Ennis Horsewomen Sharon McLeod selected to compete in Mustang Makeover Mission 007: Yearling
Contestants train wild horses for a purse of $5,000
(Bertram, Texas ) – Sharon McLeod, of Ennis, Texas, has been selected by the Mustang Heritage Foundation to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover’s Mission 007: Yearling Edition during the 2008 Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth, Sept. 18-20.
Mission 007, aptly named for the foaling year of the Mustangs, is the yearling edition of the phenomenonally successful Extreme Mustang Makeover first held in September 2007. The 2008 competition will feature 200 of America’s iconic Mustangs and their trainers competing for a purse of $50,000 with an additional $20,000 made available for the yearling edition. Open to youth, amateur and professional competitors, this event will showcase the first opportunity for youth age 18 and under to interact with and train a wild horse. A total of 97 trainers from seven states will show 131 American Mustangs during the competition, with a dozen of those being youngsters ranging in age from 9 to 18.
“Our standing room only crowds in 2007 included hundreds of young people who were totally in awe of what these trainers were doing with these Mustangs,” said MHF Executive Director Patti Colbert. “With this new program, youth will be able to receive a yearling Mustang that they will gentle to a halter.”
Mustangs were picked up in Elgin, Texas, May 23-24 and handlers will have until September 17 to gentle their Mustangs.
During competition, handlers receiving scoring based on the body condition of their American Mustangs, as well as their ability to handle the horse “in hand” through a series of maneuvers which include picking up the horse’s feet, maneuvering it through obstacles and loading it into a trailer. Three skilled horsemen will judge the competition.
Handlers will also receive $200 in reimbursements as well as 20 percent of any adoption fee over $125. Yearling Mustangs will be available for adoption to the public following each competition.
Potential adopters will apply for the opportunity to be included in the competitive bidding process at the event with BLM personnel available to review and approve the application on site. In order to apply, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act and be able to demonstrate that adequate food, water and facilities will be available to humanely care for the animal. Specific facility requirements pertain to type and height of enclosed space, as well as shelter from the elements.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF), in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created the Mustang Challenge event to highlight the recognized value of mustangs through a national training competition. The purpose of the Mustang competition series is to showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the BLM under Federal law. One hundred percent of the horses placed for adoption at the 2007 Extreme Mustang Makeover were adopted.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover are to increase the adoption of mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover event to showcase the recognized value of mustangs through a national training competition.
About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing 258 million acres of public lands, located mostly in the West. Wild horses and burros roaming public rangelands are managed in a manner consistent with BLM's overall multiple-use mission, as set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 219,000 horses and burros into private care through adoption. For more information, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or call 866-4MUSTANGS.
Sharon McLeod has recently located to Ennis from Palmdale California this past winter. She has been evolved with horses her entire life. One of her life’s goal and ambitions is to have a mare foaling and training center. Sharon would also like to ask the community for their support. If there is any horse activities that she may bring her yearlings too, Please feel free to contact her. (972-875-2127) . Sharon will be competing with two mustang’s yearlings this year.