The Long Riders' Guild

Stories from the Road - page 6

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Click on picture to read how Count Rzewuski of Poland rode  to Arabia in search of the fabled horses of the Hijaz in 1817.

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Click on the picture to read about the fantastic exploit of Cossack Mikhail Asseyev, who rode from Kiev to Paris (1,646 miles) in 33 days at an average of more than 50 miles a day - and arrived with his horses in better condition than when they set off!  

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Click on the picture to read CuChullaine O'Reilly's  "In Search of Equestrian Freedom", the story behind the founding of The Long Riders' Guild.

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Click on picture to read the hair-raising story of Harry de Windt's winter crossing of Persia in 1891.

Click on picture to read an amusing episode during Verne Albright's amazing ride with two Peruvian Pasos.

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Click on picture to read an amusing description of the Burmese pony who accompanied George Younghusband to Siam in 1887.

Tex Cashner rode from Ohio to Texas - back in 1951!  Click on the photograph to read his previously-unpublished tale of triumph and tragedy.

Click on the picture to read the amazing tale of one of the youngest people ever to become a Long Rider.

Click on picture to find out how Joe Goodwin became the only Long Rider in the 20th century to survive a gunfight with Mexican bandits. 

British Long Rider Stephen McCutcheon is attempting an historic equestrian journey, a 10,000 kilometre ride from Delhi, India, to Beijing, China!  No one has undertaken a journey in this area and of this magnitude since 1905, when the English Long Rider, Major Clarence Dalrymple Bruce, rode from Srinagar, Kashmir, to Peking, a trip of shorter duration.  Modern-day equestrian explorer McCutcheon is now trying to make equestrian travel history by blazing a new path from the heart of the Indian sub-continent to the capital of the Chinese people.  McCutcheon is already the first person since the Partition of 1947 to have ridden across India and Pakistan together.  Having now reached the western deserts of China, the intrepid British Long Rider was attempting to ride through the notorious Pamir mountains when he was nearly killed in a brawling mountain torrent.  Having barely survived that danger, McCutcheon's expedition has been stopped, he has been arrested because of a lack of proper paperwork, and this magnificent journey is now in jeopardy. Click on picture to read Stephen's hair-raising account.
Click on picture to read an extract from "The Land of the Blessed Virgin - Impressions of Andalusia" in which Somerset Maugham recounted his ride from Sevilla to Carmona and back. This accurate account captured the look and feel of a country before the onset of a deadly civil war and industrialization changed it forever.
Vyv Wood-Gee and her daughter, Elsa, rode the full length of Britain, from John O'Groats to Lands End.  To read Vyv's story, please click on picture.

In May 2007 Nicholas Ducret left for the trails of Central Asia, intending to cross Central Asia from Kazakhstan to Afghanistan.  After five months travelling, he reached Kabul at the end of the month of October.  Click on picture to read his story.
Click on picture to read the memories of someone who met Long Rider Messanie Wilkins as she rode from Maine to California in the 1950s. 

Click on picture to read 11-year-old Bronte Broome's story of her family's ride along the Tasmanian Trail.
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Click on picture to discover how Ana Beker, South America's most famous female Long Rider, rode from Argentina to Canada.

Click on photograph to read Evelyn Coquet's heart-rending story about her horse's mysterious sickness during her astonishing ride from Paris to Jerusalem. 

Click on picture to read Kate Marsden's account of the horrors of travelling in Siberia in the 1890s.

Honesty, Humility, Courage and Compassion

English Long Rider Grant Nicolle rode his horse, Marv, along the historic trail that stretches from John O’Groats in Scotland, across England, to Land’s End in Cornwall. Grant recounts the first week of his journey, which ranged from being nervous about setting off to rescuing his horse from quicksand.

Penny Turner has sent us a lovely description of her recent Long Ride in Greece with her trusty horse George.  Click on photograph to read about her experiences, and some words of wisdom for anyone thinking of following in her hoofprints.

When Filipe Masetti Leite was a child, his father, Luis, read Tschiffely’s Ride as a bedtime story to the impressionable little boy. Originally from Brazil, the family had resettled in Canada, where Filipe grew up and attended university. After obtaining a degree in journalism, Filipe faced a difficult choice.  Should he get a job, marry his girlfriend and settle down to the type of predictable life which his friends had chosen? Or should he consider undertaking the equestrian journey which his father had longed to make but had been unable to attempt due to family obligations?

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