HINES - Trainers are needed to compete in the Mustang Heritage Foundation's next Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge, which will be held March 20-22 in Albany.

In the event, 30 trainers from across America will gentle 30 wild Oregon mustangs and compete for $7,500 in cash and prizes. They will have only 100 days to bring an animal from wild to mild.

The Makeover will be in conjunction with the annual Northwest Horse Fair and Expo.

Trainers will be evaluated on the body condition of their American Mustangs, as well as their ability to handle the horse "in hand" through a series of maneuvers. The trainers will mount their animals and complete an obstacle course and also will compete in a freestyle event.

Trainers interested in showcasing their skills and competing for cash and prizes as well

as commission on an adopted horse must apply by Nov. 1. For more information, or to apply, visit (www.extrememustangmakeover.com) or call the Burns District BLM Office at 541-573-4400. If 30 trainers have not applied by Nov. 1, the event will be canceled.

At the conclusion of the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover, the participating Mustangs are available for adoption by competitive bid.

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