PRESS RELEASE — Monday, October 1, 2012
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OUTDOOR IDAHO Travels With “Horse Packers & Wagon Masters”

— Airs Thursday, October 4, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

OUTDOOR IDAHO joins up with people who favor seeing the scenery at five miles an hour on the back of a horse or on the seat of a wagon with a team of mules.

This new equine travel episode -- “Horse Packers & Wagon Masters” -- premieres Thursday (October 4) at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT, and completes the 2011-2012 OUTDOOR IDAHO season. See it again Sunday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT.

Cameras catch up with Phil Dawson of Hagerman with his horse and mule on their way to complete a 2,000-mile loop for charity through six western states. Along the way, they break a 100-year-old record for miles packed with a horse and mule. He is raising money to help children who need organ transplants.

“I get to ride and I get to do it for the kids,” says the blacksmith and horse trainer with his mare Apache Gold and pack mule Copper Penny.

A group of friends spends a vacation on the Oregon Trail — along the unpaved byway that is part of the Hudspeth Cutoff in southern Idaho — confronting steep slopes and hard work.

Teamster Glenn Beck says the storied landscape used by the pioneers brings history alive: “As you are right on the trail, it seems like it means more to you.”

The rugged Selkirk Mountains are a playground for the Priest River Valley Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen; the chapter also helps maintain the trails for all user groups. Three members and horses work their way up to Fault Lake.

“It’s the scenery and the solitude and being able to forget about the rest of the world for just an hour or two,” says Dale Schrempp.

The show also airs additional times through Wednesday, October 10, on the Plus and World channels and is available after the Thursday premiere to stream online at idahoptv.org and on the PBS app for iOS devices.