Dunning and McNabb to lead extreme teams
World champion Al Dunning and nationally-known clinician Ken McNabb will go head to head June 11-13 at Colorado State University’s Equine Center in Fort Collins, CO, but this time as coaches.
Leading two teams during the Extreme Team Mustang Makeover, Dunning and Mc- Nabb will offer their training expertise to each team of 25 trainers from across the country that will be competing for $12,500. Like previous acclaimed Extreme Mustang Makeover events, trainers will pick up their randomly selected wild horses about 90 days prior to the event. Pick up for this event will be March 5-6 in Canon City, CO, or Paul’s Valley, OK. Deadline for applications is Feb. 1. Applications can be downloaded from www.extrememustang makeover.com or by calling 512/869-3225.
There is no entry fee for the event and trainers will be reimbursed up to $700 in expenses.
“The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is constantly searching for dynamic ways to introduce horsemen and women to the true value of the American Mustang,” said MHF Executive Director Patti Colbert. “Al and Ken have been great friends to the foundation having served as judges in the past and being available to trainers in offering advice and encouragement. With this competition, they’ll have a more direct hands-on approach and trainers will be able to get their advice at the event to fine-tune the work they’ve done in the previous 90 days.”
Trainers will be “drafted” at the event to the American
League by Dunning of Scottsdale, AZ, and the Patriots League by McNabb of Cody, WY. Trainers will compete in entry level reining, trail, and cow work from rules adapted from the American Stock Horse Association and the Stock Horse of Texas Association. Points will be earned individually and for the team by each trainer, with each coach selecting three trainers per competition element whose points will count for the team, as well.
All mustangs competing in the competition will be made available for adoption June 13 at 10 a.m. The event is free to the public with the exception of the Saturday night Top Ten finals performance.
To learn more, go to www.extrememustangmakeover. com or call 512/869-3225. — WLJ