'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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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
Great service and delivery
Great adventure, loved it
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th July 2013
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 22.9
Edition Number: 1