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Life in the Saddle : Adventures of Legendary Horseman, the Kokotunga Kid - Alwyn Torenbeek

Life in the Saddle

Adventures of Legendary Horseman, the Kokotunga Kid

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'It doesn't matter if there are four thousand people watching or just four – you're a horseman, roughrider, entertainer. At that moment, rodeo has you bitten and it doesn't let you go. You just want another ride. I remember them all and how it all started.'

Alywn Torenbeek's – the Kokotunga Kid – left his outback hometown at fourteen, looking for adventure. He took with him a bushman's spirit, an uncanny natural ability for horseriding and a determination to succeed. By the time he was 21, he was a national and international rodeo champion.

When fate put an end to his roughriding career, Alwyn went on to be a stockman, drover and station manager. A devoted family man, he was encouraged to take up endurance riding by his great friend, the legendary R.M. Williams, and is still competing more than four decades later.

A riveting tale of adventure, romance, tradegy and mateship. Alwyn's story is also a tribute to the outback and the characters who make it special. From Winton to Wanganui, this is the ride of a lifetime.

About the Author

Alwyn Torenbeek grew up near the tiny Central Queensland town of Kokotunga, dreaming of riding wild horses and becoming a rodeo champion. He started his rodeo career at 14 and by 21 he was the Australian bronco-riding champion. His life on horseback includes droving cattle, contract mustering, station management work and establishing stockmanship schools for underprivileged youth. He took up endurance riding in 1967 and has several prestigious Quilty Endurance Riding buckles to his name. Alwyn is an inductee of the Rodeo, Stockman's and Equestrian Halls of Fame. Now in his mid-seventies, he lives near Rockhampton and is still a competitive endurance rider.

David Gilchrist is an Australian writer whose work has appeared in publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Sydney Morning Herald, The New Zealand Herald, The Independent (London), and R.M. Williams Outback magazine. David lives just north of Brisbane. A word wrangler, he can't ride horses or catch bulls.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Enthralling Story
  • Enthralling Story Thoroug
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner

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  • Disjointed At Times

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  • Couldn't put it down
  • Easy To Read
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  • Well Written

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    Found this book easy to read. The print was acceptable and ideal for the older reader.

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Old Bushie Lore
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Enjoyed the book. Alot of history and how life was on the land, and earning a living from being on the land. I liked the pictures. Very interesting life story of Alwyn, who is still a character and out enjoying his life still in the saddle as an Endurance Rider.

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      4.0

      Easy and informative reading of yesterda

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      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
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      • True to life

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      • Life Story Of A Stockman

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      Delivery was quick and well handled.

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      5.0

      a good yarn about an amazing man.

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      • Brought Back Memories
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        An excellent book for those who love outback Australia or love the characters who made it what it is. The only downside was, it made me realise how dull my life has been. LOL

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            Great adventure, loved it

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            ISBN: 9781921901355
            ISBN-10: 1921901357
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 288
            Published: 24th July 2013
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.2
            Weight (kg): 22.9
            Edition Number: 1