Joe has ridden around world
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.