Sunday, March 5, 2017

What's a "Long Rider" and Who was Essie Pearl?

Essie Pearl was a Norwegian Fjord pony with a lot of miles on her. If you love horses, as I do, take some time to read her story and the stories of her journeys with Bernice Ende, of Trego, Montana.

Bernice is a Long Rider. Do you know what a Long Rider is? Read about it here. Long Riders are men and women who have ridden horseback for 1,000 continuous miles on a single equestrian journey.

Bernice is a wonderful woman, living in one of the more remote parts of the United States, where I lived, once, as a small child and remember well. Trego and Stryker, Montana, were the places in which our family spent the most time in the immediate post WWII years. We lived in Stryker and my parents taught at the Trego School. My dad helped build the Trego Community Hall in the early 1950's, which Bernice mentions in her blog posts.

If you love horses, as I do, you won't be able to leave her site without reading and reading and reading. This ballerina (yes, that's what I said) and her wonderful journeys in real life, will capture your interest and your love. Rest in peace, Essie Pearl, faithful bearer and friend to Bernice...much admired by all of us.


  1. Interesting post! I love horses, haven't ridden one in years though. Thanks for the links, sounds like good reading!

  2. I've been reading Long Rider stories for a few years, now. I, too, haven't ridden in years. Tschiffley's Ride is the one to read, first. He was not only a great horseman and rider, but also a very good writer. Most Long Rides probably don't get written about. Is it spring in your neck of the woods yet? It is here, although the snow is still abundant over 2,000 ft altitude. At least I can see the lawn and the garden again. Looks terrible! But, that's March, for you.

  3. Thanks for visiting me at Delights of the Heart. I loved reading your history.

  4. My grandfather always had hores for work around the small farm. I loved those creatures and have fond memories of being around them on the sleighs and wagons as they worked. Great memories indeed!


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