BLM Seeks Experienced Horse Trainers to for Pilot Program

BLM Seeks Experienced Horse Trainers to for Pilot Program

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced an opportunity for experienced horse trainers to participate in a new pilot program called the Trainer Ambassador Pilot Program (TAPP).

The BLM hopes to contract with experienced trainers who use minimal resistance or natural horsemanship techniques to have them train wild horses and help the BLM place them into good homes. Deadline to submit a proposal is April 22.

Proposals for the pilot program will only be accepted from trainers residing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The proposal should include a description of the applicant’s facility, expected feed and care costs, and horse training experience. The BLM will reimburse the trainer a flat negotiated training fee and adoption/sales fee once the trained wild horse meets BLM’s specific training criteria and is placed into private care.

To review the solicitation:

  1. Go to www.fedconnect.net;
  2. Click on “Search Public Opportunities”;
  3. Under “Search Criteria,” select “Reference Number”;
  4. Put in the solicitation number (L16PS00289); and
  5. Click “Search” and the solicitation information will appear. The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it.

Applicants who have never conducted business with the government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov to do business with the federal government. There is no fee involved in registering with www.sam.gov.

For assistance, visit www.blm.gov/whb to review the resource page or contact Kemi Ismael at 202/912-7098 or kismael@blm.gov, or Michael Byrd at 202/912-7037 or mbyrd@blm.gov. They can assist with general questions and coordinate a meeting for you with a BLM small business specialist. You can also visit the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) website; the PTAC is funded by the federal government to provide assistance with applying to government contracts. Most assistance is available for free or little charge.

Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, as amended, the BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros while working to ensure that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. As of March 1, 2015, the roaming population of BLM-managed wild horses and burros is estimated to be 58,150, which exceeds by more than 31,435 the number determined by the BLM to be the appropriate management level. The BLM is also using population growth-suppression (PGS) measures, and is supporting research to improve existing and develop new PGS tools.

For general questions about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, contact 866/468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov.

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