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13th April 2002
The British Horse Society
Princess Royal To Be Guest Of Honour At BHS "Voice Of The Horse"
12 June 2002 Houghton College, Durham
The British Horse Society North Region plans to celebrate the Jubilee of its Patron H M The Queen with a grand horse extravaganza THE VOICE OF THE HORSE. HRH The Princess Royal will be the guest of honour at the BHS North Region flagship event on 12 June at Houghall College, Durham.
Kay Driver, BHS chief executive, said: "Her Royal Highness is well known for her love of horses, and as our President will help to put the message over to the public that the British Horse Society is for everyone who loves horses and cares about their welfare."
The VOICE OF THE HORSE will be a diverse celebration of horses and the people who work with them everyday, using their skill and dedication to improve the lives of horses. The star attraction will be a unique opportunity to see every native breed in the British Isles - from Shire to Shetland - in one arena. Other events include demonstrations of horseball (known as rugby on horseback!), TREC, show jumping, vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), carriage driving and side saddle displays.
Visitors will be able to see how a horse is shod in the farriers competition. There will be demonstrations of saddle fitting and vet practice. For the children there will be a chance to win riding lessons with 'guess the weight of the pony' and colouring competitions.
In the Marquee there will be talks on all sorts of interesting topics as well as a fashion show, and for those who like to shop, there will be dozens of tradestands with arts and crafts, horticulture and a farmers' market.
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13th April 2002
Anky & Sjef On Video
Equestrian Vision are delighted to announce the release of "Anky - Her Winning Formula", a video programme based on the "Masters Tour" from Addington Equestrian Centre In February.
Hosted by Richard Davison this lecture demonstration really lived up to its billing and we filmed the evening with four cameras to produce a quality programme.
Anky and Sjef start off by giving tips on what they are looking for in the ideal young dressage horse and Anky then rides a 5 year old mare. She follows this by giving a lesson to one of her pupils and finishes by riding the horse herself.

In the second half Richard Davison interviews the two stars and Anky recalls many of the magical moments with her beloved Bonfire. The evening concludes with Anky riding one of her up and coming stars under the watchful eye of Sjef and in this final session Anky demonstrates all her riding skills. Said produces Jamie Hawksfield "They are the most successful team in dressage today and to have the opportunity to learn from them both is unique. On the night they were brilliant and they really captivated the capacity audience".
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13th April 2002
The British Horse Society BHS Jubilee Sponsored Ride For Road Safety
18 and 19 May 2002
The British Horse Society has joined forces with South Essex Insurance Brokers and Stable Express to run a sponsored Ride for Road Safety at Eland Lodge Farm near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
Starting from the Stable Express Saddlery (with a chance to do some shopping from their huge range), the ride will run through the meadows of Eland Lodge Farm before going out into the lanes and forests of the Duchy of Lancaster Estate. Part of the ride covers a route designed for H M The Queen in 1986 and it has never been used since. International event rider Ian Stark OBE will start the ride at 10am on Saturday by jumping the new Intermediate Course that he designed and Hugh Lochore built.
The event is being run over two days with the option to stay overnight. Limited accommodation and stabling are available, but must be booked in advance. On the Saturday night there will be a Barn Dance with tickets costing £5, with drinks and refreshments on sale.
The ride is expected to take about two and a half to three hours. There will be a special short route away from the rest of the ride for beginners and lead reins, so why not make this a family day out.
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13th April 2002

C. Jarvis Insurance AgencyINC.
Providing Equine — Liability — Farm and Ranch Insurance since 1946 Newsletter Volume 1, No. 2• April 2002
Disaster Planning: Barn Safety
Plan, Plan, Plan. You never can stop planning ahead for an unknown disaster. Have a plan in place before the disaster.The plan can start with a safety inspection of your farm premises.
It is very important to plan and have written procedures in place before the disaster: phone numbers, cellular phones, flashlights, generators, emergency kits. Have drills every quarter to sharpen the employees' and owners skills.
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13th April 2002

