The Year in Horses: 1977

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    1977

      Wild Horse Annie
      Velma Johnston. Photo: International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros via Wikipedia
    • Thoroughbred racing fans found a hero this year in Seattle
      Slew when he became the 10th horse in history to win the Triple
      Crown and the only Triple Crown winner to enter the series with an undefeated
      record.
    • This year saw the passing of “Wild Horse Annie,” (real
      name Velma Bronn Johnston.) In the 1950s, Johnston
      led a grassroots campaign calling on the government to protect American
      Mustangs from the cruel treatment they were often subjected to by ranchers and
      hunters. Her leadership eventually led to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro
      Act of 1971 which prohibits anyone from harassing or killing wild horses on
      federal land.

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