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THE LONG RIDERS GUILD – The Home of Classic Exploration

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What is The Long Riders Guild?

The Long Riders’ Guild is the world’s first international association of equestrian explorers, and is an invitation-only organisation. It was formed in 1994 to represent men and women of all nations who have ridden more than 1,000 continuous miles on a single equestrian journey.

It marks the first time in modern equestrian history that like-minded men and women are combining efforts to preserve a hitherto unmarked heritage and provide an international forum to discuss our mutual love of horses and travel.

With Members in more than forty countries, every major equestrian explorer alive today belongs to The Guild, including Hadji Shamsuddin of Afghanistan, who rode a thousand miles through that war-zone, Jean-Louis Gouraud of France, who rode 3,000 miles from Paris to Moscow, 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 the bottom of Patagonia to the top of Alaska.

Because the records of mankind are imperfect and the memory of humanity unstable, this century we ride in a new direction, searching not only for adventure but also knowledge.

At three-thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having been visited by millions of people world-wide, the Long Riders’ Guild website is an open-source gift to the world. Because the Guild accepts no advertising of any kind, the website is a trusted resource for thousands of regular visitors.

Our organization seeks to ensure that our lost inheritance of equestrian travel knowledge will be available for future generations to claim and enjoy.

The Guild’s publishing arm, Horse Travel Books is the world’s premier source of equestrian exploration wisdom. Offering more than a hundred titles in six languages, the collection recounts the adventures of equestrian explorers on every continent including Antarctica.

The Guild was formed to put an end to the manners and methods of the last century. Its goal is to search together for collective freedom and individual wisdom.

The Guild also oversees the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation. Its mission is to provide an academic forum where scientists, poets, authors, historians, soldiers and equestrian experts can share their wisdom with the public. Every type of horse related knowledge is being investigated and published at this exciting new website, whose motto is “Science not Superstition.”

Thus the history, stories, legends, and knowledge stored on this website represents the largest repository of equestrian travel information assembled in human history!

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THE LRGAF MISSION: Science, not Superstition

To maintain the world’s first open-source academic website devoted to the study of all aspects of hippological influence in the arts and sciences.

To invite the participation of all humans, regardless of race, national origin or native language to share their horse-related wisdom with others.

To provide a forum, free of commercial influence, wherein equine-related articles are provided free to scholars, students and equine enthusiasts.

To publish every major work known to man dealing with equestrian wisdom and history.

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Horse Travel Books is part of the Long Riders’ Guild Literary Project, which is dedicated to keeping alive the most important equestrian travel books of all time.  The collection includes stories of mounted excitement from the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the steamy jungles of South America, from the steppes of Central Asia to the deserts of Africa, from the great cities of Europe to the wilds of the American Old West.

 

 

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The Horse Travel Handbook by CuChullaine O’Reilly

The Horse Travel Handbook is a cavalry-style manual drawn from its parent edition The Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration. 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.

Equestrian explorers have special linguistic needs. Vital words such as hay and farrier are not found in standard phrase-books. A special appendix contains the Equestionary that provides images of objects and situations most likely to be of use when language is a barrier.

Created after decades of study by CuChullaine O’Reilly, one of the Founding Members of the Long Riders’ Guild, this comprehensive book is filled with the indispensable knowledge needed to resolve problems, overcome hardships and avoid dangers while travelling. Just as importantly, it empowers readers to turn their dream into a life-changing equestrian journey.

The Foreword was written by Colonel John Blashford-Snell, who founded the Scientific Exploration Society and was awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

 

 

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Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration by CuChullaine O’Reilly

The three-volume Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration is the most extensive study of equestrian travel ever created.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a Founding Member of the Guild and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who was awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal.   In the Preface, Robin declared, “In these magnificent volumes all the great equestrian experiences throughout history are recorded and, above all, the love that can exist between humans and horses is revealed.”

Noted equestrian author and Founding Member of the Guild Jeremy James stated in the Foreword, “I believe CuChullaine O’Reilly has written the most astounding book in equestrian historical literature. It’s a staggering achievement.”

The first and second sets of the Encyclopaedia were presented to Great Britain’s reigning monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and to the future king, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, both of whom exerted a profound influence on the creation of the books.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to The Long Riders’ Guild.

Part expedition journal, historical museum, book store, tack room and Guild Hall, this website is constantly revised and updated with knowledge gathered from around the world, making it the ultimate source of information regarding equestrian exploration and long-distance travel.

CuChullaine O'Reilly

Founder, The Long Riders Guild

“A long ride with horses IS possible. It’s not magic. But it IS a lot of preparation followed by attention and determination.

The things you need to learn ahead of time exist at a place called The Long Riders Guild.

Once you learn the background information, it is up to you to pace yourself and your horse properly, and, just as importantly, be tough enough to persist to the end…”

Chris MacLuckie

THE LONG RIDERS GUILD – The Home of Classic Exploration

saddleup-1217406705.jpg

What is The Long Riders Guild?

