Rediscovering adventure riding the Bicentennial Trail
ALIENOR Le Gouvello is no stranger to adventure; it is in her bloodlines.
She and her Australian husband have already trekked Mongolia on horseback and Siberia on a sidecar.
Recently divorced and looking to find a deeper meaning to life, the French horse rider has decided to undertake a new adventure and push her physical and mental boundaries to rediscover her inner spark.
"My mother was a war correspondent and my aunt grabbed the headlines when she completed an unassisted crossing of the Indian Ocean on a windsurfer from Fremantle, so adventure is really in my bloodlines," she said.
Come November, Alienor is off to trek Australia's Bicentennial Trail using three wild horses captured from the Guys Fawkes National Park.
Only 35 people have completed this trail since its inception in 1988. The trail, more than 5000km zig zags across the Great Dividing Range from the top of Queensland to the bottom of Victoria crossing some of Australia's most remote and spectacular landscapes.
Before heading off on her trip Alienor must first break in her recently captured wild horses which must also be fit and capable when they start out on their trek.
"I decided to use the Guy Fawkes Heritage horses because they are used to all types of terrain and are excellent in these types of conditions," Alienor said.
"To prepare for the demanding expedition I will spend the next six months at high altitude on top of the Dorrigo Plateau.
"Here I will train my three companions using passive methods that suit wild horses and encapsulate their natural herd instinct."
Under the guidance of local expert horse trainers and founders of the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association Erica Jessup and Graeme Baldwin, Alienor will learn and teach her wild horses skills that will help them all navigate and survive the unpredictable and sometimes dangerous conditions expected during the expedition.
"What I hope to achieve through my Australian adventure is personal growth while at the same time bring an international awareness to the Guy Fawkes Heritage horses and the Australian Bicentennial National Trail."