The winning team!
Adventure ultra runner, ultra-light walker and horse endurance rider ;-),nature and animals lover, passionate about the great outdoors, wide open spaces and nature spirit.
Since 2010, I am regularly doing expeditions, first on my own and more often now with my bunch of four-legged friends, in the Alps, in Scandinavia or anywhere my intuition or life events take me to.
I like the challenges, the whole logistics it implies, exploring the unknown, going beyond my comfort zone, discovering new places and cultures, and I can tell you, that when you do it with 2 dogs, a cat and a horse, it dramatically spices things up! Of course the purpose and way I do each expedition depends on the configuration of the team; preparing an organised ultra trail on my own completely differs from a 4-week trekking with the dogs in a remote area or a 2-week trip with the four of them. It is pushing further my own limits - physical sometimes, psychological often - that makes it all so interesting, as long as it is done with the greater respect for my beloved animals and our beautiful Planet Earth! If I can bring any added value to the world, then I am truly happy 😉
My training partners - Sparta, Nyx & Ola
Sparta & Nyx quickly became entirely part of our life, following us everywhere, on holiday, at work, and since they're grown-up, they never miss any of my training sessions! Nyx loves running, Sparta prefers long walks. Both are really lively, solid and full of stamina dogs and great inspiring trainers. They just don't care about bad weather! Only really hot days keep them inside...
Another lady joins the team!A horse?? No never again! no, not now anyway...I don't have enough time, we're always on the
roads...No no, definitely, it doesn't fit with our current lifestyle...I know what it means to take care of a horse: I started riding at the age of 9 and had my first horse at 12. After his death 6 years later, I rode many horses for private owners, did jumping and dressage competitions...and then stopped at 24, as I wanted to own my own horse again but had not enough time and money then.
Uh! How come then that I found myself saying: "Ok fine, I take her" no less than a week after having been so assertive?? It's funny how quickly one can change one's mind..!! :-)
In spring 2012, my sister called: "Do you remember the beautiful mare of my friend E..? She's selling her!" No, Jess, am not interested, sorry. Don't tempt me, right? I was riding again at that time as my sister was pregnant and she'd asked me to ride her young and beautiful Arabian once or twice a week. End of the story.
Or at least I believed it. In October, she called again "Ola is back at E's. It didn't work out with the person who bought her and so she's back...". All right then. Let's go and try her. But it is just for a ride. Just for fun.
Blimme! I should have known: one cannot ride Ola and then turn one's back on her. No way! As soon as I saw her, I knew I had to convince Marc that "yes, indeed, promise! we have time and money to take care of another pet...even though she's a little bigger than a dog...doesn't travel as easily...and has quite a strong temper.."!
Well, after owning her for some two years and a half now, I never never regretted my decision. It is even one of the best I have taken for a long time! This little 11-year-old Portuguese mare is not only really beautiful but she has a really good heart and a willing temper, is very well-put, extremely sure-footed and perfectly at ease in any kind of terrain. We get on really well, also it took us a little time to settle in this nice relationship; she enjoys long and active rides with me and the dogs, and it's a pure pleasure riding her! Maybe once she will join me on a long-distance expedition? For now we simply take part in some endurance races and that's fun!
My training sessions with Ola, Nyx and Sparta - are regularly posted on my FB page and some will be also posted on this blog.
My 1st supporter and most dedicated supporter, Marc
In 2011 he created his own department in the family business Banditoy, entirely dedicated to 4x4 parts, specific gear and travel equipment.For the last ten years or so, we've been travelling together all around Europe mainly with our Land Cruiser HJ61 and its tailor-made elevated roof.
If he cannot come along with me on such long trips, Marc plays an important part as my logistics base. On some expeditions, he is in charge of an important mission: taking care of Ola while I am away ( with the help of Muffy of course!); sometimes he joins us for a few days or weeks.
One morning of August 2016, as I was finishing with Ola at the stables, I heard a kitten meowing. There were some new-born kitten on the farm so I thought it could be one of them that got stuck behind the balls of straw. I discovered a tiny kitty, no more than 3 weeks old! I scaled the fence and managed to get her and took her home. She was so tiny, so cute! I immediately fell in love with this little creature, even if very aware that she had little chance to survive. But after a couple of weeks on the bottle, Tiny Milwyn was already strong and very healthy! She even managed to make friends with the dogs, which was far from obvious at the beginning.. Now they are best friends, she even sleeps in Muffy's bed!! As we are a travelling family, she was trained from the very beginning to come along, to walk (hum!) with the harness and leash, to follow us on short hikes. And the travel to Slovenia (Summer 2017) was her first 4-weeks trip with all of us. In 2017, she was shot by an illegal shot, miraculously survived and is now our little three-legged hero. Read her whole story
Mufasa, aka Titi 2001-2018Born in 200! Muffy the Jack Russell was the mascot of the team ! Born in the family, he's been with Marc and I everywhere for 17 years, on climbing tours and alpine mountain trekking...him walking or carried in the backpack when he started being too old. Milwyn and him were amazing great friends!
He made his transition in the other realm in April 2018, peacefully. I know that he is always around, not missing a single walk! Love you forever sweety!