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California Desert District
Release Date: 05/07/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-66

Redlands Woman Accepts Challenge to Train Mustang in 90 Days

Jenna Nelson of Redlands will demonstrate what she can teach a wild horse in 90 days at the Norco Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge, May 14-15.  She is one of 30 trainers from throughout the West who will test their skills and those of their assigned mustangs in a competition through downtown Norco and nearby foothills as they cross streams and encounter obstacles.  The Rural Trail Challenge is Friday, May 14; the Urban Trail Challenge is on Saturday.  Both competitions begin at 8 and are free to the public.

“I’ve participated in two makeovers so far,” said Anderson.  “I placed ninth in Sacramento and 11th in Texas.  I’m excited.  When I saw my little horse I named Heart of the Tornado in the pen, I knew I was going to like him.  He has a really cute star on his forehead that I think is adorable.  I spent the first few days in short sessions with him, then an hour a day after that. 

“I did a gentling clinic in West Palm Beach before I got Heart of the Tornado.  Now I’m buried in mustangs – I’m completely addicted.  You don’t have to be a certified trainer to train mustangs.  Mustangs are forgiving.  It’s so rewarding.  It’s cool – really cool.”

Competitions are sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) to showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West – where they are protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under federal law.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources.  Thousands of horses are then made available each year for adoption to the public. 

In a typical BLM wild horse and burro adoption, mustangs have yet to be trained or gentled.  However, through competitive bid at noon on Sunday May 16, adopters will take home 30 formerly wild horses who have been trained by 30 of the West Coast’s best horsemen and women.

On Friday evening at 7, the 2008 Extreme Mustang Makeover Western Stampede Champion Wylene Wilson of Queen Creek, Ariz. will take on Ray Ariss and Hail Yeah, Norco Horsetown USA Mustang Mascot, in a mustang “smackdown” competition.  Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue will present “Spirit Horses.”  These demonstrations are also free to the public.

On Saturday at 4 p.m., the top ten finalists for this year’s competition will be announced.  The finalists will then perform at 7 p.m., tickets required.  The George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center is located at Sixth and Crestview in Norco.


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Last updated: 05-07-2010