December 04, 2008
Carlos and Pam Lopopolo own the Cindy Rodger Lopopolo Wild Horse Preserve east of Socorro.
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-- Five miles east of Socorro, past the Four Hills Ranch, is a place where people suffering from cancer can enjoy the natural wonder of wild horses.
The Cindy Rodger Lopopolo Wild Horse Preserve is owned by Pam and Carlos Lopopolo. The preserve has 640 deeded acres and 1,280 optioned acres, which are leased to the New Mexico Horse Project.
The New Mexican Horse Project’s mission is to bring together key people who love wild horses for the purpose of promoting healthy herds, enhancing and protecting their habitat and encouraging community involvement.
1. Locate and DNA test all free-range horses in New Mexico and surrounding regions that appear to be similar to those that have been tested and proven to be New Mexicans.
2. Research and archive the history of the horse in the United States and Canada.
3. Establish preserves where the animals that are proven to be New Mexicans may live and prosper as free animals without interference from human intervention.
4. Share the information, as requested, with people or groups with the same goals as those of the Project.
5. Re-establish the breed of horse and its descendants in the United States and throughout the world.
The preserve’s primary purpose is to allow wild horses and humans suffering from cancer to come together.
“This preserve is being established in the memory of those of the New Mexican Horse Project who fell victim to cancer. The preserve is a place where those brave individuals who are combating this wretched disease will be able to relax and enjoy some of nature’s wonders,” said Carlos Lopopolo.
The Lopopolos have two businesses in Socorro. They purchased the Socorro Leather Company and started the Wild Horse Art Galley, both located between Ace Hardware and the El Camino Family Restaurant on California Street.
The proceeds from the two companies and their third business, the Kanab Leather Company, will go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the preserve.
“Our new logo will feature three running horses. The first will have a Spaniard Conquistador rider, the second horse will have a Native American riding bareback and, of course, the third rider will be a cowboy,” Carlos said.
The Preserve is along the Bureau of Land Management’s Quebradas National Scenic Byway road, east of Escondida. To visit the preserve and see the horses, call Carlos at 505-417-7005.