Ercihan Dilari

Caroline Finkel

Caroline Finkel is an Ottoman historian of Scottish origin who has lived in Istanbul for some 30 years. She spent school holidays riding her pony on the sheepfarm where she grew up, and after 40 years, she again took up riding for the Evliya Çelebi Way project—of which she is co-founder and historical adviser, and co-author of the Evliya Çelebi Way guidebook. She has also written an updated guidebook (in English and Turkish) for the sections of the Way in İnegöl province.

Caroline’s history of the Ottoman empire—Osman’s Dream—has been published in several languages including Turkish. She is co-founder of the HikingIstanbul project of 20km day-hikes in Istanbul’s hinterland, and currently writing the historical chapters of the HikingIstanbul guidebook. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a co-founder and board member of the Culture Routes in Turkey long-distance hiking society where, inter alia, she tries to keep abreast of the rapid change along the Evliya Çelebi Way.

Donna Landry

Donna Landry is Emeritus Professor of the University of Kent (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society; she has been visiting professor at Bosphorus University (Istanbul). With Ercihan Dilari, Caroline Finkel and Gerald MacLean (‘Mac’), Donna is one of the planners and founding members of the ‘Evliya Çelebi Way’ project (http://kent.ac.uk/english/evliya
/index.html
) leading to Turkey’s first equestrian UNESCO-approved cultural route. With Caroline Finkel and Kate Clow, she co-authored the guidebook, The Evliya Çelebi Way (2011), contributing the equestrian sections. The author of Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English Culture (2009) (Turkish translation: Asil Hayvanlar, trans. Sinan Akıllı [İstanbul: E Yayınları, 2015], Donna has ridden since she was a child and showed Arabian horses as a teenager. With Mac, she spent summers during the 1990s taking visitors riding on Dartmoor for the fabled Skaigh Stables of Belstone. She rides as often as she can on Dartmoor, and with Ercihan, and is looking forward to the tenth-anniversary 2019 Evliya Çelebi Ride from Simav towards Manisa and Izmir.

Gerald MacLean

Gerald MacLean (‘Mac’) is Emeritus Professor of the University of Exeter (UK), and has been visiting professor at Bosphorus University (Istanbul) and Bilkent University (Ankara). The author of several books on Ottoman and Turkish history, including The Rise of Oriental Travel: English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire (2004), Mac trained with the British Horse Society at Wellington Riding (Hampshire, UK) and, with Donna Landry, spent summers during the 1990s taking visitors riding on Dartmoor for the fabled Skaigh Stables of Belstone.  With Ercihan Dilari, Caroline Finkel, and Donna Landry, he is a founding member of the The Evliya Çelebi Way Project, rides as often as he can with Ercihan, and is looking forward to the 2019 tenth-anniversary Evliya Çelebi ride from Simav towards Manisa and Izmir.

Tuğrul Avcı

Tuğrul is a constant student of economics who admire human intelligence and imagination (in total, choices) that form economic relations. After his initial training in horseback riding in jumping and dressage with up to the Olympic riders in the USA, Tuğrul continues his riding career in endurance in Turkey as a licensed rider of the Turkish Equestrian Federation. Tuğrul was one of the local representatives of Evliya Çelebi Way Project that received financial support from the EU, and still works for the development of new horse trails. As a part of an ancient Turkish tradition (having a wife, a horse, and a bow), Tuğrul recently picked up traditional Turkish archery with the intention to compete in horseback archery. Tuğrul again feels himself lucky to have received his initial training from worldwide known archers. Tuğrul aims to learn to shoot to any direction (to the back, as well) on horseback at full gallop with pinpoint accuracy that provided a huge comparative advantage in history to Turkish archers against enemies. Still looking for the wife, though! 🙂

Songül Akelma

She graduated from University of Eskişehir Anadolu from History of art and Archeology departments.

She lives at Eskişehir. She took part in many archaeological excavations and projects and still does takes part. She met with Akhal Teke family with her documentarial project called ‘’Lets ride – Land marks of Evliya Çelebi in Anatolia’’. The project is still being improved and the studies are still not finished.

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