THE MISSION of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to help create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management the Mustang Heritage Foundation is passionate about ensuring healthy wild horse populations through the successful placement of mustangs so future generations can enjoy this distinctive part of our American heritage.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation produces national events and programs targeting potential adopters, youth, trainers and veterans to encourage education, training and the adoption of wild horses.
6 CITIES. 100 DAYS.
With approximately 100 days to tame wild to mild, trainers from across America compete for cash and prizes through a national training competition that showcases the beauty, versatility and trainability of America’s mustangs.
EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER
Trainers work with a mustang that has been virtually untouched by humans and has approximately 100 days to gentle, halter break and saddle train, build trust and develop a relationship with the horse to compete and win.
At the Ft.Worth Stock Show & Rodeo the annual wild horse training event will feature 33 trainers invited by the Mustang Heritage Foundation to gentle a mustang mare and showcase the horse’s talent at one of the premier livestock expositions in the country.
MUSTANG MAGIC - January 19-21
The top 10 trainers will be selected for a freestyle performance and continue to compete for their share of $10,000 Saturday, January 21, 2017, in the John Justin Arena.
For youth who want to become involved with American Mustangs the Mustang Heritage Foundation offers hands-on experiences for youth and young adults to learn about Mustangs and share their knowledge with others.
From the Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth Division competition in Ft. Worth to the Youth Mustang Challenge competitions across the country the Mustang Heritage Foundation offers the opportunity for youth ages 8-17 to train a 12-24 month-old mustang and compete for cash prizes and awards.
TRAINING FOR ADOPTION
The Mustang Heritage Foundation identifies talented trainers who employ their natural horsemanship techniques to gentle American Mustangs for adoption.
TIP TRAINER INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Halter train a wild horse or burro, place the animal in a new home and an approved trainer can earn up to $1000. An adopter can connect with TIP trainers and learn how they can adopt or purchase a mustang for $125.
COMPETE WITH AN ADOPTED MUSTANG
The Mustang Open competition is for adults and youth who want to continue to compete and showcase the abilities of their mustangs.
The competitions for exhibitors ages 8 years and older are divided into three divisions including in-hand, walk-trot and walk-trot-lope with each division featuring trail, pattern and freestyle classes.
Let’s celebrate the horses that are a part of our heritage. Let’s celebrate the spirit and the power of these majestic animals. The American Mustang.
Through education we will be able to better understand the needs of the mustang. Through interaction and personal contact we can see and experience their beauty and spirit. Through competition we can fully realize their talents and why they made such an impact on creating the America we know today.
With the help of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, military veterans choose a BLM mustang, untouched by humans, and transform the horse in approximately 100 days to a gentle, adoptable equine companion.
The veteran experiences the transformation from “wild to mild” within the horse, while learning marketable vocational skills and gaining on-the-job training for a future occupation in the equine industry.
ONE MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY
Offering $1 million in cash and prizes the Mustang Million event provided a national stage to showcase the trainability, athleticism and talent of the American Mustang and helped spread the word about these special horses.
Five hundred and sixty two Mustangs, yearlings to age 6, were placed into adoptive homes through Mustang Million, saving taxpayers over $6.72 million dollars and helped raise awareness about the other 45,000+ mustangs that are currently waiting for adoption.