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Ginger Kathrens is an Emmy-winning TV documentary producer and president of Taurus Productions, a corporation she founded in the 1970s. She has produced documentaries for the Discovery Channel and NATURE and has contributed to productions for National Geographic, the BBC, and PBS. Her documentary filmmaking trips have taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and all over the United States. Ginger worked on over twenty segments of the PBS half-hour series Wild America from 1987 to 1996, including the two-part program Year of the Mustang, which introduced her to the Arrowhead Mountains and Raven's band in early 1994. Since that time, Ginger has spent thousands of hours observing wild horses not only on Cloud's home range but all over the western United States as well as on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. She is a founder of the Wild Horse and Burro Freedom Alliance dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public lands. Ginger lives in Colorado Springs with her Irish Terrier obedience dog, Ty. She also owns a ranch at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado, which her Spanish mustangs, Flint and Sky, and her Arrowhead mustang, Trace, share with the abundant wildlife of the Rockies.

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Midwest Book Review: Beautifully designed, this newly revised and updated edition of "Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies" is elaborately photographed and divided into seventeen chapters that follow the life of a wild stallion, just one of hundreds of horses that have roamed wild in the Rocky Mountains for two hundred years. "Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies" begins with the birth of a helpless white colt named Cloud. Each subsequent chapter documents Cloud's interaction with his mare Raven, his brother Diamond, and other colts in the wild as well as his adventures encountering dangerous predators, older stallions, and human trappers. "Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies" follows Cloud over the course of five years, taking note of his physical and behavioral development, as his begins to take on more of a leadership role in the band of wild bachelors he's joined, to become a fighter, a survivor, and a father. Author Ginger Kathrens's emotional involvement in Cloud's story is palpable, such as when she tearfully watches the young stallion get captured by trappers. Due to his unusual coloration, he is set free, though the other members of his band and sisters are removed and sold. Returning to the mountains every season, Ginger continued to look for Cloud in the vast wild habitat, always relieved to find him still living, despite fights, predators, and encounters with trappers. Ginger is later is touched to see how Cloud, the five-year-old mare, grazes with his yearling son, the first of his new family. Ginger's gripping observations of wild horses of the Arrowheads, their fights, struggles, and alliances, give the reader much insight into the fascinating behavior of these wild horses. Now published in paperback for the first time, this updated and fully redesigned volume coincides with the one year anniversary of the last sighting of Cloud. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Pets/Wildlife collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies" is also available in a digital book format.
Mountain Weekly News: This interesting story features details from one woman's journey as she followed a wild horse she named Cloud. Documentary filmmaker Ginger Kathrens' personal retelling of the stories are beautifully woven together in 7 elaborate chapters with photographs. Follow the life of this beautiful wild stallion through the Rocky Mountains - just one of hundreds roaming free. As each chapter unfolds, you'll get lost in the sweet, candid interactions between Cloud and his mare Raven, brother Diamond and other colts as they encounter predators, have adventures and learn from older members of the heard. You can also learn about equine behavior as Kathrens describes Cloud's physical and behavioral development as well as his ability to take a leadership role. Chapters include Kathrens' gripping emotional accounts of returning year after year to the wild habitat, always finding Cloud there. Now published in paperback for the first time.

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