wild horse and burro news logoGene Glasscock Finishes His Cross Country Journey

In 2002, Gene Glasscock set out on his “Long Rider’s” journey, which included visits to 48 state capitals.  Glasscock successfully ended his long ride on December 1, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio.  He was met by a contingent of friends, colleagues and fellow Long Riders before his last ride to the state Capitol Building.  Mark and Marge Davis were there to greet him on November 30, 2005.  On that day he met with the Mayor of Columbus and was also interviewed by a local radio station. 

On the morning of December 1, a group gathered at the staging area in a park a short distance away from the State Capitol Building.  There were people there from Ohio, Iowa, Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Two of the people in attendance were fellow Long Riders.  Horses were groomed, saddled and many rode with Gene to the Capitol.  A couple from Iowa brought their two Percherons and a carriage.  There were two mounted city policemen who escorted the group and they told us that, except for the mounted patrol, horses had never been permitted downtown before.

Gene met with the governor and according to Gene’s custom; he was able to convince Governor Taft to mount his horse, Frank.  Gene had been hoping for cold weather and snow.  Sure enough, when he walked up the Capitol steps it started to snow.  Just flurries—but it was snow! 

There was a reception in the Capitol for the entire group and later in the afternoon, after the horses had been returned to the staging area and cared for, everyone was invited to Westminster-Thurber Retirement Village, where Gene spoke to 100 or more residents about his ride and encouraged all senior citizens to follow their dreams.  We were all treated to a private supper at the retirement village. 

Gene left Ohio to spend a few days with his webmaster, Gayle Gerber, in New Jersey, after which he was going to spend some time in Arizona.  Gayle is the new owner of the Mustang “Buddy” ridden by Gene throughout his trip, while Kelly Powers of Pennsylvania now owns the mustang “Tosi.”  Frank and George went to a therapeutic riding ranch in Arizona. 

Gene plans to write a book about his trip and then return to Paraguay and continue teaching the less fortunate.  He visited every state capital in the contiguous U.S. and the entire trip took 3 years 3 months and 2 weeks of continuous horseback riding, except for a brief period of time in California when Gene was hospitalized for pneumonia.

It was with both sadness and joy that Gene came to the end of the trail.  He says he will miss all the wonderful people he met but he was ready to stop.  He remains a great example of courage, endurance and determination.


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