‘Being from South Australia, I had initially written this holiday off; I had visited the Barossa Valley before and wanted a more exotic and exciting location! But I couldn’t have been more ignorant. The scenery was so beautiful that I actually looked at real estate listings when I returned home! On many occasions it felt like we were riding through a Hans Heysen painting or a photoshopped image. Jen and Jeremy went above and beyond to ensure that I felt safe at all times when riding, as although I’m not a beginner rider, I’m inexperienced at trail riding and was quite nervous on my first day. I rode Moonlight, who was beautifully educated and took care of me every step of the way. And as for the food and wine… the description on the website does not exaggerate! You will eat and drink like a king! I would highly recommend this ride and would do it again given the opportunity.’
‘The Yarra Valley Ride is absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The landscape is incredible, the food and wine is amazing and the hosts are just wonderful. I don’t have enough positive words to cover everything! It’s very well catered for all levels of riders and as an advanced rider I never felt bored – there were so many opportunities to canter up amazing hills (and it would be impossible to be bored in that beautiful scenery anyway!). I brought a friend with me who hadn’t ridden for more than 10 years, and on the second day she cantered right past me on a big hill – it was so much fun to watch her rediscover riding and become so confident in such a short time! I loved my horse, Kite, and was extremely impressed with the quality of all of the horses. I would have taken at least two or three of them home with me in my suitcase if I could. Thank you SO much to Clancy and the team!’
‘Wow wow wow!!! This ride is honestly up there as one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on. Each day was fabulous. We had the most amazing time.
Tiffany, her beautiful family and Bernie all bent over backwards to welcome us and make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. They made us feel like part of the family. It was obvious the horses were so well cared for, and I completely fell in love with the beautiful Freddie! The scenery, rides, food and wine were all outstanding. Thank you!’
‘This is the 13th week-long trek I’ve done in New Zealand. Most of these have been on the ‘Great New Zealand Trail Ride’, on a mix of my own and borrowed horses, which was held in some pretty great North Island locations. This trek in Glenorchy, however, was by far the best I’ve experienced. Each day was better than the last. The location is just epic and magical, the horses are perfect for the job and seem pretty darn happy with their life, and the guides are delightful. They are passionate, patient, helpful, interested and interesting people. I would absolutely do this ride again in a couple of years and would be delighted if they were still there.’
‘This ride was really wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about the guides. They were absolute champs, so experienced and helpful, and great to talk to. I was nearly moved to tears when they brought out a cake and sang Happy Birthday for me. So cool!
The horses were really well trained and willing. The day we got to swim the horses was the very best day, and the last night in the B&B was such a treat. I couldn’t be happier to have gone on this ride – it was truly spectacular country, and on horseback is the best way to see it. I had a fabulous time and would love to go back!’
‘Having not ridden for over two years I needed a good, reliable horse to help build my confidence. Patterson was great – he went at his own pace for the first couple of days while I got my confidence back and figured him out. I always felt safe on him, and he didn’t put a foot wrong. I really enjoyed the ride to the brewery and the afternoon playing games and polocrosse.
The glamping tents were great – even though the nights were cool, I was nice and snug overnight. I loved all the different areas where you could sit and relax around the place, from the very fancy shed to the tree house. The meals were fantastic, with good variety and portion sizes. The long table lunch in the vineyard was amazing, and it was great to sample the local produce. I’d highly recommend this ride!’
‘We could not have asked for a better host and guide than Tiff. She went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our holiday, taking into account things my 11 year old granddaughter could also enjoy. I rode Drover, who was very sweet, willing, safe and well behaved. The beach riding stands out in my memory: due to the timing of the tides we had an early morning ride, which was lovely, with good long canters along the edge of the waves. The accommodation was excellent. We all enjoyed our dips in the pool after each day’s ride and I especially liked Tiff’s cocktails. The stand-out food experience for me was riding all the way to the top of the mountain to find that Tiff’s parents had set up a table complete with white tablecloth, delicate sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and other delicious goodies… fantastic!
Experiencing this ride with my five granddaughters was an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful that Tiff and her parents made this such a lovely time for us to spend together.’
‘The perfect break! Great location, knowledgeable staff and a personal approach. Clancy and Vanessa are the best guides! They are very understanding and accommodating, and their knowledge of horses and the local environment is just amazing. I totally loved our ‘outing’ to the huts. Dinner and wine around the fireplace… simply the best!
The trip was perfectly organised and executed, and excellent value for money. I loved it. I’m planning to bring my daughter on this ride shortly!’
‘I haven’t ridden in years but horses were a huge part of my life for a long time, so I booked this ride as soon as it came up to give me a chance to reconnect with this passion. Upon arrival, I was greeted by Clancy, who did a great job matching everyone up with their horses. I jumped on a big Standardbred called Spunky and we headed to the winery for lunch and a wine tasting. The beautiful scenery, amazing food and the gallop through the grapevines was such an amazing start to the trip.
I honestly felt so comfortable and secure the entire time – Spunky was a great ride, quick and fast when we got to gallop and slow and careful in the tricky parts. The horses were all well taken care of and you could tell that they were loved. I can’t tell you enough about the accommodating nature of Clancy and his family (I am considering his entire staff part of the family)! The food was amazing and they were friendly, kind and so approachable.’
‘If you are considering doing one of these rides, just DO IT! An amazing experience for any horse lover or traveller. Every day was spectacular. My horse Dylan was perfect… a well educated, safe little Appaloosa Quarter Horse who looked after me every day. Our guides were skilled in horsemanship, cooking and conversation among other things, and went above and beyond to make this ride incredible. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The food was delicious and served in huge quantities – dinners were spent laughing and sharing stories together.
Just an all-round amazing experience.’
‘Turning 60 and having my daughter with me made this ride a very special time that I will never forget. Thank you, Kate and Laura, for your excellence in managing our horse holiday of a lifetime. The comprehensive information provided on your website is a credit to you. I love your enthusiasm and encouragement, always reminding us that we shouldn’t wait to book these extraordinary rides. Covid threw a spanner in a lot people’s lives but you kept me confident to look forward and believe! My special time on the Craig’s Hut ride has ignited my enthusiasm and I trust Globetrotting to find the next perfect ride for me.’
‘This ride was the perfect long-weekend getaway. The horses were wonderful – naturally trained, and you could tell they were loved and cared for. I rode Flick, who was forward and responsive, surefooted and fast. It was my first time riding in bitless bridles and they were excellent. It felt no different to a normal bridle, but so much softer and more comfortable for the horse. The rides were spectacular. The food and wines were delicious and the company outrageously fun. I enjoyed every second of this ride – except having to leave and say goodbye to new friends.’
‘I had an incredible time on the Glenorchy Back Country Ride, soaking in the beautiful scenery in the company of wonderful horses and people. Every day was a new adventure, with all the necessary comforts waiting for us at the end of the day’s ride. It was relaxed but also action packed, a perfect getaway to forget your troubles and just enjoy the moment. I loved swimming the horses – it was such a special experience. I rode Merlin and he was wonderful. All the horses on the ride looked to be much better than any other trail riding horses I have ridden before. The guides far exceeded expectations and it was a great pleasure to spend a week exploring the beautiful scenery in their company. Every moment was truly a joy, with our group of riders and guides always chatting and having fun. A priceless experience – paradise.’
‘This was the most amazing experience and I would highly recommend it. I was fortunate to ride both Bella and Matilda, and I was ecstatic with them both. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and so helpful. It was such a surprise to realise that Christian is not only an expert horseman and a great tour operator but an amazing chef, too. The pancakes and maple syrup measured up to Canadian standards! I also loved our little excursion at Wonnangatta Station, when Swampy, Al and Don took three of us out on horseback to explore the valley a bit more. Sleeping under the starry sky at Pikes Flat and Lovicks Hut was another stand-out.
There were so many special moments because the scenery was so spectacular. My top three were: 1. Hell’s Window atop Mount Magdala, a location made famous in ‘The Man from Snowy River’; 2. the beautiful Wonnangatta Station; 3. getting a video of me cantering up to the iconic Craig’s Hut. I can’t wait to join Christian and Laura again on another excursion.’
