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Release Date: 06/08/12
Contacts: Heather Emmons , 775-384-7966 ,
News Release No. NSO 2012-23

BLM Offers for Adoption Wild Horses Gentled by Youth During Reno Rodeo Week

  4H and FFA youth selected to gentle yearlings as part of youth employment program

Photo of horse being trained by a youth     Photo of a gentled horse being offered for adoption

Reno, Nev.—Eight gentled yearling wild horses from Nevada’s Calico Complex range will be offered for adoption at Cabela’s on Saturday, June 16. The public can preview the horses at 11 a.m. and the oral bid adoption will begin at noon, with bids starting at $125. 

The adoption is the final part of a 12-week youth employment program through the Mustang Heritage Foundation—a partner of the Bureau of Land Management—in which 4H and FFA youth were selected to gentle and train a yearling wild horse. Students had the potential to earn up to $750 and could opt to adopt the horse themselves instead of showcasing it at this adoption event. Part of the requirements for employment was for participants to document their journey and educate the public about what they learned via social media applications, photos and video chronicles and by speaking to organizations and the public. 

To view more pictures, visit: and click on Photos - Album: Youth & Yearling Adoption Program. 

Cabela’s is located at 8650 Boomtown Garson Road, Verdi, next to Boomtown.

For more information about the program, please contact:

  • BLM: John Neill, Facility Manager, Palomino Valley Center: (775) 475-2222
  • Mustang Heritage Foundation: Randi Blasienz, Event & Program Director: (512) 869-3225.

Special thanks to Cabela’s for hosting the event and Lightning Auctions for donating their services for the oral bid adoption.

Photo captions: On the left, photo of horse being trained by a youth. On the right, photo of a gentled horse being offered for adoption.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 06-12-2012