the Committee on Agriculture.
“Pass The Safe Act: The Story of Louisa, Star, and Baby Skye” takes you on a whirlwind kill pen rescue mission spanning three states. Louisa, an ordinary, brown, malnourished mustang and Star, a pregnant palomino mare, were bound for slaughter on Christmas Eve. Skydog Sanctuary rescued the two mares, vowing to protect the horses left behind by spreading their story.
Skydog Ranch is a permanent home for wild mustangs and burros who have ended up in horrible and dangerous situations - at kill pens, auctions, and homes where they have been abused or starved. The horses at Skydog often enter dire circumstances following relocation from their native habitat by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Skydog Sanctuary has locations in Malibu and Mariposa, Calif., plus a 9,000 acre ranch near Bend, Ore.
“Jamie and I decided to make a film as a way to stand up for these horses. As I drove away from Texas, I remember thinking that these horses don't have a voice — but I do. We do. You do. And we need to use our voices to stop this brutal trade, where horses suffer at every stage of the slaughter pipeline,” said Staples.
Celebrities have voiced their support for The SAFE Act through the short film on social media, including Josh Groban, Nikki Reed, Kaley Cuoco, Beth Behrs, Robert F Kennedy JR, Georgina Bloomberg, Gerard Butler, Julianne Hough, among others.
Skydog Sanctuary is committed to passing The SAFE Act within the next two years. Their goal is to raise awareness for horse slaughter trade and inspire more people to act. To learn more see https://www.skydogranch.org/oppose-slaughter
To learn more about Baldanza’s work or to collaborate on an animal cause project visit http://www.thismustanglife.com or follow her on Instagram at @thismustanglife.
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