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Release Date: 06/25/10
Contacts: Beverly Gorny    

First Mustang Versatility Deemed a Success

The day was sunny and calm. Equestrians and their horses gathered, waiting for the start of the trail ride. The first of the 2010 Mustang Versatility All Breed Horse Trail Series, sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District in Rock Springs, the Sweetwater County Joint Travel and Tourism Board and the Green River Chamber of Commerce, was about to begin.

On Saturday, June 19, 21 riders ranging in age from seven to 65 participated in the Mustang Versatility Trail Series. The event is the first in a series of four trail rides for all ages of riders and breeds of horses designed to promote appreciation, adoption and use of mustangs and the versatility of the wild horse.

“The turnout was great,” said event co-organizer and BLM employee Kathi Fine. “The weather was perfect for a trail ride, and all the horses and riders had a fun time.”

A horse adoption, tours of the wild horse and burro facilities at the BLM horse corrals on Lionkol Road and demonstrations on working with mustangs were held. The mission of the event is to encourage good horsemanship, good stewardship and safety.

Timed events were not about the fastest horse or most skilled racer. “Prizes are awarded for those trail riders that were most consistent,” said Fine. “We are encouraging a steady pace, appreciation of the trail ride, proper treatment of the horse, and good stewardship of the land.”

The obstacle course is designed for the novice rider to help build the partnership between horse and rider that is necessary for future good horsemanship and continued training. “We want the riders to learn how to navigate an obstacle course and work with their horse,” said Fine. “The riders are allowed to attempt an obstacle multiple times in order to master the skill involved in the task.”

Every participant receives a prize, which includes horse related items such as treats and supply totes.

Four mustangs and 17 domestic horses, and their riders, participated in the event. Additional events are scheduled for July 17, Aug. 28 and Sept. 11.

For more information about joining the Mustang Versatility organization and for complete rules for participating in the events, contact Kathi Fine at 307-352-0292, or Deb Sundberg at 307-389-6353.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 06-25-2010