The Mustang Heritage Foundation Ambassador program was created to identify and spotlight individuals who have, through their involvement or engagement in MHF events or programs, displayed excellence in competition, sportsmanship, leadership, mentorship or education. These individuals can be seen continuing to support the MHF at events and through regional outreach. If you see them around, feel free to say hello!
Jonathan “J-DUB” Weisiger is a native Fort Worth Texan born and raised right in the Lonestar State. He has personally trained over 100 wild American mustangs and has competed in Extreme Mustang Makeover events since the competition’s inaugural event held in Fort Worth back in 2007. Featured as the Wild, and Charismatic Mustang Wrangler on the hit TV Show Mustang Millionaire, J-DUB has been able to meet and help hundreds of individuals, connect, train and compete with American Mustangs. This year J-DUB has had the pleasure of helping his daughter Gabriella train and compete with her very first mustang. According to J-DUB, training wild mustangs is tough, challenging, and a whole lot of fun. J-DUB would also like to remind you that if don’t own at least one mustang, you ain’t no cowboy!
Ashley Stevenson has been around mustangs all her life. In 2002, her family began to actively adopt what was not adopted at satellite adoptions in Florida and they would train and rehome them. Since then, she has been active in MHF’s TIP program, as well as fostering and rescuing mustang and burros for 12 years, and adopting her own personal mustangs. She enjoys using them to showcase the versatility the mustang from competing in mounted shooting, cow work, drill team, extreme cowboy races and anything else they can do. Mustangs are her life and she has made it her mission to place as many as she can into good homes. Even while working a full-time job as a Respiratory Therapist, she still finds time to help as many mustangs and burros as possible.
Diana Shipley has been training barrel and roping horses for countless years, but she has never felt the pull that she feels with the American Mustang. With time and compassion, you break through the mustang’s fearful barriers and get the first touch, first step toward you and so many more firsts. Before you know it, you are the one that discovers the changes in yourself. She has competed in four Extreme Mustang Makeovers and one Mustang Magic. She has hosted TIP challenges in Colorado and has also been a TIP trainer for several years. She goes to any mustang event she can to help promote the American mustang. There are so many trainers in the mustang family that are more than willing to visit with you and answer any questions you might have. Feel free to talk with them. You will not be sorry!
Garrett Shanks is a 17-year-old from Belleville, Illinois. He primarily works with mustangs while developing and growing his horsemanship skills in hopes of becoming a full-time trainer. Garrett believes that through his faith, he can not only achieve his goals of becoming a full-time trainer and performer, but also hopes to dedicate time back to rescuing and rehabilitating rescue horses including mustangs. Garrett has truly worked his way up from the bottom. He achieved Youth Reserve Champion in the 2019 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover with his filly Dolly, is now a MHF Youth Ambassador, and he performs with his mustang filly Sheza. Garrett hopes to fulfill this ambassadorship opportunity to the fullest extent to help show off the mustang breed!