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High Desert District
Release Date: 08/17/11
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Buckle Series Nears End of the Trail

The 2011 Mustang Versatility Trail Ride Buckles Series, co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and the Green River Chamber of Commerce, held the third event of the four-part series last weekend in Rock Springs, Wyo. 

Leah Huckaby and Sagebrush.
Leah and Sagebrush.

August prize winners.
August prize winners.

The August event boasted 21 total entries, the highest level of participation the buckle series has seen this summer. The Horse of the Month award was deemed a tie between Lynn Huckaby and Rees, a sorrel mustang, and Huckaby’s daughter, Leah, and her mustang, Sagebrush. 

“Both duos were nominated for the notable control and responsiveness of the horses,” says co-organizer Deb Sundberg. 

The Horse of the Month award acknowledges exceptional performance or special talents of the horse and rider. 

The event also marked the addition of a halter class, in which the participant leads their horse through obstacles and games. Organizers for the series are constantly looking for ways to make the events unique, such as acknowledging color coordination between horse and rider, or awarding a horse for a peculiar attribute. 

The final event will be held on Sept. 17 at the Sundberg’s arena on 17 Stassinos Ranch Road, seven miles north of Rock Springs. Spectators are welcome, and a $5 barbecue will follow the rides. Horses will not be available for adoption at the event. 

Mustang Versatility’s mission is to encourage good horsemanship, good stewardship and safety. All participants are eligible to receive a daily prize, but competition points must be accumulated to win a buckle at the end of the series. 

Additional sponsors include PM Auto Glass Inc., Primetime Production, and Shadow Mountain Water of Wyoming. 

For more information about joining Mustang Versatility, complete rules for participating in the events, or directions to the final venue, contact co-organizers Kathi Fine at 307-352-0292, or Deb Sundberg at 307-389-6353. An adoption schedule and other informational items may be found at

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High Desert District   280 Hwy 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 08-17-2011