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Bureau of Land Management
For Release: Friday, May 23, 2003


Janet Nordin
(775) 861-6614

Upcoming Expo and Show in Reno Will Feature BLM-Sponsored Adoption of Wild Horses and Burros

A wild horse and burro expo and show, scheduled for July in Reno, Nevada, will feature an adoption sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management that will involve competitive oral bidding for about 30 wild horses. Bidding at the adoption, which will include wild burros from California, will be open to individuals qualified to adopt and will start at $125 for each animal.

Glade Anderson, Manager of the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley, said, “All of these animals are certified healthy and will be ready for adopters to gentle and train. They have been wormed and vaccinated, and come with a complete set of health care records to allow their new families to begin a health care program with their own veterinarian.”

The BLM will hold the adoption as part of the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo and Show, set for July 18-20 at the Reno Livestock Convention Center. The adoption will take place on July 20 starting at noon; wild horses and burros available for adoption can be previewed on July 19-20 starting at 8 a.m. on each of those days. Registration and approval of adoption applications for the adoption begins on July 19 at 8 a.m.

About a half-dozen trained wild horses, offered through a special arrangement with the Nevada Department of Corrections, will also be offered at the July 20 adoption. The NDOC horse trainer will be available to discuss these animals prior to the start of the oral bidding. (Further information on the NDOC’s wild horse training program can be obtained on the Internet at

The Reno expo and show is co-sponsored by the National Wild Horse and Burro Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in partnership by the BLM and the State of Nevada. The foundation provided a grant to the organizers of the July weekend event, which will include training clinics, wild horse and burro games, workshops, and an evening show called “Celebration of the Horse.” Wild horses have outstanding endurance qualities and excel in competitive events, including dressage; wild burros make excellent companions and help control predators. Several adopters will be demonstrating the skills of their horses at the expo.

The BLM protects and manages wild horses and burros, often called mustangs, under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. As part of its responsibility, the Bureau – to ensure the health of the land and that of the free-roaming herds -- removes excess animals from the range and offers them to the general public for adoption. Adopters must be at least 18 years old, must have the ability and financial means to care for a wild horse and burro, and must maintain corrals and shelters that meet BLM specifications. After an individual provides one year of good care, the BLM will transfer title to the adopter.

Those interested in more information about adopting a wild horse or burro should call (775) 475-2222 or visit For further information about the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo and Show, call 800-551-9209 or visit

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land – 261 million surface acres -- than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.9 billion and a workforce of some 10,000 full-time, permanent employees, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. 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 the public lands.