Mustang Mania Show this weekend at Ford Idaho Horse Park


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Boise District Office

Media Contact:

Heather Tiel-Nelson

NAMPA, Idaho – The Mustang Mania Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) Challenge will return to Nampa on July 6-7, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ford Idaho Horse Park (16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd). The Challenge is an in-hand competition featuring both youth and adult trainers who have adopted and worked with a wild mustang for 90 days. The trainers will now show off their progress in a series of classes, including Conditioning and Handling, In-Hand Trail and Freestyle. There will also be six saddle-trained mustangs from the Beaty Butte Herd Management Area in Lakeview, Oregon, available through a competitive bid adoption process that will end at noon on Sunday, July 7.  

On July 7, there will be an open mustang show with a full slate of classes including Halter, Showmanship, Western, English, Walk-Trot and Specialty. A saddle will be offered to the overall horse and rider, and a host of prizes are available to the high point winners of both shows.

The TIP Challenge is a segment of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program. The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to increase the adoption of BLM-housed American mustangs and burros through innovative gentling (training) competitions and awareness programs. In keeping with this mission, the TIP Challenge was created to place these animals in adoptive homes. Youths 8-17 years old and adults 18 and up participate in the challenges by adopting and training the mustangs and burros. The participants also help promote the adoption of these national treasures by showcasing their value and trainability through in-hand competition.

Extreme Mustang Makeover and TIP trainers Matt and Stacie Zimmerman are hosting the Mustang Mania TIP Challenge. The couple has helped close to 200 mustangs find good homes in the past five years alone. In 2016, they opened a storefront wild horse training business in partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the BLM to continue placing trained mustangs into private care. For more information about the Mustang Mania event, please contact Matt or Stacie Zimmerman at (541) 212-0035.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.