Horse journey will make stop on island

Meredith Cherry will visit Bainbridge Island this weekend to learn a little history — before continuing to make her own.

Cherry is coming to the island to visit the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 to check out the exhibit, “The Overland Westerners,” which sets out the story of four men from Bainbridge Island and Shelton who saddled up more than 100 years ago for a record-breaking 20,000-mile horseback ride across the country.

Cherry herself is on a similar epic journey.

With her horse Apollo, she is on the West Coast leg of a 10,000-mile, four-year horseback ride that is expected to visit 48 states.

Her ride — which is being made to raise awareness of domestic violence — includes stops at women’s shelters, schools, community centers and other facilities. It started on Jan. 1 near Grass Valley, California.

Cherry is bringing Apollo, an 8-year-old Peruvian Paso-Mustang palomino, to Bainbridge for her visit. The community is invited to stop by the museum to learn more about her ride and her cause.

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