Crockett Mustang Million challengers ready for upcoming competition

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - From wild to well-tamed, a Mustang captured on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Nevada now calls Crockett her home.

Solitary Star has come a long way since we first introduced you to her back in April and in two weeks, months of hard work by horse trainer, Andres Castaño, will be on display at the inaugural 'Mustang Million' competition in Fort Worth.

Castaño will showcase Solitary Star's transformation during a week long event where the horse's skills will be tested

C's Arabian's owners, Cheryl and Karl Balmer say the whole process has been a pleasant surprise.

"It's been super how this Mustang has said yes, to everything that she's been asked to do," said Cheryl. "She's an exceptional horse."

"I knew that he'd be able to train her but I didn't think she would be as willing to be trained as she has turned out to be," said Karl. "[It] highlights how versatile the Mustangs themselves are and what a good horse they can be."

Castaño has always wanted to work with wild horses and for his first one he says he couldn't have asked for a better experience.

"It's been all what I've expected it to be and more. I've learned a lot out of this horse and I mean it really changes your life," said Castaño. "It really changes the way you see horses. You learn a lot of patience with them."

"It's been great," said Castaño. "It's been an amazing experience. I'll definitely do it again. I think a lot of people should do it. It's a very rewarding experience."

Castaño says he's enjoyed the whole process but it has been challenging.

"You can't rush through things," said Castaño. "You can't push through things. You gotta ask and hope for the best and just let the horse think through things and go through things slowly."

Castaño says the Mustang's attitude is different than other horses.

"You've really got to learn how to read their mind,"said Castaño. "It's a very different mindset than other horses. It really teaches you a lot."

But a big reason the Balmer's and Castaño are competing in the Mustang Million challenge is to show people what great horses Mustangs can be.

Castaño says, "The main purpose of it is to try and get good homes for these horses. Try to promote the breed. Try to get people to understand that these are not just wild animals that they can be really really gentle, safe horses to ride."

"They're just a great breed and great horses and I thank the BLM and everybody involved in promoting adopting these horses," said Castaño. "I think it's a great program. We need to put the word out there and let people know that this is happening and that you can get one of these great horses."

And as far as what tricks Star will be showing off the win the competition, let's just say...

"Most horses it takes years to get to this level of competition," said Cheryl.

The Mustang Million challenge will be September 16-22 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. For information on how to get tickets to root for Star:

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