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Author to discuss mustang captivity programs
Program on Saturday at Phippin to cover growing population

Alan Day

Alan Day

What to do with 60,000 wild mustangs held in feedlots across the West?

Cowboy and author Alan Day took in 1,500 of 2,000 captive wild horses in 1989 and created the first government-sponsored mustang sanctuary on his ranch in South Dakota. Today, the Bureau of Land Management holds more than 60,000 wild horses in captivity.

Join Day at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Phippen Museum as he shares his experiences with the wild horses and his insights into the controversy surrounding these icons of the West.

Day, brother to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. After graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage the Lazy B for the next 40 years, during which time he received awards for his dedication to land stewardship.

In addition to co-authoring with his sister the New York Times bestselling memoir “Lazy B,” Day also wrote “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild.”

This presentation is offered in conjunction with Arizona Humanities’ Speaker’s Bureau, AZ Speaks. It is free for museum members and guests with paid general admission. The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 North Highway 89. For more information, call 928-778-1385, or visit


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