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Release Date: 07/27/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Wyoming Wild Horses to be Featured at State Fair's Mustang Days

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be featuring Wyoming wild horses again this year in the 3rd annual Mustang Days competition and adoption, Aug. 17-18, at the state fair in Douglas, Wyo.

On Friday, Aug. 17, from 8:30-5 p.m., the public is welcome to watch as past wild horse adopters and owners show their mustangs in halter, lead line, riding, team sorting and a new class—western cow handling. There will also be a green horse challenge class (less than 90 days of training) and adult and youth free style events.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, adopters of 2011 yearlings will compete with their 2-year olds in hand or under saddle beginning at 2 p.m. Following the yearling competition, trainers from the Wyoming Honor Farm and Mantle Wild Horse Training Facility will showcase saddle-started wild horses. Those showcase horses will be available for adoption by verbal competitive bid beginning at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to the competitions, there are two new reasons to attend Mustang Days this year—the U.S. Border Patrol will open the festivities both days with their trained wild horses and the Wyoming Backcountry Horsemen will demonstrate packing techniques using wild horses on Friday afternoon.

Wild horse yearlings will also be available for viewing and silent bid adoption at the BLM booth throughout the week at the Wyoming State Fair, Aug. 13-18. BLM adoption qualifications, an application form and other adoption information can be found at

It’s not too late to enter your mustang in Friday’s classes! Saddles will be awarded to the high point winners of the junior and senior divisions. Wyoming Mustang Days entry forms and descriptions of the classes can also be found at Entry forms should be mailed as soon as possible to BLM, Attn: Scott Fluer, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.

This is the 100 year anniversary of the Wyoming State Fair. For more information, visit the fair’s website at

For more information about Mustang Days, contact BLM Wild Horse Specialist Scott Fluer at 307-332-8400 or

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: 07-30-2012