Lady Long Rider
Alone Across America on Horseback
Winner! 2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, Best New Voice: Nonfiction!

by Bernice Ende

foreword by CuChullaine O'Reilly

published by Farcountry Press

  • Riding 2,000 miles on horseback from Montana to New Mexico sounds like a crazy but thrilling dream or pure hardship and exhaustion. According to Bernice Ende, the trip was all that and more. Since swinging her leg over the saddle for that first long ride in 2005 (at the age of 50), Ende has logged more than 29,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America on horseback - alone. More than once she has traversed the Great Plains, the Southwest deserts, the Cascade Range, and the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, she discovered a sense of community and love of place that unites people wherever they live.


    From 2014-2016, she was the first person to ride coast to coast and back again in one trek, winning acclaim from the international Long Riders' Guild and awe from the people she met along the way.

    Saddle up and come along for the journey of a lifetime.

272 pages, 6 x 9 , 82 b/w photos, 7 map(s), 36 softcovers per case, Paperback

ISBN 10: 1560377224
ISBN 13: 9781560377221


    Bernice Ende's memoirs are illuminated by accompanying maps of her routes and photos from her journeys, capturing the instant friends she meets along the way, and her ongoing encounters with harsh weather, wildlife, hard work, mosquitoes, tricky route-finding, and the occasional worn out horseshoe. Ende reveals her inner struggles and triumphs - testing the limits of physical and mental stamina, coping with inescapable solitude, and the rewards of living life her own way, as she says, "in her own skin."





Lady Long Rider
Alone Across America on Horseback

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As a fearless young girl on her parents' Minnesota dairy farm, Bernice Ende loved to gallop bareback through pastures and cornfields.  Today, at a slightly more sedate pace, she has become Lady Long Rider, with more than 29,000 miles in the saddle, criss-crossing the United States, Canada, and in 2018, southern France.  Readers can follow Bernice's travels through her blog.  Between long rides, Bernice makes her home in Trego, Montana.

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