This month we asked Chuck Statton some questions about the many, many ways he volunteers his time for the Virginia Range horses. Here's what he had to say!
Tell us how you got involved in wild horses?
Through my wife Terry. She first became associated with the team at Wild Horse Connection (WHC). We were given the opportunity to attend the large animal rescue class and some other safety classes. Those experiences led us to American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC).
What is your favorite part of volunteering?
Being on the range. Our primary mission is the welfare of the horses and that is where the conversations usually go, but there is so much more going on out there. Being able to experience that is incredible.
Why are wild horses special to you? What do they represent to you?
Because of the part they played in our country's history. Without them, this country couldn’t and wouldn’t have progressed as it did. They should be recognized for their contributions.
What is/was your day job?
Until this past August I was a facilities maintenance and operations manager.
Do you have a favorite memory from the range that you can share with us?
Gosh, there are so many. I guess the most memorable would be an interaction with the Chetan band a couple years ago. They allowed me to walk right up into the middle of their band. I must have spent thirty minutes there in the middle of the band just being a part of them for a short time.
What other animals have you seen on the range?
Snakes, Coyotes, all kinds of little critters, and mountain lions.
Okay, aside from horses, what is your favorite animal?
My dog Bella.
Which horse has been your toughest to dart. Why?
It’s difficult to name just one. Almost any of the bands out at Biddleman because they are so timid concerning people and vehicles. That herd always offers a good challenge.
Does pineapple belong on pizza? Yes or no?
Yes, but only with ham and jalapenos.