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Wide World of Horses Welcomes Extreme Mustang Makeover $25,000 Challenge

The Extreme Mustang Makeover $25,000 Challenge is coming to Wide World of Horses! This unique event will be chronicled in a series of six programs produced by award-winning Envision Video of San Antonio, Texas. Set to begin in August, the programs will document the progress of the Challenge.

It all begins with an invitation to every horse trainer in America to participate in a true test of basic horsemanship and have an opportunity to win $25,000 in prize money!

The Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Commission, will bring one hundred (100) wild Mustangs, gathered from the Nevada hills, to the Fallon BLM holding facility in Nevada and the Pauls Valley facility south of Oklahoma City. The Mustangs will all be sorrel or bay and similar in age, size and condition.

Trainers will pick up the Mustangs at either the Fallon or Pauls Valley facility on June 6-9, 2007. They will have until Saturday, September 22, 2007 to train their horse. On that date, trainers will compete with their Mustangs at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The trained Mustangs will be judged on conditioning, groundwork and a “Horse Course” which represents maneuvers and obstacles found in trail and recreational riding situations.

All Mustangs that participate in the Extreme Mustang Makeover event will be available for adoption through an adoption auction held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center the next day. Interested adopters will be able to watch the horses compete on Saturday, then bid on Sunday!

In addition to $25,000 in prize money, trainers will be reimbursed up to $500 for costs related to hauling, training and medical expenses related to the Mustang they have in training. Trainers will also receive 15% commission on the amount of the adoption bids exceeding $200.00.

Trainers must meet the Bureau of Land Management requirements for trailers and facilities in order to participate in the contest. Rules and regulations for the event can be found on the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s website at http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org or by calling 512-355-3225.

Mustang Foundation Executive Director Patti Colbert noted, “Mustangs represent the spirit of America. The goal of Extreme Mustang Makeover is to promote the quality and value of Mustangs. The event also provides trainers an opportunity to showcase their ability to transform wild Mustangs into suitable horses for ranch work or recreational riding. We’re excited to present the Mustang Makeover and thrilled for the opportunity Wide World of Horses gives for getting the message out to millions of viewers.”

Wide World of Horses airs on RFD-TV at 3:30 and 9:30 pm CST every Monday and on Tuesday morning at 7 am. The 30-minute program features a broad spectrum of the equine world’s most exciting events and individuals, including NRHA Inside Reining and Les Vogt’s Equine Insights.

For information on Wide World of Horses, visit http://www.wideworldofhorses.com. For information on the Extreme Mustang $25,000 Makeover, visit http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org.


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