Filmmaker Documents California History on Horseback

600 Mile Ride That Connects All Twenty-One Missions from Sonoma to San Diego 

California Mission Ride

The California Mission Ride, a 600+ mile horseback expedition featuring television director Gwyneth Horder-Payton, writer Leslie Dunton-Downer, and Native American stunt rider/actor Rod Rondeaux, has been steadily progressing down the California Mission trail over the past 3 weeks, with great press coverage (see below), community support, and dramatic events at each Mission stop. They will be reaching SLO on 9/12 and participating in fantastic events at Mission San Antonio before ending their “North Ride” portion in spectacular style during the 215th birthday Fiesta at Mission San Miguel on 9/16.

The ride – and its attendant documentary film, being produced for the state’s 4th graders – is an important part of California history in the making, as well as a fantastically dramatic, fascinating news story.

Please see our website for a detailed schedule of the exciting events surrounding the ride in SLO county:  All events are open to the press and public.
Press coverage for The California Mission Ride so far (please join us in celebrating the ride as it comes through your community, too!) —

“Film crew on a mission…” – San Jose Mercury News & Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Seven riders are about to set off on a horseback odyssey connecting California’s 21 Spanish and Native American missions…” — Horsetalk New Zealand:

“Setting out on horseback, just like the days of the Wild West…” – Sonoma Index-Tribune:

“Born To Ride: Local TV director leads 600-mile horseback mission…” – Good Times Weekly:

“While California is planning a costly high-speed train system from San Francisco to Anaheim, seven riders are about to mount their horses and head for the border…” —SFWeekly (also published on ExhibitionistSF):

“Get ready Sonoma. Mark your calendars and save the date, because on August 18, there is going to be a great event…” — Sonoma Valley SunTurning Stones Column:

“The California Mission Ride is a 600-mile horseback journey through California – stopping at each of California’s 21 Missions, with fantastic community and cultural events scheduled at each stop…” — Sonoma

“…Sonoma has the honor of being the starting point for a unique and historic adventure…” — Sonoma Press Democrat:

“Is a horseback journey from California mission to mission still possible today…?” – live interview with Randol White’s on Eat, Drink, Explore!

“Horseback Ride From Mission to Mission…” – Inside Sonoma:

“The event Wednesday honored a group of horseback riders that stopped in San Rafael as part of the 600-mile California Mission Ride…” – Marin Independent Journal:

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