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to Ocean on Horseback
“soldier-author” was how Willard Glazier billed himself.
A penniless schoolboy at the beginning of the American Civil War, Glazier
enlisted in a cavalry unit of the Union Army of the Potomac and was soon
captured by Confederate troops. After a daring escape, he was recaptured,
only to escape a second time, before finally reaching the Union lines
At the conclusion of the conflict Glazier wrote a book describing his
wartime experiences. When every New York publisher rejected him, the young
cavalryman self-published his work, hoping to make back his costs plus a
hundred dollars profit. Instead, to his delight, the book took off like
wildfire, selling 400,000 copies.
With the $75,000 profit realized from his efforts, Glazier determined to
ride “from Ocean to Ocean.” Leaving New York state in 1875 on his
horse, Paul Revere, the former trooper set out to see the mighty Pacific,
many miles and many unexpected adventures away.
“Ocean to Ocean on Horseback” is Glazier at his best, complete with
every sort of mounted adventure, and includes an account of how he was
kidnapped by Arapahoe Indians. Amply illustrated with pen and ink drawings
of the time, the book remains a timeless equestrian adventure classic.
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Horseback in Virginia
Charles Dudley Warner
prolific author, and a great friend of Mark Twain, Charles Warner made a
witty and perceptive contribution to the world of nineteenth century
American literature when he and Twain co-authored “The Gilded Age”,
the book that gave the era its name.
In 1887 Warner
combined his urbane wit with a love of adventure travel when he penned
“On Horseback in Virginia.” Always a keen observer, the roving author
set out on horseback to investigate a great, rugged stretch of southern
Appalachia. The extended equestrian journey took Warner from Virginia,
through North Carolina, and into the remote hills of Tennessee.
Additionally, the book
contains a second narrative account of Warner’s equestrian adventures in
the Old West. This time he saddled up and rode from El Paso, Texas to
Mexico City, Mexico.
Both tales comprise a
book full of meaty descriptions told by one of America’s premier
nineteenth century storytellers.
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Once they were famous from the Atlantic to
If you had asked
any American school children in 1911 who Bud and Temple Abernathy were, they
would have given you a look of disbelief. “Everyone knows the Abernathy
Boys,” they would have said. And they would have been correct, because the
mounted adventures of the little Long Riders from Oklahoma Territory had
taken the United States by storm.
On their first
equestrian journey in 1909 the tiny travelers, aged nine and five,
encountered a host of Old West obstacles, including wolves and wild rivers,
when they rode more than 1,000 miles from Oklahoma to Sante Fe and back –
year the intrepid brothers set their sights on New York City, which they
reached after a month of hard riding. Along the way Orville Wright offered
to take them up in his new-fangled airplane and President Taft gave them a
warm welcome when they reached the White House.
Kids envied them.
Women adored them. Grown men pulled hair from their horses’ tails to keep as
souvenirs. This public frenzy culminated when Bud and Temple rode their
Oklahoma ponies alongside Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in a victory
parade witnessed by more than a million cheering New Yorkers. Even though
they were only six and ten years old, Temple and Bud Abernathy were a
In the summer of
1911, they did the impossible. They rode nearly 4,000 miles, from New York
to San Francisco, in only sixty-two days. Once again, the Abernathy Boys had
made a historic ride without any adult assistance and accomplished an
equestrian feat which has never been equaled.
superbly-written version of their remarkable story, penned by a member of
their family in 1910, has been reissued in conjunction with the creation of
a life-sized statue being raised in honor of the world’s youngest equestrian
Boys were mounted heroes whose memory deserves to be cherished by a new
generation of children and horse lovers,” said Basha O'Reilly, a Founder
Member of The Guild and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, who rode
from Russia to England.
This new edition
celebrates the equestrian legacy of Bud and Temple Abernathy.
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first glance Theodore Winthrop didn’t look like a hardened equestrian
adventurer when he set out to travel across Washington Territory in the
early 1850s. The twenty-five-year-old was a recent graduate of Yale and a
confirmed East Coast intellectual. Winthrop didn’t let his education
handicap him however. Instead he set out to ride horses and canoes across
some of the most remote portions of the early United States.
book, “Saddle and Canoe,” is a vibrant picture of frontier life in the
Pacific Northwest and covers the author’s travels along the Straits of
Juan De Fuca, on Vancouver Island, across the Naches Pass, and on to The
Dalles, in Oregon Territory. Throughout his journey Winthrop spent much of
his time among both pioneers and Indians, whose picturesque descriptions
are found within the pages of this historic travel account. Never one to
hold back his opinions, the Yankee traveler thus regales the reader with
personal observations and blunt honesty on a host of topics, people and
drawings of the period, “Saddle and Canoe” also contains a vocabulary
of the Chinook Indian language which Winthrop used during the course of
this historic journey. A treasure to read, the book will be of interest to
students of both the horse and history.
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1939 was a bleak and gloomy time in England. Fire and darkness loomed on
the horizon as war with Nazi Germany drew ever closer. In the midst of
this national angst young Mary Bosanquet had a revelation. She would toss
off college in London, board a steam-ship, voyage to Vancouver, Canada,
then buy and ride a horse alone more than 2,500 miles
to New York city. Simple enough!