Garden State Horse Show Thanks Sponsors & Vendors
AUGUSTA, NJ—April 12, 2002—The Garden State Horse Show, which returns to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, May 1-5, is the largest hunter/jumper show in New Jersey and is one of the largest of its kind in the United States.
“Without the ongoing support of our sponsors we would not be in such a position,” said George Uniss, Co-Chairman of the Garden State Horse Show. “Our show offers top prize money for exhibitors as well as a friendly atmosphere with good food and fine shopping for exhibitors and spectators alike. Without our vendors we would not be the same show.”
Some of this year’s sponsors include Agway, B&B Saddlery, who is committed to serving both the hunter/jumper and the dressage communities, and Kistler Buildings. Kistler is a leader in quality post frame construction and has been specializing in equestrian facilities, from state of the art equestrian facilities to moderate provincial barns, for the past 19 years.
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13th April 2002

Molly Warmington Wins USET Maxine Beard Award
Gladstone, NJ—April 12, 2002— The United States Equestrian Team (USET) is proud to announce that Molly Warmington of Newport Beach, CA, is this year's winner of the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award. The Maxine Beard Award provides Warmington with a trip and accreditation for the Show Jumping World Cup Final, which will be held this year in Leipzig, Germany, May 1 - 5.
The USET Show Jumping Committee awarded Warmington with this honor because of her competitive record to date, and promise for the future. Molly lives in California and competed in World Cup Qualifiers for the first time this year.

The Maxine Beard Award was established by friends of the popular trainer Ronnie Beard in honor of Ronnie’s mother. Beard is the Chairman of the USET Show Jumping Developing Rider Committee.
The Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award is one of many programs that the USET has developed to assist riders in their quest for equestrian excellence. Observing European and international competition is a crucial component in the education of an equestrian athlete.
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13th April 2002

Garden State Horse Show Welcomes the Support of Girl Scouts & FIJI Water
AUGUSTA, NJ—April 12, 2002— The Garden State Horse Show, New Jersey’s largest hunter/jumper show, is pleased to welcome back FIJI Water as a supporter of the 2002 event which will be held May 1-5 at the Sussex County Fair Grounds, Augusta, NJ.
FIJI Natural Artesian Water is produced, bottled and shipped directly from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific. It is there that rainfalls in the Yaqara Range of the Nakauvadra Mountains and passes through a natural elaborate filtration system into an aquifer deep below the volcanic highlands. With over 1,500 miles of open Pacific Ocean separating Fiji from the nearest continent, FIJI Water is protected by the island’s virgin ecosystem that is free from industrial and agricultural contaminates.
In addition to FIJI Water’s support, the Garden State Horse Show is happy to welcome the Oradell Girl Scout Troop 1321. The Girl Scouts of Troop 1321 have been working on their Horse Fan and Horse Rider badges and their trip to the Garden State Horse Show will complete their work. Garden State is thrilled to be a part of the Girl Scout curriculum. The Junior Essex Troop, presenter of the Garden State Horse Show, has a long history of promoting junior riders.
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13th April 2002
:: Saddletude::
:: US OPEN POLO IN 2002 :: Saddletude swings on down to Boca Raton this weekend for the US Open Polo Championships from Royal Palm Polo.:: STEEPLECHASE FROM STONEYBROOK :: Check out the National Steeplechase Weekly Webcast with last week's highlights from Stoneybrook.
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12th April 2002

MBNA Foxhall Cup Draws Record Entries
Olympic and World Championship Veterans Plan To Compete

