A Tribute To The Horses That Have Passed in 2020


As I have done for the last several years, here is the annual tribute of the horses that have died in 2020. While the list is not as long as it has been for the last several years, it is not any less painful to read the names. Rest in peace. Thank you to Laura and Brittny for the use of their photos.

  1. Blizzard, beautiful son of Waif and Durango, born in 2001. I remember one of my first trips up the Dryhead in 2009. He came running across the open land with the wind blowing in his gorgeous mane. He was a sight to behold! I’m sure his spirit is still there running with the wind.

2. Broken Bow, daughter of 198505 and Froggie. She was born in 1993. The mother of Jackson, it was ironic that she passed in the same year as her son. Broken Bows, quiet and strong presence has been on the mountain for so long. She was always a strong mare, most times being the lead mare in her band. She really preferred to not be around people, but did allow me to get some photos of her when she let her guard down. She will be greatly missed.

Broke Bow (far right) with her stallion Santa Fe and her daughter Demure and granddaughter Kindra. (2010)
Broken Bow and Demure.

3. Jackson, son of Broken Bow and Two Boots, born in 1998. What do I say about Jackson? He was one of the most amazing stallions I ever had the privilege to meet. I felt he was everything a band stallion need to be. Kind, protective and loving. Even when he lost his band, he continued to nuture those that needed him. The mountain will not be the same without him.

Jackson and Lakota, 2011.
Jackson and Galena, 2014
Jackson, 2015

4. Oak, son of Fresia and Hidalgo, born in 2014. His life ended much to soon. He was struck and killed by an automobile. Rest in peace.

Oak, photo by BB photography
Oak. Photo by BB photography

5. Tecumseh, son of Warbonnet and Flash, born in 1998. If I could describe Tecumseh in one word, it would be Determination. He was perhaps the most determined stallion I ever saw. When he lost his band to Gringo in 2012, he refused to give up. I witnessed many brutal fights between the two of them, even one where I was sure Gringo had chased Tecumseh off a cliff. But still, Tecumseh never gave up and eventually he and Gringo made peace. He and Galadrial had a beautiful daughter (Oceana), who is still on the mountain.

Tecumseh, 2012

Tecumseh and Oceana, 2015
Tecumseh/Gringo band 2015

Rest in Peace, Run Like The Wind, and know that your spirit will continue to be the mountain.


2020 Pryor Foal # 15

Ursala and Kitalpha

Pryor Foal # 15 was born to Kitalpha and Hickok. Kitalpha is the 2010 daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango. Hickok is the 2007 son of Bell Starr and Starbuck. The foal is a filly and has been named Ursala.

Thank you Brittny for the use of your beautiful photos!

2020 Foals # 12, 13 and 14


Pryor Foal # 12 was born to Icara and Johnston.  Birth date possibly August 11.  Icara is the 2008 daughter of Waif and Corona, Johnston is the 2009 son of Cascade and Seattle.

Icara and Utopia
Icara and Utopia

The foal is a colt and has been named Utopia.  Thank you Brittney for the use of your photos.

Morgana and Utopia
Morgana and Utopia

Utopia 2

Nina and Ula

Pryor Foal # 13 was born to Nina and Oglala. Birth date possibly August 22.  Nina is the 2013 daughter of Bakken (father unknown).  Oglala is the 2014 son of Icara ( father possibly Hildago).

The foal is a filly and has been named Ula.

Thank you Brittny for the use of your beautiful photos!

Nina and Ula 2
Nina and Ula

Nina and Ula 3
Nina and Ula

Greta and Uma

Pryor Foal # 14 was born to Greta and Garcia. Birth date possibly August 26.  Greta is the 2006 daughter of  Belle Starr and Chino.  Garcia is the 2006 son of Topper and Tony.

The foal is a filly and has been named Uma.

uma 2
Greta and Uma

Utopia and Unity
Utopia and Unity


2020 Pryor Foals # 5,6,7,8 & 9

I’ve been a bit behind on announcing the new foal arrivals on my blog.  But, here they are:

Pilar and Foal
Pilar and her new foal Ukiah

Pryor Foal # 5

The fifth foal for 2020 was born on Mother’s Day weekend to the mare Pilar and stallion Hamlet.  Pilar is the 2015 daughter of LaBrava and Irial.  Hamlet is the 2007 son of Delliah and Pierre.  The foal is a colt and has been named Ukiah.

Pryor Foal # 6

The sixth foal for 2020 was born on Mother’s Day weekend to the mare Morning Reverie.  Morning Reverie  is the 2017 daughter of  Hataali and Morning Star.  I am listing the father of this horse as unknown.  The foal is a filly and has been named Usha.


