Joe has rid­den around world

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IF YOU’VE seen a man in a cow­boy hat out­side the Side­walk Cafe in Air­lie Beach, then you’ve seen the side­walk cow­boy.

Joe Guy has rid­den 16,000 miles all around the world – all on horse­back.

He grew up as a street kid in Sydney and started steal­ing cars, do­ing break-ins, drugs, drink­ing and fight­ing.

“I ran away from home when I was 12. I was caught a year later and sent back to school,” he said.

“I was un­e­d­u­cated when I left school at 14. I couldn’t read or write.”

Then at 17 he walked into gym, started train­ing and two years later, his grand jour­ney be­gan.

Along the 6500 miles he would ride across Aus­tralia, Joe picked up a gui­tar and taught him­self to sing, write and play. He even­tu­ally got into street per­form­ing, club pro­mo­tion, spruik- ing and then he found his true call­ing.

“I have a gift with horses and fix­ing prob­lem horses.

Last year he landed in Air­lie Beach and said all he re­ally wanted to do was give back.

“I try and share my story be­cause I was a street kid and ran away from home. I turned my life around with mu­sic but re­ally the gym saved my life. Once I started train­ing I turned my life around,” he said.

THAT GUY: Joe Guy.

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