The Long Riders' Guild

2017 - News!

 

Long Rider Carries the Guild Flag 5,000 kilometres along the BNT - Journey now continues to the end of the Australian continent

 

The Spirit of Adventure is alive in Australia!

The historic equestrian journey begun by Australian Long Rider Kimberley Delavere is about to begin the final and most difficult stage, when the equestrian traveller sets off to ride the length of Cape York Peninsula, a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth.   

In a message to the Guild, sent before her departure, Kim wrote, “The Cape York Peninsula is very isolated, with only a small town and a few road houses. She who thinks the hard part is over is opening herself up to a whole lot of dramatic irony.”  Read more....

I am a Member of the Guild and a Long Rider

Filipe Leite rode from Canada to Tierra del Fuego.

I want to take a moment to thank the Long Riders Guild and all of the extraordinary Long Riders who have helped me these past 5 years!  When I was a child, it was Aimé Tschiffely’s book, Tschiffely’s Ride, that made me dream of one day setting out on my own equestrian journey. The first thing I did while planning my own adventure was contact the Long Riders Guild to ask for help.  The Guild armed me with the know-how and tools needed in order to successfully pull off these arduous journeys. Read more….

 

The Guild would like to welcome Greta and Alejandro Matos as Members. They rode the length of Chile

Forest Fires affect North American Long Riders – Horses injured due to smoke inhalation

Changes in global weather patterns and a hotter climate have been of concern to the Long Riders’ Guild since 2012. In that year the LRG began asking Long Riders to report on conditions which might affect horses and humans making journeys. It didn’t take long for disturbing news to arrive.

Sea G Rhydr, who was making an ocean to ocean ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 2012, reported difficulty in finding grazing as she rode west. Filipe Leite, who was riding from Canada to Brazil at the same time, discovered that finding water and grazing in the middle portion of the United States was very difficult.

A new threat has now been encountered by Long Riders in North America – wildfires. Read more....

 

Extraordinary Demonstration of Equestrian Brotherhood

An incredible example of how trust is formed between Long Riders occurred when two teams of Long Riders met in the Andes Mountains of Chile. Not only was this a historic meeting, it also resulted in saving the life of four expedition horses.

Greta and Alejandro Matos, who live in Chile, set out to ride north from Villa O'Higgins, in southern Patagonia, to the distant town of Pucón.

“Our trip was incredible! We traversed a wide array of terrain including wild glaciers, mountains and forests. We travelled along old pioneer trails that are no longer maintained. In one section we were totally cut off from towns, roads and society for 27 days.”

Meanwhile two Australian Long Riders were riding and surfing south along the coast of Chile. Matt Hannon and Heather Hillier’s route took them from Pichilemu to Concepción.

Having contacted the Guild prior to their departure, the two groups of Long Riders were aware of each other. Not only did the Long Riders' expeditions link up, after the journeys were concluded, Greta and Alejandro rescued Matt and Heather’s horses from a grim death.

When the Hannons finished their ride, they were alarmed to discover that Chile has a culinary tradition of eating horse meat. Many Chileans offered to purchase the Hannon’s horses for this purpose. Desperate to find their horses a safe home, the Australians asked Greta and Alejandro if they could help.

On their blog, Greta explained, “They called us and asked if we would be willing and able to add four more horses to our herd. After figuring out how to bring the horses a closer distance, they spent the last two weeks of their ride riding the horses to our home. We rode our Patagonia horses out to receive them and together we all rode back to the campo. It really has felt like a magic twist of fate to have their horses among our herd.”

The photo (right) shows Greta, Matt, Alejandro, Heather and the teams' horses.

More praise for The Horse Travel Handbook. 

Noted for its no-nonsense advice

“Equestrian travel is for the young at heart!  I am about to depart on my first serious equestrian journey at the ripe age of 81. Read more…

Sir Humphry Wakefield read The Horse Travel Handbook prior to riding from Scotland towards Cornwall.

 

The Horse Travel Handbook Could Save Your Life

When we encountered obstacles or potential dangers, we would consult the Handbook to calm our nerves and make sure we had all the ideas and wisdom fresh in our mind before entering the danger we knew we had too. Read more…
Stacey Nahachewsky, her father, David, and sister, Teresa, crossed Canada. They are the first Long Riders to not only take the Horse Travel Handbook with them, but to consult the book while travelling. 

 

A one of a kind book that will change the course of equestrian travel history

I truly believe this book will save not only the lives of many horses but those of their riders too. I have not come across anything like it before. Read more…

Cathleen Leonard read the Horse Travel Handbook prior to riding from Durness, the most north-westerly town in Scotland, to Cornwall.





















