|February 22, 2008|
Contact: Roger Alexander 307-775-6047
Alan Shepherd 307-775-6097
Horse trainers needed for Wyoming Mustang Challenge
Twenty-five talented horse trainers are needed for the Wyoming Mustang Challenge to be held in conjunction with the Wyoming State Fair, August 15-16, 2008, in Douglas, Wyo.
The Wyoming Mustang Challenge pairs up 25 qualified horse trainers with wild horses provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The trainers then have 100 days to train the horses before competing for $10,000 in prize money. After the competition, the horses are available for adoption to qualified adopters, with a percentage of the adoption fees going to the trainers.
During the competition on August 15, the trainers are evaluated on the body condition of their horses, as well as their ability to handle the horse “in hand” through a series of maneuvers which include picking up the horse’s feet, maneuvering it through obstacles and loading it into a trailer. Following the “in hand” course, trainers will mount their animals and complete a “horse course” that will include a series of obstacles, including the option of working with cattle, and require the trainer to demonstrate the level of competency the horse has accomplished. Three skilled horsemen will judge the competition.
The winning trainer will receive $5,000, second $2,500, third $1,000, fourth $750, and fifth $500. Trainers also receive $500 reimbursement for travel costs and a 20% commission if their horse is adopted for $200 or more.
The Mustang Challenge rules and regulations and the trainer application form can be found on the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s web site at www.mustangheritagefoundation.org/adoptions.php or by calling 512-355-3225. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2008.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF), in partnership with BLM, created the Mustang Challenge event to highlight the recognized value of wild horses through a national training competition. The purpose of the Mustang competition series is to showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the BLM under Federal law.
For additional information on the Wyoming Mustang Challenge, please visit the BLM Wyoming wild horse web site or contact BLM Wild Horse Specialist Alan Shepherd at 307-775-6097.
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