‘NZ : Bit by Bit’
One woman, four horses and a dog
story of a woman’s eleven-month horse
-back journey from one end of New Zealand to the other
Copyright Jacqui Knight (2012) All rights reserved.
All photographs by the author unless otherwise noted.
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I set out on my journey with the blessing of my two sons, Chris and James. Throughout my trip they remained as excited as I was, their spirit rode with me and they remained near to my heart. Chris spent hours of his business and personal time designing and updating my website. He answered phone calls and e-mail at all times of the day and night to resolve problems I may have had understanding my computer.
I am indebted to Chris for the brilliant work he did on the website. Although James was kept busy with school, work and social life, we managed to spend time together and the messages he would leave on my cellphone always reminded me of his keen sense of humour and his talent at languages.
I depended on the companionship and help of some faithful animal friends, setting out with Rosy, the mare I’d owned for five years, and two dogs – Brae, my Sheltie, and Zig, a young Border Collie. Along the way I acquired more horses —packhorse Doug, (also known as Kia Kaha), and later faithful d’Artagnan. Towards the end of the trail Captain took over when Doug hurt his back.