richest, wild horse training event produced by the Mustang
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.
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
Pennsylvania to compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes.
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
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.
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
and videos from the event can be found on the Foundation's Facebook page,