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They rescued five horses from an unknown fate.They sold everything they had.With daring inspiration, Jackie and Noel trained the lost and confused horses, and forced their own unfit bodies to meld into one team.Life became horses, trail, endurance, and camping: all seven reliant on one another as they trekked along part of Australia’s majestic Bicentennial National Trail.WThey rescued five horses from an unknown fate.They sold everything they had.With daring inspiration, Jackie and Noel trained the lost and confused horses, and forced their own unfit bodies to meld into one team.Life became horses, trail, endurance, and camping: all seven reliant on one another as they trekked along part of Australia’s majestic Bicentennial National Trail.What started as a dream adventure turned out to be more than they had ever imagined. The beauty of the trail didn’t lessen its dangers; with minimal support and all their worldly possessions on horseback, Jackie and Noel made mistakes and with humour learned the hard way.They were amateur horse-handlers, tackling an epic challenge, but they created something special, unique, and incredibly endearing.Fears were faced, healed, and conquered. Bonds were forged.But did the team of seven that started together, finish together?Saddle up and take a ride along life’s natural trail of trauma, fear, pain, and loyalty....

Title : A Standard Journey: 5 Horses, 2 People and 1 Tent
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ISBN : 9780987551566
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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A Standard Journey: 5 Horses, 2 People and 1 Tent Reviews

  • Narrative Ink Reviews
    2018-11-25 21:27

    Jackie Parry’s new memoir, A Standard Journey, is a hauntingly beautiful book, one that will stick with readers for a long time.Parry and her husband, Noel, sold their possessions and invested all their time and money into rescuing five former racing horse, who likely faced death if they were not adopted. The couple worked hard both to gain the trust of these emotionally scarred animals and train them to trek Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail.The journey was not all they had expected, however; the trail presented obstacles at every turn: from busy highways and skittish horses, to rough weather, rougher terrain, and the threat of wildfires, to serious injuries and near brushes with death, all without reliable cell phone service.The journey itself makes for incredibly engaging and interesting reading. The details of the trip are fascinating, and I often couldn’t put it down. The best part of this book, though, is how connected I felt to Jackie, Noel, and the horses. The writing is excellent, and the book is written in a personable, conversational style, as if the reader is chatting with an old friend. I got such a sense of Jackie’s personality through her writing style, and the kindness, determination, and humor of both Jackie and Noel shone through on every page. The horses, each with his own distinct personality, are as real and vividly drawn as the humans in this book. They quickly became almost surrogate children to Jackie and Noel, and to the reader as well. The moments when the horses get “naughty” are hilarious, and it is equally hilarious how much they are able to wrap their owners around their little fingers (or should I say hooves?).This book is a must read; it’s equal parts adventure, comedy, and tear-jerking drama. I was so sad when it ended because I didn’t want to leave this couple and their horses behind. Not only do I recommend this book, but I intend to get my hands on all of Parry’s other work as well – she’s an exceptional writer and a kind and thoughtful human being (she’s even donating fifty percent of the book’s profits to horse charities so other horses can be rescued!) and I can’t wait to read more about her other journeys.

  • Mik Hetu
    2018-12-06 21:53

    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 . . .

  • Rochelle Carlton
    2018-11-16 03:48

    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.REVIEW. A STANDARD JOURNEY, By Jackie ParryAccompanied 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.

  • Rachel Amphlett
    2018-12-07 20:55

    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.

    2018-11-22 19:49

    I have just finished reading "A Standard Journey". This is a well written book and describes in great detail their preparation and day by day adventures riding through Australia on horse back. From the standpoint of a horse lover I am so impressed that they would take five rescue horses and spend the time and patience to civilize them, creating well disciplined and wonderful travelling companions even though their previous lives had only been as race horses. Through the book I was there on an invisible horse experiencing all the highs and lows of such an epic trail ride. I was sorry they didn't continue on farther as I was enjoying the journey with them.

  • Beverly
    2018-11-17 23:39

    This was a great way to ride along with Jackie and her husband as they took on an epic challenge, to ride across Australia, camping and experiencing their horses in a way not many people will ever have the chance to. I enjoyed reading about the thrills and spills, knowing I'd never have the chance to do the same, but through her wonderful narrative and transparent sharing, could know what it might be like. Recommended!

