“Live your life to inspire others and you too shall be inspired – by the life YOU lead… Inspiration comes from within. Inspire yourself!
Cornelia Francis Hoy / Mrs Lawrence Ende
All of my rides are dedicated to my Mother
My life as a young girl growing up on a small German Catholic- Minnesota dairy farm could have been a hard even dull life had it not been for my mother. My father’s thick gnarled hands were a reflection of the work that was required to manage a dairy farm and provide for a large family. It was from him that I learned the art of “can-do-ness”. IE, the art of improvising. We were poor but never do I recall us being without. My Mother added color to our life. Fun surprises that broke up the routine of chores. Her love of life was infectious as she decorated for holidays, baked birthday cakes, encouraged not just me but everyone to play a musical instrument and to read. My mother was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and loved reading. She took us to see plays and concerts. She encouraged her tribe to try different foods and to explore.
She gave me a sense of the horizon and the curiosity to look beyond its limitations. She was the kind of Mother who upon laying eyes on her 8yr old daughter (me) who was standing on the bare -back of our old horse Chee Chee and galloping down the gravel driveway - did not scream, but silently smiled and went about her business. When ever I recall this incident to memory I shake my head, “how could she have let me do that, and watch”!!! She gave me the space to be as wildly adventurous as I needed to be. Her philosophy of life had been passed down to her by her Mother and Her four Aunts. Capable, daring women who sought to change the world through education, the arts, science and…. adventure, this my Mother passed down to me.
The reason for swinging into the saddle in 2005 for my first ride is very different from the reasons that I continue to ride today. How could I have ever imagined such a life and how well it would suit me? I continue to be lured by the elusive horizon. I continue to enjoy the sharing of my travels through talks and presentations at local schools, 4-H clubs, youth groups, business meetings and of course to many horse enthusiasts. I find the life challenging in every way. It has deepened my sense of gratitude for friends, community and strangers that quickly become friends. My appreciation for the country I live in and for the animals that willingly travel with me has infinitely deepened.
“Our rich and diverse country is embellished by generous, neighborly people. To each and every one of you whose path I cross, a hearty thank you for the help, the interest and the encouragement. I could not have done it without you.
Happy trails, Bernice Ende