our mission

We offer education and awareness about mustangs and burros, collaborate to support wild horses on the range and provide 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.

our model

We are an innovative model working with the Bureau of Land Management and other key organizations for both on range and off range collaboration for healthy herds, lands, and homes for mustangs.


support what we do

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and rely purely on public contributions, your donation is fully tax deductible. Another wonderful way to donate, is to donate your time! 



experience what we do

Join us for a unique experience that will last a lifetime. Come spend a few hours or the entire day! All the proceeds from our programs go directly back to the animals. 


Upcoming Events

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4/22/18: Poker Ride – a benefit for GEMS

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! A benefit for The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary – POKER RIDE! Join us for...
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Monthly Open House & Adoption Day

Beginning in February, join us on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm, weather permitting, for an...
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Sanctuary Tours

Come spend an afternoon with the Mustangs at GEMS! We’ll introduce you to the beauties in our training...
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Summer 2018 Horsemanship Series

Join our very own Head Trainer, Stephanie Linsley in this information packed clinic series. Open to humans and horses...
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who we are

The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary found its legs to stand and run with the vision and passion of Gerhard K. Sander. Carrying on his dream and vision is his proud daughter Michelle Sander, along with the expertise and helping hands of the Great Escape team. Our work never ends, our days are long, some days it’s hard to make ends meet. But through your support, we know that we’ll make it…we really have no choice. We do it all for the horses.

what we do

We are an innovative model of local area herd management on the range working to support the Bureau of Land Management and the Sand Wash Herd Management Area in Northwest Colorado. We provide assistance with herd documentation, fertility control, special range projects and promotion of the land and wild horses. Off the range, and at the sanctuary, we provide training, adoption and education about Mustangs and Burros, while offering a sanctuary for those in need. We foster a connection with children and adults through community outreach, tours, field trips, overnight retreat programs, therapeutic programs and clinics in order to increase awareness and education. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, we exist on your donations. We appreciate donations of any size for continued care, maintenance and training programs and value deeply the volunteer spirit!

why we do it

With over 50,000 wild horses in short-term and long-term holding facilities nationwide and close to 50,000 in the wild, when Appropriate Management Levels (AML) are called to be closer to 27,000, something different has to be done, a new model for management needs to be explored. We believe that organizations partnering directly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and specific Herd Management Areas (HMA) will not only help alleviate the pressures on holding facilities and tax payers wallets, but also keep manageable numbers of wild ones running free on their native lands for generations to come. This is exactly what we’re doing. By offering support on and off the range, we are able to be an effective solution to a growing need.

* numbers taken from BLM 2015 wild horse census

over 48,000
wild horses in holding facilities
over 72,000
estimated wild horses & burros on the range
appropriate management level (AML) on the range
$49 million
tax payer dollars spent/year on off-range holding costs

A new model has to be explored, we are that new model. Join us in making a difference.

Collaborate for Solutions. Save our Mustangs. Protect our resources.


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