Greetings to those who follow the ride!
Below is the most up-to-date information on my current ride. I try to post as often as possible but when traveling I’m limited with access to computers and the internet.
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Happy Trails - Your Lady Long Rider, Bernice Ende
LOOK, Bob Dotson came out for the Today Show in September 2012. You can see the episode by clicking HERE or on the image below:
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A Tour of Fort Edward with Bernice Ende
This is but a rough draft of my route, but it gives you some idea of where I plan to travel over the next two years. I’m looking forward to the east coast ride. A part of our country I have longed to ride for a couple of years. I’m sure it will not disappoint me with its beauty. After traveling through out Canada in 2012 it left me wanting more. Claire Dog is not traveling with me this year. “You must stay home, it’s to hard for you,” I said. She none the less wanted her photo on the hand-out cards.
Speaking engagements for March
March 4th at the Argyle Senior Meeting, 11am located at the Argyle Fire Hall
Contact Loree Ann Bane at 638-8788
March 7th at the Hillview Free Library 11am 3717 Lake Shore Dr Diamond Point, NY 12824 (518) 668-3012
March 11th at the Equinox Village 3pm 49 Maple St Manchester Center, VT
Kylee Ryan (802) 362-4061
March 12 Thursday, 7pm Poultney Recreation Commission and The Women’s Club..Poultney,Vermont ..Sheryl Porrier contact 802 353-7212… email@example.com
March 16th in South Glen Falls at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 198 Bluebird Rd. South Glens Falls, NY. 12803 518-792-1000 Krista
March 18th private talk for Women’s Teachers Organization
President Delta Kappa Gamma
March 20th in Granville, New York at 7pm the Community Center, near the Library Contact Nancy Williams at 642-0709
and last but not least a Farewell Talk March 21st 7pm at the Fort Edward Visitor Center ..11 Rogers Island Dr Fort Edward, NY 12828 518 747 3693, Contact Neil at Anvil Inn or the Fort Edward Chamber of Commerce Refreshments, come one come all!!!
Skidmore College, In Saratoga, New York 1 pm on Tuesday March 31 in Emerson Auditorium on the Skidmore campus.
visitors Jenni and Lila
Layers upon layers
in the face of my journey.
Will I make it?
Find my way, a trail home.
Anchoring to memories, of friends
so far away to pull me thru
the…..3 feet of snow.
Basha O’Reilly of the International Long Riders Guild sent a copy of Cheval a prestigious equestrian Magazine from France. Basha wrote an article about my rides in the December issue of 2014. I do not have an English translation to share with you, sorry.
http://www.thelongridersguild.com/news.htm click here to see the pages at the Long Riders Guild Website
Our hostess Darleen greeting us to historical Fort Edward, New York
Filled with slide-show presentations, snow & ice, rest, books and new friends, our time in the Glens Falls, New York area – the winter of 2014/15 is slipping away.
Horse Illustrated did a very nice article by Dusty Perin in the Feb. issue.
Gave a talk for the members of Fort Edward’s book club, (a lively bunch)
Glens Falls lovely historical Crandall Library
Essie and Spirit are happy, healthy, full of mischief. Thank you so very much to those of you who have generously donated hay, grain, brought apples/carrots and attention for the two deserving horses.
There is much more snow on the ground now. These are collapsible water buckets from OutFitters Supply in Montana… they work great as feed bags!!
Wishing all of you the very best Holiday Season. There never seems to be enough thank you’s, but please, please know my heart is fill with deep appreciation. Know that…”I could not have done it without you.” Sincerely, Bernice Ende
A Crucial American Victory
Here in the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world. Saratoga National Historical Park is located 40 miles north of Albany, the state capital, and approximately 15 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs.
Kristi and Julia drove me down to Saratoga, for a day of snow shoeing and history lesson
Joe Craig “a walking encyclopedia” gave us further details of the battle
Gordon W.T. Woodworth
News Editor, The Chronicle
Northern New York’s Leading Newspaper
15 Ridge St., P.O. Box 153
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Upcoming Slideshow Presentations
Fort Edward Library – December 18th, 6:30 PM
Fort Hudson Nursing Center – January 15th, 2pm
Glen Falls Library – January 15th 7pm
The girls and I have settled comfortably into Eastern New York. Snow arrived last week with a burst of energy but has now disappeared under warm sunny skies. Essie and Spirit have prepared for a cold winter like we have in Montana but I doubt they will need the thick coats they are sporting. We shall see.
what we left behind in April of this year, the eastern front of Montana Rocky Mountains
Belligerent winds were at our backs
Greetings from the Lamando residence. Snow this morning, wet, rainy, snowy, slushy day with a heavy mist peering through naked leafless trees. Mystical. I rarely follow a route I have ridden, generally I am doing huge circles. This portion of my route from Fort Edward, New York to Wells, Maine is like rediscovering friends I had met on the westward trek to Maine and I must say it has been great fun. I met the Lamandos while having dinner at the Fort Edward Diner in September. They heard me talking about Granville – the next town I was to ride thru. Cathy and David came over, introduced themselves, and as so many times happens invited me and my girls in for the night. Now here I am once again retracing the same route back to Fort Edward and the Lamando’s have been kind enough to take “the girls in.” Essie and Spirit have comfortable dry stalls with all the fixings.
In my years of equestrian travel I have come across several riding therapy programs and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share these remarkable programs with those who follow my rides.
Cathy owns NIPPER KNOLLS – Therapeutic Riding Program – Hippotherapy Services HPCS (certified clinical specialists there are only 108 registered in the United States) - nipperknolls.com
Cathy Lamando (in blue) encouraging a new student
Cathy Lamando has a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy MSPT and is a PATH Intl. registered Instructor. ( Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) this is from her website page…
… Our program emphasizes the abilities not disabilities of each participant. In a safe and friendly environment, we encourage people to strive towards their individual goals, whether it’s to increase confidence, socialization, muscular coordination and strength or to become an independent rider.
“yes, you can do it”
PATH International www.pathintl.org came together in 1969 and was formally called North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. “ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) which promotes health, fitness and socialization for people with special needs.
When I asked Cathy “How do horses help those with physical disabilities, developmental challenges or mental health disorders?” She replied, “The multidimensional movement of the horse is widely recognized by physical and occupational therapist to aid postural control and motor skills. The predictability of the horses rhythm promotes self organization which may lead to normalized patterns of moment. Participants learn to trust through a large gentle animal and builds confidence which carries over into everyday life. The horse gives the experience of walking to a person who is non ambulatory. I have seen amazing changes on children who have found success no where else. The intimate one on one interaction between horse and rider can work miracles.”
NIPPER KNOLLS – CATHY LAMANDO – nipperknolls.com
check it out you won’t regret it.
Folks coming to the Windsor talk…the presentation will take place at the “WELCOME CENTER”
Coming from Rt. 5 North into Windsor, turn left off of Rt. 5/Main St. onto Depot St. directly before the soldier statue. Straight ahead of you will see the Windsor Station Restaurant. Bear right in front of restaurant. At this point you’ll be in a parking lot. Park anywhere. The WC (WELCOME CENTER) is tucked in the far right corner of this lot, approx. 100 ft. from the restaurant. It’s a light colored clapboard building and will be well lit. The address is 3 Railroad Row. The restaurant address is 27 Depot Ave.
If you come from the Rt. 5 South into town, go through both stop lights and turn RIGHT onto Depot St. after the second light and next to the soldier statue.
another talk scheduled
Upcoming Slideshow Presentations
November 6th,2014 November 13th, 2014
November 13th, 6:30 pm
Christine Porter – director
802 674 – 2556