Our Mission

We offer practical solutions, education and awareness about mustangs and burros, collaborate to support wild horses and burros by providing training, adoptions and sanctuary to those in need.


Our Vision

We promote and preserve the mustang as a revered icon and encourage the value of the equine-human relationship through training, adoptions and sanctuary.


Our Model

We are a resource collaborative providing solutions for Mustangs and Burros in need in our communities. Offering community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation, foster, training, adoption support and sanctuary to those in need.
who we are

A sanctuary- peaceful, safe and nurturing. In 2012, our Founder secured the perfect location and purchased 900 acres of beautiful rolling open meadows, stands of pine trees, arroyos and ponds and The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary was born. A magnificent place for the wild ones.

GEMS began with a vision and a life-long dream of Gerhard K Sander, our Founder’s father, and since has evolved into an integral collaboration helping Mustangs and Burros in need.

Our team is comprised of many dedicated individuals volunteering their time, energy and lives to the horses and burros that need us so badly. If what we’re doing calls to you, please jump in and join us…it takes a village.

Meet our Board of Directors

Michelle Sander
Board President
Vicky Graham
Board Treasurer
Jay Ferracane
Board Secretary
Nicki Creasey
Board Member
Caroline & Joe Roy
Board Members

Giving wild horses an opportunity and a voice.


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Contact Us

Visiting the sanctuary is by appointment only.
Mailing Address: PO Box 291, Hygiene, Colorado 80533

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The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary & Training Network is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization | EIN # 45-3417604 | All Rights Reserved | © The Great Escape, Inc. 2021

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