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Someone 2 Know: Nevada Discovery Ride

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If anybody embodies the idea that the journey is more important than the destination, it's Samantha Szesciorka. 

"You find out what you're made of on a long ride," she said. "That's for sure." 

In 2013, Sam, her dog Bella, and her horse, Sage crossed 500 miles of Nevada's wilderness to raise awareness of wild horse adoptions. 

"If you don't adopt them, they literally sit in these holding facilities for the rest of their lives."

Sage is a wild horse, was trained by prisoners, and then was adopted by Sam in 2011.

"For me the ride was to show people, 'Look I adopted a wild horse.' We train together, and we went out and accomplished this incredible journey that people didn't think we could do."

Sam is about to do it all over again, and then some. 
"Was 500 miles not enough?," I asked. 

"No it wasn't enough," she said. "The first ride wasn't enough."

The trio will start in the geographic center of Nevada, and travel in a counter clockwise direction before finishing in Reno. It's a 1,100 mile journey. She plans on covering 20 miles a day.     

"I like being out there and experiencing Nevada, the wilderness, in a quiet way where I'm just bonding with my horse and with myself, and with my dog." 

She describes that bond as being like a herd. After all, they all will have to depend on each other for survival. 

Samantha moved to the Silver State in 2008 after leaving the military.

"It's the first place I feel like I have roots in it and that I'm beginning to know it as a place." 

She is getting to know it from a perspective that most native Nevadans have never experienced themselves.

"It's a cool, diverse state. But you have to get out into it to discover that. That's what I've done, and it's made me fall in love with it."
Samantha embarks on Wednesday, August 10th and should return around the end of October. 

To learn more about her journey and wild horse adoptions, click here. 

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