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. 2016 event info coming soon!


Tom Hagwood and 5-year-old gelding, Tiny, adult champions.

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Kirsten Mew and 2-year-old gelding, Mister Twister, youth champions.


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.

youthjudgeCarolyn “Tinker” Birnie – Youth Judge

Carolyn has had her AQHA Judges Card since 2003 and has judged shows throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. In addition to her AQHA card, she holds a NRHA and NSBA card and enjoys judging Varsity Equestrian Events at major universities.

Now retired from training and showing, Tinker continues to enjoy her reining quarter horses while trail riding with her husband, Mike, in the ranching areas west of Fort Worth.

Tinker’s sons operate Buckley Farms located in Anna, Texas just north of Dallas. Family owned and operated since 1945, Buckley Farms offers professional training in reining, working cow horse, western riding as well as youth and amateur programs. Scott Buckley is a NRHA Judge and enjoyes competing in Ranch Horse Versatility and SHOT Events. Jeff Buckley trains Reining Horses and competes in the major NRHA Events.

B.F. Yeates-  Featured Clinician Sep 12 9am Seminar- Using Psychology to train Mustangs

bfB.F. grew up in Dickens County, Texas, on a half section with big ranchessurrounding his family’s stock farm. While teaching school in Guthrie, Texas, he worked weekends as a cowboy for the Four Sixes Ranch, which sparked his interest in the ranch horse. He later worked for the Four Sixes in a management role. He developed a 20-point checklist for ranch horses, a forerunner of the different classes that ranch horse versatility contestants prove themselves in today.

In the late 1970s, B.F. pioneered ranch horse schools for ranchers and workingcowboys, an educational effort that in the 1990s led to B.F.’s role on the AQHA ranch horse versatility advisory committee. He judged the first AQHA ranch horse versatility contest in Denver at the National Western Stock Show.

He became an AQHA judge in 1957, serving for 43 years. He still judges AQHA ranch horse versatility classes, as well as breed and event shows.

B.F. was instrumental in developing the Stock Horse of Texas Association, a group that educates and helps owners promote their versatile western stock horses. B.F. couldn’t have foreseen that future when he graduated from high school in 1947. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Texas Tech University in 1953, majoring in animal science and graduating in 1955. While at school, he rode for the 1955 men’s national champion collegiate rodeo team.

B.F. worked as an Extension agent in Dallam and Hale counties before becoming the Extension horse specialist. While at Texas A&M, he furthered his education and paved the way for others to do so as well. His pioneering work in horse behavior research led to writing more than 30 chapters of books and technical and refereed publications


Adult Handling & Conditioning

Adult Pattern

Adult Combined Trail

Adult Preliminary Results

Adult Top-10 Freestyle

Adoption Results

Youth Handling & Conditioning

Youth Leading Trail

Youth Freestyle

Youth Overall Results

Mustang Gathering