U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 387
Trainer wins Extreme Mustang Makeover in tie-breaker
Santa Maria, Calif. horse trainer Katherine Cumberland and her mustang, Wendy, took top honors in the Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover competition held Saturday evening in Sacramento. The pair narrowly edged out Action, Calif. trainer Joel Sheridan and his mount, Lilly Bet, in a 90-second "mustang smackdown," held after the two trainers tied in the competition of the top 11 trainer-mustang contestants.
Below, Cumberland appears relaxed as she competes in the smackdown, first photo. In the second photo, Sheridan competes in the horse course competition held prior to the final contest.
Horse enthusiasts filled the grandstands of the Cal Expo Trailer Specialists Arena for more than two hours of entertainment in the competition, which was followed by a BLM adoption event. Participants in an oral auction adopted all 22 horses offered, with Cumberland's Wendy commanding the top bid of $4,000.
The competition provided plenty of action for horse enthusiasts, below:
The Sacramento event was one of a series of Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions organized by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, which partners with BLM to demonstrate the trainability of the mustang -- America's horse.
- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 6/16/09