ATLANTA (April 2, 2002) –The MBNA Foxhall Cup, the National Championship of Eventing, has drawn a record 130 entries to compete at Foxhall Farm in Atlanta, GA, on April 18 – 21, 2002. Included in the entries are Olympic and World Championship veterans from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.
The Cup, now in its third year, hosts the MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI***, the first of five 2002 selection trials for USET riders hoping to qualify to represent the United States at the Eventing World Championships to be contested at the World Equestrian Games in Spain in September. The World Equestrian Games are held every four years and, other than the Olympics, are the world’s most important equestrian competition. For the first time this year, seven world championships will be decided at the World Games: eventing, dressage, show jumping, endurance, driving, vaulting, and – for the first time ever – reining.
Leading the list of entries for the MBNA Foxhall Cup are Sydney Olympians Karen & David O’Connor of The Plains, VA, Phillip Dutton of Australia, Robert Costello of Southern Pines, NC and Julie Burns of Atlanta, GA. Other top riders include 5-time Olympian Bruce Davidson of Unionville, PA, Davidson’s son Buck, also of Unionville, PA, and 2001 Foxhall Cup Reserve Champion Kim Vinoski of Scottsville, VA.
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12th April 2002

Fairclough and Shields Win USET Selection Trials at Georgia International CDE
Gladstone, NJ—April 11, 2002—James Fairclough of Newton, NJ and Kate Shields of Middleburg VA, won the USET World Championship selection trials at the Georgia International Combined Driving Event in Conyers, Georgia.
Fairclough, current USET Four-In-Hand Champion, was second to Chester Weber in the Four-In-Hand World Championship selection trial after dressage. Marathon day held a surprise as Fairclough and Weber finished the marathon with the same score, leaving Weber with a 2.6 point lead in the overall competition. Sunday’s cones competition was the deciding factor in Fairclough’s victory, as Weber had two balls down, to Fairclough’s one, giving Fairclough the victory.
The Four-In-Hand World Championship will be held as part of the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, September 18-21.
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12th April 2002

The 2nd Annual All Gaited Horse
We're having the 2nd annual all Gaited Horse in Topeka this year. A central location, but yet a rather far distance for the majority of exhibitors. The extremely high quality of pure Rocky Mountain Horses, Flat Shod Walking Horses, Peruvian Paso, Paso Fino, Spotted Saddle Horse and Icelandics are worth the trip just to attend. As a owner/enthusiast/rider I encourage you to consider this event on your schedule.
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11th April 2002

Equine Research

Preliminary Results Of Breath Gas Study: Can high starch diets cause gas colic?
by S. Pratt, Dr. J. S. Weese, M. Anderson and A. Lowe
Dietary starch is poorly digested by the equine small intestine. Rapid fermentation of starch may lead to increased production of volatile fatty acids, methane and hydrogen. Excessive production of these compounds may cause digestive upset in the horse. Methane and hydrogen gasses are either expelled as flatus or absorbed and expired via the lungs. It is possible to collect and analyze the composition of these breath gasses.
This study was conducted to determine if dietary starch had an effect on breath gasses in the horse.
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11th April 2002
Great value and a fantastic opportunity for groups!
Accommodations, all meals, two riding lessons (by English speaking trainers) per day on excellent warmbloods, a sightseeing trip to a castle, stud farm etc, transfer from/to airport, insurance- available for under $100 per day!
The equestrian complex with about 80 horses has modern indoor arenas, jump parcours, cross country parcours. Two riding sessions (one hour/each) a day per student - beginning the day after arrival. Dressage, jumping, cross country or combined training instruction is offered. Instructors have competed on national level as well as to European championship levels in dressage. Head instructor is trainer of the state riding team (eventing/ cross country). The instructors do speak English.
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11th April 2002
Results from International Mounted Games Competion in Sweden
The Welsh mounted games team dominated the international mounted games competition at Gothenburgh Horse Show. Run over four days at Scandinavium the competition saw Wales put up an unassailable lead after the first day of competition to comfortably win with 19 points over the home side team of Sweden.
The team of Joanna Dale (Milo), Adam Adcock (Copper), Charlotte Wickson (Prim), Kate Lamb (Meg) and Darren Williams (Mayfly), trained by Powys veterinary surgeon Peter Dale finished second, just three points behind Sweden at the GFRK warm up competition the day before Scandinavium.
Day two of competition saw Sweden recover from their disappointing first day competition to finish one mark adrift of Wales, however by day three where Wales again put up an excellent performance the competition was effectively over for the home side.
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10th April 2002

Mosquitoes Away
The flight was delayed, the children were fractious, the coach driver belonged in a formula one car and the hotel’s nowhere near where it’s meant to be, but hey - who cares? You’re unpacked, you’re on holiday, it’s lovely and warm and at last you can relax . . . and then you hear that horrid buzzing sound and, before you can move, the dreaded Mosquito has bitten.

