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MARCH, 2017

Mustang Magic Champion Wows with Liberty Performance

Mustangs Showcased at Sold Out Event
During Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS - The invitational Mustang Magic event returned to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for the ninth consecutive year. Twenty trainers from Washington, Idaho, Indiana, Florida and other states, traveled to Texas for the sold out performance to display their gentled mustangs.

Trainers were assigned 4 to 6-year-old mares in September and spent the next 120 days training and preparing the horses for competition. Preliminary classes began Thursday, Jan 19, which included handling and conditioning, a trail pattern, and mustang and compulsory maneuvers. The top 10 trainers competed for their share of $10,000 in the freestyle finals on Saturday, Jan. 21, using props and music. Special guest, Bobby Kerr, treated the crowd with a halftime performance with his two dogs and mustang, Poncho, while his daughter, Kelsey, helped start the evening with the opening ceremony on his mustang, Trigger.

Madison Shambaugh or Orland, IN and her mustang, Amira, were the champions taking home $3,500
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Madison Shambaugh or Orland, IN and her mustang, Amira, were the champions taking home $3,500 Impressed by Amira and Madison Shambaugh was voted the Fan Favorite with their Liberty performance.
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Madison Shambaugh or Orland, IN and her mustang, Amira, were the champions taking home $3,500, a Gist buckle and a Rafter DS Ranch alpaca blanket. Impressed by their liberty performance, a crowd of almost 2,000 voted the pair fan favorite. Amira is a 6-year-old black mare gathered from the Triple B, NV herd management area and was also the highest seller of the adoption auction, bringing $6,500. Wylene Davis of Pawhuska, OK and Metallic Lace followed close behind as the reserve champions winning $2,000. Metallic Lace is a 6-year-old black mare from the Silver King, NV herd management area. Samantha Reed placed third overall riding Clementine, a 6-year-old bay mare from Jackson Mountains, NV.

Mirka Crew and Nike finished fourth; Kaylee Kapraun and Grey-ce finished fifth; Jessica Dabkowski and Maven finished sixth; J-Dub Weisiger and Metallica finished seventh; Stan Smith and Just U finished eighth; Matt Zimmerman and Barbie finished ninth; and Whitney Campbell and Gabby finished tenth.

Competing mustangs were available for adoption through public competitive bid after the freestyle finals on Saturday. All 20 horses were placed into adoptive homes for an average adoption price of $2,545. Complete event and adoption results can be viewed at mustangheritagefoundation.org.

Madison and Amira performing their trail pattern.
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Madison and Amira performing their trail pattern. Amira was the highest seller of the adoption auction, bringing $6,500.
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Presenting sponsors for the 2017 Mustang Magic event were the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and Lone Star Ag Credit. The event was also made possible through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation will return to the Will Rogers Memorial Center September 14-16 for the Player's Choice event, a new and exciting format of the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Youth and adult trainers will showcase skills given to wild mustangs in just 100 days of training. Application deadline is March 1 for adult trainers and April 1 for youth trainers.

Eligible adult trainers will be allowed to bid on the mustang of their choosing for use in competition from a selection of 200 mares and geldings, ages 4 to 7. Mustangs will be available for competitive bid through a selection event held at the Fort Worth Stockyards on April 8. The adult competing mustangs will be available to the public for adoption at the conclusion of the event in September. For applications and more information, visit http://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/texas/.