The 2022 Virtual Extreme Mustang Makeover, a production of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, will begin online August 4th and run through August 6th. Like traditional Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions, trainers have had approximately 100 days to gentle and train a previously untouched mustang before competing for cash and prizes. However, for the Virtual competition trainers were allowed to adopt a horse of their choosing directly from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Horses adopted by approved trainers from April 1-15, 2022, were eligible to compete.
As this is a virtual competition, participating trainers will video their class entries for submission to the Mustang Heritage Foundation for judging. Preliminary classes include handling, pattern (adult division only) and trail. Once preliminary classes are judged, the Top Ten will be announced in both the adult and youth divisions and those entries will advance to the finals. Both the preliminary class and Freestyle Finals videos will be available via the Mustang Heritage Foundation YouTube channel August 4-6, 2022.
Looking for your next horse? Horses competing in the adult division will be available for competitive bid adoption online beginning July 27, 2022. Bidders must have an approved application from the BLM and complete bidder registration with the MHF. Bidding closes August 7, 2022.
As an Extreme Mustang Makeover participant, trainers further the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s mission of helping mustangs find permanent placement in private homes. Not only will the horses competing in the adult division be adopted following the event, but every horse’s participation in the competition demonstrates the versatility, athleticism and trainability of the American mustang, which increases public awareness and encourages others to consider adopting a mustang.
Extreme Mustang Makeover events are 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 events are presented by Western Horseman and sponsored by NRS Supply, Espana Silk, A Cut Above Buckles, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, Resistol, and Yeti.
Learn more about the event and competitive bid adoption at 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. More than 20,000 mustangs have been placed into private care through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007. 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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