Horses Across America


A Love Your Parks Tour Story Series and Interactive Map Project by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, assigned by world champion horse trainer and judge, Christy Wood.

BIG BLEND RADIO INTERVIEW: On this episode, Christy Wood discusses horsemanship, her equestrian career, trail rides, and the Love Your Parks Tour “Horses Across America” map story project. Listen to the podcast on:,,, and

Christy Wood, a world champion horse trainer, judge, avid trail rider, and author, has sent us on a special Love your Parks Tour Mission to document as many horse stories as possible. These stories can include statues and public art featuring horses, equestrian trails, destinations, and exhibits, and even the wild horses that roam our public lands.

We first met up with Christy back in  the fall of 2013, at her Wood N Horse Training Stables in Three Rivers, just outside Sequoia National Park in California. She took us on a beautiful trail ride through the golden foothills, but before we could get out on the trail, she had us connect with our horses in the arena and taught us specific commands. We were impressed with her attention to detail, her safety precautions, and the good health and demeanor of her horses. It was a fantastic way to take in the area’s scenery, and to learn about the natural landscape and history, as well as getting a solid horse riding lesson. Since then, Christy has been a frequent guest on our Big Blend Radio shows discussing horsemanship, trail riding, and being part of the 13-year progressive Chief Joseph Trail Ride.

Follow along as we map and share horse stories from the Love Your Parks Tour! And if you head out to California’s Sequoia Country, go visit Christy for a trail ride. More at


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