I dare say we’ve all been there and we’ve tried all sorts of repellents, layering the stuff on in the vain hope that it’ll scare the little blighters off, but does it? Does it heck! But now there’s a new product which really will give those annoying insects the fright of their lives, and it’s called, appropriately enough, Mosquitoes Away!
The secret of Mosquitoes Away is that it’s based on Neem Oil blended with carefully selected natural ingredients – there are no chemicals, preservatives or harmful additives whatsoever – so what you put on your skin it totally natural. And you don’t need handfuls of the stuff, either – a reasonable dab of Mosquitoes Away really does go a long way.
The Neem tree which gives the oil grows on the Indian sub-continent and its medicinal properties have been known for centuries. Locals often refer to it as the village pharmacy because of its healing action for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes and acne. Neem also has very powerful tick, parasite and insect repellent properties - researchers are now focusing on the use of Neem as a totally organic pesticide and insecticide.
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10th April 2002

The US-Icetolt Championship
The Great Icelandic Horse Fair a campaign promoting the Icelandic Horse in the US is now in the process of establishing a new and exotic equestrian sport in the United States: The US - IceTolt Championship. - Icelandic horses performing on ICE.
The Icelandic horse with its famous gait called Tolt, will be performing at speed and in formation on Ice. For the first time in the US the TGIHF-group did a demonstration on ICE in ABQ, New-Mexico last fall. Needless to say it was a huge success and for the spectators a thrilling event. In Iceland as well as in some countries in Europe IceTolt competitions are extremely popular and people travel from different countries to attend. There are more ways to use ice rinks then to ice-skate !!!!!!
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10th April 2002

Horse Lover takes up Montana Challenge
A West Sussex horse lover has taken up a charity's challenge to raise £2,000 so that she may fulfil the ambition of her lifetime.
Elaine Grant (33) from Haywards Heath, comments "I like a bit of a challenge, so raising money for what I consider an excellent charity was going to be my challenge for 2002. I think that the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) do a fantastic job for the welfare of horses worldwide, and I will do as much as I can to raise money for them."

If Elaine manages to raise the money she will be off on a cattle drive in Montana, USA in August this year. Adds Elaine, "I have always wanted to go to the States, so to participate in the cattle drive would combine my love of horses, fulfil my dream of going to North America and allow me to raise lots of money for my favourite charity too !"
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10th April 2002

USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Announces USA Junior Olympic Events For 2002
The Junior Olympics are the largest grassroots youth development program in the United States. Junior Olympic programs involve over 3,500,000 participants annually. Two-thirds of the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) for Olympic Sports have Junior Olympic programs. USA Equestrian and the
United States Olympic Committee (USOC) support the Junior Olympics movement.
The United States Olympic Committee has approved the following USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian events for 2002:
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10th April 2002
Marilyn Little and Charlie Jayne Lead Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series East Conference Following Florida Events

Tampa, FL – April 8, 2002 – After six exciting member events held in the East Conference in February and March, Marilyn Little and Charlie Jayne stand atop the 2002 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Leader Board. The series kicked off in February and runs through November, culminating in the first-ever Year End Championship to be held at the National Horse Show.
In the first competition of the month of March, the $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, held during the Tommy Bahama Open, February 27- March 3 in Wellington, FL, Kate Bomgaars and Jupiter came away with the blue ribbon. Second went to Judy Garofalo and Kartouche, with third place going to Robert Kraut aboard Athletico. In the $15,000 BET on Jazz Junior Jumper Classic, Anna McKnight picked up both the first and second place ribbons on Marina and Maeva, respectively. Third place went to Paige Johnson with Reddy Teddy. For the first time this year, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is offering separate series for amateur-owner riders and for junior riders.
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10th April 2002

