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Meet Your Host of the Mexico Horse Vacation

Get to know your host of the Mexico Horse Vacation, Lucia Guiterrez de Schravesande, and try her tasty guacamole recipe!  I hear that food is a big part of any trip to Mexico, especially for travelers who take your Cooking Fiesta Ride. Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share with our readers? Lucia: Yes!  Mexican food is a big part of any trip to Mexico. Mexican food is the result of the blending of two cultures, the Pre-Colombian and the...

Meet Your Host: Debbie’s Take on Owning a Ranch

By Debbie Eggleston, Owner of a working ranch in New Mexico So, You Want to Own Your Own Ranch! You've vacationed at a few different dude ranches, working cattle guest ranches or maybe even a ranch resort complete with a spa. You're back at your desk in the "real world", but when you stare out your office window, instead of seeing buildings, traffic and masses of people, you find yourself dreaming of sitting astride your own horse, rounding up your own cattle using the...

Meet Your Host: Uruguayan Outfitter Paola Perelli

Paola Perelli combined her passions for travel with her love of her native country, Uruguay, to create her dream job, running a travel tour company that leads riders on horseback riding vacations through the beaches and to varied estancias in Uruguay. As a child, Paola had the opportunity to travel and continued as an adult to seek out authentic travel experiences, often in off the beaten track locations. If you take Uruguay's Beach & Coastal Trail Vacation, you may meet...

Fox Hunts, Harvest Classics and Fall Colors

This fall, trot off to Ireland, Utah, North Carolina, Vermont or Alberta to view the changing leaves from on horseback, attend a world-class equestrian event or the longtime tradition of participating in an Irish Hunt. The follow are upcoming fall and winter equestrian vacations that incorporate the spirit of the seasons. Irish Hunts Fox Hunt in Ireland at Mount Juliet- 3 night package starts $1,419.50 Oct- Feb There are Hunts available every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and...

Uruguay Guardia Del Monte Estancia

We traveled to Guardia Del Monte, a historic estancia in Rocha owned by Alicia Fernandez. The estancia is over 100 years old. Surrounded by marshland, interesting Ombú trees and palm trees, it seemed like a nice setting, though we mainly rode right around the ranch because of the rain. Today we had a lot of rain, so didn’t get to do much riding. That’s the problem with filming a show like ours, where you are always outside. The weather does dictate what you can do....

Uruguay’s Pirates Beach in Rocha

  Having grown up in a beach area in South Carolina, I am always keen on visiting beaches around the world. Uruguay has some famous beach areas like Punta del Este, popular with Argentineans, and also some really nice natural beach areas like in Rocha, where we are horseback riding. When I imagined the gauchos of Uruguay, I didn’t imagine that I would see them on the beach. Sure enough, Alexander, whose well-trained horses we were riding today, rode with me and Lares...

Mountain Equestrian Vacations

Horses are a great way to get off the beaten path and experience our natural world, especially in mountainous areas, where the terrain is sometimes best suited to horses. Exploring the mountains is sometimes challenging, but the rewards- the fresh air, beautiful surroundings and the fact that you get to ride there—are worth it! Mountain Riding Tip: Remember to dress or pack layers when riding in the mountains, as the weather can change quickly. For cooler weather rides,...

Vermont Summer Festival

The Vermont Summer Festival is back with six week of horse events in East Dorset, only about an hour from the Mountain Top Inn and two hours and twenty minutes from the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm. On my visit to Vermont to film for Equitrekking Vermont, part of Equitrekking's first season, I was able to combine riding at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden and Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm in Waitsfield with a trip to the Vermont Summer Festival and University of Vermont...

Ireland- Castle Leslie

  by Equitrekking host Darley Newman Julie and I arrived to Castle Leslie in the rain, not a huge surprise for Ireland. Our GPS had taken us on a roundabout route so we didn’t enter the estate through the main gate, but through the entrance beside the equestrian center. We parked the car outside of the main entrance to the imposing limestone castle and hurried towards the large wooden doors. Candles illuminated the main foyer, where a grand fire...

Spain- Dressage on Andalusians

by Equitrekking host Darley Newman As I watched Napoleon, a beautiful white Andalusian, prancing around, agitated at having to stand for a moment, I felt sure that this was not the horse that I would be riding for my dressage lesson. It was. Vivi Garcia, who has been studying dressage her entire life, including four years at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez under Olympic medalist Rafael Soto, asked me if I wanted to ride Napoleon and feel the piaffe and...

