Tate Weber with family: sons, Drake, Zeek, Cy and Whit and wife Julie all from Clawson pose with the giant check for winning the competition.
Tate Weber of Clawson won first place in the Ft. Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover June 10-12 in Fort Collins, Colo. He competed against 39 trainers in a grueling week of competition. Tate spent 90 days training a wild horse he picked up in March and competed for $12,000 in prize money.
Tate started working with "Boggle" in March and fell in love with him. Tate says "He's a pleaser."
Tate and Boggle spent the week in Colorado competing in a series of events. The first was a handling and conditioning class. Tate scored 10 points out of 10 on the handling score. He then went through a trail class and placed third over all.
On Saturday Tate and Boggle won the reining class and placed second in the cow work class. This put Tate in first place and qualified him for the top 10 Finals.
Tate then wowed the judges with his required compulsory maneuvers and received a score of 60.5 out of 80. He then had a large lead on the competition and preformed his freestyle routine to music. After an amazing display of horsemanship and fun Tate set the bar high which was hard to catch.
The family fortunate enough to adopt Boggle and bring him home will enjoy a quality trained animal. He is an amazing horse who "boggles your mind."
Weber is the 33 year old father of four boys. He and his wife Julie live on their own ranch in Clawson. He spends most of his time wrangling horses, cows and kids. Tate started training horses at an early age with the help of his grandpa. He enjoys working and roping cattle. Tate has worked as a wrangler for many operations. He now trains horses for a living. Tate loves to see progress in horses and the Extreme Mustang Makeover has given him the opportunity to stretch his abilities. Tate is happiest when on horseback.
The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty versatility and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the West, where they are protected by the BLM under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. More than 2,000 wild horses have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs.