One of the event’s sponsors is 4M Ranch.
The Operator Information report in RAS, for the State of Colorado, Northwest District, White River Field Office, gives an address in Meeker, along with authorization numbers 0505793 and 0505794.
The Allotment Information report ties the authorization numbers to the River and Little Toms Draw allotments.
The Allotment Master report puts Little Toms in the Improve category and River in the Custodial category (condition unknown). Western Horse Watchers is unable to explain how it qualifies for Custodial.
The principal of 4M Ranch is Craig Macnab, according to a Bizapedia report.
A 1985 announcement in The New York Times suggests that he’s married to Deirdre Macnab, the woman who said that genetic viability of wild horses is threatened by increasing herd sizes.
A 2016 report by the Rio Blanco Herald Times says the ranch was purchased in 2015 for $9.5 million. It covers 11,870 deeded acres and has grazing preference on more than 125,000 acres of BLM and Forest Service land. The allotment master report accounts for only a small fraction of the total acreage.
The ranch has 800 acres of hay meadows and supports up to 1,000 cow/calf pairs, for a stocking rate of eight cow/calf pairs per thousand acres. The aimed-at stocking rate across all HMAs is one wild horse per thousand acres.
To say that the Macnabs have only a passing interest in wild horses would be a gross understatement.