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The 2008 Midwest Horse Fair Midwest Mustang Challenge

Columbus, WI - Rhonda Reese, General Manager of the Midwest Horse Fair is excited to announce the inaugural Midwest Mustang Challenge.  Modeled after the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth, TX, the 2008 Midwest Horse Fair Midwest Mustang Challenge will invite horse trainers from all over the country to come in and train Wild Nevada Mustangs and compete for more than $10,000 in added money.  "We are so excited to launch this amazing opportunity", says Rhonda Reese.  "Not only will we be helping to protect one of America's most historic horses, but the proceeds will benefit The Mustang Heritage Foundation's mission to increase adoptions of these horses to good homes.  We couldn't have any better partners for this event.  The Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program and The Mustang Heritage Foundation will be helping us to ensure the safety and adoption of the Mustangs every step of the way."


At this event, qualified trainers will apply for the opportunity to train one of fifty wild Nevada Mustangs. If chosen, trainers will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and care related expenses for the Mustang they have in training. Trainers will then have until the 2008 Midwest Horse Fair, "Dancing with the Horses" Event, April 18th-20th, 2008, to get the Mustangs trained, prepared and ready for a competition in which they will be judged on conditioning, in-hand and riding components.  Trainers will compete for more than $10,000 in prize money.  For trainer applications and competition information on the Midwest Mustang Challenge go to  


The trained Mustangs will then be available for adoption by public auction to qualified bidders. The adoption will be held on Sunday, April 20, 2008 during the Midwest Horse Fair.  For adoption applications and information on adopting Mustangs go to 


The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public, charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating successful adoptions for America's excess mustangs and burros. Founded in 2001, its mission is to help promote the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Program and increase the number of successful adoptions.  Adoption fees will be set by competitive oral bid with initial fees being determined by the level and quality of training each horse has received. To qualify to adopt, one 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 the spot by the BLM.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 217,500 horses and burros into private care through adoption. For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please visit or call toll-free 866-4MUSTANGS. 


For more information on Mustang Heritage Foundation, please visit


The Midwest Horse Fair is owned by the Wisconsin State Horse Council Inc. (  All proceeds from the Fair are returned to the WSHC and are used to represent and foster a unified equine industry in Wisconsin, promote the equine through leadership, education, service and communication, and to take a proactive role in the future growth and development of the equine industry.  For more information about the 2008 Midwest Horse Fair, contact Rhonda Reese at 920-623-5515 or

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