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The Centaur Legacy, Bjarke Rink, with a Foreword by Jeremy James
This immensely entertaining and historically important book provides the
first ever in-depth study into how man’s partnership with his equine
companion changed the course of history and accelerated human development.
took a cultural nomad and intellectual maverick such as Bjarke Rink, who was
born in Denmark and now lives in Brazil, to think outside the box of
traditional equestrian theology.
The dedicated horseman spent years studying the symbiotic blending of human
intellect and equine speed, documenting how these two unique life-forms
connect to each other to create a superior being – the legendary centaur!
“My challenge was to find the human role in the neurophysiology of
equitation and to crack the Centaur enigma,” Rink said.
The author’s pioneering research blends the ancient art of horsemanship with
cutting-edge 21st century scientific thought, taking the reader
on a galloping tale stretching from the ancient Central Asian birthplace of
horsemanship to the laboratories which are helping fuel the great equestrian
renaissance which is occurring around the world today.
“The Centaur Legacy” is a wonderful read – pithy, witty, never condescending
as so many academic tracts are. It will be an inspirational guide to a new
generation of horse lovers and free thinkers all over the world.
The academic and equestrian worlds are already praising this ground-breaking
"Hugely entertaining, thought-provoking and informative, this impressive
book takes a fresh and sometimes irreverent look at the closely linked
history of horse and man," said Caroline Burt, Editor for J. A. Allen
Publishing in London, England.
"The Centaur Legacy is interesting and provocative, with novel and
challenging ideas," reported Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, of Equus Magazine.
And Jeremy James, FRGS, author of "Saddletramp" and "Debt of Honour,"
praised Rink's work, saying "The Centaur Legacy is a work of towering
importance. No one has had the courage, knowledge, skill, nor the
understanding - ever - to deliver such mould-shattering work!" Go to
and other stories, Frank T. Hopkins, with a Foreword by Professor David Dary
Edited by CuChullaine and Basha O’Reilly
It started as a
search for heroes.
It became a hunt
for the most elusive equestrian charlatan of all time.
If Frank Hopkins
is to be believed, he led one of the most exciting, challenging and colorful
(albeit unrecorded) lives in the late nineteenth century. No one rode more
miles, eluded more danger, or befriended more famous people than he did.
During the 1930s
and 40s the self-proclaimed legend told a naïve American public that he had
won nearly five hundred endurance races, including an imaginary race across
Arabia on a mythical mustang named “Hidalgo.”
remarkable career supposedly began when he became a dispatch rider for the
US government on his twelfth birthday in 1877. According to his mythology,
this Renaissance Man of the Old West went on to work as a buffalo hunter,
Indian fighter, African explorer, endurance racer, trick rider, bounty
hunter, Rough Rider, big game guide, secret agent, Pinkerton detective and
star of the Wild West show.
Experts beg to
contains an unprecedented study, undertaken by more than seventy experts in
five countries, ranging from the Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum to the
former Sultan of Yemen. These academics investigated the historical
improbability of Hopkins’ claims and weighed him on his merit, not his myth.
exhaustive study revealed that Hopkins had maintained a spirited disregard
for the truth, plagiarized material from famous authors, slandered genuine
American heroes and perpetrated a massive fraud for nearly one hundred
Far from being
the star of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show for 32 years, for example,
the counterfeit cowboy was discovered working as a subway tunnel digger in
Philadelphia and a horse-handler for Ringling Brothers Circus.
It is his
endurance racing pretensions, however, that have brought Hopkins his
greatest notoriety and made him the hero of a Hollywood movie. Yet there is
not even a documented photograph of Frank Hopkins in the saddle!
