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Costa Rica Cabalgata

As an elderly woman whizzed by me, galloping at an alarming pace in her black dress pants and high-heeled patent leather shoes, I gripped by reins and giggled. She was delicately balancing a purse on her forearm, not exactly riding attire. My horse Perla, the perfect “bomb proof” mount, was fearless amid the motorcycles, trucks blasting Latin rhythms and hundreds of people rowdily riding on horseback. I was trekking through farms and forests outside of the small town of Los...

Virginia Hunt Country- Marriott Ranch

By: Rich Van Haste Ask your average American to picture a ranch and they will likely recall wide-open spaces somewhere out west, far from northeastern cities. Certainly that vision holds more than a grain of truth. But veteran travelers know that once you escape Boston, New York, or Washington DC and their respective halos of suburbs one is confronted by rural spaces inside of an hour's drive. Places we now consider to be well within the sphere of back east, were the edge of...

Equitrekking Wins Daytime Emmy Award

Equitrekking, the high definition Public Television travel series that explores the world on horseback, has been honored with a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography. Darley Newman, Equitrekking’s host and producer, Chip Ward, Executive Producer, and Gregory Barna, Director of Photography, were honored with the Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Black Tie Ceremony in Los Angeles, California. Equitrekking was also honored with a nomination for a Daytime...

Utah Wild Horse Safari

One of the reasons I love discovering a new place on horseback is that I feel like a modern day explorer. I like to learn that insider’s information that only a local can provide and bring that home to share with my friends and family. On a ride Capitol Reef National Park in Utah during the filming of our Equitrekking Utah episode, I was able to ride with an outfitter who is a horse lover and history buff, a great combination for a guide. I caught up with her recently to hear more...

Equitrekking Travel Trivia

Nex Mexico Before he brought the Double E, owner Alan Eggleston was an airline pilot, and before that, a surfer. Before traveling New Mexico to ride, Equitrekking host Darley Newman was told by her uncle, “Don’t spend too much time out West. You might not want to leave.” This proved to be true. Darley was reminded of her uncle when she walked into her cabin at the Double E Ranch. Hanging on the wall was the very same painting by Bev Doolittle, the famous Western...

Equitrekking Travel Sample Packing List

by: Darley Newman Wherever you’re headed to ride, here are some items to consider bringing along. I've found them helpful as I've traveled around the world horseback riding. - Riding boots- If you don’t own boots made specifically for riding, boots with a hard sole and about a 1 to 1.5 inch heel will work. You don’t want anything to chunky. The heel is so that your foot doesn’t slide through the stirrups and get caught. It's a safety thing. Beware...

Travel Tip- Equestrian Vacation Options

When researching different options for your riding vacation, begin narrowing you're your choices by thinking about what type of vacation you are seeking. Are looking for an American ranch, an exotic, international safari or a relaxing spa escape that allows you to ride as much or little as you choose? Geography and pricing will help you narrow your scope, as will the other members of your travel group. * Training Trip A training trip is a great way to improve your riding skills...

Travel Tip- Pairing Up With the Right Horse

Taking a horseback riding vacation? Ever thought about the horse you’ll be riding? Horses have different personalities, skills and physiques, just like people. You’ll want to convey specific information about yourself and your riding level in order to get paired up with the right horse on your next adventure. Ask Questions Relay your skill level, height and weight to the stable manager and above all, be truthful. You don’t want to claim John Wayne skills if...

Ireland- County Clare Peat and Dolmens

We arrived at An Sibin in time to sit by a warm turf fire before dinner was served. There were a variety of other guests from France, the U.S. and Canada staying and riding at An Sibin’s 300 year-old farmhouse near the River Shannon. I sat by the fire, casually reading, but also starring at the variety of rural antiques decorating the room. Nicola and her partner Bertie have restored the farmhouse, picking out everything themselves. It does have a fairy tale like setting, nestled...

Equitrekking Bloopers Video

When you're filming a travel television series on horseback, things don't always go as planned. Here's a look at some bloopers from Equitrekking on Public Television.