New Horse Advertising Section in American Cowboy
Buffalo, Wyoming, April 9, 2002 -- American Cowboy magazine announces a new advertising section called The Stable that will be devoted to horse products & services.
The Stable will appear beginning with the July/August 2002 issue of American Cowboy magazine. The new advertising section will provide a targeted place for equine-related products and services including: tack and equipment, production sales, health care, gifts and accessories, animal science/schools/education, breeders and production operations and facilities.
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10th April 2002

USET Website Awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the International Web Page Awards
Gladstone, NJ—April 9, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) website ( has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the International Web Page Awards for 2001.
Each year thousands of website producing firms from all over the world submit their best sites to a panel of Webmasters and Graphic Designers in the hope of being honored as one of the best.
The criteria by which sites are judged are among the industry’s most demanding. Wired magazine considers this Internet award competition one of the top five in the world.
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9th April 2002
Charles Owen
The Charles Owen BSJA Senior British Novice Championship
Leading International Equestrian Headwear Manufacturer Charles Owen and Company have agreed to sponsor one of the most popular series on the Showjumping circuit for a further twelve months. The BSJA Senior British Novice Championship.
During the past eighteen months Charles Owen have worked closely with John Whitaker designing a hat that is stylish, comfortable and kitemarked to BSEN1384. Thereby providing an even wider selection of products, including the extensive glove range, that encompasses fashion combined with safety. In addition to the Charles Owen Showjumper 2000 the John Whitaker hat has proved to be extremely popular with competitors throughout the Ranks. It is through knowing the wide appeal of their range that Charles Owen have decided to invest back into the sport that is increasing their product sales.
Roy Burek, M. D. commented "It is refreshing to link a sponsorship with company products, even more so when the series we are supporting covers the grass roots competitors through to professional riders. We are thrilled to be associated with showjumping and leading International names like John Whitaker in this manner".
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9th April 2002

Trailblazers Series Starts Great Second Year
The South Essex Insurance Brokers Trailblazers series is off again! The nationwide competition, run by experts for amateurs, offers unaffiliated showjumping and dressage riders the chance to qualify and then compete in a national championship at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh.
The series, run by the Permanent Show Organisers Association and sponsored and supported by South Essex Insurance Brokers, is building on last year, when it attracted about 10 per cent of the estimated 200,000 unaffiliated competitors.
Qualifying rounds are being held at 39 PSOA cenrtres around the country. Dressage classes are at Preliminary, Novice and Elementary levels and showjumping over 75cms, 85cms, 95cms and 1.05m obstacles for both seniors and juniors, with seniors strictly limited to rides at a minimum 14.2hh.
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9th April 2002
Margie Goldstein-Engle Wins $150,000 Budweiser AGA Championship At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL—April 7, 2002—U.S. Olympic veteran Margie Goldstein-Engle of Wellington, FL captured top honors in the $150,000 Budweiser American Grandprix Association Show Jumping Championship, presented by Jaguar/Land Rover, during the last week at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. It was her 108th career Grand Prix victory.
Engle out-dueled seven others in the jump-off, finishing two clear rounds with no jumping faults but with two time faults over the course, designed by Jose M. Gamarra of Bolivia. Engle, a seven-time AGA Rider of the Year, earned $45,000 for the win aboard her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hidden Creek's Perin, a 12-year-old Westphalian bay gelding.
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9th April 2002
NA/WPN Announces New Chairman
The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (NA/WPN), Inc. announced today the resignation of its founder and Chairman of the Board, J. Ashton Moore. Mary H. Giddens, DVM, has been selected to replace Mr. Moore, and will assume the positions of Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the NA/WPN.Jeff Moore, along with Elizabeth Searle, founded the NA/WPN in 1983 while on a stallion buying trip to Holland. "We met with officials of the Dutch studbook (KWPN) at that time, and we received real encouragement from them to start a foreign department of the KWPN with the goal of promoting the Dutch horse in an atmosphere of organizational stability and breeder support. We've grown from one horse and a dream to a membership of 1400 breeders and competitors and 7,000 horses. I felt it was time to pass the baton, and we were fortunate enough to have Mary Giddens, with us for over 14 years, here to receive it. This will be a seamless transition." Jeff Moore will remain involved with the NA/WPN as its Honorary Chairman.
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9th April 2002

