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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  16 reviews
They rescued five horses from an unknown fate.

They sold everything they had.

With daring inspiration, Jackie and Noel trained the lost and confused horses, and forced their own unfit bodies to meld into one team.

Life became horses, trail, endurance, and camping: all seven reliant on one another as they trekked along part of Australia’s majestic Bicentennial National Trail.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Jacqueline Parry
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Jackie Parry’s new memoir, A Standard Journey, is a hauntingly beautiful book, one that will stick with readers for a long time.

Parry and her husband, Noel, sold their possessions and invested all their time and money into rescuing five former racing horse, who likely faced death if they were not adopted. The couple worked hard both to gain the trust of these emotionally scarred animals and train them to trek Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail.

The journey was not all they had expected, howe
Mik Hetu
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young women
The title could have several meanings . . .

A “standard journey” for Jackie Parry isn’t the same as for most of the rest of us: she did, after all, sail a boat around the world (see her book Of Foreign Build.) For this trek across part of Australia, if there’s one episode in the story that represents the whole journey, it might be the one where the horses wandered off across a road, in traffic, and Jackie chased after them, running when the horses weren’t looking, abruptly walking nonchalantly wh
Rochelle Carlton
I was excited to receive a review copy of Jackie Parry’s new story “A Standard Journey.” I read and thoroughly enjoyed her previous book “Of Foreign Build,” and this highly anticipated adventure is the next offering from this remarkable writer.

A Standard Journey is set in Australia and takes the reader, by horseback, through The Bicentennial National (BNT) recreational trail. As with her previous book Jackie’s plans were never going to be straight forward.

Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading "A Standard Journey". This is a well written book and describes in great detail their preparation and day by day adventures riding through Australia on horse back. From the standpoint of a horse lover I am so impressed that they would take five rescue horses and spend the time and patience to civilize them, creating well disciplined and wonderful travelling companions even though their previous lives had only been as race horses. Through the book I was there on an in ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great way to ride along with Jackie and her husband as they took on an epic challenge, to ride across Australia, camping and experiencing their horses in a way not many people will ever have the chance to. I enjoyed reading about the thrills and spills, knowing I'd never have the chance to do the same, but through her wonderful narrative and transparent sharing, could know what it might be like. Recommended! ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading A Standard Journey and it made me long for an adventure and miss my horse days. The descriptions of the horses and their various personalities and antics brought me back to my teenage years with my horse Sunny and reminded me of all the great experiences (and mishaps) that we had. Jackie Parry does such a terrific job of describing "the boys" that it doesn't take long at all to really get to know each of them. Nice story, nice people, nice horses, nice adventure. Worth a read! ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a easy trip

I see In this book a lot of worry, horses and riders stressed and accidents most every day. I know if things went perfect every day there wouldn't be much of a tale. Still.this is a stressful book to read. I wanted the trip to be somewhat enjoyable for the author, but it wasn't. There are a lot of long rider books out there and the long rider Group itself. This is not a pleasurable book to read. I could feel the worry ,stress, and uncomfortable trip. I quit reading towards
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting journey

Would have liked to see photos from the trip, but overall an interesting story. Love that the horses are Standardbreds -- a wonderful breed!
Angela Kalnins
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Angela by: The Author
A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent
By Jackie Parry


The autobiographical story of one couple’s journey, from here to there, with their 5 “boys” (rescued horses each an ex “Trotter” Standardbred racehorse) traveling along the BNT (The Bicentennial National Trail) in Australia.


Not your typical adventure story, A STANDARD JOURNEY is the story of two people who make the decision
T.K. Lukas
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[[ASIN:B00Z17XXQA A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent]] - There's nothing "standard" about A Standard Journey, Jackie Parry's wonderfully written memoir about rescuing five racing Standardbred horses from an uncertain fate, selling everything she and her husband own, and trekking off on a wild adventure along Australia's Bicentennial National Trail. I knew when I opened the book and its unofficial preface was 'Ode to the Horse,' by Ronald Duncan, I'd be hooked. The author skillful ...more
Mrs M Perrin
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book

Wow what a story and how very brave and awe inspiring these two and their horses are. I would love to do a journey like this but I am no where near brave enough. Even the list in the back of the book of the equipment is truly awe inspiring. I felt like I lived the journey with them and there wonderful funny boys. I like the sound of the total escape from reality but also scared of the total isolation. Well done to both of you and for a wonderful time consuming book as I'm recoverin
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing adventure!
I really enjoyed “A Standard Journey” by Jackie Parry! It would take a lot of love of horses, patience, humor and guts to do what she and her husband Noel did; trekking Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail with five rescued former racing horses. I loved the way Parry introduced ‘their boys,’ explaining each horse’s size, color, body shape, movements and personality. With kindness, patience and determination, Jackie and Noel soon came to earn the trust of their boys and st
Glen Barrera
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable story of adventure.

I really enjoyed this book, about the author and her husband and their dream to pack-saddle Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail. Selling everything, reading-up, and pouring through equipment catalogues they make their purchases and plans, until all they needed…were the horses.

I’ve ridden horses, love them, but never really knew them until I read this book. From the beginning, when the “boys” (all rescued ex-trotter Standardbreds) are introduced and their per
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jackie made reading about her boys; Neddy, Dom, Stevie, Spirit and Charlie delightful. Right away I selected Dom if I had to choose which of the boys a jittery person like myself could ride for a quick trot around one stable. He was a sweetie, though as I read on, I found they all were.

What did I learn? I learned a little about when and how to walk or trot horses through creeks… beneath highways… to not fear rocks…kangaroos… or cars and the likes. I learned a little about shoeing horses, "jabbin
This was a fun read, I have always liked books about peoples journeys while hiking, biking riding long distance trails. I find it fascinating to get into their mind set and see how they react to different situations. In this case as the author Jackie and her husband Noel who seem to be adventure seekers, buy 5 horses who were ex- trotter Standarbreds, who were no longer going to be used for that purpose. The author and her husband had to spend a long time getting them trained and ready for their ...more
Deb McEwan
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It takes guts, determination and a sense of adventure to quit the real world and packsaddle part of Australia, but that’s exactly what Jackie Parry and her husband Noel did. They decided to sell everything, buy five horses and travel Australia’s Bicentennial Trail and this is the story of that amazing adventure.
Jackie’s writing is honest, clever and compelling as she describes the good and bad days and how the couple discovered new aspects to their already long-term relationship. On the good da
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Originally from the UK, Jackie is now an adopted Australian. She grew up with horses in the UK until her world was shattered with a heart-breaking bereavement. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. So within her first year living in a foreign land, she was getting used to a foreign husband, and a foreign life on board!


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