Ft. Collins horse trainer selected for Extreme Mustang Makeover
April 9, 2012
Cayla Stone of Fort Collins, Colo., has been selected to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover June 8-10, 2012, at CSU Equine Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Each of the selected trainers will have approximately 90 days to gentle a wild horse they will pick up in February and compete for an estimated purse of $12,500 in prize money.
Cayla Stone, 23, is a Hunter/Jumper Riding Instructor and Horse Trainer based out of Poudre River Stables in Fort Collins. Cayla, originally from South Carolina, moved to Fort Collins in 2007 with her husband in order to continue school at Colorado State University. While in school Cayla developed her own unique teaching and training style and her business quickly expanded to include a devoted client base. In 2010 she graduated with an Equine Science degree and has continued teaching lessons and training horses successfully ever since. Her students compete in local Hunter/Jumper shows and Horse Trials throughout Colorado. This will be her first year competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, and she is very excited to take part in this extraordinary opportunity and learning experience.
The Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge are geldings, and the horses, each virtually untouched prior to the February pick-up, will compete in Fort Collins in June. The horses will be judged on their body condition and new skills. The trainers and Mustangs will compete in a series of classes that will showcase their what they’ve learned. The horses will also compete in a trail course in the arena, where the horse and rider will maneuver over obstacles. The top 10 from the preliminary go-rounds will compete in a freestyle finals on Saturday, June 9. All events are free, except for the Saturday night finals, which costs just $15. Tickets and event information about the Fort Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover are available at http://www.ExtremeMustangMakeover.com/emmcolorado.php.
All Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover will be available for adoption through a competitive-bid adoption on Sunday, June 10. Adoption fees will be set by competitive bid. To qualify to adopt, individuals must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. In addition, adopters must have suitable facilities and can adopt no more than four animals. Adoption applications may be obtained and approved on site by the Bureau of Land Management during the event.
The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the BLM under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. More than 3,300 wild horses have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007.
The Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through our partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of our sponsors Ram Trucks, Western Horseman, Pfizer, Vetericyn, Roper Apparel & Footwear, Gist Silversmiths, Martin Saddlery and Smith Brothers.