Lakota’s Gift, 2016

Lexi and Montana

This will be my 4th season of camping tours!  On my first season, my very first trip, in July of 2013,  with my daughter Amber acting as my assistant, a woman, named Jeanne booked a trip for herself and her two granddaughters, ages 11.  Lilly and Lexi were great to be around, and seemed mature beyond their young years, and since that day, Jeanne and I have become life long friends.  Not only did Lexi know the horses, but the love they all shared for the horses and the appreciation they had for the mountain, made this trip one that I will always hold close to my heart.  But this trip will also be remembered as the trip that a new foal decided to be born, right outside our tents very early one morning.  That foal was Nacer.  Through tragedy and deep emotions, the five of us would be linked to this mountain for life.  You can read more about that foal, by clicking on NACER.

This is my third year that I have awarded a free camping trip to a young person who would be willing to carry on their passion of the wild horses and share it with others their age.  I named it “Lakota’s Gift” in honor of my favorite wild horse who died in the summer of 2012. ( Has it really been 4 years?)   Lakota gave so much to me in such a short time, that I wanted to do something to “keep the torch burning” for these special horses.

Lakota 2011-14
Lakota at my campsite, July 2011

And so this years Lakota’s Gift recipient will be Lexi.   She will be joining me for one of my July trips.  Lexi is now 14 (she will be 15 by the time she goes on the mountain), and even more knowledgeable than ever about the horses.   I look forward to spending some time with her.

Lexi is also the proud co-owner of the Pryor Horse, Montana, who was removed last summer.  Montana is living at her grandmother, Jeanne’s house and is doing great.  It is apparent by the photos here, that Lexi already has a special bond with him.

Montana, Lexi and Olivia

I think Lakota would be pleased.


13 thoughts on “Lakota’s Gift, 2016

  • What a fantastic recipient!! Congratulations Lexi, you truly deserve it! I am sure Lakota would be very pleased 🙂

    And how lovely to see how well Montana is bonding with his new family. Congratulations on adopting a very special Pryor Mountain Mustang.

    I was deeply honoured to be selected for Lakota’s Gift last year and it was an experience that truly changed my life (and is shaping my future career!) I am very grateful to Sandy for this opportunity, as, without it, it is unlikely that I would have been able to meet these horses in person any time at all soon.

    Once again, congratulations Lexi!! 🙂

      • Aw, thanks so much Sandy!! 🙂 <3 I consider you a dear friend as well and am so, so happy I got the opportunity to meet you last year!! Can't wait to be back in June!

  • Such a wonderful deal, all around. I am thrilled to know Montana has such a great new family. If I don’t get out on my next visit until July, I will certainly look forward to seeing you ladies on the mountain, or the Dryhead, whichever happens first. 🙂

  • Congratulations to Lexi!! Thanks to Sandy for shaping lives with her annual gift. As already stated, Lakota would be very pleased!

  • Thank you Sandy for giving me the gift, I feel so fortunate to be given such an opportunity and couldn’t be more excited to come to the Pryors this summer! Having Montana at my grandmas house just brings the Pryors that much closer to my heart! I can’t wait, and thank you so much!

  • What a fantastic opportunity for Jeanne’s granddaughter Lexi, I’m sure she will have a wonderful time being you assistant and I expect Jeanne is feeling very proud too 😉

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