(Krystalargo to CuChullaine O'Reilly)
"I have been reading a lot on the LONG RIDERS' GUILD website the past couple of days. So much to learn and enjoy!"
(CuChullaine) Thank you! Together,(CuChullaine and Basha) we've dedicated 36 years of our lives to the creation of the Guild, its Academic Foundation website, and the LRG Press. But our efforts have helped to make the world a safer place for horses, who are no longer subjected to abuse while travelling, and have educated an adventurous new generation of young Long Riders. For example a couple are making plans to ride from France to Kamchatka. So our efforts have resulted in positive results.
Let me provide you with helpful information that you can share on your website.
Here is information that explains the nature of the Guild's work.
The Long Riders' Guild is the world's first international association of equestrian explorers and long distance travellers.
With Members in forty-eight countries, every major equestrian explorer alive today belongs to the Guild, including Hadji Shamsuddin of Afghanistan, who recently rode a thousand miles through that war-zone, Jean-Louis Gouraud of France, who rode 3,000 miles from Paris to Moscow, Jing Li of Russia, who rode 5,500 miles across Siberia to China, Tim Cope of Australia, who rode 6,000 miles from Mongolia to Hungary, Claudia Gottet of Switzerland, who rode 8,000 miles from Arabia to the Alps, Adnan Azzam of Syria, who rode 10,000 miles from Madrid to Mecca, and Vladimir Fissenko of Russia, who rode 19,000 miles from Patagonia to Alaska.
More than a hundred of these extraordinary Long Riders are also Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society, including: Sir John Ure KCMG LVO, who rode across the Andes - Stephen McCutcheon, who undertook a ride from Delhi to Peking - Gordon Naysmith, who rode 20,000 kilometres from South Africa to Austria - Pedro Luiz de Aguiar, who at the age of seventy made an 19,000 kilometre journey in Latin America and - Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, who has made a number of equestrian expeditions in all parts of the world, including riding the length of China’s Great Wall.
The Long Riders' Guild website is the repository of the largest collection of equestrian travel information in human history.
Additionally The Long Riders' Guild Press currently publishes several hundred equestrian and travel titles in five languages, making it the world’s premier source of equestrian exploration wisdom.
The Guild's Academic Foundation provides an open-source forum where scientists, poets, authors, and equestrian experts share their wisdom with the public. Every type of horse related knowledge is being investigated and published at this website, whose motto is "Science not Superstition."
Because The Guild donates the royalties from many of our titles to worthy causes, our publishing efforts and work have been acknowledged by the Prince of Wales and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.
The LRG accepts no advertising of any kind, and is therefore a trusted resource for thousands of regular visitors.
There are no dues or meetings involved in becoming a Member of The Guild. One is invited to join after having ridden a minimum of one thousand miles.
Nor will the person be awarded a silver trophy, a blue ribbon or a shiny big belt buckle from The Guild. All they will receive is the respect accorded to them by their fellow equestrian explorers, a respect earned by a elite group of men and women scattered around the globe, all of whom, like chose to saddle up their horse and then set out on a life-changing equestrian journey.
The Guild has mentored, supported or equipped more than 200 equestrian expeditions which have crossed every continent except Antarctica.
No request for assistance has ever been declined.
Thankfully there are now a series of books available which will not only completely answer any questions you have about equestrian travel, in addition these books will provide you with the wisdom of more than 400 Long Riders going back 500 years.
There are now two literary options that will provide you with an education in equestrian travel.
You can opt for a crash course in horse travel by reading the Horse Travel Handbook.
Or you can undertake what may be deemed a university level course about equestrian travel, its history, practices and philosophy by reading the Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration.
The Horse Travel Handbook is a cavalry-style manual. It is small enough to fit into a saddlebag and contains the most critically important information that a Long Rider may need to consult while travelling.
The concise, easy-to-use book covers every aspect needed to successfully complete a journey by horse, including how to organize the trip, plan a route, choose the proper equipment and purchase horses.
Traditional challenges such as loading a pack saddle, avoiding dangerous animals, fording rivers and outwitting horse thieves are covered here along with ingenious solutions to modern dilemmas like crossing international borders, surviving vehicle traffic and negotiating with hostile bureaucrats. This handbook covers all aspects of equine welfare including feeding, watering, saddling and health care. Technical details such as daily travel distance, where to locate nightly shelter and ways to avoid cultural conflicts are among the hundreds of specific topics examined.
The editor of Horse Talk, the international equestrian news service, published a detailed review of the Horse Travel Handbook.
Long Riders from around the world have shared their thoughts about the book too
In addition, the three-volume Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration is also available.
Volume 1 consists of The Preparation, The Horses and The Equipment,
Volume 2 consists of The Challenges
Volume 3 consists of The Journey, The Aftermath and The Epilogue.
As might be expected this comprehensive book offers every conceivable type of advice about the basics of equestrian travel such as how to plan a route, how to choose a travelling companion, how to find a road horse, how to load a pack saddle, how many miles to travel per day, how to feed and shoe your horse, how to cross rivers, how to negotiate borders, how to survive in traffic, how to deter horse thieves, etc.
Thus the Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration is a book containing hundreds of pages of practical wisdom gained from the travels of the greatest equestrian explorers.
All three volumes are available via Amazon.
(CuChullaine to Krystalargo) Please feel free to share the information and links provided above with the public.
Finally, you wrote, "so few people that are interested to talk to about the Journey."
Don't worry, we know the feeling. Let me share a famous insider Long Rider story with you. An English Long Rider left his home in Yorkshire, went to Chile, bought two horses, rode the length of that country, therein enduring incredible hardships.
At the conclusion of the ride, he flew back to Britain. It was with a sense of keen anticipation that he entered his village pub that night. In his words, he opened the door, everyone turned to see who was coming in, then immediately resumed their previous activities.
It was, as he put it, "As if I had briefly left the room and then re-entered in mid-conversation. Even though I had been gone for months, everyone was sitting on the same bar stools, talking about the same boring topics as when I left." He was deeply disappointed to learn that most people weren't remotely interested in what he had done.
A few asked if he had enjoyed his holiday abroad.
One asked if he now planned to get a job and become serious about life.
Likewise, you just keep beavering away.
DREAMS DON'T HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE!
Kind regards, CuChullaine