‘Every day on this ride was phenomenal – you really settled into the rhythm of your horse while breathing in the fresh air and viewing the stunning countryside.
Nicola and Janey are the real deal: a wonderful mother-daughter duo who bring their passion for horses and the land together in an incredible eight day trek. They are knowledgeable, easy-going and always up for a good laugh. The standard of professionalism and attention to detail was top notch, especially when pairing you up with your horse. I rode Dakota and he was a true gentleman with plenty of go. He never seemed to tire and was happy at the front, side or back of all his companions. He didn’t put a foot wrong and I loved cantering up long rolling hills on him and meandering slowly down steep terrain. He really bonded with me and took on all sorts of trail obstacles without hesitation. Swimming the horses was incredible – so liberating! A big shout out also goes out to Miranda, the incredible chef, who outdid herself with every meal! I loved all the farm-to-fork food.
I cannot recommend this ride highly enough — it was truly the trip of a lifetime in every way.’
‘The Yarra Valley Ride is the perfect length if you’re looking for a short getaway from Melbourne. It was an absolute joy after a long year out of the saddle. I rode BB. He was happy go lucky, affectionate, fit, surefooted and loved a good canter! I felt very safe riding him – he looked after me well. My favourite moment on the trip was definitely galloping on the second day. Not only did I feel secure and comfortable at that speed, I also felt I improved as a rider. That gave me a boost in confidence and trust in my own abilities. Clancy told me I had the biggest grin on my face!
For someone who has very specific dietary requirements, the food was amazing! Fresh, organic and local. I felt very looked after. The huts were fantastic, and the night in the swag was absolutely brilliant. The double swag was massive, and so comfortable and warm. Clancy and his son Patterson set it up perfectly, oriented to overlook the glorious view, moonrise and sunrise.
Thank you to Clancy and his team for a wonderful time.’
‘This ride was beautiful! The team went above and beyond to make my stay special. Clancy and his staff were so welcoming, supportive, kind, reassuring and positive. I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work they put in. I’m a nervous beginner and Clancy matched me with the perfect horse, Sugar, who really looked after me. She was kind, sound, responsive and beautiful! I highly recommend this ride.’
‘I’d definitely recommend this trip! Every day was different and interesting; I enjoyed the whole experience. The accommodation was great, even the tents. Our guides were exceptional in every area, guiding our group with experience and a sense of humour. At the start I was hesitant, but they matched me with a perfect pony called Solly who took great care of me. I completely trusted their pairing and Solly really built my confidence. I fell in love with him!’
‘I recently went on my first Globetrotting adventure as a single traveller and absolutely loved every minute of it! I felt in good hands right from the start as everything was easy and well organised, both by Globetrotting before departure and by Michael and his team on the ride itself.
As a single traveller I was a little bit nervous about, well, doing it on my own, but any concern was gone as soon as I met Michael, Karen and of course the rest of the group. Everybody was there for the same reason: having a good time and enjoying the world on the back of a horse. Michael and Karen gave us their hospitality, knowledge, lots of laughter, good advice and patience, and made it a very personal experience. So if you’re a single traveller and worried about going by yourself, there’s no reason to worry AT ALL.
To sum it up, 10 out of 10! I literally have nothing negative to say and hope everyone taking the trip in the future will enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks to Michael, Karen and Beth for making it so special!’
‘The Howqua River Ride was one of the best things I’ve ever done! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this experience. The weather, scenery, horses, accommodation, food, hosts and tour group were all fantastic! Michael, Karen and Beth were wonderful hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and they had excellent knowledge of the local area and history. They could not be faulted! I rode Wilbur, who was perfect for me as a beginner rider: very quiet and patient, but would move into a trot or canter when asked. The food was amazing, from the cooked breakfasts to the BBQ lunches to the chef-prepared dinners. An absolute standout was the seven course degustation – extremely memorable. I also loved the cafes and pub chosen for the group meals. I think the day when we crossed the Howqua River 52 times was my favourite!’
‘This is the first long ride I’ve done, and the first Globetrotting ride, but it won’t be the last. The whole experience was terrific, and excellent value for money. I really loved the last night at Paradise. Our guides, Jess and Bijmin, were exceptional, and I couldn’t believe how well Casey matched horses with riders. I rode JT and he was fabulous. I like a horse with a bit of ‘go’, so he was just right for me. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘Surreal landscapes, gourmet food, great company and challenging terrain. What more could you want?! An unforgettable experience that offers total freedom on your horse, a cracking itinerary and plenty of opportunities to feel the wind in your hair, with incredible views around every corner. Lots of thought is put into which horse you are given – I rode Blaze, who was perfectly matched to me and was exactly what I asked for: a forward-moving horse with a bit of sass! Nicola and Janey were incredible guides and their hospitality was second to none. Truly ABOVE expectations. I would highly recommend this trip for all the adventurous riders out there – you won’t regret it!’
‘What an amazing five days – Jen, Jeremy and Meg welcomed us from the first minute. They love and know their horses and their surrounding regions and neighbours, and were so delighted to share them with us. Each day was different: ground work and obstacles, riding trails along a river, climbing a mountain with views in every direction, riding along a wide open beach in the national park.
Jen and Jeremy have amazing insight into their horses and picked a winner for every rider. I was privileged to ride the magnificent Moonlight, a proud and confident mare who was very surefooted, responsive and eager. I would love to steal her and make her my own. The saddle was the most comfortable I have ever ridden in, too.
The days were filled with great stories, riding tips and wonderful food (the French toast at the raspberry farm – I think I died and went to heaven)! I loved it all!’
‘The Margaret River Ride with Paul, Fiona, their team of gorgeous girls and our beautiful group of Globetrotters was so, so wonderful! The rides were amazing, the polocrosse was so much fun and the buzz of riding in the flag and bend race took me back to my gymkhana days! I just had to ‘press the buttons’ and my superstar mare Stacy did the rest. It was priceless! Paul and Fiona are to be commended on the high standard to which all of their horses are trained, including their care and well-being. All the meals were fabulous, particularly the vegetarian options for Charlotte and I. Fiona’s ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Cocktails were superb – I’m still dreaming about them! The tents were beautifully made up and so welcoming, with extra blankets and a lantern in each – just perfect. Swimming with our horses was the icing on a very sweet cake – my daughter Charlotte and I are still talking about it!’
‘My Glenorchy Back Country Ride was sublime… beyond expectations. The horses were exceptional. I was allocated the most divine, well-schooled, spirited gelding called Doobie, and we bonded instantly, as did the other riders with their steeds. Spending time with these stunning horses was a gift. We had snow the night before our trek (capping the mountains), sunshine for a few days (flushing the lupines), rain one day (flooding the streams) and sunshine on our last day; the perfect mix for exploring this striking landscape. Plus, our hosts and guides were among some of the nicest people I’ve ever met – generous, warmhearted and highly skilled. They tended to our every need, providing nourishing meals, welcoming lodgings and inspired conversations. I’ve made so many new friends from the experience and I’m blessed to have made the journey.’
‘My very first solo traveller holiday ended up being the Tassie Tiger Trail in Tasmania with Jen and Jeremy. The bar could not have been set any higher!
Piccolo and I were a perfect match – he had the ability to read my energy and confidence levels perfectly and adjust accordingly. The horsemanship session on day one really set us all up for success. My confidence as a rider increased with every hour and after a couple of days in the saddle, we thoroughly enjoyed a canter along the beach as well as a climb up a mountain. Jen, Jeremy and Meg were the most amazing guides and hosts and made the entire experience so special. Great conversations, belly laughs and insights into Tasmania’s flora and fauna. Not only was the riding amazing, but the food and cultural experiences were up there, too. The time went way too fast, so the only thing that’s left to do is return again next year!’
‘Everyone needs to experience this. I am a beginner, but at all times felt safe. My horse Patterson was matched to my level and he was perfect – I am missing him! The guides were all excellent and very helpful. This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life (and I’m in my 50s). I am so glad to have experienced this and can’t wait to book another Globetrotting journey. Age is no barrier!’
