Three members of Saskatoon’s Nahachewsky family are doing something very few in the world have tried.
They have embarked on what’s known as a Long Ride – an opportunity go on a life-changing equestrian journey that will take weeks, and see them travel across western Canada.
29-year old Stacey, 23-year old Teresa and their dad, 56-year old David Nahachewsky began planning this trip in 2007.
In an interview with 620 CKRM News, David speaks of a brush with cancer in 2001. A moment which compelled him to sit down with his family, write out his bucket-list and plan his retirement
David indeed did retire and shortly after that, he and his daughters started to dream about this journey.
And according to Teresa, even with years of planning, dreaming and wondering what was going to happen next – a week and a half ago, the trio found themselves embarking on the trip near the Manitoba border.
“Then it was happening, all of a sudden,” said Teresa. “It didn’t really hit me until we were on the trip already that we were doing it. It’s kind of incredible that it’s happening.”
David says having this opportunity to travel this way with his daughters, who are both trained in the field of veterinary medicine, is incredible.
“That’s absolutely correct and I’m going to get teary-eyed on you,” said David. “I’m very pleased to be with my two daughters. I wish I could be with my sons the same way. But I’ll take what I can get. This is a fantastic opportunity.”
According to Stacey, there will be world-wide recognition for this trip from a unique group.
“The Long Riders Guild, yes,” said Stacie. “So this trip puts us in a unique position to be able to apply to be part of the Long Riders Guild, which is a collection of very few people that have done over a thousand miles on horse back – in one trip.”
Teresa says there will be nothing “normal” at all about this expedition. She says the three are living in very small quarters – a small mobile home – and eating, bathing and other functions are made up along with way. They’re blogging about their journey along the way.
“Our general route is to start from Pierson, MB and make our way to White Rock, BC,” said Teresa. “There, Stacey will leave us and Dad and I will go on up through the Banff and Jasper National Parks. We will start the ride with the wagon. Once we get to Alberta, we will switch to just riding and packing the horses.”
David worked for the Saskatoon Fire Department for 33 years before retiring this past fall.
Stacey completed 8 years of university and is now a veterinarian in Alberta.
Teresa finished her training at Siast for Vet Technology. She worked as a vet-tech for 2 years in Prince Albert before this trip.
This journey with the horses, the camper and the Nahachewskys will also bring celebration to the participants: Teresa says “both Dad and I will have our birthdays during the ride.”
Listen to the entire interview here: