Thank you Ocala. And thank you to everyone who attended the event. Congratulations to all the adult and youth trainers and a special congratulations to all the new owners of a mustang.
Adult Division Champion – Craig Moore & Hay There Delilah
Adult Division Results
Youth Division Champion – Katie Morris & Changing Destiny
Youth Division Results
Jay Watkins lives in Valdosta, Georgia. Having grown up on his father's 85-horse farm, Jay has long been known as the horse trainer in his local community. Last year he began a formal training apprenticeship with Cindy Norman of Norman Natural Horsemanship. He is currently training client horses under her guidance. He is also establishing an equine training and therapy program for Camp Rock Georgia, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults whose families have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. Jay is currently working with a mustang previously entered from an EMM event.
Emily Shirley lives in Eustis, Florida. She has always had a passion for horses since she was young. She competed in an EMM in 2016 and placed 11th out of 31 trainers. She has competed in hunter jumper shows for the past three years. Emily currently works as a certified equine massage therapist. She hopes to one day be a professional in the horse world.
Jamie Gilt currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born in Arcadia, Florida, and was raised in the small town of Palatka. Her dad was a Pro Rodeo stock contractor, and her mom was a professional barrel racer. She rode horses before she could walk, and spent more time on a horse than on her feet as a child. She was actually 12 years old the first time she started a horse on her own. She recalls the horse having a bad attitude, but after a couple of months he would do anything that Jamie asked of him. She acquired a great sense of accomplishment and knew training is what she wanted to do. Jamie gained a lot of knowledge from working with trainers and clients, but she knows she still has a lot more to learn.
Amanda Bourque grew up riding in Maine, and took a 20-year break to build her marine biology career before getting back to horses. After adopting and gentling her first mustang in 2016, she jumped into mustangs and never looked back. She thoroughly enjoys gentling and training mustangs, treating each as an individual who brings great challenges and rich rewards. Her goal with the mustangs is to give them a solid start, get them into good homes, and let people know there can be a mustang for everyone. Amanda lives on the southern tip of Florida with her husband and son and four beautiful mustang mares.
Blake Chesnut resides in St. Cloud, Florida. He grew up in a ranching family with a lifetime of ranching and training horses. He has worked for numerous NCHA Hall of Fame trainers and grew his knowledge based on all that he experienced. He currently shows and competes in ranch horse versatility and NCHA shows.
Ashley Colee lives in St. Augustine, Florida. This is her second Extreme Mustang Makeover, having competed in the 2016 Jacksonville EMM where she came in 10th in the Trail class and bought her mustang back. Ashley grew up riding and competing in local hunter jumper and 4-H competitions in the North Florida area, and rode on the IHSA hunt seat team at the University of North Florida. Having been around horses for 21 years, she has had the opportunity to experience and compete in many different disciplines, and participate in clinics with trainers from across the world.
Mirka Crew lives in Columbia, Alabama. She grew up in the Czech Republic and relocated to the USA in 2004. She is the manager of Southern Cross Ranch in Headland, Alabama, a professional trainer and a clinician with a passion for Liberty, Stock Horse/Versatility and Western Dressage. She is the winner of the 2007 Buckskin World Championship in working cowhorse, a Top 5 finalist of the 2016 Gonzales, LA, Extreme Mustang Makeover and a Top 5 finalist of the 2017 Mustang Magic.
Raechelle Gretencord resides in Florahome, Florida. Working with mustangs has been a dream of Raechelle's since she was a very little girl. She spent hours a day researching and reading about the American Mustang. They are the most unique and genuine horse in existence, and certainly unlike any other. She adopted her first mustang just last year at 26 years old, and it has been the most rewarding experience of her life. In all her 20 years around horses she has never developed a bond so special and strong as she has with that Mustang she named Shiloh. She is looking forward to the competition and working with a new mustang.
Amy Jordan is a 24-year-old amateur horse trainer hailing from the great state of Maine. She has a mustang of her own, but this is her first time competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Katie Ketterhagen is 27 years old from Granger, Texas. She has been competing in Extreme Mustang Makeovers since 2012 while placing in the Top 10 seven times. She was named the 2016 Fort Worth EMM Champion and Fan Favorite. Katie is a full-time horse trainer, training horses of all breeds, but she especially takes pride in taming a wild mustang.