Usha 2

Pryor Foal # 7

Foal # 7 for the season was born to Quintana and Okomi, also born on Mother’s Day weekend.  Quintana is the 2016 daughter of Feldspar and Mescalero.  Okomi is the 2015 son of Firestorm and Jackson.  The foal is a colt and has been named Udall.

Udall and Utah

Pryor Foal # 8

Pryor Foal # 8 was born to the Penn and Jesse James.  The birth of this foal was probably Mother’s Day week or the week before.  Penn is the 2015 daughter of Audobon and Hamlet.  The foal is a filly and has been named  Ukulele Lil.

Penns Foal
Penn and Ukulele Lil

Pryor Foal # 9

The 9th foal of this year was just discovered this past weekend by Dennis. The foal has been born to Niobrara and Fools Crow.  Niobrara is the 2013 daughter of Firestorm and Jackson.  Fools Crow is the  2005 son of  Strawberry and Cortez.   The foal is a filly and has been named Uushuwate.

Niobrara and Foal
Niobrara and foal

Niobrara 2

Thank you Dennis for the use of your beautiful photos!




2021 Camping Tour Dates

IMG_8824 We are looking forward to 2021.  Consider joining us for a camp trip of a lifetime! Deposit is fully refundable if cancellation is due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.  At this time I am not accepting any new guests. IMG_2786 Sandy has been camping in the Pryors since 2009, spending weeks at a time with the horses, and has been providing camping tours since 2013. Whether you bring a professional camera, or just a cell phone to take photos, Sandy goes out of her way to make sure you leave the mountain with cherished memories of your once in a life-time camping trip.  Sandy is willing to help you position yourself for the best photo opportunities, offer tips on lighting and settings.   And if you want to stay up late, she will even offer a bit of night time photography tips in the amazing very big and dark Montana sky. The many stories that Sandy shares about the horses and the range, make this trip more than just a chance to view them, it makes this a trip more about knowing the horses, giving you a brief glance into the life of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. Experience living with the horses 24 hours a day and in doing so, this can give you a better understanding of what it is like to live wild on the range. You will also be able to experience first light, blue hour, incredible sunsets and dark starry skies with an opportunity to do some night shooting. All tours may include light to moderate hiking. IMG_5799 The camping trips are 4 days/3 nights on the mountain top.  This trip includes: comfortable transportation up and down the mountain, all food, snacks, tents, sleeping pad and expert personal guiding. (last night dinner is on your own once we return to Billings).  Each tent and sleeping pad will be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly between guests. Below are the tour dates for the summer of 2021. Cost of the trip is $2295.00 per person.   A deposit of 50% ($1147.50) is due at time of booking. Contact me for payment options (I accept Venmo or check) or hit the PAY NOW button below. (a secure payment that accepts most credit/debit cards throughout the world.) 1. June 25-28 2. July 1-4 3. July 7-10 4. July 13-16 5. July 19-22 All payments are considered non-refundable, EXCEPT:  Refunds will be issued if we are not able to go due to Covid-19.   Refunds may be made if cancellations can be filled ( if cancellation is due to anything other than Covid-19 travel restrictions) Please consider purchasing travel insurance on your own!!  Here is a link to travel insurance purchase.  This insurance is not through Wild In The Pryors.  Please explore this link for cost comparisons of several companies.   TRIP INSURANCE Contact Sandy with any questions:  406-360-8959 All tours will start and end in Billings, MT. Wild in the Pryors There are many great hotels in Billings, MT. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements before and after the trip.  AirBnb is also a great source to find some lodging.  I can pick you up at your hotel the morning of our first day, or you can meet me at my house in Billings. Feel free to contact me for hotel recommendations.Camping trips will be limited to 5 guests.  Sandy will have an assistant with her who will assist her and help you with any camping needs.  Sandy will personally be doing all of the guiding.For reservations:  Contact Sandy Phone: 406-360-8959  email:  wildinthepryors@aol.com Wild in the Pryors is permitted by the Bureau of Land Management to conduct small group tours within the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range from January to December. Wild in the Pryors is one of a handful of businesses that have the federal permits necessary to guide clients onto this federal property. img_1982

2020 Pryor Foal # 4


Pryor Foal # 4 was born to Morgana and Johnston.  Morgana is the 2012 daughter of Icara and Merlin.  Johnston is the 2009 son of Cascade and Seattle.  The foal is a filly and has been named Umatilla.

Unity and Umatilla

Thank you so much Brittny for the use of your beautiful photos and the text letting me know of her birth.

