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I have been thinking a lot about my friend Bernice Ende
Bernice was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, and riding has always been an integral part of her life. After pursuing a career in classical Ballet and teaching dance, Bernice moved to the northwest corner of Montana, to live in a cabin on the mountainside. She continued teaching ballet and gave riding lessons when dance classes were not in session.
Her retirement in 2003 brought not a lack of activity, but rather a change of focus. Drawn back to riding, Bernice felt the pull of the open road and adventure inherent in serous riding.
In 2005 she made her first long-distance ride on a Tennessee Walking Horse, a young gelding named Pride.
After her first year of riding, Bernice realized that Long Riding was an occupation she loved and longed to pursue.