Georgetown, TX - The Extreme Mustang Makeover will return to Norco, Calif., May 14-16, 2010, and with it comes one of the must unique and challenging equine competitions in the country as trainers and their wild horses will compete for an estimated purse of $9,250. Tickets are now on sale for $16.50 at www.extrememustangmakeover.com or $20 at the door for the event freestyle finals May 15. All other events are free. Proceeds benefit the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
More than 30 trainers from six states will compete in Horsetown USA at the Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge. Mustangs and trainers will be asked to take the competition along trails in the foothills and through downtown Norco where they will encounter obstacles such as getting the mail and crossing creeks.
“The Extreme Mustang Makeover Trail Challenge is one of the favorite events of the year and allows the public to see these gentled wild horses at their very best,” said Mustang Heritage Foundation Executive Director Patti Colbert. “What’s even better is the public can see these horses from the streets of Norco or hike up into the hills and watch them perform on the trail.”
An event highlight will be held Friday evening May 14 when Ray Arris and Hail Yeah, Norco’s official mascot, will take on Extreme Mustang Makeover Western Stampede Champion Wylene Wilson of Queen Creek, Ariz., in a Mustang “Smackdown” competition. This event is free to the public.
Mustangs were picked up by trainers at the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse & Burro Corrals in Ridgecrest, CA, in early February and will have had approximately 90 days to gentle the animal selected for them by lottery. 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 16.
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 powered by Wheaties FuelTM and sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, Western Horseman magazine, Martin Saddlery, Vetericyn, Smith Brothers, Gist Silversmiths, Equestrian Singles and Daily 72.
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 www.mustangheritagefoundation.org for more information.
About the Bureau of Land Management
The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands. For more information, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or call 866-4MUSTANGS.