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A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent by [Parry, Jackie]
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"Special and unique. This books, takes you through a full range of emotions, from joy to sadness, from excitement to fear. There is humour and tears throughout and everything in between. You will feel like you are on the journey, while the author tells her true life adventure from the heart. At the core of the book is Jackie's passion for horses. It is a true and inspirational story. I challenge any reader to not want to feel like selling up all and going on their own adventure. A beautifully written book - anyone who loves horses and who dreams of adventure should read!" Everything Horse UK

Pack up three, ride two - what could be simpler? Well, for starters, some of the areas being traversed were very isolated.
"Noel and I changed, but it wasn't the journey that changed us the most, it was the boys [their horses].... they gave us - unwaveringly, utterly, and without question - their hearts."
This is a very moving tale of a journey cross-country on horseback, a journey full of challenges, but also full of love, compassion and mutual bonding.
"Now I've witnessed and been a part of a bond that, at times, overwhelmed me."
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  • File Size: 4290 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Z17XXQA
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A Standard Journey is more than a story of a couple adopting horses and deciding to tackle the Bicentennial Trail in Australia.

Instead, it is a story that shows how two people, already married for several years, continue to discover new strengths in each other through the most dire circumstances, and manage to do so with both humour and a humbleness that makes this such an enjoyable read.

Parry’s writing is candid, and she conveys her story with searing honesty. She pulls no punches when it comes to talking about the mistakes she made, and nor does she shy away from the difficult emotional journey that led her to undertake this next challenge in her life.

A Standard Journey is a story that will resonate with any animal lover, any adventurer, and anyone who enjoys reading about ordinary people achieving truly extraordinary things.
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I really enjoyed this book, about the author and her husband and their dream to pack-saddle Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail. Selling everything, reading-up, and pouring through equipment catalogues they make their purchases and plans, until all they needed…were the horses.

I’ve ridden horses, love them, but never really knew them until I read this book. From the beginning, when the “boys” (all rescued ex-trotter Standardbreds) are introduced and their personalities, temperaments and quirks noted, I realized this story would be different. It wasn’t long before they became, to me, five mischievous boys out with their parents on a holiday road-trip (Neddy pushed me! Did not! Did to!). But then, these boys weighed a half-ton each, sometimes had a mind of their own, and couldn’t grasp the concept of “time outs.”

This story is well written with an appealing honesty. It made me laugh, as well as dab at my eyes. It’s about change: how five horses, once timid and easily spooked from a life at the racetrack, can become strong and courageous with love and attention; how two people, through the most adverse conditions, will do everything they can to keep their “family” healthy and safe. A Standard Journey is a must-read for animal lovers and/or those with a taste for a truly great adventure.
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I was excited to receive a review copy of Jackie Parry’s new story “A Standard Journey.” I read and thoroughly enjoyed her previous book “Of Foreign Build,” and this highly anticipated adventure is the next offering from this remarkable writer.

A Standard Journey is set in Australia and takes the reader, by horseback, through The Bicentennial National (BNT) recreational trail. As with her previous book Jackie’s plans were never going to be straight forward.

Accompanied by her husband, Noel, she began the journey burdened down with gear, food and a dream to see this part of her adopted country by horseback. Along the way they met unique individuals, forged friendships, gained knowledge and suffered bruises.

Through her writing Jackie Parry opens up a window to the emotional and stressful life of the adventure that lay ahead of them.

Jackie Parry’s writing is, as always, professional and honest. Her free spirit and willingness to share moments of self-doubt, frayed nerves and strained relationships create a very special story that will be enjoyed by readers of many genres.
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The title could have several meanings . . .

A “standard journey” for Jackie Parry isn’t the same as for most of the rest of us: she did, after all, sail a boat around the world (see her book Of Foreign Build.) For this trek across part of Australia, if there’s one episode in the story that represents the whole journey, it might be the one where the horses wandered off across a road, in traffic, and Jackie chased after them, running when the horses weren’t looking, abruptly walking nonchalantly when they’d turn to check on her, a la silent movie / cartoon slapstick comedy. For me, this episode exemplifies the story because while she was trying to have fun she found herself having a serious, dangerous problem, but yet she saw the humor of it all.

A second “standard journey” meaning might be exactly that: a man and a woman trying to enjoy their lives, achieve their goals, and encountering all kinds of setbacks and surprises along their path, daily uncovering the reality under their dreams. Isn’t that pretty much the standard experience for many of us?

She tells her story in a very down-to-Earth, humble way, sharing with readers information on how she and Noel could afford to have adventures like this (by buying their clothes in charity shops, for one thing), which leads to one of my favorite lines in the book, “The smartest thing we’ve done is to make our lives the entertainment.”

And my favorite line? The last line: “We’re still not immaculately dressed: how can you be while renovating a 1920s Dutch barge in France during winter? But that’s another story.” Y’all better read about this horse-trekking adventure of hers now because surely in the future she’ll have another good story to tell . . .
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Around the world under sail voyager, Jackie Parry, gives the reader a good look into trail riding on horseback. A great story of her affection for rescuing and riding horses. In her first book, Of Foreign Build, she gives the reader a glimpse into what was coming when she describes the role of captain as being tougher than one might think. And then she says she had no idea until it was her turn to lead her sailor-turned-rider husband on a trek of thousands of miles. He had led her around the world successfully. In this story the tables are turned and she finds rising to the occasion an exciting challenge. They stood the test. I am exhausted, though.

The Australian Bicentennial National Trail is 5300 kilometers in length. Jackie and husband Noel rode its length on horseback packing their gear between their five rescued horses. Two horses were ridden and three were led with packed gear. An amazing feat to this sailor. The part that interested me the most was learning just how complex trail riding is. My boat may not love me back but it sure is a lot easier to voyage. Thanks Jackie and I look forward to more work from you.
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