The North Dakota Badlands Horse Registry, is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit that was established because of a need for the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to have a voice. Marylu Weber had already been documenting and photographing these horses since the 1980's, recognizing that they were special and deserving.
The non-profit North Dakota Badlands Horse Registry was established to register, promote, appreciate and preserve the wild horses of
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota that are unique to the area.
The North Dakota Badlands Horse Registry was granted 501 (C) (3) status on 11/12/09, our federal tax ID # 27-1450477
MaryLu Weber - President
Marylu Weber has been loving and riding horses for over 60 years. She and her husband have been riding in TRNP since the mid-1980s so it was natural to start photographing the wild horses. She started volunteering for TRNP in 1999, identifying, naming, and documenting the horses for the park. When another roundup was scheduled for 2009, Marylu felt the need to start an organization to promote the horses and build a network of owners. She and her husband founded North Dakota Badlands Horse Registry that year and it has since acquired nonprofit status. In the past years over 170 horses have found good homes because of friends and followers, and 2015 marks the very first year of a Partnership with TRNP by which NDBH will be able to receive wild horses as they are removed from the park and place them with loving families.
Marylu has gentled 4 of the wild horses and now enjoys her best equine buddy, Hawk, removed in 2009 as a yearling. Her years of training horses in English, Western, and Driving prepared her for this fascinating and rewarding endeavor.
Henry purchased his first horse in 1981 from the local auction barn. Tucker became an all around Western event and games horse in the Bismarck Horse Club Playdays. He was also a great trail horse for the family recreation of riding in the North Dakota Badlands. Henry switched to hunter jumper competition in the 90’s. He began volunteering for Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 1999 and has assisted with identification of the horses at the wild horse roundups. In 2003 he purchased his current trail horse (Ember’s Fire) at the sale following the roundup. He has been Treasurer of North Dakota Badlands Horse Registry since its start in 2009. Prior to retirement in Oct. 2008 Henry worked as an Engineer/Engineering Manager for Bobcat Company for 31 years.
Maggie Bauer - Board Director
Maggie Bauer received her bachelor of animal science degree from Colorado State University. Her grandfather facilitated her love for horses with her first riding lesson, on a pudgy Quarter horse, at the age of 8. She has been growing her love for horses from college and beyond. She is an Certified Equine Specialist through EAGALA (Equine assisted growth and learning association). She served as the lead coordinator for the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Thro) wild horse research project for 3 years, from 2011 to 2013. Maggie was also an integral part of the 2013 round up of the wild horses at Thro. She continues to grow her love and passion for horses by incorporating horses into her educational classes about Grief.
Gwen Badar - Board Director
Gwen and her husband Dave Spong own and operate Hopkins Pet Hospital specializing in Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Gwen is the Practice Manager and a Certified Veterinary Technician with a true sense of business and love of animals. Her work experience covers many facets that have been beneficial to the NDBH and advocating for the wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home. Being the proud owner to three NDBH wild horses and also a very active trail rider has brought Gwen experience that she is always willing to share with others.
Kathe Linde - Board Director
Born and raised and lived all my live in the Northern part of Minnesota, the land of ten thousand lakes and big timber. I have two children, a daughter and a son, and two wonderful grandsons whom I adore. I have worked most of my adult life in the bookkeeping and accounting field. Currently working part time and looking forward to retirement. My favorite hobby is riding horse, or doing anything “horse” related. For over 20 years I raised registered AQHA and APHA horses but now am the proud owner of 3 horses and one donkey. I love to travel. Most of my adventures take me West. I love the mountains and the wildlife.
Brenda Heilman - Board Director
Brenda, her husband Kevin, & their family operate their family farm/ ranch in north central North Dakota (ND). She also works full time for the ND Department of Human Services building online trainings, consulting, & managing their Learning Management System. Riding since she was 3 years old, Brenda’s favorite place is on the back of a horse on a sunny day. She’s spent many hours keeping their family’s cattle and horse herds healthy & happy, putting her Animal Science degree from NDSU (go Bison!) to use. After family trips to Medora as a kid, she spent a college summer there guiding trail rides in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) & decided that would be her retirement job if the plan to be a chauffeur for the Budweiser Clydesdales doesn’t pan out. The more Brenda learned about NDBH, the more impressed she was. She believes NDBH is an innovative solution that partners public and private resources to manage TRNP’s horse herd. Brenda purchased, Massachusetts, her first NDBH horse in the fall of 2016 and she can’t wait to ride her in the park in a few years.
Marissa Pewe - Board Director
Marissa has had a passion for animals from a young age, growing up with Morgan horses among other animals and starting riding with her mother at age 3. She and her 23 year old Morgan gelding, Alex (pictured), enjoy trail riding with her mother and her Morgan, Cori, as often as they can. She graduated from Concordia College- Moorhead with a bachelor's in Biology/Chemistry in 2014. Marissa, along with a friend, started a 501(c)3 non-profit pet rescue in 2014 as well, giving her experience with adoptions and marketing available adoptees. In her free time, Marissa enjoys camping with her golden retriever, Elvis, and photographing the wild horses of TRNP.
Cailey Hippe - Board Director
Cailey recently graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences with a specialization in Conservation Biology. Before moving to North Dakota Cailey grew up in Seattle. Originally Cailey studied Marine Biology and was a Beach Naturalist giving Low tide tours and talks. Growing up in Seattle, Cailey would visit family North Dakota in the Summers and would enjoy observing the natural beauty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and all the species that reside within it. After moving to North Dakota Cailey knew that being involved with the horses in Theodore Roosevelt National park was her calling. During the Summer of 2016, Cailey was a Volunteer Natural Resource Management Intern at Theodore Roosevelt National Park working closely with the CSU field team and NDBH as part of her internship. When Cailey is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two puppies, hiking, traveling, reading, and practicing her photography skills.
Victoria Shoopman - Board Member
Victoria is a professional photographer with a passion for horses. She graduated from Dawson Community College in Glendive Montana with a degrees in agribusiness, farm and ranch management, equine and livestock technician. She ran a successful horse training business through high school and college, until photography began taking over. With her idols being Monte Walsh(horseman), Buck Brannaman (horseman) and Deb Lee Carson(photographer), she prides herself on offering a diverse and unique perspective on the park, and loves being able to combine her two passions into one amazing project. Victoria made the move to Minnesota with her fiancé in 2017, and visits the park about every three months to visit her favorite bands. Victoria is eagerly awaiting the time where she can adopt her own NDBH colt