This blog is about the gentling of wild Mustangs and their stages of training.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Princess and Kevin in the BLM Newsletter!
For immediate release: March 6, 2009
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NORTHWEST EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER HEADED TO ALBANY
HINES, Oregon – With only two weeks to go, trainers participating in the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover in Albany are putting the final touches on their once-wild Oregon mustangs.
The Northwest event is a spin-off of the highly successful Extreme Mustang Makeover held first in Texas in 2007. The Mustang Heritage Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events in order to recognize and highlight the value of Mustangs through a national training competition.
McMinnville, Oregon trainer Kevin Sink said, “We might get our show ring canter slowed down and work on side passing, but other than that, Princess and I are really ready to go.” Having a once-wild mustang show-ring ready in just three months is something to be proud of.
Sink, along with 30 other Oregon and Washington trainers picked up their “to-be-tamed” horses at BLM’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines the first weekend in December 2008. From there, it is a race to the finish: who can best train and show their randomly selected mustang at Oregon’s first Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge.
Sink admitted, “I was a little worried in the beginning because Princess was a kicker. But she is fantastic these days – she follows me everywhere.”
These events give the public a unique opportunity to see the results of wild horses becoming trained mounts, and to display the beauty, versatility and trainability of the rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West.
Mustang Makeover trainers will gather March 19 to 21, 2009 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany as one of the opening events for the Annual Northwest Horse Show and Expo.
· On March 19 at 6:00 p.m., the Oregon mustangs will be on competitive display. Trainers are evaluated on the body condition of their mustangs, as well as their ability to handle the horse "in hand" through a series of maneuvers including picking up the horse’s feet, maneuvering it through obstacles and loading it into a trailer.
· On Friday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. trainers mount their animals and complete a "horse course" that includes a series of obstacles and requires the trainer to demonstrate the level of competency the horse has accomplished.
· The top ten finalists compete in a freestyle event on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m -- just one hour before the awards presentation and competitive bid adoption for the trained mustangs.
Sink said, “Bottom line, I want Princess to go to a good home. If at all possible, I want to bring her back home with me!”
For more information on the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover, call the Burns District BLM Office at (541) 573-4400. Additional information about the Wild Horse program is also available online at: www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/wildhorse/index.php
About the BLM:
The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Wild horses and burros are managed in Oregon in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. This act gave the Bureau of Land Management the responsibility to protect wild horses and burros while ensuring their populations are managed to maintain or restore a thriving ecological balance.
Submitted photos: 1) Kevin Sink and Princess during their first meeting at Sink's "Stormy Ranch", and 2) Sink and Princess taking a stroll on the Oregon coast in January
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Tara Martinak Burns District BLM Public Affairs Specialist Volunteer Coordinator 541-573-4519 _____________________
We will be participating in the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Trainer Incentive Program. T.I.P. That is were we get a wild horse and have it for 90 days. You can adopt one of these horses! We can do as much with the horse as we want, gentle it and maybe start it under saddle. If we find an adopter for the horse we will recieve $700. The adopter only has to pay $125 for the horse, but mustbe an approved adopter by the BLM.
We have been gentling mustangs since 1996. We love to work with wild horses.
My wife and I have adopted 36 wild horses. We like to train them to ride and find good homes for them. We have a 15 year old Kiger stallion (Dino) that we adopted in 1999. He was 4 years old at that time. He is our show horse and we have traveled many miles to many states to show him. We love to take him places as he attracts a lot of attention and we can show the public what a Wild Mustang can become!
We love to take our mustangs out to ride the wild horse herds in Oregon and take pictures.
The winner of Willow was Lorraine Jones.
Willow is the clubs raffle horse and is available to any you can qualify to be an adoptor through the BLM. She was brought out of the corals last September and since then has had 11 months of training. She is 3 years old and about 14.1" hands. Her ground manners are impecable. She has been in many parades, including the Portland Grand Floral Parade. She was the calmest horse in the parade. She has been to several horse shows and been riden on the trails. She is an exceptional horse and would make a good 4-H horse or a solid trail horse for old or young people. She is one in a milliion people so get your raffle tickets now. Only 20 days left to buy them. Willow will be actioned off on Mustangs days September first at Oregon state fair. To get your tickets contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the wild horse corals
Santana's second week
Santana has had a very easy week for an EMM horse. He is suffering from a cough and is in need of seeing a chiropractor. So he is just hanging out and getting lots of love, eating grass and going for walks. Lisa walked him yesterday in the pasture and when a car went by on the wet pavement at 55 mph Santana didn't even flinch. That is amazing to us. It took Princess an hour to get used to cars driving by on the road.
Santana's first week!
Here is a list of things we accomplished with Santana in the first week. He leads, loads in the trailer, picks up all 4 feet, he has been saddled and sat on. He has been ridden with someone leading him. He stands tied. He has gone to the beach and was ponied behind Dino. He has been driven, got a bath and wears a blanket! He is an amazing horse!
Dino and Kevin
A handsome Pair
Dino and Lisa
Jumping at National Mustang Show
Albany expo mustang demo
A wild Kiger Stallion
Dino and Kevin
3 yr. old 1/2 Kiger gelding for sale
In the BLM Corals
I am a five year old mustang mare from the Beattys Butte Heard Management area. I was rounded up from the wild in the fall of 2007. I spent a year in the corrals in Burns waiting to be adopted. Finally I was chosen for the Extreme Mustang Makeover to be held in Albany, Oregon on March 21st. I can be adopted by anyone who qualifies by the BLM to be an adoptee. I am 14 hands tall. I love people and love to go trail riding. I like long walks on the beach and grazing on pasture. I am gentle and easy to ride. I am not afraid of anything. My full name is Sapheara Warrior Princess. If you would like to meet me you can see me at the Expo.