NV • Samantha Szesciorka

I love the idea of riding off into the sunset, which is one of the reasons I became a long rider and started the Nevada Discovery Ride project.

In 2013, my adopted mustang and I trekked nearly 500 miles across Nevada along backcountry trails—battling wild terrain, wild weather, and wild animals. My goal was to encourage wild horse adoption through a challenging long ride. Now the trail beckons once more... My mustang and I will set out on a three-month, 1,100 mile ride around Nevada in the fall of 2016—once again to promote wild horse adoption. I love sharing stories from the trail, teaching people about wild horses, and helping people plan their own long ride adventures.

Where are you located?

I live in Reno, Nevada. We are flanked by the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the Great Basin desert to the east. I am fortunate to have millions of acres of public land right outside my door for my horse and I to explore.

How did you get into trail riding?

I started riding horses as a teenager. I rode for my college equestrian team, dabbled in show jumping and endurance riding, but ultimately found that what I really loved was just being on the trail!

What do you love most about trail riding?

It's the best way to get to know the land, to see wildlife, and to bond with your horse! When you're traveling at 3mph you see EVERYTHING!

Why did you become a community ambassador?

Nevada has so much to offer trail riders! We have more public land than any other state, filled with mountains, lakes, deserts, ghost towns, and more. I love encouraging trail riders to get out and explore the state.


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