The 3rd annual Wyoming Mustang Days competition and adoption, August 17-18, is just around the corner. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) event will feature Wyoming wild horses again this year at the state fair in Douglas, Wyo.
On Friday, Aug. 17, from 8:30-5 p.m., the public is welcome to watch as past wild horse adopters and owners show their mustangs in halter, lead line, riding, team sorting and a new class—western cow handling. There will also be a green horse challenge class (less than 90 days of training) and adult and youth free style events. Saddles will be awarded to the high point winners of the junior and senior divisions.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, adopters of 2011 yearlings will compete with their 2-year olds in hand or under saddle beginning at 2 p.m. Following the yearling competition, trainers from the Wyoming Honor Farm and Mantle Wild Horse Training Facility will showcase saddle-started wild horses. Those showcase horses will be available for adoption by verbal competitive bid beginning at 4:30 p.m.
BLM Wild Horse Specialist and Mustang Days Coordinator Scott Fluer is excited about two new additions to this year’s lineup. “The U.S. Border Patrol and their trained wild horses will open the festivities both days. That will really be something to see,” said Fluer. “We’re also looking forward to the Wyoming Backcountry Horsemen joining us on Friday to demonstrate packing techniques using wild horses.” All Mustang Days events are free with entrance to the fair.
Wild horse yearlings will also be available for viewing and silent bid adoption at the BLM booth throughout the week at the Wyoming State Fair, Aug. 13-18. BLM adoption qualifications, an application form and other adoption information can be found at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html.
This is the 100 year anniversary of the Wyoming State Fair. For more information, visit the fair’s website at www.wystatefair.com.
For more information about Mustang Days, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/2012mustang-days.html or contact BLM Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Beckwith at 307-347-5207.