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Though he was
to become the most famous Long Rider in history, Aimé
Tschiffely started life quietly enough in the small village of Zofinguen,
Switzerland. The call of adventure and travel soon lured the young Swiss man to
immigrate to England in the late 1910s. There he tried his hand at a number of
occupations, including a bout as a professional prize fighter. But despite his
pugilistic abilities, Aimé
was a devout student and ardent reader.
Having been offered a chance to teach at a boy's school in Argentina, Aimé
moved to Buenos Aires in 1923. Once again, it was the lure of travel which
drove the fighter turned math teacher to make an historic decision. In 1925 Aimé
set out to ride 10,000 miles alone from Buenos Aires to New York city. For the
next three years Aimé
and his two Criollo geldings, Mancha and Gato, survived a litany of hardships
unequalled in equestrian travel. Then, after being hailed as a hero by the
President of the United States, the quiet Swiss traveller sent his horses home
to Argentina, while he returned to England and took up writing full time.
He penned a remarkable biography of the noted Scottish socialist-adventurer,
Robert Cunninghame Graham. But always restless, he journeyed back to Latin
America several times, afterwards writing a number of books based upon his keen
In January, 1954, Aimé
Tschiffely, the most influential equestrian travel writer of the 20th century,
checked into a London hospital for a minor operation. He died unexpectedly due
to complications related to the surgery. Ever the traveller, Aimé
had one more journey to make. His ashes were sent home to his beloved Argentina,
where they were spread out on the pampas he loved.
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reviewer described “Bohemia Junction” as ‘Forty years of adventurous
living condensed into one book.” It is all that and more!
Aimé Tschiffely was the most famous equestrian traveler of the twentieth
century because of his legendary 10,000 mile ride from Argentina to
Washington DC in 1925.
Readers won’t be surprised then to discover that exotic people, faraway
places and equestrian adventure make up the background to the explorer’s
autobiography. “Bohemia Junction” is packed with the amazing
assortment of humanity that Tschiffely met during his lifetime of travel,
including cowboys, prize-fighters, writers, Indians, and the eccentric
riff-raff of three continents.
From Cape Horn to New York, Tschiffely journeyed wherever his vagabond
fancy took him. And each region explored had its quota of “bohemians”
in the old sense of the word – men and women for whom love of adventure
was a reality.
“Bohemia Junction” delivers more than just an account of the famous
equestrian traveler’s life. It gives the reader an exuberant drama,
peopled by the reckless rough-necks of a now bygone age.
No travel collection is complete without this timeless classic.
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does the world’s most famous equestrian explorer do when he comes home
to England after making a 10,000 mile ride from Argentina to Washington,
DC? He writes a best-selling book about his adventures, “Tschiffely’s
Ride”, then sets off on a new horse to explore rural 1930s Britain.
Through the ancient New Forest, over the lonely mountains of Wales, and
across the rugged landscape of Scotland, the renowned author investigated
the nooks and crannies of this island kingdom. Mounted on his gentle Cob
mare, Violet, Tschiffely details the last roving adventure of its kind.
“Bridle Paths” is a final poetic look at a now-vanished Britain, as it
was before the advent of suburbia changed it forever.
This superb book is amply illustrated with Tschiffely’s own pencil
drawings. As a bonus, it includes a special appendix listing the equipment
used by the mounted traveler, as well as detailed sketches of the method
he used to pack his horse.
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Tale of Two Horses
the world-famous travel book, "Tschiffely's Ride", the Swiss
author recounted how he and his two Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato, set
off from Argentina in 1924, bound for faraway Washington DC. Their
legendary 10,000 mile ride took them through the mountains and jungles of
South and Central America, where they encountered a host of adventures,
including rope bridges, vampire bats, sand storms, treacherous mountains,
quicksand and hostile natives!
Now here is the same story but delivered with a new twist. For the
first time in history, the story is narrated by the two equine heroes,
Mancha and Gato. Their unique point of view is guaranteed to delight
children and adults alike.
With a preface by famed horseman R. B. Cunningham Graham, "The Tale of
Two Horses" is amply illustrated with drawings by the author.
No equestrian travel collection could be considered complete without this
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rides again ! But this time in a 30 horse-power Ford.
With the Second World War raging across Europe, the most famous equestrian
explorer of the twentieth century decides to make a perilous journey
across the U-boat infested Atlantic. His mission? To return to his old
haunts in South America and undertake a harrowing 7,000 mile journey
through Argentina, across the inhospitable regions of Tierra del Fuego and
over the majestic Andes mountains.
One of the finest travel writers of his day, Tschiffely packs his story
with a host of adventures and colourful characters including riding with
gauchos and staying with the legendary Ona Indians. In addition “This
Way Southward” details the adventurer’s emotional last meeting with
his two legendary Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato. These were the equine
heroes Tschiffely had ridden for 10,000 miles in 1925 from Argentina to
Washington DC, and who were now living in retirement on the wild South
Lavishly illustrated with maps and numerous photographs taken by the
author, “This Way Southward” is a rare treat for anyone interested in
the travels of this famous traveller. No travel collection is
complete without this famous classic.
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one knew they were looking at a hero and his two horses.
Instead the local
press derided him as "a lunatic proposing to ride overland to New York."
The time was 1925.
The place, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Standing on the
threshold of equestrian travel history was a young Swiss Long Rider named
Aimé Tschiffely. Next to him were his two faithful Criollo horses, Mancha
and Gato. Their collective goal was to ride more than ten thousand miles
from Buenos Aires to New York. No one had ever attempted such a journey.
Everyone thought Tschiffely was mad.
Looking back on what
would become the most famous equestrian journey of the modern age, it is
difficult to believe that anyone doubted the abilities of the legendary Long
Rider and his hardy horses. Yet the school teacher who became an equestrian
explorer had been told he was too inexperienced, his horses too old, and the
journey too difficult.
What Aimé Tschiffely
was told was wrong.
This is the story of
the greatest equestrian epic of the twentieth century, a journey that came
about because a man and his horses refused to quit - ever! During the course
of their travels Tschiffely, Mancha and Gato crossed deadly deserts, passed
through jungles, traversed sky-high mountain passes - and rode on. They were
assailed by vampire bats, mistaken for gods and navigated the Panama Canal -
but rode on.
them. No one since has rivalled their accomplishments.
Often imitated but
never outdone, this timeless book remains the most beloved equestrian travel
classic of all time. So saddle up for the ride of a lifetime. But beware:
the story of Tschiffely's Ride has inspired five generations to take to the
saddle in search of mounted adventure.
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