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Mustang Million Rocks Fort Worth

Over 400 Mustangs descend on the Will Rogers Memorial Center!


The richest, wild horse training event produced by the Mustang 

Heritage Foundation took place September 17-21, 2013. Trainers came from across the United States to show off the Mustangs they had been training and gentling through the summer months. Young and old alike competed in everything from hunter hack to reining and the Foundation awarded $1,000,000 in cash and prizes.


Jacqueline Donahue


Jacqueline Donahue, 17, of Seymour, Tennessee, and her BLM yearling, Calibrated Cadenza, were crowned champions of the Mustang Million Youth Division on Friday, September 20. After two days of preliminary competition among 60 youth, the top ten scoring trainers advanced to the freestyle finals to show off skills they have worked on since adopting the Mustang yearlings nearly four months ago. Youth trainers traveled from 17 states and as far away as Oregon 

and Pennsylvania to compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes.


Calibrated Cadenza, a dun gelding, was adopted by Karen Cole of Talking Rock, Georgia, at the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Mustang Million adoption-auction on May 4. Donahue says she was attracted to the BLM Mustang's calm, quiet eye and was happily surprised when they were able to adopt him for just $400. "He was super calm and easy to work with - the hardest part was training with the see-saw," says Donahue. His calm nature and adaptability were key to the pair's success. 


More than 190 trainers and the BLM Mustangs they had gentled and trained since April, entered the Legends division of Mustang Million with hopes of winning their share of the $624,000 designated purse and a number of prizes, including a custom Martin saddle. Trainers completed three preliminary classes including: horsemanship, trail and a pattern class. The trainers with top 20 combined preliminary scores were invited back for the freestyle finals. Scores for the finals were awarded for a combination of compulsory maneuvers, horsemanship and artistic interpretation. 

Tom Hagwood and Merv, Mustang Million Legends Champions.


Tom Hagwood and Merv, a 5-year-old sorrel gelding gathered from Beaty's Butte, Oregon, finished first with a total score of 357 points. They were awarded $200,000 and a 2014 Ram Truck in front of a sold out, Legends Freestyle Finals crowd Saturday night. Former Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion, Bobby Kerr of Hico, Texas, who qualified two horses for the finals, finished second and third with his Mustang geldings, winning a total of $160,000. Road to the Horse Champion, Dan James, placed fourth with Smart Little Mustang and was awarded $50,000. James was also voted fan favorite by the attending crowd and received a bonus of $5,000. Mary Kitzmiller from Kemp, Texas, was given $50,000 for a fifth place finish with Gandalf the Bay, a 4-year-old gelding adopted by Kelly Jackson.



Photos and videos from the event can be found on the Foundation's Facebook page, extrememustangmakeover.



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