The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is excited to announce the 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover schedule featuring 10 events in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the wild horse-training event! Developed in 2007 to further the Foundation's mission of increasing the adoption of America's Mustangs, over 60 Extreme Mustang Makeover events have been held in 31 cities in 21 states.
"What better way to begin the 10th year of Extreme Mustang Makeover than with our best adoption year yet in 2015. The Mustang Heritage Foundation ended the fiscal year with just under 1,000 adoptions!" said Kali Sublett, executive director. "We continue to be blown away by the talents of our youth and adult trainers and the capabilities of these once wild American Mustangs."
Today, an estimated 58,000 wild horses and burros still roam public lands in the western United States managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Another 47,000 plus are in off-range holding corrals awaiting adoption. MHF created the Extreme Mustang Makeover event in order to recognize and highlight the value of mustangs through a national training competition. The events showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of the rugged horses. It is also a unique opportunity for the public to see the results of wild horses becoming trained mounts and to adopt a mustang with a solid training foundation.
An estimated $250,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded through the 10 national event locations. Youth, ages 8-17, and adults over the age of 18 are invited to submit an entry application for the event of their choice. All adult competing Mustangs will be available to the public for adoption at the conclusion of each event.
"We hope you find time in 2016 to attend an Extreme Mustang Makeover event and join us in celebrating 10 years of adoption and awareness of our American Mustangs!" said Sublett. For more information, visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events are to increase the adoption of Mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events to showcase the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. The nonprofit organization also created the Trainer Incentive Program and the Youth and Mustang Challenge to raise awareness about wild horses. Since 2007, over 6,200 American Mustangs have been placed into private care through MHF training and adoption programs. For more information, visit 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.
2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover Events
Date City, State
March 11-12 Gonzales, LA
April 22-23 Queen Creek, AZ
May 6-7 Jacksonville, FL
May 20-21 Ft. Collins, CO
June 18-19 Reno, NV
July 14-16 Sedalia, MO
July 29-30 Nampa, ID
August 5-6 Topsfield, MA
August 25-27 Lexington, VA
September 15-17 Fort Worth, TX