The Journey of JP & Chance – A Special Mustang
Lottie Graham with the wild Mustangs at Cody, Wyoming.
Day four of the Extreme Mustang Makeover program. JP rides his Mustang “Chance” for the first time. Filmed by Lottie Graham at The White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ, on January 12th 2016.
Photo by Lottie Graham
Day five. Back to the White Stallion Ranch to see how JP is progressing. He came up to me with his Mustang, #09797753. “I’ve named him Chance,” he said. The name inspired him, “because I think he and I actually have a chance. He’s been given a chance, he’s given me a chance and he’s giving all the Mustangs a chance by doing this show.”
Good luck JP and Chance for the 22nd-23rd April where he will compete with other trainers and Mustangs at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Arizona for the Extreme Mustang Makeover; demonstrating Chance’s progress and ability.
“JP having a quiet moment with his Mustang Chance”
“It was taken on the Mustang’s first day. JP was getting the Mustang used to him and spending time in the round pen. Calm and quiet, some nights JP would sleep in the round pen. Chance grew in confidence, became more comfortable in his presence and one night even playfully took JP’s sleeping bag off him”
Photos and narrative by Lottie Graham
JP is originally from Florida and started working at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona in the summer of 2015. He has worked with horses since 2008, when he trained his first Mustang mare Ego. Chance is JP’s 15th Mustang. However, this is his first time competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. JP also competes in mounted shooting on his sorrel Tom Tom, which he has done successfully for 18 months.
Chance is a 6 year old Mustang born in Sandy Springs, Nevada. He was at the BLM holding facility in Florence, Arizona for 2 years and 11 months. Such facilities have been referred to as “horse prison” due to the lack of space and number of Mustangs. The Extreme Mustang Makeover aims to remove these Mustangs from these facilities and reduce the pressure on the BLM, and give these beautiful animals a better life.
Chance had never been haltered before or been in contact with many humans when JP picked him up on the 8th January 2016. “He’s extremely affectionate, trusting, silly at times! He’s an incredible little guy with a great personality” – JP.
JP hopes Chance will show the worth and potential of these Mustangs. To encourage taking responsibility and making sure they have the right space and environment to live successfully.
The Continuing Journey of Chance
JP & Chance herding cows
Ian on Chance at White Stallion Ranch
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