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horse riding holiday étiquette

It may sound strange, but there is a unspoken code among riders on the trail that will stand you in good stead on your next horse riding adventure. Whether you’re a beginner rider or just haven’t ridden out as part of a group for a while, you may not be aware of the etiquette that […]

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getting under the skin

Australia To truly capture the essence of the Australian bush and its colourful social life, you must attend a rural race meet before they become extinct. I grew up in rural Queensland, Australia on the pancake flat plains of the Darling Downs near a town called Dalby. My father and mother were the proud owners […]

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driza-bone – the duck’s nuts

Last time we were on safari in Kenya’s heart land, the Maasai Mara, we got our fair share of unseasonal rain and afternoon storms. Personally I love the excitement of a brewing storm on horseback, when your horse prances underneath you, the wind whips and lashes at your face and the thunder bangs overhead – […]

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getting under the skin

Argentina I was lucky enough to be taken to an amateur race meet known as a ‘Cuadrera’ in the province of Corrientes, which lies in the north of Argentina. Most of Corrientes is swathed in knee-deep water meadows with sandy, white bottoms and paddocks rich with grass. Corrientes has over 350 species of birds, which […]

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pageturners – foal’s bread by gillian mears

“When a horse jumps, the sparks of love are born; when lightning strikes, it can take the legs from right out under you. A blessing of a novel from one of Australia’s finest writers.” Drusilla Modgeska I just finished reading Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears as recommended to me by a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed […]

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for the love of hats

I’m a lover, collector, wearer and admirer of hats. As a resident of our sun-burnt country it would be foolish not to don a hat when outside and with a fetish for all things with a brim my collection spans from many years. My husband and I have a wall in our house dedicated to […]

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behind the scenes

Steven and I have been dabbling with Super 8 film for over a year now, we love the richness and colour saturation that this vintage form of film creates. In August last year we took the Super 8 on a horse riding safari into the Masai Mara, Kenya, and this is the result. It’s a […]

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this way of life

I was privy to watch this documentary on ABC a couple of weeks ago and as an expectant mother, a person who craves the simple life and a lover of horses, this documentary really struck a chord.  Shot over four years, This Way of Life is an intimate portrait of Peter Karena and his family. […]

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globetrotting with a conscience

Mobile Menders This article appeared in salt magazine, a Sunshine Coast lifestyle publication.  words & photos kate johns The screaming child clings protectively to his mother’s back, wrapped in a dirty patterned shuka. The child’s hair is dreaded together with ochre-coloured mud. He wears no clothes except for a red beaded necklace below his belly button […]

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Man from Snowy River horse riding holiday

Riding alongside Banjo

Can you imagine a time where mates were called Clancy and Banjo? The rivers shimmered with gold, and whiskey and tobacco were traded from bullock carts on the river flats;  your life’s possessions consisted of a mountain pony equipped with saddle, bridle, oilskin, stock whip and swag. Work was chasing cattle up rocky-edged mountain spurs […]

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the best horse movies of all time

With the Boxing Day release of War Horse into Australian cinemas, I thought it was appropriate to compile a list of the best horse movies of all time and get your views on the topic. I’ve yet to watch War Horse, I saw the preview and instantly burst into tears when Albert the teenage boy is […]

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Chopper Bags – the bee’s knees

After notching up a myriad of horse riding safaris to my belt, I’ve discovered the perfect bag to pack my safari kit into. There is no point taking a sleek, black suitcase equipped with wheels and its own micro-chip when on safari. Quite often, your luggage will be heaved and squeezed into 4WD’S, fixed wing […]

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the perfect partnership

My father forwarded this youtube video link onto me, and I’m so glad he did. It demonstrates a cherished relationship between Shag-Ra, a flighty Arab and his owner Phyllis Olson who had lost faith in the world. I had tears sliding down my cheeks when I first watched this video. So very special. “This is […]

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horse riding holiday mongolia

inspiration

“A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings.”

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faces of the world

My incredibly talented husband, Steven, took this profile shot of a Mongolian man smoking his hand-made rollie (tobacco and newspaper) while watching a wrestling match as part of the Naadam Festivities in Khatgal, Mongolia. I love this photo – it gives me tingles every time I see it! This Masai mzee (mzee is a swahili […]

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backward glance kampala, uganda.

We went to the Sanyu Babies Home today in the heart of chaotic Kampala. Before we arrived we stopped at Nakumat to buy some baby supplies including nappies, wet wipes and formula before reaching the home at 4pm. At the orphanage they have fifty one orphans ranging in ages three months to four years of age. […]

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inspiration

“When riding a horse we leave our fear, troubles and sadness behind on the ground.” Juli Carlson

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horse riding holiday mongolia

www.globetrotting.com.au in Mongolia

  We were fortunate to travel to Mongolia in August 2010 with two of our very best friends to trial a ride in the remote Darhat Valley. A year on and we’ve compiled a video of our wayward travels from the land with the vodka swigging Mongols, wild-eyed ponies and never ending steppe. Watch it […]

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beach horse riding holiday brazil

Beach riding in Bahia, Brazil

  It’s night time but you could be tricked into believing it’s daytime for the sky is illuminated by a full yellow moon that is suspended low on the horizon. I’m loping along a winding sandy track that ducks and weaves like a serpent across the earth through a grass paddock. My mount is a […]

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horse riding safari okavango delta

Wet and wild riding in the Delta, Botswana

This is an article that I wrote for a African Lifestyle, Travel magazine on a riding safari in Botswana.  Riding high in the Okavango I wake to a grumbling, whirring noise within breathing distance of my head. A flimsy tent sheet lies between me and this “thing” which sounds like a contented cat purring although […]

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The Pony Express Across Kenya

I lean into my horse’s neck as her gallop quickens. The herd swerves to the left as my mare expertly follows, gaining ground on a couple of tail-end zebras. My hands tighten on the reins as I encourage her deep into the stampeding herd of zebra. Stripes of black and white move in a cryptic […]

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