RENO, NV - The Mustangs are as cool as cucumbers, it's their riders who may be on edge this morning.
They are inmates from the Stewart Conservation Camp who have spent the last five months training the wild Mustangs in hopes of making it here to the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Show.
“First competition, I'm just excited to be here,” says David Dudo, an inmate and trainer.
His horse, Porter is one of 10 Mustangs who is competing for bragging rights and a pair of boots in the annual Inmate Challenge.
“Most of us are pretty competitive so its kinda fun,” says Fred Winkler.
Winkler and his horse Top Notch are considered one of the favorites this year.
Winkler says the Palomino is one of the best horses he's ever trained.
“ Because he is Top Notch,” says Winkler.
Inside the arena, the inmates have two minutes to show their horse's skills.
These are basic skills but exactly what a potential adoptee is looking for...lunging, lifting the feet, changing direction and pace.
Both Winkler and Dudo feel good about their work so far.
But there is a spoiler in the competition, Jackie a one year old Donkey who is also up for adoption on Saturday.
And really that's the bottom line here getting these Mustangs and Donkey to a good home.
The winners and their horses will be front and center Saturday as the Mustang adoption gets underway at about noon.
Those who are interested in adopting a horse can come to the Livestock Events Center beginning at about 10am and talk to inmates about their horses.
The Mustangs are sold to the highest bidder.