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August 2, 2007

Contact: Anthony Sara
(307) 775-6304

Wild Horse Adoption scheduled for
State Fair in Douglas

They roam the high plains and captivate the interest of tourists and locals alike. Now the public has a chance to own these magnificent creatures at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse Adoption on August 18. The adoption will be held at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in Douglas, Wyo., and will begin on Saturday, August 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Before the adoption, those interested in the wild horses can visit the BLM’s Wild Horse Adoption booth Monday, August 13-Wednesday, August 15 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. On Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 18 from 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. the public is invited to preview the 30 horses that are up for adoption and watch training demonstrations by Steve Mantle. On Saturday, the horse preview will begin at 10 a.m., with the oral bid adoption kicking off at 1:30 p.m.

Wild Horse Program Lead Alan Shepherd said the BLM has much to offer horse enthusiasts at this particular adoption.

“We have great horses that need good homes,” Shepherd said. “Wild horses are very useful companions for either the first-time adopter or for those who already own horses. The wild horse can be gentled and trained to accomplish whatever the adopter wants the horse to do.”

Those interested in adopting wild horses must abide by guidelines set by the BLM. The adopter must be 18 years of age or older, have no prior violations of adoption regulations, and have no convictions of inhumane treatment of animals. Adopters must be present to select their horse.

The adopter must be able to provide a corral fence of at least 400 square feet by six feet high and provide shelter that is adequate for the climate conditions prevalent in the area. No barbed or electric wire is allowed in the corral area. A covered four-horse trailer is required to transport the animal as well.

The Wyoming State Fairgrounds are located at 400 W. Center in Douglas, Wyo. For more information on wild horse adoptions call, 1-866-4Mustangs or visit the BLM’s Web site at www.blm.gov/wy