Horse Travel Journal proves useful during 10,000 mile journey

Meredith Cherry  is the first woman to attempt to ride the challenging route that links 48 American states. She and her horse, Apollo (top), set off from California in January. The team reached their seventh state in July. To keep track of her progress, Meredith is using the Horse Travel Journal (below), a special book published by the Long Riders’ Guild Press. The Long Rider wrote to say, “The Journal has been an excellent tool for tracking mileage, people, Apollo's health, etc. I often refer to it especially when I'm trying to recall when I was at a certain town.”

The Guild would like to welcome new Member Paulo Junqueira Arantes, who has made numerous journeys in Brazil, including riding the length of the Estrada Real, the historic trail that crosses the country.

Jose Henrique Castejon is also a new Member of the Guild. He has ridden the four roads of the Estrada Real, which cross three states: Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Jose also rode from Avaré to Uruguay.

Testimonial – Long Riders are a tough breed

Expeditions are often arduous and difficult, perhaps more so when the typical hierarchy of needs such as a warm place to sleep for the night, are superseded by thoughts for your horse’s well being. This is the Long Rider’s code. Read more....  English Long Rider Jack Toulson rode across northern Mongolia.

Testimonial – Thanks to the Guild

Donna and I want to extend our gratitude and sincere thanks. It's a brilliant thing the Long Riders’ Guild has done. Our journey would simply not have been the same nor made easier without the Long Riders’ Guild being there for us.  We cannot thank you enough. Australian Long Rider Nic Cuthbert, and his wife, Donna, rode from Sagsay soum, Bayan-Ulgii aymag, Western Mongolia to Baganuur, Tov aymag, Eastern Mongolia.

Polar Ponies

Mounted man has been riding through winter weather for centuries. But the story of how horses were used to explore the Arctic Circle and Antarctica has been largely ignored or misinterpreted. Polar Ponies, based upon an evidence presented in The Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration explains how meat-eating Siberian horses accomplished remarkable feats in the frozen lands at the top and bottom of the Earth. The photo shows Tom Crean and Teddy Evans alongside the horses used to explore Antarctica in 1912.

Riding Across Korea

Though Korea is now separated into two hostile nations, in 1894 it was a kingdom where ancient customs still held sway. Having already ridden in Hawaii, Persia, Japan and Tibet, Isabella Bird was determined to put her saddle on one of Korea’s notoriously savage horses (right) and set off in search of more adventures.  The first woman to be made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and one of the most celebrated travel writers of the 19th century, Bird’s account of Riding Across Korea provides a glimpse into a lost age.

Davenport’s Dog

It is a common idea. Why not take a dog along when you set off on an equestrian journey? Homer Davenport (right) loved dogs. So when he made a journey into the Ottoman Empire in 1906, in search of the best pure-bred Arabian horses, Davenport decided that his expedition needed a canine companion. As a special Story from the Road explains, life doesn’t always go the way we planned, as Davenport and other dog-owning Long Riders have learned.

Author warns about “a new timidity among travellers”

In 1973 Irish author Dervla Murphy journeyed to Baltistan in northern Pakistan, where she and her daughter walked and rode through the Karakoram Mountains during winter. The award-winning writer has warned that technology endangers the spirit of adventure.
“The internet has brought a change in the very concept of travel as a process taking one away from the familiar into the unknown. Now the familiar is not left behind and the unknown has become familiar before one leaves home.” Read more…

Travelling on the Tea Horse Trail

A documentary film follows a caravan that makes its way along the ancient Tea Horse Trail, leading from Yunnan, China to Tibet. Read more….


Long Rider Journeys from Canada to Patagonia

In 2012 Filipe Masetti Leite, inspired by Tschiffely’s Ride, rode from Canada to Brazil. After going through twelve countries, 240 horse shoes, and spending two years in the saddle, Filipe reached his family’s home in Brazil in 2014.

Then Filipe decided to journey to Tierra del Fuego and set off in April, 2016. The subsequent journey was filled with unexpected delays and hardships.  But finally, on July 8th 2017, Filipe rode into the city of Ushuaia, Argentina. He had carried the Long Riders’ Guild flag through sixteen countries and sixteen thousand kilometres lay behind him.  Read more.....

 

More praise for The Horse Travel Handbook.

Bravo for a Brilliant Book.

In today’s society, full of vehicles and modern technologies, equestrian travel is a thing that can change a person. The Horse Travel Handbook has made history as the first of its kind and many generations will gain valuable knowledge from it. Read more…

Dalibor Balut made the first modern ride to all corners of his native Czech Republic. The journey took him along the borders of Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovakia.

I cannot recommend this book enough!

As a newcomer to the world of horses, The Horse Travel Handbook gave me strength and clarity to plan my mammoth dream of a long ride. CuChullaine O’Reilly manages to cut down foolish romantic notions that can get you and your horse killed, while still encouraging the great adventure of the long ride provided one has reverence for the massive undertaking they are beginning. Read More…

Gideon Irving read The Horse Travel Handbook prior to departing on an 8,000 mile equestrian journey across the United States.

The Horse Travel Handbook is a great source of proven advice.

This is the book I wish I’d read before I travelled twice (27 months - 5,000 miles) across the USA by horse and mule. The Handbook is not just for folks that want to ride across a continent, The Horse Travel Handbook is a great source of proven advice for shorter trips, from afternoon to overnight jaunts. Read more…

American Long Rider Bernie Harberts rode “ocean to ocean,” across the USA. Then he travelled by mule-drawn wagon from Canada to Mexico.

Don't Leave the Barn Without this Book!

Starting a Long Ride requires a lot of character. Those who read The Horse Travel Handbook will be much more likely to reach their destination safely and in good health. Read more…

American Long Rider Howard Wooldridge rode from Savannah, Georgia to Newport, Oregon; then he rode across the USA again from Los Angeles to New York.

Best book on the topic.

If you are considering a long ride, this is the best resource available to you. I appreciate the extreme emphasis this book puts on the health and welfare of your horses.

Lynnea Zuniga read The Horse Travel Handbook prior to departing on a 1,000 mile ride through Mongolia’s Altai Mountains.

!!!Seat-of-your-pants travel book!!!

The Horse Travel Handbook is an outstanding reference. The pages come alive with description and action all melded together, in one of the most exciting and readable books on horse travel ever written. CuChullaine O’Reilly captures the essence of multiple scenarios around the world from quicksand to flooding, always keeping the safety of the horses foremost, but inviting adventure.

Karla Edmunds Christensen rode from Maine to Montana in 1976.

Testimonial – Thanks to the Long Rider’s Guild

Just writing to you to say how much I appreciate your website and all of the essential information on it. Thanks for all of your work and for sharing it. It's opened a world for me! A year ago, after months of preparing, using your website, reading Long Riders books, and taking a farriery course, I left my home country the Netherlands to go for a long ride in Turkey. I found a beautiful little horse in Cappadocia, a Syrian stallion, fit and easy-going. We set off on a Central Anatolian ride that lasted a little less than three months.  Read more....

Fleur Scheele of The Netherlands made a Long Ride in Turkey

Father and Daughters Ride Across Canada

 

Retired fire fighter David Nahachewsky spent nearly a decade planning a ride across his native land. His daughters Stacia and Teresa make this a unique “father-daughter” equestrian expedition. The team, which set off in April, have been making steady progress across Canada. However as Stacia explained on the family’s blog, “This is not a vacation!”

 

“When I started this trip I had a very romantic vision of what it was going to be like. Me and my horse, riding in the sunset, warm and beautiful. This isn’t a vacation, it’s an adventure. Like any true adventure there are perils and unexpected hardships. Once you learn to let go of the negative, the positive is overwhelming and wonderful. It’s a feeling no vacation has ever given me.… worth it.”  Read more....

Nevada Discovery Ride added to Long Rider Routes

The Guild now archives the details of a growing collection of Long Rider Routes This unique repository contains the knowledge gained by equestrian explorers past and present, and will allow future Long Riders to travel with an increased degree of confidence and safety between distant destinations.

In 2016 American Long Rider Samantha Szesciorka made her second journey through Nevada. The Nevada Discovery Ride was done to encourage the adoption of America’s wild horses.

Around the World in a Horse-Drawn Wagon

 

David Grant had a dream – to travel around the entire globe in a horse-drawn wagon. He set off in 1990 and, after overcoming an unbelievable number of difficulties, David completed the incredible journey in 1997 and wrote a book entitled “The Seven Year Hitch (top). Because of his expertise on the subject, the Long Riders’ Guild asked David to write The Wagon Travel Handbook (bottom), which was published in 2006.

 

What makes Grant’s adventure even more astonishing is that he took his three small children with him. Torcuil was nine and daughter Eilidh was eight. The youngest son, Fionn Grant, was only six when the Grant family set off from Vierhouten, Holland. Now Fionn has written an intense and personal article. Read more...

The Sun Does Not Wait for You

Agustín Mayer had to make a choice – keep his promising job with an international company or set off on an equestrian journey across Argentina.  But enriching his soul took precedence over enlarging his bank account.  The Sun Does Not Wait for You recounts the adventurous journey which Agustín and his companion Sebastian Perkins made across Patagonia and that pampas. An e-book version of this engaging travel tale is now available

Canadian Town Outlaws Horse Riding

The town of Victoriaville, Quebec has passed a law forbidding people to ride horses within the city limits. Jean Roy (right), seen riding his horse, Dandy Blue Pine,  was fined $8,000 and sent to jail when he refused to abide by the new statute. The law was specially created so as to prohibit horses from being allowed in parks, public squares, and playgrounds, on sidewalks or bicycle paths or at any large public gathering. A local newspaper article explained that “frankly the town could do without people on horseback clogging the roads.”

Horse Travel Between Peru and Chile Restricted

The Guild has received information from Vincent Cochin, who wished to ride from Peru into Chile. Upon the Guild’s suggestion, Vincent contacted representatives of both governments so as to determine if horse travellers were permitted to cross these international borders. The response was decidedly negative.  Vincent was informed that before a horse is permitted to leave Peru it must be given blood tests by a veterinarian and then spend a month in quarantine. Upon entering Chile, another set of blood tests and a quarantine of at least 15 days are required.

Breaking Barriers - Ride Across Greece Inspires Documentary Film about Lady Long Rider

While young women today are encouraged to swing into the saddle and ride towards the horizon, previous generations of lady Long Riders did not receive such support. For example when SuSan Hammer  (top) declared she was going to ride from Florida to Texas in 1980, she was roundly denounced by the press and the public. It's never about a person's age, sex, religion or national origin. It's always about a person (even one that's just 5'3" tall like SuSan was) having the courage to swing onto a tall horse and ride towards the distant horizon!

Penny Turner is another example of a woman with a dream who wouldn’t be stopped. Like SuSan, Penny grew up wanting to ride horses and go on adventures. She too was forced to overcome problems, but this only strengthened Penny’s resolve. She and her horse George set off on a 1,000 mile exploration of Greece.  Not only did they complete the journey, there is now an enchanting documentary film about this unique ride.

 

Journey across America Honours Long Rider Heroes

For more than a century they were known as the “Forgotten Heroes” of the Long Riders’ Guild. In 1912, four men known as the Overland Westerners, embarked on a 20,000 mile cross-country journey through the United States.   Though two other men completed similar journeys in the USA, Meredith Cherry is the first woman to attempt to ride the challenging 48 state route. Having departed from California in January, she crossed Oregon and made her way to Shelton, Washington, the small town where the Overland Westerners began their journey.  Read more...

Crocodiles and Cheesecake – Riding Alone Across Australia

Kimberley Delavere set off in 2016 to ride solo more than 3,000 miles along the length of the Bicentennial National Trail. Kim, who is the first person to carry the Guild’s flag across the Australian continent, has encountered, endured and survived a host of challenges, setbacks and dangers, including having her first horse, Clem, hit by a motorist. Undeterred, Kim and her new mount, Archie, (pictured) have pressed further north towards her final destination of Cooktown. While she has overcome a great many ordeals, Kim wasn’t looking forward to riding through that part of Queensland which is notoriously infested with salt-water crocodiles. In a recent blog entry, Kim recounts how she celebrated her 26th birthday with a slice of cheesecake and one eye swollen shut by a wasp sting.

Rare Malady Strikes Long Rider’s Horse in Chile

The forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration documents many kinds of equine health problems.  One equine health hazard has been discovered by German Long Rider Christina Puszkar. While riding solo through the Andes Mountains in Chile, Christina’s horse, Fiestero (right), became ill.  Horse owners in the Andes diagnosed the illness as “Mal Seco,” a localized danger which is not known in other parts of Chile, but which is the focus of a special scientific study in England.

Christina warned, “It would be good idea for any Long Rider going to Chile to keep Mal Seco in mind, because it is a very complicated disease that can hit your horse unexpectedly in the mountains.”  Read more...

 

 

Extraordinary Film Documents Wagon Journey from Canada to Mexico

After sailing around the world alone, Bernie Harberts rode “ocean to ocean” across the United States. Then he set out on a remarkable journey in search of the “lost sea” that once covered America’s Great Plains. What he found was a nation awash with contradictory beliefs, a people longing for emotional stability, and an environment facing catastrophic changes.  Bernie's documentary film is worthy of attention for a wide variety of reasons.  Read more....

How to Ride in Central Mongolia

 

A new series of articles will provide important information on how to make equestrian journeys in different countries.  This new “How to Ride….” series was created with the help of Dutch Long Rider Simone Johanna Aleida.  She wrote, “The knowledge of the Long Riders Guild has been very essential while I prepared my horseback journey to Mongolia. I always felt very supported by CuChullaine O’Reilly, and could turn to him with all my questions and concerns".  Read more....

 

Simone Johanna’s article entitled, How to Ride in Central Mongolia, contains valuable information for any would-be Long Rider.

How to Ride in Argentina

As part of the Guild’s new series, Italian Long Rider Valerio Ceconi describes how he spent more than three months making a solo equestrian journey in Patagonia and Argentina.

Renowned Road Horse Passes Away

In 2012 Filipe Leite set off on a 10,000 mile journey from Canada to Brazil. Accompanying him were two Quarter Horses, Bruiser and Frenchie. But in New Mexico Filipe was given a Palomino mustang as a gift. Dude proved to be a tough and reliable member of the team.  In an email to the Guild, Filipe Leite wrote with the sad news that Dude had died. Filipe told the Guild, "I stood stroking his thick, curly light blond mane for hours while he stood there with puppy eyes, asking for more. He had the most heart out of all of the horses I have ever ridden. In the heat, snow, on the highest cordilleras and the deepest rivers, he always gave me 110 per cent. He had no quit in him. Dude was nothing short of a great warrior.”

