Howdy everybody! It's not even technically summer yet, but it is hot, hot, hot here in Reno. The drought has made it really dry out there, which means the wildfire risk is already pretty high and the water levels are pretty low. For Sage and I that means we'll be heading up into the mountains as much as possible this summer. This week my friend Carol and I enjoyed a nice ride just outside the Mt. Rose Wilderness area. Even just a little elevation made the high temps much more bearable and made for some great views of the city below. We also got to practice some bridge crossings and chatted with some nice hikers and cyclists on the trail too. I met one nice hiker couple who recently moved to Nevada and was shocked to hear that Sage was a mustang! They were quite impressed with him!
In Discovery Ride news, planning continues for next year's ride. As always, I'm playing with gear, trying out some new things to see if they can stand up to the rigors of a long ride. We learned on the last ride that most things just aren't made with enough quality to handle constant use on the trail! I am also working on securing a few new sponsors and promoting the ride in general. I think things are coming together nicely and I think we will have some announcements to share pretty soon :)
In wild horse news, I am so excited to find out that the Bureau of Land Management just started another prison adoption program! As you know, Sage came from the prison program in Carson City. It is just the best program out there for wild horse adoption and one that I wish could replicated at every prison. The new program is in Elk Grove, California through the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center and the first batch of gentled horses will be up for adoption at the upcoming Napa Mustang Days in Napa, California. They will also be premiering the highly anticipated Unbranded documentary during the expo, so if you are in the region you won't want to miss it! Finally, if you are in the Reno area next month you should plan to check out the first-ever Nevada Mustang Fine Art Show - a three-day art exhibit featuring amazing wild horse art, with proceeds benefiting the Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary.
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.