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Central California District
Release Date: 06/15/09
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-09-71

Santa Maria Trainer Wins Mustang Makeover

Following a tie-breaking “mustang smackdown,” Katherine Cumberland and her mustang, Wendy, took first place at the Western States Extreme Mustang Makeover Saturday in Sacramento.

Cumberland and Wendy beat Joel Sheridan of Acton and his mustang, Lilly Bet, 74.5 points to 73 after an additional 90-second performance. Horses and riders were judged on technical and artistic ability by a panel of judges during free-style performances by the 11 finalists.

The top 11 trainers and horses out of 22 participating in the event were, from first: Cumberland and Wendy; Sheridan and Lilly Bet; Bob Britland, Galt, and Kanterry; Randall Davis, Greeley, Colo., and Marley; Amber Bussell, Oakdale, and Cowgirls HotRodd; Krista Koenig, Paso Robles, and Wild Rose Mustango; Mardi Radway, Roseburg, Ore., and Kto; Juliane Hanley, Fall City, Wash., and Sangria; Gary Wedemeyer, Winton, and Abby Lane; Joe Weitecamp, Las Vegas, Nev., and Bella; Jennifer Mothershead, Buckley, Wash., and MissFire.

Following the competition, mustangs were put up for adoption. Cumberland’s mare, Wendy, received a bid of $4,000.

All 22 mustangs were adopted with bids totaling $24,950.

Selected horse trainers from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Colorado had 90 days to gentle and train their assigned mustangs for the competition.  Trainers competed for a part of the $7,500 purse at the Mustang Challenge, which was held with the annual Western States Horse Expo at Cal Expo.  Judges evaluated each horse and trainer on conditioning, groundwork and how the horse maneuvered through an obstacle “horse course,” which simulates trail and recreational riding situations.

The Western States Mustang Challenge 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.

Wild horses and burros are managed in California in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros 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, visit or call 866-4MUSTANGS.


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