Early tomorrow morning we will load Sage into the trailer and drive six hours across Nevada to Ely, which is near the Utah border. He'll have a few days to decompress from the drive and we'll have a few days to finish any last minute preparations. And then come Saturday... we ride! After three long years of planning and dreaming this project is finally about to begin. I'm surprised to find that I don't feel scared or nervous -- I feel ready.
I have great gear, a great support crew, great sponsors, and most importantly a great horse. Everything is packed -- including clothes, food, extra tack, camping gear, and medical supplies. I finished my last day at work. Sage got a final hoof check and trim. My wonderful mother flew all the way from Pennsylvania to house and pet sit for the month. All that's left now is just to ride!
I am so excited to have such wonderful supporters and I hope everyone will stick with us through this great adventure. We are in a great position to get people talking about wild horses. Yesterday I was invited to speak to at the Air National Guard base in Reno to the junior enlisted. Though most in attendance were local, they did not know much about wild horses. I was very happy to fill them in and share with them my adoption story. They seemed very interested in the ride and I hope they'll follow along too! Not to count our chickens before they hatch, but we're already lining up some post-ride talks around Nevada. I'm really looking forward to sharing this ride with as many people as possible. If even one person goes out and adopts a mustang then it will all be worth it.
So, I'll check in with you before we ride out on Saturday and after that our updates will be spotty (intermittent internet service) but I promise to update as often as I can! Keep spreading the word, and thank you to all who have donated to our cause so far. I leave you with a few photos from a wonderful new local photographer (Patricia Gonzales of Tru Heart Photography) of Sage and I playing this weekend.
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.