First published by Heinemann in 1933 with the
title From Southern Cross to Pole Star, this book was the most popular
equestrian travel title of the twentieth century, and inspired more people to
get in the saddle than any other.
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.
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. Nothing stopped them.
No one since has rivalled their accomplishments.
The dedication reads: "This book is dedicated to
all lovers of the horse and the wide open spaces; And to many friends of
whatever race, nationality or creed - who did their utmost to make rough places
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