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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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    5.0

    A Life In The Saddle

    By Big Dee

    from Yarra Valley Victoria AU

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Disjointed At Times

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    Book arrived in perfect condition.
    Story was totally engrossing and enjoyable

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    5.0

    I have recommended this book to others.

    By Robox.

    from Perth, Western Australia.

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    Pros

    • Couldn't put it down
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • 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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      5.0

      Inspirational Story

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      from Brisbane, AU

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      Pros

      • 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

        By Slippery

        from Bundaberg Qld

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        • 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.

        By Coops

        from QLD Australia.

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        • Brought Back Memories
        • Engaging characters
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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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          Life in the Saddle

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          from Hamilton Victoria

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            Great service and delivery

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            life in the saddle

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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
              Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.2
              Weight (kg): 0.39
              Edition Number: 1