Brooke Myers was featured in the March 2013 issue of American Girl Magazine for her work gentling a wild mustang. In 2009, Brooke, then age 9, gentled a yearling mustang who she named Jacuzzi and entered a Mustang Makeover which was held in Murfreesboro, TN. Her hard work and patience to her project paid off and she was named Reserve Grand Champion in the Youth division for the event.
We were contacted by the editorial staff of American Girl Magazine about a feature article for Brooke because the story fit so perfectly with information they want to disseminate to young girls who dream of having their own horse and pony. Of course Brooke was ecstatic about doing the article and Jacuzzi continued to be a good sport throughout the entire photo shoot.
Brooke and Jacuzzi have had a special relationship from the start. Throughout his training, the two developed a tight bond and today they enjoy participating as a team in many events from trail riding to performing at demonstrations and expos across the country. For more information on the pair, visit their story at the bottom of our home page or pick up a copy of American Girl!
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 >>