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Dear Extreme Mustang Makeover Trainer:
The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2016! This wild-horse training challenge was created by MHF to showcase the trainability and talents of the Mustang, while aligning with its mission to facilitate successful adoptions for America's excess Mustangs and burros. Since 2007, MHF has placed over 6,200 Mustangs into private care through gentling and training programs.
Thank you for your patience! The Mustang Heritage Foundation received several exceptional applications from trainers to participate in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, VA. CONGRATULATIONS - you were accepted as one of the competing trainers! This will be a very exciting event and we are glad to be working with you.
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Local Horse Trainer Selected for Extreme Mustang Makeover
Georgetown, Texas – (Your Name) of (city, state) has been selected to compete in the Virginia Extreme Mustang Makeover held August 25-27, 2016, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. Trainers will have approximately 100 days to gentle a randomly assigned wild horse they will pick up in April and compete for an estimated purse of $20,000 in prize money as well as a custom-made Gist belt buckle.
(Insert a paragraph about yourself, such as: John Doe, 44, is a full-time mechanic and trains horses in his spare time. He uses natural horsemanship training methods and has trained more than 100 horses. He is married to Jane Doe and is the father of two children, Jack and Jill).
The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are
protected by the BLM under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. Over 6,200 Mustangs have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007.
The Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge are mares, and the horses, which were virtually untouched prior to the April pick-up, will compete in Lexington in August. The trainers and Mustangs will compete in a series of classes that will showcase their new skills. The horses will compete in handling and conditioning, a pattern class and a combined leading and riding class. The top-10 competitors will then compete in the freestyle finals. Tickets and event information about the Extreme Mustang Makeover are available at http://extrememustangmakeover.com/extreme-mustang-makeover-virginia/.
Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover will be available for adoption through an adoption auction on August 27. Adoption fees will be set by competitive bid. To qualify to adopt, individuals must be at least 18 with no record of animal abuse. In addition, adopters must have suitable facilities and can adopt no more than four animals. Adoption applications will be approved on site by the Bureau of Land Management during the event.
The Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Western Horseman, Ram Rodeo, Vetericyn, Martin Saddlery and Classic Equine, Resistol, and RIDE TV.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public, charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating successful adoptions for America’s excess mustangs and burros. Extreme Mustang Makeovers are designed to showcase the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. The Mustang Heritage Foundation is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2016 with 10 national event stops! Train, adopt or attend to show your support for the American Mustang. For more information, visit http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org
About the Bureau of Land Management
Since 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM has successfully placed over 235,000 wild horses and burros into private care. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 10 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands. For more information, visit blm.gov.