A Winton horse trainer will compete in the Norco Extreme Mustang Trail Challenge May 14-16 in Norco.
Gary Wedemeyer received mustang number 0267, a gelding from a wild horse herd in Nevada, from the Bureau of Land Management in mid-February as the first step in the competition.
Wedemeyer is one of 39 horse trainers who have 90 days to gentle and train their mustangs for the competition. Trainers from California, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Nevada and Arizona are participating in the event.
The purse for the competition is $10,000. Judges will evaluate each horse and trainer on body condition, groundwork and how the horse acts in trail and riding situations. The public will be invited to adopt one of the mustangs Sunday, May 16.
Wild horses and burros are managed in California in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The act gave the Bureau of Land Management the responsibility to protect wild horses and burros, while ensuring their populations are managed to maintain or restore a thriving ecological balance.
For more information, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov. -- Carol Reiter