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Carson City District
Release Date: 08/04/14
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News Release No. CCDO 2014-044

Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo a Success

Carson City, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections on Saturday, August 2, hosted the third of four annual saddle-trained horse adoption events at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, Nev.


Ten wild horses and one wild burro, gathered from herd management areas within administered public lands in Nevada, California and Utah, were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center program, and offered during a spirited competitive bid adoption. Successful bidders paid a total of $11,450.00 for the animals.


All of the 10 offered horses and one burro were adopted after starting bids of $150. The event’s top bid of $2,000 went for a six year old gelding named “Dusty Road.”  The average bidding price for each horse was $1,097.50. 


The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse or burro, and they 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 Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, on October 18, 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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Last updated: 04-17-2015