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in Mexico, George Ruxton
one of the finest travel accounts of its era, “Adventures in Mexico”
describes the equestrian exploits of its famous author, George Ruxton, a
young British army officer who rode from the port of Vera Cruz to the
fabled walls of Santa Fe, Mexico in 1847.
It is a true tale of rough adventure filled with detailed descriptions of
Indians, Mexicans, and Americans. When the English horseman met famed
Mexican General Santa Ana, for example, he caustically noted that his host
was short, overweight, sported a peg leg, and married to a woman many
years his junior.
Social commentary aside, the book is packed with adventurous deeds. At
times Ruxton exhibits a fearlessness which borders on insanity. He ignores
dire warnings, rides through deadly deserts, and dares murderers to attack
him. It is a delightful and invigorating tale of a time and place now long
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Courage to Ride, Ana Beker
world of equestrian travel seldom recognizes international borders, being
content to urge its mounted adherents to ride where they will. Few people
better symbolize this ancient philosophy of unrestricted freedom than Ana
The only child of Lithuanians who had immigrated to Argentina, Beker grew
up surrounded by horses on the vast, wind-swept pampas. Her earliest
memories were centered around these four legged friends. She literally
grew up in the saddle, ignoring the traditions of the male oriented
society which said that a woman’s place was by the hearth, not in the
History might have been content to let her stay in her homeland, until a
fateful meeting changed her fate forever. In the early 1940s Beker heard a
lecture given by Aime Tschiffely, who had himself ridden from Argentina to
Washington DC ten years earlier. When the famous horseman scoffed at the
young girl’s idea to ride alone even further than he had, from Argentina
to Canada, Beker accepted Tschiffely’s challenge, mounted up, and never
What followed was an equestrian journey of Homeric proportions. With her
eyes always on the horizon, Beker began a 17,000 mile mounted odyssey that
would fix her place in the annals of equestrian travel history. Amply
illustrated, “The Courage to Ride” is thus not only a thrilling
adventure tale, it is also a true account of a wild heart that would not
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Sandwiches in the Andes, John Ure - No-one who wasn’t mad as a hatter would try to
take a horse across the Andes by one of the highest passes between Chile and
the Argentine. That was what John Ure was told on his way to take up his
diplomatic posting with the British Embassy in Santiago in the early 1970s.
sceptics, the author prepared to ride across the hazardous mountains by
studying accounts of those who had travelled in earlier centuries. An
excellent example was the indomitable Lady Cochrane who was pursued across
the Andes by Spanish troops in 1820. John Ure provides
exciting passages from these historical tales.
rushed onto the bridge, but when in the centre the vibration became so great
that she was compelled to lie down, pressing her child to her bosom,
suspended over the foaming torrent below. In this perilous situation, Pedro
begged of her to lie still, and as the vibration ceased, crept on hands and
knees towards her ladyship, taking from her the child and imploring her to
remain motionless… they happily succeeded in crossing, when the ropes being
cut, the torrent was interposed between her and her pursuers.”
Armed with this
historical knowledge, the Long Rider author and several comrades made their
own remarkable journey. Although they did not encounter Lady Cochrane’s
trembling bridge, they had problems of their own - how many mules, for
example, do you need to carry 540 eggs, a storm tent and hay for six horses?
equestrian travel and Latin America will be enchanted by this delightful
Sir John Ure has
enjoyed a diplomatic career in which he was ambassador to countries as
diverse as Cuba, Brazil, and Sweden. He has written several books including
In Search of the Nomads and Prince Henry the Navigator. He was
chairman of the judges of the prestigious Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel
Book of the Year award and is a regular contributor to both the Times
Literary Supplement and the Sunday Telegraph. Go to
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A Lady's Ride
Across Spanish Honduras in 1881, Mary Lester - Few Englishmen, and still fewer women,
had ridden from the Pacific port of Ampala, over the mountains of Honduras,
to the Atlantic in the late nineteenth century. Yet that is what the refined
Mary Lester set out to do.
