Trainers Selected: Next Step- Pick Up Day!

The 2021 trainers have been selected and in just two weeks on Saturday, May 1st, they’ll be arriving in Meeker to pick up their horses at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds and learn from mustang professional Steve Mantle some tips on how to get started. The public is invited to observe and watch. Refreshments will be served. The first clinic will be with a yearling mustang, never touched, at 9:30am.

In the second clinic, Steve will work with a three year old mustang, also never touched, to show how to get started. That clinic will start at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10, and the cost covers both clinics. Kids 12 and under are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Come and experience a part of the Old West!

Trainers and homes sought for MMM

Mar 1/ The Daily Sentinel…

If you love horses and want to help the local ecosystem, then the Meeker Mustang Makeover is for you. The third annual event that showcases and auctions wild horses is on August 28, 2021.

Applications to be a trainer for the Meeker Mustang Makeover are open until April 1. Trainers will look after 3-year-old wild horses or yearlings (1-year-old horses) and get them ready for the competition and auction. Read More…


2020 Meeker Mustang Makeover enjoys record success in tough year

Sept. 16, 2020— Started by a group of Meeker citizens just one year ago, this year’s Meeker Mustang Makeover more than doubled in size from last year, adding more horses overall, and a youth division with five yearling wild horses. Each youth participant who satisfied the obstacles received an $800 scholarship check. 

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How DO you start a Mustang?

Jan. 31, 2021- Mustang professional (and Meeker native) Steve Mantle of Mantle Ranch will present two clinics on May 1st when trainers come and pick up their mustangs. These clinics will be free to our trainers and a modest cost for those auditing.
10am:  Hands on the Mustang, Yearling will include Steve starting a yearling, and gaining trust and taking it throughfirst steps for the 10 trainers who will pick up their yearling mustangs that morning. Cost for public: $10
2pm: Hands on the Mustang, Adult Horse will include Steve starting a 3 year old mustang and working through early first steps on horseback. Cost for public $10.

Steve starts mustangs for the Bureau of Land Management and has started thousands of mustangs over the years with his sons at their ranch in Wheatland, Wyoming.


Oct. 29, 2019 — The Bureau of Land Management manages and protects wild horses and burros on 26.9 million acres of public lands across 10 Western states as part of its mission to administer public lands for a variety of uses.

The Wild Horse and Burro Program’s goal is to manage healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public rangelands.

The Meeker Mustang Makeover coordinates closely with the Bureau of Land Management.

For more information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit

View this report on The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program which continues to make progress toward the goal of managing healthy wild horses and burros.

Wild mustang makeover: How a horse and rider built a bond in 100 days

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Oct 11, 2019–  Nitis wasn’t always his name.

In reality, the young mustang has spent most of his life without a name, and without human contact, but now that’s what he’s called — it roughly translates to “friend.”

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From Wild to Mild: The Meeker Mustang Makeover

Sept. 15, 2019— Amidst all the excitement surrounding the Meeker Sheepdog Classic this weekend, the rodeo stands were jam-packed at the first inaugural Meeker Mustang Makeover held this past Friday at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker, Colorado.
Gate receipts showed more than 600 people attended, and the Lions Club mounted a herculean effort having to go out for more food all night long to feed the crowd that came from all corners.

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Mustang Makeover seeks home for seven rehabbed wild mustangs

September 3, 2019–  The brainchild of area ranchers, horse trainers, conservationists, and historians concerned about the growing populations of mustangs in western Rio Blanco, the Meeker Mustang Makeover is intended to showcase the stamina, intelligence and resilience of horses whose genetic history goes back to Spanish, Native American and early ranching pioneers.

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