The Corolla Wild Horses have survived nearly 500 years of fierce Nor'easters and hurricanes. They are truly representative of the Outer Banks spirit – untamed and rugged – and are an integral part of what draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the northern beaches every year. Nowhere else can you see wild Mustangs walking along the beach and grazing among beach houses.
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) was formed in 1989 by a group of concerned citizens to heighten awareness about the presence of wild horses in the area. As the Currituck Outer Banks became more and more developed, 20 horses were killed or injured by vehicles on Highway 12 in just one year. Corolla Wild Horse Fund worked with Currituck County and other agencies to have 12,000 acres of the northern-most beaches defined as a horse sanctuary. By 1996, the remaining horses were relocated behind two sound-to-sea fences.
The mission of the fund is to protect and preserve the last remaining herd of Spanish Mustangs on the northern Outer Banks. The Colonial Spanish Mustang is on the Critical Breed list of the American Livestock Conservancy and on the Critical list of the Equus Survival Trust.
CWHF was voted the 2008 Non-Profit of the Year by the Currituck County Chamber of Commerce. The headquarters are in the Old Corolla Village, where an interactive wild horse educational museum and museum store are located. Visitors are welcome year round and children's activities are offered during the summer.
The best way to enjoy seeing these magnificent animals is to take a Wild Horse Tour. There are several companies in Corolla whose knowledgeable guides can take you where the stallions roam.
Village Realty proudly supports the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and hopes that you will consider donating to this worthy cause.