U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Extreme Mustang Makeover - Norco, California 2012
Norco, California (Horsetown USA) hosted the Fourth Annual Extreme Mustang Makeover in mid-May. Hundreds of spectators filled the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center for the Saturday night finals in which the top ten rated contestants competed for the number one slot and $11,500 in prize money. The trainers had picked up their three- and four-year-old wild mustangs at the BLM Ridgecrest and Litchfield Corrals in February.
Just 90 days later, they competed in the trail challenge through the hills and streets of Norco. The competitors were rated on how they and their horses handled a pattern in the arena, the horses’ body conditions, and a rural and an urban trail ride.
Eighteen-year-old Obbie Schlom of Silverado, Calif. astounded the crowd with her horsemanship, her two horses, Crazy Mary and Rosamay -- and an unprecedented first and second place ranking! The Norco Extreme Mustang Makeover was Obbie’s first event. For her efforts she earned first and second place prize moneys, splint boots, a belt buckle, and the respect of the event’s judges.
On Sunday morning, hopeful adopters arrived early to look over the mustangs, talk to trainers, and fill out BLM adoption applications. Thirty-one formerly wild horses were adopted via competitive bid. The Ridgecrest BLM staff was on-hand to talk to adopters and assist with the application process. The Wild Horse and Burro Program’s Division Chief, Joan Guilfoyle, made the trip from Washington, D.C. to experience the Norco event. The BLM and Mustang Heritage Foundation are partners working together to promote the value and trainability of America’s wild mustangs.
...some trainers like Judy Jameson...
David Briery, public affairs officer, BLM California Desert District, with information from Amy Dumas, Jo Ann Schiffer-Burdett and Robert Pawelek. Photos by Amy Dumas and Jo Ann Schiffer-Burdett. (Extreme Mustang Makeover - Norco, California - May 18-20, 2012)