Mustang Million

This summer, one out of one thousand adopted wild horses might lead to one million dollars on the way to a "forever home."

story & photo by Tara Martinak

In the southeastern town of Hines, Oregon, the BLM manages a Wild Horse Corral Facility that serves as a temporary home for a number of wild mustangs. It's a comfortable place. The horses are well treated. But these amazing animals are still looking for their "forever homes."

Enter the Mustang Million event and competition.

The Mustang Million's goal is ambitiously simple: adopt 1,000 wild horses to folks who will love them and train them this summer. Then in September, these horses and their trainers will be eligible to enter the Mustang Heritage Foundation's special Mustang Million competition in Fort Worth, Texas.

Did we mention this competition features a million-dollar purse?

Here in the Northwest, a Mustang Million adoption event at Oregon's Wild Horse Corral Facility brought together 150 excited equine lovers on a Saturday morning to adopt 69 horses. The mustangs went to new homes in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California, Wyoming, and Washington.

Many of these horses will soon meet up again in Fort Worth. A sort of homecoming. And regardless of whether they win or not, they've finally found their forever home.

More information online at mustangmillion.com.