My Journey to Teens and Oregon Mustangs Trainers Challenge

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TeensMy name is Amee Korsmo and I am a trainer in the Adult Division of the Teens and Oregon Mustangs Trainers Challenge that will showcase at the NW Horse Expo in March for the first time this year! I want to tell you about how special this program is and about my beautiful South Steens HMA Buckskin Tovero gelding Chex!

I am a second-generation horsewoman and grew up watching my mom. As far back as I can remember, horses have always been a part of my life. My very first horse was a pony named Fancy Pony.

TeensFast forward to today and I have successfully shown horses all my life. In 2014 I showed my AQHA/NFQHA Buckskin gelding Kelvin Peppy Bar at Yamhill County 4H, winning blue ribbons and a spot on the Yamhill County 4H State Team. Kelvin Peppy Bar and I earned OQHA Top 10 Awards for most hours logged in Oregon 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am my mom’s assistant at Running Wild Ranch helping with many wild mustangs. My mom says I love to desensitize the wild ones!

I have known for about 3 years that I wanted to do Teens and Oregon Mustangs!! I got my new mustang on December 3, 2016. They assigned me a BLM mustang number 3748 and I ran to see which one was mine, because I had waited three long years for my chance! I got his neck tag off in 30 minutes, was brushing him in an hour and had the saddle pad on him by the second day.

TeensToday Chex and I are in Day 67. We can do the following things: we walk, trot, canter, side pass, haunch turns and showmanship. He trailers very well, baths, clips, ties, and is excellent for the farrier and vet. I look forward to the NW Horse Expo where we showcase all our hard work together over the past 100 days. I won’t be keeping Imacolofulchex “Chex” at the end of the competition. He will be auctioned off on August 26, 2017 at 6 pm to the highest bidder.

I am thankful and appreciative for this amazing program, Teens and Oregon Mustangs Trainers Challenge, to be giving me this incredible opportunity to train a wild mustang! I look forward to my future training wild mustangs and I would highly recommend this program to any youth or adult who wants a journey of a lifetime! ~ Amee Korsmo



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