Nearly 15 months on the road …
On June 23, 2007 … with a mounted police escort, Ezra Cooley, and his horse Red, rode into Manhattan to Battery Park, New York and completed their 5,000 mile journey across the United States!
“I rode all the way through the heart of Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty,” said Cooley. And in the process, Ezra and Red set a world record for a paint quarter horse. Red is one amazing horse.
This is the completion of the first leg of Ezra’s 27,000 mile journey around the world on horseback.
Along the way, Cooley is raising money for children’s charities. He has raised $6,000 in donations so far for the National Children’s Cancer Society.
The 26 year old rodeo star and Western re-enactor Ezra Cooley and Chico, Calif., native started the trek, dubbed “Ezra’s Expedition,” in his hometown on April 5, 2006, with dreams of traveling around the world in the next eight years on his horse, Red.
On his journey across the nation, Cooley has savored the pleasures of slowing down. “When you’re riding at four miles an hour across the United States on a horse, you see how beautiful this country really is,” he said.“I ride what is safe for my horse; that’s how I base my whole trip,” Cooley said
From New York, Ezra plans to board a ship to Spain. There he will continue his journey (on horseback) through Spain and Africa. Finally he’ll undertake Australia, Alaska and British Columbia. From Canada he’ll travel another 1200 miles to return home to Chico, California.He is unconcerned about the language barrier. “I know that a big smile goes a long way around the world,” he said. “Plus, I’ve always been pretty good at charades.”
His only worries are horse diseases and wild animals.
“I put it in God’s hand,” Cooley said. “My motto is God, my horse, my gear and then me.”
Link: To follow Ezra and Red on their journey