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Mustang Heritage Foundation Joins Forces with Mustang of America Foundation

(Bertram, Texas, February 5, 2009) – Two of the nation’s most influential wild horse advocacy groups have joined forced to raise awareness about America’s wild horse population and the need for adoption.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) and the Mustangs of America Foundation (MAF) will partner to increase the number of successful adoptions of Nevada horses through sharing of expertise, information and coordination to enhance adoption marketing initiatives. Both groups will share their respective resources for marketing, advertising and promotion for the adoption of Nevada Mustangs. It will provide both parties an opportunity to share skills for developing and supporting existing MHF and MAF programs to increase adoptions.

MHF Executive Director Patti Colbert said the partnership is set to enhance the value of programs that exist within both foundations.

“This partnership basically allows both groups to maintain their independence in their programs, but joins together our resources to make us more effective in serving the needs of the wild horse population and for increasing adoptions nationwide,” she said.

The Mustangs of America Foundation, based in Minden, NV, is a volunteer nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to promoting mustang and burro adoption, training, facilitating public education, rescue and prevention of cruelty to animals.

The Mustang Heritage 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. On the schedule is 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, 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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