  • Angela Kalnins
    2018-11-26 02:53

    A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tentBy Jackie ParryNon-Fiction/AutobiographyThe autobiographical story of one couple’s journey, from here to there, with their 5 “boys” (rescued horses each an ex “Trotter” Standardbred racehorse) traveling along the BNT (The Bicentennial National Trail) in Australia.I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF A Standard Journey IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.Summary:Not your typical adventure story, A STANDARD JOURNEY is the story of two people who make the decision to sell everything they own and begin a journey across Australia with five emotionally wounded horses. They face trials and tribulations; plus cranky, emotional, sometimes child-like and sensitive team-mates (in the five “boys”) and still manage to find time to work on themselves and their own relationship.My Review:I am an insomniac. I rarely sleep more than three or four hours a night. Last night, because I was reading this story, I didn’t sleep at all! I read the whole book in five hours.A STANDARD JOURNEY is both interesting and charming. As Parry’s tale unwound, as I began to get to know the personalities and characters of both the horses and the humans, I found myself incredibly intrigued and wanted to know more as I turned each page.As I was reading, each time one of the boys found a way to be impish and/or wicked, I found myself literally laughing out loud…so much so that in the middle of the night my husband woke up more than once to say, “What’s going on”. Sorry dear. I couldn’t help it…In real life, I’m just a little bit afraid of horses (bitten once as a child)…so, I steer clear of them most of the time. However, there is no doubt they are beautiful creatures and not without their charms—from afar. I found each of the “boys” to be delightful and endearing. Dommie is my favorite!I also found myself really getting to know both Jackie and Noel (the actual humans in the story) and I really liked them both. Their “stick-to-it-iveness is more than admirable, it’s amazing!The author’s writing style is both easy to follow and creative enough to keep the reader’s attention. It’s a wonderful story told in a wonderful manner. Parry is genuine and charming.I will admit, there were times during the night, as I read, that the story seemed to lag just a little; the pace became…slow. Even still, I kept turning those pages.If I could not find any other reason to like this book—and I found many—I would recommend it on the strength of the hilarious chapter headings alone! BUCKING AND FARTING, TAEKWONDO NINJA HORSES, DRINKING COW POO and many more…just side-splitting!I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a funny chapter heading AND a good story about horses and the people who love them!

  • T.K. Lukas
    2018-12-12 02:35

    [[ASIN:B00Z17XXQA A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent]] - There's nothing "standard" about A Standard Journey, Jackie Parry's wonderfully written memoir about rescuing five racing Standardbred horses from an uncertain fate, selling everything she and her husband own, and trekking off on a wild adventure along Australia's Bicentennial National Trail. I knew when I opened the book and its unofficial preface was 'Ode to the Horse,' by Ronald Duncan, I'd be hooked. The author skillfully involves us on her emotional journey right from the get-go by making us fall in love with each horse with her insightful descriptions of each equine's unique personalities. Written with an authentic voice, it's obvious this author knows and understands horses. And it's also obvious the author knows and understands how to grab a reader's attention and not let go. As soon as we fall in love with the horses, we're taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride, with the grim fate of one of the team hanging in the balance. By the end of the book, I was cheering for Charlie (well, rooting for all of the horses) as each one overcame their past to become the trustworthy horses she and her husband, Noel, required for such an undertaking. The writing is superb, and the prose so descriptive, I felt I was right there along on the journey, for each mishap, each near-calamity, and each life-ending close call. As a lifelong self-confessed horse addict, I found myself in tears, in hysterics, and in sympathy for Jackie, Noel, and the five horses as both humans and horses discovered more about themselves than when they began their journey. I highly recommend this book. Whether you understand and know horses or not, you will find a soft spot in your heart for them when the final page is turned.

  • Mrs M Perrin
    2018-11-30 23:47

    Fantastic bookWow what a story and how very brave and awe inspiring these two and their horses are. I would love to do a journey like this but I am no where near brave enough. Even the list in the back of the book of the equipment is truly awe inspiring. I felt like I lived the journey with them and there wonderful funny boys. I like the sound of the total escape from reality but also scared of the total isolation. Well done to both of you and for a wonderful time consuming book as I'm recovering from surgery and need the distraction. It certainly kept me occupied for 2 days. Also how wonderful of you to donate half the proceeds to horse charities. I look forward to your next book and adventure.

