This weekend (Saturday, August 23) is the 1st annual Wild Horse Faire in Virginia City! This exciting all-day event is going to be a celebration of wild horses. Along with demos, arts & crafts, music, and food, there will be dozens of horse-themed vendors. Look for the Nevada Discovery Ride booth, where I will be promoting the next ride and selling branded t-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars, stickers, and more. Everything is between $0.50 and $20.00 and proceeds will benefit the next ride. We have some really cool new items (I'm loving the t-shirts!) so definitely plan to stop by, browse, and say hello! I've had a few people message me that they can't make it to the faire but want to buy a t-shirt -- so I will get an order form up on the website soon.
The next ride may be a year away, but it takes a lot of preparation to undertake a safe long ride. We continue to pour over maps and finalize the route. In fact, Ryan and I will be heading out once again for another trail scouting trip at the end of the month. For this latest exploration we'll be checking out trails between Ely and Elko (in eastern Nevada). I'm sure I'll have plenty of stories and photos to share with you when we return.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few photos from recent activities. Many thanks to the Natural Horsemanship Association of Northern Nevada for inviting me to be a presenter at their monthly meeting last week. I think we had about 20-30 people there (I'm bad at counting!) and it was just a lovely group of people. Yesterday Sage and I headed up into the Mt. Rose wilderness area with some good friends for a beautiful, but challenging, ride through the mountains. Finally, look at who I spotted scuttling across the road on a recent ride through the desert! Six years I've lived in Nevada and that is the first tarantula I've ever seen!
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.