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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 04/27/11
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    
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Wild horse adoption April 29-30 in Cheyenne

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse adoption at the Riata Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyo., on April 29-30, will have a different format than previous adoptions.

There will be eight yearlings on site and videos will be used to showcase 14-16 additional yearlings – all will be available for adoption by approved bidders. As is not uncommon in the spring in Wyoming, several of the young horses are showing signs of sickness, so they will not be on site for the adoption.

“The health of the wild horses is our number one priority,” said BLM Wyoming’s Wild Horse Program Lead, Jenny Lesieutre. “We want to continue to observe the horses and treat any horses that may need medical care to make sure they’re 100 percent before we send them off to new homes. The yearlings adopted through the video showcasing should be ready for pick up within 2-4 weeks.”

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, of the Mantle Ranch in Wheatland, and trainers Joe Crofts and Jeff Martin, of the Wyoming Honor Farm, will do gentling demonstrations throughout the day. Adopter Kathi Wilson and her mustang Snickers will also be on hand both Friday and Saturday to talk about their adoption experience and show case what they’ve learn throughout the years. 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. Covered, stock type trailers with swing gates are required to transport the animals; no straight load or two-horse trailers are allowed.

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: 04-27-2011