The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections invite horse lovers and the general public to a special horse adoption event at the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo in Reno on Saturday, August 22. Seven saddle-trained horses and two burros from the ranges of Nevada will be available starting at 12:00 p.m. that day, and all are looking for good homes and enthusiastic owners.
The horses range in age from three to five years, are saddle-trained with 120 days of training, and vary in weight and color. The beginning bid on all horses is $150. The two burros are three and six years old. The saddle-trained animals are trained at the NNCC by inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections program in Carson City.
Public access to the adoption arena opens Saturday at 12:00 p.m., and a competitive bid adoption conducted by an auctioneer begins at 1:00 p.m. The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is located at 1350 Wells Avenue, about three blocks north of Interstate 80. Come join the fun!
A catalog of BLM wild horses and burros offered for the August 22 adoption can be viewed at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html. Copies of the handout are also available at BLM offices in Reno and Carson City. Frequently asked questions about the program are answered at the same site. To pre-qualify for the weekend adoption, please call, 775-885-6146.
The adoption is just one highlight of the annual Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo, which runs August 21-23. Admission to the Expo is $5.00 per person. For more information and an events schedule for the Expo, please visit the Expo website at: http://www.wildhorseandburroexpo.com or contact Cindy Lawrence at 775-853-4182.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.