The intrepid traveller was laboring under a
handicap as reliable maps were rare and what verbal advice was on offer
turned out to be dubious and out of date. Yet such inconveniences did
nothing to dampen the adventurous spirit of the lady who preferred to ride
under the pseudonym “Maria Soltera.”
Regardless of what they called her, the
people in Honduras soon leaned to respect the courage and determination of
the foreign Long Rider. “I do not fear hardship,” she told them, “as I
am the daughter of an English soldier and circumstances have compelled me to
depend on myself.”
Lester wasn’t making an idle boast. In
excellent Spanish, she haggled over saddles, hired mules, deflated bullies
and outwitted nefarious guides. She was, in a word, a fire-cracker whose
combustible ride across the verdant mountains is still a tale to remember.
Thus “A Lady’s Ride Across Spanish Honduras”
is a gem of a book, with its entertaining account of Mary’s vivid, day to
day life in the saddle. Yet the hardy amateur author was a keen observer who
noted the exotic animal life, social customs, and political conditions of a
jungle-trail-world that belonged to that simpler age.
Complete with drawings from her journey,
Lester’s colourful writing brings the “lost” civilization of Spanish
Honduras back to life more than a century later. For more information, please go to
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Mancha y Gato Cuentan
sus Aventuros ("The Tale of Two Horses" in Spanish) - Es un libro que The Long Riders'
Guild Press ofrece a los niños: está escrito para ellos. Los mil episodios plenos de
aventura y de sana emoción que se sucedieron durante los dos años que duró
el arriesgado viaje están narrados, como se hace en las fábulas, por Mancha
y Gato: ellos mismos relatan sus peripecias.
Era un maestro de escuela que
ambicionaba realizar una gran empreso. ¿Cuál podia ser?
Su espíritu romántico, con algo
de aventurer y no poco de héroe, lo espoleaba de continuo. Se decidió por
Aimé Tschiffely era entre
nosotros uno de esos extranjeros con corazón argentino: amaba lo nuestro, y,
como algo muy nuestro, al “caballito criollo”. Formuló un aserto y se
propuso demostrarlo: “El caballo criollo argentino es de una guapeza y
resistencia a toda prueba – dijo – y no cede a ninguno en el trabajo duro y
continuardo en cualquier condición”.
Para demonstralo eligió a Mancha
y Gato, y llevado por ellos unió en un raid sin precedentes en los
anales de la equitación, las dos extremas capitales de las repúblicas
americanas: Buenos Aires y Wáshington. Confió, como él mismo lo dice, su
salud y aun su vida al generoso y noble aguante de estos dos caballos, hijos
de la Patagonia.
Ni la humedad insalubre de las
selvas tropicales y de las regiones lacustres y pantanosas, ni el sol
abrasador de los desiertos ni los precipicios y ventisqueros de las montañas
ni el hambre ni la sed ni el frío fueron suficientes para debilitar el
entusiasmo del hombre ni para doblegar el aguante de sus dos caballos.
Mancha y Gato llevaron a su dueño hasta la meta después de un recorrido de
18.000 kilómetros. Odisea admirable que sólo pudieron realizar la voluntad
de un idealista y la guapeze del “caballito criollo”.
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Across Patagonia, Lady Florence Dixie -
asked in 1879 why she wanted to travel to such an outlandish place as
Patagonia, the author replied without hesitation that she was taking to
the saddle in order to flee from the strict confines of polite Victorian
“Palled with civilization and its surroundings, I wanted to escape to
some place where I might be as far removed from them as possible. A
longing grows up within one to taste a more vigorous emotion than that
afforded by the monotonous round of society’s so-called pleasures,”
“Riding Across Patagonia” tells the story of how the aristocrat
successfully traded the perils of a London parlor for the wind-borne
freedom of a wild Patagonian bronco. Her equestrian exploits became
legendary. One of the first Europeans to ride Criollo horses, on one
occasion Lady Dixie escaped from a rampaging prairie fire by riding
directly through the flames!
