- What was your route?
Our route was a newly-proposed equestrian alternate route for the Nevada portion of the American Discovery Trail. It runs south of Hwy 50, from Baker, Nevada on the Utah border to Stateline, Nevada on the California border. Most of the route is accessible by vehicle. The route runs through very few towns along the way (Baker, Preston, Dayton, Virginia City) but also through ghost towns, dry lakes, forests, and sand dunes. Check out The ADT in Nevada for a detailed description of every segment of the trail.
- What about supplies?
Samantha rode and light-packed off Sage. They carried some supplies and rendezvoused with the road crew every day to re-supply. The volunteer road crew also carried hundreds of pounds of water and feed for Sage, Bella, and Samantha.
- How long did it take?
Samantha, Sage, and Bella left Baker on May 25, 2013. It took the trio 29 days to ride into Reno, arriving on June 22, 2013. A rough calender is posted on "Behind the Ride."
- What about roundups? Do you support them?
The "management" of wild horses is an extremely complicated and multifaceted issue. We believe that the programs currently in place are not working and are not sustainable. We don't believe that there is one solution however. There needs to be a multi-pronged approach - and one of those prongs should be a renewed focus on adoption programs and incentives. That is the focus of the Nevada Discovery Ride. There are thousands of mustangs living in holding facilities that will never be returned to the range. Our goal is to get some of those horses out of holding facilities and into private homes.