The mission of the Nevada Discovery Ride is to encourage wild horse adoption through challenging long rides.

DATES: August 10, 2016 to October 22, 2016
START: Geographic Center of Nevada (southeast of Austin, NV)
END: Lemmon Valley Horseman’s Arena (11400 Deodar Way, Reno)
DISTANCE: Approx. 1,100 miles (1,162 miles as routed)

Facebook: @NevadaDiscoveryRide
Instagram: @nevada_discovery_ride
Hashtag: #nevadadiscoveryride

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Samantha Returns Oct. 23

After traveling more than 1,100 miles around northern Nevada, the Nevada Discovery Ride team is preparing to return to Reno. Samantha Szesciorka,  her horse Sage, and her dog Bella, set out from the geographic center of Nevada on August 10, 2016. For nearly three months the trio has been trekking across northern Nevada, exploring mountain ranges, forgotten historical trails, and small remote communities. The adventurers endured wild weather, wild animals, and wild terrain, but had incredible adventures along the way.
The public is invited to be there to cheer the team into Reno as they end their epic equestrian journey. The Nevada Discovery Ride team will arrive at the Lemmon Valley Horseman’s Arena on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00pm.
What: Nevada Discovery Ride Homecoming
When: Sunday, October 23 at 1:00pm
Where: Lemmon Valley Horseman’s Arena, Deodar Way, Reno
The Nevada Discovery Ride is sponsored by Washoe County, Travel Nevada,, Nevada State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management – Nevada, and many other organizations. It’s mission is to promote wild horse adoption through challenging long rides. For more information on the project visit

The Crew

  • Samantha Szesciorka (rider): Samantha is a lifelong equestrian. She is an associate member of the Long Riders’ Guild and Vice President of the Natural Horsemanship Association of Northern Nevada. Professionally, Samantha is the assistant curator at the Wilbur D. May Museum and Vice President of the Nevada Museums Association. She is a former U.S. Army journalist and television news producer.
  • Ryan Powell (support): Ryan is providing support for the NDR, hauling feed, water, and gear. Ryan is finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno and has a passion for the history of the Great Basin.
  • Sage (horse): Sage is a 9-year-old mustang from central Nevada. He went through the Northern Nevada Correctional Center’s Saddle-Horse Training Program in 2011. Since then he has become an ambassador for wild horse adoption, having appeared at public events including the Nevada Day Parade.
  • Bella (dog): Bella is a 9-year-old mutt who was adopted from the Humane Society. She loves to travel and accompanies Samantha and Sage on nearly every trail ride. Her hobbies include chasing jackrabbits and lizards, and taking naps.

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2016 Ride Sponsors
Washoe County
Nevada State Parks
Sierra Place Senior Living (Carson City, NV)
Tahoe Trail Bar
We Are Trail Riders
Top Trail Horse
Wild Heart Mustangs
Gentle Control Hackamore
Riding Warehouse