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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?

STORIES FROM THE SADDLE

  • Nate Hubbard's Wild Ride - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Nate Hubbard’s Wild Ride

    At California’s Golden Gate Fields in February 1989, when jockey Nate Hubbard was just a 19 year old apprentice, his race aboard a filly called Sweetwater Oak took an unexpected turn just several lengths from the finish line. As the field galloped down the home stretch, Sweetwater Oak came flying up on the outside of […]

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  • Horse Breed: Bardigiano

    Name of breed: Bardigiano Country of origin: Italy Breed origin: The Bardigiano is a small breed of horse named after the town of Bardi in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. It is thought to be descended from horses ridden by Belgian Gauls who invaded Italy during the Roman era. The horse of the Gauls is also […]

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  • Meet our Guides: Nicola and Tommy - River Valley Ride, New Zealand - Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

    Meet our Guides: Nicola and Tommy

    The River Valley Ride is our newest and most intrepid horse riding holiday in New Zealand. Taking you on this eight-day journey across the hills and glens of the North Island are Nicola Megaw and Tommy Waara, two guides with very different backgrounds who are both passionate about their homeland, their horses and sharing this […]

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  • Globetrotting's Best Horsemanship Rides - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Globetrotting’s Best Horsemanship Rides

    There’s nothing in this life as spiritually uplifting as the connection between horse and rider, globetrotters – I believe this wholeheartedly. This beautiful quote sums it up best: “At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of […]

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  • Meet Our Guide: Jane

    One of the more recent additions to our Globetrotting portfolio is the Twin Coast Adventure in New Zealand’s drop-dead gorgeous Bay of Islands region. We are in LOVE with this ride in no small part due to the hosts, Jane and Ken Dromgool, who are among the top horse clinicians in the country. The only […]

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  • Horse Breed: Auxois

    Name of breed: Auxois, or Trait Auxois Country of origin: France Breed origin: The Auxois is a draught horse breed from the Auxois region of eastern France. It is a direct descendant of the now-extinct Bourguignon horse, a stout, robust and hardy breed from the Burgundy region that was ridden by knights in the Middle […]

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  • Equihen Plage

    La Route du Poisson – The Fish Road

    Bonjour Madame and Monsieur and welcome to the Route du Poisson (say that in your best French accent)! Also known as the Fish Road, this 300-kilometre cart horse race through the French countryside is a popular event that occurs every two years along the route from Mareyeuses de Boulogne to Compiègne. It is not a […]

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  • What's your riding ability? - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    What’s Your Riding Ability?

    You may have noticed that all of our horse riding holidays mention the riding ability globetrotters need to have before they embark on the ride. We divide riding ability into four levels: beginner, intermediate, strong intermediate and advanced. But what exactly do these mean, and which category do you fit into? Check out the definitions […]

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  • The Camargue Ride, France - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Saddle Up: Roz Beinke’s Camargue Ride

    Having cut her teeth on a safari ride in the Okavango Delta in June 2018, globetrotter Roz Beinke joined us on our guided exploratory ride in the Camargue, France, four months later. She later gave us some amazing feedback on the ride, saying, ‘I loved this ride! The accommodation, food, service, and fellow riders just […]

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  • budgeting for a horse riding holiday - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Budgeting for a Horse Riding Holiday

    Recently, a prospective globetrotter sent us the following question: ‘I’m dying to take an equestrian vacation!! But how do people afford it!? Any tips on budgeting for a trip of a lifetime like this?’ Now, we’re sure she was far from the first globetrotter to wonder how on earth to go about planning and saving […]

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  • Horse Breed: Boulonnais - Horses-World - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Horse Breed: Boulonnais

    Name of breed: Boulonnais Country of origin: France Breed origin: Also known as the ‘White Marble Horse’, the Boulonnais is a French draught horse. The breed’s origins predate the Crusades, but the details are the subject of much debate. What is known is that during the Crusades, a strong, fast and agile war horse was […]

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  • Maddi’s Journey in the Kimberley

    WARNING: globetrotters proceed at their own risk. Globetrotting can not be held liable for any sudden bookings for The Kimberley Ride or associated purchases that may occur as a direct result of drooling over the following words and images. Globetrotter Maddi Haussegger has shared these aspects of her once-in-a-lifetime experience with us and while we […]

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  • Shell, Wyoming - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Feedback on the Shell, Wyoming Ride

    Alright, so now that we’ve come down off our warm, fuzzy, feel-good cloud of Globetrotting elation… We NEED to share this most incredible review of our ranch ride in Shell, Wyoming that we received from Amy Van Court, who spent a week blissing out on this holiday last month (June 2019). Off her own bat, […]

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  • Don’t Leave Home Without… a Bum Bag

    So you’ve booked another Globetrotting ride, or maybe you’re a first timer and new to our family of horseback holiday adventurers. Either way, you’re probably bursting with anticipation and busily planning your kit. Globetrotting holidays involve multiple hours in the saddle and we globetrotters like to carry a few essentials with us while riding: phone, […]

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  • I Wanted to Share this Video…

     This beautiful video was filmed on our pea green property on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Australia. If you watch carefully you’ll see our cheeky pony Minty Magic roaming free, and our rescue dog, Clifford. If we haven’t met yet, this video will give you some clarity on the who, what, when and why […]

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  • Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

    Jen & Keith Chiswell’s Irish Adventure

    Jen Chiswell and her husband, Keith, just completed the Castle & Estate Ride in Ireland – well, Jen did the ride, anyway. Keith, meanwhile, made the most of the fantastic range of activities available for non-riding guests! They also got some incredible footage and photos, and sent in some great feedback, too. We thought we’d […]

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FEATURED HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS

New Zealand

4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $3,055 NZD?Tour costs $3,055 NZD which is approximately $2,884 AUD

Twin Coast Adventure

Discover some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets – think wild horses, honey-yellow beaches and ancient forests – on this North Island ride.

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Spain

7 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom €2,375 EUR?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,891 AUD

Andalusia

Let’s face it – Spain is the epicentre of horse culture and that’s why it excites us so.

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17th Mar 2020 6 spots leftFrom: €2,375 EUR ?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,891 AUD
11th Apr 2020 6 spots leftFrom: €2,375 EUR ?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,891 AUD
4th Jul 2020 6 spots leftFrom: €2,375 EUR ?Tour costs €2,375 EUR which is approximately $3,891 AUD

Morocco

7 NightsStrong Intermediate to AdvancedFrom €1,100 EUR?Tour costs €1,100 EUR which is approximately $1,802 AUD

The Sahara Ride

Forget the caravans of camels (they tend to spit don’t they?), it will be while you’re conquering the world’s largest desert – the Sahara – astride a finely balanced Barb mare, that you’ll become spellbound by the colourful culture of this country.

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29th Nov 2020 8 spots leftFrom: €1,100 EUR ?Tour costs €1,100 EUR which is approximately $1,802 AUD

USA

5-6 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $3,345 USD?Tour costs $3,345 USD which is approximately $4,943 AUD

Big Horn Cattle Drive

If you’re up for an adventure and feel that you’ve completely missed your calling as a cowboy or cowgirl, then you need to sign up for the Big Horn Cattle Drive.

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Stories from the saddle

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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

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Can non-riders come on the riding holiday?

Yes, we offer a variety of riding destinations that cater to both riders and non-riders. On each individual ride page we’ll specify whether non-riders can join the ride.

If you’re still unsure, feel free to check in with us, and we’ll confirm whether the ride is suitable for non-riders.

Do I pay extra if I book my horse riding holiday through Globetrotting?

No, you most certainly do not. Globetrotting is a booking agency specialising in horse riding holidays and it is no more expensive to book through us as compared to going directly to the outfitter. In fact, we guarantee that you won’t get your trip cheaper anywhere else. We are so confident of this claim that if you happened to stumble on a unicorn and find the same ride for less, we will refund you the difference. How is that for peace of mind?

Can I bring my own horse?

The answer is no (unless you have the cash flow to fly your horse to Kenya!) The portfolio of rides that Globetrotting recommends to clients involves riding the horses provided by the outfitter. A lot of riders prefer to ride their own horses as they know them inside out, however we can assure you that you’ll be truly satisfied with the type of horse that you’ll ride on each and every ride that we recommend.

Before you arrive the outfitter will have a globetrotting information sheet on your riding ability and the type of horse that you prefer to ride. Horses will be matched according to your ability and there is always the option to swap horses if need be.

Since we personally road-test each and every ride {and thus their string of horses} here is a list of the characteristics and traits that we’re looking for in a guest horse.

Get up, close and personal with some of our Globetrotter’s favourite mounts here who are now legendary in status.

Do I need travel insurance even if I’m travelling domestically?

The short answer – yes. Travel insurance is compulsory on all Globetrotting rides and is a condition of booking with Globetrotting, regardless if you’re travelling within your home country or abroad. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for horse riding as an activity, and medical expenses, including emergency repatriation.

When looking for a travel insurance policy make sure it covers personal liability, loss of luggage and personal effects and most importantly cancellation insurance. This will cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately cancellation insurance will not cover you if you change your mind (unless you take the ‘cancel for any reason’ insurance – which we recommend.)

Your insurance policy including the specific name of your insurance company, policy number and emergency insurance contact number MUST be provided before you start your ride. You’ll be able to upload your travel insurance details within your Globetrotter profile.

For more information on the long and short of travel insurance read this.

Our colleague, Rebecca Dibbs can provide a non-obligation travel insurance quote that specifically covers horse riding.

When completing your online booking form, please indicate if you would like a competitive travel insurance (that specifically covers horse riding) quote provided.