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$200,000 in purses & bonuses available at 2011 supreme extreme mustang makeover TEXAS HORSE INDUSTRY’S INFORMATIONAL SOURCE SINCE 1996


prize money and extra bonuses will make the Fort Worth, Texas, event the talk of the equine world! Georgetown, Texas,


January, 2011 – Building on the success of the 2010 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, 200 Mustangs will be available for adoption April 16 and will be eligible for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes at the 2011 Su- preme Extreme Mustang Makeover to be held September 15-17 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas. In addi t ion to the


New divisions, more


be shown in-hand and will not be ridden in the competition. With the larger purse


$100,000 Legends division, two new divisions will be added – the $50,000 Idols division and the $20,000 Stars division. Mustangs competing in the Legends and Idols division will participate in three classes – trail, pattern and a trainer’s choice. Mustangs competing in the Star division will


billion shortfall in the next state budget, the odds of gambling expanding in Texas are getting better. All arguments of moral- ity and feasibility aside, the government will be anxious to fill the budget gap in any way that doesn’t require raising taxes or cutting spending. Though far from


a sure thing, proponents of Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) will likely find both eager and reluctant advocates in the 2011 legislature. Allowing VLTs to be installed at horse and dog racetracks could create a direct inflow well in excess of $1 bil- lion per year to the state. These machines are quick and easy to install, thus, this is one income source that could be generating badly needed funds within a few months of becoming legal.


available, the Supreme event fol- lows a different format than other Extreme Mustang Makeovers, and Mustangs are adopted prior to the competition. A competitive-bid adoption will be held April 16 and will be televised through Superior Auction Services on RFD-TV and the internet. Bidders must be pre- approved by March 1. Mustangs can be trained and shown by someone other than their adopter. Videos and photos of the 200 Mustangs avail- able for adoption are accessible at www.mustangheritagefoundation. org.


money available for each division, $25,000 in bonuses will be paid out at the event. Each division will have bonuses paid for Rookies, anyone that has never entered an Extreme Mustang Makeover event; Silver


As it stands now,


Texas is losing businesses and jobs as race horse trainers and breeders continue to move out of state. When these businesses go, local feed stores, hay sup- pliers, vets, and other support systems lose their customers. In a bad real estate market, farms and ranches are put up for sale by horse professionals who must move in order to make a living. The state loses all tax revenues from the lost businesses, sales, and wages. Take a walk through


the parking lot of any betting track or casino in the surround- ing states and one will find a preponderance of Texas license plates. People who want to gamble are going to gamble. It is estimated that well over $1 billion of Texas money is spent in OK, LA, and NM each year.


In addition to prize


Bullets, trainers that are 50 years old or older at time of entry; and Young Guns, trainers that are 18- 21 years of age at time of entry. Fans will also have


American Mustangs waiting to be adopted in BLM facilities, the Mustang Heritage Foundation is stepping up its efforts to help these American legends find adoptive homes. In 2011, the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Extreme Mustang Makeover events will continue to showcase the talents of the American Mustang and will up the ante by offering the largest purse ever in Mustang competi- tion.


tang Makeover events will be held in Norco, California; Fort Collins, Colorado; Tsaile, Arizona; Mur-


If VLTs become legalized, most if not all, of this money will come back into Texas. In addition to filling


In 2011, Extreme Mus- With more than 30,000


a voice as a Fan Favorite Award will be given during the Legends Finals.


freesboro, Tennessee; and Fort Worth, Texas. Excluding the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover event where horses will be adopted prior to competing, Mustangs will be available for adoption at all Ex- treme Mustang Makeover events. Trainers interested in competing in Extreme Mustang Makeover events must complete and sub- mit an application, which are available for the first events at the Extreme Mustang Makeover website. Applications for Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover and the Arizona and Tennessee events are available online. Visit www. extrememustangmakover.com for the latest information on the Extreme Mustang Makeover events.


Upcoming Events:


April 16, 2011, Supreme Ex- treme Mustang Adoption – Fort Worth, Texas; May 13-15, 2011,


from gamblers as well as equine employees.


