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Trail Riders Complete the "Journey Of Death" Trail

Mexico To Canada Trail Riders Complete the "Journey Of Death" Trail

Best of America by Horseback’s Mexico to Canada Trail Ride, with riders from 24 states, arrived in San Antonio, New Mexico, after crossing the White Sands Desert on the famous Jornado del Muerto, "Journey of Death" trail. 
Led by Tom Seay, Outdoorsman and Host of the Best of America by Horseback television series, the ride will continue almost 1800 miles to Saskatchewan, Canada with an anticipated arrival date of September 5, 2009.  Seay was quoted as saying, "I can't begin to say how extremely proud I am of each rider, without exception.  Trail Masters, Hayward Simmons of Allendale, South Carolina, Del Shields of Humboldt, Kansas and Bob Vance of Columbus, Ohio have shown extraordinary horsemanship and leadership often under very extreme conditions."  Trail Master Del Shields said, "Despite the hardships of riding in extreme conditions, there was an overwhelming sense of awe experiencing the majesty of the mountains, riding through ever changing desert scenery of cactus fields, vistas of vast oceans of white sands, to the harshness of the volcanic malpis.   The riders slept under the stars each night through that section of desert.  Exhausting days ended with colorful sunsets, cool night breezes under a canopy of stars, falling asleep to the cooing of nesting quails and yipping coyotes in the distance." 
This incredible journey is being documented in high definition for television by Pat Seay of Culpeper, Virginia and David Londrey of Syria, Virginia.  "These people are my heroes," said Pat Seay. "They get on their horses everyday, with a determination and fortitude to accomplish a dream, no matter what the conditions.  Many people just talk about doing something 'someday', these people are out here doing it. I hope our coverage of their experiences will inspire others."
To date, they have ridden 237.5 miles, every step of the way, beginning at the US/Mexico border at Santa Teresa, New Mexico riding to San Antonio, New Mexico with a total "rider accumulated" miles of 6,388.7, as tracked by satellite. 
Tom Seay also said, "Although it wasn't planned, these riders have become an avenue of information for testing products for the equine world.  They have used products in the most extreme conditions and can verify what is really essential and what really works.  When this ride is complete, these riders will be the authorities on equine product and services."
There are still opportunities for riders to join the ride for a week or longer, from now until the end of August.

You can find out more about Best of America by Horseback's adventure from Mexico to Canada at   The next location where the public is invited to come meet the riders is in Moriarty, NM on May 16 and 17.

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