McLumpy and Lee Hart earned top honors at Extreme Mustang Race at Extreme Cowboy Association World Championship
The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) and the Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) created a new and unique mustang only division at the EXCA 2018 World Championship called the Extreme Mustang Race.
The Extreme Mustang Race challenged mustang competitors and their horses to maneuver through a series of obstacles against the clock, demonstrating both horsemanship and speed. The Top Three competitors took home a purse of $5,000, but it was Lee Hart, from Topeka, Kansas, and his mustang McLumpy, gathered from Adobe Town, Wyoming, who claimed the Championship.
“It feels really great to take home this championship,” said Hart. “I was a little concerned because my clinic schedule was not allowing me enough training time, but Lumpy just kept progressing and was an amazing partner all the way through the process.
This was a great event that really allowed the young horses to keep improving along the way. The courses were designed well with the right balance between the different types of obstacles,” Hart added.” I plan to keep Lumpy and turn him into my EXCA horse or one of my customers. Either way, he will be back at the World show again next year.”
Similar to other events like the Extreme Mustang Makeover, contestants gentled and trained their mustangs for approximately 100 days in preparation for competition which was held November 9-11 in Glen Rose, Texas. Despite being the first time this event has been offered, it was a true success and plans are being made to make a return in 2019.
“We have worked with Craig Cameron and the EXCA team for many years,” said Kali Sublett, MHF Executive Director. “We are excited to offer this adoption-based competition as a unique opportunity to get involved in the experience of mustang ownership.”
Currently, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates nearly 86,000 wild horses roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 western states, mostly in Nevada, Wyoming and California. As their populations grow, events like the Extreme Mustang Race encourage public education and adoption of these remarkable animals.
“I am so excited about our new partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation,” said Craig Cameron with the Extreme Cowboy Association. “We feel very privileged here at EXCA to add this mustang class to the already incredibly exciting world finals of the Extreme Cowboy Association. To all competitors of Extreme Cowboy Association and our friends at the Mustang Heritage Foundation, keep riding like a champion!”
Details regarding the 2019 Extreme Mustang Race competition will be coming soon at extrememustangrace.com.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the Mustang Heritage Foundation is passionate about the successful placement of mustangs into private care so future generations can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage. The Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed over 11,200 mustangs into private care since 2007.
About the Extreme Cowboy Association
The Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) is the original and only recognized association for the sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing. The Extreme Cowboy Race was originated by the first “Original Cowboy,” Craig Cameron. Craig has achieved national recognition and prominence as a true cowboy and is known as the “Cowboy’s Clinician,” being one of the finest horsemen in the United States.
The EXCA has been specifically designed to invite riders of all levels to participate and enjoy the Extreme Cowboy Challenge. The EXCA has developed the official competitive structure for all EXCA members in regions across the United States, Canada and Europe. Each region will offer local and Regional Championship competitions that lead to the EXCA World Championship competition.
About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removed wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1972, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 wild horses and burros into good homes nationwide. Partnerships, like the Mustang Heritage Foundation, provide the BLM with additional opportunities to place animals into good homes. Interested adopters can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales events, visit a BLM Off-Range Corral, or participate in an Internet adoption/sales event to apply to take a wild horse or burro home! To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call 866-468-7826 or visit BLM.GOV/whb.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 10 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.
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