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Oklahoma Extreme Mustang Makeover Crowns Overall Champion


2021/09/05




By Kaycie Will 

Georgetown, Texas – August 20, 2021  The 2021 Oklahoma Extreme Mustang Makeover, produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, named its overall champion on August 14, 2021 following an exhilarating Freestyle Finals at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Top Ten competed for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes during a high-stakes Freestyle Finals, followed by a hybrid live and online auction of all competing horses.

Jeff Cook and Cactus Flower, a 9-year-old buckskin mare, topped the finals with a total score of 172 to claim the Champion title after a nail-biting finale full of exhilarating stunts and incredible horsemanship.

Sarah Halbleib and Dunkin, a 5-year-old red roan gelding, won the Fan Favorite Freestyle award, which was determined by a live crowd vote. The pair also earned the Reserve Champion title, coming in just a few points behind Cook.

Other finalists were: Camille McCutchon and Yoshi; Christa Smithand CC Spiced Kai; Riva England and Honeybee; Grace Thompson and GT's Road Less Traveled; Jessie Yniguez and Hellcat; Rebecca Wittek and Percy; and Damon Mayfieldand Festus.

Find complete results and videos from all classes online at mustangheritagefoundation.org/watch-ok/.

Following the Freestyle Finals, the hybrid live and online auction helped competing horses find new homes. The high seller, Hellcat, trained by Jessie Yniguez, brought a winning bid of $17,000. The average sale price across all horses sold was more than $4,000, marking the hybrid auction as a success. This record-breaking average is evidence of thework the competitors dedicated to their horses as well as of the quality of the mustangs they trained. Since placement of competing horses aids in fulfillment of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s mission and increases public awareness of the trainability of these animals, a fruitful auction is a key marker of the event’s overall success.

Extreme Mustang Makeover events are produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program, to showcase the versatility and trainability of the American Mustang. The events are presented by Western Horseman and sponsored by Purina, NRS Supply, Espana Silk, A Cut Above Buckles, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, Resistol, and Yeti.

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