U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Desert District
|Release Date: 07/20/11|
Mustang Versatility Honors Horse of the Month
The 2011 Mustang Versatility Trail Ride Buckles Series, co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and the Green River Chamber of Commerce, recognized a “Horse of the Month” for June and July at its event and adoption held last weekend in Rock Springs, Wyo.
“July winners Keaten Martin and his horse, Dakota Dust, had a great partnership going through the obstacles,” says co-organizer Deb Sundberg. “They work really well as a team.”
The Horse of the Month award acknowledges exceptional performance or special talents of the horse and rider.
Sixteen riders participated in the July event, eight of which entered with mustangs. Prize winners for the day were Cori Hammontree, Lucy Mack, Ron Sundberg, Janet Hartford, Chezney Leisch, Leah Huckaby, Lynn Huckaby, Deb Sundberg, Hunter Sundberg, Jacob Sundberg, and Keaten Martin.
Participants and visitors also enjoyed training demonstrations and tours of the BLM Wild Horse Holding Facility. Two burros were adopted at the event. Two more burros, a jenny and a gelding, are available for adoption at the facility.
Mustang Versatility’s mission is to encourage good horsemanship, good stewardship and safety. All participants are 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 2011 Trail Ride Buckle Series will continue throughout the summer, with events scheduled for 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 http://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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
|Last updated: 07-21-2011|
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