My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a special one for me, I had the pleasure of riding with the authors Genevieve and Kerrin Russell, in fact that is my picture on the cover, This couple did a crazy, mad, but oh so wonderful thing riding Down, Across & Up New Zealand and It will always be an honour that I was able to offer my home and stables/paddocks to the Authors, horses and of course the crew, Janice Revell…
Would you take a year out of your life and ride down, across and back up New Zealand on horseback ( Hell Yeah I would… anyone offering me sponsorship???) Joking aside, This is a book you will read and re-read again, the images, the down to earth emotions of the couple, and of course all the people and horses you meet along the way.
If you are interested in horses, New Zealand and the Kiwi lifestyle of being out doors, loving horses, the wild countryside… I mean this story has probably sparked a few other riders to do the same, as I have seen 3 girls do a similar ride last summer, But I am sure that Genevieve and Kerrin were the first, and of course Canteen were such a worthwhile charity to support too, I have always bought the scarves each year.
So – this book has a special place on my bookshelf, its also a favourite read.
If you buy this book you get to see the horses that the couple meet ( Chocolate was beautiful, and Charlie T too) you get to see the hospitality of the New Zealand people, as well as read about the often tough journey that the newlyweds made.
Seriously this book is full of stories of the couples adventures, hope and the belief that if you want to do something really badly, you will find away. and to prove that I did infact ride with Genevieve and Kerrin – I have added a picture of me on Jesterdale, he was the best horse to lead in the journey from Greenhills to Bluff and back again, as we had to ride down State Hwy 1 which is full of heavy articulated traffic going to Bluff Docks, He has never really rode down that road very often, but he was a stoic leader, and the rest of the horses were calm because of he was – RIP Jesterdale, he died New Years Eve 2015