MUSTANG MAGIC – FT. WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO
TRAINERS AND FORMERLY WILD MUSTANGS COMPETED FOR $10,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES
Mustang Magic is a highlight of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Trainers, by invitation only, had 100 days to gentle a wild mustang and compete for cash and prizes. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Finals Saturday night the competition mustangs were sold at auction. The 2019 Mustang Magic had another sell out crowd. Thanks again to all of the competing trainers and enthusiastic spectators for making this years Mustang Magic another success.
Another big thank you to the FWSSR and the Mustang Magic event sponsor, Lone Star Ag Credit.
Congratulations to our 2019 Champion Luke Castro & Maybe Shez Gold
I am Luke Castro, 26 years old, from Norco, California. I have been training horses for the past 6 years. I currently take in horses for training and I also work for One Day Moore Animal Rescue, where we rehabilitate horses who have abusive backgrounds. The Mustang Makeovers are my favorite competitions to participate in. I have been fortunate enough to make Top 5 in the Mustang Magic 2018, and top 3, and Fan Favorite in Norco, CA in 2015. I can’t wait to compete and showcase one of our country’s Living Legends, the American Mustang.
Rebecca Bowman is a trainer based in Atlanta, Georgia. This is her 10th Extreme Mustang Makeover. She runs a boarding facility in North Georgia and teaches eventing and sells horses. Rebecca grew up in Australia where she evented, played polocrosse and held a jockey’s license, all on her families horses. Wesson is a grey 14 hand gelding that will be available to the public Saturday night. He has competed in obstacle challenges, dressage, jumping and trail riding. He is one of the easiest mustangs she has ever started and is suitable for kids and adults. Please check with Rebecca for videos and more information.
My biggest passion in life has been horses. I have been riding and training since I was 12 years old. I enjoy the challenge of a mustang and the ultimate bond that develops. Iam dedicated to bringing out the inner champion by developing the natural athletic ability of the mustang.
Sam has been around horses for about 6 years. In 2014, she competed in her first Youth Mustang Makeover and has done at least one makeover every year since. This past summer she interned with a variety of trainers including Dan Jame from Double Dan Horsemanship and Ariana Sakaris. She now works at a warmblood breeding facility starting their colts and fillies undersaddle, TIPing mustangs, and saving PMU foals. She travels and performs liberty and tricks with her 2016 YEMM Mustang in hopes to show people the capabilities of these American legends.
I am so excited to be invited to this event. I have worked and trained horses all my life and found my calling with the mustangs. I have helped many wonderfull horses find their forever homes in Colorado. I have discovered the mustangs to be smart, willing, and a wonderful addition to many ranch families. Thank you to all the BLM employees and to Mustang Heritage Foundation for all you do to get these beautiful horses into homes.
A native to Arizona, Laura Payne now lives in Northern Nevada with her husband, Justin, and 5 children. Her days are spent homeschooling, volunteering with her kids’ 4-H group, and competing with the Elko Archery Club and Northeastern Nevada Horseman’s Association. Laura has a true passion for horses, and prides herself in learning more every day.
I live in Jerome, ID, with my family. I have been training mustangs for a few years and still consider myself fairly new to the horse training world and competing in events. I began building relationships with horses approximately 10 years ago. I have been introduced to Mustangs and what they can offer and teach us since competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover-Idaho in July 2015. Since being involved in EMM’s I have had the privilege to educate and mentor friends and family members about Mustangs.
Genevieve Mallow is a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Mallow is the owner and operator of Daydream Farm and Daydream Farm Therapeutic Riding in Fort Ashby, WV.
Shoma Keenon is 22 years old and has been training horses for 11 going on 12 years. She lives on a small working ranch in Dayton TX. Shoma has competed and won awards in trail and was invited to the world for the EXCA (Extreme Cowboy Race) on a Mustang.
When she was about 16 or 17 she made it to the world for ranch sorting.
Shoma has been competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeovers every year since 2013, she loves working with the mustangs.
Erika Hunter fell in love with the mustang horse just 5 short years ago. Her first horse training event was at the Mustang Million. Since then, she has gone on to have trained over 100 wild horses and burros in the TIP program and for clients, and earning several top ten awards in the Extreme Mustang Makeover and Mustang Magic in 2015, 2016, and 2017. This year she started the AMerican Competitive Mustang Club in order to entice more adopters to compete with their mustangs all across the country.
Cavin lives in Lafayette, GA with his son, Briley. Combined they hae competed in 15 EMM events. Cavin didn’t get involved in horses at a young age. In fact, the first time he intentionally loped on a horse he was 31, but horses have done nothing but change is life for the better since he has been around them. He is a 10 time Mustang Makeover finalist. Being named champion of 2018 Mustang Magic has been the high point in his horsemnaship journey. It is an honor for him to train and copete with these amazing horses.
Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, I fell in love with horses around the age of ten. I began reading John Lyons books and applying his theories at the age of 15, and quickly became addicted to natural horsemanship. I began studying the different methods from various trainers and applying them to everything from Thoroughbreds to wild Mustangs! I am currently working to make training a full time job, further my skills in liberty, bridleless, and western dressage training, and form my own training methods from my experiences and studies.
Isidro grew up on a large ranch in Mexico where he learned to ride and train hores, mules, and burros. He is a full time horse trainer specializing in problem horses, colt starting, and competes in endurance races. He has developed a reputation for taining safe and happy mustangs for these makeover competitions and placing in the top ten.
Riva England is an accomplished equestrian who has more than proven herself in her talent with horses. From a young age, Riva has enjoyed working with a variety of horses, using natural horsemanship techniques to train for a wide range of disciplines—from jumpers, to cutting, to reining, and more. She uses these techniques alongside her clinician husband, Aaron England, under their program England’s Versatile Horsemanship. Her most recent successes include being a Finalist at the 2017 Player’s Choice Extreme Mustang Makeover, and three-time winner of the Bluebonnet Rescue Trainers Challenge. Since her discovery of the mustang, Riva has held a special place in her heart for this magnificent breed. Above all else, she rides for the glory of God.
Ginger has been training and traveling the world with her equine counterparts since 2002. This Texas native has been a Mustang Magic champion as well as reserve champion. She loves helping spread awareness and being an advocate for the mustangs.
I trained my first mustang in 2010 and have been hooked ever since. I’ve competed in 15 EMM’s and have gained skills and knowledge from each mustang I’ve worked with. I enjoy helping horses and their people through horsemanship lessons and clinics.
Eva Crossman is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. She enjoys playing polo and training mustangs. Rebel, Crossman’s 2018 EMM Lexington, Kentucky, mustang is one of the best horses she has ever had. Eva loves her parents very much and they inspire her to work hard and be the best horseman that she can be.
Jeff Cook lives in Tucson Arizona and owns Dream Horse AZ along with his wife, Kelsey. Jeff trains horses for all disciplines and most of them are mustangs. Jeff has competed in 4 mustang makeovers and has won fan favorite, reserve champion, silver bullet champion, and top 10 silver bullet. Jeff’s Reno makeover horse set the record for the top selling mustang ever for that event.