RENO — The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program, in partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation, is offering a unique 12-week employment opportunity to 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth ages 15 to 18 to train a yearling wild horse, while earning up to $750 and preparing the horse to be showcased at an adoption event during Reno Rodeo week in June. The Nevada 4-H and FFA Trained Youth and Yearling Adoption allows youths to earn money while building their resume and offering a great experience for college and scholarship applications.
Interested youth need to submit an application packet by March 20 to the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Applications can be obtained either from the youth’s cooperative extension contact or can be downloaded from the BLM Nevada website at www.blm.gov/nv. Approximately 20 applicants will be chosen to participate. Applicants will be notified the week of March 26 whether they were chosen.
Applicants must be able to pick up their yearling from the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno either the week of April 2 or April 9. Pickup times must be scheduled with the center.
Unless the applicant is adopting their yearling, he/she must bring the yearling to an adoption on June 16 at a location to be determined in Reno.
The trainers will be fostering the horses with the option to adopt the animals themselves. The yearlings, which are from the Calico Complex in Nevada, will be randomly assigned.
For more information about the program, call 475-2222.