The top Mustang trainers from the past year received invitations to compete at Mustang Magic at the 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
The best-of-the-best competition did not disappoint, and with a packed house watching, Logan Leach of Granbury, Texas, and Kiowa claimed the championship honors. The trainers traveled from across the United States – from Georgia to California and points in between – to compete with their Mustangs January 19-21.
Kiowa and Leach came into the finals two points behind Teryn Muench and Jade. In the compulsories, Muench had earned 68 points while Leach had 66. These scores carried over to the freestyle on Saturday night. Leach and Kiowa wowed the judges with a bridleless freestyle performance. They received a total of 83 points for their freestyle. Kiowa is a 5-year-old pinto mare that was gathered from South Steens, Oregon, and was adopted by Madeline Pickens for $4,500. Leach earned $3,500 for the victory and also received a custom Gist Silversmiths belt buckle, a DS Ranch Alpacas saddle blanket and a JW Brooks Custom 100 X Mustang Series hat.
Muench, of Marietta, Oklahoma, didn’t ride away empty handed. In addition to finishing second, the 2011 Mustang Magic champion was also the runner up in the Purina Difference You Can See Feed Challenge and received $500. Muench and Jade received a standing ovation from the crowd for roping a calf while riding bridleless, and the pair was voted Fan Favorite through text voting. The Fan Favorite received a gift certificate to Gypsy Tails and $1,000 from the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Jade, a 5-year-old pinto mare gathered from Lost Creek, Wyoming, was also the highest adopted horse at Mustang Magic. Madeline Pickens adopted Jade for $5,700.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation welcomed Purina as a sponsor for the 2012 Mustang Magic. Trainers were invited to join Purina’s “Difference You Can See” program with the incentive of 90 days of free feed. Purina awarded a $1,000 cash prize to the trainer whose Mustang won the “Difference You Can See” body condition challenge. Tate Weber of Clawson, Utah, and his Mustang mare QT won the challenge and the $1,000. QT, a 4-year-old gray gathered from Fifteenmile Herd Management Area in Wyoming, and Weber finished seventh in the finals.
The Mustang mares competing in Mustang Magic are between the ages of 4 and 5 and were picked up by their trainers in September. The mares created a buzz on the Internet because of their stunning looks. This group of horses includes pintos, roans, duns and various other colors.
Mustang Magic was made possible by the generous support of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s sponsors: Ram Truck, Western Horseman, Pfizer, Vetericyn, Martin Saddlery, Roper Apparel and Footwear, Smith Brothers and Gist Silversmiths.
Since the first Extreme Mustang Makeover event was held in 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has facilitated the adoptions of more than 3,300 gentled American Mustangs. In 2012, the Foundation in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management will continue to increase its efforts to raise awareness of adoptions of America’s Mustangs. The Mustang Heritage Foundation will host eight Extreme Mustang Makeover events in 2012. Visit http://www.extrememustangmakeover.com/themustangmagic.php for the latest information on Mustang Magic including results for the classes and adoption.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events including Mustang Magic are to increase the adoption of mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events to showcase the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. For more information, visit http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org
About the Fort Worth Stock Show
From a one-day affair with a few head of cattle tethered under ice-laden shade trees, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show has grown into a three-week extravaganza with international appeal for exhibitors and visitors alike. The show annually attracts nearly 1 million visitors to the Will Rogers Complex, and in 2012, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show will celebrate its 116th anniversary. The legendary 23-day event continues until February 4, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.fwssr.com
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. For more information, visit http://wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or call 866-4MUSTANGS.
April 20-22, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover – Madison, Wisconsin
May 18-20, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover – Norco, California
June 8-10, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover – Ft. Collins, Colorado
June 29-July1, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover – Albany, Oregon
August 10-12, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover – Gloucester County, New Jersey
August 31-Sept. 1, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover Team Roping – Salado, Texas
September 13-15, 2012, Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover – Fort Worth, Texas
October 19-21, 2012, Extreme Mustang Makeover – Clemson, South Carolina