Basha and CuChullaine O’Reilly are the equestrian Argonauts setting off on the most challenging equestrian endeavour ever undertaken. Unfettered by the bonds of tradition, they have spent nearly a decade involved in constant equestrian innovation and literary achievement.
Tireless advocates of equestrian travel, they are the Founders of The Long Riders’ Guild, the world’s first international association of equestrian explorers. With members in 39 countries, the Guild has supported more than a hundred equestrian expeditions on every continent except Antarctica.
Every major equestrian explorer alive today belongs to The Guild, including Hadji Shamsuddin of Afghanistan, who recently rode a thousand miles through that war-zone, Jean-Louis Gouraud of France, who rode 3,000 miles from Paris to Moscow, Claudia Gottet of Switzerland, who rode 8,000 miles from Arabia to the Alps, Adnan Azzam of Syria, who rode 10,000 miles from Madrid to Mecca, and Vladimir Fissenko of Russia, who rode 19,000 miles from Patagonia to Alaska.
Additionally, more than fifty of these extraordinary Long Riders are also Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society, including:
- Gordon Naysmith, of Scotland, who rode 14,000 kilometres from South Africa to Austria,
- Pedro Luiz de Aguiar, of Brazil, who at the age of seventy made an 18,000 mile journey across Latin America, and
- Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, who has made a number of equestrian expeditions in all parts of the world, including riding the length of China’s Great Wall.
The O’Reillys are also the webmasters of The Long Riders’ Guild website. At two-thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having now been visited by more than a million people world-wide, this website is the repository of the largest collection of equestrian travel information in human history.
Noted for their exhaustive research and methodical preparation, Basha and CuChullaine are the publishers of the Long Riders’ Literary Collection, the historic assemblage containing every major equestrian travel title known to man, the Classic Travel Books Collection and the Equestrian Wisdom and History Series. With more than three hundred titles in eight languages in the various collections, the O’Reillys have published a book a week for the past five years. Yet every title is created via the new Print-On-Demand method, which not only champions the environment but ensures that every book is a wanted book and not a twig is wasted. As The Long Riders’ Guild Press donates the royalties from many of its titles to worthy causes, it enjoys the support of many of the greatest exploration writers, including the late Sir Edmund Hillary.
After nearly ten years of unparalleled intellectual growth, The Long Riders’ Guild became a movement for change in the wider equestrian world when the O’Reillys launched The Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation. The world’s first open-source academic equine website is devoted to the study of all hippological arts and sciences and provides a forum, free of commercial influence, wherein equine-related articles are provided at no cost to scholars, students and equine enthusiasts. Every type of horse-related knowledge is being investigated and published at this exciting new website, whose motto is "Science not Superstition."
With the ancient and noble art of equestrian travel having been rescued from oblivion, CuChullaine and Basha are now setting off on the most extensive equestrian journey in history. Their journey, which will cross three continents, begins and ends at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is the birthplace of modern equestrian travel. As equestrian ambassadors, Basha and CuChullaine, who are multi-lingual, multi-cultural and have had a wide variety of experiences in a host of nations, will be working to demonstrate that all human beings can mount a horse, seek adventure and change their lives.
Exploration and Equine CV
Founders of The Long Riders’ Guild
Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society
Members of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Russkoye Geograficheskoye Obshestva
La Société géographique royale du Canada
Association des Géographes Français
Japanese Geographical Society
Scientific Exploration Society
Society for the History of Discoveries
British Horse Society
Association de la Culture Équestre
Royal Society of Literature
Society of Authors
La Societé de Génétique du Canada
Archeological Institute of America