This weekend’s Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo at the Douglas County Fairgrounds will feature a horse adoption with inmates from the Northern Nevada Correctional Center’s Saddle Horse Training program.
Ten saddle-trained horses and one burro from the ranges of Nevada, California and Utah will be available starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and all are looking for good homes.
The horses and burro range in age from 3-6 years, are saddle-trained with 120 days of training and vary in weight and color.
The beginning bid on all animals is $150.
The adoption is 1 p.m. Saturday and will be preceded by an inmate competition where they showcase their skills in training the wild horses.
Today, the inmates compete in horsemanship and in-hand freestyle, and on Saturday there are trail and freestyle events.
For the catalog of the BLM wild horses and burro being offered for adoption on Saturday go to http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en.html. To pre-qualify for the weekend adoption, stop by the BLM booth at the expo.
The competition and adoption are just a few of the highlights of the annual Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo, which runs Aug. 1-3. There will be abarbecue dinner on Saturday night with live music by Exit 22, a local country and swing band. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children younger than 10 years old. Shopping is also offered with many different vendors. The only admission fee is $5 per vehicle per day to park. A three-day pass may be purchased for $12.
For more information and an events schedule for the expo, visit the expo website at www.wildhorseandburroexpo.com.