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It's a Top Ten Finish for Anderson

Chris Cox Horsemanship instructor has a Top Ten finish against 80 competitors in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Texas, 20-Sep-2011

Around 90 days. That’s all the time a horse trainer is allowed to build a relationship with a wild mustang and prepare it for competition. 90 days to not only be able to saddle and ride, but to also complete different exercises on horseback. 90 days was all Clayton Anderson needed.

The 21 year old instructor at Chris Cox Horsemanship, competed in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover held in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, September 15th through the 17th. He finished ninth place overall against 80 competitors in the Legends division with his four year old bay gelding, Cinch.

“I rode [Cinch] every day, teaching him Chris’s method and a little of my own, using knowledge I already had or acquired by working here,” said Anderson.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions were formed to help in the adoption of wild mustangs with the combined help from the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program and the Mustang Heritage Foundation. This particular competition began in April, where the exhibitors placed their bids, trained the horses and then brought them back to Fort Worth to compete for up to $200,000 in prize money and titles.

“It was good. I met a lot of good people and was able to see good hands,” said Anderson. “It was a good learning experience.”  

Like Anderson, the competitors only had 90 days to work with what were previously wild and untamed mustangs.

In the Legends division, participants competed in a Supreme Trail class, Supreme Pattern class and a trainer’s choice. In the trail and pattern classes, the pair demonstrated to judges their lead changes, stops, turnarounds, backing and rollbacks, among many other maneuvers.

“Cinch is smart and pretty athletic,” said Anderson.

For the trainer’s choice portion, Cinch and Anderson chose cow work. They completed more lead changes and turnarounds, but to show the dynamic relationship they have, Anderson rode a four wheeler with a Hot Heels attached as Cinch followed and ran bridle less right alongside him.

After this triumph, what are the future plans for Anderson and Cinch?

“I am keeping him. He’s had a good start, but he’s not finished yet.”


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