After cycling 1033.5 kilometres with two ponies and a dog as passengers in her purpose-built trike in just over three weeks, Emma Massingale says she is now delighted to be safely back in the UK.
The adventure took the group from Switzerland and following the River Rhine through Germany, France and the Netherlands.
“Our routine was to cycle for an hour or so, then stop for two, so the ponies could get out, eat and have a walk around and I could recover,” Emma said.
“They seemed to spend much of their travelling time eating their haynets or dozing. We also went on about 15 different ferries and it was always amusing to see the double take when I cycled onboard!”
According to Emma, the unbroken ponies were amazing and took everything in their stride.
“I must say that it was very different to how I had expected it to be and generally the roads and paths were much busier. Also in Europe you don’t see many horses or ponies out hacking on the roads, so when people came across an English girl with two ponies and a dog as passengers, we tended to cause quite a stir!
Along the way Emma raised money for Brooke, Action for Working Horse and Donkeys and collected £2000.
Emma concluded: “Particular highlights of our trip included meeting the new friends who flew in from across the globe to come and ride with us for a day or so on this mad adventure; cycling past windmills in Holland; seeing the wild Konik ponies grazing the marshes and taking Percy, Stanley and Inca swimming in a man-made lake.”
Emma worked with the ponies along the way, “I just love spending time with my animals and feel that there is so much more to life than training in an arena. When I look back in the years to come, I know that I will have such great memories.”
Emma was sponsored for the trip by Mole Valley Farmers. Julie Edwards, head of communications said: ”Well done Emma. We truly admire your spirit and the fact that come what may, you always see these things through. You are an inspiration to all horse owners and bring a real element of fun to whatever you do.”
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