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Carson City District
Release Date: 10/22/13
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,
News Release No. CCDO 2014-06

Prison-Trained Wild Horse Adoption a Success in Carson City

Carson City, Nev. – Approximately 75 people attended the third of three annual saddle-trained horse adoption events at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) in Carson City on October 19 hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Following a spirited competitive bid adoption, all of the 13 horses offered were adopted. Bids started at $150 and the event’s top bid of $5,700 went for a five-year-old sorrel gelding named “Danny Boy.” The average bidding price for each horse was $1,432 and the total for all the animals was $18,675. The horses were gathered from herd management areas on public lands in Nevada, California and Oregon and were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the NNCC program.

The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse, and must show diligent care of each animal for a year before they can apply to the BLM to receive a title of ownership. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 230,000 horses and burros into private ownership through the adoption program/

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive auction event will be held at the NNCC in Carson City, Nev. on Saturday, February 22, 2014. 

More information about these special adoption events is available 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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