© Ashley Thompson
Travelling horseman Joe Guy and his kids, 12-year-old Jay and 10-year-old Maddi, will be performing some country tunes at the Spitfire Arms Pub March 19 and March 20.
The Windsor area is in for a show that no one really ever saw coming.
Joe Guy, a travelling horseman, author and singer-songwriter from Australia, happened upon Windsor during his family's travels through Nova Scotia, liked what he saw of the town and decided to put on a couple of shows at the Spitfire Arms Pub.
The show will feature the musical talents of two of Guy's five children, 12-year-old Jay and 10-year-old Maddi, Guy's own mix of contemporary country songs and storytelling.
And Guy's stories promise to be unique, much like the life he leads.
“It's a great show, we guarantee it.”
Guy has ridden more than 13,000 miles on horseback, crossing harsh terrains in three countries. His quest as a long rider started at the age of 19, with a trip across the inhospitable Australian outback.
“I sort of just got hooked to the lifestyle. I love the challenge of hopping on a horse and not knowing what's down the road or around the corner,” he said.
He's covered 3,000 miles in the United States, 3,500 miles in Canada and scaled the Australian outback — all on horses that others deemed unfit to ride.
“I specialize in fixing unbreakable horses,” said Guy, who also leads clinics that teach people how to understand, and train, untamed horses.
Guy says he typically only spends seven days working with a horse deemed unbreakable before they hit the trail with a light bed roll, dry foods and some saddle bags. Guy never keeps the horses when the trip comes to an end, but he always ensures they are placed in loving homes.
On occasion, the long rider may have a clear destination in mind, other times he may not.
Guy admits the life of a long rider is a challenging one. He contends with extreme weather conditions, wild animals, unfamiliar terrain and exhaustion.
“I don't sleep well at night because I've got to look after my horse — it's a hard life. You diet, lose a lot of weight.”
He embarks on long journeys knowing each one may be his last, but Guy has a goal. He plans to saddle up in Thunder Bay, Ontario this spring and finish his cross-Canada ride that started in British Columbia by the end of the year, bringing his grand total of miles covered on horseback in excess of 15,000.
Guy will share bits and pieces of his life story during the shows he is hosting upstairs at the pitfire Arms Pub on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. His autobiography, a book that he says tells the tale of how a street kid from Sydney, Australia grew to become a highway cowboy — and many other things — will be available for purchase at the show.
“I just sort of inspire people to chase their dreams. I've spent my whole life chasing dreams.”
Admission to the show is a freewill donation. Visit www.joeguylongrider.com to learn more.