JUNE 21-23, 2018
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511



The Extreme Mustang Makeover event will feature mustangs, ages 3-6 years old, that have had little to no human contact. Approved trainers are paired with a mustang and have approximately 100 days to gentle and trainer their mustangs and compete in a series of classes including handling & conditioning, pattern and a trail class. The Top 10 competitors compete in a freestyle finals performance Saturday night. Get your tickets now by clicking here! At the conclusion of the event all adult horses will be available to the public via public competitive bid.

Adult Rules & Regulations


In 2018, the Mustang Heritage Foundation will offer the opportunity for youth ages 8-17 to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in both Lexington, KY and Fort Worth, TX. Selected youth trainers will be assigned a 18-24 month old mustang to be trained for competition. Goals of training include halter breaking, trailer loading, picking up feet and leading though obstacles and maneuvers. At the end of the training period, youth and mustangs compete for cash and prizes. Mustangs and their families will adopt prior to the competition.

Youth Rules & Regulations





Bonnie Miller

Equine Clinician and judge Bonnie Miller is an approved judge for AQHA – NRHA – NRCHA – APHA- ApHC- PHBA- PtHA – NSBA. Her judging highlights include NRHA Reining Futurity – AQHA Novice Championship Show – Palomino, Paint, Pinto and NSBA World Shows – Paint European Championships – major events in 7 countries. She is a trainer of 81 World and Reserve World Champions (APHA) in 9 different events. Former Equine Science Department Chair at Morrisville State College.

James Gholson
James Gholson was born and raised on his family’s ranch in Aspermont, Texas. He has worked full or part time on just about every ranch in the area        from Aspermont to Matador, Texas. While working for the Matador’s, he met and married June Sandefer, his wife and best friend of 43 years. They have two sons, Carl and Jay, one daughter, April Dingman, and seven grandchildren. Horses have been a big part of James’ life. His joy and love for riding good horses has made him a full time student of horsemanship. He has been successful in showing in RHAA, RCHA, NCHA and Team Roping.
Matt Livengood
Matt Livengood has been a National Reining Horse Association judge since 1999 and has recently added the American Stock Horse Association, National Versatility Ranch Horse Association, and several AQHA specialty cards to his judging certifications list. He teaches clinics on reining, ranch riding and ranch horse versatility throughout North America—and as far away as Australia. Matt also manages reining and cowhorse shows and is the president of the Snake River Reining Alliance. Matt, a seasoned reining competitor, has competed in two Extreme Mustang Makeovers and won the June 2017 Reno Extreme Mustang Makeover. He teaches and trains at his home and guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in Nampa, ID.

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