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Extreme success

Obbie Schlom, 18, brings Mustang pair into Norco EMM and takes 1st, 2nd

Special to the Horsetrader - June 21st, 2012 - Show & Event News

Jennifer K. Hancock photo

Obbie Schlom of Silverado beams her winning smile while winning the championship and reserve on two mares she trained for the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Norco May 29.

NORCO — Eighteen-year-old phenomenon Obbie Schlom of Silverado took the Norco Extreme Mustang Makeover by storm. Schlom showed two Mustang mares at the event and walked away with champion and reserve champion honors. Schlom and her Mustang mare, Rosamay, received 354 points in the finals to win, while Schlom and her Mustang mare, Crazy Mary, received 352 points.

Rosamay and Crazy Mary are both 3-year-old bay mares that were gathered from outside a herd management area in Nevada. At the Norco competition, trainers were offered the opportunity to train and compete with two Mustangs. The trainer scoring the most points on both Mustangs in the preliminaries was named the Double Down Champion and received a new Martin Saddlery Mustang Series Saddle. Schlom earned the saddle and received $3,000 for winning the event and $2,500 for her second-place finish. Rosamay was adopted for $1,900, and Crazy Mary was adopted for $1,450.

Joe Misner of Twentynine Palms trained Reata and finished third. Reata is a 3-year-old mare that was born in the Ridgecrest Corrals in California. The highest adopted horse at the event was Debbie Doneyson’s Isabella, who was adopted for $5,000. Isabella is a 3-year-old bay mare gathered from Clover Mountain Herd Management Area in Nevada. Doneyson, who is from West Haven, Utah, and Isabella placed fifth in the finals.

The 31 Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge were mares, who were virtually untouched prior to the February pick-up. The horses were judged on their body condition and new skills. The trainers and Mustangs competed in a series of classes that incorporates Norco’s unique equine-friendly landscape such as a rural trail course up to Pumpkin Rock and an urban trail course that took horses and riders through the city of Norco’s bridle paths. The horses also competed in a trail course and pattern class in the arena.

The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the BLM under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. More than 3,300 wild horses have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007.

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  1. Anita Honney Says:

    I’m so very proud of my daughter, Debbie Doneyson & what she does with these Mustangs. So glad she is part of this great organization & family. Training these wild & beautiful animals is her dream. I love these shows & wish I could go to all of them!

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