‘Truly the best five days of my life!’ – that’s how Kate Stanbury summed up her debut Globetrotting holiday, The Margaret River Ride in Western Australia! And THAT is why we love our job. Nothing brings us more joy than receiving feedback like this, knowing that we’ve helped someone create memories that they will treasure forever. So of course, we had to share Kate’s whole feedback form with you all! Check it out below – and maybe open the Margaret River ride page in a new tab in case you need to click ‘book’ before you finish reading!
Were there any stand-out experiences (good or bad) with the accommodation and meals that you would like to mention?
The food that was cooked by Sally, Keith and Alex for us was beyond my expectations – there was always plenty of food to go around and it was of exceptional quality. The accommodation was wonderful. It can get quite cool in the evenings in Margaret River, but we were provided with beautiful linen and blankets that were toasty warm, and the tents themselves were spacious and very clean.
Were you happy with the horse/s that you rode?
I rode George for most of the trip and he was absolutely perfectly suited to me and my abilities. He was kind and gentle, and was always willing to go forward when asked. He was extremely responsive and yet didn’t shy, even when other horses were upset. He has beautiful movement, and listened to my instructions.
Were you happy with the standard of tack on the ride?
This was the first time I’d ridden in a stock saddle and I’m never going back to English again! So comfy!
Did you have a favourite day or experience while on your Globetrotting holiday?
My stand out experience was the beach ride on the last day. It was unforgettable, riding along Wonnerup Beach past the crystal clear, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We got to gallop the horses back down the beach, which was exhilarating, before taking their tack off and going for a swim with them! I’ve never swum with horses before, and it was an experience I will treasure forever.
In respect to your guides, were you happy with their level of service, knowledge of the environment and hospitality?
Paul, Chelesa, Caitlin, Jamie, and all of the other girls who came out with us on various days were absolutely wonderful. They were all fantastic riders who were more than happy to give instruction if asked, and were very skilled at riding with such a large group. They all knew exactly what they were doing, where they were going, and could quickly change things around if something wasn’t working. They were all very chatty on the rides, talking about the environment and bush itself, where we were going, and general conversation. Paul and Fiona were the most generous and friendly hosts – they had dinner with us every night, had wonderful conversation, and were genuinely interested in what we did (outside of riding) and all of our horsey stories. Fiona was also a great mother hen, checking in with everyone to make sure they were getting on okay and helping out as needed.
In terms of value-for-money, how would you rate this particular ride?
I think this was a very good ride in terms of value for money. Everything (food, alcohol to your heart’s content, accommodation, outings, extra activities) was provided, along with an incredible horse riding adventure, with fantastically educated and skilled horses and four guides for every ride so that the group could be split as necessary. I didn’t have to spend a cent whilst I was there, and I don’t think you could achieve such an experience on your own without going way over the ride price.
Are there any other services or inclusions you would like to see added to this itinerary?
I honestly think that the ride and the experience was perfect!
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The Margaret River Ride was truly the best five days of my life! We had the most amazing time riding through the WA bush, seeing blooming wildflowers and mobs of kangaroos, all atop our wonderfully educated horses. I rode George, who was an absolute sweetie. He was kind and gentle, reliable and always willing to go forward when needed, and was perfectly suited to me. Paul and Fiona were the most amazing hosts, looking after each and every one us, entertaining us with stories, and making sure everyone was having a great time. We had delicious home-cooked food every day, extra non-horsey activites each evening (chocolate decorating and the cocktail evening were highlights!), and warm and cosy accommodation. The most unforgettable experience was riding George at Wonnerup Beach, in the crystal clear, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We got to canter down the beach with the wind at our backs under a perfect blue sky, before untacking and taking the horses swimming, which was an experience I’ll treasure forever. If you want to really experience WA and its stunning southwest, then I would highly recommend The Margaret River Ride – it has something for everyone!
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