LEXINGTON, Ky. — Trainers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are planning to attend the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, Ky., June 20-22.
Emma Minteer, of Naples, N.Y., Kayla O’Leary of Center Moriches, N.Y., James Duffey of Garwood, N.J., Gerardo Garro of Washington, N.J., Dawson Ives of Saegertown, Pa. and Rob West of Middle Island, N.Y. picked up their wild mustangs on Feb. 22 or 23. They are among 64 adult trainers and 40 youth trainers that began their 100 day journey.
Duffey competed last year, his first time as an adult.
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For more details on this Extreme Mustang Makeover event, visit https://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/kentucky/
In other news, the Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) is moving from their September date to join up with the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) Jan. 23-25, 2020.
For 11 years the Foundation has partnered with the FWSSR to produce the sell-out event, Mustang Magic. The opening of Dickie's Arena provided an opportunity for the EMM to be featured in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum allowing MHF to bring both events to the FWSSR audience.
“The partial government shutdown earlier this year left us facing logistical and financial challenges around our historic September EMM event,” said Kali Sublett MHF Executive Director. “The rescheduling from September to January will allow us to make up for lost time in selecting and preparing quality animals for the competition. The FWSSR has been a great host to us and we are excited to grow the partnership.”
Although official details will be released at a later date, the Foundation is working on new format for the Mustang Magic event which will now take place in conjunction with the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Trainers and spectators can expect more details soon.
With more than 1.2 million guests, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will provide tremendous opportunities to grow the Extreme Mustang Makeover’s traditional audience. The Stock Show’s diverse offerings attracts a demographically broad audience that will easily connect with the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s appealing mission and unique show formats.
“We’re excited about expanding the presence of Mustangs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo by including Extreme Mustang Makeover,” said Horse Show Manager, Lauren Lovelace Murray. “We’re eager to build on the 11 years of success with Mustang Magic by including this awesome show to our spectator experience.”
EMM exhibitors can still expect a $100,000 payout with cash and prizes. Adults will work with wild mares and geldings 3 to 6 years old that have been living in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) off-range corrals. Youth trainers will work with yearling and 2-year-old fillies and colts for the competition. Over the course of the three days, spectators will see the horse-and-rider duos compete in a variety of classes and, following the competition, will have the opportunity to bid on and purchase one for their own.
Interested trainers need to apply by July 1.
For more information and to stay up-to-date visit https://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/texas-2019/.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation works to ensure the successful private placement of excess wild horses and burros removed from public lands so future generation can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage. The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create, promote, support and manage programs and activities that provide information and education to the public about wild horses and burros; elevate the public image and desirability of wild horses and burros; provide opportunities for members of the public to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience; secure adequate numbers of skilled and caring private homes for excess horses to ensure healthy wild herds and rangelands through the placement of excess animals removed from public lands; and identify and develop sources of private financial support for the Foundation’s mission. For more information visit mustangheritagefoundation.org.
About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 wild horses and burros into good homes nationwide. Partnerships, like the Mustang Heritage Foundation, provide the BLM with additional opportunities to place animals into good homes. Interested applicants can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales event, visit a BLM Off-Range Corral, or participate in an Internet adoption/sales event to apply to take a wild horse or burro home! To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call 866-468-7826 or visit BLM.GOV/whb
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