|July 21, 2006|
Contact: Lorraine Keith
BLM: 4th Annual Wild Horse and Burro Festival
ROCK SPRINGS , Wyo. — Local 4-H leader, Deb Sundberg, and her adopted wild horse “Stormy” took top honors in the 4 th Annual Wild Horse & Burro Festival held at the Sweetwater Events Complex on July 8 and 9, 2006.
This wasn’t Stormy’s first trip to the winner’s circle. In 2003 and 2004, he carried a rider to a Youth Championship and in 2005 he and Sundberg tied for second place. This year they earned enough points to earn the Championship Silver Headstall made by Dale Chavez.
The Festival is part of the 3 rd Annual Tri-State Show Circuit that coordinates with Utah and Colorado wild horse shows. Adopters travel from Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming to compete for saddles, headstalls and buckles.
Cindy Murray of Kaysville, UT earned the trophy saddle for Adult High Point Champion for the third consecutive year. Her horse, Dancer, is an all around athlete that is hard to beat in the speed events, but also performs solid in the horse show classes. Murray earned first place points in showmanship, reining, western equitation, barrels, poles, stake race and the flag race and placed second at the Festival. Kallie Leonard of Boise, Idaho was the Youth Champion for the Series and also was the Youth Champion at the Festival in Rock Springs.
Also during the Festival, the 3 rd Annual Working Horse Competition was held. BLM contract trainers from the Wyoming Honor Farm and the Mantle Training Facility competed in a combined reining and trail class. Mike Buchanan, WY Honor Farm, received first place and the Championship Saddle. The wild horses in this event were then offered for adoption including four halter trained horses from the Mantle Facility.
Stephanie Anderson, of the BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program, worked with Sweetwater Events Complex and the Ride ‘Em High 4-H Club to produce the show. “We are very fortunate to have the support of the Sweetwater Co. Travel & Tourism Board,” said Anderson. “The grant allows us to give outstanding awards to the participants, which keeps them coming back year after year.” Anderson also commented on how smoothly the 4-H Club runs the show and how it affects the contestants. “People had a good time and kept the competition in the arena, while outside of the show ring they made new friends and enjoyed old ones.”
The competition events were open to anyone with an animal previously in the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro Program. Plans for the 2007 show are already under way. For more information on adopting, please contact the Bureau of Land Management at
1-866-4MUSTANGS, or go the www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.