Please note this update to the original post: I am sad to learn that Bernice Ende died on October 2nd, 2021 at her sister’s home in New Mexico. A post on Bernice’s blog, written by her family, thanked everyone for their kind thoughts and wishes regarding her passing. They noted that Bernice’s two Fjord horses will stay with the family and will continue to be ridden through the mountains as a way for the family to stay connected to Bernice. Her family also noted that the End of The Trail website will be shut down in the near future, per Bernice’s request. If the link to the website included in this post no longer works by the time you read this, you will know why. Bernice was quite the inspiration to so many. Even though Bernice may be gone, her story remains.
Many of you have probably already heard of Bernice End and/or the Long Rider’s Guild. But did you know that there is now a new documentary about Bernice? Entitled “Lady Long Rider- How far one woman went to find herself- The Story of Bernice Ende”, it is a film by Wren Winfield and W+ E1 Productions.
I have not yet seen the documentary, but I got chills when I read the description.
From Bernice Ende’s post about the documentary, “Approaching her 50th birthday, Bernice Ende picked up the reins and rode south on a borrowed horse. Her plan was to visit her sister, a 2000-mile ride from Montana to New Mexico. She never imagined that facing the challenges of life alone on the road, would take her so much further…. In Lady Long Rider, Bernice shares the miles of insight she gained on the horseback ride that ultimately became a 15-year 30,000-mile journey of self discovery.”
Bernice notes in her blog post that she was surprised at how well the hour-long film captures the essence of her journey. To read more about the documentary go to https://www.endeofthetrail.com/2020/05/03/documentary-film-release/.
To purchase the documentary through the filmmaker, Wren Winfield, at W+E1 Productions go to https://www.ladylongrider.com/.
If you have not read Bernice Ende’s book yet, I would suggest you pick up a copy of “Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback”. You can find it in most places where books are sold including directly from her website at https://www.endeofthetrail.com. At her website, you can also sign up to follow her blog.
Prepared to be inspired by the length, breadth and scope of Bernice Ende’s riding adventures!