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Nevada State Office
Release Date: 07/31/13
Contacts: JoLynn Worley , 775-861-6515 ,
News Release No. NSO 2013-028

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

August 2013 Expo of wild horses for adoption

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 Gardnerville on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. 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 Idaho 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. 2 at NOON:
In Hand Freestyle Competition in the Small Arena

Friday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.:
Horsemanship Pattern Competition in the Main Arena

Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.:
Trail Competition in the Small Arena
Freestyle Competition immediately follows in the Small Arena
Adoption at 12:30 p.m. in Small 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 2-4. The only admission fee is $5 per vehicle per day to park. A three-day pass can be purchased for $12.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard will not be able to attend the event this year, as previously planned. 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.

Last updated: 04-20-2015