Wednesday, April 7, 2010

4th Annual “Tribute To a Wild Born Legacy” and Mustang Adoption Saturday April 17th, 2010

Heber City, UT (March 30, 2010) There are few horses more expressive, sensitive and hardy than America’s wild-born Mustangs. To promote awareness and education on the versatility and trainability of Mustangs, the Intermountain Wild Horse and Burro Advisors (IWHBA) and Sage Creek Equestrian of Heber City, UT will host the 4th Annual “Tribute to a Wild Born Legacy” on Saturday, April 17th, 2010.

This year’s event will feature a demonstration by two inmates from the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Program. These inmates will be working with two Mustangs available for adoption, demonstrating the work they do preparing Mustangs for adoption. Attendees will be able to participate in a question answer session with representatives of the program. The demonstration will be at 2:00pm.

Janet Tipton of IWHBA ( ) says, “This event will offer everyone an opportunity to see Mustangs up close and learn more about the extraordinary possibilities that these beautiful horses can bring to people’s lives. It’s also a fantastic educational event where anyone can see and learn more about horsemanship skills that work well with wild-born Mustangs.”

Six, adoptable Mustangs will be available for free viewing from 9:00am to 5:00pm. These six horses will all be at various stages ofstarting, from halter broke to started under saddle. Viewing of the adoptable horses is free to the public. The adoption will be through a silent auction process that will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Beginning at 6:00 pm, IWHBA will host a buffet dinner and live entertainment featuring Singer/Musician Cary Hobbs and live Mustang performances. Horse Trainer Jim Hicks and Wild Horse Specialist Cliff Tipton will both be performing each with one of the adoptable mustangs.

Tickets for the dinner are $25.00 per plate. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Intermountain Wild Horse and Burro Association, which is a fully volunteer-based and non-profit organization.

Educational horsemanship clinics featuring BLM Mustangs and nationally-known horsemen will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Wild Horse Specialist Cliff Tipton, who finished 17th out of 100 in the 2007 “Extreme Mustang Makeover” competition, will conduct a Environmental Sensory Solutions clinic at 10:00 am.

Well-known trainer and clinician, Jim Hicks, will conduct a Colt Starting Clinic at 12:00pm. Jim’s approach to Compassionate Leadership with the Horse will be demonstrated with a BLM Mustang that will be offered through Saturday’s adoption. The Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Program demonstration will follow at 2:00pm. Clinics are $20.00 in advance ( ) and $25.00 at the door.

For tickets, or more information about this event or Mustangs, go to  or contact Janet Tipton 801-554-4431, or the BLM-Utah State Office, Wild Horse & Burro Program, 440 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 (801)539-4057.

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