Spirit’s birthday gallops online Saturday, May 9!

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Photo by Sandy Sharkey.

Even at home, you can celebrate the 25th birthday of Spirit, the mustang who served as muse and model for the animators of DreamWorks’ 2002 Oscar-nominated film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron!”

Youth and adults all over the world fell in love with America’s wild horses as this beautiful dorsal-striped stallion carried their dreams about freedom and horses in the celebrated animated film.

Since Spirit’s arrival at Return to Freedom’s Lompoc, Calif., headquarters sanctuary in 2003, the handsome, mischievous Kiger mustang has remained a favorite of visitors of all ages, including young viewers of DreamWorks Animation’s Netflix spin-off series, “Spirit: Riding Free.”

Join us this Saturday, May 9, for a virtual benefit celebration of Spirit’s birthday. Your $50 donation will give you access to this special page all year long as we add new footage, auction items and more, and it will benefit the over 500 wild horses and burros in RTF’s care.


Highlights will include:

–Video messages from friends of Spirit, including insights from co-director Lorna Cook and screenwriter John Fusco

–Footage of Spirit

–Footage of RTF herds being released onto their summer pastures

–Downloadable Spirit coloring pages

–Silent auction