Warning: file_get_contents(http://theamericanwildhorse.com/links.php?d=theamericanwildhorse.com/category/updates/): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found in /home2/jamesk/public_html/wp-content/themes/WP-Classa/WP-Classa/header.php on line 26

Category Archives: Updates

Spirit Riders Recut

Anaquads Kleinert”s powerful documentary film Spirit Riders has won numerous awards but was never released!

Anaquad will be editing and completing a new addition of the film coming in 2014!

Spirit Riders is an international award wining documentary film about the birth of an American Indian peace movement, begun by the Lakota Nation and its growth over the subsequent years.

From the stunning images of wilderness landscapes to the dramatic footage of peace and unity horseback rides, this film is a visual delight. With narration by Peter Coyote, interviews with ride-participant Viggo Mortensen and an eclectic soundtrack featuring American Indian Grammy winner Bill Miller, Robert Mirabal, Rick Allen, Lauren Monroe. Spirit Riders not only entertains, but leads the audience on a profound journey inside a culture and a movement offering ancient traditional visions of peace to a troubled modern world.

Many respected members of the Lakota community, including descendents of Sitting Bull and Black Elk are featured in the film, both as participants in the rides and as social/cultural commentators. Charlotte Black Elk, Alex Whiteplume, Birgil Killstraight, Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Russell Means and Mel Lonehill all make appearances in the film.

The film introduces us to the Lakota Indian tradition of ceremonial horseback rides and how in the last twenty years these rides have become a source of inspiration for the Lakota people and a medium for a worldwide message of peace.

Spirit Riders explores how the roots of the World Peace movement lie in the suffering and recovery of the Lakota. Through rides and ceremonies, Lakota people have found ways to let go of the grief and despair which persisted for a hundred years following the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee and envision a new and hopeful future. This is the invaluable journey, which the Lakota have to offer not only their own people but all the peoples of the world.

Please support our kickstarter campaign to finish our newest film Horse Medicine

Below you will see the stats for our kickstarter campaign to fund our newest film, Horse Medicine. Please consider helping us reach our goal of $30,000 by donating at our kickstarter campaign website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/237422647/horse-medicine

Saginaw Grant American Indian Actor Joins Quest to Save America’s Wild Horses

Saginaw Grant, American Indian Actor, attended the Hollywood screening of Wild Horses & Renegades on November 1st 2012.  Saginaw recently completed filming in the Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp.  He has joined in solidarity to help save America”s Wild Horses.  Director James Anaquad Kleinert filmed an interview with Saginaw on Nov, 7th. Saginaw will be appearing in the sequel to Wide Horses and Renegades, Rise Of The Renegades, and upcoming film Horse Medicine.

Saginaw Grant American Indian Actor Joins Quest to Save America

Saginaw Grant (left) American Indian Actor Joins Quest to Save America”s Wild Horses


Artivist Premiers Wild Horses on Nov 1

Join us in Aspen on Oct 20th

Kleinert vs. Salazar

The film Wild Horses and Renegades has generated a federal lawsuit, Kleinert v. Salazar, challenging the recent Disappointment Valley helicopter roundup based on violations of the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse & Burro Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the U.S. Constitution.

The legal strategy focuses on staying in court post-roundup. Federal lawsuits against the BLM under the 1971 Wild Horse Act are rare and recent, and this area of the law is literally developing by the day. Most lawsuits are dismissed for lack of standing and mootness. The Kleinert case is unique and should withstand dismissal. This is because the volunteer group is able to return captured horses back to the larger range they inhabited 1971, so the herd can repopulate to a higher, genetically sustainable size. Since the captured Disappointment horses can in fact be returned to the range thanks to community support, the court can grant this relief, which means the case should withstand dismissal and the plaintiffs can stay in court post-roundup. [quote style=1]This will be a rare opportunity to create new law. It could be a game changer for the American wild horse and its advocates.[/quote]

James Kleinert is asking for financial support to build on the progress made so far, he is currently completing the film “Wild Horses & Renegades” for final release and distribution. This powerful movie is an extraordinary media tool for raising public awareness of BLM mismanagement of wild horses and our public lands. Legal costs for the federal lawsuit are expected to be in the range of $50,000 to $75,000.

You can help by making a donation towards the legal costs. Please click on the PayPal link below to make a donation.


If you would like to learn more about the lawsuit, please go to the BLM Lawsuit page.

Americans Speak Out


This is my message for the week of 4th of July!

Thank you so much for your support.

Ride Strong!

James Anaquad Kleinert

Spring Creek Law Suit Filed

Dear Wild Horse Supporter

We have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the 2011 Spring Creek Basin/Disappointment Valley roundup based on violations of the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse & Burro Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the U.S. Constitution.  Both The Spirit Riders Foundation and I are the plaintiffs.  Please see the attached document for additional information on the federal lawsuit. Time is of the essence. This lawsuit is moving forward now!

In our lawsuit, we ask the court to allow us to return horses adopted from the roundup by Spirit Riders to the much larger range the Spring Creek wild horses once inhabited in 1971, and to allow the herd to repopulate to a higher, genetically sustainable size.

Since the adopted Spring Creek horses can in fact be returned to the range, the court is capable of granting the requested relief.   Legally, the ability to actually return the horses to the wild makes all the difference in the world and should allow us to stay in court and have the case heard on the merits, which will be a first!  Federal lawsuits under the 1971 Wild Horse Act are rare and recent, and they are invariably dismissed before they are heard by the court.  Thanks to our unique situation,  Kleinert v. Salazar is a rare opportunity to create new law, stop the violence of roundups, and save the American wild horse from inhumane treatment, and ultimate extinction.

Spirit Riders Foundation is asking for your tax-deductible financial support to build on the incredible progress made so far.   We need to raise $225,000 immediately to market and release the film, to win the lawsuit, and to provide continued sanctuary, including veterinary care and basic gentling for the Spring Creek horses we adopted.

Contributions are being accepted by Spirit Riders Foundation, a 501C3 organization.  To make a tax-deductible contribution, and for further information, please click on the Donate link on the sidebar.


James Anaquad Kleinert

Please watch this video for the story about our lawsuit.