‘I absolutely loved the Glenorchy Back Country Ride, it exceeded all expectations! The experience of riding through New Zealand’s most stunning, scenic back country was just incredible. We did the most amazing river crossings, rode through beautiful beech forests, up and down hills, and alongside the stunning Diamond Lake. The horses were very well looked after, kind and willing, and our guide Shaun was absolutely brilliant. I’m not a regular rider and wondered how my body would cope, but it was no problem. I rode Spud and he was the perfect confidence builder – we had some great canters and a gallop. Although none of us knew each other, it was a lovely small group and we had some great laughs and formed good friendships. It was my first Globetrotting ride and I’m hooked!’
‘My favourite day was climbing the mountain – the trail up was beautiful. It was such a great experience, with fantastic views from the top. The accommodation was great. I loved the old world decor and the history of Blakes Manor. The home cooked meals were lovely, and I also loved the salmon farm platters. Jen and Jeremy were very knowledgeable horse people who looked after everyone on the ride. I was very happy with the standard of tack and my horse Ruby was great – well trained and reliable for the nervous rider that I am. I would love to ride her again on a future trip and am already booked on the Grape Horse Adventure with Jen and Jeremy in three months’ time.’
‘River Valley is definitely the best riding adventure I’ve had. Nicola and Janey gave us the experience of a lifetime, never to be forgotten. I rode the handsome and snuggly Calibre, who was a great ride and taught me a lot. Nicola and Janey are fantastic guides, and their knowledge of the land we travelled over is unsurpassed. They are warm, friendly, funny, caring and so very helpful. The accommodation was so luxurious, with super comfy beds, lovely linen and a fantastic outlook. Miranda did an outstanding job feeding us, with different fabulous meals every night and sumptuous desserts. Definitely no complaints! Our visit to Moawhango marae was warm and welcoming and the tour around the settlement was really interesting. All the lands we traversed were so stunning and spiritual. There were two outstanding highlights: swimming with our horses and rafting – both in the stunning Rangitikei River, and both first time experiences. We were made to feel like part of the big River Valley family. I’ll definitely be going back again.’
‘Thank you Clancy and Kath for a fantastic long weekend away that felt like a real holiday. It was a great blend of ‘bush experience’ and luxury. Nothing was too much trouble, and the team went the extra mile for us, which we all appreciated. Asking me to highlight the best bits of the trip is tricky, because there were many, but here is a not-so-short list:
– Great horses, very easy on the eye, comfortable to ride and with nice personalities
– Good trails, with some nice canters and trots, through very different landscapes
– Great food, including local produce, as well as a gourmet lunch at De Bortoli and two wine tastings
– Well appointed cabins with great beds and amenities
– In addition to Clancy and his stories, there was Dick, a veteran bushman, whose special recipes we loved and whose tales we enjoyed hearing
– A night up the mountain, with dinner and drinks with like-minded globetrotters by the fire and bedding down in either a swag or the bunkhouse, with an incredible view of the sunrise right from the bed and a cacophony of birdsong in the morning.
I’ll be back!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was an amazing treat for the senses. Spectacular New Zealand scenery and varied riding challenges across crystal clear rivers, through forests and over mountains, all with a backdrop of glaciers and snow-capped mountains… incredible! I rode Peso – I loved her. Very sweet and responsive when I asked her to be, but cruised along otherwise. She was quite laid-back and had a nice comfortable canter, so she was a relaxing ride, but always up for some fun. Jess and Bijmin were helpful and friendly – we were very well looked after. I loved every day!’
‘This truly unique country experience is for all horse lovers. I absolutely loved every minute of my Globetrotting experience in Margaret River. I have so many wonderful memories, but riding at a canter to a neighbouring farm and having a magnificent lunch under a beautiful shady tree is one of the best. My first horse, Tom, was a beautiful, tall gelding who was very quiet and careful with me. Tom helped me to relax back into riding. My second horse was Clancy, a beautiful chestnut with a very smooth canter, who also looked after me very well. All the horses were well fed, well trained and much loved. The polocrosse was amazing, the ladies and gents on the tour were all lots of fun, our glamping tents were perfect and the food was fresh and tasty. I’d give the whole experience 10 out of 10. As soon as you walk onto the farm, time slows, wine flows and the laughter begins. Don’t make excuses, just do it!’
‘Best hosts. Fantastic horses. Perfect itinerary. Superb scenery. Fantastic food. Excellent accommodation. I loved every day!
I have never met guides the calibre of Jen and Jeremy. They were always happy, relaxed and genuine. I felt very welcome and at ease. I had great respect for their knowledge of horses and the environment we rode through. They were great conversationalists, with many amusing stories to tell. Jeremy was brilliant at matching horses to riders. Ruby was perfect: very well trained, obedient, willing to please, fit, healthy and strong. She enjoyed a trot and canter, was responsive to light aids, and was armchair-smooth to ride. She powered up the mountain and picked her way very carefully through rocky areas.
I have never tasted such consistently high-standard food in terms of flavour, presentation, service and surroundings. Every meal was superb! Best holiday ever.’
‘My thoughts are, save the best ’til last. The Glenorchy and Twin Coast rides were fantastic in their own special ways, but if you’re thinking of doing all three of Globetrotting’s New Zealand rides, then save River Valley for last. We spent many, many hours in the saddle with just the right amount of stops, either for a yummy lunch, a snack or a photo. Outside of riding time we were totally entertained, be it a swim in the river (we swam the horses too), a spa, a sauna, a marae visit, white water rafting – to name a few. We met the local community and had a great, relaxing horsey holiday. The scenery and wildlife were fantastic and the guides were awesome. The lodges were well equipped with all the creature comforts, and a beautiful river to swim in a stone’s throw away. The horses are bitless, barefoot and happy, which adds a new dimension to your ride. My horse Shamrock was very handsome and very confident in his own abilities. You could take him anywhere. The more riding experience you have, the more you’ll get out of this holiday.’
‘An absolutely fantastic three days of riding in the Yarra Valley. Couldn’t fault it. The hosts had very good knowledge of the horses and the trails, and good judgement of riders’ abilities and confidence. They were very hospitable, always there if needed but not overdoing it. Lovely family involvement at meal times, too. All the food was delicious and plentiful, with loads of great wine provided and dietary needs catered for. The homemade passionfruit sponge on the final night was perfect. The accommodation was beautiful and very peaceful, with lots of space in the shared areas. Sleeping in the swags up at the hut was lovely – they were very deluxe swags, so perfect for a non-camper like me. The horses were great. Wally was a gorgeous palomino Arab-cross, chilled and speedy – I was very happy with my steed.’
‘Every day was awesome, but the swimming was a highlight and all the cantering was really fun. The scenery was so incredible! The horse I rode was Peso. She was always well behaved and ready to go at any speed I wanted. She was a good match for me and made the ride stress free.
Our guides were above excellent! They were always watching over us and the horses, always informing us as to what was going on, very knowledgeable about the area and horses, and great riders. They were very accommodating with the food, always having a gluten free choice for me, which I greatly appreciated. The “feast” on the last night of the ride was so beautiful and incredible. And the accommodations were always good, especially that last night at Paradise. I feel like they always did a little extra for us in every situation.’
‘Globetrotting holidays tick all the boxes for the best organised riding holiday! Not to mention the great people you meet along the way! Every day was amazing. I especially loved the ride to the top of the Western Tiers. I rode Piccolo and I loved him – he was brilliant! Jen, Jeremy and Meg, thank you for a wonderful week, and a big thank you to all of the amazing horses! Sit back and enjoy the ride, you will have a blast!’
‘A fabulous experience. New friendships and new memories were made. I will return to do it all again! I rode Snow, who was very gentle, surefooted and trusting, as were all of the horses. I especially loved riding through Toolangi State Forest with its tall trees and ferns. Clancy, Catherine and the staff were fabulous – they couldn’t do enough for you. We felt so welcomed and like part of the family. Clancy and his friend Dick are so knowledgeable about the horses and the area. You could listen to their stories for hours!
