Adventurer, historian, horseman, Barry Armitage returned to South Africa after almost 15 years wandering the globe as a professional sailor, infected with an unquenchable wanderlust and appetite for adventure. Passionate about both horses and South African history, Barry created the concept of The Ride: a reality television series retracing epic horseback journeys that shaped history. The first of three series aired in South africa in 2010 and have since screened in over 20 countries around the world.
Five years later and after thousands of kilometres journeying on horseback Barry has developed the skills and the equipment that allow The Ride to deliver some of the longest, toughest horseback expeditions on the planet in the most diverse terrains imaginable.
Restless, curious and daring, Barry is always looking to push the limits of what is possible and the endeavours of The Ride express this in every way. Barry’s life between adventures consists of constant reading, historical research and route planning, and a rigorous fitness regime including boxing, cycling and riding that set the tone for the demanding nature of these horseback expeditions. By the end of a journey you will be referring to him familiarly as ‘Baz’, despite having been shouted at a fair bit for either dawdling or going too fast, depending on what mood he’s in. But this is all in good humour and most people seem not to mind. He must be doing something right because people keep coming back for more!