WA • Jennifer Jacobson

I ride the trails like it's a full time job and consider it a personal challenge to find as many new routes and places as possible. I am planning my first long distance ride in 2016 and hope to compete at Tevis in 2018. I love meeting other riders who share the same spirit of adventure!

Where are you located?

I'm located in the mountains of Northeastern Washington state, a half hour north of Spokane. The further north the more sparsely populated it gets and we have millions of acres of riding up here. From the Kettle Crest to Salmo Priest Wilderness and beyond! This area is well suited as a home base for travel to a lot of other beautiful riding areas like the Cascades, the Selkirks in North Idaho, and the Kaniksu National Forest in Montana. 

How did you get into trail riding?

Since I was young I've always loved hiking, horses, and being lost in the woods, but in my teens we moved to a large city. After I moved back to Washington, I met my husband and as a condition of accepting his marriage proposal I got my first mare: an older Morgan who knew a lot more than me. She taught me to love running through the woods and disappearing for hours at a time all over again. 

By way of my trainer, I was introduced to the versatile American Saddlebred. Since then there has been no looking back. Each year we get more adventurous, and in 2015 we had our first ultralight pack in trip into the Pasayten Wilderness. Last year, I logged an amazing 2,440 miles on my ASB mares, and I'm excited to see how much further we go in 2016!

What do you love most about trail riding?

There is nothing quite as grounding as disappearing into the woods with your horse, whether solo or with good friends. Being present in the wild, exploring terrain, new trails, or bushwacking up over a mountain just to see what's on the other side may be the closest thing we have to heaven on earth. I love the feeling of partnership you have with your horse where they know what you are thinking before you ask and you operate as one being while you navigate technical terrain or gallop for miles on end. 

Why did you become a community ambassador?

So many other disciplines have a central place online where they can connect, but trail riding hasn't yet until We Are Trail Riders. I love talking shop about horses and trails and am a fountain of information about everywhere you can go in the Inland NW region. I hope to motivate people to get out of their comfort zone, into the saddle, and exploring all the new and wonderful places around them.


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