Little Long Riders Club
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The Little Long Riders' Club
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Long Riders Club is reserved for children age twelve and under. The heroes of
this special horse-loving club are Bud and Temple Abernathy,
the greatest little
Long Riders of all time.
Once Bud and
Temple were famous from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean.
If you had
asked any American school children in 1911 who the Abernathy brothers were, they
would have given you a look of disbelief. “Everyone knows the Abernathy Boys,”
they would have said.
would have been correct, because the mounted adventures of the little Long
Riders from Oklahoma Territory had taken the United States by storm. On their
first equestrian journey in 1909 the tiny travellers, aged nine and five,
encountered a host of Old West obstacles, including wolves and wild rivers, when
they rode more than 1,000 miles from Oklahoma to Santa Fe and back – ALONE!
and Temple (right) Abernathy, were the amazing Little Long Riders who rode
their horses from New York to San Francisco in only 62 days - and they did
it without the help of any grown-ups!
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year the intrepid brothers set their sights on New York City, which they reached
after a month of hard riding. Along the way the inventor Orville Wright offered
to take them up in his new-fangled airplane and President Taft gave them a warm
welcome when they reached the White House.
them. Women adored them. Grown men pulled hair from their horses’ tails to keep
as souvenirs. This public frenzy culminated when Bud and Temple rode their
Oklahoma ponies alongside Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in a victory
parade witnessed by more than a million cheering New Yorkers. Even though they
were only six and ten years old, Temple and Bud Abernathy were a national
Then in the
summer of 1911, they did the impossible. They rode nearly 4,000 miles, from New
York to San Francisco, in only sixty-two days. Once again, the Abernathy Boys
had made a historic ride without any adult assistance and accomplished an
equestrian feat which has never been equalled.
because of their various rides that the astonishing Abernathy Boys serve as the
inspiration to a new generation of Little Long Riders.
Here is a link to the book about their
first two journeys, written for children by their uncle.
Name of Member
| Sophia Rankin
| Charlotte Allen
|If you would
like to join the Little Long Riders Club, please ask your parents to
send us an email and we will
add your name to the above list.
to show that you're a Member of the Little Long Riders Club?