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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 04/07/11
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    

Wild horse adoption coming to Cheyenne April 29-30

The Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse adoption offering approximately 20-25 yearlings at the Riata Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyo., on April 29-30.

Riata Ranch Adoption
Yearling Photos
The yearlings offered for adoption will be a mix of colts and fillies gathered last year from the Salt Wells and Adobe Town Herd Management Areas located in southwest Wyoming. The wild horse event provides an opportunity to see young wild horses up close, learn about their history and see the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse Program in action.

On April 29, those interested can view the yearling mustangs and register to adopt one or more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or April 30 beginning at 8 a.m. BLM specialists will be on hand to approve adoption applications and answer questions. Also April 29, wild horse trainer Steve Mantle and the trainers of the Wyoming Honor Farm will do gentling demonstrations throughout the day. Adopter Kathi Wilson and her mustang Snickers will also be on hand providing free demonstrations both Friday and Saturday. Wilson adopted the mustang from Steve Mantle's facility 11 years ago.

On April 30, the gates open at 8 a.m., and staff will be available to approve adoption applications. The adoption begins at 10:30 a.m. by verbal competitive bid. Bids will start at $125. All bidders must have an approved application to obtain a bidders card. Stock type trailers with swing gates are required to transport the animals; no straight load or two-horse trailers are allowed.

For the first time a “Getting Acquainted” clinic will be offered after the adoption beginning at 2:00 p.m. This clinic gives the new adopters a chance to work one-on-one with their adopted yearlings and the trainers. All horse enthusiasts are encouraged to consider becoming adopters so these young yearlings can be placed in good, safe life-time homes. With their stamina, hardiness, and quick intelligence, Wyoming's wild horses make excellent partners for any discipline.

For directions to the Riata Ranch: head east from Cheyenne on I-80 take Exit 367 (Campstool road); go south (right) for 7.5 miles to Arena Lane on the north side of Campstool. Follow the signs to the indoor arena.

For more information about the BLM Wild Horse Program, call 866-468-7826, go to or follow us on Facebook:

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.

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Last updated: 04-07-2011