The top ten trainers and their horses competed for the top prize at the Western State Mustang Challenge, June 6 & 7. At the conclusion of the competition, all 30 horses entered in the Mustang Challenge were placed for adoption to the people offering the highest competitive bid as part of the Bureau of Land Management's Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro program.
BLM-California State Director Mike Pool thanks the crowd and contestants at the finals on Saturday night.
Joe Misner and Loredo play with a ball during the finals
Matt Zimmerman cracks a whip while standing on High Rock Ali. Matt was voted as the top professional trainer by the other competitors in the Mustang Challenge.
Janet Titus and Chato ride past an enthusiastic crowd
Jenna Nelson takes Domestic Aim through her paces. Jenna was voted the top non-professional trainer by the other competitors at the event.
Corinne Elser and Dolly chase down a steer
Matt Sheridan and Luna show off a roping demonstration
Madelyn Wagner and Handy Hank finish a lateral move over a barrier. Madelyn hung aluminum cans on Hank at a suggestion from her Scout troop to emphasize recycling.
Matt Repogle and Jennifer climb stairs. Jennifer was named by a Las Vegas fourth grade student as a tribute to his sister who is on her third deployment to Iraq
Bev Vreeland and Diamond enter the ring to begin their final riding demonstration
Keith Danielson and Tina Turner warm up for the finals