Volume Fifteen - Issue Six February 2011


Extreme Mustang Makeover – Norco, California; June 10-12, 2011, Extreme Mustang Make- over – Ft. Collins, Colorado August 12-14, 2011, Extreme Mus- tang Makeover – Tsaile, Arizona;


Video lottery termals: budget stopgap for texas? By Karen Brown © 2011 With an expected $25


Ho r s e own e r s


the states’ coffers, if plans from the horse industry are imple- mented, VLT profits would also become a significant source of money for the entire horse industry within Texas. Advocate members of Texas H.O.R.S.E., a coalition of equine organiza- tions, businesses, and individu- als, has established a program designed to use VLT income for the direct promotion of horse activities and sports at all levels.


A second tier benefit


would be the revitalization of hospitality businesses in and around racetracks. Restaurants, hotels, retail stores, all stand to gain new customers as traffic into the racetracks increases


“Spec” is a 12-year-old, 15h beautiful grey ranch gelding. He comes from one of the few large working ranches in deep South Texas. This is a good quiet easy riding horse that would definitely be appreciated and enjoyed by every- one from Beginner to Experienced riders. He rides with a loose rein and has a good turn, stop, and back up, and is as comfortable in the pen as on the trails and has not spooked or shied at anything. He moves into his various gaits easily and smoothly with the utmost of control. He is very willing and forgiving (should you make a riding error) and is a plea- sure to be around. He is easy to load, shoe, saddle, and mount and would be a real confidence builder. I think he would be an excellent asset to any family, stable, or ranch, and if you are looking for a good all around horse that is easy to get along with, don’t pass him up.


SPEC


“Peso” is a 15-year-old, 14h black and white paint gelding that comes from a ranching background. This is a gentle horse with a good smooth response to all of his riding cues. He is gentle enough for the Beginner and Novice riders, in the lesson pen and trails. The Intermediate and Experienced riders will really appreciate this horse whether riding him for work or pleasure. This is a really quiet traveling horse out on the trails, and will go anywhere you point him. He rides with a loose rein and will ride well with a halter or bridle and do whatever you ask him to do. He has been used sorting and working cattle in feedlots and has also been used to pony young horses. This is a good all around kind of horse that has been used to do a little of everything.


throughout Texas stand to gain from VLT profits provided the state adopts the Perfor- mance Horse Development Fund (PHDF) as outlined by Texas HORSE. In addition to equine organizations, a portion of funds is designated for youth programs, 4H, therapeutic riding centers, recreational development, equine education seminars, scholarships, and


other approved equine activi- ties as approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which would administer this portion of funding. Equine organizations


that support VLTs in Texas include: American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse As- sociation (APHA), National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), Texas Arabian Breed- ers Association (TABA), Texas Horseman’s Partnership (THP),


September 16-17, 2011, Su- p r eme Ext r eme Mu s t a n g Makeover – Fort Worth, Texas October 21-23, 2011; and Extreme Mustang Makeover – Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


Texas Paint Horse Breeders Association (TPHBA), Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA), and Texas Thorough- bred Assoc. (TTA). The program lays out


the specifics of how much each organization will receive. Each organization will determine how to utilize funds as incen- tives to keep horses and equine businesses in Texas. In general, the rac-


ing industry would benefit (Continued on Page 9.)


PESO SOX


“Sox” is a 12-year-old, 15h gorgeous sorrel gelding. Really good rein, stop, and back up and can absolutely be ridden by anyone that has any basic riding skills. He rides with a loose rein and should not be ridden by anyone that is heavy handed or has a tendency to hold on with the reins. Any Beginner rider that will ride him with a light hand can ride and enjoy this horse, and even take lessons on him. The most experienced riders will re- ally enjoy and appreciate the way this horse rides and handles. This is a very flashy horse with excellent conformation, and a very willing and forgiving attitude. He is easy to catch, shoe, load, saddle, and mount, and does not appear to have any bad riding habits at all. This is a good gentle all around kind of horse that would be an excellent performance prospect in the arena, a good lesson horse in the lesson pen, or a good trail horse on the trails or on the ranch.


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