Long considered a classic of equestrian travel, Lady Dixie’s book is
illustrated with pen and ink drawings that show her mounted entourage
during the course of their remarkable adventures.
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Tale of Two Horses, Aimé Tschiffely - In
the world-famous travel book, "Tschiffely's Ride", the Swiss
author recounted how he and his two Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato, set
off from Argentina in 1924, bound for faraway Washington DC. Their
legendary 10,000 mile ride took them through the mountains and jungles of
South and Central America, where they encountered a host of adventures,
including rope bridges, vampire bats, sand storms, treacherous mountains,
quicksand and hostile natives!
Now here is the same story but delivered with a new twist. For the
first time in history, the story is narrated by the two equine heroes,
Mancha and Gato. Their unique point of view is guaranteed to delight
children and adults alike.
With a preface by famed horseman R.B. Cunningham Graham, "The Tale of
Two Horses" is amply illustrated with drawings by the author.
No equestrian travel collection could be considered complete without this
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Way Southward, Aimé Tschiffely - Tschiffely
rides again ! But this time in a 30 horse-power Ford.
The most famous equestrian
explorer of the twentieth century decides to make a perilous journey
across the Atlantic. His mission? To return to his old
haunts in South America and undertake a harrowing 7,000 mile journey
through Argentina, across the inhospitable regions of Tierra del Fuego and
over the majestic Andes mountains.
One of the finest travel writers of his day, Tschiffely packs his story
with a host of adventures and colourful characters including riding with
gauchos and staying with the legendary Ona Indians. In addition “This
Way Southward” details the adventurer’s emotional last meeting with
his two legendary Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato. These were the equine
heroes Tschiffely had ridden for 10,000 miles in 1925 from Argentina to
Washington DC, and who were now living in retirement on the wild South
Lavishly illustrated with maps and numerous photographs taken by the
author, “This Way Southward” is a rare treat for anyone interested in
the travels of this famous traveller. No equestrian travel collection is
complete without this famous classic.
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Five Republics on Horseback, G. W. Ray -
come to mind when one thinks of the dangerous and unexplored places of the
nineteenth century world. Africa and Tibet, for example, both challenged
brave explorers in that previous age. Yet one continent, though often
overlooked, offered all the adventure a daredevil could want. South
America was still politically unstable and geographically challenging.
It was exactly for these reasons that George Whitfield Ray came sailing
into Buenos Aires in 1889. A Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Ray
was a part-time missionary and full-time adventure junky. Within a short
time he had managed to acquire a job as “Official Explorer for the
Bolivian Government”. Shortly thereafter he began a series of
explorations and misadventures which still make for hair-raising reading.
Ray’s account of his South American travels, “Through Five Republics
on Horseback”, was gathered from his years spent exploring the untouched
interior, visiting unknown tribes, and making careful observations of
native life in a host of countries.
Yet it was his equestrian adventures that made Ray justly famous.
On his most noted horse trip into the interior, the equestrian
explorer set out to find a lost tribe of sun-worshipping natives who
resided in the unexplored forests of Paraguay. The journey was so brutal
that it defies belief. The horses were repeatedly attacked by vampire
bats, thousands of which lived in nearby jungle caves. Then Ray and his
horses were reduced to sucking dew off leaves to survive. By the time he
discovered the tribe, Ray’s clothes were in rags, held together by horse
hair thread. The intrepid American did eventually ride back to
civilization, but not without paying a price for his boldness. He lost two
toes to blood-sucking insects whose bites also caused much of the flesh on
his feet to rot off.
Long considered a classic of equestrian travel, “Through Five Republics
on Horseback” is amply illustrated with classic photographs, as well as
drawings that Ray made during the course of his remarkable adventures.
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Mexico on Horseback, Joseph Goodwin -
first glance one may wonder how qualified were the two young men who set
off from a Texas border town bound for Mexico City in 1931. The author,
Joseph Goodwin was a Yankee with an itchy foot and a taste for peril. In
contrast to this homespun hero was his companion, Robert Horiguichi, the
sophisticated, multi-lingual son of an imperial Japanese diplomat.
