Around the World In Seven Years Horseback

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Shortly after the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, a Welsh equestrian had an idea: “Why not ride a horse from Beijing to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for charity? And then when she arrived in London in 2012, another thought occurred to her: Why stop there?

That is the basic back-story of sixty-five year old Megan Lewis’s horseback trek, which began at China’s Great Wall in April 2009, and recently saw her pass through Ottawa, Canada. Along the way, she’s traveled the ancient Silk Road, around the northern shores of the Caspian and Black Seas, and through Europe’s vast fields and forests. Her mounts have been many as she has borrowed and traded horses throughout the trip.

Megan Lewis with members of the Chinese Equestrian Association at Cha Dao village, Badaling Great Wall via The Long Horse Ride

In North America, Lewis plans to cross the Great Lakes region and tread the famous Pony Express Trail, wrapping up this leg of the journey in San Francisco, California towards the end of November 2016.

Peng Wenchao, Rowena and Megan Lewis with King’s Troop escort Royal Artillery Barracks Greenwich via The Long Horse Ride

Lewis’s worldwide ride is for a good cause. She is raising money for the charity Challenge Aid (, which raises money for disadvantaged children worldwide through exercise. Ultimately, Lewis would also like to produce a documentary and book of the expedition.

If you’d like to follow along as Lewis and her latest mount forge new trails through America, and learn more about her past adventures, check out her blog: The Long Horse Ride Blog; and her website: The Long Horse Ride.


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