The Long Riders' Guild

Pinto’s Ride to 48 State Capitals

In 1912, four riders embarked on an unprecedented equestrian journey across the United States. Led by George Beck, the group known as the Overland Westerners, rode 32,500 kilometres (20,352 miles) across deserts, mountains, cities, plains and swamps.

Only one horse, a tough 15 hand, 900 pound Morab gelding named Pinto made the entire trip. This photo shows George Beck and Pinto at the Georgia state capital on June 5th, 1913.

To reach all 48 state capitals, the Overland Westerners followed this route. They started in Shelton, Washington on May 1, 1912 and arrived at San Francisco, California on June 1, 1915.

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