The Long Riders' Guild
Long Rider Films!
In June 2004 Australian
Long Rider Tim Cope set off on a 10,000 kilometre solo ride from Mongolia to
Hungary. At the conclusion of his epic ride, Tim translated his experiences into
a remarkable movie entitled “On the Trail of Genghis Khan.” The ground-breaking
film has now made cinematic history by winning honours at national film
festivals in Canada, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
email to the Guild, Tim reported, “It is quite remarkable that a long riding
film has been given such accolades in the face of modern day extreme
adventure documentaries. But we are getting horse riding, and these ancient
steppe cultures, into the relative mainstream.
French Long Rider Louis
Meunier nearly died during his ride across Afghanistan in 2005. But the
remarkable young man stayed on in the war-torn country for many years. Besides
helping revive the national equestrian game, buz khazi, Louis organized the
country’s first mountain climbing team.
24,000 Feet Above The
War is the
documentary Louis made that profiles the Afghans who scaled Afghanistan's
highest peak in the Hindu Kush mountains.
Prisoners of the Himalayas
documentary film aimed at capturing the life of the last Kyrgyz nomads of
The film was directed by French Long Rider Louis
Meunier who crossed the country by horse in
2005 and played three years on Kabul´s buzkashi team. Matthieu Paley, the
award-winning photographer who worked on the Long Rider movie, Serko,
was the cameraman. The new film documents how the Kyrgyz nomads, who camp in
yurts at an altitude of 4,500 meters, survive in the Wakhan Corridor, a thin
strip of land hidden in the mountains between Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Secluded in their mountain camps, they form the most isolated high altitude
community of the planet.
is a dramatic film regarding a man’s journey along the
de Santiago, a Christian pilgrimage route which concludes at the Cathedral
of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Starring Martin Sheen, and
directed by his son, Emilio Estevez, the movie follows the trail taken by a
number of Long Riders including the Hanbury-Tenisons, Captain Otto Schwarz,
Mefo Phillips, and Steven O’Connor, to name just a few.
addition to being a Friend of the Guild, John Hare is one of the world’s
most intrepid camel travellers.
the Sahara on a Camel
is a riveting new film which recounts how Hare led a caravan of 22 camels
nearly 1500 miles from Nigeria to Libya. Though he followed an ancient
caravan route, the trail had been forbidden to foreigners for more than
fifty years. The profits from the film are being used to help preserve the
wild Bactrian camel.
For more information regarding John’s remarkable movie,
|Written by French Long Rider,
Jean-Louis Gouraud, Chamane ("Shaman") is about a Yakut shaman
and a Muscovite violinist who escape a Soviet gulag on horseback. The
shaman, Anatolia, promises to guide Dimitri, but Tolia is shot during the
escape and dies. His spirit seems to guide Dimitri as the musician begins
the arduous journey home across the snowbound taiga. In towns and
settlements, Tolia's name seems magic, securing help for Dimitri. The horse,
too, becomes savior and companion.
|In 1910 Bud and Temple
Abernathy, aged 6 and 10, saddled horses on their Oklahoma ranch and set off
alone on a trip of more than two thousand miles to shake hands with their
family friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, in New York City.
Now the exploits of the Abernathy boys have been
made into a documentary by the University of Oklahoma. Visit the website of The Grand Ride of the Abernathy Boys for more information about this
excellent film, which includes some fascinating historical information.
Or read the book
about the Abernathys amazing equestrian journeys, published by The Long
Riders' Guild Press!
|Robin and Louella
Hanbury-Tenison have made a film about their journey through Albania, which
is being presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Here is a trailer
|A classic adventure by the
makers of "King Kong." In 1924, neophyte filmmakers and Long Riders Merian
C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack hooked up with journalist and sometime
spy Marguerite Harrison and set off to film an adventure. They found
excitement, danger and unparalleled drama in the migration of the Bakhtiari
tribe of Persia (now Iran). Twice a year, more than 50,000 people and half a
million animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles to take their
herds to pasture.
This, the first film
ever made by Long Riders, is now available again. Click on picture to
visit the website of Milestone Films.
|Tim Cope is busy preparing a
three-part, six-hour documentary entitled "In the Steppes of the Nomads"
about his journey from Mongolia to Hungary! We hope to have a copy of
the trailer soon.
|In 1889 Cossack Lieutenant
Dmitri Peshkov made equestrian history when he rode 5,500 miles from Siberia
to the Czar's palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. This amazing
winter-time ride has now become the genesis of the world's first
twenty-first century Long Rider film. Click on picture to learn more
about Serko, the inspirational story of Peshkov and his horse.
|First he rode 19,000 miles from
the bottom of South America to the top of Alaska. Now the noted
independent Russian film maker, Vladimir Fissenko, is busy interviewing the
most historically important Long Riders. Click on picture to read
about Vladimir's exciting new Long Rider Films.