Utah State University Wildland Resources Professor Terry Messmer

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition, chaired by The Wildlife Society (TWS), concluded their secretive, closed-to-the-public “Slaughter Summit” co-hosted by the Utah State University and the state of Utah. The organizer of this Summit, Utah State University Wildland Resources Professor Terry Messmer, is heavily associated with The Wildlife Society, an organization that is pushing for the slaughter of wild horses and burros.

In a news article in The Salt Lake Tribune titledUtah State University hosts wild horse summit, but excludes key advocates and the public,” it states:

“While closed meetings are sometimes considered anathema to scientific debate, Messmer defended the secrecy as a necessary precaution in the face of threats against some of the participants, including filmmaker Ben Masters. Other speakers regarded as anti-horse partisans are Beaver County Commissioner Tammy Pearson and attorney Frank Falen, whose Cheyenne, Wyo., law firm has repeatedly sued the BLM over horse management and other issues on behalf of ranchers.

‘We’ve got over 50 organizations represented, including three leading horse advocate groups that are part of the registration,’ Messmer said. He named the American Mustang Association, the American Mustang Foundation and the Wild Mustang Foundation.”

While we don’t know who is connected to the “leading horse advocate” groups that were invited to attend Utah’s secretive “Slaughter Summit”, we did find out that an “American Mustang Foundation” was formed only 9 months ago by Washington D.C. lobbyists. (The only other organization we could find with a similar name was The American Mustang Foundation, registered in California, but it’s current status is listed as “suspended.”)

American Mustang Foundation

American Mustang Foundation filed as a Nevada Domestic Non-Profit Corporation only 9 months ago, on Nov. 16, 2016. (File Number: E0505462016-6)

Allen D. Freemyer is listed as Director. His address is listed on K street in Washington D.C., and you guessed it, he’s a lobbyist. His company, Freemyer & Associates, PC, has lobbied for energy companies and the state of Utah.

Linkedin describes that Allen Freemyer served as senior staff for nine years on the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. “While serving on the Committee, Mr. Freemyer established himself as an expert legislative strategist with hundreds of Public Laws to his credit…. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Freemyer had a unique opportunity to work with House and Senate Leadership, as well as many outside groups in the formulation of policy, appropriations, and legislation.

Mr. Freemyer currently represents clients with federal legislative, appropriations, administrative, and regulatory issues. This representation includes issues before the House and Senate as well as several Administrative agencies.

Mr. Freemyer was born in Vernal, Utah and grew up in Greeley, Colorado and is a graduate of Utah State University (1986) and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah (1989)…. Mr. Freemyer resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Windsor and their family.”

Windsor L. Freemyer is listed as the Treasurer. Per Linkedin above, Allen D. Freemyer’s wife. She has also been registered as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.

James H. Sadler of Missoula, Montana is listed as the Secretary. Sadler ran for the Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees. He was an attorney. The following quotes were cited from a news article in the June 13, 1984, Missoulian, Former Missoula lawyer faces five theft charges.” “In 1983 Sadler voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law after unspecified charges were brought before the state Bar Association. “

“Former lawyer James Sadler of Missoula was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with stealing almost $80,000 of his client’s money.” “The five count charge filed in District court Tuesday by Deputy County Attorney Ed McLean accuses Sadler of taking money from clients in real estate deals and in his role as manager of an estate.”

“The counts range from $58,900 allegedly stolen in a real-estate deal to a $12,000 banking transaction, to “more than $300” from Sadler’s guardianship of an elderly man.” “The thefts allegedly occurred between 1976 and 1982.”

Andrew J. Lesofski of Washington D.C., is listed as the President. Andrew (AKA Drew) is the son of James H. Sadler, and at one time was a lobbyist for the lobbying firm District Strategies, a company that lobbied for the State of Nevada. He is also a past vice president of Big Game Forever. Andrew’s wife, Emy Lesofski, worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for Sen. Dean Heller (2011-2013) and is currently listed as a professional staff member to the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment and Related Agencies and also the Committee on Senate Appropriations.

It seems that American Mustang Foundation does not have a website.

This same group of people also filed for a domestic Limited Liability company in Nevada on the same date of Nov. 16, 2016, for American Mustang, LLC.

Ginger Kathrens, Pres. of The Cloud Foundation and member of the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board, was not invited to attend the secretive National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition Summit in Salt Lake City, where Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management officials were speaking and in attendance.

As an interesting aside, the news article in The Salt Lake Tribune titledUtah State University hosts wild horse summit, but excludes key advocates and the public,” also states “Messmer denied state money is being used for the summit, whose costs are covered by registration fees. However, most of the presenters draw a government paycheck and the science teams hail from public universities.”

However, in the AP news article, Critics: Utah horse meeting is secretive ‘slaughter summit’,” it states that “Utah is spending up to $50,000 from money set aside for horse and burro programs to co-sponsor the summit. Utah Department of Natural Resources Director Mike Styler said Wednesday that the state is paying to record the summit and the recordings will be posted online in a few days.”











June 13, 1984, Missoulian, “Former Missoula lawyer faces five theft charges”