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News.bytes Extra, issue 497

Mustangs and burros greet Fair visitors

Visitors to the Nevada County Fair in Grass Valley this year got a first-hand look at mustangs, burros and their trainers. (text continues below)

a burro looks back at the camera while waiting to make her appearance before an audience
Milly the burro waits to be introduced to the audience by Michelle DeCamp.

Volunteers for the Bureau of Land Management, with some assistance by BLM staff, gave demonstrations and staffed a booth to provide information on the wild horse and burro adoption program.

Volunteers showed horses and a burro they have trained to the public and answered questions at demonstrations Wednesday and Thursday. They also staffed an information booth for the duration of the fair.

In the next adoption, wild horses, burros and mules, including some halter trained mustangs, will be available for adoption when the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro adoption program comes to Napa Mustang Days Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18, in Napa.
The adoption event and three days of training clinics, entertainment, food and refreshments will be held at the Napa Valley Horsemen's Association Arena, 1200 Foster Rd.

The BLM adoption event will feature about 20 young mares, geldings, fillies and colts, 10 jack and jenny burros and two mules.  Several horses have been trained to halter by BLM volunteers.

More information is available at www.napamustangdays.com.  Details on the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro program, including adoption requirements, are available at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov, or by calling 866-4MUSTANGS.

a woman introduces her mustang to the crowd in bleachers
Sue Watkins and her mustang, Walley about to start a demonstration at the Nevada County Fair...

a young man touches a mustang through a fence as an audience watches
...and visiting with a member of the audience.

a woman with a microphone introduces two people with mustangs and one with a burro
Amy Dumas of the BLM speaks to the audience as Steve DeCamp and mustang Modoc await their introduction.

- David Christy, BLM Central California District public affairs, 9/1/11

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Last updated: 09-08-2011