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Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Suzanne Mitchell

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About the Movie

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde examines the inspirational life of Dayton O. Hyde as a modern-day renaissance man and one of the last old-style cowboys. Through heroic determination, he is preserving part of the American West with a breathtaking 12,000-acre prairieland, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, in South Dakota that he has maintained for the last 25 years and where more than 500 mustangs now run free – all rescued from the controversial wild horse roundups in the west.


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Great NYTimes review

"The burning question is why Mr. Hyde’s story has never been made into a feature film." Fantastic film.

Determination, Love for Animals & an "Eng" Degree

In Running Wild, Dayton O. Hyde's determination, perseverance and deep love for animals and the environment make him the archetypal "cowboy" - a loner more comfortable with horses than people with a large heart for the open spaces of South Dakota and the creatures that inhabit it.

The film follows Dayton from early childhood in Marquette Michigan to cowboy life in Oregon and, later, South Dakota. He attends school California and collects his "Eng" from Berkley - a credential that is fortuitously mistaken for an Engineering degree but was actually a degree in English.

A notable photographer who documents some of the more amazing rodeo images of his day, Dayton developed a deep bond with the wild horses that roamed the west. But after observing their suffering and mistreatment, Dayton becomes the horses' champion and savior, a "holy man" who decides that someone must do something, That "someone" would be him.

The way forward leads Dayton away from his family and friends in Oregon on an almost Quixotic quest to create Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, a refuge for the animals he loves so dearly and who seem to love him in return.

There's salvation here - for the horses (and even for Dayton) - but deliverance comes at price, and the cost can sometimes be seen too clearly in friends and family. A moving portrait of a determined man, his vision and its impact on the world around him.

What it looks like to follow your heart in life.

I've always been drawn to stories of people who have followed their heart in spite of obvious challenges, which Dayton wasn't without. To see someone who so clearly embodies a lost culture, not because he's trying to but because it's all he knows how to do to live his life well, is tremendously inspiring. I saw this last night and it was more amazing than I could have imagined. Everyone I went with felt the same way.

tl;dr : Cowboys 'n Indians, wild horses, animals, poetry, and someone following their heart in life.

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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