Despite health obstacles, Wilson trains horse for Extreme Mustang Makeover

When 31-year-old horse trainer Wanette Wilson heard that the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition was coming to Queen Creek, she knew she wanted in. Even though an endometriosis diagnosis threatened to hold her back, she applied—and was accepted—as a 2016 competitor for the event, which challenges trainers to transform wild horses into gentle, adoptable companions in just 100 days. After all, Ms. Wilson has been a devoted horse lover all her life with experience doing rodeo, quarter horses, speed events, cutting and more. And ever the fighter, the horse trainer is not letting health issues prevent her from following her dreams.

As a part of the competition, she was paired with a wild mustang who was virtually untouched by humans. Ms. Wilson aptly named him Wish Come True — True for short — and is training him in advance of the EMM event April 22-23 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. The competition is a chance to show off True’s skills to potentially help him get adopted after the event.