RIDER, HORSE, MULE AND DOG HIBERNATE UNTIL SPRING

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Historic journey to resume in April

MOAB, Utah – October 13, 2003 -- Horseman Matt Parker, will wait out the winter in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan and resume his cross-country trek along the American Discovery Trail (ADT) this Spring.

“We congratulate Matt on successfully riding nearly 1,000 miles on the American Discovery Trail through some challenging weather and terrain," said Dick Bratton, ADT coordinator. “We agree that it is wise to take a break. This time of year, blizzard conditions can occur with little warning in the Colorado Rockies.”

Come spring, Matt will pick up where he left off, near the border of Colorado, and head east until he completes the trail in Delaware.

"My experiences so far have challenged me mentally and physically and I know a lot more now about what it will take to complete, said Parker.

Parker left California four months ago, with his sights set on becoming the first person to ride a horse the entire length of the ADT, a distance of more than 5,000 miles. While resting at ranches along the way, Matt has earned his keep by mending fences and herding cattle. Coming out of Nevada, he was a guest at the famous Baker Ranch. He stayed at the Ole Lindgren Ranch in Antimony, Utah, for nearly four weeks and was loaned a pack mule named “Danny Boy,” and a dog named “Boo.”

Smokey, Danny Boy and Boo were transported back to the Lindgren Ranch, in Antimony, Utah, where they will rest this winter and join Matt this spring.

"We look forward to helping Matt when he resumes his ride," said Bratton.

Updates and details of this record journey are available on Matt and Smokey’s website at http://www.mattandsmokey.com.

For more details about the American Discovery Trail, please visit http://www.discoverytrail.org.

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