  • Ulla
    2018-12-09 01:27

    An amazing adventure!I really enjoyed “A Standard Journey” by Jackie Parry! It would take a lot of love of horses, patience, humor and guts to do what she and her husband Noel did; trekking Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail with five rescued former racing horses. I loved the way Parry introduced ‘their boys,’ explaining each horse’s size, color, body shape, movements and personality. With kindness, patience and determination, Jackie and Noel soon came to earn the trust of their boys and started on their adventure trip. I found it fascinating to read about the different quirks the horses had and how skittish they could be, often making it a challenge for Jackie and Noel to carry on. The boys became lovable characters I started to feel connected with right from the starting gate. Trekking through rough terrain with many difficult obstacles proved to be a risky and difficult undertaking, but also rewarding. Jackie Parry’s writing is honest and personable as if she is talking straight to you. The book is filled with humor, but also of heartbreak and strained relationships, all shared by Parry with openness and sincerity. This is a wonderful read, a real treat! I highly recommend this book to lovers of animals, nature and adventure, young and old!I’m looking forward to read the new book about the renovation of their 1920s Dutch barge and what that will bring.

  • Glen Barrera
    2018-12-05 03:49

    A remarkable story of adventure. 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.

  • RYCJ
    2018-11-20 00:56

    Jackie made reading about her boys; Neddy, Dom, Stevie, Spirit and Charlie delightful. Right away I selected Dom if I had to choose which of the boys a jittery person like myself could ride for a quick trot around one stable. He was a sweetie, though as I read on, I found they all were.What did I learn? I learned a little about when and how to walk or trot horses through creeks… beneath highways… to not fear rocks…kangaroos… or cars and the likes. I learned a little about shoeing horses, "jabbing them…" to give them shots, and signs of a choking horse and how to stop the choking. I learned how they play and how each has its own personality. The voice Jackie gave ‘her boys’ I simply adored, and aside from the chuckle I got from ‘Chardonnay’, I fell out laughing about the possible attempted abduction of Stevie...whose previous owner named him Psycho Stevie. I couldn’t help but wonder what was it that thwarted that possible kidnapping attempt? Too funny!People like Anne deserve a handclap her generous support of this journey, and as well Jackie and hubby Noel in their quest to rescuing horses.

  • Alison
    2018-11-24 00:27

    This was a fun read, I have always liked books about peoples journeys while hiking, biking riding long distance trails. I find it fascinating to get into their mind set and see how they react to different situations. In this case as the author Jackie and her husband Noel who seem to be adventure seekers, buy 5 horses who were ex- trotter Standarbreds, who were no longer going to be used for that purpose. The author and her husband had to spend a long time getting them trained and ready for their journey on Australia's Bicentennial National Trail. I love the way the author expresses her love for the horses calling them her Boys and always thinking of their well being.You can sense the closeness of this couple as they encounter many different obstacles both good and bad, a mutual respect and love for each other, always pull them through. They made some very close friendships along their journey which were fun to follow and they give us a detailed account of what it is like to have to take care not only of themselves but for these 5 horses. This was a story worth reading, I can't wait to read another of her adventures.

  • Deb McEwan
    2018-11-19 19:49

    It takes guts, determination and a sense of adventure to quit the real world and packsaddle part of Australia, but that’s exactly what Jackie Parry and her husband Noel did. They decided to sell everything, buy five horses and travel Australia’s Bicentennial Trail and this is the story of that amazing adventure. Jackie’s writing is honest, clever and compelling as she describes the good and bad days and how the couple discovered new aspects to their already long-term relationship. On the good days her joy and contentment were almost palpable and on the bad I could have cried with her. From buying and training the horses to the hardship and pleasure of the trail (including mammoth packing and unpacking sessions), this book was totally captivating, and also very funny in parts. A must read for animal lovers and adventurers. In fact, I highly recommended ‘A Standard Journey’ for anyone who enjoys a good read.