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Mustang Makeover Hits the Trail In Norco

$10,000 purse available in unique Trail Challenge Event

Bertram, Texas, December 2, 2008 Mustang trainers will face a new challenge when they apply to compete for $10,000 in the first Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge in Norco, Calif., May 15-17. The deadline to apply for the event is January 12.

Fifty horse trainers will be selected to pick up a wild Mustang and compete in Horsetown USA at the Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge. For the first time, Mustangs and trainers will be asked to take the competition through downtown Norco and trails in the foothills to encounter obstacles such as getting the mail and crossing creeks.

"This is definitely a step in a new direction for our program, but it goes directly toward the biggest market for these sturdy animals, trail riding," said Mustang Heritage Foundation Executive Director Patti Colbert. "Norco, specifically, and California, has produced some of our top competitors and one of our stars, Hail Yeah and Ray Ariss, are right there in Norco to cheer our trainers on. Anyone who wants the experience of training a horse with a clean slate for this fun challenge is encouraged to apply."

Selected trainers will pick up their Mustang at the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse & Burro Corrals in Ridgecrest, CA, on February 13-14, 2009. 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. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. All of the animals involved in the "Makeover" competition will be available for adoption May 17.

Adoption fees will be set by competitive bid with initial fees being determined by the level and quality of training each horse has received. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. In addition, adopters must have suitable facilities and can adopt no more than four animals. Adoption applications may be obtained and approved on the spot.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover is sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health, Western Horseman magazine, Martin Saddlery, Roper Apparel, Smith Brothers and Daily 72. To apply for a trainer's position, go to http://www.extrememustangmakeover.com or call 512.355.3225.

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation

The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover is 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. Go to http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org for more information.

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. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 219,000 horses and burros into private care through adoption. For more information, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or call 866-4MUSTANGS.

 

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