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4A Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Bruce Batdwin wouldn't let me ride horses more difficult than they had Special to Feather Publishing when I was a kid, so this anticipated. After only one Long before coming to wasn't a path that was easy week on the trail potential Feather River College for me to pursue." disaster struck when Tiska, Jeanette (Graves) McGrath Richard joined Future one of the pack animals, had a dream. Since she was 4 Farmers of America in highstumbled and fell on a nar- years old Jeanette had a goal school and that is where he row trail in Marin County. of riding across the United heard about FRC from a She went nearly 300 yar s States on horseback, and for friend. He and Jeanette end- down a steep hillside, most of her adult life she ed up here at the same time pulling Richard and his and became classmates and horse, Satchmo, over the worked towards making the wish a reality. On March 4, friends. Over time the rela- edge as well. Richard esti- the dream became a journey,tionship grew into love and mates that he went about 75 as Jeanette and her husband, eventually a marriage, yards down the hill, dislocat- After graduating they inghisjawintheprocess. Richard, set out from the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, worked at various guest Incredibly, neither riding east, hoping to makeranches where they were Richard nor any of hers- it across the United States in able to put into practice the es broke any bones, but a year following the Ameri- knowledge gained at FRC. there were bruises and emo- can Discovery Trail. They also learned a valuable tional trauma. Richard put They met here in Plumas truth, according to Richard. his jaw back in place on his County, while attending "We found that people really own, and they continued on. Feather River College be- open up after being out rid- They were taken in and giv- tween 1999 and 2001. Accord- ing; they are affected by be- en a place to recuperate by ing to Jeanette, "I was the ing outdoors, being out ofpeople in the area, and need- valedictorian of my high their comfort zone, and per- ed time before continuing. school in Connecticut and haps a little afraid. TheyAccording to Richard, "So my counselors wanted me to gradually learn that they far that has been the biggest go to Harvard or Princeton, need the guides and come to event on the trip, but also but I had other ideas. I want- trust them and the horses,the most rewarding. The ed to study horses, and pack- People shared all kinds ofway that folks stepped up to ing with horses especially, things with us, and it helped help us is remarkable. It's At the time FRC's Pack Sta- them to do it." funny, here we are hoping to tion and Stable Operations Gradually his dream be- help people recover from program was the only ac- gan to take shape: a ranchemotional trauma and I got credited degree being offered dedicated to helping people, to experience what it's like in the country, so I came to especially kids, heal fromto let someone help me re- traumatic experiences using cover. It's still hard for me to Quincy!" Both she and Richard give horses, the outdoors and get on the horse some days, FRC a great deal of credit for ranch activities, and I have a new apprecia- helping them make their Hearts Up Ranch will help tion for how much I need dreams possible. They real- people build trust and break other people." ly loved it here and both said down barriers by using theBoth Jeanette and Richard that the foundatior they got horses, counseling and feel that this cross-country at FRC was a perfect starting prayer to facilitate healing, journey is a bigger undertak- point. The McGraths haven't se- ing than they had anticipat- In fact, Richard didn't lected a location for Hearts ed. Jeanette says, "We start- even know how to ride when Up yet, but the dream is ed out thinking we'd be self- he came to Feather River, alive and the cross-country sufficient; a few weeks worth but his dream involvedhors- ride is their first major of freeze-dried food and an es too. "I always wanted to fundraiser towards the goal. occasional stop to replenish be a cowboy, a cowboy who They hope to raise at least $2 our supplies, would be all helps people. I grew up in million as they cross the we'd need. Nothing could Southern California, so my country, to start them on the have been further from the goals were definitely consid- way to the $30 million they ered strange by the kids I think they will eventually truth. We've needed help need. from people every step of the grew up with! And my dad The journey has been way. This trip has really re- stored my faith in America; people have been so gener- Richard and Jeanette McGrath with Tiska, one of their pack animals, near Minden, Nev. The couple faced the first major challenge of their cross-country journey when Tiska took a fall and dragged Richard with her. Photo submitted ed assistance negotiating the on to protect them from traf- the journey in perspective trail; because of the deep fic. He let them use his and is a major milestone to snow in the Sierra they were camper to sleep in and measure their progress. forced to make detours from cooked for them every night. Unfortunately, since the American Discovery The journey over the pass reaching the Carson Valley Trail. Of the 425 miles was frightening as they rode they've learned that they've covered, only 100 through posted avalanche Jeanette's horse, Apache, have been on the actual trail, areas, hearing every snow-has Lyme disease. Helpfullo- As a result they had to ride ball that rolled down the hill- cals have once again taken through Sacr'amento. Both sides. In one spot there had them in whilethey get her said they never could have been an avalanche that treatment started. When made it alone, but people buriedtheroadjusttwodays they are back on the road took them in and helped before they rode through, they will return to the Amer- them negotiate traffic the en- Between keeping an eye on ican Discovery Trail and tire way. the mountain and dealing cross Nevada in a line rough- In Cool, the community with the traffic, it was aly parallel to Highway50. ca'me together and threw a stressful few days. Yet, with Folks can follow Richard fundraiser featuring live the help ofSorrells, Tammyand Jeanette on their 5,000- n~usic and good food. (also from Co01) and Cal- mile journey through 12 To cross the Sierra they trans, they finally made it states at their website had the help of Grayson Sot- over the hill and into Neva- and blog at heart- rells, who they met in Cool. da. supranch.com. There are de- Sorrells spent four days fol- The McGraths were happy . scriptions of the trail, their ous, kind and willing to lowing them over Carson to cross California, and horses and their planned St ( istFo help." Pass in his camper, driving3 putting an. entire state be- route, as we!l as biographies ::: The McGraths really need :miles hour with flashershind themhas helped:to put FATHER'S DAY BBQ SUN., JUNE 20 4:30pm till ? Breakfast: 8am-I I am * Lunch: 11 am-2pm A delightful place for delicious creative cuisine Beer-Wine * Closed Wednesdays 836-1497 "Downtown Blairsden" FEATHE ER Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. 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