Arianne Hagwood Awarded Mustang Magic Championship

The annual Mustang Heritage Foundation invitational trainers challenge, Mustang Magic, came to a conclusion at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Jan. 25. Arianne Hagwood of Torrington, Wyo., and 6-year-old Mustang mare, Amy, were named champions of the freestyle finals and were awarded $3,500.

Nineteen trainers from California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Arkansas, Colorado, and other states traveled to Texas with mustangs they had gentled and trained since September 2013 to compete for their share of $10,000. The mares, ages 5-7, were gathered from herd management areas in Oregon, California, Nevada, and Wyoming.

"Mustang Magic is one of our most exciting events of the year," said Kali Sublett, executive director of the Mustang Heritage Foundation. "All of the competing trainers have placed well in previous Extreme Mustang Makeover events and they know how to prepare a mustang for competition and adoption."

Preliminary competition began with trainers competing in classes including, mustang maneuvers, handling and conditioning, an obstacle course, and compulsory maneuvers. The top trainers then moved on to the freestyle finals, which gave them an opportunity to show their mustang's skills while using choreographed props and music.

Hagwood, who came to the finals with a strong compulsory score, showed her mare's talents in reining and cow work.

"Amy is a sweetheart," she said. "I am fortunate to have gotten her for this competition. She tried hard during the prelims and held everything together during our freestyle finals performance. I was especially proud of her run in the compulsory class. She won it by 9 points and gave the judges a chance to see what she could do."

J-Dub Weisiger, a native of Fort Worth, received reserve champion honors riding Fifty Shades of Hay, a dun mare gathered from Divide Basin, Wyo. Weisiger was also voted fan favorite by the attending crowd and awarded a Gist belt buckle for his freestyle based on the song, "What Does the Fox Say?"

The competing mustangs were available for public adoption immediately following the freestyle finals. All 19 mustangs were placed into new homes for an average adoption price of $1,600.

"We would like to thank the FWSSR, Lone Star Ag Credit, and the Bureau of Land Management for helping us present another great event," Sublett said. "Our trainers did an excellent job preparing their mustangs for adoption and transforming them into valuable equine partners. We wish the adopters well with their new mustangs and are looking forward to our next adoption event taking place here in Fort Worth, Sept. 18-20, 2014, where 75 trained mustangs will be available for adoption."

The Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Ram Trucks, Western Horseman, Zoetis, Vetericyn, Gist Silversmiths, Martin Saddlery, Classic Equine, and Smith Brothers.

Since the first Extreme Mustang Makeover event was held in 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has facilitated the adoptions of more than 5,000 gentled American Mustangs. In 2014, the foundation in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management will continue to increase its efforts to raise awareness of adoptions of America’s mustangs.

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