In April, a group of trainers set out to do something that had never been done before – train wild Mustangs for a team roping competition in just four short months.
The first-ever Extreme Mustang Makeover Team Roping event was held August 31 at Wildfire Ranch Arena in Salado, Texas, and 15 trainers displayed their roping and training talents at the event. Steven Roubion and Show Time earned the $5,000 champion check and a custom Gist Silversmiths Belt Buckle for amassing the highest cumulative score in four classes – pattern, heeling, steer stopping and trainer’s choice heading or heeling.
Show Time is a bay gelding gathered from the Owyhee Herd Management Area in Nevada. Roubion, who lives in Paradise, Texas, also won the Silver Bullet Award for being the highest placing trainer who was 50 years old or older and the Rookie Award for being a first-time Mustang trainer. He received a custom Gist Belt Buckle for each of those awards. He also won the steer stopping class and picked up a $1,000 check. He earned $500 for his second-place finish in the pattern class and $300 for his third-place finish in heeling. Roubion and Show Time earned 557.5 total points.
Teryn Muench and Slip Knot, a sorrel gelding gathered from the Triple B Herd Management Area in Nevada, earned reserve champion honors. Muench, who lives in Marietta, Oklahoma, is a two-time Extreme Mustang Makeover champion. The pair earned 552 points at the competition.
On September 1, the competing Mustangs were offered at an adoption auction. Trey Young’s trainee Monster was the highest adopted horse. Monster, a gelding from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area in California was adopted for $3,000. Young and Monster won the pattern class and finished fourth overall. Champion Show Time was adopted for $2,400.
The Extreme Mustang Makeover Team Roping was held in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Resistol Roping. More than $20,000 was distributed to the trainers at the event. The top 10 placing trainers received checks as well as the top three in each of the classes.
Complete class and adoption auction results are listed at http://www.extrememustangmakeover.com/emmsalado.php
“The Mustang Heritage Foundation is always looking for ways to showcase the talents of America’s Mustangs,” said Stormy Mullins, Mustang Heritage Foundation event manager. “Mustangs are known for being intelligent horses that are easy keepers. This event showed how quickly Mustangs can be trained to be competitive in roping. We look forward to holding more specialty events in the future.”
The Mustang Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (www.blm.gov) created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events to highlight the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. The events give the public a unique opportunity to see the results of wild horses becoming trained mounts and then have the chance to adopt one of these treasured animals.
Since the inception of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events in 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed more than 3,300 Mustangs, and an estimated 100,000 fans have filled the stands and walked the barns of events held across the United States. For more information on the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s adoption programs, visit http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org.