I speak about 'unexpected storms' a lot throughout my shows and Youth ... - Free Riding NZ

I speak about 'unexpected storms' a lot throughout my shows and Youth …

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September 6, 2018
September 14, 2018

I speak about 'unexpected storms' a lot throughout my shows and Youth Retreats…they are the unforeseen, difficult and often very painful issues that come up and interrupt life's plans.

I have so often looked back over the many journeys I have made along the way of following my dreams to say "I am glad I didn't know the full extent of how hard that was going to be….otherwise I may never have had the courage to start!"

We leave in 5 days to the USA and I could honestly write a book on how many unexpected storms have come up since I started planning this adventure …..from my horse needing eye surgery (thinking he was going to loose his eye) – to visa issues, financial strain of unexpected large bills, relationship pain of leaving people behind, back issues, nearly having to leave a horse behind && logistical nightmares of planning a tour in another country and a move there.

The latest unexpected storm is I have been stuck in New Zealand for the past week after visiting the US Embassy and having them take my passport… homeland security had not given my clearance needed to enter the USA and they said it could take up to 3 months and would not be able to give any updates along the way. There was a very high chance I was going to have to cancel my flights and cancel the first part of my tour.

Praise God it all came in last night and I am now flying to Sydney to join up with my two horses and lovely friends Elenore && Allie who have been working them, packing up for me && are meeting me in Sydney.

I still had to cancel flights and work within Australia but it has not altered the big picture…. We leave for the States Saturday!!

I just want to encourage those who look at what I am doing and understand that what you see posted online is only 5% of my life. …SO much of it is not glamorous- it is incredibly hard work && more sacrifice && pain then most would cope with.

How far you end up going in life is greatly determined by your pain threshold, your ability to never give up and how well you handle yourself when unexpected storms come. … and trust me they will!

The big point is DON'T ever give up! There is always, always an answer and a way through

Thankyou to the girls for stepping up while I havent been able to be there, the supporting prayers from everyone, friends I stayed with in Auckland and most of all for my amazing 3 brothers who are my knights in shining Armour.

I will be kissing the ground when we land in the States!



  1. Sta Cee says:

    Wow what a story…….good luck, may the rest of the trip go smoothly for you ๐Ÿ˜‰xx

  2. Bronwyn Jones says:

    Absolutely love your drive and hard work ethic xxx have the most amazing experiences, meet lots of beautiful people and enjoy getting your message out there xx we will be following your journey x be safe!

  3. Joana Sofia says:

    ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€Best of luck because what you give to the all world is beautiful and is worth waiting through all the storms just to see and experience what you give to the people!
    Thank you for all your resilience I wish you the best of luck and true bliss when you get to do your tour and i hope you don’t get anymore setbacks!!!! Good luck have a safe flight and trip! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿด๐Ÿด๐ŸŽ

  4. Joanne Frances says:

    What a fantastic testament your jouney & faith has been to all horsewoman – you inspired me to ride bitless & hopefully moving towards bareback too this summer. May the Lord continue to guide & strengthen you & give you His wisdom!

  5. Bryan Lowcay says:

    โ€œDonโ€™t worry about whatโ€™s ahead.
    Just go as far as you can . .
    From there, you can see a lot further. โ€œ
    I know you can do this Alycia , stay safe!

  6. Caroline Rosaline Beam says:

    As a teacher of teens, I find this post to be extremely powerful and well written. I will certainly be sharing with my students. Thank you for being such a strong and positive influence to so many young people!

  7. Samantha Jane Mcquade says:

    Your a inspiration alycia !!! Your beautiful boy and you are unstoppable now!! Safe travels

  8. Netti Fry says:

    Safe travels

  9. Rachel Winzer Hawes says:

    Good luck on the tour!!!!!

  10. Isaac Burton says:

    Go Lyc! We love you and love your cause!

    Go impact the world ๐Ÿค—

  11. Nicole Quist says:

    Canโ€™t wait to see you in person on tour after following your story for years! I will be attending you tour in Oklahoma!! Safe travels!

  12. Lindsay Skender says:

    You are why I’m the horse woman that I am today!!! Thank you Alycia see you in Florida!

  13. Grant Galvin says:

    Well done Alycia. Enjoy the fruits of your labour over the next couple of years

  14. Karin Sandstrom-Uebergang says:

    Have so much fun in my home country Alycia! You will take the American by storm โ˜บ๏ธ enjoy it, and safe travels

  15. Caroline Guinet-Domain says:

    Felicitations pour ces paroles sincรจres que les jeunes ont besoin d’entendre. Et bravo pour tout ! Si la France vous plaรฎt… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Jaime Vallotton Pronovost says:

    Wow. Iโ€™m so excited you are coming here. You were the only reason why New Zealand was on a bucket list for me. I canโ€™t wait to watch you ride in person.

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  18. Daena Rose says:

    Wishing you all the best Alycia. You are my heroine on horseback

  19. Sharon Hatton says:

    Wishing you and Goldrush a safe journey and enjoy the ride in USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  20. Diane Frazer says:

    Go get them!!!

  21. Veronica Coleman says:

    I’m sorry it has been such nightmare, but it will all be worth it. Its exhausting to have to fight up hill all the time. One day it will be level planes for you all the way. You have more than pay your way.

  22. Rebecca Zahn says:

    You are not only an amazing horsewoman, you are also such an incredible role model!

  23. Isabelle Galvin says:

    proud of you lyc!

  24. Kuy Rider says:


  25. Marie Nath says:

    Have a nice journey to US!!

  26. Susan Hoskins says:

    Thank you for sharing this. We often tend to idolize those in the spotlight. I love that you would rather have the spotlight on your message! Praying for safe arrival and that God would bless this whole endeavor ! ๐Ÿ™

  27. Joshuah Mitchell says:

    Good luck Alycia and may the lord be with you on this huge journey you are about to embark on!

  28. Tammy Schrock says:

    Prayers for you special lady, thank you for sharing and now people can ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป for you, your animals, your family & friends. God Is good, His word is true, and it โ€œWorksโ€ in our lives! ๐ŸŒป

  29. Diane Liza Meyer says:

    Good luck!! Will keep an eye on your posts. Thank you for the message dont give up!!!! Needed to hear that today!!

  30. Jenni Bowman says:

    Safe travels…. good luck on your next adventure

  31. Kiera Saunders says:

    Good luck with everything Alycia!! Youโ€™ve worked your butt off for this ๐Ÿ˜Š my thoughts and prayers will go out to you, Goldrush and Jazz on your flight to the States. Inspire more people and kick butt whilst youโ€™re at it ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  32. Silas Burton says:

    Yeww sis

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