Extreme Mustang Makeover Returns to Fort Worth

A long-time staple of the Extreme Mustang Makeover history, Fort Worth, TX has played host to an EMM event almost yearly since Mustang Heritage Foundation’s inception. Following the cancellation of several events over the last few years, on September 8th, 55 adult trainers and 44 youth trainers arrived in Fort Worth to showcase what they’d been able to accomplish with their randomly assigned horse over the last 100 days.

Thursday morning, adults took to the John Justin Arena to show off their horse’s groundwork in the Handling & Conditioning class while youth competitors started things off with a bang in the W.R. Watt Arena with the Trail class. That afternoon, youth competitors completed their Handling & Conditioning class followed by the adult competitors returning to the John Justin Arena under saddle to complete the Mustang Maneuvers class.

Friday started early as the 55 horses competing in the adult division took their turn at a difficult, real-world trail course in the John Justin Arena. Following the adult Trail class, the youth returned to center stage and wowed the crowd with creative and original Freestyle routines of their own design. Following the youth Freestyle, all trainers gathered in the John Justin Arena along with an impressive crowd for youth awards and the announcement of the adult Top 10.

Congratulations to your 2022 Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth Champion, Avery Proffitt!

The adult Top 10 included: Grace Thompson, Sarah Halbleib, Garrett Shanks, Camille McCutchon, Sam VanFleet, Katie Moore, Naomi Langdon, Mandy Bradford, Justis Jacobs and Craig Moore.

Saturday evening, over 3,100 people joined us in the Will Rogers Coliseum at 6pm for event kickoff with music from Mary Kaye Holt and Leah Sawyer, before the Top 10 entered the arena to complete a Compulsory Maneuvers class highlighting their mustang’s handiness in the ring. Immediately following the class, competitors rolled into their incredible Freestyle routines. They wowed the crowd with theme, music, creativity, and ingenuity, all to showcase the hard work they put in over the last 100 days and partnership they gained with their horse. But, as always, there can be only one!

Congratulations to your 2022 Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion, Camille McCutchon!

Prospective bidders had several opportunities throughout the weekend to meet the horses and their trainers to find the right fit for them. Non-finalist horses were offered for adoption Saturday afternoon with a high seller of $15,000 and an average of $2,500. The finalists were offered for adoption following the Freestyle Finals with an incredible top bid of $35,000 and a $10,000 average. Congratulations to everyone who was able to bring one of these spectacular horses home!

To learn more about the Extreme Mustang Makeover, visit: mustangheritagefoundation.org/extreme/

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.

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.

CONTACT: Amanda Mills, Director of Marketing, (512) 869-3225, marketing@mustangheritagefoundation.org