Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lady Long Rider Ends Cross Country Ride in Chewelah - Full Article

By Jamie Henneman, The Independent Staff

When Bernice Ende rode her two Fjord horses down Flowery Trail Road and into Chewelah last week, it was her last stop on an US coast-to-coast ride for 2015. Ende, a 61 year-old former ballet teacher, started riding long endurance distances in 2005 after she retired from teaching ballet in Trego, Montana. Ende said on her blog,, that her inspiration to do long distance rides came from her Minnesota farmgirl upbringing and her life-long love of horses. Horses are also what brought her to dance, said Ende.

“One might ask, ‘how does a Minnesota farm girl get to ballet teacher?’ The horse, that is how. I was inspired by the horse, a most gifted dancer indeed,” Ende wrote.

Ende studied under Ms. Susan Higgens in Portland at the Royal Academy of Dance. She also has a fitness Specialist degree from the Lake Washington Voc-Tech, in Bellingham. Ende taught corporate dance/fitness and classical ballet for 25 years and in 1992 moved east from Seattle to Trego, Montana. She opened The Community Dance Studio in Trego and the Whitefish School of Classical Ballet in Whitefish, Montana...

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