Books by Aimé
Tschiffely Literary Estate
Mancha and Gato
Articles by and about Tschiffely
"Don Roberto" Cunninghame
The Solanet family
St. George's College
Tributes to Aimé Tschiffely from around the world
Many people, not just Long Riders, have been inspired by Aimé's heroic
journey. Here are a few (in alphabetical order) - if you have your own story to tell, please
Pedro Luiz Aguiar, who made a journey in Brazil with two
other men using six Mangalarga stallions.
"At the age of 15, I was invited by a friend to visit his family
farm. Nevertheless, although living on a farm, I did not have a good horse
to ride the 150 km distance back and forth.
As my friend's father was a Mangalarga horse breeder, he offered
to lend me a horse called “Gato” to make this trip. Extremely curious, I asked
him the reason for that name. So, he acquainted me with the journey made by
Tschiffely, Gato and Mancha. Their history became part of my life's dream. The
dream came true 45 years later when I set off on a 20,000 km. (12,000 mile)
equestrian journey around my country. This ride to all four corners of
Brazil lasted 2 years and 45 days."
author of The Long Way to Los Gatos
In 1967 Verne rode two
Peruvian Pasos from Peru to California, thus introducing these popular horses to
North America. One evening in Ecuador he was for the first time
unable to find lodgings for himself or his horses, until an excited man beckoned
them into his ranch. The horses were safely lodged in a corral and Verne
was ushered into the house. The Long Rider was told that, when he
had been a boy, another man riding to the USA had stayed with his family.
He couldn't recall the name of the man, but he remembered that the horses had
been called Gato and Mancha. "Not only was I following in the footsteps of
A. F. Tschiffely, but my mares were lodged in a corral where Mancha and Gato,
two immortals of the equine race, had once spent a night," Verne wrote.
author of The
Courage to Ride
In the 1940s Ana went to
one of Tschiffely's lectures in Argentina, and talked to him afterwards. She told him
that having been inspired by his journey, she was planning to ride 17,000
miles from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ottawa, Canada, the longest capital to
capital ride ever undertaken at that time. Tschiffely expressed
the view that if she succeeded her feat would surpass his own - because she was a
woman! But succeed she did.
||John Coleman: His book,
Coleman's Drive from Buenos Aires to New York in a vintage Baby Austin,
published in 1962, begins as follows: "When I was a schoolboy
sixteen or seventeen years ago I was in bed with the flu one Christmas
holiday. I was given various books to read. I have forgotten
the titles of most of them now, but one I will never forget: the
famous Tschiffely's Ride, which was originally called Southern
Cross to Pole Star. The pages became vivid to me as I lay in bed
reading the simply told, unaffected story of what is probably the greatest
ride ever made on horseback." John Coleman repeated Tschiffely's
epic, but with a vintage baby Austin car instead of two horses.
who has made many Long Rides around the British Isles, wrote to say that she too
was inspired to become an equestrian traveller after having met the famous Swiss
"I remember as a
teenager going to a talk with slides given by Mr. Tschiffely. He was
Hanbury-Tenison has made several Long Rides with his wife Louella in
France, China, New Zealand, Spain and Albania and is the author of
"Many of my early expeditions
were in South America: the first land crossing at the widest point by jeep;
and the first river crossing from north to south through the interior.
However, I always felt that far and away the best way to travel there and
everywhere was by horse, and I was eventually inspired by reading Tschiffely's
extraordinary book of his epic journey to make this my preferred method.
Since then, Louella and I have been on seven long distance rides in different
parts of the world. Thanks, also, to the further inspiration provided by the
Long Riders' Guild, we are still at it - and publishing yet more books on our
Count Pompeii: Stallion of the Steppes
"In 1995 I was riding
my Cossack Stallion from Russia to England. When we arrived at the fabled
River Don, I was aghast to find the sturdy old brick bridge had been swept away,
and was replaced by a floating pontoon of metal planks, with huge holes.
'I can't take a horse across that,' I thought. But then I remembered Aimé's crossing of the rope bridge. 'If he can get
his horses across that rope bridge, surely I am brave enough to take Count
Pompeii across this one!' I thought. And I did."
Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea
Gill made a long ride
in Syria and had this to say:
"I read and was inspired by Tschiffely! I read his book
forty years ago, and one of the things that stuck in my mind was that he
carried (I think) three rifles!"
Margarita Vasconcellos rode from their adopted home in the US to their
Margarita was very
much impressed by Tschiffely's Ride! She convinced Raul of
the "fantastic" adventure which she had held in her mind "like a dream."
currently riding from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and author of Der
completing his unbelievable ride,
Tschiffely made the South American Criollo horses famous. Tschiffely wrote a
book about his ride and I got hold of it at the right moment. At this time I
was living in Guatemala, trying to acquire knowledge about horses. I got
inspired by the three heroes. Tschiffely, Mancha and Gato had proven that such
a long distance ride was indeed possible. On the other hand, this ride took
place 80 years ago,
But maybe it was still possible today,
word “maybe” that in my eyes
the adventure. Walt Disney once said: “All our dreams can come true, if we
have the courage to pursue them.”