To say these two mismatched, would-be equestrian explorers were unprepared
for the deserts, quicksand and brigands they encountered in the Mexican
wilderness would be a mild understatement. Luckily before leaving the Lone
Star state they had procured what they believed were all the necessities
for explorers, including a canteen, an old pistol, and a typewriter to
chronicle their soon-to-be-famous equestrian escapades.
Along with their mustangs, Pistole and Negra, the amateur adventurers set
out to prove that the dangers of the road were as welcome as the
pleasures, something for which they did not have to wait long to discover.
In one particularly harrowing episode, they were surrounded, shot, and
nearly kidnapped by an armed band of Mexican bandits.
“Through Mexico on Horseback” is thus both a stirring tale of high
adventure, as well as a look back at a more innocent time in a now-bygone
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Ride, Aimé Tschiffely - No
one knew they were looking at a hero and his two horses. Instead the local
press derided him as "a lunatic proposing to ride overland to New York."
The time was 1925.
The place, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Standing on the
threshold of equestrian travel history was a young Swiss Long Rider named
Aimé Tschiffely. Next to him were his two faithful Criollo horses, Mancha
and Gato. Their collective goal was to ride more than ten thousand miles
from Buenos Aires to New York. No one had ever attempted such a journey.
Everyone thought Tschiffely was mad.
Looking back on what
would become the most famous equestrian journey of the modern age, it is
difficult to believe that anyone doubted the abilities of the legendary Long
Rider and his hardy horses. Yet the school teacher who became an equestrian
explorer had been told he was too inexperienced, his horses too old, and the
journey too difficult.
What Aimé Tschiffely
was told was wrong.
This is the story of
the greatest equestrian epic of the twentieth century, a journey that came
about because a man and his horses refused to quit - ever! During the course
of their travels Tschiffely, Mancha and Gato crossed deadly deserts, passed
through jungles, traversed sky-high mountain passes - and rode on. They were
assailed by vampire bats, mistaken for gods and navigated the Panama Canal -
but rode on.
them. No one since has rivalled their accomplishments.
Often imitated but
never outdone, this timeless book remains the most beloved equestrian travel
classic of all time. So saddle up for the ride of a lifetime. But beware:
the story of Tschiffely's Ride has inspired five generations to take to the
saddle in search of mounted adventure.
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Tschiffely's Ritt, A. F. Tschiffely - Niemand, der sie
ansah, war sich bewusst, daß dies ein Held und seine zwei Pferde waren.
Stattdessen verspottete die Lokalzeitung den jungen Mann als “einen Irren,
der vorhat, quer durchs Land nach New York zu reiten.” Wir schrieben das
Jahr 1925. Der Ort: Buenos Aires, Argentinien.
Weitreiter namens Aime Tschiffely war dabei, in die Geschichte des
Wanderreitens einzugehen. Neben ihm seine zwei treuen Criollopferde, Mancha
und Gato. Ihr unglaubliches Vorhaben bestand darin, über zehntausend Meilen
von Buenos Aires nach New York zu reiten. Niemand hatte jemals solch einen
Ritt versucht. Alle waren der Meinung, Tschiffely sei verrückt.
Wenn man auf
dieses, nun als berühmtesten Ritt des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts bekanntes
Unterfangen, zurückblickt, kann man sich nur schwer vorstellen, dass Jemand
an den Fähigkeiten des legendären Tschiffely und seiner zähen Pferde
zweifelte. Aber dem Lehrer, der zum berittenen Abenteurer wurde, versicherte
man, er sei zu unerfahren, seine Pferde zu alt und die Reise zu schwierig.
Was man Aime
Tschiffely versicherte war falsch.
