U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 07/29/11|
Wyoming Wild Horses
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be featuring Wyoming wild horses again this year in the Mustang Days competition and adoption, Aug. 19-20, at the state fair in Douglas, Wyo.
On Friday, Aug. 19, from 8:30-5 p.m., the public is welcome to watch as past wild horse adopters and owners show their mustangs in youth and adult halter, lead line, riding and western equitation classes. There will also be a green horse versatility class (less than 90 days of training) and adult and youth free style events.
In addition to Friday's events, adopters of 2010 yearlings will compete with their 2-year olds in hand or under saddle on Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 2 p.m. Following the yearling competition, a competition between trainers from the Wyoming Honor Farm and Mantle Wild Horse Training Facility will be held. The competition will showcase saddle-started wild horses.
Finally, the competition showcase horses will be available for adoption by verbal competitive bid beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wild horse yearlings will also be available for viewing and adoption at the BLM booth throughout the week at the Wyoming State Fair, Aug. 15-20. Potential adopters must meet BLM’s qualifications. Adoption information and an application form can be found on the BLM Wyoming wild horse website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html.
It’s not too late to enter your mustang in Friday’s classes! This year, the overall winning horse and rider from the Mustang Days events will be presented with a Billy Cook saddle. The saddle is valued at $1,350. Wyoming Mustang Days entry forms and descriptions of the classes can also be found on the website. Entry forms should be mailed as soon as possible to BLM, Attn: Scott Fluer, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.
The Wyoming State Fair is held annually in Douglas. For more information, please visit the fair’s website at www.wystatefair.com.
For more information about the BLM’s Mustang Days, please contact BLM Wild Horse Specialist Scott Fluer at 307-332-8400.
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.
Wyoming State Office 5353 Yellowstone Cheyenne, WY 82009
|Last updated: 07-29-2011|
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