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The magic of mustangs

Mustangs are on the Stock Show grounds, being prepped for the Mustang Magic Trainers Challenge, which begins Thursday evening in Justin Arena.

The event is organized by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit that facilitates adoptions of the wild horses.

The foundation, based in Georgetown, works with the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, which protects, manages and controls wild horses and burros.

“We help to improve adoptions of mustangs that have been gathered off of public lands,” said Kyla Hogan, the foundation’s marketing director.

As part of the challenge, 19 approved trainers are assigned horses that are “virtually untouched,” Hogan said. Before the event, the trainers get more than 100 days to work with the horses.

Trainers are invited to participate from across the country, including California, New York, Missouri, Florida and Texas.

Competing mustangs will be available for adoption through live bidding on Saturday after the contest. — Diane Smith

The llamas have landed

Llamas also arrived on the grounds Wednesday. It’s the 27th year they have competed at the Stock Show, said Jim Doyle, who was coordinating llama check-in throughout the day. The competition is Thursday and Friday in the Justin Arena, beginning at 8 a.m. on both days.

The Stock Show is one of the stops on the journey to the Grand National competition.

“We enjoy it,” said Doyle, who has four llamas competing this year. “They are neat animals.” — Diane Smith

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