Dies ist die
Geschichte des grössten berittenen Abenteuers unserer Zeit, einer Reise, die
zustande kam weil ein Mann und seine Pferde sich weigerten, jemals
aufzugeben. Auf ihrem Ritt überquerten Aime, Manch und Gato tödliche Wüsten,
schlugen sich durch Dschungel, kletterten über Bergpässe in schwindelnder
Höhe – und ritten weiter. Sie wurden von Vampirfledermäusen angegriffen, für
Götter gehalten, navigierten durch den Panamakanal – und ritten weiter.
jemals ihre Errungenschaften underm Sattel oder auf Papier übertroffen.
Oft imitiert aber nie übertroffen,
ist und bleibt diese zeitlose Erzählung die beliebteste in der Geschichte
des Wanderreitens. Aber Vorsicht! Tschiffely’s Ritt hat schon fünf
Generationen inspiriert, sich auf der Suche nach Abenteuer in den Sattel zu
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Here is a tale of
remarkable drama and supreme sacrifice, a story discovered by one of the
world’s greatest writers deep in the jungles of South America.
Graham, a lifelong champion of the down-trodden, dedicated his literary
genius to telling the forgotten story of the Guarani natives, a people
converted to Christianity and then betrayed into slavery.
By the mid-1700s
European Jesuit priests had converted an estimated one hundred thousand
Guarani natives and used their labour to organize a vast theological empire
within the borders of Portuguese Brazil. These immense Jesuit-controlled
estates raised enormous herds of animals and produced valuable crops which
were exported back to Europe, while maintaining schools and churches which
taught arts and theology to the natives. After nearly two hundred years of
mutual effort, the Guarani and Jesuits had achieved what was described as a
‘golden era’ of peace and progress.
Yet this same
wealth, brought about by peaceful means, inspired the envy and resentment of
the secular Europeans living in the surrounding countryside. In what would
today be described as an act of ethnic cleansing, the Guarani natives were
attacked by Spanish and Portuguese troops. Thousands of natives were
enslaved, the missions destroyed and the Jesuits driven out.
This is the profound story of
those innocents massacred in the name of political domination, written by a
master-story teller, which inspired the movie “The Mission.”
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Caballo, William MacCann - El mundo era
un lugar totalmente distinto cuando William MacCann partió de Gran BretaZa
para andar a caballo en 1848.
Méjico y los Estados Unidos
estaban envueltos en una sangrienta guerra de bordes. Oro fue descubierto en
California, despertando la mayor estampida por oro en la historia de la
humanidad, y revoluciones políticas eran fermentadas en Europa, donde una
abierta revolución comenzaba en Hungría poco después de Klart Marx.
Mientras las tensiones políticas
eran muy altas, el compositor alemán Richard Wagner estaba trabajando en su
famosa opera “The Ring of the Nibelung”, y un colegio experimental para
mujeres era fundado en Londres. Dentro de éste mundo turbulento anduvo a
caballo el joven William MacCann.
Sabemos realmente poco respecto a
MacCann basado en sus escritos, excepto que tenía un ojo agudo por la
observación y era un explorador ecuestre por excelencia.
Habiendo partido a América del
Sur al comienzo de los aZos 1840, determinó explorar Argentina
extensivamente a caballo, ¡y que exploración hizo!
El libro original de MacCann
abarcó el estudio de historia, literatura, política, economía , arte,
filosofía y sucesos actuales. Éste volumen masivo, que documenta su jornada
peculiar, combina asimismo descubrimientos geográficos, observación
científica y aventura personal.
Pero fueron sus aventuras
ecuestres las que son el objeto mayor de este estudio. Este científico
amateur, convertido en explorador, fue un talentoso hombre a caballo cuyas
agudas observaciones de las costumbres argentinas continúan muchos aZos más
tarde, siendo claras como un cristal . Desde sillas de montar a arneses,
métodos de entrenar y estilos de montar, MacCann tomó notas de lo que ahora
es una cultura ecuestre largamente olvidada.
Entonces aquí va una abreviada
edición de la gigantesca composición de MacCann, una edición especial en
espaZol en la cual remarca la búsqueda por aventura de este fantástico
explorador de las pampas salvajes de la hermosa Argentina.