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Release Date: 07/20/11
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Mustang Versatility Honors Horse of the Month

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, recognized a “Horse of the Month” for June and July at its event and adoption held last weekend in Rock Springs, Wyo. 

Keaten Martin and Dakota Dust navigate the obstacle course.
Horse of the 
Month winners 
Keaten Martin & Dakota Dust navigate the obstacle course.
Lynn Huckaby works with her mustang.
Participant Lynn Huckaby works with her mustang, Reese, in the round pen.
Prize winners.
Daily prize winners show off their swag.
Janet Hartford’s mustang, Trixie, received the honor for the month of June for her confident and gentle demeanor while carrying Hartford’s young grandson, Daniel. 

“July winners Keaten Martin and his horse, Dakota Dust, had a great partnership going through the obstacles,” says co-organizer Deb Sundberg. “They work really well as a team.” 

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

Sixteen riders participated in the July event, eight of which entered with mustangs. Prize winners for the day were Cori Hammontree, Lucy Mack, Ron Sundberg, Janet Hartford, Chezney Leisch, Leah Huckaby, Lynn Huckaby, Deb Sundberg, Hunter Sundberg, Jacob Sundberg, and Keaten Martin. 

Participants and visitors also enjoyed training demonstrations and tours of the BLM Wild Horse Holding Facility. Two burros were adopted at the event. Two more burros, a jenny and a gelding, are available for adoption at the facility. 

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. 

The 2011 Trail Ride Buckle Series will continue throughout the summer, with events scheduled for Aug. 13, and Sept. 17. 

For more information about joining Mustang Versatility and for complete rules for participating in the events, 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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Last updated: 07-21-2011