Equestrienne Samantha Szesciorka will discuss her solo ride across Nevada at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Saturday in a free public presentation.
In the summer of 2013, Szesciorka embarked on the Nevada Discovery Ride, a 452-mile solo journey by horse across Nevada to encourage wild horse adoption.
“From the Utah border to Reno, she battled wild weather, wild terrain and wild animals,” orgnizers said. “Her presentation is an entertaining and educational look at the challenges of the trail and the hidden beauty of Nevada.”
An avid equestrienne with nearly 20 years of experience, Szesciorka is an associate member of the Long Riders’ Guild. She is also the assistant curator at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno.
Szesciorka’s lifelong love for animals and her love of long riding led her to plan the first Nevada Discovery Ride in 2010.
“She was awed and humbled to ride close to wild herds of mustangs in the mountains around Reno, but saddened to learn that many languish in holding facilities because they are not being adopted,” organizers said. “The ride was her way to show what great riding horses mustangs make, and to encourage their adoption.”
A 1,000-mile trip is in the planning stages for 2015.
“Samantha’s passion for horses and riding is inspiring,” said Park Curator Mark Jensen. “We’re glad she’s coming to share her adventures with other Carson Valley horse lovers and land explorers.”
The free, hour-long outdoor presentation begins at 10 a.m. Seating will be available, but visitors may bring their own lawn chairs.
Other speakers in this year’s series are Holly Walton-Buchanan, author of “Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada” on June 28, Dick Davies talking about the history of boxing in Nevada on July 12 and a group of local artisans demonstrating techniques and equipment for fiber arts on July 26.
Former Nevada State Treasurer Patty Cafferata and her daughter Elisa will talk about Patty’s mother Barbara Vucanovich on Aug. 2, Kim Copel will present a chautauqua of stagecoach driver Charlie Parkhurst on Aug. 23, Dr. Anita Watson will portray Virginia City pioneer Mary McNair Mathews in a chautauqua on Sept. 6, historian Ronald James discusses his book on Virginia City on Sept. 27 and Patty Cafferata returns on Oct. 11 for a discussion of her book on Christmas in Nevada.
The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, south of the Carson Valley Swim Center.
The full schedule for the Ferris Family Speaker Series and other events at the park is at dangberghomeranch.org.