December 2009
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Mustang Team Completes Extreme Makeover:

Snap’s Crowd-Pleasing Horse Heads To College

Dale ‘Snap’ Lively and Duece walk a 12-inch by 12-foot beam to their first place win in the horse course.


Seventy-two-year-young Dale "Snap" Lively of Nauvoo and Duece, a four-year-old mustang from Montecristo, Nev., teamed up to win third place at the Eastern Extreme Mustang Makeover in Murfreesboro, TN, on October 23 and 24.

This was the culmination of a 100-day training period in which Snap put the winning moves on a willing horse. The duo placed fourth in the in-hand event which consisted of maneuvers from the ground like moving the shoulders over and trailer loading. With a near flawless run in the horse course, where they had to do lead changes, turns and a freestyle exhibition, the pair finished number one, which earned them a spot in the top ten.

When the dust cleared in the finals and the points were tallied, Snap and Duece scored 52.5 points, one-half point behind a two-way tie for first place. For their third place finish, Lively received a check for $2,000. He also received a ribbon and headstall for first place in the horse course. Snap stated the money was great, but the real honor was winning the "crowd pleaser award," a framed print of mustangs running.

The show culminated on Sunday, October 25, with Duece being the top-selling horse in the auction/adoption bringing a whopping $8,800. The buyer was Mrs. T. Boone Pickens from Texas. Snap was enlisted to take Duece to Stillwater, Okla. on November 18 and he was presented to Oklahoma State University by Mr. and Mrs. Pickens during halftime of the Colorado-Oklahoma State game with Snap in the saddle for one last time. Duece is on to another adventure and Mr. Lively is on to…well, we’ll see.

Congratulations to Snap and Duece for the honor they have received for their hard work and their partnership. I hope Duece enjoys his time at Oklahoma State, I did many years ago. I wish Snap the best and hope he has many more years in the saddle.

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Don Linker is an outside salesman for AFC.