Georgetown, Texas – The Extreme Mustang Makeover, presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program, will be held in Nampa, July 24-25. Those attending will have the opportunity to adopt trained, as well as untrained mustangs throughout the event.
Youth and adult trainers picked up mustang mares in April and spent the summer preparing their horse for the event. The horses, which were virtually untouched by humans, represent dozens of wild horse herds located all over the West.
Mustang and adult rider teams will compete in preliminary classes, including: handling and conditioning, a pattern class, and a trail course with in-hand and riding obstacles. The top-10 horse and trainer pairs will advance to the freestyle finals Saturday evening, in which they have the chance to show off their skills and creativity with music, costumes, and props. The freestyle finals are a thrilling conclusion that showcases the mustangs’ trainability, athleticism, and grace. Trainers will compete for an estimated $20,000 in prize money.
Youth, ages eight to 17, will show 2-year-old mustangs in hand in three classes, including: handling and conditioning, leading trail, and a freestyle class. The youth freestyle is scheduled forSaturday at 2 p.m. Overall winners will be awarded their share of $5,000 in prize money. Additionally, Idaho 4-H youth will showcase their young mustangs from 12 – 12:30 on Saturdayafternoon.
All preliminary classes are free to attend. Tickets to the adult Top-10 Freestyle Finals Saturday evening are $15 for general admission. Visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com for tickets and event details.
Spectators will have two opportunities to adopt a mustang at this year's event. Adult competing mustang mares will be available for public adoption on Saturday, July 25, immediately following the adult Top-10 Freestyle Finals that begin at 6 p.m., through a competitive bid adoption. A great selection of untrained mustangs will also be available for adoption Friday and Saturday, on a first-come, first-served basis for $125.
The Bureau of Land Management must approve potential adopters before they take a mustang home. Approval can be done on-site and includes facility and horse trailer requirements. For more information about the wild horse adoption opportunity, please contact the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program at 866-468-7826 or visit blm.gov.
The Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Western Horseman, Ram Rodeo, Vetericyn, Gist Silversmiths, Resistol, Martin Saddlery and Classic Equine, Roper Apparel and Footwear, the North American Mustang Association and Registry, and Smith Brothers.
About Extreme Mustang Makeover
The purpose of the Extreme Mustang Makeover is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the BLM under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. More than 5,500 wild horses have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events are to increase the adoption of Mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events to showcase the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. The nonprofit organization also created the Trainer Incentive Program and Camp Wildfire to raise awareness about America’s Mustangs. For more information, visit www.mustangheritagefoundation.org.
About the Bureau of Land Management
Since 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM has successfully placed over 235,000 wild horses and burros into private care. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 10 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands. For more information, visit blm.gov.
2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover Events
Date City, State
August 7-8, 2015 Topsfield, MA
August 21-22, 2015 Gainesville, GA
September 10-12, 2015 Fort Worth, TX