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Top Ten Finals

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Saturday May 14, 2011 - Extreme Mustang Makeover Trail Challenge, Norco, CA

After the Urban Trail, riders had a brief rest, then were called back to the area to find out who were the top ten riders to compete in the Freestyle.

Wyatt waits in his stall

patiently waiting....

our friend Joe Misner makes Top Ten

...and so does Cindy!

Thumbs up for Cindy and Wyatt!

The amazing Team Wyatt, finishing preparations for the Freestyle. Aislinn, Don, Amanda, and Cindy

The finals consist of a 90 minute exhibition of compulsory movements, followed by a freestyle to music with whatever props or toys the riders can bring into the arena in 4 minutes. It was my intention to get at least one photo of each rider, but tricky lighting made that impossible. Some riders got a couple photos, but for some none turned out. Apologies to those riders I missed, you were all great!

The top ten turned out to be five ladies and five men! Here are the ladies....

...and here are the men! Next, two audience members were selected for a dance off - one man and one woman!

the ladies' dancer

the mens' dancer, who won the challenege!

The Norco Cowgirls open the show

the littlest cowgirl came to...

...sing the National Anthem!

Joel Sheridan & Ameron

Dominque Ferraro & Itsy Bitsy Spider ("Spidey")

Linda Smerber & Rango De Mustang

Joe Novy & Comeback Kid

Joe Misner & Rio Bravo

Don Douglas & Bay Joe

Nicole Thompson & Let's Get Western

Cindy Lapp & Wyatt

Hiroyoshi Nagai & Dillinger

Sandi Anderson & Twin Peaks Taxi

The Freestyle
I got very few photos due to the lighting - I guess you will just have to come out to next year's event to see how fun it really is!

At the end of the evening, Cindy & Wyatt came away with sixth place - We are all very proud of how great they did! The Winner was Don Douglas, and Joe Misner came in second. Congratulations to all the trainers who competed in this great challenege!

The Auction
Sunday, May 15th, all the mustangs were auctioned off.

Cindy & Wyatt wait for their turn in the auction ring

showing his stuff one last time...

Cindy talks about Wyatt and his accomplishments

then the bidding begins...Wyatt had several bidders competing for him...



Wyatt King, purchased by...Steve Lapp as a gift for his wife, Cindy!!!!! Wyatt gets to come home to YVEC! Stop by and see him, and give him a pat for all his hard work. A great job by Cindy and all the riders, and a fun event for audience and participants. See you all next year!


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