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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 375


 Trainers meet their mustang partners for Extreme Makeover competition

With hopes of being in the Cal Expo winners' circle in June, a group of horse trainers visited the BLM's Litchfield Corrals near Susanville March 13 and 14 to pick up the mustang mares they will train in the Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover competition.  Twenty-seven trainers selected to compete in the Makeover watched as their mustangs, assigned at random, were haltered and loaded into the trailers for the trip home. (text continues below)

Below, Lincoln resident Jules Baumann watches as BLM horse wrangler Doug Satica closes the gate behind a mare as she moves into the loading chute. 
BLM horse wrangler Doug Satica closes a gate behind a mare as she moves into the load chute

Doug deftly places a halter on the mustang (her first halter, ever!) as Jules watches.
Doug places a halter on the mustang as Jules Baumann watches
 

With the horses haltered and in the trainers' home corrals, the work now begins.  They have 90 days to train the mustangs for the Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover, set for June 12-14.  The competition, developed and organized by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, will be among the featured events in the Western States Horse Expo on the Cal Expo grounds in Sacramento.

In the competition, the trainers will vie for cash prizes in events designed to showcase the animals' body condition and their abilities in various ground and riding classes.  The top trainers and their horses will compete in a round of final competition to determine the winner.  All the mustangs will then be made available for public adoption.

The Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover is a spin-off of the highly successful Extreme Mustang Makeover.  The Mustang Heritage Foundation in partnership with BLM created the events to highlight the value of American
mustangs and showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of these living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the American West.

- Jeff Fontana, 3/19/09


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 375


 
Last updated: 03-26-2009