Back Country Horsemen of Missoula is sponsoring an evening with Montana’s own Lady Long Rider, Bernice Ende, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Opportunity Resources, Inc., 2821 S. Russell St.
Ende has ridden her horses over 30,000 miles, criss-crossing the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. She took her first long ride in 2005 at the age of 51. From 2014 to 2016 she became the first person documented to have ridden from coast to coast and back again in one continuous trek. She has won world acclaim among Long Riders who are recognized masters of long-distance equestrian travel and exploration, gained the respect of hundreds she met along the way and earned membership in the International Guild of Long Riders for her accomplishments. She is the author of “Alone Across America on Horseback, Lady Long Rider,” published in 2018 by Farcountry Press.
The public is welcome to attend her slide presentation on the horse journey of a lifetime.
October 1, 7pm Host: Northwest Montana Chapter of Back Country Horseman Location: Forest Service Supervisory Office 650 Wolf Pack Way, Kalispell, Montana Contact: President Rick Mathies – 406 752-2209
October 3, 7pm Host: Missoula Backcountry Horseman Location: Opportunity Resource Center Building 2821 S. Russell Street, Missoula Montana Contact: Dean Hoistad: 406-207-6067
October 7 & 8, Montpelier, Idaho A location and time has not been secured here, but if anyone would like to host a talk while I am in town, please email
October 10, Noon-1:15 North Logan, Utah Location: Utah State University Equine Center 3580 South, US-89, Wellsville, UT 84339 Guest Speaker in Equine Business Management Class Dr. Karl Hoopes, Instructor Host: Judy Smith, Instructor,
October 10, About 7:00pm Location: Utah State University Equine Center 3580 South, US-89, Wellsville, UT 84339 Pizza Dinner, Guest Speaker of Equine Human Bond Club Host: Judy Smith, Instructor,
October 11, 6pm & 7:30 pm Bridgerland Back Country Horsemen Fall Social Location: North Logan Library 475 E, 2500 N, North Logan, UT 7:30; Guest Speaker in Authors & Illustrators Program “Riding Into the Unknown: What I learned from 30,000 miles on Horseback” by Montana author and long distance rider, Bernice Ende. Host: Barbara Middleton, A&I Coordinator,
Lets pause for a sponsor break. Photos: 1 & 2…I used this cinch set up on Liska the other day. I am using the Tucker Trail Saddle and Outfitters Supply double cinch and it works SOO incredibly well, offers more stability when I have front and rear bags on. If I were traveling however I would have padded the cinch rings for more comfort. 3. The girls wearing Cashel fly masks making a bee line for Source Micro-nutrients. 4. The new Sikdo saddle pad, I am using with the Tuckers Trail saddle, The famous Sunbody Hat. and the best and safest horseshoe for long distance riding from the Blacksmith Shop.
5. A wonderful summer read, by Sally Wagner – “The Women’s Suffrage Movement” I had not realized until reading this book and another book about Lucy Stone that before the right to vote entered the public domain, women first had to have the right to SPEAK in public…more on that next posting. (painting by Ima Jean Harrison of beloved Claire Dog) Thank you so much all of you. I believe this will be a year of rest after that long book tour. But next year I do hope to reel in two – 500mile rides. Thank you all of you that stay in touch and who send emails or FB messages or who purchase my book. October will bring a few more talks as I head south for the winter, right now I am happy to be quietly passing a smoke free summer at my cabin. Happy Trails
I often times hear this, “ I bet you wished you lived 100 years ago.” Well, what did 100 years ago look like for a single woman, like myself?
The struggle had finally, FINALLY after 77 years of fighting for the right to vote, been won, just barely!
Native American’ were not guaranteed the right to vote until 1962!
Following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, the battle
for the vote ended for white women. For African American women the
outcome was less clear.
The historical events of the suffrage movement calls out to me as it does because I realize so strongly that I couldn’t be doing what I do had not these brave women cleared my trail as they had.
me share this with you, it has happened more than once on my rides.
sat on a bench outside a lovely cafe, beautiful sunny, spring morning
in New Hampshire, 2015 – my return ride from the coast of Maine, the
8000 mile ride.
sat eating a delicious omelet that I’d ordered and taken outside
where I could keep an eye on Essie Pearl and Montana Spirit who were
tied to the dumpster near by, packs off, resting quietly.
tall woman, with dark short hair, 50ish suddenly appeared before me
standing stoically with a determined look on her face. She was
dressed modestly in pants, had a purse attached to her arm. Her
husband stood behind her silent.
“Are you one of them feminist,” she asked or rather demanded. “Excuse me?” I just wanted to eat quietly that morning. I replied. “Aren’t you that woman that’s ridin’ all around the country by herself, like she was a man or somethin’?” She wanted to know.
my I thought, here we go.
I said, “Do you vote?” “Well yes of course I do.” The woman, shifted her weight, a bit nervous.
“Do you drive a car, have your own drivers license? Do you have money in that purse of yours. And if your husband beat your would your leave him? I pursued. “Yes, Yes well so what of if?” She retorted with frustration. “You stand there in a pair of pants in front of your husband, speaking ever so freely and you call ME a feminist, looks to me like YOU’RE the feminist.” I was hungry and a bit annoyed with all this. She left with a huff.
I find this unfortunate – how we as women take for granted the rights, the freedoms and the ease with which we move in today’s world. It is a far cry from 100 years ago. “No,” Comes my reply, “I do not wish to have lived 100 years ago.” Nor shall I forget those courageous women who made my life possible, here I am a women doing long rides across this country. Yes you can call me a feminist!
Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920,
the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.
19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.
Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle;
victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the
mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters
lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience
to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the
Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see final victory in
On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the
amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee
became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920,
the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of
three-fourths of the states. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby
certified the ratification on August 26, 1920, changing the face of
the American electorate forever.
Every time I pass through this small western town my heart fills with the knowledge that at one time both of my great-grandmothers, my grandmother, and my mother (as a small child) have been here. They walked these very streets, looked out upon the eastern front of the towering Rocky Mountains, fought with the belligerent westerly winds, and surely must have experienced the same excitement I do of simply being in this wild, open country.
I will be back at the cabin by tomorrow.
My mind is far from settled. It continues to reel with thoughts from the book tour trail. The long 8-month route which covered 18 states affected me more than I thought it might, I think in part because the book tour truly became a “reunion tour”.
Ninety talks, and at nearly every one someone I’d met from a past ride appeared. Meeting once again with people who helped in one way or another during those incredibly difficult years when no one knew just how hard the journey I’d embarked on was because I’d always covered my face with a thin veil of strength and determination. I don’t think anyone knew how much I needed and appreciated the help offered me.
So the book tour in many ways became an opportunity for me to reach back and say, humbly, sincerely, “Thank you, I could not have done it without your help.” Offering a book in gratitude with hugs, laughter, and smiles upon faces I remembered. I repeated, “Yes I remember, I remember.” I shouted it many times, and it meant more than you can imagine to me. (I have a very good memory.)
The list is long, of those who reached out once again to make the book tour possible. You know who you are… those of you who set up talks, hosted my overnight stays, worked out dinner parties, made arrangements for my horses’ comfort, a mechanic when I needed repairs, or drove me to the talk so I could rest a bit. Assuring and reassuring me as I slowly, and I do mean slowly, drove my old ’69 Ford and two Fjords across the United States.
I sold a lot of books, covered my expenses, and most importantly came back rich with memories as I reached back once again to say, “To each and everyone whose path I crossed I send a hearty “Thank You, I could not have done it without your help.”