3rd Annual Mustang Rendezvous

Jun 10, 2024 | Regional News

Torrington, WY (by Cindy Sheeley) June 10th, 2024 — Operation Remount Corporation and the Wyoming Mustang Association hosted its Third Annual Spring Mustang Rendezvous Saturday, June 8 at the Sunshine Arena at the Goshen County Fairgrounds. Several riders and handlers participated in the event.

Each year the event is open to all horses, not just mustangs. The event is laid back and is focused on getting riders and horses out for practice and bonding in a fun way.

The participants competed in several events including a trail course, conditioning and handling, showmanship, and the under-saddle cowboy challenge. Winners of each category receive prizes, including belt buckles and ribbons.

During the event, there was a silent auction and raffles for prizes. All proceeds went to the Operation Remount Corporation.

Also, at the event, Operation Remount performed a graduation ceremony for the veterans who completed their program.

Operation Remount Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit program based outside of Jay Em focused on bonding veterans and first responders with wild mustangs. Through hard work and understanding, the veterans and first responders build trust with the mustangs in an effort for both parties to work through their traumatic experiences.

Kelly Alexander, a retired veteran who fought in the Afghanistan War, and his wife, Karen, a nurse practitioner, opened Operation Remount in May 2021 with the goal of helping veterans and first responders work through their traumatic experiences.

These traumatic experiences can, and often do, affect every part of their lives like the way they think, act, and even live. By providing this program, the Alexanders hope to help their graduates heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and many other issues caused by their experiences.

Before opening Operation Remount, Kelly went through a similar program called the Mustang Heritage Program in Texas.

Through this program, he learned the benefits of pairing veterans and wild mustangs. Both veterans and wild mustangs have been affected by experiences in their lives which have caused trauma. When these individuals and horse are paired together, they can help each other heal.

Each year, Operation Remount holds two six-week programs for applicants, one in the spring and one in the fall. The program is an all-inclusive experience completely free of charge.

The program is made up of two parts. One part is taking equine classes and working with their own horses. The other is taking classes to learn about mental health and coping skills.

To learn more about Operation Remount, head to their website operationremount.org, call 308-224-4694, or follow them on Facebook.