The accommodation was fabulous and blended in with the surrounds perfectly. It was clean, cosy, welcoming and homely. The food was amazing, and in abundance. Fresh local produce, a cooked breakfast every morning with yogurt and fresh berries, charcuterie boards each night before dinner, and fabulous BBQs with beautiful salads. I would highly recommend this trip.’
‘This was my second Globetrotting experience and just like the first (Canada), I was blown away. My wonderful mount Gizzy was perfectly matched to my style and experience. The two guides, Jess and Bijmin, were beyond exceptional; they worked so incredibly hard to please all of us and always carried a smile even in the toughest situations. Deana and Casey were also fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed riding with them and learning about the history of their business. All the horses were loved and well looked after, which is a big tick and must.
I give this trip a 10/10 – loved every minute. Be prepared to fall in love with this wonderful country!’
‘The quality of the horses and friendliness of our wonderful hosts Paul and Fiona take the first spot! Our guides were patient, knowledgeable and friendly and the food was wholesome, healthy and delicious. I was stoked to ride Lilly, the finest horse I’ve ever ridden since living in Australia; beautiful, willing, well educated and looked after. The highlight was cantering on the beach and then swimming bareback with the horses in the turquoise ocean. I highly recommend The Margaret River Ride for anyone who wants an unforgettable horse riding experience in a stunning location!’
‘This ride was very professionally run and our hosts were willing to accommodate any requests. Every day was so different, it’s impossible to pick a favourite. I loved each for different reasons. Jen, Jeremy and Meg were all so friendly right from the start and made us all feel very welcome. They are very knowledgeable, obviously adore their horses and are more than happy to share their expertise. More than anything, though, they are super nice people and great fun to be around.
I rode Opal, a very sweet girl who knows how to look after her rider. Very surefooted and careful, but eager to move along as well. Having meals at a salmon farm, raspberry farm and hazelnut farm was a lovely way to enjoy all the local produce while supporting the local businesses. The food at our accommodation was first class as well. I’m sure I came home 5 kilos heavier!’
‘I had never been a confident rider, but after completing this three day trek with a friend, I’ve never felt more confident! The crew at River Valley were so lovely to deal with. As soon as we saw Nicola and Janie, they both had this super excited look on their face! They were really supportive and always gave us the option to trot/canter, but I never felt like I was being pushed to do anything I didn’t want to. It was a real breath of fresh air being around these soul lifting people. My horse’s name was Rico and I felt he was paired perfectly to me. He listened to me really well and was so well trained in the bitless style of riding.
The team at Globetrotting were so helpful – the best service I’ve ever experienced from an online provider. They called whenever we needed more information and answered any questions in a very helpful and quick way. I really have Globetrotting to thank for helping me build my confidence on a horse. I’m so excited for the next adventure!’
‘This experience was a dream come true and I wish it never ended. I had to pinch myself repeatedly to see if it was a dream. Truly amazing views, guides I feel are one of a kind, high quality horses and spectacular accommodation and catering. I will definitely be heading back.
Globetrotting was amazing in every way: responsive, lovely, really helpful and understanding. I was very impressed with the whole process and the lovely staff I was corresponding with. Thank you again to the Glenorchy team and Globetrotting for a truly amazing experience and adventure. This was my first trip to another country and I don’t think I could top it – unless I went on another Globetrotting trip, which I’ll definitely be doing in the future. 1000/1000.’
‘What a beautiful scene this is, with friendly, relaxed hosts and staff, and fabulous Stock Horses. Huge fun, delicious food and very comfortable glamping tents. The accommodations at Jesters Flat are delightfully quirky and very well thought out, with real country Australian charm. I loved the picnic under the trees on day two – heavenly. I rode a mare called Nova, who was forward moving and very easy to handle. There were a few firsts for me, including having a go at polocrosse and actually riding my horse bareback in the ocean – yes, she really swam!’
‘I thought cantering up the hill to Craig’s Hut would be the climax of the ride, but it was tame compared to the variety of riding throughout the following days! My favourite was day six, riding along the Howqua River to Sheepyard Flats with prolonged canters and river crossings. On day one and two I rode Billie, but he developed a saddle rub and I was privileged to ride George for the remainder. I wish I could thank him for his patience. He was exciting to canter and I had complete confidence in his ability to negotiate the exposed tracks above the Howqua River.
The guides maintained a safe environment and tailored their approach to the individual rider. Their level of service was consistently high and the hospitality and respect given to each of the guests was five star. The menu, variety, presentation, portion size and quality of the meals was excellent. The view from my swag “was clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blazed at midnight in the cold and frosty sky…”
I want to go back again and explore more of the Victorian High Country astride George.’
‘I would recommend this ride without hesitation. It was excellent value-for-money. All the meals were fantastic. I rode Moo, who had a lovely temperament and was very responsive. The guides were very knowledgeable and hospitable in every aspect of the trip. Each day was completely different, which was always exciting, and having good weather made things very pleasant. I would definitely book with Globetrotting again.’
‘The Glenorchy ride was fantastic! The horses, accommodation, food and guides are amazing. Not to mention the scenery. I rode Cashout and he was a complete sweetheart. He was surefooted, respectful and happy to break from the group when asked. His canter was lovely, too. I was also lucky enough to ride JT for a day and he was super. Our guides worked so hard to have everything ready and perfect for us and their level of horsemanship was beyond what I had expected. They were very skilled in communicating with each and every one of us.
This trip was great value for money, as it’s hard to put a price on my level of enjoyment and that spectacular scenery. Well worth it!’
‘This was epic! Paul and Fiona are the consummate hosts and care for their horses and guests impeccably. We were truly spoilt with beautiful, well mannered horses, stunning rides and all the comforts you never expect when camping. It truly was glamping! The food was delicious and plentiful, and I was especially impressed by how well they catered to all the dietary requirements. Boranup Forest was so beautiful and serene, the beach and swimming the horses was a very special experience and polocrosse is my new favourite sport. My horse Hugo was the perfect gentleman and exactly the right horse for me. Thank you, it was a very special week.’
‘The team at Globetrotting are masters at helping you pick your dream horse riding holiday. I have now completed three rides through Globetrotting and each one has been beyond satisfactory, with the information provided giving a true representation and reflection of what to expect. I would highly recommend Kate and Laura; even with the challenges of Covid, they assisted us to revise our plans and find a suitable alternative to our previously planned holiday.
Once you globetrot, you won’t holiday any other way!’
‘The whole trip was an outstanding experience. Christian and Laura have created a well oiled, highly coordinated and seamless ride. Everyone was professional and friendly, with client experience and safety at the forefront. Every night we were given the option to sleep in a swag, in a hut at the campsite, or in a tent with our swag inside. This catered for everyone’s preferences. I loved sleeping under the crystal-clear sky watching shooting stars from my warm, comfy swag. The food was plentiful and tasty, and I loved Swampy’s nightly entertainment around the campfire. Other highlights included day three, when Christian and Swampy took us to Picture Point for a thrilling photo opportunity, followed by some hardcore bush riding that went well and truly off the beaten track! Not to mention our final ride, when we gave the horses their heads up the hill and a few logs offered some good jumping opportunities!
Once you globetrot, you won’t holiday any other way!’
‘This was my first real horse riding experience outside of the odd trail ride here and there. I was a bit worried about whether my body would hold up to four days of horse riding but I am so glad it did. I wouldn’t have missed any of the days for anything. The Tasmanian scenery is always beautiful but to experience it on horseback, and on my horse Jabberwocky, was amazing. He was the ultimate gentleman. I loved him to bits and he took great care of me. All of the horses with Jen and Jeremy are amazing – strong, beautiful and you can truly trust them. The most special moment was getting to the top of the Western Tiers mountain range – a long way up and down, and you have to trust your horse to make the best decision about where to walk – and Jabberwocky did it with ease. I would recommend this ride to everyone with a love of beautiful horses, scenery, and of course fabulous food and wine from Tasmania.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride totally exceeded my expectations. My fellow companions became friends and our guide Shaun looked after us and our horses extremely well: a great cook with an extensive knowledge of the local environment and rivers we crossed, as well as the wildlife we saw. My horse Gizzy was a real star, honest and keen, exactly the type of horse I love to ride. A perfect match for me and probably one of the best horses I have ever ridden. The scenery was spectacular and we had great weather all the way. Thank you to everyone who makes these rides possible.’
