The Extreme Mustang Makeover, presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, will be featured at the Virginia Horse Festival held at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA, March 27-28.
Youth and adult trainers picked up Mustang geldings in November and spent the winter preparing the horses for the event. The geldings, which were virtually untouched by humans, represent wild horse herds located all over the West.
Mustang and adult rider teams will compete in preliminary classes Friday and Saturday, 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. Adult trainers will compete for $20,000 in prize money.
Youth, ages eight to 17, will show young Mustangs in hand in three classes, including: handling and conditioning, leading trail, and a freestyle class. Youth classes are scheduled to begin Saturday at 12 noon.
Adult competing Mustang geldings will be available for public adoption on Saturday, March 28, immediately following the adult Top 10 Freestyle Finals that begin at 6:30 pm, through a competitive bid adoption. 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 866-4MUSTANGS or visit blm.gov.
The available Mustangs can be viewed at http://extrememustangmakeover.com/extreme-mustang-makeover-virginia/.
Event tickets are on sale now through the Virginia Horse Festival. For complete schedule and event information visit http://www.virginiahorsefestival.com/.
The Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Ram Rodeo, Western Horseman, Vetericyn, Cowboy Magic, Gist Silversmiths, Martin Saddlery and Classic Equine, Roper Apparel and Footwear, North American Mustang Association and Registry, RIDE TV, 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
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 12 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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands. Visit blm.gov for more information.
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