Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Competition that Helps Home Horses

The Extreme Mustang Makeover will be held less than 200 miles from the Twin Tiers in August, and a critical deadline is fast approaching. 
This wild horse training competition matches mustangs with trainers in an effort to showcase the talent and versatility of America’s wild horses, with the ultimate goal of finding them homes.  It will be held August 22-23, 2014 in the Mountain Springs Arena – Shartlesville, PA. 
My own little BLM mustang, DeCato Copper

Twin Tiers trainers who are interested in competing for a piece of the $10,000 in prizes need to get their applications into the event organizers by April 15. 

Since many of these competitions are held in the western United States, this is a rare opportunity for equine enthusiasts in the Twin Tiers to watch the competition in person.  And it’s an chance for local trainers to show their talents in shaping a wild horse into a riding mount in less than 100 days.

The event is a combined effort of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the government agency responsible for mustang welfare – and the Mustang Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to increase the adoptions of the more than 50,000 horses held in BLM facilities.

And, since the mustangs are auctioned after the competition, those attending have a chance to purchase an already-started young horse.  This not only supports the mustang programs, it provides a much-needed home to one of these sturdy, versatile equines.

Full details on the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Extreme Mustang Makeover and the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program can be found at their respective web sites:

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