After putting in a lot of time and effort, Hyde founded the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota, which is now home to more than 500 wild Mustangs.

Born on March 25, 1923, Hyde. He is well recognized as a writer and conservationist in addition to his love of horses.

Even before becoming a cowboy, Hyde started out as a rodeo photographer.

His passion to save wild Mustangs began in 1987.

When the Governor of  South Dakota heard of Dayton’s idea of a sanctuary for wild horses, he offered a tract of land known as Chilson Canyon in the Southern Black Hills. It was then when Hyde founded the nonprofit, Institute of Range and the American Mustang (IRAM) on this tract of land.

Hyde passed away December 22, 2018, but his legacy lives on. Today the 11,000 acres that make up the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary provide home to over 500 wild mustangs and it continues to grow and preserve the memory and history of the American Frontier.

In the 2013 documentary Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, Hyde remarked, “If you’re telling me it couldn’t be done, then that’s the wrong thing to say to a cowboy.” Watch the trailer down below.



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