Our Dedicated Team
Samantha moved to Nevada in 2008 and quickly fell in love with the Silver State and its wild horses. Samantha created the Nevada Discovery Ride project to promote wild horse adoption. She completed a 500 mile ride in 2013 and a 1,100+ mile ride in 2016.
When she isn't riding, Samantha is working on Sagebrush Rider, an online source of equestrian news and from around the state. She lives outside Reno, and her herd includes a mustang (Sage), a reg. APHA gelding (Geo), one dog (Blue), and 2 cats (Finnegan and Tomas). She is a member of the Long Riders' Guild and various equestrian associations.
Bella was the canine member of the NDR team. She scaled mountains, swam in the ocean, romped through the forest, and crossed deserts. She racked up thousands of miles during the 2013 and 2016 NDR journeys. She loved being on the trail, especially chasing jackrabbits and 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.
Sage is a formerly wild mustang, born north of Austin, Nevada. He was rounded up by the BLM in 2009 when he was 2 years old, and went into the Carson City Correctional Center Saddle-Horse Training Program in December of 2010.
Samantha adopted Sage at the Correctional Center's auction in February 2011 when he was 4 years old. Since then, Sage and Samantha have been busy riding all over Nevada. Sage is an exemplary mustang, and an ambassador for other captured mustangs in need of a home!
Ryan was the "pack mule" for both long rides, hauling hundreds of pounds of horse feed and water. He also helped scout trails, and assisted with trail emergencies.