Video: Bridleless Freestyle Mustang Makeover

130 days of training.

She hopes to train horses full time after she graduates from Purdue.

I don’t think she will have trouble getting customers, lol.

The young ladies name is Madison Shambaugh and her horse is the mustang Terk. This video is from the VA Extreme Mustang Makeover 2015. The team was awarded Overall Reserve Champion, Fan Favorite, Rookie award, & Young Guns (18-21 yr old) award.


  1. Ruth squires on April 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    This is what I’ve always wanted to do but never got the chance with my horses, it would be a blast and a real learning experience. Thanks for the show, I have Arabians and an arabian/mustang stallion as well as his off spring and he is as gentle as a kitten and is so willing to please, will follow me anywhere and still has the spirit he rightfully should have. I break and train my own horses the horse whisper way, calm gentle, and listening to the horse. It is the best experience ever.

  2. Debra Snedeger on April 2, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I have rode the day could walk I have horse I jumped on lie on their backs I talk to them like they human no bridle, no saddles I just tell them run, walk, Dance a friend sent me your video I was amazed it takes talent and trust . Well done from a breeder who works with Robert Redford, Wayne Newton, to put out the very best. Good Luck.

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  4. Christina Kimberlin on April 1, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I had the pleasure of watching this in person – and as impressive as it is in video – it was a thousand times more impressive to be there. What this video doesn’t show you is that the freestyle portion of the competition began at 6:30pm on DAY TWO of competition…. and it was below 30 degrees outside. These trainers and their horses were tired and cold, and yet still managed to pull off standing ovations. Madison’s performance had the audience on their feet. I had the pleasure of sitting among her family for a portion of the competition on Day 1 – and you could tell they were so proud of how far this young lady has come and excited to see where life takes her. Great job Madision! You made the rest of us proud too! Best of all, she got to adopt this mustang when it was all said and done. Terk is hers for keeps now!

  5. Christina K on April 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I had the pleasure of being there in person – what this video doesn’t tell you or show you is that the entire audience was on their feet, and that it was less than 30 degrees…. these freestyle finals started at 6:30pm at the END of DAY TWO of bitter cold and crappy weather… These beautiful horses and their trainers were tired and frozen and kept on going…. the mustang competition is what got me to the horse festival, and I’m glad we went… and most of all, I’m glad Madison got to adopt this horse that she clearly put so much effort in to. We sat among her family for part of the competition on Day 1, you could tell they were so proud.

  6. KD Huff on April 1, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I agree with Barbara. The way the young lady stroked her horse’s mane and neck immediately reminded me of Stacy. She took her time and the horse was waiting for his cues. Loved it!

  7. Karla H on April 1, 2015 at 5:20 am While her award winning ride was awesome to watch, I was even more captivated by the video of the first days of their partnership. Lots of training very similar to what you showed us with Jac.

  8. Barbara Means on March 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    It might just be my imagination, but did anyone else get the feeling that this incredible young lady was tipping her hat a little at another young lady we all love to watch? If you ever have one of those days Stacy when you’re asking yourself if what you do and who you are really matters…just watch this video again.

    I’m so proud of Shannon and Terk, of course, they are fellow Hoosiers. LOL!

  9. Anna Scantlan on March 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Wow! 130 days! That’s wild. It’s must have been quite a sight to see in person. 🙂

    • Sunny on April 1, 2015 at 10:14 am

      It was, the crowd loved her!! She won fan favorite at the end. 🙂

  10. Martina Braden on March 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Wow-she did an excellent job.

  11. Victoria Pinner on March 31, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Oh, the champion was Doc Holiday. He won overall, but no one could touch Terk in the Freestyle.

  12. Victoria Pinner on March 31, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I was there representing North American Mustang Association and Registry. This was awesome. The judges gave her top scores, and she and Terk deserved it. (I also had the honor of presenting her with a beautiful belt buckle. This was simply the best!

  13. Bobbi on March 31, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I was holding it together until he laid down for her. What love and devotion was attained in 130 days!! Love Mustangs and all they represent!

    • Barbara Means on March 31, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      I’m right there with you. Loved this!

  14. Char on March 31, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    And it was freezing ass cold there this weekend!

  15. Stephanie Cyrus on March 31, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Wow!!! Beyond awesome!!! I’m still wiping the tears away!!!! Just beautiful!!! America was built by those wonderful Mustangs!!!

  16. Jennifer on March 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Stacy…. Most impressive thing I’ve seen since the first time I saw you and Roxy !

  17. seriousirrus on March 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Interesting how we are finally learning relationship, subtle movement in our legs, touches in the hands and body, get more beautiful results, than yanking on a horses mouth. Im pretty sure the horses are saying; Hallelujahs!

  18. ivyschex on March 31, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    That mustang is gaited! Sweet!

  19. JO on March 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    She has very nice spur.

  20. Beth on March 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    im from her area. It’s nearly impossible to get your horse into her for training.

    She’s impressive on everything she rides, not just with terk

  21. Sharon Petrie on March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    She is great!! Makes me wish I was young again so I could try to do things like this!!

  22. LadybugFarm on March 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    that was totally awesome!!! it brought tear to my eyes. what an amazing girls she is.

  23. Claudia on March 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    If she was reserve… who the heck was Champion?

    • Eveline on March 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      my thoughts exactly (y)

    • Kelsie Lancaster on March 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      The finals were composed of two parts and she made a mistake of over spinning in her first part where the champion didn’t, when the freestyle came she got perfect scores and he didn’t but bc it was an added score he won by a few points.

    • Sunny on April 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

      The horse’s name was Doc Holliday. I don’t know the trainers name. some people had a list of the trainer’s name, the horse’s name and other information like which HMA the horse was from, but I don’t know where they got the list from, I never had one.

  24. picklesandpinups on March 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I’m such a sap. I choked up when I saw the sidepassing. Maybe it’s because I see a horse who five months earlier was an untouched wild horse, and now not only do we have a horse who completely trusts her rider, but trusts a rider enough to enter into a competition, bridleless, with a rider wearing a large gown. Well done, Madison. I see such fantastic things for you.

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