AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of a decade spent finding adoptive homes for American mustangs, Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) announces its 10-year anniversary tour: "10 Years. 10 Cities. 10 Times the Extreme." Through national showcase events, EMM will challenge trainers to help wild horses become gentle companions ready for adoption.
"In the past 10 years, we've found homes for 6,300 mustangs, awarded more than $3 million in trainer prizes and raised more than $700,000 to support the livelihood of American mustangs," said Kali Sublett, Executive Director of the Mustang Heritage Foundation. "We're incredibly proud of these achievements and humbled by the support from trainers, riders, horse enthusiasts and our local communities."
The EMM program, created by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wild Horse & Burro division of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), involves a 100-day competition that challenges trainers to condition wild mustangs into practiced mounts. Through open showcases, adult and youth (ages 8 to 17) trainers display the mustangs' skills and demeanor, followed by a bidding process where spectators can adopt one as their own.
In 2016, 10 events are scheduled across the country, three of them held in coordination with the America's Mustang program, a public education campaign that celebrates the iconic American mustang.
Extreme Mustang Makeover 2016 Schedule
- March 11-12: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales, La.
- April 22-23: Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, Queen Creek, Ariz. (America's Mustang event)
- May 6-7: Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, Fla.
- May 20-21: CSU B.W. Pickett Equine Center, Ft. Collins, Colo.
- June 18-19: Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center "Reno Rodeo," Reno, Nev.
- July 14-16: Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, Mo. (America's Mustang event)
- July 29-30: Ford Idaho Horse Park, Nampa, Idaho
- August 5-6: Topsfield Fair Facility, Topsfield, Mass.
- August 25-27: Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, Va. (America's Mustang event)
- September 15-17: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas
After being selected to compete, trainers are paired with an American mustang that has been virtually untouched by humans. With approximately three months to gentle and halter/saddle train the mustang, trainers then attend the competitions, where they have three and one-half minutes for a freestyle performance to showcase their mount's talents—such as riding without a bridle and standing atop the saddle.
Currently, the BLM estimates nearly 58,000 wild horses roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 western states, mostly in Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Oregon. As their populations grow, events like the EMM encourage public education and adoption of these remarkable animals.
"The mustangs' intelligence, beauty, versatility and willingness to bond with humans is displayed at every Extreme Mustang Makeover," said Sublett. "We encourage everyone to attend an event to see firsthand these amazing living legends."
Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Western Horseman, Ram Rodeo, Vetericyn, Martin Saddlery and Classic Equine, Resistol and RIDE TV.
For more information about the Extreme Mustang Makeover program, visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public, charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating successful adoptions for America's excess mustangs and burros. Our program areas focus on adopters, philanthropists, youth and horse training professionals. Since 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed over 6,300 BLM held mustangs into private care through training and gentling programs.
SOURCE Mustang Heritage Foundation