Extreme Mustang Makeover comes to Queen Creek April 22-23

The town of Queen Creek is one of 10 cities selected as part of Extreme Mustang Makeover’s 10-year anniversary tour: “10 Years. 10 Cities. 10 Times the Extreme.”

Through national showcase events, EMM will challenge trainers to help wild horses become gentle companions ready for adoption.

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“In the past 10 years, we’ve found homes for 6,300 mustangs, awarded more than $3 million in trainer prizes and raised more than $700,000 to support the livelihood of American mustangs,” Kali Sublett, executive director of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, said in a press release. “We’re incredibly proud of these achievements and humbled by the support from trainers, riders, horse enthusiasts and our local communities.”

The EMM program, created by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wild Horse and Burro division of the Bureau of Land Management, involves a 100-day competition that challenges trainers to condition wild mustangs into practiced mounts. Through open showcases, adult and youth (ages 8 to 17) trainers display the mustangs’ skills and demeanor, followed by a bidding process where spectators can adopt one as their own.

In 2016, 10 events are scheduled across the country, three of them (Queen Creek included) held in coordination with the America’s Mustang program, a public education campaign that celebrates the iconic American mustang.

Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E, Riggs Road, is the second stop on the tour which began in Gonzales, Louisiana and will continue to cities in Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Missouri, Idaho, Massachusetts, Virginia and Texas.

After being selected to compete, trainers are paired with an American mustang that has been virtually untouched by humans. With approximately three months to gentle and halter/saddle train the mustang, trainers then attend the competitions, where they have three and one-half minutes for a freestyle performance to showcase their mount’s talents—such as riding without a bridle and standing atop the saddle.Currently, the BLM estimates nearly 58,000 wild horses roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 western states, mostly in Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Oregon. As their populations grow, events like the EMM encourage public education and adoption of these remarkable animals.

“The mustangs’ intelligence, beauty, versatility and willingness to bond with humans is displayed at every Extreme Mustang Makeover,” said Ms. Sublett in the release. “We encourage everyone to attend an event to see firsthand these amazing living legends.”

Admission is free during the day Friday and Saturday. Saturday night there will be a ticketed event in the covered arena. The price is $15 per person; children 5 and under are admitted free.

Concessions will be available both days from Cutter’s BBQ.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 22 (Admittance is free all day)

8 a.m.-7 p.m. Cattle pens
Wild horse viewing and adoption: The Bureau of Land Management will have wild horses and burros of varying ages, color and sex available for adoption throughout the weekend. Come out, take a look and adopt one.

8 a.m. Main arena
Welcome to the America’s Mustang celebration: The public is welcome to come out, meet the trainers and horses, and learn a little more about what to expect during the two-day event.

9 a.m. Main arena
Extreme Mustang Makeover show prep: Participating youth and adult trainers can join Mustang heritage Foundation staff members Byron Hogan and Stormy Mullins in the main arena. They will work with trainers and horses to ensure that both are prepared for an “extreme” weekend of competition and adoption. The general public is welcome to attend.

10 a.m. Main arena
Mustang education and demonstration: Ken McNabb will present an introduction to the American Mustang.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Outdoor arena 
Youth and mustang challenge, a presentation of the MHF Tainer Incentive Program in partnership with Randy Helm. Youth ages 8-18 will compete with previously wild 12- to 24-month-old mustangs. See the work these youth have done with their mustangs in just a few short months.

Noon Main arena
Extreme Mustang Makeover handling and conditioning class

3 p.m. Main arena
Mustang education and demonstration: Randy Helm will discuss the Arizona Correction Industries Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Training Program.

4 p.m. Main arena
Mustang education and demonstration: Featuring Wylene Wilson-Davis

5:30 p.m. Main arena
Adult trail class walk through

6 p.m. Main arena
Extreme Mustang Makeover Trail Class followed by Meet the Mustangs: Following the last competitor in the trail class, all available mustangs will be in the arena with their trainers. The public is invited to come to the rail and meet the mustangs that will be available for adoption. Feel free to ask questions.

Saturday, April 23 (Admittance is free until 4:45 p.m.)

8 a.m.-7 p.m. Cattle pens
Wild horse viewing and adoption: The Bureau of Land Management will have wild horses and burros of varying ages, color and sex available for adoption throughout the weekend. Come out, take a look and adopt one.

7:30 a.m. Indoor arena
Welcome and coffee/donuts: Join Mustang Heritage Foundation staff, Extreme Mustang Makeover trainers, BLM and expo speakers and clinicians for coffee and donuts.

8:30 a.m. Indoor arena
Mustang maneuvers class walk through.

9 a.m. Indoor arena
Extreme Mustang Makeover: Mustang maneuvers class.

10:30 a.m. Indoor arena
America’s Mustang education: Roger Oyler will present an update of the Arizona Wild Horse and Burro Program.

11:30 a.m. Indoor arena
Mustang demonstration and education: Ken McNabb will talk about how to take a first touch with an American Mustang.

1 p.m. Indoor arena
Top 10 announcement and awards presentation.

1:30 p.m. Outdoor arena
Youth and mustang challenge, a presentation of the MHF Tainer Incentive Program in partnership with Randy Helm. Youth ages 8-18 will compete with previously wild 12- to 24-month-old mustangs. See the work these youth have done with their mustangs in just a few short months.

2 p.m. Indoor arena
America’s Mustang Education: History of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program by BLM specialist Gus Warr.

3 p.m. Indoor arena
Meet the Mustangs: All available mustangs will be in the arena with their trainers. The public is invited to come to the rail and meet the mustangs that will be available for adoption. Feel free to ask questions.

3:30 p.m. Indoor arena
Arena open for Top 10

4 p.m. Indoor arena
Clear the building

4:30 p.m. Indoor arena (Tickets for evening performance are $15.)
Doors open for evening performance
Mustang demonstration and education: Randy Helm will discuss the Arizona Correction Industries Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Training Program.

6 p.m. Indoor arena
Extreme Mustang Makeover, Top 10 freestyle finals followed by the adoption of Extreme Mustang Makeover horses immediately following awards presentation.

Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and sponsors Western Horseman, Ram Rodeo, Vetericyn, Martin Saddlery and Classic Equine, Resistol and RIDE TV.

For more information about the Extreme Mustang Makeover program, visit its website.

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)3 public, charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating successful adoptions for America’s excess mustangs and burros. The program areas focus on adopters, philanthropists, youth and horse-training professionals. Since 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed more than 6,300 BLM held mustangs into private care through training and gentling programs.

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