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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Desert District
 
Release Date: 07/08/11
Contacts: Tyson Finnicum,    
  307-212-7363    

Mustang Versatility Buckle Series Off to Good Start


The 2011 Mustang Versatility Trail Ride Buckle Series, co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and the Green River Chamber of Commerce, kicked off its summer schedule with a successful event and adoption.

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 Mustang Versatility co-organizer and participant Deb Sundberg leads her horse toward the next obstacle.
Mustang Versatility 
co-organizer and participant Deb Sundberg leads her horse toward the next obstacle.
 As shown here, participants are welcome to lead their horses through the events.
As shown here, participants are welcome to lead their horses through the events.
 Award winners for the day show off their prizes.
Award winners for the day show off their prizes.
 BLM Wrangler Kyle Sammons shows off Checkers, a saddle-started filly eligible for adoption.
BLM Wrangler Kyle Sammons shows off Checkers, a saddle-started filly eligible for adoption.
On June 18, riders, horses, and curious visitors gathered on a sunny Saturday at the BLM Wild Horse Holding Facility at the end of Lionkol Road in Rock Springs, Wyo. The day started with a trail ride across land adjacent to the corrals. Participants then navigated their horses through an obstacle course featuring poles to weave through and a “keyhole” outlined in chalk that requires riders to enter, make a tight turn, and exit.

Of the 19 riders that participated in the all-breed events, eight entered with mustang mounts. An additional 40 guests attended to tour the facility and visit with BLM staff. BLM Wrangler Kyle Sammons and horseman Ron Sundberg treated attendees to a training demonstration with Checkers, a tall, saddle-started filly. Three yearling wild horses were also adopted.

“The turnout was great for the first event of the season,” adoption coordinator and event co-organizer Kathi Fine says. “Many of the visitors were families just passing through on their way to Yellowstone. We’re excited to see who will show up to the next one.”

The mission of the event is to encourage good horsemanship, good stewardship and safety. Every participant is eligible to receive a daily prize, but competition points must be accumulated to win a buckle at the end of the series.

Additional sponsors include PM Auto Glass Inc., Primetime Production, and Shadow Mountain Water of Wyoming.

The series will continue throughout the summer, with events scheduled for July 16, Aug. 13, and Sept. 17. For more information about joining Mustang Versatility and for complete rules for participating in the events, contact co-organizers Kathi Fine at 307-352-0292, or Deb Sundberg at 307-389-6353. An adoption schedule and other informational items may be found at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/schedule.html.



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: 07-08-2011