LONG HORSE RIDE
THE SINO-BRITISH INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP RIDE.
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In May 2013 I reached the westernmost tip of mainland Ireland at Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula. All that lies behind me in the photo are the Blasket Islands and then North America.
And that is where I plan to continue in 2014, starting from its easternmost point at Cape Spear near St John's Newfoundland.
On Sunday July 22nd 2012 we arrived at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Greenwich to complete the ride from Beijing to London!
Peng Wenchao, Rowena and me with King's Troop escort
Royal Artillery Barracks
I am carrying the Olympic flag which was presented to me in Beijing by the Chiinese Equestrian Association
On Wednesday August 1st I was honoured to be able to hand over the Olympic flag presented to me in Beijing by the Chinese Equestrian Association
to Keith Taylor Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation.
This was at a reception on the Cutty Sark in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal.
Long Horse Ride is a journey on horseback from Beijing
to London. It is scheduled to start out shortly after
the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and
to arrive in London in time for the 2012 London Olympics.
ride will bring a message of goodwill from Beijing in the Beijing Olympic year
to London in the London Olympic year. It also aims to raise money for disadvantaged
children through its chosen charity Schoolchildren For Children.
from the China Children Charity Monument on the Great Wall at Badaling, it will
cross the steppes, deserts and mountains of China and Central Asia, following
the Great Wall and the ancient Silk Routes. In the path of the Mongols and Huns,
it will skirt the northern shores of the Caspian and Black Seas, before the final
leg through the fields and
forests of Europe.
with Bei Bei & Jing Jing
at the China
Children Charity Monument
Badaling Great Wall
October 2008 we successfully completed the first trial
leg of the ride from Laolongtou, where the Great Wall
of China reaches the sea, to Badaling Great Wall in
In October 2009 we reached the other end of the Great
Wall at Jiayuguan in Gansu.
We are supporting children's charity projects in China
through the partnership of the British based charity
Schoolchildren For Children and the China based charity
China Children and Teenagers Fund.
members of the Chinese Equestrian Association
at Cha Dao village, Badaling
the end of the first stage.
second stage of the ride started on April 19th
2009 with an Opening Ceremony at the 2nd Guangting
Endurance Competition, when we were presented
with Olympic flags by the President of the Chinese
Equestrian Association and a representative
of the Chinese Olympic Committee.
Official opening ceremony of the Sino-British International Friendship Ride
April 19th 2009
On our Shandan horses - Megan in red on Bajiu, Peng Wenchao in yellow on Zorbee
Following a delay of three months following
my riding accident ten days later, we arrived
at Jiayuguan Fort, the official end of the Ming
Great Wall of China, on 21st October 2009. The
wall in fact continues for another few kms,
and we rode to the very end the following day.
Wenchao and Megan
on Zorbee and Shandan
arriving at Jiayuguan Fort,
the western end of
the Great Wall of China.
21st October 2009
On April 7th 2010 we set off again from Jiayuguan to cross the Gobi desert and the Tian Shan mountains, reaching the Chinese/Kazakh border at Korgas on June 11th 2010. In doing so we have successfully completed the China stage.
Megan with Bajiu and Zorbee
the Chinese border post, Korgan.
June 11th 2010
Unfortunately Peng Wenchao was not present as he had to return to Beijing ten days earlier due to illness in the family.
On August 17th 2010 I set out from the other side of the Chinese/Kazakh border, reaching my 2010 aimed destination of Kyzlorda on October 11th, and on
Rowena and Megan riding Bolashak and Zorbee arrive in Europe on May 22nd 2011 after crossing the bridge over the River Ural in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.
On May 30th 2011 I arrived at the Kazakhstan - Russian border to complete the crossing of Kazakhstan.
On 29th August 2011, I started riding from the Kazakhstan/Russia border, reaching Ukraine on September 19th.
On 26th September 2011 I set out to ride across Ukraine, arriving at the Hungarian border on November 12th.