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We stopped overnight on the approach tzo Kakadu at a a small place called "Mary River Park" - we were met by a nice guy called John who welcomed us to the park and tried helping out with the troublesome trailmasters.

Next morning we popped into the office to see John and actually no one was in. I started looking round the hallway at the office entrace and noticed some pictures and information on a horse trip that crossed Australia called "Angel Ride" I had seen this on the UK news and also as someone interested in horses it caught my attention - I had seen the horses in the paddock that morning. I noticed the guy in the pictures looked very much like John .... could it be him?  Certainly seemed that way ...... as if to confirm it John appeared round the corner and innocently said "yeah thats me" and walked into the office - now he had my attention and we started chatting about the ride, the horses and of course ... I asked where was Anna? Off he pops and grabs Anna and then we are chatting and joking with two super people for over an hour - what a lovely pair!

Having worked on the plan for several years, 2006 was the year that John gots to have more saddle time than any other. John and Anna departed from Broome WA on the 12th March, 2006 to ride the non-beaten track to Cairns QLD. That is 3,150 kms across desert and plain, over mountains, through rivers, gorges and jungle.

5th August 2006: Angel Ride completed • Officially and internationally welcomed in Cairns. The ride was for a charity called Angel Flight.

"Angel Flight Australia is a charity that co-ordinates non-emergency flights for financially and
medically needy people. All flights are free and assist patients or compassionate carers travelling to
or from medical facilities anywhere in Australia.

Angel Flight pilots do not carry aeromedical staff or medical equipment so do not act as an
alternative to the Flying Doctor (RFDS) or Air Ambulance in that capacity.

John has been working and riding horses from a young age. He sees each horse as an individual challenge as they each have their own personality.

Johns main area of interest is taming wild brumbies from the bush and training them. He has an amazing talent and really is on another level when training these wild horses. So much time and patience is put into the horses and he always gets first class results.

John has a passion for horses and his country so the ride from Broome to Cairns is the combination of the two making the ride his ultimate dream.

Anna has been horse riding since the age of six, and has her own horse.

Anna met John whilst taking a year out to travel. John was Anna’s tour guide on a Kakadu trip. Anna felt she was drawn to him straight away, John did not fail to impress Anna throughout the whole trip consisting of 3 days and two nights.

John and Anna found they had a mutual interest and passion - horses!

John told Anna about his 'dream' that he has been planning in his mind for a number of years. John asked Anna if she would like to join him - how could she turn down this opportunity of a life time.

John has taught Anna how to work with the brumbies and Anna feels lucky to be able to have the chance to do what most people dream of. It will put all Anna’s years of horsemanship to the ultimate test and challenge her mental and physical ability.


So it really was a love story and a big adventure - they are super people and will make you very welcome in Mary River - stop in and say hi and tell them we sent you


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