Meet Tucker’s Newest Trail Rider: Gillian Larson

We’re thrilled to introduce our newest Tucker Trail Rider!

Meet Gillian Larson – the youngest woman to ever solo thru-ride the Pacific Crest Trail. She has twice completed the 2,650 miles of the PCT alone on horseback with the same AQHA mare, Shyla. She continues to seek equestrian wilderness adventures throughout the U.S. in her Tucker saddle.

Larson set out April 16, 2018, on her third ride from Mexico to Canada. She completed it September 14, 2018.

“After 5 months, 2,800 miles, hundreds and hundreds of fallen trees, snowfields in Colorado, 3 broken down vehicles, 2 flat tires, 1 impounded rig, 3 lost horseshoes, 1 case of food poisoning, and some snow and rain at the end, we completed our third ride across the country.

This was my third Mexico-to-Canada ride, and it was definitely the most enjoyable for my horses entirely because they had zero back issues thanks to their Tucker saddles. I am very happy and proud to be riding these long-distance trails in a Tucker saddle.”

“Wherever my horse and I go, Tucker takes me there!” – Gillian

Gillian used two saddles during her travels on her two Quarter horses: the Horizon Outpost and the Classic T59 Endurance.

You can see Gillian’s latest trail thru-ride and follow her blog at or follow her @thru-rider feed on Instagram.

3 thoughts on “Meet Tucker’s Newest Trail Rider: Gillian Larson

  1. I LOVE Tucker saddles…I am on my third…got one and then added a hornless for my second horse (didn’t like the hornless, so I bought another horned saddle last fall for the second horse). I have back issues and probably wouldn’t last very long in any other saddle! I buy from C&S Tack in Emminence, Missouri. I am from East Central Illinois by Indiana and WAIT until I go to Missouri each fall for my saddle and tack needs. Ryan there is the BEST!! I am impressed by Gillian’s journey!

  2. Additionally, very impressed by Gillian’s journey! That must have been so rewarding for her and her horse, Shyla! I am looking into the Tucker/Circle Y saddles. I’m a new, older rider with a gaited horse. I currently have a Wintec English saddle on him and need a bit more support in the seat area. I sat in one the Equitation Endurance Saddles at the Midwest Horse Fair this past April and really loved the comfort. We have a Tucker dealer near us, but there was only one ‘non-horn’ saddle to try on. Lady was very helpful and said she could order one, but for a purchase like this, I really want to sit/ride in it to make sure it’s going to be good for me and my horse.
    My husband bought a Circle Y saddle and loves his, but that is just too heavy for me. I need something around 20 or so pounds….

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