Extreme Mustang Makeover – Fort Worth

September 10-12, 2015

Will Rogers Equestrian Center – Fort Worth, TX
3401 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Join us in Fort Worth for the annual wild horse training event, the Extreme Mustang Makeover! Horsemen and women will showcase the skills of wild Mustangs they have trained and gentled for 100 days! All adult competing Mustangs will be available for adoption Saturday, as well as a nice selection of untrained Mustangs throughout the weekend. The Mustang Heritage Foundation would also like to invite you to an evening with country music star, Clint Black, Friday, Sept. 11! Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Foundation and its mustang adoption programs. Visit www.clintblacklive.com for tickets!


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James-Gholson-1James Gholson – Extreme Mustang Makeover Judge

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.

Lance-TreptowLance Treptow –  Extreme Mustang Makeover Judge

Lance Treptow of Omro, Wisconsin, is an approved judge with the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Snaffle Bit Association who has judged throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has judged such shows as the AQHYA World Show, the Italian National Championships, the Swedish National Championships, the Florida Gold Coast, the Scottsdale Classic and the Pacific Coast Championships.  He is an AQHA National director at Large and has served as chairman of the AQHA Show Committee and Show Council. He has also served on the AQHA Judges Committee. Lance has trained and shown quarter horses for more than 40 years and has multiple AQHA championships, Superior Event earners, Congress winners and top 10 World Show horses to his credits.

Sherry-Johnson-TraftonSherrye Johnson-Trafton –  Extreme Mustang Makeover Judge

Sherrye Johnson Trafton is a 1985 Findlay College graduate of Pre-Vet/Equine sciences   and a lifetime member of the AQHA, NSBA and the Maine Quarter Horse Association. She is also an AQHA Judge (2005), a NRHA judge (2007), a GHRA/GCDS judge (2008), a NEHC ‘1’ western judge (2009), a ARHA judge (2010), a New England 4-H Horse & Pony Judge ‘A’ rated (2011), OHSA (2012) and since 1987 an All Breed, All Discipline Open Show Judge. Sherrye serves on the AQHA Youth Committee and also the Region 6 AQHA Board of Directors and the MeQHA Board of Directors. She is an AQHA Professional Horseman, an AQHA Marketing Council and AQHA Affilliate Council Member and an AQHA and NRHA show steward.

Sherrye co-owns Sable Oak Equestrian Center, located in Brunswick, Maine, with her husband John Trafton. Sable Oak is an all-breed training facility offering disciplines in Western, Hunter, Dressage and Saddleseat instruction. They devote many hours to youth and amateur exhibitors. Through education and mentoring, John and Sherrye enjoy assisting in the growth of those whom they have become involved with through the many equestrian disciplines. She has coached and trained three national AQHA Champions.

Terry-HelderTerry Helder – Youth  Extreme Mustang Makeover Judge

Born into a family of horse enthusiasts in 1955, Terry Helder has been involved in the horse industry practically all his life. Since 1986, along with Peg, his wife of 38 years, their daughter Diane, her husband Bryan Reichard and their granddaughter Teah, Terry has owned and operated Evergreen Farm, an APHA /AQHA breeding, training and showing facility in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania.

Evergreen Farm has become one of the largest all around performance horse breeding programs on the east coast. Horses carrying their brand (Ef) can be seen competing in every venue from dressage rings to rodeo arenas. The Helders’ training program has produced 13 National and World Champions and 11 Reserve Champions. In the past three years, they have worked closely with the Australian horseman, Guy Mc Lean, winner of the 2012 Road To The Horse. They have now incorporated many of his techniques into their training program.

In 2003, Terry co-founded the Susquehanna Valley Reining Horse Association and has served as president since its inception. Terry has judged 10 to 20 shows per year for the past 32 years at all levels of open competition, including open and 4H shows as well as state and county fairs. In addition to pleasure classes, he also regularly judged reining, working cow horse, hunter, ranch horse and extreme trail competitions. Terry is looking forward to judging his first Extreme Mustang Makeover.

leeLee Deacon – Mustang Gathering Judge

Lee grew up in the equine industry in Queensland, Australia. His dad was a bareback rider and horse breeder. At 16, Lee began working on a cattle station, a large Australian cattle farm. With this experience, he went to work for John Wicks, the 2nd ranked money earning Reiner in Australia and 4X Australian Reining Futurity Champion. Later, Lee joined Warren Backhouse, the #1 money earning Reiner in Australia. Lee spent the next 2 years running his own horse training operation in Australia competing in Reining, Stockman’s Challenges (Cow Horse) & Camp Drafting.

In 2012, Lee came to the United States to work for professional cow horse trainer Chris Dawson. In 2013, Chris won every NRCHA Premier Derby. He also made the finals at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity on both of his 3 yr. old horses. Working with Chris during this time, Lee was part of a true success story in the cow horse industry. Lee has continued working for Chris Dawson and growing his own training program.



Selected Trainers

Mustang Gathering Rules & Regulations

Mustang Gathering Entry Form 


Tentative Schedule