The natural beauty of Ouray, nestled in the San Juan Loop of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, basecamped at the Twin Peaks Lodge was bathed in morning sunlight and cast a stunning backdrop and forward thinking view to the 3rd Women’s Motorcycle Summit hosted by the S.T.R.O.N.G. Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood. The event, featuring the 1st America’s Summit Challenge, could not have turned out more perfect. Over 65 women riders took to the highways encompassing westward Moab, Utah, eastward Grand Junction, and southward Durango, both located in beautiful Colorado. 1st America’s Summit Challenge featured prime riding areas we have all heard the names of: Hwy 128, also known as the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway including part of the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway; the Colorado National Monument; The Grand Mesa; the Black Canyon of the Gunnison; the Scenic Hwy 145 following the San Miguel River to Telluride; and of course, the infamous MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY. The western Colorado setting perfectly complemented this year’s theme of the event:
What inspires HER and moves HER soul…… to ride motorcycles and to live life fearlessly.
The S.T.R.O.N.G. Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood reflected their ambitious mission of inspiring growth in women’s lives and in the sport of women & motorcycling by hosting this summit. Women who registered to compete in the Summit Challenge were provided a 92-page “Clue Book” containing over 70 fascinating waypoints. An inspiring photo shoot in Ridgeway, located on a river’s edge surrounded by “Legends of the West”, an old western movie set and featuring renowned photographer, Marla Rutherford drew the participation of over 35 women riders. The Steel Horse Sisterhood big top tent was where the action happened once ladies were “off the road”. Base camped at Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs at the foot of the Million Dollar Highway, the featured location provided the setting for the female participants to enjoy their off time, sharing meals, entertainment, live music and the silent auction. Lifetime friendships were forged. Star performers, inspiring keynote speakers and challenging riding to discover the locations, obvious and hidden, requiring gps coordinates once competition began, was the norm throughout this event.
Keynote speakers featured Joan Krenning, STEEL HORSE SISTERHOOD; Pat Jacques, ADVWOMAN; June Cline, MAKE IT A GREAT RIDE; and Sandy Aguilera, STAR CONCEPTS; gave inspirational and challenging presentations. The fact that these women are all risk takers, visionaries in their fields as well as seasoned motorcyclists became evident to all in attendance..
“Women are not undergoing evolution or revolution but a metamorphosis.” It is a time to be visionary now, more than ever. It is a time for women to share all of their visions for innovative change to help create a “world devoid of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
STRONG FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The 2016 ground breaking Women’s Motorcycle Summit received strong support from the following exceptional businesses and individuals:
PRESENTING SPONSORS of this first ever women’s motorcycle scavenger hunt include: Butler Maps, the leader in Motorcycle Adventure Maps – Eagle, CO; REVER Apps, the only place to see Butler Maps digitally; SENA – Motorcycle, Action Sport & Industrial Bluetooth Devices; Wade Eldridge – prominent Denver based attorney; Saratoga Resort & Hot Springs located in Saratoga, WY; and the host base camp at Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs host of the Summit.
SUPPORTING SPONSORS include Rally Fine Arts; Durango Harley-Davidson; Marla Rutherford Photography; TES Motorcycle Covers; American National Insurance – John Crum, agent;
Z Motorsports; Palisades Chamber of Commerce, HAN Motogear; Moses Leather in Grand Junction; Mount Lincoln Peach Company; and Motorcycle Marc.
The Following Companies also participated by donating products and services to be awarded to the Competition Winners and to be bid on in the Silent Auction. SENA Bluetooth Technologies, TES Motorcycle Covers, Kuryakyn, Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs, Saratoga Resort & Spa, Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America, Klock Werks, High Country Harley-Davidson, Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, Marla Rutherford Photography, Rally Fine Arts, Z Motorsports, Moto-Skiveez, Dakota Digital, Marilyn Stemp, Antelope Creek Leather, RaciBabi.com, Steel Cowgirl, Sassy & Classy Bandanas, Bandanas by MICHELLE, Ray’s Jerky and many more.
About The Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities: Loveland, Colorado -The Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities, is a recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing opportunities for women to develop and refine their skills while encouraging the art of women mentoring women and serving people in the motorcycle community. The Women of SHSC’s leadership are accomplished motorcycle riders and successful women who support a wide variety of initiatives.
Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities Board members are: Dawn Lee, Executive Director; Jan Peterson, Director of Finances; Mary Anne Butler-Torgrimson, Director of Operation; LeAnn Illingworth, Board Member; and Michael Jacobs, Board Member. Affiliate Members are Tacy Bain and Sandra Aguilera.
The current set of more than a dazen projects, in more than 5 countries, has established a solid basis for further development. Many of these projects have led to the creation of completely new ideas and concepts.
These women are available today to discuss how you can become involved with the Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities.
This example of the intrinsic kind of change taking place in the world of women & motorcycling is being lead by these S.T.R.O.N.G. Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood.
Plans are underway for two(2) separate Women’s Motorcycle Summits in 2017. For sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit www.SteelHorseSisterhoodSummit.com