Manitoba teen goes viral after riding horse to bring stranded trucker food, coffee

Dexter Brown
Eileen Eagle Bears, 18, rode her horse through a snowstorm to help a truck driver who was stranded overnight. Photo from CBC

A Manitoba teen has become an internet sensation after she rode her horse on a nearly 10-kilometre round trip through a snowstorm — twice — to help a stranded truck driver.

On Monday night, 18-year-old Eileen Eagle Bears of Minto, Man., spotted the trucker on a traffic camera. She decided to bring him coffee if he was still there in the morning.

The next day, he was still stranded on the highway, so Eagle Bears began her journey with her horse, Mr. Smudge.

“I had to wake him up because he was sleeping, and he was pretty surprised to see me there with the coffee,” Eagle Bears told CBC News.

She also made another trip at dinnertime to bring him supper and a fresh serving of coffee. Later that night, the trucker was finally back on the road. In total, Eagle Bears said he was stranded for about 28 hours.

“He was just really glad that someone knew that he was there and that someone cared,” Eagle Bears said.

Much to her surprise, Eagle Bears’ act of kindness became a hit on social media.

“It is overwhelming,” she told CBC News. “I had gotten back and my mom had posted just a post on Facebook. And there was a few likes at the beginning, but we went back and there was just more and more, and it just totally blew up.”