First Time Globetrotter – Christine Kerr

In the spotlight

globetrotter testimonialI think it’s safe to say globetrotter, Christine Kerr, is horse mad! After all, when she married her husband she made it very clear he was marrying both Christine AND her horse. We caught up with Christine to discover what made her take the plunge and come globetrotting.

What is your day job?

Retired

How have horses influenced or changed your life?   

I have always loved horses. I didn’t get a horse until I was 15 years old. My uncle bought him for me and paid for his keep until I started to work at 16, then I took over! When I married my husband 7 years later, it was me and my horse!!! I had that horse for another 10 years.

I suffered badly from his passing and didn’t ride for a couple of years. I finally bought a pony for my children and we moved from Sydney to the country.

Having space then, I managed to collect several more and then bred some beautiful animals of my own.

I live and breath horses!!!

What is your earliest memory of horses?

Probably my first memory was the photograph on my Nanna’s wall, of my Grandfather on his horse Wadge, from the Light Horse Brigade.

When I was only 6 years old we went to live in Charleville in South West Queensland. Although we lived in town, I had friends from school who lived on large properties. I stayed with them in the holidays and rode horses, rounding up sheep etc.

What was your childhood pony called?

Sultan

What does riding or being with horses mean to you?

They are my life!

What have horses taught you the most?

Patience, compassion, love…and how to care for and think about something other than myself – they always come first!

What was your first globetrotting ride?

Victoria’s High Country and Craig’s Hut.

What made you take the plunge and sign up for a globetrotting holiday?

Got sick of asking people to join me and decided to do it alone.

Was this GT ride celebrating or marking a significant moment/milestone/achievement in your life? And if so, would you mind sharing?

I decided first to go on the ride, but it happened to fall on my 67th birthday!

Have you completed, or are you planning on completing more globetrotting rides?

I am booked on the Cattle Drive and High Country ride in November.

What is your most memorable globetrotting moment?

That is a difficult question!!! I loved all 4 days [on the Craig’s Hut & High Country ride], but I guess my birthday. It was spent riding to the top of the mountain, where we camped for the night, far away from civilization. I was spoiled by all, with champagne and a scrumptious apple crumble in the camp oven with candles on top!

Why choose this type of travel? As in exploring a new country from the back of a horse?

No better way.

A tip that every globetrotter should know before going on a ride…

Be fit. I am a very fit person, attending a boot camp 3 days a week and riding 4 or 5 days a week. So I enjoyed riding all day and staying up late around the campfire at night.

Finish this sentence – Don’t leave home without….

Your helmet!

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