‘This ride was such an amazing experience. Knowing that I was a novice rider, Fiona and Paul matched me with George. He was brilliant for me, so responsive and sweet. It was hard to say goodbye! The knowledgeable guides, the caring and fabulous hosts, the delicious meals, one very talented cook, wine to die for, the great company of fellow travellers, the beautiful horses, the most blissful beds at the end of the day… all contributed to the best getaway ever. One I will never forget.’
‘It was really nice to be so well looked after, with everything taken care of; I felt very spoilt. I rode Freddie, Tex and Masarah – all different, but all comfortable and easy-going. It was my first time using a bitless bridle and I thought it was great! There was a great mix of everything over the three days: riding, wineries, shopping, eating and relaxing – perfect! Tiff was also very open to accommodating what we wanted to do. The guides were amazing and the value for money was excellent. Loved the delicious homemade meals! The horsemanship was beautiful and the hospitality couldn’t get any better.’
‘The Craig’s Hut ride is amazing for so many reasons. It is truly an Aussie experience, from sleeping in swags under the stars to listening to Swampy sing songs around the campfire. The scenery was absolutely amazing – like nothing you could ever experience unless on horseback, and all the secret trails we were taken down added to the amazing experience. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming and the horses were extremely well trained and fun to ride. I rode Ronnie, who was very comfortable, well-behaved, friendly, responsive, and photogenic, which is always a plus. All of the meals were absolutely fantastic and the variety was very impressive considering we were in the middle of the bush! My favourite day was the day we climbed Mt Stirling. The view from the summit with the wind whipping around you was truly an amazing feeling. The trip flew by so quickly between the breathtaking views, absolutely amazing food and wonderful company, and I cannot wait to ride with Christian, Laura and their team again.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride gives you breathtaking views while riding great horses. Scenic snow-capped mountains, epic waterfalls, forests, canters along valleys while admiring glacial rivers. Our guides Shaun and Nat were very helpful and full of knowledge. They worked hard to take care of the horses and riders and prepare yummy food for all of us. I rode Tonto and he was such a star! Forward and calm with the sweetest personality. I will definitely choose him again if I have the opportunity to come back. I would do this ride every year if I could! It is fantastic and every day is magical, truly a memory for life. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to discover the beauty of Glenorchy.’
‘My partner, Matt, booked The Margaret River Ride as my surprise birthday present (I know, the man is husband material to say the least). When he told me, I legitimately cried from how blown away and excited I was. It was an epic adventure to say the least. Matt had barely any riding experience and yet the team was never weighed down for it. Paul and the girls who guided us took the time to show Matt the ropes and make sure he was comfortable the entire time. They matched our horses PERFECTLY. By the end of the trip Matt and I wanted to take Confetti and Richie home with us. The food was awesome, Alex made it with love and always put on an impressive spread. Fiona and Paul are excellent hosts and I cannot rave about this experience enough.’
‘The Shoalhaven Ride is a wonderful experience. The guides, Tiff and Bernie, made sure we had everything we needed, providing great rides at different paces, nice canter tracks and wonderful sightseeing. The horses are lovely, safe, and know their jobs. I was lucky to ride Shiloh, who is such an easy-going boy. He is soft and forward, and I enjoyed every moment with him. I shared the self-contained cottage with my friend Kaye and it was perfect. The swimming pool at Champagne Hill was the perfect way to cool down after riding. All the meals were lovely and the high tea on the escarpment was extra special. So much love and care had been put into it and the views were breathtaking. Tiffany, Bernie, Lenny and Lorraine are such beautiful people, and so welcoming. They have thought of everything to ensure you have a special holiday.’
‘This was a fabulous trip and all of the ladies in my group were lovely. I just want to thank everyone who works for Deana. The lovely lady who picked us up, the lovely lady who prepped all our food, our amazing guides. The whole experience from my first point of contact at Globetrotting was amazing! The food, accommodation and organisation were incredible. My horse, Kale, was just beautiful. Jess and Bijimin are an amazing team. They know how to provide incredible customer service and are so committed and passionate about what they do. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Just hit the BOOK NOW button.’
‘This has been the best holiday I have ever done. Our guides were all fabulous and very knowledgeable. The other riders were all lovely and we are going to be catching up again for another ride. Nothing was a problem for the lovely Alex, our chef – best food ever. The glamping mattress and pillows were very comfortable, not like camping at all. I rode Cassie and she was perfect for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every ride on her. She was very well schooled and responsive, and loved being out in the bush. She excelled in the games and loved the beach ride. The games and polocrosse were the best laugh – we were still laughing hours later over dinner! This ride is excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.’
‘Wonderful hosts, wonderful staff and wonderful horses! A great experience riding through forests, vineyards and the beach – which we had all to ourselves! We were lucky to have great weather and an abundance of wildflowers. The scenery was beautiful. I especially loved riding in Boranup Forest, our ride to the vineyard for lunch and riding on the beach.
The whole package was absolutely fabulous. We were kept busy and entertained. Alex was our chef and he kept us very well fed with fresh and tasty meals. Paul and Fiona are fantastic hosts and Paul has many stories to tell. The guides are always friendly and helpful; they love what they are doing and love the horses. An amazing holiday to remember.’
‘I had the absolute pleasure of joining a great group of ladies for a three day Shoalhaven Ride. I highly recommend a trip to The Shoalhaven to experience this getaway. Tiff, Bernie, Lorraine and Lenny were all wonderful hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was excellent and we were made to feel welcome and at home. The horses are beautiful-natured, a testament to how Tiff cares for and treats them. I rode Freddie, who was perfect for me. He had a cheeky personality and was smooth to ride. I can’t pick a favourite moment – I loved it all. The river ride on the last day was particularly great, and we were able to get in some good trots and canters and a few little jumps here and there. I didn’t want to leave and I can’t wait to go back!’
‘The High Country of New Zealand, you have delivered! I genuinely enjoyed each day. We crossed glacial rivers, rode through riverside lupins and ancient beech forests, marveled at the magnificent high country landscape and even found our way to ‘Paradise’. The ‘Good Ship Buddy’ saw me safely through the river crossings and he was such a comfortable ride. Our guides guides Bijmin, Jess and Casey were the bomb. It was truly special to witness people with such natural horsemanship skills who have genuine love and care for their charges. Their thoughtfulness and care extended to the whole group and they made everyone’s trip as enjoyable as possible.’
‘This was my fourth Globetrotting ride and was hands down the funnest one I’ve been on. Andrew and the team are great down-to-earth cowboys who couldn’t do enough for us and can teach you to ride like a scene out of Yellowstone! But by far the heroes of the ride were the horses. My mare, Dolly, was beautifully trained with a mouth like butter, and was super responsive to leg aids. She was safe and surefooted while also having plenty of get-up-and-go when we hit the open flats and the beach. I loved riding her so much I just wanted to bring her home with me! There was a great variety of horse riding in a short space of time. Key highlights were learning to campdraft and swimming with the horses in the open surf.’
‘I would recommend this ride to anyone who loves riding, food, wine and the bush. The hospitality was second to none and all the meals were wonderful. I rode Shiloh, an Arab gelding. He was a great little horse and very forward moving – he and I lead out on some days. Our guides and hosts were great. Tiff is a very caring person who loves her horses to bits and was always there to help. Bernie, the second guide, was with us every day with a BIG smile and a wonderful attitude. The whole family were awesome. I loved them all.
Every day was great, but the ride to the river was my most memorable day. It was the biggest riding day and I loved the spectacular views on the way down to the river. It was quite a steep descent and climb back up, but the horses handled it with ease. I enjoyed the beach ride very much, too. Getting to ride a heavy horse was wonderful and we had some great canters.’
