Why Artist Linda L Martin Choose The Mustang A Day Paintings As Her Challenge

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The Mustang A Day Personal Challenge
The Mustang A Day Personal Challenge is the brainchild of Linda L Martin.
She has developed the concept of this project in response to the growing
need to make the people in highly populated areas of the country
aware of our living National Treasures: The American Wild Horses.

The Challenge:
To paint or draw one real live Wild American Spanish Mustang a day 5 days a week
for an entire year. Linda chooses this personal challenge as a way to put a name with a face for these amazing wild horses

Why Linda Decided to get involved:

Linda has been involved with horses since she was
a child, in one way or the other; either reading, writing,
and painting about horses when she wasn’t training or
riding them. She brings to this project 35 years experience
as an artist and 15 years experience in writing, publishing
and promoting horse sports to grow larger fan base.
Included in her activites was her Thoroughbred Racing Fan paper, HorseWatchers.
HorseWatchers was published in the Mid-Atlantic states in the 1990s.

As an artist, writer, and trainer it became necessary
to study all breeds and types of horses. From the wild
island horses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and
Assateague Island in Virginia and Maryland to Mustang
adoptions from roundups in the west.

In the 1960s and 1970s everyone who loved horses had
heard of Wild Horse Annie, although many of them were too
young to influence US lawmakers. When the bill protecting
the Wild Horses was finally passed many young horse lovers
thought it was finished, that now they could trust those in
power to protect the herds. It was in 1974 as a student at
Virginia Intermont College’s Horsemanship Program that she
learned of the loopholes in the laws meant to protect the
wild horses. She became active in petition drives with
other students to close the loopholes.

In 1982 Linda met her first adopted and retrained
American Mustang while volunteering at the Old Dominion
100 mile Endurance Ride. This plain brown horse with huge feet
and a very chunky body, its self was not much too look at
after 10 years of looking at highly bred show and sport horses
but there was a unique presense and quality about that horse
and a special bond with its adoptive owner that impressed her.

During the years that Linda published and promoted horseracing
and other horse sports she learned that there was a huge
disconnect between those people who lived in suburban and
urban areas and those who were fortunate enough to live
in the country or had access to horses in high population areas.
Some highly populated areas of the East coast of the US,
the cost of horse ownership was so prohibitive, that for
several generations the children have never even seen a
horse up close not to mention touched one or sat upon
their backs. Many people, because of the disconnect, consider
horses in general to be wild fantasies distant and nearly forgotten
of bygone eras or only in the possession of the very wealthy.
To Linda’s surprise many people don’t even know the Mustangs are there.

Linda has decided that the best way she can help
close that gap is to use her skill, talent and experience,
both fine art and word, to bring the stories, the faces
and the names of the Wild Horses directly to the people.

In this way Linda hopes to make people aware of the horses
as individuals important to our history. She wants to make it personal.

By awakening the awareness of these wonderful wild creatures to
the rest of our country’s population, it is hoped that people will
take an active interest in the preservation and well being
of these, our beautiful wild horses.

For more information on how you can provide individual or corporate Sponsorship for the the Mustang A Day Challenge please email contact@llmartin.com

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