Women in the Wilderness
Our documentary will shed light on the plight of wild horses by traversing the changing Western landscape on mustangs, interviewing diverse stakeholders, and celebrating adventure, all while empowering women to step outside of their comfort zone.
Inclusion StatementAn all-woman adventure team provides a unique opportunity for us to celebrate parts of ourselves we feel we have to hide to fit in as women in today’s society. We aim to empower other women to challenge these societal boundaries through the spirit of the wilderness and the power of the wild horse.
About The Project
This October, three millennial female horse wranglers born coasts apart embark on a 40-day ride with 14 mustangs across the American West. Their vehicle is also their mission: the wild Mustang and the controversy surrounding its survival on shrinking public lands.
During the over 200 mile trip, the “wild women” will talk with politicians, civil servants, native tribes, ranchers and private industry owners on all sides of the issue. The result will be a film documenting the successes and failures of policy in balancing preservation with economic development; the shrinking American West; and showcasing the strength of the American woman in stride with the wild equine.
Expeditions of this type are ambitious and the planning and execution of such a trip by an all-female team is unprecedented. To do it, the ladies aim to adopt, break, and train a herd of 14 mustangs purchased from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They’ll also train a few documentary filmmakers to ride along, capturing what’s left of the wildness in storied high plains and basins. The crew is also utilizing the art of horse-packing, how ranchers and frontier folk explored the vastness of the West on four legs. Ultimately, these ladies hope to imbue the love of adventure, and the courage to pursue it, among women across the nation.
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About This Team
We are a team of three young women with a passion for the outdoors and a deep love of horses. Our common thread is that each of us have worked as wranglers at A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming. We have been riding and working with horses since we were young and collectively have experience in backcountry guiding, creative arts, and veterinary care.
Meet the Women (from left to right):
Katherine Boucher is a Vermont native and Colorado transplant. She has been an avid horse lover since age 9, starting her equestrian years at Windswept Farm. Her passion for horses led her to get an Animal Science degree with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in music from the University of Vermont. Katherine is now the Head Wrangler at A Bar A Ranch, and she continues to ride both Western and English. Her hobbies include singing, playing guitar, yoga, and spending time with her kitty, Evie.
Caroline Heer is an LA native and a serious multi-hyphenate. She is currently working freelance as an artist, horse trainer, and massage therapist. She has been riding nonstop since she took her first bareback lesson at the age of five. After experimenting with English and Western styles of riding, she discovered the military-based California Rangers Youth Cavalry organization, and spent her youth competing with the elite drill team, even opening the famed Reno Rodeo with her team a few times. She still rides twice a week in Los Angeles, training a couple of personal horses.
Louisa Behnke is a Massachusetts native and is a currently a junior at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where she is majoring in Adventure Education with a minor in Environmental Policy. She has been riding since age eight and competing in hunter/jumper competition from the Northeast in the summer to Florida in the winter. Louisa’s first love was her horse, Arthur, whom she owned and trained for six years. These days, she enjoys training “problem” horses and young horses. She also enjoys canyoneering in Utah, rock climbing throughout the Four Corners area, and skiing in the San Juan mountains. With an interest in so many outdoor activities, she primarily rides in the summer as a wrangler at A Bar A.
The production team we have chosen to work with is also comprised of individuals who have a strong connection to nature and share the same spirit of adventure.
Joe Lombard (director) is a filmmaker who is based in Los Angeles. He has always been interested in narratives and documentary filmmaking because of the passion they require and the message they can deliver. His goal is to tell stories that impact us as humans and connect with the world around us.
Joe grew up in St. Louis, and after traveling the country for film festivals throughout high school, he moved out to Los Angeles to pursue the work full time. He has since been blessed to work as a creative with amazing talent and clients from across the world.
Derek Mitchell (director) grew up in Jupiter, FL, kiteboarding, diving, and getting too close to sharks. His sharkbite experience put him on Animal Planet where, in a shark cage and in front of a camera, he saw what it meant to be a filmmaker. He moved to Los Angeles to study film at Art Center College of Design and now shoots and directs films in LA and around the world.