It's been awhile since I've posted an update here -- but make no mistake, we are rocking and rolling toward the ride date!
We have been super busy buying odds and ends and last minute supplies that we'll need for the ride. From extra tack and grooming supplies to riding clothes and surplus human food... there's a lot to plan for. Some people have asked about brands/gear we're using so I will put together a gear list and post it to the website soon. One of the most important recent purchases was the SPOT Satellite Messenger. It's now linked to the homepage of this website so when it's turned on you'll be able to see where we are on the trail in near real-time! It also acts as our SOS beacon in case of trouble, and will alert the Discovery Ride team, as well as local search and rescue.
We've also been busy marking and publicizing the ride. We're really excited to have an article in the upcoming issue of Nevada Magazine, as well as some other horse publications. Links will be posted here soon. We're generating lots of interest in the ride, which is super exciting for our goal of raising awareness about wild horses.
Sage is doing well heading into spring. We've been busy trail riding and getting into shape. Now that the weather is getting better, we have a few test rides planned with the crew. We'll also be taking part in several horse events organized by other groups -- we're redoing the confidence clinic that we did last fall for fun, and we're also doing a trail trail in Genoa! Should be fun!
We're having some fun with our trail dog Bella too! After years of debating about her breed origins (she is a mutt from the Humane Society) we decided to splurge on a doggie DNA test! We're awaiting to results right now and will post them as soon as they come in. No matter what she turns out to be though, Bella is a wonderful dog and we're happy to have her on the team!
I want to remind fans and supporters that you can ride with us at the end of the trail into Reno. We'll post more details as it gets closer, but tentatively we're schedule to ride from Virginia City to Reno on Friday, June 21. The route is about 15 miles, but it's hilly and rocky so boots/shoes are recommended. It also requires a short stretch through a neighborhood so be prepared for traffic, barking dogs, etc. A well desensitized horse is a must. Otherwise, the route is beautiful and historic and we'd love to ride into town with a posse. So if you are in the region keep it in the back of your mind and on your calendar...
Don't forget that this ride is also a fundraiser for the Wild Horse Preservation League. We'll make the donation page active as the ride gets closer...
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.