Bend’s own Mackenzie Stabler rides Patagonia in 2022 with Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag — on her horse! The Gaucho Derby is one of the world’s most demanding equestrian events and Mackenzie finished solidly. You can find out more about her amazing journey on her Instagram and on the Gaucho Derby website. Here’s a great feature article from The Bend Bulletin newspaper by Mark Morical titled “Bend woman recounts her unforgettable experience in the Gaucho Derby, a 10-day race on horseback through Patagonia”…
“The Gaucho Derby offered Stabler a chance to test her limits as an equestrienne, but also to give back to the Central Oregon community. She used the race as a pledge fundraising campaign for Camp Fire Central Oregon, a Bend nonprofit dedicated to youth development. Stabler said she raised $5,500 that will go toward scholarships for kids to attend camps and programs.
Her experience in Patagonia provided incredible memories, but Stabler will soon be back roaming the Central Oregon Cascades with her horses.
‘I can’t get enough of it,’ Stabler said. ‘Horses are what I return to to find pieces of myself … Just incredibly humbling and intriguing to me. They are amazing teachers. They teach you a lot about yourself. I understand them really well, and they give me insight on how to connect with people and the rest of the world.’” — Mark Morical, The Bulletin 2022
The Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag, which we designed to mount on every motorcycle make and model, also hangs tight on horseback — what a perfect fit! GL’s original rackless saddlebag, The Coyote packs up to 39 liters of gear and still maintains the ability to ride fast and far, in comfort and with confidence. Rugged Bomb Shell construction and materials resist water, mud and dust. Plus, The Coyote includes a set of three inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods for fully waterproof storage…
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