U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
July 13, 2009
In Reply Refer To:
4710 (260) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 07/15/2009
Instruction Memorandum No. 2009-172
To: All Field Officials (except Alaska)
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Requirements for Selection of Wild Horses for Mustang Heritage Foundation Competitive Events
Program Area: Wild Horse and Burro Program
Purpose: This instruction memorandum (IM) establishes policy for the selection of wild horses for Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) competitive events. The goal is to provide comparable, healthy horses for each competitive event and to maximize fairness to trainers for the purpose of showcasing the versatility and trainability of wild horses. Additionally, policy is needed to prevent pregnant mares and horses that have been previously adopted or that have received any kind of training from being selected for MHF competitive events.
Timeframe: This instruction memorandum is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: In implementing of this policy the goal is to encourage continued interest and participation in Mustang Heritage Foundation competitive events and in the adoption and placement of trained animals with qualified individuals. For each animal that is adopted and not maintained in long term holding for the remainder of its life, the total cost savings is about $13,000.
Background: Mustang Heritage Foundation competitive events have successfully trained and adopted more than 1,000 wild horses in the past two years. To ensure the continued success of these events, careful selection of wild horses by BLM is essential.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: The wild horse selection requirements for Mustang Heritage Foundation competitive events do not change or affect manuals or handbooks.
Coordination: The selection requirements were coordinated with the facility managers and the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
Contact: Questions concerning this policy should be directed to Susie Stokke, National Wild Horse and Burro Program Specialist, NPO at (775) 861-6623.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Nancy E. Dean Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning