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2015 - News!

New Documentary proves “Dreams Do Come True”

 

The Long Riders’ Guild received an email in August, 2011. The message was sent by a young man named Filipe Leite (right). He wrote to say that his father had read “Tschiffely’s Ride” to him at a young age. The tale of how Swiss Long Rider Aimé Tschiffely had ridden from Buenos Aires to New York had inspired Filipe to make his own equestrian journey.

 

Filipe’s plan was to ride 16,000 kilometres from Canada to Brazil. The problem was that he had no horse, no saddle, no money and no equestrian travel experience.

 

The Guild informed Filipe that dreams have no expiration date and that a lack of experience need not deter his plans. The LRG then set about providing Filipe with an unprecedented amount of support, including providing him with an adjustable Canadian pack saddle. After having received equestrian travel training from Canadian Long Rider Stan Walchuk, Filipe set off in July 2012.

 

During the subsequent two years Filipe endured hardships, survived dangers and met many wonderful people on his way across the Americas. Filipe was joined by his father, Luis, during the Mexican portion of the ride. Finally, after having taken his horses through 12 countries Filipe entered Brazil to a storm of publicity in August, 2014.

 

This remarkable journey was documented by Outwild TV and a preview entitled “The Long Ride Home” has just been released. The feature length film will soon be available.

 

 

 

 

Equestrian Historian releases book and film about legendary horsemen

Irakli Makharadze has spent years documenting the unique equestrian history of his nation of Georgia, which is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. In a special article published by the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation, Irakli explains how the Horsemen Daredevils became the star attraction in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show.

One Last Ride

Charles Kitchen is riding from Texas to Montana for a special reason. He plans to spread his father’s ashes in the Yellowstone River. A news report provides details of how the Long Rider is accompanying his father on “one last ride.”

Long Riders Charged with “Environmental Crimes”

 

In past centuries equestrian travellers were forced to avoid attacks by savage animals and murderous natives. Modern Long Riders are required to overcome challenges from a new type of enemy – hostile national governments and aggressive local police.

 

The Guild has received reports that Long Riders in various countries are being charged with "environmental crimes" That is a new way of saying that you will be arrested if you are discovered riding in a national park or if you are found sleeping alongside a road.

 

A terrible example of the latter recently happened in California. An elderly man was travelling through a small town with his mules. Local police stopped the traveller. When they realized that he had not actually broken any laws, the authorities seized the traveller and took him to a local mental hospital for "observation."

 

On another occasion this traveller was issued with a ticket (seen right) costing $485 because he was discovered camped alongside a California road.

 

Another alarming example of government antagonism has been recorded by Marc Noonan, who is riding from Columbia to Peru. Marc wrote to say that soon after he rode into Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park he was stopped by four park rangers.

 

“They demanded to see my documents and asked what I was doing. It would appear that pets are not allowed in the National Parks and my horse Red was classed as a pet. This thought had never entered my head. Travel companion, yes. But I never think of Red as a pet. The conversation got heated when the rangers threatened to take Red and impose fines on me.”

 

Marc avoided being arrested but he “was forced to leave the park, fined and disillusioned.”

 

These incidents are an important indication of how modern motorized society is increasingly antagonistic against horse travellers.

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Riders’ Guild welcomes its newest Member.

 

In the late 1980s Geldy Kyarizov recognized a desperate need to save Turkmenistan’s endangered Akhal Teke horses.

 

To accomplish this noble purpose, Geldy rode 4,300 kilometres from Ashgabat to Moscow. The journey, which took him across Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, required him to ride 360 kilometres across a waterless desert. Upon his arrival at the Russian capital, Geldy successfully petitioned Soviet Union government officials to intercede on behalf of Turkmenistan’s horses.

 

His induction into the Guild marks Geldy as the first Turkmen Long Rider in the history of modern equestrian travel.

 

In the following years after his ride, Geldy made valuable contributions as an historian and breeder of Akhal Teke horses.

 

Geldy’s most renowned success was an astonishing Akhal Teke stallion named Yanardag. The president of Turkmenistan chose Geldy’s horse as the national symbol (right) of the country

 

Because of Geldy’s contributions to equestrian exploration and science, he has been named as the first Turkmen to be made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

 

New study uncovers equine DNA link between Canada and Siberia

The first DNA study of wild horses in the remote Chilcotin area of British Columbia has revealed a surprising discovery. The Canadian horses share DNA traits with the Yakut horses of Siberia. In their report, Dr. Gus Cothran of Texas A & M University and Wayne P. McCrory RPBio wrote, “This raises the possibility that horses from Russia may have contributed to the feral herds at some time in the past, which is not outside the range of possibilities.”

Such an interaction, the study hypothesised, may have occurred when “the Yakut horse bloodlines arrived in the remote Brittany Triangle of British Columbia from Russian fur traders along the adjacent Pacific Coast.” A special illustrated report published by the Long Riders' Guild Academic Foundation explains how the wild horses protected by the Xeni Gwet'in and Yunetesi'in Native Americans may reveal a previously undetected link between North America and Asia.

Longest 20th Century Horse Journey Honoured

In 1912, four riders embarked on a 20,000 mile trip to all 48 American state capitals. The idealistic young men dreamed that their gruelling three-year odyssey through deserts, mountains and swamps would make them famous. Instead, they rode into oblivion. Known as the Overland Westerners, their tragic tale became a Long Rider legend. Thankfully a brilliant investigative article by noted Washington journalist Tristan Baurick has brought this neglected story out of the shadows. Complete with photographs taken during the journey and enriched by explanatory videos, the article entitled “The Longest Ride” is the finest example of equestrian travel reporting seen in many years.

Rare Film Footage of Tschiffely’s Ride

In 1925 Swiss Long Rider Aimé Tschiffely set out on an epic ride with two Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato. The explorer's goal was to travel ten thousand miles from Buenos Aires to Washington, DC. The mounted odyssey lasted two and a half years, forcing horses and rider to survive near-impossible conditions, including crossing an infamous swinging bridge in the Andes Mountains. The Lujan Museum near Buenos Aires, which protects many important Tschiffely artefacts, has released a special film which shows Tschiffely, his horses, and the ticker tape parade they received upon their entry into New York city.  Argentine Long Rider Benjamin Reynal has kindly shared the short film with the Guild.

Land’s End Long Riders

Traditionally travellers who wished to journey from one end of Great Britain to the other made their way from Land’s End in western Cornwall to John O’Groats in the extreme north of Scotland.

Today the celebrated route is traversed by pedestrians, runners, cyclists, even skate boarders. Yet Long Riders have been travelling the 970 kilometres (603 miles) since 1892, when Evelyn Burnaby made the journey and wrote about his equestrian adventures in “The Country Gentleman” magazine.

Subsequently other Long Riders went across the nation, including Arthur Elliott who rode Goldflake in 1955. In 2006 the mother and daughter team of Vyv and Elsie Wood-Gee made the trip. And in 2007 Grant Nicolle (right) continued the tradition by travelling from John O'Groats to Land's End with his horse, Marv.

Despite the historical connection between equestrian travel and the celebrated route, no entry for Long Riders existed on the Wikipedia page. Grant Nicolle has rectified that problem and created a special entry which now lists Long Riders who have made this journey.

Historical Long Rider Honoured in Switzerland

Even though Switzerland is not a large country in terms of geography, it can take pride in being the home of some of the most extraordinary Long Riders in history. For example, Aimé Tschiffely rode from Argentina to the United States and Otto Schwarz rode 48,000 kilometres on five continents. Predating them was Henri de Büren. In 1853 this Swiss Long Rider made a gruelling ride across the Andes Mountains in Peru. Henri’s descendant, Jean-François de Büren has written an excellent book about his ancestor’s journey through North and South America. The book, entitled “The Journey of Henri de Büren” was recently honoured at a reception held at Le Musée d’ethnographie de Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

New Testimonial - North American Long Rider Debra Bumpus-Brown rode through the American West.

“I salute Basha and CuChullaine O’Reilly, and all those who have made the LRG such an outstanding, completely unique, responsible, informative and honourable organization. I don't know what your dream was when you first ventured into the complexities of organizing the Guild, but I imagine neither of you had any idea how far this would go! I stand amazed and extremely appreciative of your countless hours and expense (mental, emotional, time, as well as monetary). You have given birth to something that will last through the generations.”

Expedition News – British Long Rider Marc Noonan is riding from Columbia to Peru. His journey across Columbia has required Marc to exercise extreme caution. We have been in a delicate area, lined one side by a heavy presence of Colombian military and the other by guerillas; so night time can be a gamble. Over the last two months I have been carefully selecting my routes. Sadly Colombia is second in the world for land mine victims, only behind Afghanistan. The majority of the mines are close to areas inhabited by the indigenous people of Colombia.” The photo sent by Marc shows a Columbian military check point.

 

New Testimonial - North American Long Rider Orion Kraus rode from Mexico to Costa Rica.

When I heard back from the Long Riders’ Guild I was breathless. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was exactly what I was looking for. Not a crutch, but encouragement from someone who had done what I am doing….I want to thank you for providing a website like the Guild. It is an all-in-one package for people like me, and it has added fuel to an already roaring fire inside of me.”

Expedition News – American Long Rider Bernice Ende is making the first known journey “ocean to ocean” in both directions during the same ride. Bernice had an unexpected encounter with Long Rider history while riding across Ontario. “As I neared the end of my ride in Ontario I rode westward along a dirt road with long shadows attached to our tails. A pickup coming out of the setting sun drove up and stopped. The driver rolled down his window and the woman passenger leaned over to get a better look. The elderly gentleman asked if I had heard of the book called ‘Saddlebags for Suitcases.’ I said, of course I had. It tells the story of the legendary ride made across Canada in 1939 by British Long Rider Mary Bosanquet.  Well, he told me, Mary came down this road and she wintered here in Dayton, YOU are in Dayton he said. There were no buildings remaining and he was not sure who the family was that she stayed with but it didn’t matter to me. My jaw was hanging in disbelief as he drove off. WOW I mean, I had just been told I was on the same route that Mary rode in 1939.”

 

New Testimonial - North American Long Rider Linda Losey rode “ocean to ocean” across the United States.

Basha and CuChullaine, your help during my life-changing journey was truly life-saving. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for founding The Long Riders’ Guild.”

Ride in the Alps. Celebrate the Legend.

The most famous equestrian journey of all time was accomplished by an unlikely hero. There was nothing in Aimé Tschiffely’s background that would have caused anyone to think that the young Swiss school teacher would undertake a daring 10,000 mile ride from Buenos Aires to New York. Despite being ridiculed as a “mad man” by the Argentine press, Tschiffely obtained two Criollo geldings and in 1925 departed on a Herculean journey.

The top photo shows Aimé dressed in the fashionable English riding clothes which he wore on the day he rode out of the Argentine capital. But the gruelling two year journey required Tschiffely and his horses, Mancha and Gato, to make their way across the infamous Horse Killer Desert and over the Andes Mountains. The bottom photo shows the three hardened travellers in the jungles of Central America.

To mark the 90 year anniversary of Tschiffely’s departure, Swiss Long Riders Peter van der Gugten and Alfons Cotti have organized a special three-day equestrian journey through the beautiful Swiss Alps. 

The journey begins on July 3rd in Glarus, winds it way over the mountain pass to Wäggital and culminates on July 5th at Klöntal.

A special invitation is extended to Long Riders from around the world to join the Swiss equestrians who will be making the journey. Horses are available for hire during the ride and a special Argentine asado (barbecue) is planned celebrate the culmination of this historic event.

Travel details and prices are available via the Weitreitergilde website. For further information contact: info@alpentrekking.ch

 

 

 

Riding to the Top of the World - A Rare Interview with Vladimir Fissenko

Many people travel on horseback. They have ridden on every continent including Antarctica. But one journey stands alone because of its incredible historical significance; the ride that took Russian Long Rider Vladimir Fissenko from the bottom of the world, Patagonia, to the top of the world, Alaska. 

The journey began in Ushuaia, Argentina and concluded in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, covered 30,000 kilometres (19,000 miles) and took five years to complete. It is not only the mileage which makes Vladimir’s trip unique. In addition to all of his other adventures, including nearly being killed by Indians, Vladimir rode through the terrible Darien Gap jungle that separates Columbia from Panama. This jungle is considered so dangerous that the Swiss Long Rider Aimé Tschiffely avoided it in 1926 and the French Long Rider Jean Francois Ballereau also went around it in 1987.

Two more articles by Basha O'Reilly for Randonner à Cheval.

Edition 62

Mars-Avril 2015

 

 

 

 

Ferrer votre cheval

La tradition de garder les sabots des chevaux n'a pas simultanément provenu parallèlement à l’équitation. En fait des protecteurs des sabots ne sont pas devenus indispensables jusqu'au temps que pistes asphaltées et routes dur ont provoquaient fréquemment l’endommagement des sabots des animaux. Ainsi, il a été l'avènement de terrain artificiel, tels que pavés et de gravier, qui ont aidé à stimuler au début l'homme rechercher les premières tentatives de ferrer les chevaux, mais ils n'étaient pas pratiquées depuis de nombreux siècles qu'après le cheval lui-même était en utilisation générale.  Lire la suite....

 

 

Kohei Yamakawa est un étudiant vétérinaire de 23 ans qui est monté en selle le 30 Aout 2014.  Son but est de voyager 3.000 km. entre Wakkanai au nord jusqu’à l’Ile d’Okonawa au plein sud. Lire la suite....
http://horsejourney.blog.fc2.com/

Kohei Yamakawa, a 23-year-old veterinarian student, swung into the saddle on August 30th, 2014. His goal is to ride 3,000 kilometres from Wakkanai in the northern end of the country to Okinawa Island in the far south. Read more....

 

 

Edition 61

Janvier-Fevrier 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding to the top of the world

 

Many people travel on horseback. They have ridden on every continent including Antarctica. But one journey stands alone because of its incredible historical significance; the ride that took Russian Long Rider Vladimir Fissenko from the bottom of the world, Patagonia, to the top of the world, Alaska.  Read more....

 

Voyage au Sommet du Monde

Beaucoup de gens voyagent à cheval. Ils ont voyagé  sur tous les continents y compris l'Antarctique. Mais un voyage est unique en raison de son incroyable importance historique; le trajet qu'a pris Long Rider russe Vladimir Fissenko du bas du monde, en Patagonie, au sommet du monde, en Alaska.

Le voyage a commencé à Ushuaia, Argentine et a conclu à la baie Prudhoe, en Alaska, a couvert 30.000 kilomètres (19 000 miles) et a pris cinq ans à terminer. Il n'est pas seulement le kilométrage qui rend le voyage de Vladimir unique. En plus de tous ses autres aventures, y compris presque être tué par les Indiens, Vladimir voyageait à travers la terrible Darien Gap jungle qui sépare la Colombie et le Panama. Cette jungle est considéré comme tellement dangereuse que le Long Rider Suisse Aimé Tschiffely à évité de le faire en 1926 et le Français Long Rider Jean François Ballereau allait également autour d'elle en 1987. 

Michael Pugh has just completed an equestrian journey between Moscow and Romania.

Michael lived in Moscow for six years as a lawyer.  When he returned to England in June 2014, since his work life in Russia had been very intense, he wanted to make the most of the occasion by making a relaxing journey, without hurrying and to see the countries over which he had flown many times to understand how the people there lived and what secrets were hidden in the fields.

Michael Pugh vient de terminer un voyage à cheval entre Moscou et la Romanie.

Michael à vécu a Moscou pendant six ans comme conseilleur juridique.   Quand il retournait en Angleterre en juin 2014, puisque sa vie de travail était très chargé en Russie, il voulait profiter de l’occasion de faire un périple détendu, sans se presser et de voir les terres sur lesquels il avait voyagé par avion plusieurs fois pour comprendre comme vivaient les gens là bas et quels secrets se cachaient dans les champs.

Gauchos Gather to Honour Long Rider

Twenty gauchos rode their Criollo horses across the pampas of Argentina to mark the 90 year anniversary of Swiss Long Rider Aimé Tschiffely’s 10,000 mile ride from Buenos Aires to New York. The riders are members of the "Asociación de Escritores Tradicionalistas," a group dedicated to preserving the traditions, history and practices of Argentina’s gauchos.

The journey concluded at Estancia El Cardal, the ranch where Tschiffely obtained his Criollo horses Mancha and Gato. Oscar Solanet, whose grandfather provided the horses to Tschiffely, greeted the gauchos. After the gauchos placed a commemorative bronze plaque at the Long Rider’s final resting place, a traditional gaucho asado (barbecue) was held for 600 visitors.

The journey concluded at Plaza Colon in nearby Ayacucho, when the gauchos visited the monument dedicated to Tschiffely and his horses.

Rare Photos Discovered of Legendary Long Rider

Aimé Tschiffely is usually remembered for the remarkable ride he made from Buenos Aires to Washington DC in 1925. That journey served as the inspiration for his book, Tschiffely’s Ride, the most influential equestrian travel book of the 20th century. What is often forgotten is that soon afterwards the Swiss Long Rider made a second ride and wrote another equestrian travel tale entitled Bridle Paths.

An important discovery has been made about Tschiffely’s 1935 ride across Britain. While attending a charity sale in Australia, Jo Stewart discovered an inscribed copy of Bridle Paths. She was initially excited to discover that it was inscribed by the Long Rider author to the lady who loaned him Violet, the mare he rode from the south of England to Scotland.

While the discovery of Tschiffely's inscription would have been of interest, that was not the most important revelation. When Ms. Stewart opened the book, she was stunned to find that Tschiffely had carefully taped 14 small photographs onto the relevant page of the book! Inside were excellent photos of Violet the mare. But even more exciting was the discovery of images showing Tschiffely preparing to start the ride (right) and Don Roberto Cunninghame Graham sitting on Violet at the conclusion of the journey!

The back of each photo has Aimé's hand-written notes about the image. Luckily Ms. Stewart recognized the importance of this rare book and immediately made arrangements for it to be transferred to the Long Riders’ Guild. The complete set of photographs can be viewed on the Tschiffely Literary Estate website.

 

 

LRGAF Publishes Historic Study on Pack Saddles

The Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation is proud to publish the first extensive study done regarding the use of equine pack transportation during the American Revolutionary War, 1776 to 1781. This ground breaking research was undertaken by the scholar John U. Rees, who spent years uncovering a treasure trove of facts and images about this overlooked part of equestrian history. John’s detailed report, which contains extensive footnotes and a long list of primary sources, is the first detailed investigation into how equestrian travel influenced the outcome of the Revolutionary War. The image (right) depicts the pack saddle used by General George Washington during the conflict with Great Britain.

The Long Riders’ Guild welcomes its newest Members: Having completed many equestrian journeys in various parts of Europe, Pat Bohnert and Peter van der Gugten were both listed among the Associate Members of the Guild. After finishing a lengthy ride through Argentina, via the Andes Mountains, Pat and Peter have now been placed among the Members.

Long Rider and Champion of Women’s Rights

Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was a renowned Lady Long Rider who defied the rules. The daughter of a clergyman, she was a sickly child who suffered with terrible back pain. In 1871 her doctor suggested that Isabella should travel to improve her health. She sailed for Australia and then journeyed on to Hawaii. It was in that island kingdom that Isabella learned to ride astride. At a time when polite society was forcing women to ride in a sidesaddle, Isabella defied convention and rode astride during her equestrian journeys in the Rocky Mountains, Japan, Persia, China and Tibet. Isabella went on to write many best-selling travel books, which have been republished by the Long Riders’ Guild Press in a special collection. After the London Times described her as “the boldest of travellers,” Isabella became the first woman to be named as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Having taken up photography at the age of 60, Isabella took hundreds of photos during her extensive travels in China. Those historic images have been recovered and re-published in a special commemorative book.

The Long Riders’ Guild welcomes new Members: Sabine Keller and Dagmar Blöß rode from Germany, across France and on to Spain.
Historic Journey Recounted in Special Speech

Bernadette Murray (right) was only ten years old when she made equestrian travel history. Along with her parents and siblings, Bernadette set off in 1969 to ride the length of the newly-created Pacific Crest Trail. The journey brought its share of hardships including runaway horses, dangerous trails, hostile ranchers, raging rivers and quicksand. But along the way Bernadette discovered that her family had grown to include the horses who “would carry you like an egg that might break” through a host of hazards. To commemorate the Murray family’s historic journey, Bernadette was invited to address the Pacific Crest Trail Annual Meeting. The Long Rider’s talk, which includes dozens of beautiful images, was filled with wisdom.

New Member of LRG completes historic journey across Japan. The Guild would like to welcome its newest Member, Kohei Yamakawa, who set off in June, 2014 to make the first modern equestrian journey across Japan.

Because of the historical importance of the journey, Kohei was granted the honour of carrying the LRG flag.

Hideyo Tsutsumi, the first Japanese Member of the Long Riders’ Guild, acted as Kohei’s mentor. Custom Pack Rigging of Canada donated the adjustable pack saddle which Kohei used. Senior Long Riders from around the world helped by raising funds to cover the shipping of the equipment to Japan. 

After riding more than 3,000 kilometres from Cape Soya in the north (top photo), on 3rd March Kohei reached the historic stone which marks the other end of Japan (bottom photo).

Kohei chose two hardy Hokkaido geldings, Michi Yuki (Road Snow) and Michi Yanagi (Road Willow), to accompany him on the journey.

 

To learn more about Kohei’s ride, visit his page or visit his blog which has hundreds of fascinating photos.

In the Hoofprints of Genghis Khan. Australian Long Rider Tim Cope made an extraordinary 6,000 mile ride from Mongolia to Hungary. Renowned explorer and adventure journalist Alastair Humphreys has done a remarkable interview with Tim, wherein the equestrian traveller recounts how he made the challenging journey. Illustrated with many powerful images, the interview will be part of Alastair’s new book about exploration.

 

The Long Riders’ Guild welcomes new Member. From January 1976 to October 1977 William Waterway undertook a historic equestrian journey in the United States. Beginning in San Diego, California the young man ended his journey in Calais, Maine, after riding 7,500 miles. William’s mission was to promote what he called “The Ride for Nature.” He went on to champion environmental issues.

New testimonial from documentary film maker. Leon McCarron is a renowned international traveller who contacted the Guild in search of advice regarding an equestrian journey in Patagonia. Leon’s goal was to ride in the hoofprints of the famous Historical Long Rider Charles Darwin. Though he is known today as "the father of evolution," English biologist Charles Darwin was also an avid equestrian traveller. During the five years in which he made his scientific journey around the world, Darwin took every opportunity to explore the continents of South America, Australia and Africa on horseback. With the help of Argentine Long Rider José Argento, Leon completed the equestrian journey along the Santa Cruz River and is now preparing a documentary film. He shared the following Testimonial.

“When I began planning my first equestrian journey in Autumn 2014, I had no experience whatsoever of travelling with horses. Some friends suggested I contact the Long Riders Guild as a starting point, and I am eternally grateful that I did! CuChullaine O’Reilly listened patiently to my plans to ride across Argentina, and was hugely generous with his time and experience. He made insightful suggestions regarding the concept of my expedition and within a short amount of time he had connected me with a Long Rider in the region who subsequently agreed to join me on the journey and has become a very good friend. In short - my journey could not have happened without the assistance of the LRG and CuChullaine. It is a unique and wonderful organisation, and one that I consider myself lucky to have found.

Rare Long Rider Film released to the public

Sven Hedin was Sweden’s most famous explorer and Long Rider. Starting in 1894, when he rode in Persia, Hedin went on to lead three daring expeditions across Tibet and Central Asia. By 1908 he had discovered the source of the Indus River, explored the Pamir Mountains and found the remains of lost cities in the Lop Nur Desert. In 1927, at the age of 70, Hedin set off on his fourth major journey, a gruelling expedition through the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and Turkestan. In addition to scientists from six countries, Hedin was joined by the Danish Long Rider Henning Haslund-Christensen. Mounted on local horses, and accompanied by a caravan of 300 Bactrian camels, Hedin led one of the most remarkable expeditions of the age. A silent documentary film, nearly two hours in length, recorded amazing images of Hedin’s journey; including scenes of the camels in a snow storm in the Gobi Desert, remote walled cities and Chinese warlords. The film can be viewed for free here.

The Long Riders’ Guild welcomes new Member
Sharon Bridgeman rode 3,500 kilometres (2,100 miles) along Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail. The journey took Sharon from Cooktown in the far north of Queensland to Wallerawang in New South Wales.

Ride Across Japan passes 2,000 kilometres

Despite the onset of winter, Kohei Yamakawa has continued his historic ride across the length of Japan. He recently spoke about his journey in a televised interview.


Growing up on the Pacific Crest Trail

In 1969 Barry Murray, his wife and three young children set off on a journey that was to become a Long Rider legend. The Murrays were determined to be the first family to ride the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, a gruelling 4,286 kilometres (2,663 miles) long route that leads from Mexico to Canada. A special new “Story from the Road” tells the inspiring story of how husband, wife, children and horses rode into history.

Historical Thriller recounts adventures of France’s greatest Long Rider

In 1889 Tibet was known as the “Hermit Kingdom,” because of its reputation for excluding outsiders. Lhasa, the nation’s capital, was considered the most difficult city on earth for a foreigner to enter. Sophie Schiller’s new book, “Race to Tibet,” tells the story of Gabriel Bonvalot, France's most famous Long Rider, and his companion, Prince Henri d'Orléans, who join forces to reach Lhasa, the mysterious capital. During their equestrian journey, the explorers are besieged by freezing temperatures, volatile winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret.

The World’s Most Wanted Long Rider

While the Long Riders' Guild has been successful in finding the majority of living equestrian travellers, there is one in particular for whom we have long sought. He is a Chinese equestrian traveller named Li Jing, who made a remarkable 9,000 kilometre (5,592 miles) ride from Votkinsk, Russia to Beijing, China in 2009. Li Jing currently heads the list of “Missing in Action” Long Riders. There was a great deal of interest in the Chinese press when Li Jing arrived in Beijing. If you have any knowledge on how Li Jing can be located, please contact the Guild.

 

For information on earlier news stories, please visit the Archives pages.

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