2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover
The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, billed as the richest wild horse competition in history, did not disappoint as trainers traveled from across the United States to show what they had accomplished with their Mustangs in just four months. Drew Olsen and Mercedes won the Legends division with a score of 188.5 in the compulsories and 268 in the freestyle finals. Mercedes is a 2006 black mare gathered from the Granite Range Herd in Nevada. Olsen is from Roopville, Georgia. The victory was worth $50,000. To be eligible for the $200,000 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, Mustangs had to be adopted from the April 16, 2011 adoption auction through Superior Livestock Auctions on RFD-TV.
“I was disappointed when I saw her because she is so little,” Olsen said of the 13-hand mare. “I thought, ‘I’m way too big to ride her.’ ” But he quickly became a believer as Mercedes won his heart by showing how big her heart is. “She’s the best horse that I have ever had,” Olsen continued about the mare he adopted for $600. “She’s just got more heart and more try. We rode her so hard this weekend all three days, and she just keeps going. She just won’t quit. She has tried so hard. It’s unbelievable! “She was not my first choice but I was glad to have her. I think she’s got a good home for a while. I really like her and I am taking her home. We’re going to treat her good.”
Olsen and Mercedes scored one point more than reserve champions Wylene Wilson of Kingman, Arizona, and Secret Freedom. Secret Freedom is a 2006 bay mare gathered from Callaghan Herd Management Area in Nevada. Wilson earned $15,000. The fans at the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover chose Bobby Kerr as the Fan Favorite, and the Hico, Texas, resident received a check for $5,000 in addition to his other prize money. Also, Road to the Horse’s Tootie Bland was in attendance and invited Bobby Kerr to present a demonstration at the 2012 Road to the Horse event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Kerr finished fourth with Poncho and fifth with Lefty at his first Mustang training competition.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 21-23, 2011. The Extreme Mustang Makeover returns to Tennessee Miller Coliseum on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. In 2011, the Tennessee Extreme Mustang Makeover event will have three divisions - Legends, Idols and Youth.
The youth division is designed for youth age 8-18 who will gentle and train a yearling Mustang. Youth trainers will show their Mustangs in-hand through an obstacle course and a showmanship class. The youth division has been a crowd-pleasing part of the Murfreesboro event for the past two years.
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