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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 08/25/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Mustang Days Wild Horse Competition and Adoption a Huge Success

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2nd annual Mustang Days competition and adoption, held last weekend at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas, was a huge success.

Fifty-five past adopters and owners of wild horses competed in Friday’s all wild horse show in classes including youth and adult halter, lead line, riding, western pleasure, green horse versatility and free style competitions. Competitors as young as five years old showed their wild horses in an arena filled with close to 200 people.

Kathi Wilson and her adopted wild horse Snickers.
Kathi Wilson and her adopted wild horse, Snickers, won first place overall in the competitions. Pictured here (l to r) are Steve Mantle (Mantle Wild Horse Training Facility), Snickers, Wilson, Randy Teeuwen (Encana Oil and Gas) and Scott Fluer (BLM).
Honor Farm Horse Supervisor Jeff Martin.
Honor Farm Horse Supervisor Jeff Martin won Saturday's competition between wild horse trainers. Pictured here (l to r) are June Wendlandt (BLM), Martin, Randy Teeuwen (Encana Oil and Gas), Mantha Phillips (Wyo. Ag. in the Classroom) and Jason Fearneyhough (Wyo. Dept. of Ag.).
The overall winning rider and horse from Friday’s events were Kathi Wilson and Snickers of Cheyenne. They were presented with a Billy Cook saddle, valued at $1,350. Coming in at a close 2nd place overall was 15-year-old Dylan Lookingbill of Riverton and his horse, Kid. Dylan and Kid entertained the crowd with their beach-themed youth division free style event, for which he placed first, complete with pink flamingos, beach balls, a surf board and Beach Boys music.

Saturday’s c-ompetition between trainers from the Wyoming Honor Farm and Mantle Wild Horse Training Facility was truly a highlight of the state fair. The competition showcased seven saddle started wild horses which were adopted following the event. An estimated 600 people attended Saturday’s event. All twenty wild horses that were available for adoption during Mustang Days were adopted.

In addition to the competition and adoption, the BLM donated $2,000 to Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom. As part of the partnership agreement, the BLM agreed to donate up to $2,000 to the group for any horses that were adopted for more than $125. The seven saddle started horses were adopted for an average of $750 each and all other horses were adopted for an average of $358 each. The high winning bid during the event was $1,300. Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom strives to develop an understanding of agriculture and natural resources through education.

BLM partners in the event were Encana Oil and Gas of Wyoming and Cody-based wild horse advocacy group Friends of a Legacy. “These groups sponsored Wyoming Mustang Days and provided funding for the prizes and overall support of the event,” said BLM Wild Horse Specialist Scott Fluer. “We could not have had a successful event without them.”

For more information about the BLM Wyoming wild horse program and future wild horse adoption opportunities, visit

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: 08-25-2011