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Wyo TIP Challenge competition aims to find homes for wild mustangs from BLM roundups

CASPER, Wyo. – A competition organized by the Wyoming Mustang Association (WMA) will hopefully end with homes for mustangs and burros recently rounded up by the BLM.

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CASPER, Wyo. — A competition organized by the Wyoming Mustang Association (WMA) will hopefully end with homes for mustangs and burros recently rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The 2022 Wyoming TIP Challenge requires a competitor to pick up an “untouched Mustang and/or Burro” and train them during a 90-day period, according to a press release from the WMA.

The animals will be picked up on May 6 at the Wheatland BLM facility, and competition day will take place on August 19 at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas.

Contestants will train for “in-hand only” with no riding involved. Youth and adults are able to compete in different classes, said the release.

Trainers will have the option of keeping the animals or putting them up for adoption after the event.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the BLM is planning on rounding up more horses than ever this year, leading to lawsuits from activists. The BLM announced this month they plan to permanently remove at least 19,000 horses and burros by September 30. The BLM said there has been a sharp decline in public adoptions of wild horses over the past decade, and they faced increasing costs keeping the horses in their facilities.

“This is a way to get these wonderful animals into good homes and out of the facilities,” the WMA said in their release.

The release with complete details follows:

Come join us for the 2022 Wyoming TIP Challenge on August 19, 2022. A TIP Challenge is where you pick up an untouched Mustang and/or Burro and have 90 days to train your animal(s). At the end of the 90 days, you will compete with others at the Wyoming State Fair. The competition is “In Hand Only” with a freestyle. There is no riding in the TIP Challenge. There will be an adult class and a youth class. Youth will have yearlings and adults will have animals 3 years old or older. 

Competitor’s names will be drawn out of a hat matched with an animal’s tag number. This selection will be totally random. People may trade animals the day of pickup if they want before paperwork is finalized. Competitors have to be within US borders because all horses will be adopted and no SA. There will be a network of trainers to help challenge participants. On the day of the challenge, trainers can say whether they want to keep their animal or auction them off (last minute to decide is check in) but if we know ahead of time, we can help advertise available animals. To participate you must fill out and submit a BLM adoption application to the Cheyenne BLM office. Pick-up date will be May 6, 2022 at the Wheatland BLM horse facility. 

This was a fun event and all who completed last year had a blast doing it. Just remember, while it is a competition with others, it is a friendly one and should encourage others who are competing in the challenge. This is a way to get these wonderful animals into good homes and out of the facilities. The Mustangs in this competition will be Wyoming horses and the Burros will be from outside of Wyoming. We encourage you to come participate or watch this wonderful event. All interested adopters must complete and submit the TC adopter applications (with parent/guardian signatures if applicable) and postmarked or e-mailed by March 30, 2022. 

To get an application, please email Dani at daniwelch2018@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact the Wyoming Mustang Association or Dani Welch.

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