‘This trip is awesome! Lakes, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife, all experienced from the backs of amazing horses with the most caring guides. It feels like a cross between a point-to-point trip and a lodge-based trip, which is a great middle ground for anyone not really wanting to go the whole hog with camping and packhorses, but still wanting that sense of rawness. I rode Cashout and was really happy with how he went. I really loved the opportunity to do some exploring off the horses, too – hiking up to the waterfall was really fabulous. It is always hard to put a value on these types of trips, but I LOVED this ride and would have to say it is great value for money.’
‘This was the best holiday I’ve had in ages. I ride at home, but this trip provided all the things you could wish for – lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting with warm, friendly hosts and a great party of ‘fellow trekkers’. I rode Stacey, a sweet-natured mare who was sensible and willing, with a lovely comfortable canter. The food was fantastic – prepared by local people using local produce. Our guides were friendly, good-natured, and a wealth of knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Each day brought new adventures, new things to see and new places, with rides through forest, across open paddocks and on the beach. I would definitely recommend this holiday!’
‘I had an amazing ride and I thoroughly enjoyed everything that was on offer. Wonderful horses, incredible scenery, a lovely group of riders and excellent service. Bonney’s Inn was fantastic and Teresa made us feel right at home. Jen and Jeremy are amazing – they opened their home to us and were very knowledgeable about the area we were riding in and the local heritage. I had the pleasure of riding Opal and Zameer, two incredibly well trained, good-natured horses. They are a credit to Jen and Jeremy. I loved riding through the beautiful forest and seeing the sights that Tassie has to offer, as well as the amazing beach ride – a beautiful day topped off with a canter along a perfect beach. I had such an fantastic holiday and would be happy to ride with Jen and Jeremy again.’
‘This was the most amazing experience. I highly recommend that everybody does this ride. Every day was an adventure, from the bush to the beach and everything in between. The horses were so well looked after and well trained, the staff were extremely accommodating and friendly, the glamping tents were amazing, and the food was divine. The view from the mountain was awesome and riding in the bush, beach, and up and down the mountain was so much fun.
I loved it!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was my first Globetrotting experience, and I can’t wait for the next one! Our wonderful guides, Jess and Bijmin, were the perfect combination – warm human beings who totally cared about our safety and comfort, and that of our horses. They were totally dedicated to the mission of making this the best experience ever for each and every of one us. And boy can they cook!! The horses were sound, well cared-for and ready and willing to be full participants in our adventure. The trip was laid out wonderfully with awe-inspiring landscapes and special adventures each day. The stand-out experience was when we got to swim our horses in the river and later play in the spray of an amazing waterfall. Deana and Casey run a wonderful outfit and I would totally recommend them to anyone who loves to ride. This has been an experience of a lifetime!’
‘The ultimate horse riding, wine drinking, time-out weekend. Perfect if you’re not so saddle fit, but long to spend some quality time on horseback. Beautiful well loved and cared for horses, amazing and passionate hosts, delicious food, and copious wine. The beach ride and swimming in the river were awesome experiences. I just loved the whole trip!’
‘An amazing ride on brilliant horses with fantastic people who really know their stuff. The whole experience was great and I feel it is very well priced. Our guides were all extremely pleasant and fun to be with. They all had great knowledge of the area and its history. Christian and his team are just amazing cooks! I rode Questro and was more than happy with him. He was very sensible and a pleasure to ride with his free-going, long stride. We were perfectly matched. I would definitely recommend this trip!’
‘I have ridden in Scotland many times, but The Borders Escape was definitely in a league of its own. The horses are well trained, responsive, safe and love their job and environment. The freedom and adventure to be in a small group with breathtaking scenery and such amazing horses and people was awesome. Sylvia and John at Windlestraw House provided flawless hospitality with an immaculate and safe environment and meticulous attention to detail. The dining experience was second to none. They went out of their way to make me feel extremely welcome and at home. Gemma is one of the best guides I have ridden with – her knowledge of the area and horses within her care was exceptional. She was fun and supportive and really helped me to regain my confidence. I felt privileged to ride with her!
Globetrotting is a unique company offering an extremely personal service with high quality horses, guides and accommodation. I am already planning my next trip!’
‘My third Globetrotting ride didn’t disappoint. Our guides Jess and Shaun were great, leading us through the pristine countryside of Glenorchy armed with their wealth of knowledge about the area. Our horses were steadfast, carrying us across crystal clear rivers and galloping up mountain ranges, not batting an eyelid at the rabbits that would leap out of the long, lush grass and dart off from under their feet. The food was great and catered to everyone’s requests. The scenery was totally amazing – and I almost forgot about the highlight, swimming with the horses!’
‘We have just returned from three magnificent days in the Shoalhaven region. We loved every second. Tiff is an incredible host – warm, engaging and considerate, with amazing attention to detail. She and her lovely parents, as well as the gorgeous Bernie, looked after us beautifully. They made us feel incredibly welcome and provided us with many, many great laughs, stories and conversation. The food was delish, from home made prosecco scones and finger sandwiches on a clifftop, to cheese platters and organic wines by the firepit, to a magnificent seafood platter lunch and a three-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Tiff matched each of us perfectly with her much-loved equine family members. I rode Flick, who was utterly divine – highly responsive with a gorgeous temperament and movie star looks. The scenery was spectacular. I felt like I was actually in one of Arthur Boyd’s paintings as I sat with Flick having lunch by the river looking across the calm, reflective water to the stunning rock formations and pristine Aussie bushland. Another highlight was cantering Tex, the Clydie-cross, on stunning Seven Mile Beach as the sun shone and the salt water sprayed on my face – wow!
All in all, a brilliant holiday. I can’t wait to return!’
‘Some 30 years ago, a Quarter Horse I rode
In the mighty Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
A dream was formed that one day,
I would ride again along some other scenic way.
2020 was the lucky year, when the stars had aligned
And I could go riding one more time.
Montana was my destination, but the pandemic came
And my holiday left… until who knows when?
Then close to home, me and some friends
Found Margaret River, and set off for a long weekend.
There was laughter and focus, marvels and wonder
With ample natural beauty out yonder.
Thank you Fiona, Paul and the crew, and thank you to my fellow riders… you all gave me a time to remember. A special thank you Delila, Patterson and Sky, the gorgeous horses without whom my dream would not have come true. You made my holiday an experience to remember and I look forward to seeing you again.’
‘This ride was everything I was hoping it would be. Every day was amazing. Great horses, company, food and scenery. I’m already planning my next trip. I rode Snoopy and he was just the type of horse I asked for: slow and safe. Now I know that on my next ride, I’m ready to go up a grade! The guides were lovely and they worked hard to keep us all happy. We were so well fed that I was starting to feel sorry for Snoopy – I was pretty sure I’d come back 10 kilos heavier! I would definitely recommend this trip – it’s a very fair price for an extremely well organised ride.’
‘The Shoalhaven Ride is amazing! The guides are really kind and look after both you and the horses super well. It was a pleasure spending the weekend with them! The horses themselves are stunning, well cared for and matched to perfection with each rider. I rode Drover and he was superb. He took care of me the entire ride and didn’t put a foot wrong. He was also really responsive, which was great – it was like he could read my mind! The scenery is stunning. Just spending the day riding through the bush is super relaxing, and you can just chill out and soak it all in. The beach ride is a great thrill – cantering along a wide open beach is something every rider should do at least once! I highly recommend this ride for a weekend away from the world to step back and recharge in luxury.’
‘Absolutely fabulous! The ‘camp’ and tents were very comfortable, the horses were amazing and an absolute joy to ride, and the staff were very friendly, welcoming, outgoing, and made you feel instantly at home. They were also great with tips, tricks and pointing out things of interest on the rides. Paul and Fiona were amazing hosts and Alex the cook provided plentiful and delicious meals that were suitable for all dietary requirements. Both of the horses I rode were fantastic and if asked, I would have been happy to ride any of the guest horses I saw. All were well trained, well kept and beautifully mannered. I enjoyed this ride so much that I’m looking at dates to book again!’
