Meet a Globetrotter – Kim Bourke

In the spotlight

globetrotter kim bourke

How have horses influenced or changed your life?

As a mature rider, learning at a late stage in my life, horses have given me an interest that without this I don’t know what I would have done with my life. Learning from them and about them has given me a better understanding of their stoic, giving nature and I can’t thank them enough. I can’t go a week without being near them.

What is your earliest memory of horse/s?

My earliest memory was at about 5 years of age having pony rides at the local school fete, that was it for me.

What was your childhood pony called?

Unfortunately I didn’t have a childhood pony but I constantly nagged Mum, Dad, siblings to please take me horse riding. I couldn’t understand why we couldn’t keep one in the back yard!

What does riding or being with horses mean to you?

Riding and being with horses makes my heart happy and I feel calm and such love for them. I dread getting too old to ride but I hope I can still have something to do with horses, maybe horse rescue volunteer.

What have horses taught you the most?

My children taught me patience and horses have reinforced this, empathy and understanding for them, taking my time to just enjoy being. If you take the time to watch horses in a herd you can learn a lot about them and their personalities.

What was your first globetrotting ride? 

The Man from Snowy River ride last year which was fantastic. We had wonderful, knowledgeable guides and the best group of people you could ask for. Also the food was pretty hard to beat, nourishing for the days riding and plenty of it.

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

I was continually looking for riding holidays and the globetrotting holidays looked very well organised. All the questions were answered in the information sent to me before I booked. Airport transfers, any dietary requirements, what to pack and helpful info from you Kate regarding hints for better photography, toiletries to take, ideas for being rider fit and ideas for comfy riding wear.

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

My ride didn’t mark anything significant but it was a personal challenge for me given my age (56).

What is your most memorable globetrotting moment? 

My most memorable GT moment was cantering as a group through the river at Howqua Valley, pretty cool, so much fun.

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

My tip for Globetrotters would be to soak up every moment and take your sense of humour with you and be as rider fit as you can be.

Finish this sentence – Don’t leave home without….your sense of adventure.

Kim is booked on our Bush & Beach ride in Noosa in July this year. Care to join her?