Looking for an Adventure in Argentina?

German Long Rider Roland Berg travelled through Europe by making journeys through Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Then he decided to explore the Andes Mountains in Patagonia.  Roland and his horses, Trueno and Jefe, are seen crossing Tres Picos, one of the Andes Mountains. The dormant volcano, Lanin, can be seen in the distance.  Roland has written to the LRG:  “In October I will ride in Patagonia, following the Andes north. I will avoid roads and be travelling along trails in remote parts of the mountains. Piling on the miles or reaching a particular goal are not important. What's important is the way of living in nature and in freedom with our horses."  Anyone interested in joining Roland on his next equestrian expedition is invited to contact him at his website. www.weitreiter.de

The Guild would like to welcome new Member Valerio Ceconi, who rode from El Calafate to San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina. He is the first person to have read The Horse Travel Handbook and to have then completed an equestrian expedition.  Read Valerio's testimonial of thanks ...

The Guild would like to welcome new Member Fritz Gangkofner. “In 2016 I started near Budapest and rode through Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. It was a very great experience with my Haflinger gelding Andy. I slept 98% in a tent and lived in free and nearly untouched nature.”

Long Rider’s Siberian Adventure story published in Hungary

An article detailing how New Zealand Long Rider Ian Robinson was the first foreign equestrian explorer to venture into Yakutia in 125 years was published by the Long Riders’ Guild. The story was quickly republished by Horse Talk, the international equestrian news service. Soon afterwards the Guild was contacted by Boglárka Vajda. A noted journalist and talented linguist, she translated the article for Lovas Nemzet (Horse Nation) magazine.

Exploring Siberia’s Equestrian Culture

When people think of Yakutia in Siberia the word “horse” does not automatically come to mind. Yet an ancient equine symbol appears on the newly-minted coins for the region (right). Why?  Yakutia is home to the world’s most astonishing equestrian culture, a place where horses learned to survive by entering into a state of semi-hibernation and humans routinely ride in minus 50 degree weather. New Zealand Long Rider Ian Robinson is the first foreign equestrian explorer to venture into Yakutia in 125 years. His remarkable “Story from the Road” provides an eyewitness account that reveals how he rode through a landscape so vast and uninhabited that he did not see another human being for seventeen days.

Horse Travel Handbook described as “A New Classic”

“For thousands of years we have travelled on horseback but until now no one has shown us the way.”

The Horse Travel Handbook is a cavalry-style manual drawn from its parent edition The Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration. It is small enough to fit into a saddlebag and contains the most critically important information that a Long Rider may need to consult while travelling.

The Foreword was written by Colonel John Blashford-Snell (right), who founded the Scientific Exploration Society and was awarded the Patron's Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He is seen riding in Mongolia in 2013.

Reviews from Long Riders and readers have praised the book, which has been described as “the Long Rider’s Bible.” Others have stated that the Handbook “is a MUST READ for anyone even considering a long ride.”

The Horse Travel Handbook is the Holy Grail for Long Riders.

CuChullaine has somehow, through years of research, communication with equine travellers, and his own personal experience as a Long Rider, managed to consolidate into one book the vast amount of knowledge and experience required to begin preparations for any person interested in the rare, challenging lifestyle that is that of the Long Rider.  Read more...

Australian Long Rider Kimberley Delavere is riding solo along the Bicentennial National Trail.

 

The Horse Travel Handbook is written for all modern Long Riders worldwide.

It is quite extraordinary in the global range and depth of its practical content and advice, and in its sense of ethic, its vision and its passion. It is written for those planning their first journey and those already highly experienced. Read more...

William Reddaway and his horse Strider completed the first modern equestrian journey to thirty of Great Britain’s historic cathedrals and abbeys.

Twelve Years in the Saddle

With 28,000 miles and 12 years of equestrian travel experience, I say The Horse Travel Handbook is a must read.  Read more...

American Long Rider Bernice Ende

The Most Important Equestrian Travel Book Since Tschiffely’s Ride

The Horse Travel Handbook is more than useful - it's just totally absorbing! It is written with eloquence, passion and extraordinary attention to detail and the wisdom of experience shines through every page. This book will be as much of a landmark in equestrian travel history as Tschiffely's Ride.

Paula Sells is the author of “The British Tack Room.

 

I can't recommend the Horse Travel Handbook highly enough!

What a remarkable, knowledgeable and convenient resource for anyone wishing to undertake equestrian travel.  Read more...

Australian Long Rider Danny Phegan rode from Darwin, Northern Territory to Cockle Creek Bay, Tasmania.

