- Why did you do this?
The main goals of the 1st Nevada Discovery Ride were (1) to encourage wild horse adoption by demonstrating the trainability and rideability of mustangs on a challenging long ride, (2) raise awareness about wild horse issues through photos and video taken during the ride and publicity generated by it, and (3) to highlight the American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast non-motorized route which runs through some of Nevada's most remote back country wilderness. Along the way, we also wanted to have fun and do something that had never been done before. This was the first solo equestrian ride along the newly-planned Nevada portion of the ADT.
- Where did the money raised go?
We raised $1,500 during the 1st Nevada Discovery Ride. 100% of the proceeds benefited the Wild Horse Preservation League, a non-profit organization based out of Dayton, Nevada. Funds helped support their mission of helping wild horses, whether that is through adoption efforts or through government policy. They also assist other wild horse organizations and rescue groups with funding as needed. For more information on the WHPL and what they do, visit www.wildhorsepl.org.
- Who funded the ride?
This ride was entirely funded by our solo rider, Samantha. Trail support was offered by Trevor Oxborrow (Nevada Trail Expeditions), Ted Oxborrow (state coordinator for the ADT), and several volunteers. In addition, we were extremely grateful to have the support of several sponsors who donated gear.
- How did you ensure the animals safety?
We scheduled at least one full rest day every week to make sure that all the animals were sound. Any lameness or injury would have immediately caused the ride to halt. We had regional veterinarians on call as needed. Sage wore Easy Boot hoof boots, and Bella wore Ruff Wear boots. We also carried a small first aid kit at all times, and the road crew carried a larger kit.
- How did you ensure rider safety?
The majority of the Nevada portion of the American Discovery Trail is easily accessible to major roadways, but some of the route is remote backcountry. We carried a satellite tracking device which sent coordinates of our location to Google Maps every 10 minutes. Any visitor to this website was able to see exactly where we were in near-real time. The tracking device also featured a panic button to summon emergency response. We rendezvoused with our road crew every day.