Wild Horses on the run near Split Rock. (Ernie Over photo)

(Douglas, Wyo.) – Sixteen Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gentled wild horses were adopted during Wyoming Mustang Days, at the Wyoming State Fair, in Douglas, Wyo., Aug. 12-16.

The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program sponsored the annual adoption event, which also encourages previous wild horse adopters to showcase the abilities of their mustangs.

Nine gentled yearlings were adopted throughout the week, by silent bid.

Seven saddle-started horses were adopted Aug. 16. The adoption, through competitive bid, followed a demonstration by the trainers from the Wyoming Honor Farm and the Mantle Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility, demonstrating the horses’ abilities.

“All the horses found happy adopters and all adopters were pleased with the program at Wyoming State Fair,” said Scott Fleur, coordinator for Wyoming Mustang Days.

Wyoming Mustang Days also included the All Wild Horse Show, featuring 52 previous wild horse adopters and their adopted horses, competing in three divisions, Aug. 15.

Jake Lundahl, of Wakefield, Neb., and Lynn Huckaby, of Farson, Wyo., were the respective champion and reserve champion in the Pro Division. Dawn Helms, of Kinnear, Wyo., was named champion, and Dylan Lookingbill, of Riverton, Wyo., took reserve champion in the Adult/Senior Division. Leah Huckaby, of Farson, won the Junior Division. Ella Fluer, of Lander, Wyo., and Kate Lundahl, of Wakefield, tied for the Junior Division reserve champion.

Another wild horse adoption is planned for Sept. 5-6, at the Wyoming Honor Farm, in Riverton, Wyo. A preview of the horses is Sept. 5, followed by the adoption on Sept. 6. For more information, visit http://blm.gov/r0ld.