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(DOSWELL, March 6, 2015)—“Training a wild mustang is like putting a 1,000-pound deer in a round pen and trying to catch it,” said Richard Garner, one of the contestants in the Extreme Mustang Makeover coming to the Virginia Horse Festival March 27-29 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

Garner and more than 20 other adults and youth took in wild mustangs from the Mustang Heritage Foundation and will have had 134 days to train the horses before exhibiting their skills during the makeover event. The trainers will show their horses on Friday and Saturday during the horse festival, and the top 10 will compete in the finals Saturday night. After the competition, the Mustangs will be auctioned.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover is just one of many special events, demonstrations and seminars included in the cost of admission to the festival.

New and potential horse owners can get a leg up by participating in a New Horseowner Seminar series Friday and Saturday. Those completing three of the five educational classes will get a certificate and a free membership in the Virginia Horse Council.

A special Secretariat birthday celebration also will be part of the festival. Members of the Secretariat team will sign autographs, and descendants of “Big Red” will be on the grounds all weekend long.

There is also shopping, food, dog agility trials, a parade of breeds, and more than 70 clinics, demonstrations and seminars. The three-day festival is for horse owners, riders and enthusiasts. To see a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit


The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Va., is the birthplace of Secretariat and home to the State Fair of Virginia. The Meadow is owned by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, which is committed to preserving Virginia’s rich agricultural heritage and ensuring that the property thrives as a regional event and equine venue.