Mustangs Highlight the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo January 23-25, 2020

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS –The Mustang Heritage Foundation, producers of the Extreme Mustang Makeover and the traditionally sold-out Mustang Magic, will thunder into the Will Rogers Coliseum January 23-25, 2020. For the first time, fans of the Extreme Mustang Makeover and Mustang Magic will be able to attend both events in one weekend and experience some exciting new changes.

Mustang Magic, now called Mustang Magic Celebrity Freestyle, is a one-night event featuring eight of the best mustang trainers and entertainers in the country. During this one-and-a-half- hour evening show, performers will have six minutes to entertain the crowd for a chance to win

$50,000 in cash and prizes. This new format allows participants to incorporate other animals, people and props, along with a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) branded mustang, into their acts. The Mustang Magic Celebrity Freestyle will take place on Friday, January 24th.

The eight celebrity performers will be:

Wylene Davis of Nenzel, Nebraska

Ginger Duke of Springtown, Texas

Nate Eicher of Brock, Texas

Dan James of Midway, Kentucky

Bobby Kerr of Hico, Texas

Katie Ketterhagen of Granger, Texas

Marsha Sapp of Tallahassee, Florida

Madison Shambaugh of Telluride, Colorado

“For the past 11 years , the crowd has been entertained by our top trainers during Mustang Magic. The move from the John Justin Arena to the Will Rogers Coliseum presented the opportunity to introduce the mustang to a larger audience and add more excitement to the competition,” said Kali Sublett, Mustang Heritage Foundation’s executive director. “For the Mustang Magic Celebrity Freestyle, we chose eight of our top mustang performers and removed a majority of the freestyle limitations in the traditional Mustang Magic rules, allowing the trainers more creative freedom.”

This one-of-a-kind competition, along with three days of exciting Extreme Mustang Makeover action, is expected to sell out soon after tickets go on sale this summer.

Trainers interested in competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover need to apply by July 1. In this Player’s Choice format, adult competitors will have the opportunity to choose the mustang they train for this competition and vie for a $130,000 payout in cash and prizes.

Adults will work with wild mares and geldings 3-6 years old that have been living in BLM off- range corrals. Youth trainers will work with yearling and 2-year-old fillies and colts for the competition. Over the course of the three days, spectators will see the horse-and-rider duos compete in a variety of classes and, following the competition, will have the opportunity to bid on and purchase one for their own. For more information and trainer applications visit https://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/texas-2019/.

Tickets for both the Mustang Magic Celebrity Freestyle and the Extreme Mustang Makeover will be on sale later this summer through the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo website. For more information about Mustang Magic Celebrity Freestyle, accommodations, the list of trainers, or directions visit https://mustangheritagefoundation.org/mustang-magic/.

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation

The Mustang Heritage Foundation works to ensure the successful private placement of excess wild horses and burros removed from public lands so future generations can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage. The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create, promote, support and manage programs and activities that provide information and education to the public about wild horses and burros; elevate the public image and desirability of wild horses and burros; provide opportunities for members of the public to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience; secure adequate numbers of skilled and caring private homes for excess horses to ensure healthy wild herds and rangelands through the placement of excess animals removed from public lands; and identify and develop sources of private financial support for the Foundation’s mission. For more information visit mustangheritagefoundation.org.

About the Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 wild horses and burros into good homes nationwide. Partnerships, like the Mustang Heritage Foundation, provide the BLM with additional opportunities to place animals into good homes. Interested applicants can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales event, visit a BLM Off- Range Corral, or participate in an Internet adoption/sales event to apply to take a wild horse or burro home! To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call 866-468-7826 or visit BLM.GOV/whb.

 

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