New Year 2020 – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

“Human affairs are governed by one thing – Change.” (I wish I could remember, or find who said this!) Anyway…. another year passes. The days grow longer. Another year of gains and losses, and interruptions and surprises, loves and troubles, of growth and miracles. Here we come 2020, ready or not!

There are, I suppose, many reasons why people find my rides and life as a Lady Long Rider compelling enough to follow along (for which I am grateful to have the company). People who send aid, words of encouragement, or invite me and my horses in for the night. People who follow the journey and ride vicariously – an equestrian traveler – in their own way looking beyond themselves to find themselves.

This new beginning and old year passing is time for me, your Lady Long Rider to say, “Whoa,” step down off my high horse, and put both of my feet firmly on the ground instead of allowing four sturdy equine legs to carry me. Time to let those of you who have once again this past year found the time and resources to aid and abet this one woman’s journey and her desire to share it, know how much you are appreciated.

To all that follow the ride, and to my companions, Montana Spirit and Little Liska Pearl who grace me with their daily presence, a humble but hearty and sincere, Thank You.


“Really? Really, we won that?”
EQUUS Film Festival Literary Award.
(You try making these two stand still!)

Equestrian Legacy Radio

Interview by Gary Holt
Equestrian Legacy Radio
EQUUS Film Festival
December 2019

This is a “pre”-interview with Bernice, to be continued in a longer interview on Equestrian Legacy Radio, soon.

At the age of 50 Bernice Ende retired from teaching and for the next 14 years has ridden over 30,000 miles living in a tent with just her two horses! I visited with this amazing woman at the EQUUS Film Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend in Lexington KY. A must read is her book “Lady Long Rider”!

2019 EQUUS Film Festival

Literary Contest WINNER !!!

Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!


“Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback” *** W-O-N ***
the 2019 EQUUS Film Festival Literary Contest!!!

“Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback”
By Bernice Ende
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Bernice at her book table in the Pop-Up Gallery at the Kentucky Horse Park. The display behind her is about her and will remain there for months. Under the blanket is her Black Mountain Tucker Trails Saddle which she rode 16,000 miles from 2011-2014.
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Bernice at the entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky.
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Entrance to the museum at the Kentucky Horse Park.
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“Art of the Cowgirl”, one of the films in the festival.
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Statue of Secretariat at the Kentucky Horse Park.
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Another bookseller.
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Mounted law enforcement officers.
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Therapy pony, another star of the EQUUS Film Festival.
The End.