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Yee-Ha: Wild Horses Coming Soon To Versailles, Ky.


SPRINGFIELD, Va., Sept. 8 -- On November 5 and 6, 2005, the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will offer more than 100 young horses for adoption at the Lakeside Arena in Versailles, Kentucky. “We are bringing some exceptional horses from the Western ranges, and you can adopt one for $125,” said BLM-ES State Director Mike Nedd.

The animals will arrive on Friday, November 4, 2005, with viewing hours Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The scheduled hours for the adoption are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2005, and 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, November 6, 2005.

Once gentled, wild horses are often used for trail riding, dressage, hunter/jumper, and western events by people who have adopted them. Mustangs are noted for their endurance, sure-footedness and intelligence.

All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested. Since the Adopt-A-Wild Horse & Burro Program began in 1973, more than 205,000 animals have been adopted.

Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals, 20’ x 20’, at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for burros and horses younger than 18 months, shelter, transportation, and the means of caring for the animals. The adoption will be by lottery, with the adoption fee of $125 per animal. Adopters must provide their own stock-type, step up trailer (ramps or split two-horse type trailers are not allowed). BLM-ES staff will sort, halter and load animals onto the adopters’ trailers.

Applications to adopt will be reviewed Friday afternoon and Saturday. Adopters are encouraged to be pre-qualified by calling the toll free number 1-800-293-1781 before the adoption for information. Animals not adopted during the Saturday morning lottery will be offered for the $125 adoption fee on a first-come basis.

Directions: From Interstate 64, follow exit 58 for Frankfort/Versailles. Then South on US-60, turning right at the light onto State Route 1681 West. Follow 1681 for 1.2 miles. Lakeside Arena is on the left.

For applications or other information contact the Bureau of Land Management at 800-293-1781 or 1-866-4MUSTANGS, or visit the BLM web site at .


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