Mus­tang trainer is a win­ner

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Ed & Jan­ice Helmick

In the Oc­to­ber is­sue of Serve Daily, we did a story on 20-year-old Chyrah Bus­sian from Mona who adopted a Bureau of Land Man­age­ment (BLM) Mus­tang for a 100 day train­ing pe­riod end­ing in a com­pe­ti­tion event be­tween do­mes­tic horses and horses raised in the wild. That event, or­ga­nized by Sage Creek Eques­trian and the BLM, was held in He­ber City Novem­ber 10 and 11, 2017. On the first day of the event com­pet­ing horses and train­ers had to demon­strate their abil­ity to deal with moun­tain trail rid­ing and ranch du­ties. The judg­ing of the first day nar­rowed the num­ber of horses com­pet­ing down to five horses in the do­mes­tic di­vi­sion and five horses in the Mus­tang or wild horse di­vi­sion for the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion. At the end of the sec­ond day adopted Mus­tangs would be sold at an auc­tion.

Chyrah and her horse, Le­gend, ended the first day as one of the top five Mus­tang com­peti­tors and a com­peti­tor for day two. This final ride in the com­pet­i­tive event was a freestyle ex­hi­bi­tion of the trainer’s de­sign and mu­sic se­lec­tion in the open arena. The horse and trainer were judged on tech­ni­cal, artis­tic and horse­man­ship/part­ner­ship.

The au­di­ence re­acted to Chyrah’s ride on the Mus­tang she named Le­gend with loud cheers and clap­ping. When the awards for the top Mus­tang and trainer where an­nounced Chyrah and Le­gend placed sec­ond. Many peo­ple in the au­di­ence were sur­prised and wanted to know the points earned for the first and sec­ond place win­ners. It then came over the loud­speaker that First Place earned 96 points and Sec­ond Place earned 95.5. That is pretty close and a lot of peo­ple ex­pressed that Chyrah and her horse did the best ride. This is what hap­pens in close com­pet­i­tive events and this is where good sports­man­ship comes into play.

One man in his 70’s who has been around horses for just about that many years said it was ob­vi­ous Chyrah has spent a lot of time with her horse. Her train­ing was not a rush job. He pointed out, “Did you no­tice how she gen­tly touches the shoul­der of her horse while she is rid­ing.” He went on to say he thought she was gifted. Ev­ery­one wit­nessed the re­la­tion­ship be­tween horse and rider. We have to also re­mem­ber that this horse was in a BLM cor­ral af­ter be­ing re­moved from the free-roam­ing herd on the open range.

The final vote for Chyrah’s horse was shown in the auc­tion. Le­gend sold for an amaz­ing $4,300. The sec­ond high­est bid for a horse was $1,500 and the other three Mus­tangs auc­tioned off where $1,400, $700, and $200. That is another way the peo­ple’s voice was heard as to the value of Chyrah’s horse train­ing abil­ity. Con­grat­u­la­tion Chyrah and we are proud of our young lady from down the road in Mona.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Chyra rides her Mus­tang, Le­gend, in com­pe­ti­tion.

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