Amigo, gray-faced with hip bones protruding, is still under my care and showing his 32 years of age. In the pasture, I catch him sleeping his eyes half shut, the breeze slightly moving his still thick mane. I didn’t need another horse, but I am happy Amigo is with me. Every morning as I feed Amigo, I am reminded of my friend and the good times we had – and I am also reminded that we will all face the same reality.
Nikita Gretsi is sharing with HRL one of the most historic rides ever attempted: a ride from coast to coast across Siberia, a staggering 15,000 km (or over 9,300 miles). In a recent email, I asked Nikita questions that I believed would satisfy the curiosity of others as well as myself – bigger questions like”Why did you decide to take on this venture?” to the more practical “What do you eat? What do your horses eat?”
It’s beyond time for change. Time to explore other options with the true “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States” as stated in resolution 452. Because right now the character of the United States, as currently shown by the BLM and other parts of our government, is nothing to be proud of.
Whether through the warmth and joy of family or friends (including our four-legged ones), may you each receive what you truly wish for.
This interview with Nikita Gretsi, conducted shortly after the first leg of the journey was completed, was translated to English and reposted with permission from Yakutia.Info. Article by Timofey Efremov, Photos by Yuri Berezhnev.
Though children, women and men have ridden “ocean to ocean” across North America, no one has ever dared attempt to ride from Russia’s Pacific to England’s Atlantic. The first solo equestrian journey across Eurasia will require Nikita Gretsi to travel 15,000 kilometers and survive minus 60 degree Siberian cold. The first such attempt is now underway.
The Long Riders Guild, an organization whose membership is truly global, was founded and is led by Cuchullaine O’Reilly – who is as adventurous a writer as he is as a rider, and we at HRL are privileged to have his contributions to our site!
I am the luckiest person in the world. That thought is not based on being rich or living a life without ups and downs. I am not young or beautiful or financially abundant. And I, like everyone else have experienced a year of uncertainty and sadness, feelings of despair and feelings of loss. But yes – I have been blessed.
This build was done with old-school precision and attention to design detail…You can only imagine the heads that turned when this El Camino hit the pavement.
While Ende had ridden since the age of three and taught dressage…the fact that she did not start long riding until the age of 50 should be of great interest. In a country where we promote youth and those of age can feel forgotten, The Lady Long Rider began a journey that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.