The “No More Night Mares” are back... New Children’s Book about Wild Horses and Huggable Plush Horse

From: Wild Heart Ranch
Published: Wed Feb 16 2005

POINT ROBERTS, WA, February 16, 2005 – Wild Heart Ranch, Inc., a children’s toy and publishing company, is pleased to announce the release of the long-awaited "No More Night Mares" 14" plush horses at this year’s American International Toy Fair at Javits Convention Center in New York from February 20 - 23, 2005.

Wild Heart Ranch, Inc, will be offering a book signing at the American International Toy Fair, where the author and founder of the company, Dawn Van Zant, will be signing both "No More Night Mares" and "I Sea Horses". Also joining her for the signing will be "I Sea Horses" illustrator, Callan Van Zant. Authors can be met and books signed on February 21, 2005, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at booth 3006.

The company originally launched the No More Night Mares product line in 1998 and is bringing it back based on retailer and consumer demand. The plush line is based on an original legend about a mythical herd of mares that escapes man by fleeing into the sky and becoming stars in the Pegasus constellation, where they fulfill a destiny to light up the night sky. The legend is being published as a children’s book full of illustrations lent by well-known equine artist, Kim McElroy. A lifelong horse lover, Kim McElroy is known for portraying the emotional, spiritual, and dynamic presence of these magnificent creatures and offers us a timeless glimpse of its soul. More of Kim's artwork can be viewed on her website,

Re-launching the line comes at a critical point in wild horse history following a new amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The company hopes to help build further awareness for the plight of wild horses through the "No More Night Mares" line of plush and books, as well as through its interactive, website, The amendment allows for the sale of wild horses to foreign markets, if the horse is over the age of 10, or if younger, then after they have unsuccessfully been offered for adoption three times. These sales may potentially result in the use of these animals for meat. Wild horse advocates are currently lobbying to get the bill reversed. To learn more, please visit some of the recent news at

Book Excerpt: "A long time has passed since the days of Eclipse and his wild herd. The once plentiful wild herds have since vanished form the plains, now living as small scattered herds in refuge, or hiding in the outback. The history of wild horses alongside man has both defied and threatened their extinction. Man has been both a horse’s best friend and his most brutal foe. But the legacy of man and horse continues… as it always will. They gallop through our dreams to carry us to the stars. They stir the tamest imagination and comfort even the wildest hearts."

New for 2005:

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Lucky Stars Collection: Because Everyone Needs a Lucky Star…
Lucky Stars Collection of Mini Collectible Horses with LED lights.
The original characters come to life in a brand new design, to light up imaginations.

What do little girls dream of...? Horses of course! Magical mini plush horses that light up with celestial windows of the moon & stars! The 12 mini horses come in realistic colors, with long manes and tails to comb. Each horse comes with a nametag & poem based on the original story of mystical wild horses – ‘No More Night Mares… A Dream of Freedom.’ Squeeze them and their blazes will twinkle like the stars in the sky. They are the perfect playmate for sleepovers!

No More Night Mares: Listen to the call of the wild and remember…
The 'No More Night Mares' series of 14" plush horses (three mares, Comet, Moonbeam and Lucky Stars) also have a night light situated on their blaze, (the white triangle shaped spot on a horse's face) that lights up a piece of the sky for children to fall asleep next to. Each comes with a comb and an identifiable Wild Heart gold star horse brand. Each horse has a long mane and tail to brush and comb and they come in realistic horse colors.

Pajama Ponies: The perfect overnight companion, Comet, Moonbeam and Lucky Stars come in a 14" plush with a pouch for overnight accessories or pajamas. They also come with a gold comb to brush their long tails and manes, and a hidden surprise in their pouches!

I Sea Horses: Splash into Our Undersea Magical Adventure!
6 Collectible plush seahorses and children’s book about a magical herd of wild horses that choose a life in the sea.

Children of all ages will love the 6 collectible plush seahorse characters with a nametag & poem based on the original ‘I Sea Horses’ book. The brightly colored seahorses have bendable tails that wrap around anything - especially your heart! Squeeze their belly and the magical starfish will light up your imagination. Each seahorse comes with a comb for its long, colorful hair.

I Sea Horses Bath Play: Take the 6 loveable characters into the tub with matching seashell bath mitts. These terry seahorses are smaller than the originals and don’t have the night lights - but they will be sure to light up children’s eyes!

Wild Heart Ranch Books

Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop
Written by Dawn Van Zant
Illustrated by Alexander Levitas

"When the Sandman comes to visit you tonight, you need to listen closely as you close your eyes and drift off to sleep. It is a tale of the magic that lives in the desert, of buried ancient treasures, vanishing wild camels, forgotten people and the courage of a small unlikely warrior destined to be their guardian.

In a warm bed, an unsuspecting young boy who could only walk in his dreams awaited his destiny."

Follow Brad and the Sandman on their magical journey to the Desert of Lop to learn the secrets of the desert that live in your heart.

I Sea Horses
Written by: Dawn Van Zant
Illustrated by: Callan Van Zant

A magical marine adventure about a herd of wild horses that transforms into seahorses to keep the life of freedom and adventure that is disappearing form the open plains. The story of stars, magic, and wild horses transforming into seahorses is a story for all ages and will be passed on for generations to come.

No More Night Mares… A Dream of Freedom
Written by: Dawn Van Zant
Illustrated by: Kim McElroy

Horse people will love this mythical herd of mares destined to light up the night sky.

About Wild Heart Ranch:,,,,
I Sea Horses™ is a registered trademark and property of Wild Heart Ranch Inc.
Wild Heart Ranch, Inc. is a publishing, entertainment and toy company that creates and licenses non-violent toys and products based on original ideas, stories and characters. The 'Lucky Stars Collection', 'No More Night Mares', 'Armadillo Cowboy Club’, 'I Sea Horses', ‘Desert of Lop’, & ‘Favorite Pet Stories’ brands, characters, logos, stories, web sites, video games, patents and trademarks, are all properties of Wild Heart Ranch, Inc.

WHR is a member of: Toy Industry Association, ASTRA, and Women in Toys
The I Sea Horses product line won the "Seal of Excellence 2004" from Creative Child Magazine as well as "Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products of 2004".

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