GEORGETOWN, TEXAS — The Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) will return to the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 6-8, 2018. Trainer entry application deadline has been extended to March 9.

The competition will feature an exciting format called Player’s Choice. Applications are open to the public. Eligible adult trainers will be allowed to bid on the mustang of their choosing for use in competition from a selection of 200 mares and geldings and compete for their chance to win $50,000.

Ten reasons why you should compete:

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1. Thirty incentive buckles will be awarded to top rookie, silver bullet, and young gun trainers. 

2. There will be $130,000 in total payout.

3. The 2017 Champion paid $1,600 for his horse and went home with $50,000.

4. A 2017 horse was selected for $525 by the trainer, and after the competition, the adopter paid $26,000! A $12,000 commission was paid to the trainer.

5. Trainers have the option to select two horses. Show one. TIP one and earn an automatic $1,000.

6. Trainers will receive 50% commission on the sale price of the horse (less $200) after the competition. The average sale price in 2017 was $2,758.

7. All trainers competing in the event will receive $100.

8. You get to select the horse you want to train.

9. There will be $10,000 cash paid out in each class.

10. Fan Favorite receives $2,500 in cash.

Adult Division

Available horses will be catalogued by video through Superior Auction Services and displayed at for viewing. Mustangs will be available for competitive bid through a mustang selection event held at the Fort Worth Stockyards on April 14. Approved and selected trainers will be allowed to bid in person, online or through call in.

Trainers will pick up their horses on May 12-13 and bring them back for competition Sept. 6-8. Interested persons can apply online at

Incentives will also be added in trainer payout and prize money. The Top 10 trainers will split a purse of $103,000, with the champion receiving $50,000. Preliminary classes will also have added money totaling $30,000. Competing mustangs will be placed in an adoption auction at the conclusion of the event with trainers receiving 50 percent commission of the adoption price of their animal.

The revised format was developed in order to increase participation by allowing trainers the chance to bid on the right to train the horse they wish for competition. Pending Bureau of Land Management facility approval, trainers will be allowed to bid on a maximum of two horses though only one horse may be used for the EMM competition. After a horse is declared for competition, the trainer must place the remaining animal into the Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) and find a suitable adopter within 90 days in order to be eligible for the program’s $1,000 incentive.

Holding with original EMM competitions, mustangs and trainers will continue to compete in preliminary classes for a chance to be selected as one of the Top 10 trainers who will participate in the Freestyle Finals performance scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8.

The EMM program, created and produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse & Burro Program, involves a 100-day competition that challenges trainers to gentle and saddle train wild mustangs to ready them for competition. Through a series of classes and a Top Ten finals competition, trainers display the mustangs’ skills and demeanor, followed by a bidding process where spectators can adopt or purchase one as their own.

“The Extreme Mustang Makeover events give the public a chance to witness the incredible transformation these horses have undergone taking them from wild to willing partners,” said Kali Sublett, MHF Executive Director. “Since we created the program in 2007, we’ve found homes for more than 9,400 mustangs—an achievement we’re extremely proud of. We look forward to seeing that number grow in 2018.”

In 2018, two EMM events are scheduled.

Extreme Mustang Makeover 2018 Schedule

  • June 21-23: Lexington, Ky.
  • Sept. 6-8: Fort Worth, Texas

Since establishing the Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2007, MHF has taken the event to 34 cities in 23 states, finding homes for more than 9,400 mustangs along the way. In 2016-17, 237 mustangs were placed into private care through the wild horse training event. The other 1,600 animals were placed through a non-competitive training program called the Trainer Incentive Program or TIP.

Currently, the BLM estimates nearly 70,000 wild horses roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 western states, mostly in Nevada, Wyoming and California. As their populations grow, events like the EMM encourage public education and adoption of these remarkable animals.

 “Mustangs are beautiful, versatile, intelligent creatures,” Sublett said. “To see them firsthand is a truly incredible experience and one that we encourage everyone to take part in.”

Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors.

For more information about the Extreme Mustang Makeover program or to become a trainer, adopter or sponsor of the event, visit

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation

The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the Mustang Heritage Foundation is passionate about the successful placement of mustangs into private care so future generations can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage. The Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed over 9,400 mustangs into private care since 2007.

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

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.

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