I have read many different stories about the Long Riders Guilds. Many fascinating stories even those where they state could have never happen. Some of their stories out right call some cowboys liars, and perhaps they are correct.
Though many of these stories are true as you come across a guy who is going across the nation to each capital and that is Gene Glasscock. He lives in his sheep wagon driven by his mares. However, he was not injured, by took to West Nile Virus. He should be release from the halfway house to his friends on Friday November 26th according to his web site: http://www.geneglasscock.org/
Despite what the Long Riders Guilds state on the history to Frank Hopkins, he had to be one hell of a Cowboy....perhaps he did have some tall tales, but while they discredit many of his tales, each day they seem to find something to support another story about the legendary Cowboy.
Although, of those tales, my favorite is not the one racing across the desert sand of Arabia, but the story where he raced from Galveston to Rutland. While there is no truth to the story, I take it as something Samuel Clemens might have written as just a good bit of Mark Twain. Fiction worth reading. Maybe Frank just wanted to be remembered and today so many recall the tales of Frank Hopkins. Damn near as big as the state of Texas. Regardless, I think I would have enjoyed meeting him and hearing what he had to say.
Once enjoying the endurance racing riding American Dream aka "Yankee" a grey Half Arab-Quarter Horse Gelding, I found a great love reading about the very few races such as the TEVIS CUP. Endurance Racing has long been around just not perhaps as popular as we have seen displayed in western movies as the 1975 production "BITE THE BULLET" featuring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen and Jan-Michael Vincent.
Horseman would never run there horses to death. For those who would I believe are merely investors. However, "Hidalgo" is a great movie. Like most movies, base on some facts, some fiction....my popcorn and Dr Pepper was well enjoyed during my viewing.
Perhaps some day I'll live long enough to see the next best thing as an Arab race across the deserts. Padre Island, Texas has the utmost perfect stretch to perform a 50 and the 100 mile endurance race. The Island is part of the National Sea Shores as a Federal Park. I believe people would come to watch this event and have it open to any breed, any Frank Hopkins style Cowboy and Cowgirl and let them go for the bragging rights as they do with the Tevis Cup. Although the nation already does have some desert endurance races.
Perhaps we should put the letter F for Frank back into the word Iie and you get Life, A race from Galveston to Rutland might add some life to the name Frank Hopkins if today one could safely maneuver Interstate 45.