Synopsis: Approaching her 50th birthday, Bernice Ende picked up the reins and rode south on a borrowed horse. Her plan was to visit her sister, a 2000-mile ride from Montana to New Mexico. She never imagined that facing the challenges of life alone on the road, would take her so much further… In Lady Long Rider, Bernice shares the miles of insight she gained on the horseback ride that ultimately became a 15-year 30,000-mile journey of self discovery.
It stands in stark contrast to competitive events, which nurture a strong under-current of nationalism. Unlike competition, conflict with other humans is discouraged and violence against the horse is taboo. Equestrian travel instead requires each rider to make use of their own skills, to develop a particular strategy for their journey and to strive for personal excellence. The result is a more emotionally mature, generous, kind, patient and sympathetic horse human. In a word, a Long Rider. And by definition, every Long Rider is a winner.
After an extraordinary international effort, we are happy to report that every major equestrian explorer alive today belongs to The Guild, thatmore than fifty of these extraordinary men and women are also Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society and that The Guild website, at two thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having now been visited by more than a million people world-wide, is the repository of the largest collection of equestrian travel information in human history.