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Record-setting bids cast at wild horse adoption event in Carson City



CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Department of Agriculture & the Nevada Department of Corrections on Saturday, October 9, hosted the most successful saddle-trained horse adoption event ever held at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) in Carson City.

Seventeen wild horses, gathered in January 2010 from the Calico Complex of BLM-administered public lands in northern Nevada and subsequently saddle-trained for four months by inmate-trainers in the Nevada Department of Corrections program, were offered in spirited competitive bid adoption.  Successful bidders from an enthusiastic crowd over 200 people paid a total of $29,900 for the animals.

All seventeen offered horses were adopted after starting bids of $150.  The event’s top bid of $8,500, the highest ever bid in the ten-year old program in Carson City, went for a two-year old strawberry roan gelding named “Quick.”  Eleven of the horses sold for at least $1,000 each.

The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse and they must show diligent care of each animal for a year before they can apply to BLM to receive a title of ownership.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 220,000 horses and burros into private ownership through the adoption program.

The next saddle-trained horse adoption competitive auction event will be held at the NNCC in Carson City on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

More information about these special adoption events is available at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro.html

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