Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde is a cinematic adventure that examines the vibrant life of a cowboy, conservationist and award-winning writer, who through extreme perseverance is preserving part of America: 500 wild mustangs now run free on the 12,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. 

From cattle drives, rodeos and conservation battles, to wild horse rescues, personal heartbreak, and new-found love, this is the self-told tale of a colorful 6'5" cowboy, sharing both the old West and America's growing awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources. Running Wild is an inspirational testament for anyone who needs motivation on their own personal journey — and reassurance that each of us can truly make a difference if we try.

Running Wild includes breathtaking scenery shot in the Black Hills Wild of South Dakota; western Oregon and Michigan’s Lake District. Footage of captured wild horses presents a stark contrast to the horses running free on the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Through a series of interviews with Dayton, his family and the volunteers at the sanctuary, Running Wild reveals Dayton Hyde’s extraordinary life and vision conveying the emotional healing that the sanctuary nurtures in Dayton, the volunteers and each and every horse that now runs free. Beyond telling this intimate story, we are creating a film that also serves as an enduring record of tales from “a West that was and will never be again."

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