24th annual Wild Horse and Burro Expo in Belton, Texas

NORMAN, Okla. –The Bureau of Land Management will host the 24th annual Wild Horse and Burro Expo at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas, beginning on Oct. 12.  The expo will feature a wild horse and burro sale with 50 wild horses and burros eligible for direct purchase to good homes.  

The sale will take place from noon-6 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 12, and 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 13. For more information about purchasing a horse or burro, speak to a BLM staff member at the event. 

On Saturday at 9 a.m., there will be a horse show featuring trained wild horses and burros.  This show is open to owners of any BLM wild horse or burro. For information about participating, visit www.blm.gov/new-mexico.  Gentling demonstrations will take place throughout both days of the expo.

The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds, and to protect other rangeland resources.  The adoption and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

Purchasers should provide adequate feed, care and an enclosed area, such as a corral, barn, stall, etc.  The facility may also be a pasture that is suitable for maintaining animals.

Bell County Expo Center is located at 301 W. Loop 121, Belton, Texas 76513.  For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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