Since the inaugural event in 2007, Extreme Mustang Makeovers have gained national attention. These exciting competitions feature horse trainers transforming wild, untouched Mustangs into willing and trusting equine partners who are then offered to the public for adoption. The Mustang Heritage Foundation, creator of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, partnered with the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program to present an unparalleled level of wild horse training competition in 2013, Mustang Million.
Offering $1 million in cash and prizes with no entry fee ranked Mustang Million among the most prestigious equine events! This purse was accumulated from several corporate sponsors, event sponsors and funding from the Foundation’s partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Trainers and adopters were able to select and adopt the Mustang of their choice from one of seven adoption auctions around the country. Only those Mustangs offered were eligible to run at the huge purse. Trainers then had just over 120 days to prepare the horse for classes and divisions of their choice.
Five hundred and sixty two Mustangs, yearlings to age 6, were placed into adoptive homes through Mustang Million, saving taxpayers over $6.72 million dollars and helped raise awareness about the other 40,000 Mustangs that are currently waiting for adoption. Read more about the horses that participated in Mustang Million here
This event provided a national stage to showcase the trainability, athleticism and talent of the American Mustang and helped spread the word about these special horses. From dressage to cow work, and trail to hunter hack, over 400 competitors, ages eight to 70, showed the best of their chosen Mustang.
An incredible week of competition ended in front of a sold out crowd of 6,000, as the top 20 Legends finalists competed for the champion prize of $200,000 and a 2014 Ram truck. Each competitor prepared a 3.5 minute freestyle performance complete with music and choreography. Tom Hagwood and his gelding Merv were crowned the first champions of Mustang Million.
Although there is not a Mustang Million in the works for 2014, there are a number of ways to be involved with and support American Mustangs!
To learn about the Mustang Heritage Foundation and their programs, visit www.mustangheritagefoundation.org
To view the 2014 Extreme Mustang Makeover schedule, visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com
To help MHF continue their mission of Mustang adoption, education and awareness, visit http://mustangnation.causevox.com/
To learn more about MHF’s partner, the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram.html