The Transformation Begins for Texas Extreme Mustang Makeover Competitors and Mustangs

EMM trainers are picking-up their mustangs to prepare for the 2020 event in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ninety-three adult trainers competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) in Fort Worth, Texas, bid on a mustang of their choice to train and compete with at the Texas EMM event, January 23-25, 2020, at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. On Sept. 13 and 14, these adults plus 41 youth will finally get to pick-up their mustangs and bring them home for the transformation of a lifetime.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover was created by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) to allow mustangs a chance to showcase their beauty, versatility and trainability to the public through a competitive event. The mustangs competing in this event are wild mares and geldings, typically 4-7 years old for adult trainers and 12-24 months old for youth trainers, which have been living in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) off-range corrals.

Trainers and mustangs spend approximately 120 days working together to prepare to compete in a series of classes that will showcase their new skills and a chance to take home over $130,000 in cash and prizes. The youth and yearling pairs will compete in a handling and conditioning class and in-hand trail and freestyle classes. The adult horse-and-rider-duos will compete in a handling and conditioning class, a pattern class and a combined leading and riding class. The Top 10 adult competitors will then get to compete in a freestyle finals performance. At the end of the performance, all adult horses will be available for purchase via public competitive bid.

“For 14 years now, the Extreme Mustang Makeover has paired a skilled horse trainer with a wild mustang to not only showcase the value of the horse through competition, but to also provide a gentled mustang to a purchaser who may not have the skills to do the initial gentling himself,” said Randi Blasienz, Director of Operations for the Mustang Heritage Foundation. “The trainers selected for this event will in effect be making a large donation of their time and resources over the next four months - to the American mustang and to the American people. The Mustang Heritage Foundation couldn’t be more proud to have their support and involvement, and we can’t wait to see their accomplishments in January.”

Congratulations to the following adult trainers:


Rachel Alonzo of Norco, CA Dale Lackey of Jewett, OH
Jarratt Applewhite of Santa Fe, NM Jason Lancaster of Christiana, TN
Kate Atkinson of Taft, TN Nathaniel Larson of Oakley, KS
Staci Barnes of Perrin, TX Talmadge Laughlin of Piedmont, AL
Edward Bell of Sanger, TX Amy Lent of Harrodsburg, KY
Abbey Blair of London, KY Kaidyn Lopez of Edmond, OK
Angelica Bloomfield of Pilot Hill, CA Jen Lyon of Norco, CA
Jen Bramlett of Aubrey, TX Emma Lyster of Paris, KY
Kristen Breakfield of Cottontown, TN Morgan Marrese of Munfordville, KY
Kristi Breickler of Weatherford, TX Rod Mayes of Hurricane, UT
Mollie Brooks of Baltimore, MD Damon Mayfield of Hico, TX
Luke Castro of Rialto, CA Camille McCutchon of College Station, TX
Maclayne Chlarson of Kanosh, UT Makenzie McDaniel of Grand Saline, TX
Ryan Coaxum of Morriston, FL Aleena McDonald of Lame Deer, MT
Jeff Cook of Tucson, AZ Jack Minteer of Naples, NY
Cecil Cornell of Roff, OK Craig Moore of May, TX
Zoe Cox of Ennis, TX Corie Moore of Worthington, OH
Steven Cox of Ennis, TX Sarah Ogilvie of Benson, AZ
Eva Crossman of Georgetown, KY Ricky Piggott of Wynnewood, OK
Jessica Dabkowski of Laporte, CO Miriam Pleiss of Freer, TX
Tessa Daigh of Augusta, KS Allyssa Rennebu of Manchester, TN
Scarlett Donaldson of Safford, AZ Greg Reynolds of Benton, KY
Brad Dozier of Erie, KS Luke Rock of Brighton, CO
Ginger Duke of Springtown, TX Samantha Rock of Brighton, CO
Nate Eicher of Weatherford, TX Martin Rodriguez of Levelland, TX
Aaron England of Greenville, TX Kylee Sell of Brighton, CO
Riva England of Greenville, TX David Skipworth of Colorado Springs, CO
Amber Espinoza of Concho, AZ Trisha Shields of Wynnewood, OK
Isidro Espinoza of Concho, AZ Stan Smith of Athens, AL
Robyn Forner of Clarkston, UT Justin Sorensen of Wells, NV
Juliet Garcia of Rialto, CA Kelsey Spencer of Wooster, OH
Geoffrey Geick of Cleburne, TX Chelsea Stebbins of Douglass, KS
Esmeraldo Geick of Cleburne, TX Brandy Stevenson of Petrolia, TX
Missy Lyn Gibson of Norco, CA Paulette Stoudt of Dunnellon, FL
Cavin Graham of Lafayette, GA Patrick Sullivan of Collinsville, TX
Stacy Gutheinz of Grapeland, TX Grace Thompson of Graysville, TN
Tallen Harris of Tyler, TX Nikki Tiesing of Auxvasse, MO
Lee Hart of Elizabeth Town, KY Vivian Tongyai of Hartville, MO
Marsha Hartford-Sapp of Tallahassee, FL Sam VanFleet of Williston, FL
Lauren Herr of Richards, TX Jonathan Weisiger of Fort Worth, TX
Dawson Ives of Saegertown, PA Sharla Wilson of Kingman, AZ
Dan James of Midway, KY Dominique Wood of Eddyville, KY
Shoma Keenon of Dayton, TX Jessie Yniguez of Page, AZ
Bobby Kerr of Hico, TX Jacqueline Zacharias of Pryor, OK
Katie Ketterhagen of May, TX Sid Zacharias of Pryor, OK
Mary Kitzmiller of Kemp, TX Matt Zimmerman of Cadwell, ID
Taran Knox of Randlett, OK  

