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Central California District
Release Date: 09/28/09
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-09-93

Wild Horse Adoption Day Event Planned For Sacramento

Horse lovers will be able to see demonstrations by Mustang Makeover trainers and adopt a halter-trained wild horse Saturday, Oct. 3, in Sacramento.

About 10 horses and one burro will be available at the event at the Sacramento Horseman Association, 3200 Longview Drive, which is donating the use of the facility. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include gentling demonstrations and exhibitions. A silent bid adoption will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and remaining horses will be available first-come, first-served after that for a $125 adoption fee.

The program will include demonstrations by trainers Jack Foster, Deven Childers, Gena Wasley, Sue Watkins, Bob Britland and El Dorado County Search and Rescue.  Childers competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Texas. Wasley, Watkins and Britland competed in the Western States Mustang Challenge in Sacramento. Bureau of Land Management Compliance Specialist Jason Williams and volunteer Vanessa Scroggins also will give a demonstration. The event is part of the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day in the United States. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day with events taking place in 19 states across the country.

Nearly 33,000 mustangs roam federal lands across the West. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the BLM oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

Horses between the ages of 1 and 6 years old are typically selected from the herds for adoption, but a horse of any age can fit into the right farm or ranch.  For many mustang adopters, having the opportunity to work with a horse or burro with a storied past and an unconventional upbringing brings a unique and special element to their relationship.

The groups supporting National Wild Horse Adoption Day, in addition to the BLM, include Wild Horses 4 Ever, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation and The Humane Society of the United States.

The groups are working together to educate Americans about wild horse issues while promoting adoption of BLM wild horses through adoption events, training programs and motivational experiences.

“In actuality, every day is adoption day in the United States, but National Wild Horse Adoption Day is designed to bring attention to the need for adoption to the American public, and especially those who have an interest in horse ownership,” said Julie Bryant, Mustang Heritage Foundation event coordinator. “BLM facilities across the nation offer wild horses for adoption on a regular basis with adoption fees starting at $125.  With National Wild Horse Adoption Day, the BLM along with trainers and other mustang advocates, will be able to offer both saddle trained and halter trained animals.”

The goal of 1,000 horses adopted through a National Adoption Day program could create a savings of more than $1,500,000 for the BLM and the American taxpayer.

For more information on Adoption Day events or how to volunteer, go to or call 817-559-5650.

For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS.   Information is also available online at


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Last updated: 09-28-2009