Randy Speegle of Benton competed in the Legends Division of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, where he took Reserve Champion aboard Steele, the horse he trained.
Trainers had approximately 90 days to gentle a wild Mustang they picked up in July and competed for an estimated purse of $12,500 in prize money. This was Randy’s second time competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Compadre, the horse he trained last year, was adopted by Madeline Pickens.
The Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge were geldings, 3 years old or older. The horses were virtually untouched prior to the July pick-up. They were judged on their body condition as well as how well they responded to the trainer. The trainers and mustangs competed in a series of classes such as an in-hand obstacle course and a course where the horse and rider maneuvered over obstacles.
The top 10 from the preliminaries then competed in freestyle finals on Oct. 22. Speegle and Steele’s freestyle performance was filled with excitement. While most competitors used music during their performance, Speegle used a wireless microphone and spoke to the audience, all the while maneuvering Steele through such obstacles as going over a teeter-totter, stepping up onto a 4-by-4-by-2 foot high box, where he did a 360-degree turn, side-passed barrels, jumped barrels and went through a cowboy curtain.
Speegle explained what he was doing and how his training techniques would be beneficial on the trail or in competitions you might want to be in. Speegle and Steele ended their performance by jumping onto a moving trailer. This performance can be seen on his blog at www.doublesstables.wordpress.com.
Speegle was also the recipient of the Gist Belt Buckle as the winner of the Silver Bullet Award, given to a trainer, 50 years or older.
By using his “No Bull Horsemanship” techniques, Speegle was able to begin riding Steele on the third day of training. Within the 90-day period of training, he had Steele calm enough that several other people could ride him as well.
Learn more about No Bull Horsemanship at www.randyspeegle.com.Speegle is available for clinics as well as entertainment performances.
All Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover where available for adoption through a competitive-bid adoption on Oct. 23. Steele was adopted by Randy and Wendy Speegle and will be used in Randy Speegle No Bull Horsemanship clinics and entertainment performances. Speegle will also be presenting Steele as an ambassador for the Mustang Heritage Foundation.