Congratulations to the following youth trainers:


Kateleigh Clough of Princeton, TX Dixie Marrese of Munfordville, KY
Rileigh Dacus of Annetta, TX Ellen McCutchon of Corpus Christi, TX
Ryleigh Dalton of Rhome, TX Trevor Moreno of Copper Canyon, TX
Haleigh Denny of Harrodsburg, KY Hope Moskiewicz of Eagle, WI
Mary Douglas of Granbury, TX Molly Murphy of Liberty Hill, TX
Sophie Douglas of Granbury, TX Sienna Pendergrass of Weatherford, TX
Hudson Dunlap of El Paso, AR Haleigh Price of Summerfield, FL
Makenna Eash of Scio, OH Bailey Ramsey of Chandler, OK
Mason Elliott of Georgetown, TX Katelyn Rennebu of Manchester, TN
Kristin Frost of Hardin, KY Joseph Richards of Fort White, FL
Stephanie Frost of Hardin, KY Kallie Rogers of White Oak, TX
Callie Gornstein of Norton, MA Madeline Trussell of Highland Village, TX
Briauna Gutierrez of Lewisville, TX Katlyn Wease of Jewett, OH
Courtney Hinrich of Powell, TX Gabriella Weisiger of Fort Worth, TX
Amber Hofmaier of Campbellsport, WI Emma White of El Paso, TX
Casandra Hunsucker of Flower Mound, TX McKinley Winburn of Rossville, TN
Keaunu Kangas of Howell, MI Alix Worley of Fort Worth, TX
Layna Kangas of Howell, MI Tucker Worley of Fort Worth, TX
Aila Kangas of Howell, MI Tyler Young of Fort White, FL
Rebecca Kennedy of Godley, TX Cat Zimmerman of Archer, FL
Rebecca Lambart of Paradise, TX  

For the first time, this EMM will be held in conjunction with the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, and it is going to be an exciting event you won’t want to miss. Come out to the Will Rogers Coliseum on January 23-25 and witness the transformations for yourself. Also, for the first time, Mustang Magic is an invitation only celebrity freestyle event. Eight of the top mustang trainers and entertainers will be competing for a top prize of $25,000 on January 24th at 6pm. Tickets for both events are on sale now at and  Get yours before they sell out and make plans to bring home your own American Mustang.

Presenting sponsors for the 2020 Extreme Mustang Makeover are the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Weisberg Family Foundation and Western Horseman. This event is also made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. For more information about the Extreme Mustang Makeover, visit

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation works to ensure the successful private placement of excess wild horses and burros removed from public lands so future generation can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage. The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create, promote, support and manage programs and activities that provide information and education to the public about wild horses and burros; elevate the public image and desirability of wild horses and burros; provide opportunities for members of the public to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience; secure adequate numbers of skilled and caring private homes for excess horses to ensure healthy wild herds and rangelands through the placement of excess animals removed from public lands; and identify and develop sources of private financial support for the Foundation’s mission. For more information visit

About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1971, 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 applicants can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales event, 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

Matt Manroe
Director of Marketing
p:  512.415.5354



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