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Release Date: 06/19/13
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Congratulates June Winners of Mustang Versatility Trail Ride Buckle Series

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and our partners for the 2013 Mustang Versatility Trail Ride Buckle Series congratulate Dawn Helms and her Mustang “Black Jack” from Pavillion, Wyo. for placing first in the Extreme Trail Competition and receiving the Horse of the Month honors at the June event.  

More than 30 horse/rider pairs participated in the fourth annual series which kicked off June 15 at the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility (RSWHHF) on Lionkol Road, in Rock Springs, Wyo. The Extreme Trail Competition is a new event this year for riders 18 or older who are competing on a Mustang. The Mustang horse/rider pair who work best together will also be chosen as the “Horse of the Month” at each Mustang Versatility event. Other classes offered are trail rides, obstacle courses, in-hand events, and timed games for all ages of horse and riders. Subsequent Mustang Versatility events at the RSWHHF are scheduled July 13, August 10, and September 14, when year-end awards will be presented, including a hand-tooled saddle for the Extreme Trail Competition. Daily prizes are also awarded at each monthly event. The four month series showcases Mustangs, but all horse breeds are welcome. June daily winners include: 

Extreme Trail
1st - Dawn Helms on “Black Jack”      
2nd - Deb Sundberg on “Stormy”
3rd - Janet Hartford on “Trixie”
Adult Games
1st - Lucy Mack on “Tancy”
2nd - Rick Helson on “Echo”
3rd - Megan Bevars on “Rooster”
Youth 13-18 Games
1st - Leah Huckaby on “Sagebrush”
2nd - Keaten Martin on “Phineas”
3rd - Breanna Martin on “Missy”
Youth 12 and under Games
1st - Kolbi Hester on “Abbie”
2nd - Ridge Hester on “JC”
3rd - Daniel Hartford on “Trixie”

Horse of the Month
“Black Jack” ridden by Dawn Helms

Membership is not required to participate, but only members accumulate points toward year end buckles and awards. Non-members are eligible to receive daily prizes. The Mustang Versatility Trail Ride Buckle Series daily entry fees are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Annual membership dues are $25 per family or $15 per individual. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

In addition to the BLM, and the Green River Chamber of Commerce, the Trail Ride Buckle Series welcomes new co-sponsors this year, the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, Southwestern Wool Warehouse, Stacked Heart Ranch in Farson, Wyo., QEP Resources, Inc. and Wamsutter Conoco.  

Along with the competition, training clinics, and facility tours, wild horse adoptions are held. “Xanadu,” “Prairie Rose,” and “Charmed” are all available for adoption. See: Adoption requirements and an application are available at:  

For more information, please contact Adoption Coordinator Kathi Fine at 307-352-0292 or Janet Hartford at 307-297-0772. More pictures of the Mustang Versatility event can be found at: 

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.

High Desert District Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 03-24-2014