Turkey- Guzelyurt & Underground Cities

by Equitrekking host Darley Newman Güzelyurt is a village in Cappadocia in Central Turkey, which has not been totally discovered by tourists or the modern world, allowing travelers who do make it here to see Turks living a traditional lifestyle. Traveling through the village on a Cappadocia horseback riding vacation, I felt more in touch with the people, many of whom were traveling on their donkeys. Everywhere that we went, we were invited into people’s homes and...

Jump Cross and Le Trec at Ravensdale Lodge in July and August

Ravensdale Lodge in Ireland, hosts of the popular Medieval Village Trek, will host a series of Jump Cross and Le Trec dates throughout July and August at their popular North Louth equestrian center, which holds regular registered and unaffiliated shows as well as a one-day event for Eventing Ireland. This is an exciting opportunity for Equitrekking Travel Ireland visitors to be spectators at these exciting events on their equestrian vacations in Ireland. The events combine the...

37th Annual Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmys

by Equitrekking host Darley Newman On Friday night, Equitrekking was honored with a third Daytime Emmy nomination at the 37th Annual Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmy Awards gala in the California Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. All dressed up for the black tie affair, Executive Producer Chip Ward and I mingled with fellow nominees including soap and reality stars and music producers before heading to the event to take...

Ireland- Clonshire Training & Adare Village

by Equitrekking host Darley Newman The last time I visited Clonshire, we were filming a pilot episode for Equitrekking. I was really excited to head back on my recent trip to Ireland and see how it had changed. Equitrekking Travel’s preferred travel agent, visited Clonshire with me en route to the Ring of Kerry, two good equestrian vacations to consider combining if you want to experience training in the horsey area of Adare with Kerry’s spectacular...

Ireland- Galway & Clare Riding Adventures

  Julie and I arrived for the Galway County Clare Riding Adventure at An Sibin in time to get in a brisk walk. This is my second visit to An Sibin and I was excited to see that the neighbors still have their collection of gnomes and other decorative artifacts just down the road. Nicola told me that the neighbor is an older farmer, who has them out as a sort of conversation starter for the travelers who visit An Sibin. When we filmed at An Sibin before, we thought...

Maui- Sunset Ride in West Maui

by Melissa Sowers, a Maui resident and equestrian A beautiful afternoon, horses, and an up and coming sunset on Maui couldn't make for a better end of the day! On Maui's West side, two miles above the town of Napili, Ironwood Ranch is a beautiful trail ride facility located less than 10 minutes from most hotels and condos on the very popular West End of Maui. If you're looking for a trail ride close to your resort, this is the ride to enjoy!  The horses are...

New Ireland Equestrian Vacation Destinations

by: Darley Newman After our recent Ireland trip, where Equitrekking Travel's preferred agent Julie Snyder and I were able to ride once again at every destination we feature and more, we've added a few new Irish equestrian vacations to EquitrekkingTravel.com. We are excited to introduce an equestrian's paradise at Castle Leslie. There are over 300 cross country jumps, an indoor arena, mechanical horse to work your riding muscles and correct your form, beautiful, regal...

Irish Castles & Equestrian Vacations on the Radio

  By: Equitrekking host Darley Newman I had the pleasure of talking Irish castles and equestrian vacations with Glenn the Geek on the new Tack & Habit Radio Show, which has just been released! If you're reading this blog, you know that I was recently in Ireland for a third visit and was able to ride all over the country with old friends and new ones. We were scouting for great Irish equestrian vacations for EquitrekkingTravel.com, which we launched in...

Alberta- Banff Pack Trip Video

It’s about a three-hour ride over varied terrain through Banff National Park to reach Mystic Camp. I’m riding Tumbleweed, a mountain-tough quarter horse whose trot is surprisingly smooth, for my Equitrekking Travel Pack Trip info Banff National Park. Barry, our guide, is riding his mule named Sharon Stone. He says she’s got a real attitude. She certainly doesn’t get along perfectly with my horse Tumbleweed, who whinnies and shakes every time Barry and I ride...

Costa Rica- Arenal Volcano & Beaches

by: Equitrekking host Darley Newman   Monica, our local Costa Rica horseback riding vacation guide, and her brother Sebastian and I rode at the base of the very active Arenal volcano. We rode through rolling farmland dotted with cattle, which would feel the heat if Arenal were to have a major eruption. To ride here, is to ride in the danger zone and a geological wonderland. Near the base, we rode through rich, green pastures up to a high point to take in Arenal Lake on...

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