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Extreme Mustang Makeover Visionary Named As Westerner to Watch

Foundation aims to place 1,000 horses for adoption in 2009

(Bertram, Texas, January 12, 2009) – Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) Executive Director Patti Colbert, an admitted reality TV addict, has been named one of the “Top 15 Westerners to Watch” by American Cowboy magazine in its February/March 2009 issue, in company with such illustrious names as Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall and Patrick Gottsch, creator of RFD-TV.

Described by legendary horsewoman Carol Rose as someone “who makes people enjoy spending their money,” Colbert, who created the Extreme Mustang Makeover, says being named to the list was a surprise and an honor. “It’s great to get recognition for creating this event, but the bonus is more people will know about it,” she said. “These are truly amazing animals and I’m privileged to work with a great staff of women here at Patti Colbert Enterprises and at the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) who are as stoked as I am to get more people involved and engaged in adopting these horses.”

The Foundation plans to place another 1,000 horses for adoption in 2009, having placed in excess of that number since the beginning of the Extreme Mustang Makeover in September 2007. Since it’s creation, an estimated 100,000 fans have filled the stands and walked the barns of events held across the U.S. and fans will have even more chances in 2009 as the Foundation will hold 10 events from Oregon to Florida. First up will be the invitational Mustang Magic competition at the famed Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo January 23-24, followed by the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover in Albany, Ore. March 20-22; the Gatorland Extreme Mustang Makeover held in conjunction with Lynn Palm’s Women LUV Horses in Ocala, Fla., April 3-5; the Midwest Extreme Mustang Makeover in Madison, Wis., April 19-21; 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 14-16 in Douglas. Two “national” competitions will be held in Fall 2009, with a return engagement in Fort Worth September 18-20 and a new competition in Murfreesboro, Tenn., October 23-25.

In the Makeover, sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health, Western Horseman, Smith Brothers, Martin Saddlery, Daily 72 and Roper Apparel, 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

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 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.

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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