Samantha is passionate about Nevada and public lands, and loves to explore (with or without a horse). She serves as the Nevada State Coordinator for the American Discovery Trail - the nation's only coast-to-coast trail for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Samantha is the former editor-in-chief of Sagebrush Rider Magazine and a former military journalist. She lives outside Reno with her herd of two horses, one dog, two cats, one pig, and a bunch of chickens.
Sage is a formerly wild horse, born north of Austin, Nevada. He was captured in 2009 and placed in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center's Saddle-Horse Training Program in 2010. Samantha adopted Sage from the prison in 2011 when he was 5 years old. Since then, Sage and Samantha have been busy exploring the state. Sage is an exemplary mustang and ambassador for other wild horses available for adoption.
Juniper is the newest member of the Nevada Discovery Ride team. She is an Idaho Shag (Bearded Collie mix). She was born on a ranch in Idaho in September 2018 and joined the team at three months old. She has taken to the trail life and loves heading out with Samantha and Sage. Juniper likes to move cows, chase jackrabbits, and destroy toys.
Bella was the canine member of the team on the 2013 and 2016 rides. She lived a full life of adventure, scaling mountains, swimming in the ocean, romping through the forest, and crossing deserts. She racked up thousands of miles throughout her life. Bella loved being on the trail. She didn't care to move cows or chase game, but she loved to eat lizards. Bella passed away in October 2018 at the age of 11, having completed her final camping trip and trail ride just one week prior.