From the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake, 900 MILES, 3 WOMEN , 6 HORSES, Riding to Save Idaho’s Wild Salmon!
Idaho's Wild Salmon are at risk of disappearing indefinitely. This wouldn't only be detrimental to the environment, but it would also severely impact Idaho's economy. There are many reasons why Idaho's Wild Salmon numbers are dwindling, but the biggest reason is polarization in the United States. We have talked to activists, farmers, barge operators, and the uninformed, and they all have one thing in common: EVERYONE WE'VE TALKED TO WANTS TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO SAVE OUR WILD SALMON!
What can you do?
Get involved by becoming a part of the Idaho Rivers United community. They are continuously working with both sides of the conversation to find common ground in saving Idaho's Wild Salmon. They always have answers on what action can be taken. Donate to our campaign to engage people to take action!
By horse, we are uniting our home town community and the greater United States to protect our wild salmon. Launching April 18th, we will ride from Astoria, Oregon following the Columbia, Snake and Salmon River drainages to Redfish Lake, in Stanley, Idaho. We predict to make it to the waters of Redfish by June 3rd. We will follow the Chinook and Sockeye salmon to our home. The ride will be roughly 900 miles in length spread out over the course of seven weeks. There is a lack of knowledge about the dangerously low numbers of the returning salmon! We are here to fix that.
We are riding to celebrate the incredible wild salmon who return home to the heart of idaho's wilderness! it is imperative we act to protect them NOW!
Twenty-six- year-old Kat Cannell is an accomplished long distance horseback rider and professional photographer who was raised in Stanley, Idaho. She grew up admiring the spawning Salmon from the banks of her family ranch on the Salmon River. She graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts, emphasising in Photography. In 2016 she completed two long distance rides, including one from Hailey, Idaho to Sierraville, California. A photo from this ride was published in the magazine Cowboys and Indians. In the summer, Kat helps Willi, her husband, run Solitude River Trips, a rafting and fly-fishing company on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
Growing up riding on her grandfather’s farm in Texas, 27-year- old Katelyn Spradley’s passion for all things horses expanded to riding competitively in multiple equestrian disciplines, working at training facilities, and completing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Always drawn to the mountains, Katelyn moved west right after college and fell in love with fishing, especially the tug of a steelhead on her annual fall trip to the Grand Ronde with her fiancé, Riley. She has since developed a passion for preserving and promoting healthy river systems and fisheries. As an outdoor educator and guide, Katelyn loves teaching backcountry travel and various sports all-year round, including mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding, kayaking, rafting, and fly-fishing.
This 23 year old thrill seeker, decided to join Ride for Redd, a couple months into planning. Her horses Mango and Jesse are a great addition to the team! Her drive for adventure lured her into supporting Katelyn and Kat on their ride. She was home schooled on a ranch in the desolate Nevada desert. When she is not riding horses, she is trail running or training for her next marathon.