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Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival 

Celebrates 14th Year

 

May 2012 issue

 

             The annual Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival, sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program, will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 7 – 9, 2012, at the Deseret Peak Complex, Tooele , Utah .

            This year, for the first time, the Festival has partnered with Tooele County Wild Horse and Heritage Days, adding an additional day and many more exciting events.

            The primary goal of the Festival is to learn and have fun, and to demonstrate what a wild horse can accomplish given proper care and training. Only BLM-freeze-branded, former wild horses and burros may participate.

            Wild horses and burros will be available for adopton for $125 beginning Thursday, and a special “Adopt a Buddy” price of $25 is in place during the Festival for a second horse or burro adopted. Horse started under saddle will be available for adoption Saturday morning.

            Beginning Thursday at 8:00 a.m., the Festival and Wild Horse and Heritage Days will feature three action-packed days of education, competitions and activities that include a Wild Horse and Burro Show with a special emphasis on youth classes and three days of demonstrations of gentling and training of wild horses with clinicians Lesley Neuman, Chris Erlon, Cliff Tipton and Jamie Thomas. Those horses will be available for adoption during the Festival and owners can pay a fee to work with a clinician with their new horse.

            This is a great opportunity to see how versatile a wild horse can be, learn how wild horses are gentled, and to choose a horse that has already been started.

            Activities during the Wild Horse and Heritage Days include a ranch rodeo, Li’l Cowhand rodeo, horseshoe throwing tournament, Pony Express race, poetry contest, antique tractor pulls, horse pulls, barbecue cook-off, demonstrations, entertainment and music, vendors and a Baxter Black Concert!

For more information about adopting, adoptable horses, and to receive an application, contact the Salt Lake Wild Horse & Burro Center at 877-224-3956.

              For show information, or to register to compete, contact Lisa Reid at 435-743-3128 or lisa_reid@blm.gov . The Utah Wild Horse and Burro Festival and Festival of Learning is free to attend and audit. Tickets for Tooele County Wild Horse and Heritage Days are available at the gate or smithstix.com.

 

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