News Release

For Release:   March 4, 2008      
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474; cell (916) 206-1520

Media Advisory
Trainers Pick Up Mustangs in Sacramento for Training Competition

What: Thirty-four trainers from around California will pick up mustangs, fresh off the range, to begin the Western States Horse Expo Mustang Challenge.

When: Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. both days (most activity Friday morning).

Where: Sacramento Horseman’s Association arena, 3200 Longview Drive, Sacramento (near Watt Avenue and Highway 80).

Background: Trainers will have 90 days to gentle and train their assigned mustangs in the competition.  They will be judged at the 10th Annual Western States Horse Expo being held at Cal Expo in Sacramento on June 6-8, competing for $7,500 in prize money.  Judges will evaluate each horse and trainer on conditioning, groundwork and how the horse maneuvers through an obstacle “horse course,” which simulates trail and recreational riding situations.  The mustang mares and geldings, ranging from three to four years old, were gathered by the Bureau of Land Management from the Twin Peaks herd area, located 25 miles northeast of Susanville.  At the end of the competition, each horse will be auctioned to qualified buyers.

The Western States Mustang Challenge is a spin-off of the highly successful Extreme Mustang Makeover held last year in Fort Worth, Texas.  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.

Wild horses and burros are managed in California in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. This act gave the Bureau of Land Management the responsibility to protect wild horses and burros while ensuring their populations are managed to maintain or restore a thriving ecological balance.

For more information, contact David Christy (BLM) (916) 985-4474, cell (916) 206-1520 or Patti Colbert, Mustang Heritage Foundation, cell (512) 656-8390, or go to