For Immediate Release:
August, 4th, 2013
Port Matilda, PA - Next Level HorsemanshipTM, Suzanne Myers, and NLHTM intern Nate Peck received top ten placings in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, August 2-4, 2013, at Dream Park, in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Trainers had approximately 100 days to gentle a randomly assigned wild horse and compete for prize money and awards.
Suzanne Myers, founder of Next Level HorsemanshipTM and her mustang Jada, finished 6th overall in the finals in a field of 35 participants. In the preliminary round Suzanne and Jada placed 9th in the trail course and 4th in the pattern class which gave them a qualifying score for the freestyle final event held the following day. In the finals the team performed their freestyle performance to the tune of “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes. Without obstacles or additional props, Suzanne and Jada focused on demonstrating the higher level maneuvers the pair had been perfecting in the last month of their training together. They showcased half passes, shoulder in, haunches in, extended trot, and flying lead changes in a dressage style performance. Read More >>
This summer has been a whirlwind of activity at Next Level HorsemanshipTM. We had 10 wild mustangs in for training and preparation for competitions in NJ and TX. We recently competed with 4 of these mustangs in the Mustang Makeover in Gloucester NJ on August 2nd. These mustangs were picked up in April and the gentling process began. Three NLHTM Interns and I worked very hard through the end of July to gentle and train these mares for the NJ competition and in the end they were very successful. My horse Jada and I were 6th overall in the finals! I was very pleased with Jada – she is a very talented and ambitious mare and her potential for a promising future is very high. After the competition in NJ, the mustangs were auctioned to Bureau of Land Management approved bidders and Jada was purchased by a wonderful woman who lives in Long Island, NY.
Many people ask me if it is hard to let these horses go after working with them for so long. The answer is a resounding YES! I’ve been involved in the Mustang Challenges since soon after their inception. In 2008 I won the Midwest Mustang Challenge on a horse named Jazz. I purchased him at the auction and we had an amazing life together after bringing him home. Later, my daughter Brooke and I, and several NLHTM interns competed in other similar challenges and each time we have ended up bringing our mustangs home. The latest competition this month was different – it was the first time I have had to let a horse go after gentling and training it in this venue. It is very difficult to do indeed. Read More >>
Things are getting back to normal around here. With all the commotion of the recent Extreme Mustang Makeover in NJ behind us, we are all settling back into our routines at Next Level HorsemanshipTM. Read More >>
It has been a long time since I’ve written my last blog. Since then we have been to multiple events and done so many things. Read More >>
This emotional weekend began Thursday evening when we arrived at the Dream Park Equine facility in NJ just in time for a trainer’s meeting where we received a packet of papers, including our patterns that we would be performing for the judges. We met the other trainers and talked about what would be happening throughout the weekend. Excitement filled me from the inside out as I thought to myself, it’s finally here. I worked SO hard for three months just for these three days! Read More >>