Created and presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the purpose of the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of the American Mustangs who roam freely on public lands throughout the West where they are protected by the Bureau of Land Management under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption or purchase. Over 4,057 Mustangs have been adopted through the Extreme Mustang Makeover events since 2007.
The mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover events are wild mares and geldings typically four to seven years old that have been living in BLM off-range corrals. Approximately 100 days before competition, these wild mustangs are randomly paired with a horse trainer who has applied and been approved by the MHF. Trainers and mustangs spend 100 days working together to prepare to compete in a series of classes that will showcase their new skills. The horses will compete in a handling & conditioning class, a maneuvers class and a trail class. The top 10 competitors will then compete in a freestyle finals performance. At the conclusion of the event all horses will be available for adoption or purchase via public competitive bid. Horse and trainer information, photos of horses, event schedules, tickets and more can be found on the individual event pages.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019.