GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The excitement rises as the first Extreme Mustang Makeover event for 2019 approaches. Thirty-six adult trainers and 18 youth have been approved to compete in Ocala, Florida, May 10-11, 2019, and it’s sure to be an entertaining event.
The mustangs that compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover for adults are wild mares 3-6 years old that have been living in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) off-range corrals. Youth trainers will work with yearling fillies and colts for the competition, and are randomly paired with their mustang approximately 100 days prior to the competition.
At the competition, the adult horse-and-rider duos compete in a handling and conditioning class, a pattern class and a trail class. The Top 10 adult competitors then compete in a Freestyle Finals performance, and all youth perform a freestyle as well.
Congratulations and good luck to the following trainers entered in the Ocala, Florida, Extreme Mustang Makeover:
|Matthew Bello of Durham, NC||Angelique Lopez of Tampa, FL|
|Amanda Bourque of Homestead, FL||Elizabeth Loyal of Davenport, FL|
|Blake Chesnut of St. Cloud, FL||Ginger Macphee of Myakka City, FL|
|Ryan Coaxum of Morriston, FL||Shelby Meredith of Astatula, FL|
|Ashley Colee of St. Augustine, FL||Craig Moore of Granger, TX|
|Mirka Crew of Columbia, AL||Daniel Moreno of Loxahatchee, FL|
|Allison Davis-Lollie of Brooksville, FL||Allyssa Rennebu of Eagle, WI|
|Jamie Gilt of Jacksonville, FL||Holly Roe of Leesburg, FL|
|Brittany Greene of Longwood, FL||Janice Slaven of Ocala, FL|
|Raechelle Gretencord of Florahome, FL||Billie Faye Smith of Oxford, FL|
|Marsha Hartford Sapp of Tallahassee, FL||Sam VanFleet of Williston, FL|
|Jessica Holzer of Geneva, FL||Cheryl Wadman of Archer, FL|
|Judy Jameson of Brooksville, MS||Jennifer Wasilewski of Jacksonville, FL|
|Amy Jordan of Tallahassee, FL||Jay Watkins of Valdosta, GA|
|Katie Ketterhagen of Granger, TX||Sherry Wetherald of Ocala, FL|
|Katherine King of Live Oak, FL||Tera Whaling of Margate, FL|
|Tayler Lail of Hickory, NC||Patricia Whitman of Ocala, FL|
|Emily Lankford of Eustis, FL||Gina Wood of Ocala, FL|
|Taylor Anderson of Molino, FL||Alexa Lopez of Tampa, FL|
|Tatum Bickel of Okeechobee, FL||Aurora Loyal of Davenport, FL|
|Aunna Cornell of Inverness, FL||Katie Morris of Lithia, FL|
|Haleigh Denny of Live Oak, FL||Skye Parziale of Trenton, FL|
|Denny Fussell of Roberta, GA||Haleigh Price of Summerfield, FL|
|Shelia Glover of Brooksville, MS||Ariona Thomas of Live Oak, FL|
|Ellie Godwin of Tampa, FL||Carley Wheelis of Hillborough, NC|
|Daisy Jones of Lady Lake, FL||Kaele Wykoff of Ocala, FL|
|Abigail King of Live Oak, FL||Cat Zimmerman of Lithia, FL|
“We are excited to return to Florida this summer,” said Kali Sublett, the Executive Director of MHF. “We have a talented and passionate group of youth and adult trainers and cannot wait to see what they accomplish with their mustangs over the next few months. We hope you will come out and help us cheer them on.”
Following the competition, all adult horses will be available for adoption by the public. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a talented mustang! Tickets for the Top 10 Freestyle Finals will be available soon at https://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/florida/.
Presenting sponsors for the 2019 Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ocala, Florida, are the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Weisberg Family Foundation and Western Horseman. This event is also made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management.
The dates and locations for the 2019 Extreme Mustang Makeover’s can be found at https://extrememustangmakeover.com/. The trainer application deadline for the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, Kentucky, is Jan. 4, 2019. Any interested trainers for that event should apply today at https://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/kentucky-2019/.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses and burros, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management the Mustang Heritage Foundation works to ensure healthy wild herds and rangelands through the placement of excess animals removed from public lands so future generations can enjoy this distinctive part of our American heritage. As a 501 (C)(3), public, charitable, nonprofit organization, the Mustang Heritage Foundation works to identify and develop sources of private financial funding to further support the mission of the Foundation. For more information visit mustangheritagefoundation.org
About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 wild horses and burros into good homes nationwide. Partnerships, like the Mustang Heritage Foundation, provide the BLM with additional opportunities to place animals into good homes. Interested applicants can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales event, visit a BLM Off-Range Corral, or participate in an Internet adoption/sales event to apply to take a wild horse or burro home! To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call 866-468-7826 or visit BLM.GOV/whb.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 10 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.