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That’s a Wrap: Extreme Mustang Makeover, Ocala, FL


2022/06/02


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Round Rock, Texas
– On April 29 and 30th, the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala, FL played host to 33 trainers and formerly wild horses competing in the 2022 Extreme Mustang Makeover, a production of the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Trainers picked up their assigned horses in early January and began their 100-day journey to the show ring by gentling and training a previously untouched mustang before competing for their shot at over $40,000 in cash and prizes.
 
Before competing, applicants completed an extensive selection process which evidences their training prowess and equine knowledge. As an Extreme Mustang Makeover participant, these dedicated trainers help to further the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s mission of helping mustangs find permanent placement in loving homes. Their participation in the competition also demonstrates the versatility, athleticism, and trainability of the American mustang, which increases public awareness and encourages others to consider adopting a mustang.
 
The Ocala Youth Division competitors were paired with yearlings from Nevada HMAs and were tasked with training the youngsters to hold their own during the in-hand competition in April. The Adult Division horses, all 3- to 4-year-olds also from Nevada herds, were started and shown under saddle at the April competition.
 
Youth competitors compete in handling, trail and freestyle classes allowing them to showcase how their partnerships have evolved throughout the 100-day journey. Adult competitors show in a handling class, a pattern class, and a trail class to determine who advances to the finals. The exhibitors with the top ten combined scores from those first three classes then complete a brief compulsory pattern and a freestyle routine created by the competitor. The combined score of the compulsory pattern and freestyle routine determines the Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion.
 
This year’s Youth Champion was Sienna Pendergrass and Jelly Bean and the Adult Champion was Brittany Mayer and Cash Me Outside. A recap of the Freestyle Finals can be found on the Mustang Heritage Foundation YouTube channel.
 
Next up, the Mustang Heritage Foundation will be hosting a Virtual Extreme Mustang Makeover event in early August, followed by another live event in Fort Worth in September.
 
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 NRS Supply, Espana Silk, A Cut Above Buckles, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, Resistol, and Yeti.
 
Learn more about the event and auction at mustangheritagefoundation.org/extreme.
 
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is dedicated to facilitating successful placements for America’s excess wild mustangs and burros through innovative programs, events and education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More than 16,000 mustangs have been placed into private care through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007. For more information, visit mustangheritagefoundation.org. 
 
About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 250,000 wild horses and burros into good homes nationwide. Partnerships, like the Mustang Heritage Foundation, provide the BLM with additional opportunities to place animals into good homes. Interested applicants can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales event, visit a BLM Off-Range Corral, or participate in an Internet adoption/sales event to apply to take a wild horse or burro home! To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call 866-468-7826 or visit BLM.GOV/whb.
 
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mustang Heritage Foundation
1000 Gattis School Rd.
Suite 110
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 869-3225
(512) 869-3229 fax


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