The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover event to highlight the recognized value of mustangs through a national training competition. These events give the public a unique opportunity to see the results of wild horses becoming trained mounts. The public is then able to participate in a competitive bidding process to adopt one of these treasured animals. The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the Bureau of Land Management under Federal law.

The Youth and Yearling program is an extension of the Trainer Incentive Program sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. It grew out of a need for smaller, more regional youth and Mustang competitions. The first three YAY events were held in conjunction with National Wild Horse Adoption Day in Tennessee, Oregon and Missouri – in that order. The rules and regulations were based solely on the youth and yearling competition that was held as a part of an Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2008. The rules and regulations have now been adapted so that TIP trainers are able to manage and host their own youth and yearling competitions in their regions.

The Washington program held in 2009 was not a part of the YAY program of the Mustang Heritage Foundation but was held independently of that program. Realizing the need to have the umbrella of a larger entity, the Washington program came under the leadership of the TIP program and the MHF. It is because of this organization the we are able to support and offer the youth trainers a $200 incentive to offset food/travel/misc. costs for the 90+ days in which they have their yearling, as well as, provide exceptional awards, a venue for competing and a minimal amount of advertising. We thank them immensely for their support and guidance through this amazing program.

The Youth and Yearling program in Washington was set up as an approved Washington State Charity and received full 501(c)3 non profit status in August of 2012.  This allows us to be able to offer a federal tax deduction (EIN #27 3403543) for any and all donations whether by a corporation or an individual.  It also helps our growth and enables us to sustain the program as the future allows by assisting more with youth incentives and rewards. After the 2010 year, when the Washington program filed with the state as a charity and became known as Mustang Yearlings/Washington Youth . We will remain under the tutelage and umbrella of the Mustang Heritage Foundation for all future events as long as they continue to offer the program. All of our paperwork and financial records are available for review upon request.