Check out this pair’s glittering performance.
Personally, I’d find it difficult to train a “regular” domesticated horse to do this much, in front of a crowd, without a bridle, in 130 days. The thought of starting with a completely wild and previously 100%-untouched mustang is just crazy. But that’s exactly what Madison Shambaugh was able to do, capturing the overall reserve championship at the 2015 Virginia Extreme Mustang Makeover (as well a slew of other awards: Fan Favorite, Rookie and Young Gun for trainers aged 18-21.)
Just how far did Terk come in a few short months? Check out this video of him in November 24, 2014, just one week into training.
Madison blogged about the experience for CavalorUniversity.com: “The idea of my freestyle had come to me when I was bed ridden with my broken leg. I wanted to go bridleless to the song ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna and wear a white dress. The song went perfectly with my primary horsemanship goal, being able to bring out the best in the horse. When we bring out the best in our horses, we often bring out the best in ourselves too. To me, the ‘shine bright like a diamond’ chorus means to be the best that you can be and to recognize your true potential. I believe every horse and every human have a greatness inside of them that they can choose to develop. My work with Terk was aimed, then, at ‘polishing the diamond’ he really was, so that everyone could see him shine — and shine he did!” (Read the rest of her post here.)
A few more photos of this promising pair from Madison’s Instagram:
Terk got to visit with some of his fans tonight and ended with a fantastic bareback & bridleless ride! Just in love with him and so glad to know he will be staying with me to live out the rest of his days! #TerksTimeToShine #TerkDidShine #mustangterk #MustangMakeover #horsesofinsta #horsetraining A photo posted by Madison Shambaugh (@ms_horsemanship) on
The Virginia Extreme Mustang Makeover took place March 27-29 during the Virginia Horse Festival at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. More Extreme Mustang Makeovers take place all over the country throughout the spring and summer, and we’ll be sure to bring you the best performances and recaps all season long!