Media

Show Circuit – June 2016

We had a lot on our list to cover. Amongst the talented and interesting people we talked to were inspirational free rider Alycia Burton

The Northland Age – March 2016

Alycia Burton and the remarkable rapport she can achieve with her horse were on display at a free, informal clinic at the Kaitaia A&P Showgrounds earlier this month. A crowd of around 100, many good friends of the Doubtless Bay born and bred equestrian, turned out in overcast and drizzly conditions to hear tips and advice on how to improve the relationship with their horse.

3rd Degree – 04 Jun 2014

3rd Degree reporter Samantha Hayes meets a Kiwi cult hero, a young horsewoman who rides bareback – jumps over rails, even a couple of utes, using no bridle and no saddle. Twenty-five-year-old Alycia Burton is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved bareback. She’s show jumping, soaring as high as two metres, with nothing more than a loose rope around her horse’s neck, and she’s got the world’s attention. “I don’t know if it’s normal that the fear isn’t there for me, and people might say that what I do is reckless or foolish or stupid, but in reality it’s really calculated,” says Burton. “I know my limits – I think. Actually I don’t, because we haven’t actually got to the end of that!”
Check out the full report on 3rd Degree

TV1 Good Morning – 12th Nov 2013

Live interview on TV 1′s Breakfast show ‘Good Morning” Tuesday November 12th “We meet extraordinary ‘free-rider’ Alycia Burton whose incredible equestrian feats have earned her an international following”
Live Interview – TV 1′s Good Morning

Seven Sharp – 1st October 2013

Meet master free rider Alycia Burton she rides horses without a saddle, no bridle and nothing to hang to
Seven Sharp – No saddle, no bridle just a horse

The Northen Advocate – 24 Augest 2013

Riding a horse with no bridle or saddle is like driving a Ferrari with no steering wheel and only foot pedals for control. But Northland woman Alycia Burton has mastered the skill of "free riding" and is wowing millions of internet viewers around the world with her daring equine ability by flying over Olympic-sized jumps. The 25-year-old, now based in Auckland, has leapt to fame on YouTube and is now releasing a DVD called Free Rider - The Alycia Burton Story.
Skilled rider jumps to fame

National Radio

Imagine the skills and training needed to be a competitive showjumper – and then deciding to do it… on a horse with no saddle or bridle. Well that’s what Alycia Burton, a twenty-five-year-old, has created – a new brand for bareback horse-riding called ‘free-riding’. The Dunedin resident now has tens of thousands of followers around the world following a viral video of her jumping barriers nearly two metres high, bareback on her horse Goldrush.
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The Bay Chronicle – Taste of freedom 8th August 2013

A girl from Northland has become an internet sensation with her horse Banjo. Alycia Burton grew up in Peria, dreaming of a career with horses. Today she is self employed – training and shoeing them and teaching people how to ride without a saddle or bridle. The practice is called free riding and Alycia has even put out a DVD showing how its done. An excerpt on YouTube, “free riding bareback and bridleless, jumping 6ft” has been watched by more than two million viewers from all over the world.
Taste of freedom

The New Zealand Herald – Free riding, no hands, no saddle, no fear 25 Augest 2013

Northland woman Alycia Burton has mastered the skill of "free riding" and is wowing millions of internet viewers around the world with her daring equine ability by flying over Olympic-sized jumps. The 25-year-old, now based in Auckland, has leaped to fame on YouTube and is releasing a DVD called Free Rider - The Alycia Burton Story. She said she had a special relationship with her horse, Goldrush. "I almost know what he is going to do before he does, we are so in sync."
Free Riding No hands, No saddle, No fear

The Otago Daily Times – Alycia’s unbridled passion rides high 1 May 2014

She has attracted more than four million views on YouTube as well as the interest of television networks in the US and Europe, and now the queen of equine acrobatics calls Dunedin home.
Alycia's unbridled passion rides high