ABOUT US

IN A NUTSHELL

I started Globetrotting a bit over a decade ago, thanks to a quarter-life crisis. You see, I had turned 25 and went on a 10-day horse riding safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, where my mind was blown by witnessing the wildebeest migration astride a safari horse. It was THIS crazy, colourful, life-changing experience that led me to step away from my business (Salt magazine), my boyfriend (now husband – thankfully Steven is a very patient man), mortgage and flee to a remote 100,000 acre estancia in Patagonia only accessible via horse.

For the next nine months I jumped from saddle to saddle, driven by an unquenchable thirst to explore horse cultures in South America and Africa. When I finally returned home, Globetrotting took form alongside my business at the time, Salt magazine.

You see, I fell in love with this form of travel – Globetrotting – where the pace is slower and the experience richer.

Rather than travelling in a tour bus (conveyor-belt travel, I like to call it), when you’re astride a horse, you climb under the skin of a country, absorbing every nuance it has to offer.

I knew it was the only way for me to travel, and I was determined to share this passion with other horse folk and I have.

This is a true calling for me.

I get so much satisfaction from sending Globetrotters on their own horse riding holiday, learning of the joy they get from building a bond with their horse and having their eyes widened and hearts filled to overflowing by their experience. It makes me smile inside.

Globetrotters see places, encounter cultures and meet people revealed only to those willing to travel off the beaten track on the back of a horse. They see the world through a horse’s eyes and ears, and discover travel that is slower and more enriching**.

Now more about the rides, we believe the rides featured in our colourful portfolio are the bees’ knees of horse riding safaris globally and each is unique. But they all feature intelligent horses, cultural spice, shifting and challenging landscapes, colourful characters, gobsmacking foreign wildlife and a pinch (ok, sometimes it is a handful) of adrenalin. They are remarkable horse properties run by passionate people who truly understand what horse people look for in a riding holiday.

Please note that we specialise in these countries because we know them inside and out. Because we are still afflicted with wanderlust, the country list continues to grow. While we have formed close relationships with the hosts who offer the horse rides, we also remain independent and will give you honest and impartial advice about which ride will suit you best. Since we don’t run the horse rides ourselves, we’re free to share an unbiased, genuine opinion of each.

We can also book flights, travel insurance that covers horse riding, visas, accommodation and suggest itineraries for before or after your horse riding holiday.

So that’s us. We just love what we do.

And whether a horse riding holiday is on the radar for the end of the year or in a decade, we don’t mind! We hope our website will feed your wanderlust, inspiring you to take the leap and become a Globetrotter.

When that day comes, we will welcome you warmly.

Kate Pilcher
Founder & Guide of Globetrotting

** Warning: highly addictive. Apply at your own risk.

VIEW ALL RIDES

GLOBETROTTING IS A TRAVEL AGENCY DEVOTED TO HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL HORSE EXPERIENCES THE WORLD OVER. WE HAVE PERSONALLY TESTED EVERY RIDE WE OFFER, ENABLING US TO MATCH RIDES WITH RIDERS’ ABILITIES AND BUDGETS. YOU WON’T FIND THE SAME RIDING HOLIDAY AT A LOWER PRICE THROUGH ANOTHER AGENCY OR DIRECT WITH THE SUPPLIER: THIS WE SWEAR. BUT IF YOU DO, WE WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE – HOW IS THAT FOR PEACE OF MIND?

98% OF GLOBETROTTERS WOULD RECOMMEND THEIR RIDE TO A FRIEND.

ONE IN FOUR GLOBETROTTERS WILL BOOK A REBOUND RIDE WITHIN 12 MONTHS.

99% OF GLOBETROTTERS WOULD BOOK WITH GLOBETROTTING AGAIN.

MEET OUR TEAM

  • KATE PILCHER

    our founder, has been roaming the globe on horseback for a third of her life. Before Globetrotting was born, she worked as a horse-riding guide in Kenya and Argentina, and speaks conversational Kiswahili and Spanish. She has an intimate knowledge of the destinations in the Globetrotting portfolio. Globetrotting is Kate’s life calling and she is passionate about sharing this mode of travel.

  • STEVEN PILCHER

    began his Globetrotting career in Kenya and has since notched up countless rides from Iceland to Morocco. Steven learnt to ride as a child on the dusty plains of Nindigully in western Queensland. When Steven isn’t in the saddle he’s trigger-finger-ready to capture the amazingness of rides via camera and drone. He sometimes does all this while also wrangling three spirited daughters.

  • LAURA RAE

    is the jewel in our Globetrotting crown! We discovered Laura through an internship in 2016 where she opted to learn the Globetrotting ropes with a trip around Canada and America. Laura grew up on a sheep property near Mudgee in country New South Wales and has been closely connected to equines her entire life. She rides like a BOSS, she’s a 3* eventer and connects with ALL of our globetrotters. We’re super proud to have her in our GT family and she’s an expert at finding your perfect-match riding holiday.

  • ROWENA EDWARDS

    is our resident wordsmith, a lifelong horse lover who completed her first Globetrotting holiday in Mongolia. Jump forward a year and she still hadn’t made it back home to Australia, but had won herself a place on the Globetrotting team, working from France, Ireland, Morocco and Greece. Rowena learned to ride among the vineyards and along the quiet country roads that criss-cross the Clare Valley in South Australia. She loves creating content that inspires Globetrotters to ride high.

  • ANGUS JOHNS

    became addicted to horse riding holidays after a ten-day ride through the Maasai Mara in Kenya a decade ago. Since then he has Globetrotted to far-flung destinations including Namibia, Brazil, Botswana, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Before becoming a GT guide, he spent years travelling as a riding guest so understands what Globetrotting clienst want and need.

  • MARTA BONZANINI

    fell in love with everything Globetrotting stands for after joining the Glenorchy Back Country ride in New Zealand in 2017. She has a bit of everything within: she was born in Italy, and has lived in Germany, Ireland and now Australia. Not only that, she speaks Italian, Spanish and German. Marta started riding properly at age 19, taking western-style riding lessons in Italy. She is also our digital marketing and social media advertising guru. That is impressive in any language.

  • SARINA VELIZ

    joined the Globetrotting team in 2016 after going on rides with us in the High Country, Victoria and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Sarina had a passion for horses from a very early age. Every book, drawing project, game and collectible object had a horse theme. The opportunity to combine her passion for travel, horses and video editing was a dream realised. Combing through days of incredible location shoots and painstakingly creating final films that match the Globetrotting vision is Sarina’s passion.

  • REBECCA DIBBS

    has worked in the travel industry since she was 19 and is passionate about travel, any style! She has travelled by rail, boat, car, bus (even on the Concorde once!) but never by horse. So when the chance arose to partner with Globetrotting, she jumped at this unique way of exploring the world. She loves to plan people’s dream holidays and loves to hear travel stories.

NO-TROUBLE TRAVEL

Globetrotting takes care of all your riding holiday travel arrangements. We work with our personal travel agent, Rebecca Dibbs, who will take the guess work and headache out of organising your trip. You name it, she can do it: from booking flights that connect so that you’ll arrive at your ride destination on time, to hooking you up with hotels to stay in before and after your ride, she is a whiz. She can give you visa advice and arrange travel insurance (super important) that specifically specialises in horse riding. Globetrotting takes care of it all and we’ll make sure you’re in good hands door-to-door.