3,500-mile Long Rider Endorses CuChullaine O'Reilly's The Horse Travel Handbook
CuChullaine O'Reilly has devoted more time, energy, personal resources, intelligence, devotion, reportage, and fervour to the preservation of the art of long-distance riding than any other world citizen in modern times--and probably ever.  Read more....
American Long Rider Lisa Stewart

The Guild would like to welcome Christina Puszkar as a Member. Christina is one of the first people to undertake an extensive equestrian journey along the newly created Greater Patagonian Trail which “leads you right through the heart of the legendary Patagonian Andes”. Being the first Member of the Guild to ride along the GPT, Christina expressed her opinion that the trail presents exciting new possibilities for Long Riders. “In general I would recommend the route for fit, self reliant and competent horse people.”  But there's a catch.  Read more....

Exploration Allies Plan Interplanetary Journey – Guild Flag to Accompany Mission to Mars

 

Tom and Tina Sjogren are the adventurous rebels who climbed Mt. Everest, explored the oceans in a sailboat, travelled to both poles and founded Explorer’s Web, the planet’s premier source for exploration news.  Having looked down from Earth’s tallest mountain, the Sjogrens are now looking up to Mars. An extensive article details how they are building a two-person space vehicle capable of making the 34 million mile journey. Their intention is to explore the red planet and return to Earth with news of their discoveries. The Long Riders' Guild flag with accompany them.  Read more....

21 Tips on How to Buy a Horse Anywhere in the World

Former generations of horse travellers took the basis of their equestrian knowledge for granted. For centuries they passed on wisdom in an oral tradition, never foreseeing the day when horses would be replaced as the primary mode of transportation.  Now a new generation of Long Riders, one that has access to more information than the Founding Members of the Guild collectively knew, is ensuring that equestrian travel will be preserved for posterity.

Having spent months trying to locate and purchase horses fit for travel, Stevie Anna Plummer learned how difficult that task was. Armed with her hard-won knowledge, Stevie Anna composed a “Story from the Road” entitled 21 Rules for Buying a Horse.

Long Rider Discovers Defence Against Deadly Horse Attack

Previous generations of Long Riders knew that horses were potentially deadly. The combination of agility, strength, speed, deadly kicks and meat-ripping teeth allows a horse to inflict terrible wounds or kill his opponent with relative ease should he feel the need to defend himself.

Having endured multiple encounters with wild horses in Nevada, Long Rider Samantha Szesciorka gave serious thought to how she might protect herself from curious or aggressive equines. A special report explains how Samantha’s eyewitness experiences resulted in the creation of a simple, inexpensive, and effective invention that can work anywhere and may save Long Rider lives.

Long Rider Safety in the 21st Century

In 2013 the worst accident in the history of modern equestrian travel took the life of a female Long Rider, left her companion seriously wounded and gravely injured their horses. English Long Rider Christine Henchie, 29, was killed instantly by an out-of-control bus in Tanzania. Her fiancé, South African Long Rider Billy Brenchley, 43, escaped death by inches but suffered a broken leg.  That is why Meredith Cherry (right), who is the first woman to attempt to ride to all 48 states in the continental USA devoted so much time and effort to locate and obtain equipment which would dramatically improve the margin of safety for her and her horse, Apollo.  The result of Meredith’s research is a set of equipment that makes the Long Rider and Road Horse highly visible to drivers. In a special Story from the Road, Meredith provides photographs which show the equipment that is keeping her and Apollo safe during their 10,000 mile journey.

Saddlebag Safety

Many Long Riders have used the waterproof Ortlieb saddlebags. Yet if not placed properly, the bags ride too low and may injure the road horse. German Long Rider Sabine Keller provides answers and photos on how to resolve this technical problem.

Historian Documents how Horses were transported by Submarines during the First World War

It was known as the “Great War,” a global battle, lasting from 1914 to 1918, that killed nine million combatants. The conflict is usually associated with trench warfare, a tactic used before the launch of the Battle of the Somme, in which more than a million men were killed or wounded. What has escaped the attention of historians until now is that an astonishing episode in equestrian history occurred in 1915. In an article entitled Horses in Submarines: A Transportation Nightmare, Raul Colon reveals how First Lord of the British Admiralty, Winston Churchill, conceived a secret plan to transport horses from England to Turkey – via submarines.

 

Pocket Typewriter linked to Long Riders

Joseph Goodwin was a Yankee with an itchy foot and a taste for peril. His companion, Robert Horiguichi, was the sophisticated, multi-lingual son of an imperial Japanese diplomat. Goodwin’s book about their 1931 adventure, Through Mexico on Horseback, recounts how before leaving Texas the amateur adventurers had procured what they believed were all the necessities for equestrian explorers, including “a canteen, an old pistol, and a typewriter to chronicle our escapades.”  The idea that Goodwin and Horiguichi could carry a typewriter in a saddlebag has always seemed unlikely. But new information has revealed - read more....

