Tracey Elliot-Reep is a modern adventuress with a towering faith in God, who travels the world by horseback and sets her sights on big goals.
In her latest book Riding By Faith Through New Zealand she recounts her journey from the tip of New Zealand’s North Island to the bottom of South Island.
Renowned as an excellent photographer she is also a gifted storyteller and numerous stunning photographs of the challenging terrain she encountered, the people she met and the horses that carried her illustrate this engaging account of her trip.
Tracey’s story begins several years ago on Dartmoor when she turned to her friend Alison, following a gallop across the moor, and asked: “How about riding across New Zealand?”
Nine months later and with NZ$130 between them, their journey began in New Zealand deciding to raise sponsorship for the Bangladesh Flood and Cyclone Appeal with Tear Fund as they went.
After several months working to save money to buy three horses, they finally had enough and went in search of the equines that would become their dear friends and carry them on their intrepid journey.
Then on a windy November day they set out from Cape Reinga, one of the most northerly points of New Zealand with Nelson, Queenie and Monty, but soon disaster struck. Queenie had a serious accident and had to be left with friends so the pair trekked south, without their packhorse before Roman was purchased. Honey, who they saved form the meat man buying her for the equivalent of £25, joined them later.
Several years later Tracey returns to New Zealand to complete the second phase of her journey and it is here that we meet Dude and Favour. Through her story telling Tracey is able to impart the very special bond she felt with them and as she describes her own tears during different situations, we shed them with her.
While Tracey’s account of their journey through New Zealand, from the very top of the North Island to the very tip of the South Island)is about adventure, the second part is about her palomino horses Dude and Favour, the latter who initially had no name and who nobody wanted. A cycle of abuse meant she was scared of human contact but with time she became the most trusting and loyal horse Tracey has ever owned and you weep for her as she begins to trust again, following Tracey over some treacherous terrain until they reach their journey’s end and Favour’s final destiny.
This is a beautiful account of the changing landscape of New Zealand. It is also inspirational about following your dreams and proof that, even in today’s world there are happy endings at the end. With her excitement about life and the challenges it throws up, Tracey’s story compels you to read to the end.
“I can’t tell if she is sound,” I remarked, dismounting, “and she’s not suitable for my solo journey in the mountains as she is so nervous.” But as I was speaking, her large hazel eyes met mine for a moment, and pierced my soul, asking: “Please take me.” Throughout the night, I couldn’t get that look out of my mind and by morning I knew that however unsuitable she may appear, I had to take her.
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2. Book details ISBN 978-1-905162-25-3 150pp p/b
Tracey Elliot-Reep, Shilstone Rocks, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7TF
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4. About Tracey Elliot-Reep
In 2009 Tracey published Riding By Faith Through America, recounting her often treacherous and at times terrifying lone journey with two horses from the Mexican border to Canada in 2007.
Tracey Elliot-Reep grew up on a Dartmoor farm near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, where she has her base producing Dartmoor cards, calendars and books.
After completing art college she worked with and sketched the animals in a travelling circus, then travelled through Europe and North America, teaching horse riding before qualifying as a photographer in south Wales. For several years she worked as a freelance photojournalist for magazines, during which time she interviewed Royalty at Buckingham Palace and rode 2,000 miles the length of New Zealand.
Tracey started her card business sixteen years ago with six local Dartmoor postcards while living in a caravan with Sam, her Jack Russel dog, near Bonehill Rocks. Her faith and her love of horses, adventure and photography has taken her to many places including Africa, Tibet, Israel and Russia. She has ridden horses from the top of Scotland to Land’s End, across Ireland and Wales and has published three photographic books called riding by Faith through New Zealand, Riding by Faith through Southern Ireland and her most recent book is Riding by Faith Across America.
Tracey runs a photographic business of postcards, greeting cards, calendars and books based out of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor with branches in New Zealand and North America.
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