Standing Ovation by Ovation Riding

Today’s honoree: the CANA Foundation.


Advocating that wild horses are critical to both ecological and spiritual balance, the CANA Foundation works to rewild captive mustangs and return them to protected habitat on Native American reservation lands designated specifically for that purpose. CANA maintains that wild horses balance an ecological system, enhance the environment and naturally rejuvenate the land, while also holding deep historical and spiritual significance in native culture.

The CANA Foundation will hold its First Annual Hampton Classic Legislative Panel on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The event will be moderated by former Congressman Steve Israel, CANA’s strategic legislative advisor. Panelists will include Congressman Peter King, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, photographer and author Roberto Dutesco, CANA founder Manda Kalimian, CANA spokesperson Moses Brings Plenty, plus professional riders including Kelli Cruciotti.

The panel offers a unique experience to expose horse lovers and equestrian enthusiasts already attending the Hampton Classic to the issues at stake in the American West regarding wild horses.

The CANA Foundation works through grants, advocacy efforts, public awareness campaigns and wide-scale media initiatives. While the banner emphasis is on rewilding horses from Bureau of Land Management holding, CANA also emphasizes that rewilding “[restores] ancestral ways of living to create greater health and well-being forĀ  humans and the ecosystems in which we belong.” The foundation lists various initiatives it intends to spearhead within native communities, including economic and social development opportunities, cultural awareness programs, healthcare initiatives, job training opportunities, organic farming initiatives, and other environmentally friendly and sustainable commerce projects.

For more information about the CANA Foundation, please visit the organization’s website.

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