The 2021 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover, originally slated to be held June 24–26 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, will now be held as a virtual event.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation made the decision to transition to a virtual event after evaluating the uncertainty of the state of Kentucky reopening plans due to COVID-19.
“While we are eager to return to in-person events, we want to ensure our trainers and mustangs are set up for success,” said executive director Alex Kappert. “This means being transparent about the uncertainties that COVID-19 has created, while remaining true to our mission to help the 50,000 mustangs in holding find homes.”
Both adult and youth divisions of the event will be produced virtually and hosted online by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Following a similar format to the successful virtual Extreme Mustang Makeovers held in 2020, trainers will submit videos of themselves and their horses completing each class. MHF staff will be available to assist trainers in submitting their videos before the deadline. Those videos will be reviewed by a panel of show judges, then premiered online one class at a time along with official scores and results for each competitor. Extreme Mustang Makeover fans and horse enthusiasts from around the world can watch the action and find results in real time at facebook.com/ExtremeMustangMakeover.
With the event format change, the auction of competing adult horses will also be held online. Interested bidders must submit a bidder application prior to the auction to be approved for bidding.
“Our virtual event this fall resulted in record-breaking sale averages,” Kappert said. “We are confident that the Kentucky event will be just as successful.”
The Extreme Mustang Makeover is produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program, to showcase the versatility and trainability of the American Mustang. The event is presented by Western Horseman and sponsored by RIDE TV, NRS Supply, Espana Silk, A Cut Above Buckles, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, Resistol, Yeti, and Purina.
To learn more and stay updated, visit mustangheritagefoundation.org/extreme.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is dedicated to facilitating successful placements for America’s excess wild mustangs and burros through innovative programs, events and education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit mustangheritagefoundation.org.
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 250,000 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.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 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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