Show Jumping Result: AGA National Jumper Championship, USA (Wellington, Florida) April 3-7, 2002
$150,000 Budweiser AGA Championship
1) HIDDEN CREEK'S PERIN ; Margie Engle (USA), 2) ILIAN; Schuyler Riley (USA), 3) OH STAR; Todd Minikus (USA), 4) ROBINSON FRH; Richard Spooner (USA), 5) CARLING KING; Kevin Babington (IRL)
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9th April 2002

2002 WEF Grand Prix champions list and the 2002 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival champions list.
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9th April 2002

NFU President To Give Evidence To EU FMD Inquiry
NFU President Ben Gill will tell the EU investigation into foot and mouth later today that co-ordinated global scanning is needed to provide an "early disease warning system".
Mr Gill will give evidence to the European Parliament's Temporary Committee on foot and mouth disease in Strasbourg this evening.
He will say: "Countries and continents need to co-operate if they are to protect themselves against diseases like foot and mouth in future. Diseases like this know no boundaries.
"It is important that predictive modelling and surveillance is used to provide a detailed and up-to-date picture of infectious diseases around the globe as they occur and develop. It is vital that there is co-ordination with the OIE* and other bodies so that we are not caught off guard again."
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8th April 2002
Saddle Pilgrims of the Long Riders' Guild
by Sharon Muir Watson
A young Frenchwoman, Laura Bougault, has just set out on horseback to follow her dream. She will face isolation, discomfort, fear and dangers unknown and at some low point, she will question her motives and search for answers deep within her soul. If successful, she will be the first woman to ride solo across the African continent.
Equestrian travel is not a modern trend restricted to people with a ‘horsey’ background. In 1925, Swiss school teacher and inexperienced horseman, Aime Tschiffely, bought two middle-aged, unbroken wild horses from a Patagonian Indian in South America. People thought him a lunatic doomed to failure, until he rode them 16,000km from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Washington D.C. In an incredible adventure lasting two and a half years, Aime battled hostile natives, bureaucrats, landslides, rope bridges and vampire bats. He survived, and fell in love with his Criollo horses (wild descendants of horses imported from Spain 450 years ago).

Jean-Claude Cazade and Pascale Franconie return to France in the Winter of 1984.
Whether inspired by the likes of Tschiffely or their own desire for adventure, people have undertaken equestrian journeys on every continent including Antarctica, where ninenteen Russian/Siberian ponies undertook a sled journey. Sadly, none of these ponies survived the expedition as they became trapped on an ice floe and were eaten by killer whales.
In 1994, a small band of equestrian travellers from many different countries and walks of life, discovered they had much in common. Their adventure may have begun as a ‘horseback holiday’, but somewhere along the way, the destination lost its importance and the journey itself became a sacred, life-changing experience. They had become ‘saddle pilgrims’ and forged a primeval bond of dependance and love with their horses.
They formed ‘The Long Riders’ Guild’, an international organisation with only one qualification for membership; a continuous ride of at least 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
Several Australians have become members, including Steve Nott, who rode 18,000km around our continent. The Guild has recently assisted Jacqui Knight, who rode the length of New Zealand, in publishing a book about her epic ride.

The oldest member is George Patterson (now 81), who rode across Tibet in 1946 and rescued the Dalai Lama from invading forces. The youngest riders were Bud and Temple Abernathy, who rode from Oklahoma to New York in 1910, then right across America from New York to San Francisco in 1911. They were only 9 and 5 years old when they began the first of their unchaperoned journeys!
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