The Long Riders' Guild

Stories from The Road - page 5

More thrilling adventures from Long Riders, past and present, all over the world.

Click on photograph of Ana Beker to read a eye-witness account of the little six-year-old girl who remembers meeting the Long Rider in 1954.

Click on picture to read a terrifying story by Henry Coke of a death in a river during the California Gold Rush.

Click on picture to read about the heartbreaking loss suffered by the Japanese Samurai, Baron Fukushima, on his amazing 14,000 kilometre journey from Berlin to Tokyo in 1892.


Click on picture to read about Hugh Clapperton's amazing Long Ride across the Sahara.

Italian Long Riders Dario Masarotti and Antonietta Spizzo spend as much time as possible in the saddle.  Click on photo to read Antonietta's description of the horrors of crossing borders on horseback, balanced by the joys of travelling through Europe and enjoying the local hospitality.

Kathrin Nienhaus has just returned to Germany from Mongolia.  Click on photograph to read her fascinating description of her journey with Tim Cope, and her impressions of Mongolia.

In 1950, CIA agent Douglas MacKiernan (left) and his young friend, former student turned espionage agent, Frank Bessec, found themselves being hunted across the Takla Makan desert by armed Chinese communists.  Their daring horseback escape across Western China and into Tibet, which they thought had led them to safety, ended in tragedy.  After fifty years, the Top Secret diary which Bessec kept during this amazing equestrian journey has been declassified by the American State Department and is offered to the public for the first time by The Long Riders' Guild.
Click on picture to read these rare documents.

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Though he is known today as "the father of evolution," famous English biologist Charles Darwin was also an avid equestrian traveler.  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.  The scientist-turned-Long Rider wrote of "the pleasure of living in the open air with the sky for a roof and the ground for a table." 

Click on picture to read about Charles Darwin's equestrian adventures on three continents during the 1830s.

If you have ever complained about travelling by train or by coach, click on picture to see how truly horrendous such a journey could be back in the 1860s.

Click on picture to read about Jean-Louis Gouraud's astonishing journey à la Turkmène from Paris to Moscow.

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The Khamba warlord in Tibet had given George Patterson a deadly mission - carry word to the outside world that the Chinese Communists were about to secretly invade the mountain kingdom.  The problem was that the winter of 1949 had turned the mighty Himalayas into a wall of ice and the only trail leading to India had never been traveled by horsemen! Could George and his horse survive the snow covered journey and bring back help to his adopted homeland? 

Click on picture to read the unbelievable equestrian episode "To Save a Country."

Across Africa on Horseback -  Billy Brenchley and Christy Henchie have encountered a number of surprises during their epic equestrian journey from the top of Tunisia to the bottom of South Africa. They’ve outwitted recalcitrant border guards, survived the loss of one of their horses, crossed the deserts of Sudan, and floated their expedition down the Nile on a river boat. But upon arrived in Uganda, they were required to tell the natives what a horse was.
hobhouse.JPG (11502 bytes) Click on picture to read how Lord Byron rode into the heart of mountainous Albania in 1809.
Click on the picture to read "Riding from the Flames", the thrilling story of a nineteenth century female equestrian explorer who rode straight through a raging forest fire!  
wpe5.jpg (19756 bytes) Click on picture to read the blood-curdling tale of G. W. Ray's foray into the South American jungles in 1900.

He told his wife and family not to worry.  What could possibly go wrong on a short 3,500 mile trot across the United States? But Mike Winter, and his mustang Apache, had no way of knowing they were riding straight into storm tossed trouble.

Click on photograph to read the only story of its kind, "My Pal Apache," a miraculous tale of the horse and Long Rider who were struck by lightning!

Click on the photograph to read what Megan Son wrote about the journey she, Laurent Granier and Philippe Lansac made across Alaska. 

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No one needed to tell Ria Bosman Naysmith it was impossible to ride across the continent of Africa - because no one in living memory had tried ! The list of obstacles to horse and rider read like a "Who's Who of Danger."  Lions, Guerrillas, Deserts, Disease - Ria found all those and more. 
Published in English for the first time, click on picture to read Ria's hair-raising adventure "My Horse, My Husband and I."

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