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Nevada State Office
Release Date: 08/10/12
Contacts: Heather Emmons , 775-861-6594 ,
News Release No. NSO 2012-036

Saddle-Trained Horses Available for Adoption as Part of Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo


wild horse lineup photo

Inmates Compete with Horses They Have Trained, then Offer them for Adoption

Reno, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Corrections invite horse enthusiasts and the general public alike to a special wild horse adoption event at the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo in Reno on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Inmates from the Northern Nevada Correctional Center’s Saddle Horse Training Program will showcase their training efforts during a competition that spans Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning, concluding with an awards ceremony and the adoption of the animals. 

Eleven saddle-trained horses and one burro from the ranges of Nevada, California and Oregon will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and all are looking for good homes. The horses and burro range in age from one- to five-years old, are saddle-trained with 120 days of training and vary in weight and color. The beginning bid on all animals is $150.

Watch the Inmate Competition leading up to the adoption:

Friday, Aug. 17 at NOON:
In Hand Freestyle Competition in the Main Arena

Friday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m.:
Horsemanship Pattern Competition in the Main Arena

Saturday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.:
Trail Competition in the Pavilion
Freestyle Competition immediately follows in the Main Arena
Adoption at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Arena

CLICK HERE for the catalog of the BLM wild horses and burro being offered for adoption on August 18. Frequently asked questions about the program are answered at the same site. To pre-qualify for the weekend adoption, stop by the BLM booth at the Expo.

The competition and adoption are just a few of the highlights of the annual Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo, which runs August 17-19. Admission to the Expo is $5.00 per person per day, or get a three-day pass for $10. Kids under 10 are free. For more information and an events schedule for the Expo, please visit the Expo website at

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-14-2015