Mustang pickup May 1

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Ever dreamed of training a mustang or starting a horse? Here’s your chance to learn from the best.

RBC | Touching a wild horse for the first time can be one of the most heart thumping and rewarding sensations imaginable. On Saturday, May 1, one of the best mustang and wild horse trainers in our region, Steve Mantle of Mantle Ranch in Wheatland, Wyoming, will hold a clinic for the third annual Meeker Mustang Makeover trainers, and the public is invited to bring family and friends and audit the two clinics.

Mustang professional (and Meeker native) Steve Mantle, will present two clinics on May 1 at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds in Meeker, Colorado. Starting at 9:30 a.m., Mantle will hold his Starting a Yearling Clinic which is a two-hour clinic using a yearling mustang. The clinic will include watching Mantle gain the yearling’s trust and taking it through its first steps for the 10 trainers who will be picking up their yearling mustangs. Then starting at 1:30 p.m., Mantle will hold his Starting a Three Year Old Clinic, also approximately two hours, where he will start a 3-year-old mustang, and work through the early first steps to get the horse ready for saddle breaking for the 10 trainers who will be picking up their 3-year-old mustangs. The public may audit the clinic for $10.

Then, at 2:30 p.m., Mantle will hold his Starting a Three Year Old Clinic, also approximately two hours long, where he will start with a three-year-old mustang, and work through the early first steps to get the horse ready for handling. Cost for the public is $10. To attend both clinics is $15, and kids 12 and under are free. Refreshments will be available for sale. The public may audit the clinic for $10, kids 12 and under are free. Refreshments and snacks will be available for sale.

This year’s local trainers include four Allreds from Rangely: Wade, Rylee (age 16), Clay (age 11), Chance (14), and from Meeker, Gayle Crawford, Noelani Rogerson and James Amick. 

Mantle has contracted with the Bureau of Land Management for the past 20 years and has started a lot of mustangs in that time with his sons at their ranch. Check out his YouTube videos and Facebook page.

This year, the Meeker Mustang Makeover has expanded to 20 trainers from across Colorado and Wyoming who will pick up their randomly selected, never-before-touched wild horses on that same Saturday May 1 and start their 120-day journey until the final culmination at the competitive event and auction/adoption on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker, Colorado.

Last year’s auction was handled by Longhorn Video Auctions and attracted more than 22,000 views on the livestream on the website. The actual competition will be livestreamed again for those who want to attend virtually by the Rio Blanco Herald Times. The public is invited to attend in person and be part of some of the most exciting real life down home heritage of the West. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $5 for the competition on Aug. 28. Refreshments will be available.

For information and questions about the clinics and the competition, see our website MeekerMustangMakeover.org, and reach out on our Facebook page: Meeker Mustang Makeover.


PRESS RELEASE | Special to the Herald Times

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