Author(s): Alwyn Torenbeek
'It doesn't matter if there are four thousand people watching or just four - you're a horseman, roughrider, entertainer. At that moment, rodeo has you bitten and it doesn't let you go. You just want another ride. I remember them all and how it all started.' Alywn Torenbeek's - the Kokotunga Kid - left his outback hometown at fourteen, looking for adventure. He took with him a bushman's spirit, an uncanny natural ability for horseriding and a determination to succeed. By the time he was 21, he was a national and international rodeo champion. When fate put an end to his roughriding career, Alwyn went on to be a stockman, drover and station manager. A devoted family man, he was encouraged to take up endurance riding by his great friend, the legendary R.M. Williams, and is still competing more than four decades later. A riveting tale of adventure, romance, tradegy and mateship. Alwyn's story is also a tribute to the outback and the characters who make it special. From Winton to Wanganui, this is the ride of a lifetime. 'A non-stop adventure and an amazing insight into a by-gone era.' Queensland Times
Alwyn Torenbeek grew up near the tiny Central Queensland town of Kokotunga, dreaming of riding wild horses and becoming a rodeo champion. He started his rodeo career at 14 and by 21 he was the Australian bronco-riding champion. His life on horseback includes droving cattle, contract mustering, station management work and establishing stockmanship schools for underprivileged youth. He took up endurance riding in 1967 and has several prestigious Quilty Endurance Riding buckles to his name. Alwyn is an inductee of the Rodeo, Stockman's and Equestrian Halls of Fame. Now in his mid-seventies, he lives near Rockhampton and is still a competitive endurance rider.