Opportunities abound 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.



Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth Division

In 2018, the Mustang Heritage Foundation will offer the opportunity for youth ages 8-17 to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, KY and Fort Worth, Texas. Youth have approximately 100 days to gentle and train a previously “untouched” mustang. Goals of training include halter breaking, trailer loading, picking up feet and leading through obstacles and maneuvers. At the end of the training period, youth and mustangs compete for cash and prizes. Trainers and their families will adopt the mustang prior to the competition. Click here to enter to compete today!

Youth & Mustang Challenge 

The Youth and Mustang Challenge is a segment of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program (TIP). Youth & Mustang events are held regionally and are hosted and managed by approved TIP trainers. Youth involved in these events gentle and train a 12-24-month-old mustang to prepare for a competition to win prizes and awards.

Each year the Mustang Heritage Foundation offers a special competition for youth to train a mustang. In 2017-18, the youth trainers will adopt their mustang for competition at Extreme Mustang Makeover events in Lexington, KY and Fort Worth, TX. The youth trainers will have approximately 100 days to train their wild horses. The trainers with the top 10 highest combined scores will win prize money and awards. For information on applying to these events, visit the Extreme Mustang Makeover website. 

In various regions across the United States Youth & Mustang Challenges are small competitions that are held for youth who are interested in training and competing with a 12-24-month-old mustang.  These competitions are managed and hosted by approved trainers in our Trainer Incentive Program.  Youth trainers in these programs pick up a mustang (aged 12-24 months old) approximately 90 days before the competition and may compete in the following areas – conditioning, in-hand trail class, showmanship, costume, freestyle, etc.  Youth and their families are required to adopt their mustang prior to the start of the competition, but they can reassign the adoption to another individual after the competition.