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Vermont Icelandic Inn Ride, Day Two

Thank goodness we had a beautiful day of sunshine today. I spent the day riding with the same group plus a few other riders who joined us in the morning and afternoon. I am now writing at the Mad River Inn, the inn owned by Karen Winhold, who runs the Icelandic Horse Farm and this riding vacation. We just finished a really good and much-needed dinner of Caesar salad, grilled salmon, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, Portobello mushrooms, rice and cheese cake topped with raspberries....

Julie’s Costa Rica Horse Riding Adventure

By Equitrekking Travel's Preferred Travel Agent Julie Snyder Having been an adventure travel agent for many years, it is amazing that I hadn't been to Costa Rica before now, but I hadn't. Now that I have experienced this adventurer's paradise, I really can't believe it took me this long. We had a late flight in, so our host, Esteban, recommended we bunk at Vista del Valle for the night, only twenty minutes from the San Jose Airport.  Twenty minutes......

Travel Deals Bulletin from EquitrekkingTravel.com- April 2010

  Check out these upcoming Equitrekking Travel Equestrian Vacations deals in Ireland, Wyoming, Uruguay and beyond.  Click on the links for more information and to watch videos and view photo galleries. Contact Travel Agent Julie Snyder to book these trips.  Ireland Vacations Ireland’s Famous Ring of Kerry 6 nights Starting $1,643 Departures on Saturdays May 8 - Oct 2 Irish Castles & Monastic Ruins 6 days/ 5 nights First Rider...

Equine Affaire Ohio

Come and meet me at the Columbus, Ohio at the Equine Affaire this week. I'm scheduled to speak and show some stunning high definition video on April 8th at noon on "Equitrekking: The Importance of the Horses in International Cultures" and 2pm on "Exploring the World on Horseback," and Friday, April 9 at 1:00 pm on "Equitrekking: Top 10 Places to Ride Before You Die." You can also stop by and meet me and Julie Snyder, Equitrekking Travel's preferred provider of travel services,...

Easter Horse Celebrations

I have many friends who celebrate having time off for the holidays by going horseback riding. Lots of people take equestrian vacations around this time when many people are off for spring break. Around the world, various cultures celebrate Easter by including horses. In Upper Lusatia in the German state of Saxony on Easter morning Catholic riders in Bautzen and some surrounding towns and villages travel to their local parishes singing songs in the Sorbian language on horseback. Bautzen...

EquitrekkingTravel.com Reading Lists for Travelers

I spent the weekend thinking about books that I've enjoyed and have helped me as I've traveled the world on horseback. I compiled them into a series of Reading Lists under each destination on EquitrekkingTravel.com to help travelers who are preparing for an equestrian vacation.  In preparation for my upcoming trip to Ireland, I'm reading a few books that fellow travelers and horse lovers have recommended to me. I'll be spending 10 days riding...

Hawaii’s Modern Paniolos

An Interview with a Paniolo Hall of Fame Inductee by Equitrekking host Darley Newman Doesn’t being born and raised riding horses on the island of Oahu sound dreamy? That’s what I thought as I listened to Michael “Corky” Bryan tell me about his childhood on Ewa Plantation on Oahu. From a young age, Corky always knew that he wanted to be a cowboy, and his dream came true. He’s been a cowboy his entire life and now rides at one at the Big...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Luau

  So I still have this song in my head from tonight’s luau and festive musical extravaganza, the Gathering of the Kings on the grounds of The Fairmont Orchid. This is quite a production, complete with dancers, torch jugglers, people on stilts and all sorts of acrobatics. It tells the story of the settlement of the islands in Polynesia. I certainly enjoyed it and the music. There was food to taste from Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand and Samoa. I tried lots of different...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Waipio Valley

  To get to Waipi’o Valley, the Valley of the Kings, you have to drive or hike down a VERY steep road into a valley surrounded by high cliffs. 4 WD is essential. Many people hike down into the valley to take in the lush, tropical environment and its black sand beaches. Waipi’o is off the grid, meaning the folks that inhabit this area today live without electricity, phones or sanitation. I rode a Hawaiin horse, the breed of horses found wild in Waipi’o...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Kahua Ranch

  Something that makes the rides at Kahua Ranch different is that if you are an experienced rider, you can ride fast. We’d do a bit of that meeting up with Maile of Na’alapa Stables. Na’alapa Stables, who runs a ride that we will take in Waipi’o Valley, also runs rides here at Kahua Ranch. Kahua Ranch is up at a higher elevation than Parker at 3000 feet above sea level. It’s more hilly and green, but like Parker, it’s a historic working...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Volcanoes National Park