Here then are all the known
writings of Frank T. Hopkins, published in their entirety for the first time
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|The Horse Travel Journal: A Log
Book for Long Riders, CuChullaine O'Reilly - The critical need for a
standardized Horse Travel Journal was recognized by the Founding Members of
The Long Riders' Guild. All of these mounted travellers shared stories about
their assorted unsuccessful efforts to maintain a written record of their
equestrian adventures. Though various literary avenues had been tried, no
one had devised a book specifically designed to record the equestrian
occurrences encountered during these long and often perilous journeys. Thus
was born the need and desire to publish a book intended to register the most
important comments and observations of the world's Long Riders. It has been
designed to fit into a standard saddle bag. Every daily diary entry in The
Horse Travel Journal allows the Long Rider to make concise notes on the
specifics of that day's journey, the condition of the horses, problems
encountered, etc. Additional pages are provided for personal recollections
about daily events. In addition, at the rear of the book, The Horse Travel
Journal contains the world's first Long Rider Pictionary, which includes the
necessary equestrian terms often encountered during the course of such a
journey. With the aid of the Long Rider Pictionary, the equestrian traveller
can point to the object in question in his or her search for local
Horses: The celebrated study of mankind's closest ally, by the
distinguished Frontier philosopher, Roger Pocock - Roger Pocock’s
life reads like a fairytale full of adventure. A childhood cut short to go
to sea, then service with the Canadian North West Mounted Police in 1885,
followed by stints as a war correspondent, Yukon gold miner, South African
army scout, and “missionary to hostile tribes.” In between he formed the
Legion of Frontiersmen, organized the original World Flight by airplane and
was the first person in history to ride the length of the infamous Outlaw
When he was
wasn’t seeking excitement, Pocock could be found writing.
Though most of
the prolific author’s work predictably revolved around the exciting episodes
of his own life, or the other men of action he knew, Pocock’s most famous
foray into academic study was his rightfully famous book, “Horses.” In
today’s equine-friendly world it is difficult to imagine how revolutionary
Pocock’s observations about horses were at the time.
student of equine behaviour, Pocock set out to document the wisdom of his
age into a book unique for its time. His concerns for attempting to preserve
equestrian knowledge were based on cruel reality. More than 300,000 horses
had been destroyed during the recent Boer War. To make matters worse,
“Horses” was penned by Pocock while he was serving with the British army,
stationed behind the trenches during the First World War.
bursting overhead, Pocock poured onto these pages the things his equine
friends had taught him. “If one thinks of a horse as a little child,
one cannot go far wrong.” “When my horse forgets his manners, I
examine my conduct to find where I am to blame.”
“The human mind
may be likened unto a stable with horses all in a row. That strong team
Tradition and Custom are overworked. Bias and Prejudice have plenty to do.
Passion and Vice get an occasional airing, and Vanity has daily exercise.
But Reason is kept in his stall. He is not popular with the other horses.
Let us try him.”
enjoyed a reputation for dangerous living, his observations on horses were
praised by the leading thinkers of his day. Professor Cossar Ewart, whose
study on the origin of horses drew positive praise from Charles Darwin,
wrote the Preface to Pocock’s book.
Here then is a true “lost
masterpiece” of equestrian study, penned by one of the most unique men ever
to mount a horse or lift a pen. Go to
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To read Pocock's astonishing autobiographical account of his
time with the Canadian Mounties and his record 3,600 mile ride along the
Outlaw Trail in 1899 - when he met Butch Cassidy - please
The Long Riders - Volume One, Edited by CuChullaine O'Reilly
- Within the covers of this anthology rest the accounts of a rare breed of men and women.
Here are the mounted dare-devils who rode hell-bent for leather through
raging fires sweeping the plains around them.
Here are the mounted mystics seeking inner enlightenment via that altar of
travel, the saddle.
Here are the forgotten ones, whose stirring stories deserve to be told
Here are the famous ones whose tales of equestrian exploration have been
recounted over a thousand campfires.
They are all here in this illustrated first volume of an amazing new series
dedicated to preserving and sharing the mounted adventures of the world’s
most important Long Riders.
This unprecedented collection will include five volumes and encompass one
hundred of the most important equestrian travel stories of all time.
Some may be well known to you.
Some will be showcased in these volumes for the first time in history.
Regardless, what you can count on is being swept away by the sound of the
galloping hooves which originate from this, our instinctive passion for
So relax, sit back and get ready for the literary ride of your life when you
open up and explore “The Long Riders – Volume One.” Go to
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