Greetings! It has been far too long since I've given a proper update on things, but a lot of things have been happening!
Of most importance -- we have decided to adjust the start of the next NDR from this fall to the spring of 2016. Delaying until the spring is necessary for several reasons. My wonderful and supportive husband Ryan has personal obligations to attend to this fall - he's finishing his Ph.D.! Far be it from me to ask him to interrupt the process to haul feed and water around the Nevada backcountry for three months! Changing seasons won't change the nature of the ride though - in some ways it will be better. It will be safer, since we won't be riding during hunting season. And, fingers crossed, we should have more water to access. Don't let the ride delay bum you out -- if you'll recall the exact same thing happened in 2013. We had planned on a fall ride for 2012, but ended up waiting until spring! The new timeline will give us a little more time to prep and plan.
In other news, I am so excited to already have two wonderful sponsors for the next Nevada Discovery Ride. Top Trail Horse is a GPS-based online mileage program for the trail horse and rider. Using a GPS app, you can upload your tracks to the website for monthly mileage challenges. Personally, I love being able to see how many miles I am riding each month, and the lightly competitive aspect is fun too! The good folks over at Top Trail Horse have been extremely supportive of our next ride and they have some fun ideas for helping us make it happen. We'll reveal more on those ideas later ;)
Last month I gave a ride presentation to a group of residents at Sierra Place, a senior living facility in Carson City, Nevada. What a wonderful group of people! The residents were enthralled with the stories from the trail. I am delighted to have Sierra Place as a sponsor and to have the residents follow us along on the next ride. I'll be sending back personalized updates from the trail just for them!
Thank you to both Top Trail Horse and Sierra Place for supporting the Nevada Discovery Ride. It means the world to us to have groups like these supporting wild horse adoption. We're hoping to secure a few more sponsors for the next big ride. Let us know if you are interested!
Everything else is going well for the NDR team. Both Bella and Sage are turning eight this year!! Amazing how fast the time goes. Sage and I have been riding lots this winter, especially since winter pretty much skipped the Reno area. Bella has been tagging along on our rides too, enjoying desert exploration and chasing jackrabbits. Ryan and I have a few more scouting trips planned this summer to finalize some fuzzy portions of the route. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to get things ready for NDR 2016!
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.