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Leach wins, Californians vie in ‘Mustang Magic’

From the Newstrader - February 2nd, 2012 - Newstrader

GEORGETOWN, Texas — The Extreme Mustang Makeover kicked off its 2012 schedule Jan. 19-21 with the Mustang Magic event at the 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

The top Mustang trainers from 2011 invited to compete at the invitational event traveled from Georgia to California, and with a packed house watching, Logan Leach of Granbury, Texas, took first with and Kiowa, a 5-year-old pinto mare that was gathered from South Steens, Ore., and who was adopted by Madeline Pickens for $4,500. Leach earned $3,500 and other prizes for the victory.

The Mustang mares competing in Mustang Magic were ages of 4 and 5 and were picked up by their trainers in September. The mares created a buzz because of their stunning looks. This group of horses included pintos, roans, duns and various other colors.

Pickens also adopted Jade, the runner-up ridden by Teryn Muench, of Marietta, Okla., for $5,700 — the weekend’s highest adopted horse. Muench and Jade received a standing ovation from the crowd for roping a calf while riding bridleless, and the pair was voted Fan Favorite through text voting. The Fan Favorite received a gift certificate to Gypsy Tails and $1,000 from the Mustang Heritage Foundation. The 5-year-old pinto mare gathered from Lost Creek, Wyoming. In all, the Mustang Magic drew a record adoption average.

Joe Misner of Twentynine Palms led a trio of California competitors at the Mustang Magic, finishing eighth on Desert Damsel. The mare, who was gathered at Warm Springs Canyon, Nev., was adopted for $4,400 by Aaron Smith-Tayson of Twentynine Palms. Misner last year was runner-up in the 2011 Extreme Mustang Makeover in Norco.

Last year’s winner at Norco, Don Douglas of Paicines, took 13th at the Mustang Magic aboard Abilene, who was adopted for $2,850 by Stephanie Conrad of Katy, Texas. Another Top 10 finsiher at Norco last May, Sandi Anderson of Perris, adopted her Mustang Magic mare, Black Rock’s Majic Arrow for $125.

Since the first Extreme Mustang Makeover event in 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has facilitated the adoptions of more than 3,300 gentled American Mustangs. In 2012, the Foundation in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management will continue to increase its efforts to raise awareness of adoptions of America’s Mustangs. The movement comes to California May 18-20 for the third EMM event in Norco.

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