Girls from Santa Cruz


"Not even Wild Horse Annie could save these Wild Horses, but we can."
- Lacy J. Dalton -

  • Lacy J. Dalton, Singer / Songwriter
    "Country music's Bonnie Raitt."[People Magazine]
  • Mary McCaslin, Singer / Songwriter
  • Ginny Mitchell, Artist / Producer
  • Marty Collins, Executive Producer / Director
  • Paul Stapleton-Smith, Writer / Producer
  • Shari Ballenger, Associate Producer
  • Andy Olson, Lighting Director

Showcasing their exciting June 15th, 2002 performance at Santa Cruz High's Performing Arts Theater, the Benefit Concert to save the wild horses of Storey County, Nevada features Lacy J. Dalton, the nationally celebrated, country singer/song writer, and her friends, Mary McCaslin and Ginny Mitchell.

Plight of the Horses

The plight of the the Comstock Wild Horses reflects a crisis of 21st century progress and the vanishing west.

Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. Homes are being built above the 6,200-foot level where these horses roam, pushing them further back into the mountains or forcing them to graze in populated areas where automobiles kill or maim dozens of them yearly. There are other dangers as well. In December 1998, three young men slaughtered 33 of these gentle horses for target practice. This brought the horse's plight into the national limelight and, at last, concerned citizens are coming forth to help.

The Let 'em Run Foundation is working with other organizations to set aside protected tracts of land for these horses, to help manage the herds and to fence off areas where they should not roam. Our dream is to create the "Comstock Wild Horse Sanctuary" where these horses, and all wildlife can be preserved, protected and allowed to run free for our children and our children's children.

News Articles

Santa Cruz music icons team up to benefit Nevada’s wild horses: (6/13/02) One day, about four years ago, a beautiful young wild bay stallion was hit by a car and killed on a road near Virginia City, Nev. It certainly wasn’t an unusual incident. Many wild horses have similarly lost their lives before and since. But this particular stallion did not die in vain. Moments after his death, the horse was found by country singer Lacy J. Dalton, who has worked as an entertainer at Harrah’s in nearby Reno for more than 20 years.

Country singers organize benefit for wild horse sanctuary: (5/1/02) Lacy J. Dalton, Mary McCaslin, Ginny Mitchell. What do these three names have in common? Aside from their wonderful musical ability and years of experience performing country and folk music, they are collaborating on an ambitious project to protect Nevada's wild horses. One of the highlights of this collaboration is a two hour concert that will be held at Santa Cruz (CA) High School on Saturday, June 15, 2002.

Recording helps wild mustangs stay on range: (2/22/00) From her rocky top home in Nevada’s crusty Virginia Range, country music artist Lacy J. Dalton delights in the wild mustangs that wander through her front yard. "I moved here because I wanted to live where horses run free," she says. I’m a Western kind of girl." It seems totally appropriate that the original "Hillbilly Girl With the Blues" has taken up the plight of the Comstock’s endangered wild horse herd.

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