Georgetown, Texas, August 26, 2015 – The Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program are returning to Fort Worth, TX, to host the Extreme Mustang Makeover, September 10-12, 2015, at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center. In addition to seeing the talents of America's Mustangs, fans can enjoy the film "Unbranded" and spend an evening with country star, Clint Black.
Extreme Mustang Makeover
Youth and adult trainers will spend the weekend showing Mustangs that were picked up in May. These horses, which were virtually untouched by humans, represent dozens of wild horse herds located all over the West. Youth, ages eight to 17, will show 2-year-old Mustangs in hand in three classes, including: handling and conditioning, leading trail, and a freestyle class. Overall winners will be awarded their share of $25,000 in prize money.
Mustang and adult rider teams will compete in preliminary classes, including: handling and conditioning, a pattern class, and a trail course with in-hand and riding obstacles. The exciting Freestyle Finals performance is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m., where competitors showcase their Mustang's skills with costumes, music and props. The freestyle finals are a thrilling conclusion that showcases the Mustangs’ trainability, athleticism, and grace. The top-10 will be awarded a purse of $50,000.
All preliminary classes are free to attend. Tickets to the adult Top-10 Freestyle Finals Saturday evening are $15 for general admission while box seats are priced at $25. Visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com for tickets and event details.
Those attending will have three opportunities to adopt a Mustang at this year's event. Adult competing Mustang geldings will be available for public adoption on Saturday, September 12, at 12 p.m. through a competitive bid adoption. The Mustangs qualifying for the Top-10 Finals will be available for adoption immediately following the performance Saturday evening. In addition to the trained Mustangs offered for adoption during this year’s Extreme Mustang Makeover, dozens of untrained horses will also be available for a flat fee of $125 to qualified applicants. Visit the BLM booth anytime during the event to apply. Mustangs will be available for viewing and pick-up all weekend in the pens adjacent to the Justin Arena. First-come, first-served. Take a ready-to-train Mustang home and know the thrill and reward of adopting a “Living Legend!”
The Bureau of Land Management must approve potential adopters before they take a Mustang home. Approval can be done on-site and includes facility and horse trailer requirements. For more information about the wild horse adoption opportunity, please contact the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program at 866-4MUSTANGS or visit blm.gov.
Texas Premiere of the film, "Unbranded"
Follow four friends and 16 mustangs on a 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to the Canadian border. Join the "Unbranded" crew for a special screening followed by a reception at the Will Rogers Auditorium, Thursday, Sept. 10. Book signing begins at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
An Evening with Clint Black
The Mustang Heritage Foundation proudly presents Clint Black in concert, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the 501 (c)(3) public, charitable, nonprofit organization and support its mission of successfully placing America's excess mustangs into adoptive homes. Guests will not only enjoy the musical performance, but also have a chance to learn about MHF and its adoption and training programs. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
Thursday, September 10
8 a.m. EMM Adult Handling & Conditioning – John Justin Arena
11:30 a.m. EMM Youth Handling & Conditioning Class – Watt Arena
1:30 p.m. EMM Adult Pattern Class – John Justin Arena – John Justin Arena
3 p.m. EMM Youth Trail Class – Watt Arena
7 pm "Unbranded" Texas Premiere – Will Rogers Auditorium (Ticket Required)
Friday, September 11
8 a.m. EMM Adult Trail Class – John Justin Arena
9 a.m. Mustang Gathering– Watt Arena
1 p.m. EMM Youth Freestyle Class – John Justin Arena
4:30 p.m. Adult & Youth Class Awards Presentation & Top 10 Finalists Announcement –
John Justin Arena
7 p.m. An Evening with Clint Black – Fort Worth Convention Center (Ticket Required)
Saturday, September 12
8 a.m. Top-10 Compulsory Maneuvers – Will Rogers Coliseum
8 a.m. Mustang Gathering followed by Mustang Gathering Awards – Watt Arena
9 a.m. Horse Psychology with B.F. Yeates – John Justin Arena
10 a.m. Meet the Mustangs – John Justin Arena
12 p.m. EMM non-finalist Adoption – John Justin Arena
6 p.m. Preshow – Will Rogers Coliseum
7 p.m. Top-10 Freestyle Finals Performance & Adoption of Top-10 Finalists Mustangs
Will Roger Coliseum
Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Western Horseman, Ram Rodeo, Vetericyn, Gist Silversmiths, Resistol, Martin Saddlery and Classic Equine, Roper Apparel and Footwear, the North American Mustang Association and Registry, and Smith Brothers.
About Extreme Mustang Makeover
The purpose of the Extreme Mustang Makeover 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 the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. More than 5,500 wild horses have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events are to increase the adoption of Mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events to showcase the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. The nonprofit organization also created the Trainer Incentive Program and Camp Wildfire to raise awareness about America’s Mustangs. For more information, visit www.mustangheritagefoundation.org.
About the Bureau of Land Management
Since 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM has successfully placed over 235,000 wild horses and burros into private care. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 10 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands. For more information, visit blm.gov.