The Long Riders’ Guild is the world’s first international association of equestrian explorers, and is an invitation-only organisation. It was formed in 1994 to represent men and women of all nations who have ridden more than 1,000 continuous miles on a single equestrian journey.

It marks the first time in modern equestrian history that like-minded men and women are combining efforts to preserve a hitherto unmarked heritage and provide an international forum to discuss our mutual love of horses and travel.

With Members in more than forty countries, every major equestrian explorer alive today belongs to The Guild, including Hadji Shamsuddin of Afghanistan, who rode a thousand miles through that war-zone, Jean-Louis Gouraud of France, who rode 3,000 miles from Paris to Moscow, 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 the bottom of Patagonia to the top of Alaska.

Because the records of mankind are imperfect and the memory of humanity unstable, this century we ride in a new direction, searching not only for adventure but also knowledge.

At three-thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having been visited by millions of people world-wide, the Long Riders’ Guild website is an open-source gift to the world. Because the Guild accepts no advertising of any kind, the website is a trusted resource for thousands of regular visitors.

Our organization seeks to ensure that our lost inheritance of equestrian travel knowledge will be available for future generations to claim and enjoy.

The Guild’s publishing arm, Horse Travel Books is the world’s premier source of equestrian exploration wisdom. Offering more than a hundred titles in six languages, the collection recounts the adventures of equestrian explorers on every continent including Antarctica.

The Guild was formed to put an end to the manners and methods of the last century. Its goal is to search together for collective freedom and individual wisdom.

The Guild also oversees the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation. Its mission is to provide an academic forum where scientists, poets, authors, historians, soldiers and equestrian experts can share their wisdom with the public. Every type of horse related knowledge is being investigated and published at this exciting new website, whose motto is “Science not Superstition.”

Thus the history, stories, legends, and knowledge stored on this website represents the largest repository of equestrian travel information assembled in human history!

lrgaf-new-1212343112.jpg

THE LRGAF MISSION: Science, not Superstition

To maintain the world’s first open-source academic website devoted to the study of all aspects of hippological influence in the arts and sciences.

To invite the participation of all humans, regardless of race, national origin or native language to share their horse-related wisdom with others.

To provide a forum, free of commercial influence, wherein equine-related articles are provided free to scholars, students and equine enthusiasts.

To publish every major work known to man dealing with equestrian wisdom and history.

books3-1004745006.jpg

Horse Travel Books is part of the Long Riders’ Guild Literary Project, which is dedicated to keeping alive the most important equestrian travel books of all time.  The collection includes stories of mounted excitement from the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the steamy jungles of South America, from the steppes of Central Asia to the deserts of Africa, from the great cities of Europe to the wilds of the American Old West.

 

 

handbook-cover-1810594677..jpg

The Horse Travel Handbook by CuChullaine O’Reilly

The Horse Travel Handbook is a cavalry-style manual drawn from its parent edition The Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration. 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.

Equestrian explorers have special linguistic needs. Vital words such as hay and farrier are not found in standard phrase-books. A special appendix contains the Equestionary that provides images of objects and situations most likely to be of use when language is a barrier.

Created after decades of study by CuChullaine O’Reilly, one of the Founding Members of the Long Riders’ Guild, this comprehensive book is filled with the indispensable knowledge needed to resolve problems, overcome hardships and avoid dangers while travelling. Just as importantly, it empowers readers to turn their dream into a life-changing equestrian journey.

The Foreword was written by Colonel John Blashford-Snell, who founded the Scientific Exploration Society and was awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

 

 

royal-acknowledgement-2017-878558969..jpg

Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration by CuChullaine O’Reilly

The three-volume Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration is the most extensive study of equestrian travel ever created.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a Founding Member of the Guild and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who was awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal.   In the Preface, Robin declared, “In these magnificent volumes all the great equestrian experiences throughout history are recorded and, above all, the love that can exist between humans and horses is revealed.”

Noted equestrian author and Founding Member of the Guild Jeremy James stated in the Foreword, “I believe CuChullaine O’Reilly has written the most astounding book in equestrian historical literature. It’s a staggering achievement.”

The first and second sets of the Encyclopaedia were presented to Great Britain’s reigning monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and to the future king, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, both of whom exerted a profound influence on the creation of the books. 

 

Welcome to The Long Riders’ Guild.

Part expedition journal, historical museum, book store, tack room and Guild Hall, this website is constantly revised and updated with knowledge gathered from around the world, making it the ultimate source of information regarding equestrian exploration and long-distance travel.

CuChullaine O'Reilly

Founder, The Long Riders Guild

“A long ride with horses IS possible. It’s not magic. But it IS a lot of preparation followed by attention and determination.

The things you need to learn ahead of time exist at a place called The Long Riders Guild.

Once you learn the background information, it is up to you to pace yourself and your horse properly, and, just as importantly, be tough enough to persist to the end…”

Chris MacLuckie

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