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Release Date: 05/03/11
Contacts: Serena Baker    

Riata Ranch Wild Horse Event Attracts International Adopters

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse adoption held last weekend at the Riata Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyo. attracted horse enthusiasts from not only the Rocky Mountain Region, but into Europe as well.

Photo of Riata Ranch Adoption.
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Horse lovers from Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Austria came to look at the horses, learn training tips and watch demonstrations. Twenty halter-started colts and fillies gathered last fall from the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Herd Management Areas (HMA) south of Rock Springs were offered for adoption through competitive bidding Saturday. Twelve yearlings, gentled by the Mantle Wild Horse Adoption & Training Center in Wheatland, Wyo., were available for adoption via video, and eight from the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, Wyo. were offered for adoption onsite. Sixteen of the young mustangs are going to new homes, including two which were adopted by Austrian award-winning documentary producer Erich Proell who will be importing the first Wyoming mustangs to Europe.

“This is a dream come true for me!” exclaimed Proell. “Ever since I was a child I’ve wanted to be able to own and ride a mustang from the American West. Now, thanks to the BLM, it will happen.” The film maker plans to produce a full-length documentary chronicling his journey of adopting wild horses in America. His adopted horses will stay in Wyoming for a year in order gain title before heading home to Europe. “Once imported to Austria, the animals will be considered exotic novelties that invoke images of cowboys and the Old West,” said Proell.

Mustang adopter Kathi Wilson and her horse Snickers were true crowd pleasers. Wilson adopted Snickers nearly eight years ago from the Mantle Ranch. She and Snickers showcased their skills by kneeling for the crowd, lying down to mount, trailing without a lead rope, and being gentle enough to allow Wilson to walk underneath the horse. More information on Wilson and Snickers can be found at:

The next BLM Wyoming wild horse adoption will be held at the Wyoming Honor Farm, in Riverton, Wyo., on May 20-21. For adoption application, requirements, and complete schedule visit: BLM Wyoming oversees 16 HMAs with an Appropriate Management Level of between 2,490-3,725 wild horses. For specific questions, contact BLM Wild Horse Program Lead Jenny Lesieutre, 307-775-6097.

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