JUNE 20-22, 2019
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511



The Extreme Mustang Makeover returns to Lexington. Come watch trainers compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes. Watch the preliminary classes including Handling & Conditioning, Mustang Maneuvers and the Trail Class as trainers qualify to compete in the Top 10 Freestyle Finals on Saturday night. All events are free to the public except for the Top 10 performance Saturday night. Tickets will be on sale soon. Come see all the excitement and purchase a mustang of your own.


Enjoy reserved seating and our VIP reception Saturday night before the Top 10 Finals. Learn more >>



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

Adult Rules & Regulations 



The Mustang Heritage Foundation youth competition offers the opportunity for youth ages 8-17 to compete in the Extreme Mustang at the Kentucky Horse Park. Selected youth trainers will be assigned to a 18-24 month old mustang that they will train for competition. Goals of the training included halter breaking, trailer loading, picking up feet and leading though obstacles and maneuvers. At the end of the training period, youth and mustangs will compete for cash and prizes. Mustangs are adopted by their families prior to the competition.

Youth Rules & Regulations



La Di Da

Kate Atkinson
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High Hopes

Staci Barnes
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Abbey Blair
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Joseph Clack
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Agenda’s Genesis

Ashley Coons
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Nevada Eagle

James Duffey
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Rose Gold

Janelle Gibson
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Pippa’s Promise

Abigail Hale
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Elderberry Wine

Mike Hurst
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Alleria Windrunner

Dawson Ives
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One More Light

Brittani Johnson
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Gabby Jordan
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Shorty Shenanigans

Hilda Keller
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Dale Lackey
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Lauren LaPierre
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Talmadge Laughlin
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Melanie Logue
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Brittany Malinoski
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Marey Cloppins

Emily Maples
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Morgan Marrese
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Reclaim Hope

Emma Minteer
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Wild Rose

Meggan Mitchell
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Kayla O'Leary
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Flying With Delta

Emily Penegar
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Megan Ray
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Stairway To Seven

Alyssa Rennebu
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Matilda Brown

Greg Reynolds
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Kelsey Spencer
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Carey Stewart
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Chasin’ The Rainbow

Nikki Tiesing
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Three Time’s A Charm

Peggy Riley
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Courtney Wexler
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Black Betty

Charlie Workman
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Melissa Cornell
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Mark Gregory
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Kaylee Kapraun
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Randy Speegle
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Genevieve Mallow
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All About That Sass

Corie Moore
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Colton Woods
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Sana Anderson
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Wakiyan Nuni

Mike Cassedy
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Pure Country

Cecil Cornell
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Charlie DeAtley
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Nevada’s Rein Maker

Kimber Goodman
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Keshia Johnson
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ADULT & YOUTH DIVISION JUDGES Additional judges may be added.


Sherrye Johnson Trafton

Sherrye Johnson Trafton holds judging cards with AQHA/NRHA/ARHA/GHRA,NEHC/OHSA & New England ‘A’ 4-H judge and has earned a USDF Qualified Rider award. She is also a AQHA Professional Horsewomen and has trained + shown horses for over 30 years. Sherrye has trained all around horses along with Congress reserve champions and finalists. She has trained & shown AQHA World Show Qualifiers in Halter, Trail, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure and was a finalist in Western Riding. She has trained other breeds to National & World Championship titles Western & English. Sherrye owns Sable Oak Equestrian Center in Brunswick, Maine. A University of Findlay Bachelor of Science graduate- Sherrye enjoys managing this All Breed, multi discipline equine facility which offers coaching/training for youth/amateur competitors in Western and English events. Sable Oak also offers boarding, showing, lessons, camps, trail/beach rides to the public. Sherrye is very passionate and positive about judging assignments in the USA and Internationally. Sherrye feels it is a honor to judge so many equine events and wishes all competitors good rides and best of luck.



Dennis Cappel

Dennis Cappel is an accomplished Trainer, Farrier, and Author with extensive experience in Mustang Makeovers. He was a 2017 EMM Top 10 Finisher in Fort Worth Texas, 2016 EMM Reserve Champion in Sedalia Missouri, and 2015 EMM Champion in St Louis. He also holds numerous titles in Colt Starting and Ranch Horse competition. Dennis’ specialty is helping students to achieve their desired results by creating a pure connection between rider and horse through the use of a Clear Mental Picture. Dennis offers a variety of training programs that allow riders to learn to use their thinking to benefit their riding and achieve their goals.


Ginger Duke

Ginger has been training and traveling the world performing with her equine counterparts since 2002. This Texas native has been a Mustang Magic Champion, as well as Reserve Champion and Top 10 finalist numerous times. She is the North American Trick Riding Open Women’s Champion along side her Mustang Million Mustang, Who. She loves helping spread awareness and being an advocate for the mustangs.


Jacqueline Zacharias

Jacqueline Zacharias has been riding horses since she could walk and began starting colts at the age of 8. She adopted her first mustang in 2010 at the age of 14 and has since trained eight horses for the Extreme Mustang Makeover events. Jacqueline was named Overall Youth Champion in two events, including the Mustang Million, and was a Top 5 Finalist in six other Extreme Mustang Makeovers. She has a passion for the up-and-coming generation of horsemen and women, especially the youth of the Mustang Heritage Foundation.She currently competes in multiple equine disciplines and is dedicated to continued learning and growth as a horsewoman. She lives in Pryor, Oklahoma, where she trains at Zacharias Horsemanship with her husband, Sid.


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