Morgana and her beautiful offspring!

Umatilla with Morgana



2020 Name Game, The “U” Year

Penny/Pele, June 2015

With the “stay at home” order in many parts of the world right now, due to the Coronavirus, we all have a lot of extra time on our hands.  This year we will need that extra time, because the letter U is a tough one, that will need a lot of research and thought!  I look forward to your ideas.  Have fun!

Oceana and Tecumseh, May 2015

This will be the 8th year that I have made this post. This is a “fun” only post where any of you can suggest names for the 2019 foals born in the Pryors.  Of course, like on all the previous years, I can not guarantee that they will be used, but it will be fun to list them, and I do know that whenever a foal is born, I come to this post to look at all of the suggestions.  And if you can, please include the meaning for the name, it would be very helpful to know that.

Pegasus with her mom Ireland, July 2015

In 2000, the BLM started using a letter for each year of foals, starting with A.  This year is the U year.  So please feel free to list your ideas in the comment section of this post.  To read more about this system and why we use names, please refer to my Name Game post that I did in 2013.  Click on Name Game to go there.

I am looking forward to reading all of your suggestions.  If someone else has already posted your name idea, please list it again anyway.  It will be fun to see what the most popular name suggestions are!

Please stay healthy and safe!


2019 Pryor Foal # 16


The Sixteenth 2019 Pryor foal was born sometime around November 1 to Jasmine and Doc.  Jasmine is the 2009 daughter of Aztec and Cloud.  Doc is the 2003 son of Winnemucca and Little Foot.

The foal is a filly and the name that has been chosen is Talulah.

I found that there are three meaning to this name.  The first one that came up was:  An Online Australian Woman’s Boutique.  Surprised by this, I googled it again.  This time from Wikipedia:Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn[1] (born 26 September 1985), known professionally as Talulah Riley, is an English actress.  Still thinking that there had to be more, I googled it again and found this:  The name Talulah means Leaping Water and is of Native American origin. Talulah is a name that’s been used by parents who are considering baby names for girls. Choctaw.

Okay, I think the last meaning is the one I will think of when I say this name, since the announcement of the name did not include what meaning it was intended for.

Welcome to the Pryors beautiful little filly!  These photos were taken by Jack Sterling on December 3 (Thank you Jack for the use of your photos).  As you can see, she seems to be doing quite well.  Looking forward to seeing this little one!



2019 Pryor Foal # 10, Oceana’s Story

Oceana 1
Oceana and her new colt Titan.

2019 Pryor Foal # 10 was born to Oceana and Grijala.  Oceana is the 2013 (born in October that year) daughter of  Tecumseh and Galadrial.  Grijala is the 2006 son of Cavelita and Conquistador.  The foal is a colt and has been named Titan.

Wild in the Pryors
The powerful Grijala with bachelors: Knight, Gringo and Inali, June 2015

I remember the first time that I saw Oceana.  I was instantly in love with this special girl.  She was born late in the year ( late September) to a special couple, Tecumseh and Galadrial.  Their story is one that I have told many times on the mountain, and should write a blog post about it. Oceana was a great surprise to all of us that have followed this group, and after looking back at old photos and recalling their story, I guess it would be fair to say that Oceana is my favorite mare on the mountain.

Oceana with her family, May 2015

Oceana and Tecumseh, May 2015

I first saw Oceana in May of 2015.  She was a small, sturdy, fuzzy little girl, who idealized her father and and captured my heart.  Surrounded by not only Galadrial and Tecumseh, but also by Gringo and Beulah.  This unusual band of 4 would take great care of her.  Despite being born late and a little small, Oceana became very independent.

It was clear the spring of 2016, that Oceana had a big attraction to the powerful stallion Grijala.   She joined his band at a young age, and he was always seen as being kind and gentle to her.

In late June of 2017, Abbie, along with myself and a group of students, discovered a new born foal with Docs band.  This foal did not belong to this band.  Abbie and suspected that Oceana was pregnant, and that this may be her foal.  Somehow, this young foal got separated from its band.  Here is a photo of the foal that Abbie and I named Hope Ryden. ( Not to be confused with the foal that Jasmine had a few months later, also called Ryden) You be the judge.  We’ll never know for sure, but seeing her new foal made both feel we had been right.  You can read that post here:  Hope

June 28, 2017 Oceana’s foal?

Ocenana 2
Oceana and her new colt, Titan

Regardless of the past, I do know that we now have a beautiful little colt with fantastic parents.  I could not be happier for this amazing filly that has grown into a beautiful mare.


Oceana, May 2015