Quarter Horses Star in 'Long Ride Home'
Filipe Masetti Leite shares 10,000 miles of adventures from Canada to Brazil in his new book, soon to be a major motion picture.
By Tara Matsler, managing editor of AQHA's Performance Horse Journal | July 2, 2018
It’s a story fit for the big screen or at the very least, a page-turning book. Good news for horse lovers everywhere – it’s on track to be both!
- The Setting: the 2012 Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.
- The Characters: Brazilian-turned-Canadian cowboy journalist Filipe Masetti Leite and his two American Quarter Horses, Frenchmans Tru Angel and Going Perry.
- The Quest: 10,000 miles and 800 days in the saddle, traversing the wilds of North, Central and South America, encountering drug cartels, mass migration, the glorious wilderness, the old cowboy ways, the kindness of strangers and the powerful connection between man and beast.
On July 8, 2012, Filipe and his two Quarters Horses headed out from the Calgary Stampede, headed for his home in Sao Paolo Brazil. The second-generation cowboy rode through 12 countries, living out a lifelong dream passed down from his father and inspired by Aime Tschiffelly’s 1925 ride from Argentina to Washington D.C.
Naturally, the journalist captured his adventures in a book, which is now available on Amazon: “Long Ride Home: Guts, Guns and Grizzlies, 800 Days Through the Americas in a Saddle.” Those with a Kindle Unlimited subscription can read the book for free.
The adventure with two Quarter Horses is also about to become a movie.
"Frenchie" (Frenchmans Tru Angel) looks on as Filipe signs the movie contract at his ranch in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
As Filipe’s odyssey concluded in 2014 at his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it’s only fitting that a giant statue of Filipe and his horses now stands at the Barretos Rodeo in Sao Paulo, the largest rodeo in South America.
The statue depicts Filipe riding “Bruiser” (Going Perry), and loose beside him is “Frenchie” (Frenchmans Tru Angel) while “Dude,” a Mustang Filipe acquired in New Mexico, wears a pack saddle.
Going Perry is a 2007 sorrel gelding by Top Perry and out of Going Merri by Merridoc. Bred by Klein and Karen Gilhousen, Bruiser was loaned to Filipe by owners Copper Spring Ranch of Bozeman, Montana.
Frenchmans Tru Angel is a 2003 palomino gelding by Frenchmans Angel and out of Ja Tru Blaze by Tru Rock Ace. He was bred by Charlie Hyde of Lakeside, California. Frenchie was on loan from AQHA First Vice President Stan Weaver, an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Stan Weaver from Big Sandy, Montana.