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Extreme Mustang Makeover Returns to Midwest Horse Fair

Event features 50 wild horses and a purse of $15,000

(Bertram, Texas, October 17, 2008) – The Midwest Horse Fair welcomes back the star of the 2008 show as the Extreme Mustang Makeover returns to Madison, Wis. for the second year in a row April 17-19 with America’s most definitive horsemanship test.

Featuring 50 wild horses gathered from Nevada, trainers will have approximately 90 days to gentle the mustangs before displaying their talents before what has been a standing room only crowd.

“Rhonda Reese and her team at the Midwest Horse Fair stage a first-class event and we’re only too glad to be a part of this fantastic show,” said Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) Executive Director Patti Colbert. “Trainers from the Midwest were phenomenal because they not only raised the bar for the competition, they fought a really tough winter in 2008 to get these horses ready. The Mustang Makeover has really gained a following in the horse industry and I know these trainers will bring it in 2009.”

The Midwest Extreme Mustang Makeover is one among eight events to be held in 2009. Events include the invitational Mustang Magic competition at the famed Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo January 23 and 24, as well as the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover in Albany, Ore. March 20-22, the Gatorland Extreme Mustang Makeover held in conjunction with Lynn Palm’s Women Love Horses in Ocala, Fla., April 305, the Norco Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge May 15-17 in Norco., Calif., the Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover June 12-14 in Sacramento, and the Wyoming Extreme Mustang Makeover August 14-15 in Douglas.

Trained mustangs are judged on conditioning, groundwork, and a "Horse Course" that requires maneuvers and includes obstacles found in trail and recreational riding situations. Each trainer also has an opportunity to showcase their animal’s unique talents in a two minute freestyle before qualifying for the final top 10 round. All mustangs in competition will be made available for adoption the final day of each show.

Even though the animals will have been handled and trained, the same adoptions conditions that accompany any Bureau of Land Management adoption will apply for the new owner when the animal is adopted.

Potential adopters will apply for the opportunity to be included in the competitive bidding process at the event with BLM personnel available to review and approve the application on site. For full adoption requirements and information, go to http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/adoption.htm.

“This event will be a real treat for any horse lover, whether they plan to adopt or not,” said Colbert. “Seeing how well these animals react to training and handling after only 90 days is something the public is strongly responding to and we have been so fortunate to have been able to place 100 percent of the horses offered though these events. This is absolutely something not to be missed.”

The Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created the Extreme Mustang Makeover to highlight the recognized value of American Mustangs through a national training competition. The event will give the public a unique opportunity to see the results of wild horses becoming trained mounts and then participate in a competitive bidding process to adopt one of these treasured animals. The purpose of the competition 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.

Nearly 29,000 Mustangs roam federal and privately held contracted lands across the country. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the BLM oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 219,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

For more information on Extreme Mustang Makeover competition or how to become a competing trainer, go to extrememustangmakeover.com or call 254.947.5530.

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation

The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover are to increase the adoption of mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover event to showcase the recognized value of mustangs through a national training competition.

About the Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing 258 million acres of public lands, located mostly in the West. Wild horses and burros roaming public rangelands are managed in a manner consistent with BLM's overall multiple-use mission, as set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. For more information, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or call 866-4MUSTANGS.


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