  For our first adventure on the Big Island, we headed from the airport in Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Lots of people venture here to see hot molten lava flowing. We did too, but that lava flows here are unpredictable, so that wasn’t in the cards for us. We did explore the park anyway though by driving and hiking the Chain of Craters Road and Crater Rim Drive. Crater Rim Drive is a nice loop around the summit of the caldera, but I personally liked...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Waimea

Today, we shot some footage around Waimea on the Big Island. This is the farm/ranch area of the Big Island. It's on the Northwestern part of the island and has a great history with giant ranches like Parker Ranch sprawling out over flat and rolling grasslands. We’ll be back to Waimea to film later in the week and to ride at Parker Ranch. We poked around to Holualoa, a funky, artsy town in Kona Coffee country. I enjoyed a Kona Coffee at a local café and explored a...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Outrigger Canoeing

I was out on the open seas today, using a paddle to navigate our long, white outrigger canoe with Umi, a beach boy at the Fairmont Orchid who loves outrigger canoeing. The Fairmont Orchid is a beautiful resort on the Kohala Coast. The waters are clear here. The ocean breeze blows, and it is a paradise with very good banana mango smoothies. It is also not too far from Waipio or Waimea, so a good place to use as a jumping off point to visit both, if you manage to leave the...

Hawaii’s Big Island- Parker Ranch

Parker Ranch is an institution on the Big Island. Karoll of Cowboys of Hawaii took us out to ride a part of the ranch. Touted at one time as the largest privately owned ranch in the United States, Parker Ranch is huge.  The distances here can be deceiving too. Out in the distance, I spotted a cinder cone in front of Mauna Kea, a large mountain. I asked Karoll how long it would take to ride there. She said that though it looked pretty close, it would take a couple of hours. Once...

Winters in Wellington: Horses Galore, But So Much More!

by Emma Perkuhn Any horse person north of the Mason-Dixon line can attest: a cold, snowy winter is no fun. The problem: The bone chilling wind, the feet of snow to shovel, and the antsy horses waiting to kick up their heels. The solution: Wellington, Florida. For a lucky number of riders, trainers, and owners making the yearly trek to the “sunshine state” is well worth the hassle.The equestrian community of Wellington, Florida, lying on the outskirts of West Palm Beach, has...

Russian River Redwoods Ride

by Darley Newman, originally published in Darley's Trail Rider Column in True West Magazine. I can only imagine what the settlers of California’s Russian River must have thought as they stared up at the towering redwood trees. I know I was amazed as I rode in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, beneath redwoods that rose up to the sky the length of a football field, with trunks the width of a truck.  Russian fur traders hunting coastal sea otters first came...

Best of Ireland’s Coast Video

Explore Ireland's Coast in this Equitrekking video clip. Horseback ride the beaches of Donegal, ride by mountains, lakes and stunning Dingle Bay on the Ring of Kerry, step back in time to ancient stone circles at Ravensdale on the Cooley Peninsula and cross the sand bridge to mythical Omey Island. At Ravensdale, you can ride with local Niall Connolly, who was born and raised in Ravensdale. Only an hour from Dublin or Belfast, the Cooley Peninsula is dotted with seaside towns, like...

Best of Irish Countryside Video

Happy St. Patrick's Day! In this Best of the Irish Countryside Equitrekking video compilation, explore a neolithic tomb from a 300-year-old farmhouse An Sibin, ride the grounds of one of Ireland's oldest sporting estates at Mount Juliet, and take an insider's tour of the Irish National Stud. Travel Ireland with Equitrekking! Ireland Travel Deal Alert! SPECIAL DEAL see "Special Departures" at Irish Castle & Monastic Ruins Ride: Second Person gets 50%...

Explore Medieval Carlingford, Ireland Video

Travel to a hidden gem, the medieval town of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula with Emmy winning Equitrekking. Join host Darley Newman to explore the castles and ambience of this town, which is close to Castle Leslie. Also visit the Proleek Dolmen, a giant portal tomb known as the "Giant's Load."

Irish National Stud Video

In honor of St. Patrick's Day this week, we're featuring new Ireland travel video clips all week long with a brand new clip each day, starting with an insider's tour of the Irish National Stud.  Kildare, Ireland is a similiar to Lexington, Kentucky. The rolling green hills here are home to breeding farms including the famous Irish National Stud. The stud farm is home to some of Ireland’s top racehorses, and it’s open to the public.  Believe it or...

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