GARWOOD, N.J. — The father of a young mustang trainer hopes to bring the Extreme Mustang Makeover back to New Jersey.

Jerry Duffey, father of James, said there was talk by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in June at their Lexington event about holding a Makeover to New Jersey in 2019. However, on Oct. 1 four locations for next year’s events were announced and none were in the Garden State.

The elder Duffey said he learned it was a matter of a lack of funding for a fifth event. In an effort to raise funds to host a makeover in New Jersey he has started a Facebook page to discuss ideas. He said the cost to run the event would be at least $40,000.

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James Duffey, 18, and his American Mustang, "Star Spangled Dunes," competed at the 2018 Extreme Mustang Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park in late June. It was his second makeover, but his first in the adult division.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover is a contest in which each trainer starts with an untouched wild mustang. They have 100 days to train the horse before the competition. The competing horses, from the champion down, are then sold during an open bid auction immediately after the champion is crowned.

A Mustang Makeover was held at the DREAM Park in Gloucester County several years ago.

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