‘I have always had a passion for riding, so when I saw the Glenorchy Back Country Ride advertised on Facebook, with all the positive reviews, I knew I had to do it. I was turning 50 this year, and it was time to start checking off the bucket list. This was #1 on my list and it will be a hard trip for anything to compare to. The entire experience was beyond my highest hopes. The horses, guides, scenery, food – just everything was perfect. I felt like a little girl filled with joy as we walked, trotted and cantered across the rivers, fields, forests, and up the mountains. This is exactly how I wanted to kick off the ‘second half’ of my life. I’m already planning to go on a few other Globetrotting adventures, as I know they have been perfectly and meticulously planned and the bar is set super high, ensuring the experience of a lifetime. Thank you to all who work so hard on these trips!’
‘I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first riding experience with Globetrotting but I needn’t have worried! The whole experience was easy and enjoyable from the booking through to the actual holiday. The Hay Triangle ride was absolutely amazing. Although I had a soft spot for my gorgeous four-legged partner, Cariad, every horse on the ride had their own unique personality that made us love them! Our guide, Rosie, knew the area and the horses really well and took us down so many beautiful tracks. The ride was gloriously fast and fun – we tumbled back to our B&Bs every day exhausted but exhilarated. Every person and place we stayed in was friendly and made us feel like we were at home on the ride. All the food was delicious and the packed picnic lunches were lovely! I would highly recommend the Globetrotting experience and hope I’ll be able to book another ride with them soon!’
‘When Dean announced we were going to canter whilst walking through thick undergrowth on a narrow twisty track, we all thought, “Really? Here? Where? Well, okay, let’s go!” And then we burst out in to the open and cantered up to Craig’s Hut! A brilliant ‘Man from Snowy River’ moment!
Our guides were all brilliant. I could not recommend Christian and Laura and their crew highly enough! My horse Blackie was brilliant, too – a fabulous little Stock Horse who was super keen to pick up the pace when ever we could. All of the horses were well trained and well cared for. I was very happy with this ride.’
‘The Rainbow Beach, Bush & Cattle Ride was fantastic. I loved every minute. Growing up I always wanted to be a jillaroo, and this trip gave me a little insight into what it would be like. Andrew, Kelly and Dean were exceptional and the knowledge and experience that they shared was amazing… I have learnt so much. I rode George, who was just the confidence booster I needed. I felt safe on every ride. I had so many firsts on this trip, from riding on the beach to droving and cutting cattle. The memories and friendships I have made will be treasured – my cheeks are sore from smiling so much!
Shaun the chef was amazing. His slow-cooked ribs and creamy garlic prawns were some of the best I’ve had. Every meal he gave us was delicious. The glamping tents were fantastic and very spacious. No complaints here. I will definitely be booking another horse adventure with Globetrotting; they made it easy.’
‘This ride was the perfect mix of trail riding, cattle work and beach riding, with the most spectacular location for our home base. The glamping tents were incredibly cosy and comfy, with nice linen. Each day was different and flowed nicely; I felt I was building skills steadily, without any pressure, as Andrew and his team were so patient. Their cattle work and horse knowledge was amazing, and they were very down to earth. Destiny, my horse, was so clever and quick on his turns – he loved chasing cattle. It was also nice not to be riding nose to tail all the time, as we had freedom to direct our horses.
There were so many highlights, like seeing koalas, a private concert with Tania Kernaghan, pushing cattle through long grass, and sliding down a steep bank that we also rode back up a few days later! The food was amazing and plentiful. Everyone got on so well, and I hope we meet again on a future ride.’
‘The scenery was absolutely beautiful. I rode Dylan, who was very comfortable. Having not ridden for years, it took a few days to remember how to saddle the horse and get my seat back. I was the only one without a horse at home, but everyone was very helpful. On the whole I think I rode quite well, but experience does help enormously. We had a lovely friendly group of people, too. I loved hearing their stories of the different rides they’ve done. The guides were exceptional in their knowledge and care of everyone. It is a very well run business and I would highly recommend this trip to other riders – worth every penny.’
‘I would definitely recommend The Shoalhaven Ride. Our guides were impeccable. Nothing was too much trouble – Bernie even waded waist deep into the river to leg me onto Shiloh for a swim! Tiff and her parents showed us amazing warmth and hospitality and the feeling of being a part of their family was lovely, and Lenny’s stories were a hoot! Lorraine couldn’t do enough for us and the property was stunning. The food was faultless, too. The Prosecco scones should receive their very own Michelin Star!
My favourite moment was racing down Seven Mile Beach. So much speed and exhilaration, without a care in the world. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face for hours! I rode Ebony, the little pocket rocket, on the beach ride and I couldn’t have asked for a better horse.
For the rest of the trip I rode Shiloh and he was absolutely perfect for me: forward, fearless, happy out front on his own and super responsive. He was so much fun to ride and I bonded with him instantly.
The value for money was excellent and the only other inclusion I’d like to see is free second holidays for all returning globetrotters!’
‘It couldn’t possibly get any better than this! From beach riding to cattle work, the week was filled with plenty of moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. Andrew, Dean and Kelly’s combined knowledge of horses, cattle, riding and mustering is expansive and, coupled with the jaw-dropping scenery, will forever be cherished.
Shaun the Chef was brilliant! From the mouthwatering prawns on the first night to the best ribs I have ever eaten to the fish ‘n’ chips, there was no meal that wasn’t perfection. A few of us hoped to bring Shaun home with us!
The accommodation was out of this world. Glamping at its finest! I wasn’t sure what to expect and was surprised to find carpets, chairs, beds, etc. There was no problem sharing with another person as the tents were so spacious.
I rode the beautiful, kind and intelligent Dolly. She made me feel so secure and safe. I am still in awe of how much she has taught me about my riding and my confidence.
The experience bonds everyone together and you make Globetrotting friends for life. I’m already planning upcoming rides with them! I can’t wait to get back out to the property to learn more and ride Andrew’s beautiful horses again.’
‘I recently went on the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride, which has been a bucket list item of mine for many years. The ride far exceeded my expectations in the way of scenery, beautiful horses and amazingly accommodating hosts. The guides were absolutely fantastic. They all went out of their way to be accommodating for their guests. The food was absolutely amazing, and the campsite was wonderful. I highly recommend this holiday and will definitely be doing another ride via Globetrotting in the future.’
‘The perfect adventure escape! The best part was just being in the middle of nowhere (with no cell coverage), surrounded by amazing mountain terrain (the real deal). You could go as hard as you wanted or sit back and chill.
Our hosts were the most lovely family and wranglers. Accommodating, warm, helpful and fun. They had amazing food and accommodated my dietary requirements as best they could.
I had the most amazing horse – he listened super well, wasn’t spooked easily, was quiet when you wanted him to be, yet could go when you asked. I felt so at ease, even in the times when we covered some pretty rough terrain. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘Tiff and her family truly went above and beyond to make Tyson’s birthday memorable. They welcomed us with open arms and really spoiled us.
The intimacy of this boutique ride really allowed us to get to know our ride buddies on a personal level. We were so lucky to meet two others riders of similar age and interests that we absolutely hit it off with. It was quite a unique experience to find like-minded adventure buddies who we hope to continue wonderful friendships with.
The philosophy of riding bitless and barefoot spoke to us on a very deep level, and it was clear that Tiff really put her heart and soul into training her horses. Shiloh and Flick were so responsive and in tune with Tyson and I, and each horse had a unique, affectionate character. It was clear that they were all deeply loved family members and their welfare was prioritised above all else.
We had plenty of kick-ass runs, beautiful weather and incredible company. If you are thinking of doing The Shoalhaven Ride, stop thinking about it and just bloody book it!’
‘The Tassie Tiger Trail was great. Every day was different and the scenery was spectacular. My horse Ruby was a good ride. She was definitely the head mare! Jeremy and Jen were friendly, interesting and full of horse knowledge. They made everyone feel welcome into their life. Our host Theresa was wonderful and very friendly, and cooked fantastic food for us. I would definitely recommend this ride.’
