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Extreme Mustang Makeover Offers Two Ultimate Tests in April

More than $20,000 total purse up for grabs

(Bertram, Texas, February 9, 2009) – The Extreme Mustang Makeover will offer two of what has become the definitive test of horsemanship when it debuts the Gatorland Extreme Mustang Makeover during Lynn Palm’s Women LUV Horses event April 3-5 and returns to the Midwest Horse Fair for the second consecutive year April 17-19.

“This is the first time the Extreme Mustang Makeover has been held twice in one month and we’re fired up about the chance to go back to the Midwest and then bring the event to the Southeast,” said Mustang Heritage Foundation Executive Director Patti Colbert. “Rhonda Reese at the Midwest and Lynn Palm have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that these events are successful and lead to the ultimate goal of getting the gentled wild horses adopted.”

The Midwest Extreme Mustang Makeover to be held in Madison, WI, and the Gatorland Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ocala, Fl, will each feature more than 30 of America’s iconic mustangs in a competition that has captured the heart of the horse industry. Through events produced by the Foundation, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), more than 1,000 wild mustangs have been gentled and placed for adoption throughout the United States.

The three and four year old Mustangs, gathered from Nevada, will be judged on conditioning and groundwork and the top 10 will be featured during an exciting evening performance with all horses in the competition being placed for adoption through competitive bidding following the performance. Mares only will be available in Florida.

Even though the animals will have been handled and trained, the same adoptions conditions that accompany any BLM 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. In order to apply, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and be able to demonstrate that adequate housing, food, water and facilities will be available to humanely care for the animal.

Adopted horses remain with the adopter for one year before “title” of ownership is provided from the BLM. For full adoption requirements and information, go to http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/adoption.htm

The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF), in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created the Extreme Mustang Makeover and Mustang Challenge events 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 26,000 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.

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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