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The American Mustang Training Challenge

The American Mustang Training Challenge is a competition for wild horses and burros (TIP horses and burros are also eligible) that have been adopted between March 11th and July 13th. Trainers may receive and submit their applications to AMHAshows@gmail.com in order to apply to compete. Applications are open through July 13th.

The AMTC Challenge will take place at the Norco Horse Affair on October 4-6, 2019 at Ingalls Park in Norco, CA.

 

There will be four divisions:

Youth (in-hand only) - mustangs 2 years and younger and any age burro are eligible for this division

The youth division consists of the following classes:

  • in-hand handling class
  • in-hand indoor trail class
  • in-hand freestyle class

 

Adult In-Hand - any age mustang or burro is eligible to compete in this division

The adult In-Hand division consists of the following:

  • in-hand handling class
  • in-hand trail class 
  • in-hand freestyle class

 

Adult Walk-Trot - Horses must be aged 3 and over (no burros for riding! Sorry!)

Adult walk trot classes will be as follows:

  • In-hand handling class
  • Walk Trot Indoor Trail class 
  • Walk Trot Rural Trail ride
  • Walk-Trot arena pattern class

The top 5 competitors of this division will have a walk-trot freestyle finals on Saturday night.

 

Adult Open - Horses must be aged 3 and over (no burros for riding! Sorry!) 

The Open division consists of the following classes:

  • In-hand handling class
  • Open Indoor Trail Class
  • Open Rural Trail Ride
  • Open Arena Pattern Class

The top 10 competitors will compete in a Finals Freestyle class Saturday night.

 

All divisions will have buckles, ribbons and prizes.

There will be cash prizes dependent on number of entries.

 

Trainers may show more than one horse or burro.

The owner of the horse does not need to be the trainer - but the trainer that shows does need to have an accepted application with the AMTC.

 

Applicants do not need to select the division they will compete in until September 1st, 2019.

Horses and burros must be adopted between March 11th and July 13th. Trainers may adopt their competition animal from any BLM facility, satellite adoption or TIP trainer anywhere in the country.

To be eligible to compete trainers must submit an application to the AMTC by July 13th to AMHAshows@gmail.com

 

No previous mustang or burro experience is necessary - this competition is very welcoming and encouraging of beginners - but if you have not trained a wild horse or burro in the past, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help and guidance along your training journey.

The object of this competition is to show a well-rounded, gentle and handleable horse or burro that has been treated in a kind, humane and ethical fashion. The more training a horse or burro has in their lifetime the safer the animal is from ever ending up in the wrong place. Our goal is to get as many horses and burros into good, loving homes as possible while showing the usability, diversity and extreme trainability of these incredible animals. 

There will not be an auction at the end of the competition but the trainers will have the opportunity to sell or reassign their animal after the competition is over if they desire to do so. This gives the trainers an opportunity to find the right home for their equine or keep the horse or burro for themselves. We do anticipate to have a good number of animals available for public sale and adoption at the end of the event, so if you are looking for your next riding partner or burro pal, please follow along with the trainers in this group and on the AMTC page and get to know the animals ahead of time.

Additional rules and regulations will continue to be posted over the next couple of months.

We are extremely grateful to be welcoming some of the very best Mustang trainers in the nation to judge this event.

 

Tom Hagwood, Wylene Wilson-Davis and Arianne Hagwood will make up 3 of the 5 spots on the judging panel - with two additional judges to be announced in the near future.

This competition is entirely self-funded by a handful of Mustang loving individuals, so sponsorship for classes, divisions, buckles, general expenses, etc., is absolutely welcome and appreciated. Please see the American Mustang Training Challenge page for additional details or email AMHAshows@gmail.com for more information.

 

We look forward to having you join us at the AMTC!

 

Dusty Jeans Ranch
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Judges Spotlight

 

Adrianne Hagwood

 

 

 
 

Don Douglas

 

No stranger to mustangs, Don will be a fantastic addition to our show! Don Douglas has been a trainer and colt starter for the past 45 years. His background began as a ranch cowboy and horse trainer in Montana before coming to California in 1986.

On his ranch in Central California he has worked with all disciplines of horses giving horsemanship and cow working clinics and private lessons, and he has professionally shown in Reining, Stockhorse, and Ranch Riding events. He was also the Champion of two Mustang Makeovers and a Reserve Champion taking a wild horse and showing it against other trainers in 90 to 100 days. He has judged the Miss California Rodeo several times in the Horsemanship Division as well as judging and hosting EXCA events and clinics and judging for the WSVRHA.

Don's respect for the American Mustang comes from working with them for many Mustang Competitions, and his belief that these horses make excellent riding and working partners

 
 

Extreme Wylene

 

Has been professional horse trainer for over 20 years. Traveling, teaching, and competing nationwide.

Wylene is no stranger to the world of horses and competitions. She has judged and participated in many equine events and prides herself on understanding what horses and riders experienced. With over 14 EMM, she has captured 3 Makeover Championships and top finalest positions in extreme cowboy races, and rodeo events.

She participated in film projects such as Wild Horse Wild Ride and Nat Geo Wild's Mustang Millionaire 3 part series. Her fun and fearless style has been captivating audiences for over a decade. She is known for being a daredevil with a big smile, and a fan favorite. She now spends most of her time traveling and teaching confidence building techniques for both horses and riders through her fun style clinics. She enjoys mentoring and helping others to see their true abilities and watch their level of horsemanship grow. She is grateful for the mustangs who have changed her life and for the opportunity to be able to judge this great event.

 
 

Molly Jenkins

 

Molly started out with a naughty Shetland pony named buttercup at 3 years old; and the love and obsession with horses has only grown from there. Beginning as a youth rider Molly showed Arabians and national show horses on the local, regional and national level. Late 1994 Molly was approached by a ranch owner offering a trainer position, and GLADLY dropped out of college to pursue a training career; much to the dismay of her parents. 25 years later she is still training horses full time and has done most all breeds. Garnering numerous regional and national titles through 2007 on Arabians and National Show Horses the recession hit the show community hard. That is when a friend and client had asked if Molly would be willing to take on some “special needs” riders until they could find an appropriate replacement for their recently departed trainer. Which Molly took as a sign; her show horses that were currently on sabbatical due to the recession Had a new calling! Fast forward 3 years and numerous California state champions for riders with disabilities..... Molly decided on a new venture Extreme Mustang makeover!! So began her love and admiration for the American mustang. Since 2010 Molly has trained over 20 mustangs directly from the wild and competed in numerous mustang makeovers as well as the invite only mustang magic. Molly manages Canyon Creek Ranch in Alta Loma and runs her business from that facility.

 
 

Tom Hagwood