Welsh Cob Stud Farm

Ifor Lloyd’s family has been breeding Welsh Cobs for generations. We visited his stud farm, Derwen International Welsh Cob Centre in Ceredigion. There is a nice museum with old photos of his family’s endeavors, as well as artifacts that tell the story of the Welsh Cob’s evolution. Ifor had some of his riders bring out two stallions and a mare. The riders and their horses pranced around a nearby field. These horses moved very well. They had big, beautiful expressive...

Spain- Dressage Vacation

As I watched Napoleon, a beautiful white Andalusian, neighing and pawing the ground and prancing around, agitated at having to stand for a minute, I felt sure that this was not the horse that I would be riding for my dressage lesson at Epona, a riding center outside of Seville that specializes in dressage training. With my hunter jumper training, I have learned a little about dressage, but nothing that would prepare me to ride a highly trained, highly sensitive horse and actually cue him...

Costa Rica- Arenal Volcano

Today Monica and Sebastian, my guides for my Costa Rica adventure and I rode at the base of the very active Arenal volcano. We rode through rolling farmland dotted with cattle, who would feel the heat if Arenal were to have a major eruption. The area is pretty developed as a tourist attraction with hot springs, which we would visit, hotels, shops and even a Burger King. We stuck to the natural side of visiting the volcano, by riding around its base and then hitting the hot springs. To...

Colorado Ranch Vacation- Cattle 101

One group had pushed about 15 cows from an upper meadow down to a paddock, so that we could all get acquainted. I have done a little cattle work before, of course, not on Aspen, and not playing some of the games that I was about to learn. Our group of eight split into two groups of four for the first game. I was riding with a husband and wife couple from California and a Scottish man, who looks a little like Liam Neeson. We named our team Steer N Push and were ready to take on the...

Colorado Ranch Vacation Vallecito Lake

Today on our http://www.equitrekkingtravel.com/index.php/destinations/view/colorado_ranch_vacation/">Colorado ranch vacation, we headed out with Erika, Gene and Jan's daughter, on the Lake Lookout ride. I was back on Aspen, and looked forward to heading into the forest to explore. The nice thing about riding in this area is that though it is mountainous, the trails lead through the woods and to open meadows, where you can do some faster riding. You get the best of the mountains and...

Colorado Ranch Horse Ride

The Colorado Dude Ranch is located about a half hour outside of downtown Durango in Southern Colorado. This is family run ranch offers horseback riding for all levels of riders. We all split into groups based on our riding ability. Choosing a group above or below your riding level doesn't lock you in for the week. Riders could move from one group to another depending on their comfort level. If they excel during the week and feel comfortable enough, they can move up to a...

Alberta- Canadian Rockies Ride

We are in the car driving to Banff, after riding about 20 miles today, which may not seem like a lot to you, but it is when you’re doing it through varied elevations, rain, wind, hail and sun, while filming in high definition with a film crew on horseback. It’s quite a feat. It was certainly worth it, as the scenery was spectacular. We left this morning well fueled for the trip. Beverly, at Idle Spurs B & B cooked us homemade Eggs Benedict, berry muffins, fresh...

Alaska- Kenai Fjords National Park

The best way to see the Kenai Fjords National Park and view wildlife is on a boat tour, as much of its rugged terrain and glaciers are inaccessible in any other way. Eric, the captain of the boat we took, motored us out for a day at sea, where we saw some truly amazing wildlife. Most of the boat tours take the good part of a day, so you want to be prepared just in case the seas get rough. I took motion sickness medication just in case, since I do spend most of my life on land. The...

Ireland- Driving the Ring of Kerry

Today we drove part of the Ring of Kerry, a popular scenic driving route on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, before tomorrow's horse ride along the Ring of Kerry. We started off our drive in the town of Killarney. It’s touristy, but a good jumping off point, because there are lots of good restaurants, pubs and places to stay. We’re staying in Foley's Townhouse right in the center of town. We had the typical big Irish breakfast before we began our...

Ireland- Ring of Kerry Part 2

After lunch, we continued our trek up towards Windy Gap with Aoife of Killarnry Riding Stables. The spot where we were riding was the picturesque spot that a multitude of tour buses below were looking up at. Let me tell you, the best views are not from a tour bus looking AT the scenery. The best viewes were from where we were, up on the trails in the mountains. The ride up to Windy Gap got increasingly cold and, well, windy. It was good to be on horseback, as we headed up a...

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