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Valerie Ashker, 60, has ridden her OTTB Primitivo from California to West Virginia in a cross-country trip to raise awareness about Thoroughbred sport horses.

Ride across USA on horseback nears end

A 60-year-old California woman and her riding companion are within 150 miles of completing a 3,000-mile journey across the country on horseback. Valerie Ashker and Peter Friedman crossed into Grafton, West Virginia yesterday, planning to make camp in Evansville before nightfall, according to video messages posted by Ashker on her Facebook page 2nd Makes Thru Starting Gates. Wearing a bright orange helmet, Ashker rode off-track Thoroughbred Primitivo while Friedman, in a cowboy hat, tilting against the glare, piloted Solar Express along a busily traveled suburban street. Exclaiming that the weather was “beautiful,” Ashker thanked the local Dairy Queen for complimentary […]