Thursday, November 21, 2019

About Us

Sagebrush Rider is a small team of passionate equestrians. We believed that the stories from Nevada’s horse communities deserved to be told and so we decided to create a place to tell them. Sagebrush Rider launched in March 2018 as a monthly online magazine producing
in-depth stories, news reports, destination spotlights, interviews, events, and more. Sagebrush Rider quickly grew, reaching readers far beyond Nevada’s borders. At the end of the year, Sagebrush Rider transitioned from a monthly magazine to an online news site. We are committed to being the #1 source for information about what is happening in Nevada’s equestrian communities. 

Sagebrush Rider’s mission is to raise awareness of equestrian opportunities and services in the state, to highlight and celebrate Nevada equestrians, ​and to get more people out riding! Our guiding principle is: All Breeds. All Disciplines. All Nevada. 

We are a proud member of American Horse Publications.

Samantha Szesciorka

Editor In Chief

Samantha loves news, long distance trail riding, and Nevada. She is a former U.S. Army journalist who covered military operations in South Korea and Iraq. She is also a former television news producer in Reno. Samantha founded the Nevada Discovery Ride and completed a 500-mile and 1,100-mile solo rides in Nevada. She is a member of the Long Riders' Guild. Samantha's herd includes Sage, a Nevada mustang, and Geo, a reg. APHA gelding.

Michelle Burtness

Copy Editor

Horses have been Michelle's passion since the 1970s. She's ridden in the beautiful mountain ranges of Kauai as well as the rugged mountains of Huntington Lake, California. She enjoys working with horses, riding Western and English, and researching horses. Her herd includes two gorgeous horses: Pal, a QH registered Pain(t) in the butt, and City, a sassy and fast Arabian/Appy mare. They are her true loves and therapy.

Jen Jacobson

Assitant Editor

When Jen isn't exploring all over the west coast on her Saddlebreds, she's diligently researching all things horse. She spends her time in the mountains and competing in endurance, promoting her favorite breed. Her favorite mare Peggy has served as the inspiration for her deep pursuit of knowledge. Jen lives in the Spokane, Washington area with her herd of 5 American Saddlebreds.

Carol Schley

Photo Editor

Horses and photography have been Carol's life. Getting into horses at a very young age, and professional photography as a career, she started out as an equine event photographer. Her life with horses was renewed in 2005 with natural horsemanship. She has studied with top horse professionals around the country and now shares that knowledge in private lessons and clinics. Her herd of 3 consists of an Appendix QH, a Nevada mustang, and a miniature.


We’re always looking for talented writers, riders, and more who are interested in working with Sagebrush Rider. If you have a knack for news and are passionate about Nevada’s equestrian community, then we want to hear from you! Email us at Introduce yourself and let us know how you want to help.