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She could ride, had a grand total of eighty English pounds to fund the
one-woman expedition, and figured horses would be cheap out in the Wild
West of Canada. Besides, she reasoned, if the world really was going to
self-destruct, she wanted a memorable adventure, “such as befell heroic
voyagers”, before the global ship sank.
If it was adventure the young English adventuress wanted, she got it!
Bosanquet rode through the mighty Rockies, was wooed by love-struck
cowboys, chased by a grizzly bear, feasted with lonely trappers, was
adopted for the winter by a family of Irish farmers, and even suspected of
being a Nazi spy, scouting out Canada in preparation for a German
invasion. And through it all she had Jonty and Timothy, her whimsical and
If the three inseparable companions sought to put the news of Europe’s
descent into the madness behind them, then their eighteen month journey
through the silent mountains, dreamy forests, and mighty plains of
pristine Canada provided the sanctuary they sought.
Illustrated with photographs taken during her remarkable trip,
Bosanquet’s story is as heart-warming today as the day it was written.
great many equestrian travelers could say they were inspired to take to
the saddle because of the exploits of someone who rode before them.
However John Beard is the only horseback traveler whose journey can be
directly linked to the influence of the famous Buffalo Bill Cody. Beard
determined as a child that he wanted to see the Wild West from the back of
a horse after a visit to Cody’s legendary Wild West show .
Yet it was to be more than sixty years after seeing the flamboyant
American showman before Beard, and his wife Lulu, finally mounted their
dreams. Setting off on a matched pair of horses, Black Diamond and Black
Fairy, the Beards left to discover the long cherished equestrian quest of
the author’s youth.
Their mission in 1948 was to ride the length of the Old Oregon Trail. What
followed was a 2,500 mile odyssey from Oregon to Missouri through a vast
sea of weariness, thirst, hunger, hardship, and danger as the aged
equestrians rode down the trail of their pioneer forefathers.
Amply illustrated with photographs, “Saddles East” is more than a mere
tale of adventure, it is the romantic story of two pilgrims of the sunrise
riding back into the morning of their youth, hunting for America’s
yesterday with everything they own on the backs of their faithful horses.
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|In Genuine Cowgirl
The Long Riders' Guild is proud to announce the
publication of In Genuine Cowgirl Fashion, the life story
of Two Gun Nan Aspinwall, the first woman to ride across the United States
alone. Riding from San Francisco to New York City in 1910-11, Nan covered
4,496 miles during 180 days in the saddle.
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|Two Thousand Miles on Horseback
Kansas to Santa Fé
James F. Meline
The Old West was populated by a host of
colourful characters including gunfighters, cowboys, buffalo hunters, sod
busters, and at least one cavalry officer with the eye of an eagle and a
penchant for fine writing. Colonel James Meline was an educated New York
journalist, turned pony soldier, who had fought for the Union during the
recent Civil War. With the country lulled into an uncomfortable peace, the
fifty-four year old Meline decided to partake of one last mounted adventure
before he hung up his spurs.
Lucky for the history of equestrian travel that he did.
The resultant book, “Two Thousand Miles on
Horseback” is a beautifully written, eye witness account of a United States
that is no more.
Meline was no fool. He sensed that the great
American wilderness was about to be tamed. Setting out from Fort Leavenworth
in the summer of 1866, Meline observed a nation on the move. In his first
week in the saddle Meline counted 680 wagons heading west. Moreover, he
warned, “the iron rail will soon clamp East and West, leaving no room for
adventure or personal freedom.”
Yet before that dire prediction became a
reality, Meline participated in one of the greatest equestrian adventures of
He noted everything from the price of
pistols to the practices of Pawnees. Border land barbarities too hideous “to
write in English,” horses struck dead by lightning, forlorn graves, summer
days so hot they drove men mad – Meline faithfully recorded the details of
prairie life seen during his ride to Santa Fe.
Once he reached fabled New Mexico the
saddle-borne scribe fell in with Kit Carson. What followed was a three day
marathon interview wherein the legendary frontiersman regaled the cavalry
journalist with tales of fighting the Navajo, hunting gigantic grizzly
bears, and eluding capture by Indians.
Then, with his notebooks full, Meline headed
home, experiencing a storm on the way that was so cold that “even my memory
Though the frontier they inhabited is a
thing of the past, Meline and his cast of mounted characters still jump off
the pages and dare you to ride down the road of adventure with them.
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Sketches from the Saddle
With a superb
new foreword by Brandon Schrand!
author, a sea captain by trade, spent his leisure hours on land riding his
A self-confessed "septuagenarian,” Codman was never shy about
sharing his horse-based opinions.
Walking, Codman said, was a “solitary entertainment” and the bicycle
he dismissed as being “unnatural.” Thus it was from the back of his
horse that the old sea captain sailed over the land of his birth.
This once-famous book, “Winter Sketches from the Saddle”, was first
published in 1888. It recommends riding for your health and describes
Codman’s many equestrian journeys through New England during the winter
“There is no greater pleasure than to find myself on a horse,” Codman
The next best thing is to read his classic book!
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