Four beats to freedom - a horseback journey through New Zealand


Special thanks to IHUG , our ISP in New Zealand. Their sponsorship enables Mary to dial up wherever she is, without charge, and their helpful, upbeat, friendly 'Helpline team' has bailed her out on many occasions!!



News Index

Round-up - Mary returned home to catch up with family and friends and has now returned to New Zealand - what next!  For her thoughts after the event, click here.

29 June
Mary's trusty computer finally let her down as she prepared her final news of the trip, so it's somewhat delayed. 
Mary's update here; the horses' views here; and more Jacko's Jaunts here.

29 May 
Mary's last update (23rd May) was regrettably delayed, but you'll find it here.

Stop Press!  
WE REACHED CAPE REINGA AT 1.45 TODAY - WEDNESDAY 29 MAY!!   The weather was filthy with a howling wind, but the occasion was memorable.   All four of us are in excellent form - Jacko a little soggy but he's drying out - and are considering our respective futures!   We will all get writing our updates once we have eaten, slept, dried out, and come down off cloud nine....

10 May
Mary's update here; the horses' views here; and more Jacko's Jaunts hereRoute updated.

27 April
Mary's update here; the horses' views here; and more Jacko's Jaunts here.

15 April
Mary's update here; the horses' views here; and more Jacko's Jaunts here. Route Maps here.

11 March
Mary's update here; the horses' views here; and more Jacko's Jaunts here. Route Maps here.

3 March
Mary's latest news here; the horses' grumbles here; and Jacko finds a new friend here.

18 February
Mary's update on the journey here; the horses' views here; and more Jacko's Jaunts here. Route Maps here.

The sponsors' list has been updated here.  Many thanks to all our sponsors and it's not too late to sponsor the second leg of Mary's Journey - or to make a donation - information on where to send donations here.

28 January
Latest news from Mary here; the latest from the horses here and Jacko's Jaunts are here.

24 January
News flash from Mary ... SOUTH ISLAND COMPLETED

After a very wet couple of weeks we reached Blenheim for the weekend. Two fit happy horses, a little weary from the road but nothing that a little serious eating could not put right, one rather dusty bear and a very smelly person....A great feeling of achievement to have us all here in good health - and a sense of ''where did the time go?'

A full update will go up next week - I have only just got the computer back from Its travels and the next few days are a bit frantic since we have a BIG ENGAGEMENT at the WELLINGTON CUP RACE MEETING on Saturday 26th January. We are actually leading out the runners for the parade... Boris cant believe that any horse can get given so much food for carrying such a little weight over such a short distance, but he has agreed to have a shampoo and set for the occasion...

We go on from Wellington over the Rimutakas on 2nd February.Come back for the full update next week..

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8 January (sent on the 4th) - If you're wondering why it's taken so long for Mary's latest news to reach us, have a look at the Route Maps and you'll see how isolated the area she's been crossing really is.  The maps will take a little while to load.  Or read the news here; the latest from the horses here and Jacko's Jaunts are here.


15 December: Reports filed by Mary on 8th December were delayed by technical problems at the webmaster's end:  see Mary's news here; the latest from Boris and Foggy here and from Jacko here.

26 November: Mary's latest report here: Boris and Foggy's news here and Jacko has the last word - as always - here.

18 November:  Mary's latest news here: Boris and Foggy's news here and Jacko's news here.

11 November: Mary's latest news here: Boris and Foggy's news here and Jacko's news here.

8 November:  Mary's latest report here;  Boris and Foggy's news here; and Jacko always has the last word - here.

21 October: reports and pics of D-Day - from Mary here;  from Boris and Foggy here; and from Jacko here.

15 October: The last reports before D-Day - Mary's news here; Boris and Foggy here: and from Jacko here.

6 October:  Updates - from Mary here;  news from Boris and Foggy;  and from Jacko here.  And see the new, all-important pack saddle here.

26 September:  Updates - from Mary here;  from Foggy here;  and from Jacko here.

27 August:   A WOMAN, TWO HORSES AND AN EPIC NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE

 

Riding in the high country of New ZealandOur thanks to Rob of Hurunui Horse Treks for the 
fabulous pictures of the New Zealand outback used in 
this site.  Rob's support and immense experience has 
been invaluable to Mary in her preparations.
 

 

 



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