Ride Begins to 48 American States

In 1912, four men embarked on a 20,000 mile cross-country through the United States. That group, known as the Overland Westerners, spent three years riding to 48 state capitals. Frank Heath was the next person to attempt this difficult journey. Departing in 1925, his 11,000 mile route took him to each of the continental states.  Meredith Cherry (right) is the first woman to attempt to ride the challenging 48 state route. Read more....

First Modern Equestrian Expedition in Siberia

Baron Yasumasa Fukushima, the descendant of a noble Samurai family, was sent to Berlin, Germany on military duty in 1892. When the time came to return home, the Japanese horseman elected to ride his horse Gaisen, (Triumphant Return) 14,000 kilometres (9,000 miles) from Berlin to Tokyo, Japan.

No foreign Long Rider is believed to have made a solo equestrian journey in Siberia in the subsequent 125 years. New Zealand Long Rider Ian Robinson (right) previously made solo journeys in Mongolia, Tibet and Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. He has now become the first foreign Long Rider to explore the Yakutia region of Siberia on horseback in this new century.  A detailed report of this important expedition is now being prepared and will be published by the Guild.

Journey in New Guinea to promote Pony Library Programme

Indonesian Long Rider Nirwan Asuka (right) carried the LRG flag during his ride in New Guinea. Having previously completed the Equine Equator Expedition in Indonesia, Nirwan used his love of horse travel to create a unique literary educational programme.  Using local ponies, Nirwan created a network of mobile libraries that provides books to underprivileged children.   With several “pony libraries” already functioning in Indonesia, Nirwan took his horse, Si Kutub Dunia, to New Guinea. Because of the rarity of horses in that country, local children expressed joy and astonishment when the “library pony” visited their school.

“Si Kutub Dunia created a sensation here because most people in this region have never seen a horse in their whole life. They always insist on having a photo with the pony, not the rider. Some people even shed tears when they touched the pony,” Nirwan wrote to the Guild.

Pilgrimage to Visit Historic Horses - Long Rider Proves Dreams Do Come True

On July 8, 2012 Filipe Masetti Leite embarked upon one of the most challenging equestrian journeys of the early 21st Century. Having been inspired by Aimé Tschiffely, Filipe rode through 12 countries in North, Central and South America – starting in Canada and ending at his home in Brazil two years later.

After spending time with his family, Filipe departed on a second journey, one that would take him to the “end of the world” in Patagonia. Having ridden across Brazil and Uruguay, Filipe entered Argentina. Soon after his arrival he made a special pilgrimage to the museum in Lujan which houses the remains of Tschiffely’s horses, Gato and Mancha.

Long Rider Pioneers Trail Commemorating Great Britain’s Equestrian Past

Vyv Wood-Gee concluded a unique ride designed to create a route that connects eight white horses carved into the country’s hillsides.  Starting at the Mormond white horse near Fraserburgh, Scotland, the Horseland Journey stretches 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) journey to the white horse at Uffington.

Proving that dreams don’t have an expiration date, Vyv stated, “Since the Uffington white horse was carved by our ancestors 3000 years ago, it has tantalised and fascinated. "

Aggressive Polish Police Halt Equestrian Journey

In 2015 Dalibor Balut (right) made the first modern journey in the Czech Republic. This was a 1,000 mile circular journey that took him and his mare, Sheila, from the front door of his cabin deep in the woods, around the entire country, and then back home. This year Dalibor set his sights further afield. He set off to ride from the Czech Republic to Lithuania, where he was expecting a warm welcome from the strong Lithuanian Long Rider community.

He and Sheila never made it.

Dalibor and Sheila rode north, crossed into Poland and had barely begun riding through that country, when he was stopped by police. Read more...

Long Riders Protect Endangered European Equestrian Heritage

In 2012 the Long Riders’ Guild joined forces with the German based VFD to encourage travelling with horses throughout Europe. The historic “Charter of Rights” created by the two organisations demonstrated how horse-humans from various parts of Europe had transcended the narrow definitions of "nationalism" and had joined forces to protect mankind's precious equestrian heritage.  The Athens-Kessel Trail Ride encourages Europeans to preserve their equestrian liberty.  Read more...

Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail – Twice!

Most people would be satisfied if they rode the length of the Pacific Crest Trail once. Not so American Long Rider Gillian Larson (right) who completed her second journey along the challenging route.  Gillian’s website provides a treasure-trove of photos and valuable information about the journey she and her mare, Shyla have made. Even more important, in terms of equestrian travel, Gillian was motivated to make the second journey so as to gather critically important information for a guide book she is writing about how to ride along the PCT. “I learned a lot on my first journey, and I hope to put that knowledge to good use on this next ride.  Once again, Shyla will be my main riding horse, while her son Takoda takes on the packing duties,” Gillian wrote.

Prior to her departure, Gillian wrote a special “how to” article” for the Guild. It explains the difficulties encountered by Long Riders who travel on this popular trail.

