Ranch families, BLM prepare for first annual adoption event on April 13

Head trainer Catlin Martin trains one of several horses that will be adopted out during the first Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility event.

Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility in Adel will break new ground in the debate over wild horse management on America’s public lands. 

The two-day event will start on Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m. with a horse preview and training demonstration. At 5 p.m., there will be an unhosted dinner at the Adel Store. The second day will be on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. with another horse preview and training demonstration. At 2 p.m., a competitive bid adoption will begin. 

A first of its kind endeavor, the training facility is a grass-roots non-profit organization started by local ranch families who have joined forces to help the Bureau of Land Management maintain sustainable numbers of wild horses for adoption through a locally-run training program. The upcoming First Annual Beaty Butte Mustang Adoption Event will be the program’s first offering of the Beaty Butte mustangs to the public. All horses are professionally gentled and started under saddle. It also marks the official debut of this unprecedented team effort to keep a vast southern Oregon desert landscape thriving. 

In Oregon and across the West, the BLM has struggled with keeping wild horse populations within established limits as adoption numbers have sharply fallen and horse numbers have increased.  But gentled mustangs with training are a different story, being in high demand but short supply.  The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility has recruited local expertise in the grandfather-grandson team of Jim Hiatt, facility manager and Catlin Martin, head trainer, to make gentled mustangs started in training available.

Martin is an Adel native, a soft-spoken cowboy with ginger side-burns who regularly trains racehorses in Kentucky, as well as innumerable ranch horses closer to home.  A skilled practitioner of low-stress natural horsemanship techniques, Martin has gentled and started hundreds of horses under saddle.  This upcoming adoption event will see Martin’s first mustang pupils, which include Flash Gordon, Chuck Wagon, Napoleon, Lefty, and six others go through the sale ring and start new futures with new families. 

This is a unique opportunity to adopt ne of a highly limited number of gentled Beaty Butte Mustangs that have been started under saddle.  The horses will be offered at competitive bid adoption, with the horse going to the highest bidder.  The Event will also feature previews of the horses, mustang handling demonstrations, cowboy and western arts vendors, and auction items to benefit the non-profit program.  

All auction events and vendor fair are free and open to the public.  

The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility is located in Adel on 20 Mile Road south of The Adel Store. 

For more information, email info@beatybuttewildhorses.com

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