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Reno Woman Making Historic Horse Ride Across Nevada

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You may remember a few weeks ago we introduced you to a Reno woman who is making history by becoming the first person to ride the Nevada Discovery Trail on the back of her wild mustang.

She's about two thirds of the way through her journey across the state so we sent a Channel 2 crew to catch up with her on the trail to hear her stories so far.


The sounds of Samantha Szesciorka and her horse sage making their way through central Nevada is just about drowned out by the day's howling wind.

Their weeks-long journey on the range has already shown the range of true Nevada weather.

"We've had thunderstorms already... We've had incredible heat with no shade..."

Samantha will ride a total of 450 miles across Nevada. We caught up with Samantha 17 days into the 28-day journey crossing the 20 miles of big Smoky Valley before entering the Toiyabe mountain range.

She has already ridden hundreds of miles camping in mountains and desert valleys passing through ghost towns and historical sites and seeing some incredible things along the way.

"There were some canyons we went through where the entire swath of mountainside was bright purple because it was just covered in purple wildflowers."

But it's also meant a few run-ins with local wildlife - roving bands of wild horses, scorpions even rattlesnakes. One snake found its way under her tent to spend the night.

"We found it the next morning under where my pillow and head had been, so I hope he had a good night's sleep (laughs) because I will never be able to sleep again!" (laughs)

It may sound like an unendurable challenge, but to Samantha, Sage, and their canine companion Bella, his is all part of the adventure.

"Each day is its own amazing adventure. What we've done already has given me an amazing new respect for our early pioneers and settlers of Nevada who were doing this 200 years ago."

And the adventure has a higher purpose as well.

Sage is a wild mustang - born and raised in Nevada's wilderness. "He had a few years already out in the Nevada wilderness, getting used to antelope and coyotes, and so those things that might scare domestic horses, they don't bother him."

Samantha says there are thousands of wild horses like sage that have been rounded up and they need homes.

She's hoping this ride will encourage people to adopt them.

Samantha is wearing a GPS tracker so you can monitor her progress on her website.

You can also find a link there to donate to the Wild Horse Preservation League of Nevada.

She rides into Reno on Saturday.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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