Equestrian Apprentice Sought in Peru

Thanks to the far-sighted vision of a unique horseman, a new type of equestrian opportunity has been created, one that would allow a young person to participate in a unique apprenticeship amidst the legendary equestrian culture of Peru. As the 20th century came to a close, Peru’s famous Paso pacing horses were in peril of either being forgotten or allowed to disappear. Eduard van Brunschott launched an effort to rescue the nation’s horses, their equipment, and traditions from an uncertain future. In the 1990s he established an equestrian tour business known as Perol Chico.  Now he is seeking young people to learn about high mountain equestrian travel.   Read more....

Homeless Equestrian Traveller Arrested in Florida

Divorce, financial hardship and an automobile accident had caused life to go bad for Chris Emerson (right). So he saddled his aged horse, Trigger, rode out of Greenwood, South Carolina and headed south towards what he hoped would be a new start in Key West, Florida. Having run out of money, Emerson depended upon handouts and charity to survive. He lost one shoe while sleeping in a storm culvert and decided thereafter to go barefoot.  When Emerson was arrested he was charged with two offences: animal cruelty and violating an animal’s health requirement.  Read more....

Colorado Toughens Equestrian Travel Laws

The days of riding the open range are a thing of the past. Stricter legislation in various American states requires Long Riders to study local laws before setting off on a journey.  Colorado, for example, has issued a bulletin that warns travellers to be aware of the following... Read more...

 

Long Rider Author releases new books.

 

In his book, Cities of Gold, American Long Rider Doug Preston describes the gruelling thousand-mild ride he made across the mountains and deserts of Arizona and New Mexico in 1989 In the company of photographer Walter Nelson. The two men rode in the hoofprints of the Spanish explorers who were searching for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. A new edition of the book includes 120 photographs taken by Walter Nelson on the journey, as well as extremely rare historical photographs of Native Americans and early Arizona and New Mexico prospectors, lawmen, cattlemen and pioneers.

More recently Doug travelled to the jungles of Honduras where he helped locate the “lost city of the monkey god.” His new book tells the story of the remarkable discovery and exploration of this ancient, previously unknown city. The photo (right) shows a calcite-covered skull found in the "Cave of the Glowing Skulls" during the exploration.


New Authors Contribute to Long Rider Literature

The launch of the Long Riders’ Guild Press saved the world’s most important equestrian travel classics from extinction.  Whereas saving knowledge from the past is of vital importance, Long Rider authors like Agustín María Mayer and Gintaras Kaltinas are adding to the world’s wisdom by writing exciting new books, based upon their recent equestrian travels.

Argentine Long Rider Agustín María Mayer’s new book, El Sol No Te Espera (The Sun Will Not Wait For You) recounts his adventures as he rode from the province of Buenos Aires to Bariloche in Patagonia.

Lithuanian Long Rider Gintaras Kaltenis new book, “Taking the Old Post Road Using Horses and Carriages”, recounts how representatives of the Lithuanian Geographical Society and the Long Riders’ Guild travelled in classic carriages to commemorate the 100th birthday of Lithuanian Post. The 800 kilometre journey concluded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Guild would like to welcome Kelly Thorburn as a Member. Kelly rode in Mongolia with Dominick Stephens.

The Big Fellow from Down Under has ridden on

 

This New Year began in grief, as the Guild mourns the passing of Australian Long Rider Colin Mitchell. In 2002 Colin rode 5,654 kilometres (3,513 miles) from Darwin, in the Northern Territory, to Cockle Creek, Tasmania.  This was no mere gathering of miles done to satisfy an ambitious ego. Like many Long Rider legends who rode before him, Colin swung into the saddle to champion a noble cause. He took part in an equestrian journey known as the “Campfires against Cancer.” That hard ride raised more than half a million dollars for cancer research.  Read more, including a moving farewell poem to Colin by CuChullaine O'Reilly.

Cowboy Jim Gregory Rides On 

The Long Riders' Guild is sorry to report the death of "Cowboy Jim" Gregory (right).  The Long Rider  was often called “the wandering minstrel”, because he sang as he rode across the United States in 1958 and travelled 4,000 miles from Fontana, California to New York City on his horse Trigger.  Their route took them through North Carolina. When Jim stopped to water Trigger in the town of Creedmoor, he met his future wife, Barbara.  After many months of travel under difficult conditions, Cowboy Jim concluded his journey in New York, where he was interviewed on television by Johnny Carson. He then returned to Creedmoor and married Barbara, the love of his life.

Renowned Road Horse Passes Away

Essie Pearl, a Fjord mare, inspired love and loyalty from Long Rider Bernice Ende. They made many journeys in the United States and Canada, the last of which saw them riding from “ocean to ocean” in both directions, the first time in history that such a journey had been attempted or completed.

After their return, suddenly Essie Pearl was gone, a victim of EPM, a rare debilitating neurological disease that affects the central nervous system of horses.  Read more....

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