Meeker’s Mustang Makeover will test Yampa Valley horse trainers
If you are a skilled Yampa Valley horse trainer interested in making a little prize money, you might want to get your ranch rope and saddle ready.
According to a news release, officials with the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials are hosting the first-ever Mustang Makeover in conjunction with the sheepdog event.
The news release said the Mustang Makeover is “designed to showcase the horses of the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area and the training ability of regional horse trainers, both professional and amateur.”
Applicants have until May 20 to apply for six trainer spots in the competition to be held at the Rio Blanco/Meeker Fairgrounds. Trainers chosen to compete will have 100 days to start a wild Mustang before they showcase their freshly-trained equine Friday, Sept. 6.
“This is a great opportunity for someone with horse savvy and knowledge to showcase their abilities,” said Selection Committee Chair Billy Goedert, in the news release.
The top three winners chosen by a regional panel of three judges could earn up to $4,000 in cash prizes and may also win a portion of the money their horse sells for when horses are auctioned off at the end of the program. Trainers who qualify for the Bureau of Land Management’s Adoption Incentive Program could also receive a $500 stipend from BLM after the first 60 days of training.
“The program is designed to help ready mustangs for adoption and use, while educating the public about the mustang population in northwest Colorado, and the Piceance-East Douglas HMA herds,” the news release said. “Horses are all two and three years old, a prime age for training.”
Maym Cunningham, director of the Meeker Classic, said the group is pleased to introduce the Mustang event.
“We are excited to include this unique, new educational and ‘sit on the edge of your seat’ competition as part of our event,” Cunningham said in the release.
Tracy Scott, President of Piceance Mustangs said their group wants to show the community wild Mustangs can be trained.
“We are thrilled with this opportunity to showcase the trainability of these iconic American creatures, while educating the crowd about the unique challenges they face,” Scott said.