Katherine King resides in Live Oak, Florida. Teaching horses and children have always been her passion. Katherine is the head trainer at a private facility where she teaches a wide variety of students, including special needs children who participate in the Special Olympics equestrian event. She has spent her entire life in the equine industry learning as much as possible. In 2013, Katherine's life changed when she became extremely sick and was diagnosed with an auto immune disease. Horses allowed her to take her life back and achieve her dreams of helping people and horses.
Angelique Lopez is a 20-year-old horsewoman from Tampa, Florida. Angelique and her sister run an all mustang children's program for their community that allows them to promote and help wild mustangs. She has taken part in previous in-hand makeover events as both a youth and adult, but this is her first adult EMM competition.
Ginger Macphee was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but she currently resides in Myakka City, Florida. She started her horse career at the age of 7. Today, she is still following her dream of working with these wonderful animals. While growing up, she turned out to be the crazy horse kid in the family. She found her passion for horses at a very young age, where she started with weekly riding lessons and showing American Saddlebreds for nine years. She got her very first horse at 15, and went through 4-H with him. During high school, she was involved in FFA where she learned a lot about horses and won lots of equine awards. It was also in high school that she discovered a love for barrel racing, where she got a mustang named Fancy. During those years, both her and fancy grew together and won a lot of local shows. Ginger is excited to put her skills to the test here at the EMM.
Shelby Meredith lives in Astatula, Florida. She is 22 years old and a senior at the College of Central Florida. She has been training horses for three years with Chris Boyer Horsemanship. Working for Chris Boyer, she has learned so much from starting colts and handling problem horses, to teaching advanced maneuvers.
Craig Moore lives in Granger, Texas. He is a first-generation horse trainer who tries his hardest every day. He does his best to put the horse first and tries to help the horse sort its way through accepting and understanding people.
Holly Roe resides in Leesburg, Florida. She is a 2018 Graduate of Asbury University. She majored in Equine Studies and was the student leader for the Mounted Police Training Club during her time there. Holly has been riding and competing from age 5, and has made training and instructing her career. Currently, Holly trains for local riders and is a riding instructor and Montverde Academy.
Abbey Slaven lives in Ocala, Florida. She started out riding western and moved into hunter/jumpers at a young age, and has been in the show jumping world for over 15 years now. Having a passion for natural horsemanship, she uses it in her show jumping program which has opened opportunities to rescue horses and train mustangs. Abbey strives for a partnership-based style of training, so working with and developing partnerships with wild mustangs is such an incredible experience for her.
Sam Van Fleet resides in Williston, Florida. She has been around horses for about six years. In 2014, she competed in her first Youth Mustang Makeover and has done at least one makeover every year since. This past summer, she interned with a variety of trainers including Dan James from Double Dan Horsemanship and Ariana Sakaris. Now, she works at a Warmblood breeding facility starting their colts and fillies under saddle, TIPing mustangs, and saving PMU foals. She travels and performs liberty and tricks with her 2016 Youth EMM mustang in hopes to show people the capabilities of these American legends.
Sherry Wetherald lives in Ocala, Florida. She developed a love for horses at just 5 years old and spent her youth like many others, trading barn chores for riding time. She earned her degree in Equine Business from Clemson University in 2010, and spent the next few years developing her skills at various training and lesson barns teaching and caring for horses of many disciplines. She enjoys challenges and is always looking for new clinics and workshops to attend to expand her knowledge and abilities. She now enjoys owning and managing her own boarding and lesson facility right here in Ocala.
Daniel Moreno resides in Loxahatchee, Florida. He has been training horses in all Western disciplines for 10 years. Daniel has been training mustangs for the last 3 1/2 years.
Ryan Coaxum resides in Ocala, Florida. He says he is just a simple cowboy with a hankering for a good horse.
Marsha Sapp is a professional horse trainer and competitive rider residing in Tallahassee, Florida. She is the owner and head trainer at Southern Oaks Equestrian Center, where she also coaches the Florida State University Equestrian team. Marsha is a nationally recognized trainer and clinician, a multiple Top 5 finalist in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, a finalist in the American Horsewoman’s Challenge, a USDF Silver Medalist, and a 3-time World Champion in Western Dressage.
ADULT & YOUTH DIVISION JUDGES Additional judges may be added.
Bonnie holds judges cards in seven associations including the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reined Cow Horse Association. She has judged major shows in seven different countries including the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Show, the AQHA Novice Championship show and multiple World Shows for the Paints, Pintos and Appaloosas.
Bonnie embraces the philosophy and mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and is honored to be a part of this event.