‘A dream finally coming true. I had looked at Glenorchy and horse trekking in general around New Zealand for many years. I had done two previous treks that included an overnight stay, but this was an opportunity to immerse totally: no communication with the outside world. My new friends the horses, our guides and our horse riding buddies were fantastic. Not to mention my new best friend Beer, a fantastic, brave, kind, clever, handsome, happy fellow. I particularly loved galloping up the hill, all the river crossings, and riding back from Paradise going around the mountain.
I was totally impressed with our guides. Passionate horse people, totally professional, amazing people skills, polite, knowledgeable, humorous. They took no shortcuts with safety – it was paramount. I think you would be hard pressed to find better guides. If you find yourself looking at this ride thinking ‘Wow, I would love this’, then do it. I have no regrets!’
‘This is an awesome experience for horse riders. The horses are well trained and love their job, the hosts are top notch and the accommodation is five star. I was apprehensive at the beginning, but quickly got over that when I saw the professional way this ride is conducted. Jeremy and Jen are lovely people and lots of fun. Teresa looked after all of us so well at our accommodation. I rode Basheer and I loved that little horse. The beach ride was the best, but all of the other rides were great, too. Give it a go – you won’t be disappointed!’
‘We had the best week and absolutely loved the Glenorchy ride. The horses were superb. I rode Doobie – a true gentleman who was fazed by nothing! A big strong fellow who handled the terrain beautifully. Our guides were fantastic. They showed great care for the horses and looked after us all so well. We ate really really well and the accommodation was as described – the last night at Paradise was beautiful! The scenery and river crossings were amazing. There were seven of us as a group of girlfriends and we all agreed that it surpassed all of our expectations. Such a special place. I highly, highly recommend this ride.’
‘The Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride was my 50th birthday present to myself and I enjoyed every minute. I especially loved when we were riding up Mount Sterling and it started to snow. Reaching Craig’s Hut was a special moment, too. The guests who did the ride with me were a fantastic bunch of people. Laura and Christian Hayes and their staff were excellent, and always willing to help when needed. Lou was a fantastic cook – her meals were tasty and filling. The week went so fast! It was sad for all of us when it was time to go home. I truly recommend this ride. It’s a great experience that will get you out of your comfort zone.’
‘A magic three days on the new Shoalhaven Ride. This trip combines riding in the Aussie bush with gourmet food and wine. Spectacular scenery ranging from thick forest to rocky escarpments, down to the ocean and white, sandy Seven Mile Beach. The accommodation is on Tiff’s beautiful farm, with gorgeous luxury bedding and yummy home cooked gourmet meals. Our guides, Tiff and Bernie, were wonderful, making us feel very welcome and ensuring the safety of everyone at all times. The horses are beautiful Arabs: well cared for, high quality, well mannered and obviously loved and pampered. There were good opportunities for trotting and cantering, especially along the beach, which was amazing! Delicious food at every stop and unlimited wine and champagne. Tiffany is an amazing horsewoman and I love that she has rescued some of her horses from sad situations and retrained them in a gentle and ethical way to be trustworthy and enjoyable to ride. I would highly recommend this experience, and would love to go back one day!’
‘The Sahara Ride was an amazing experience that I will remember forever! I was pleased with my mare, she was strong and good to handle. Our guides were very friendly. I especially enjoyed the days when we rode up the hills and through the sand dunes.’
‘Jeremy and Jen are kind and gracious hosts. I felt completely confident and comfortable with them both. Moo, my six year old Arab mare, was perfect. She was super sensitive, which is just what I like, and very easy to ride. Her saddle was super comfortable, too. I loved riding at the river and the beach, as well as the groundwork. Jeremy taught me a completely different approach to riding. Jen and Jeremy’s food was terrific and the lunches on the hoof were fabulous, too. I liked that massages were available and it was fantastic that we were able to do a yoga class on Sunday morning (everyone came!).’
‘My friend and I had the most amazing holiday. We made a lot of good friends, and a lot of great memories as well. The scenery, guides, horses and food were all exceptional. My horse Gizzy was a pleasure to ride. Jess and Bijmin were very professional and friendly, and cared about us and the horses we rode. Nothing was a problem and they had a lovely happy disposition. I enjoyed every moment of the trip.
Thank you for letting us be a part of the Glenorchy adventure. We are both looking at doing another ride with the Globetrotting team very soon.’
‘One of the best holidays I’ve had. Each day’s ride was wonderful, followed by great food, good conversation, deep sleep to recharge the batteries, and then do it all again the next day. Paul and Fiona were excellent hosts and the support staff looked after all our needs. The horses were all in great shape with terrific natures, a testament to Paul and Fiona’s management. The beach ride was certainly a highlight, but the other days spent traversing the local bush were just as special. I loved the whole trip.’
‘There is just no feeling like the mountains and high country in Victoria, but experiencing it on the back of Billy Button through my Globetrotting holiday with Christian and Laura Hayes put it completely over the top! I saw things so few people get to see, got to truly feel them and learned details that made it so meaningful. The ride through the high plains was just magical! The variety of plants, the wide open space, the greenery! I loved the bush riding too, with the ghostly gums and the winding tracks. My horse Billy was lovely, with terrific gaits and a sweet personality. The crew was a picture of friendly professionalism, with every day handled with aplomb, even the day when it hailed! Suffice it to say that this was an amazing, terrific, superlative experience with great horses, crew, fellow riders, food, and location. This is a ride I would do again!’
‘The Patagonia Trail was hands down one of the best experiences of my life. The beautiful setting on a trout filled river in a remote valley full of horses deep in the Andes mountains was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. Luxury camping beyond compare and a world class adventure are just a couple of ways I can think to describe it. The guides were exceedingly gracious and accommodating. I truly could not have been more impressed and grateful. The horses were all beautiful and well suited to their assigned riders. Toro was AMAZING. He carried me safely over the Pass of Tears and for that, he had my heart.
The riding included exciting canters across the valley fields and heart-stopping mountain climbing on horseback. Time out of the saddle was equally enjoyable, spent taking in the gorgeous scenery and enjoying the company of friends by the fireplace in the main cabin or around the campfire by the river. From the five-star worthy accommodations and dining at base camp to the authentic and rustic experience at Felipe’s fly camp, there was nothing not to love! This vacation is one I will never forget.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was absolutely magical. The horses were amazing, responsive, well cared for and well educated. I rode the handsome Buddy, who was a bit of a character at the start, but by the end I wanted to bring him back to Australia with me, and I shed a few tears when I had to say goodbye. The ride was beyond beautiful and each day revealed more and more amazing views and experiences. Our Guides, Jess and Bijmin, were so incredible, friendly, knowledgeable, and fantastic horse people. I did the ride in early December, and riding through the Lupin fields was one of the highlights, as well as splashing through the glacier-fed streams.
If you are thinking of doing this ride, go for it – you won’t regret it!’
‘This ride exceeded all expectations. Beautiful countryside, such lovely people and beautiful horses. I loved seeing my old horse friends of 30 years and we all had such great time.
I rode Bates and she was fantastic. I wished I could bring her home! All the horses were so well trained and very well matched with their riders.
Paul and Fiona run an exceptional place and had such lovely staff who all seemed to love what they do. Nothing was too much trouble. I loved all the extra things: the art gallery, berry farm, indigenous experience with Mitch, farrier, cocktail party, polocrosse. And the beach ride was sensational!
A friend once told me that with holidays, if you had a great time, then it wasn’t expensive. This one was worth every cent. I can’t recommend it highly enough.’
‘Christian and Laura and the team were amazing. They catered to our every need and provided us with beautiful and reliable horses on which to explore the most magnificent scenery. They catered to varied riding abilities and provided a compete experience. I rode Pokey, a lovely mare who didn’t put a foot wrong. My mum rode Audrey, my aunt rode Clyde and my sister rode Donna. Some of my favourite moments were being a part of the family and sharing stories around the fire, and definitely the river crossings! Thank you so much.’
‘The Patagonia Trail with Jakob was spectacular. The horses were sound and sure. Miguelito es mi favorito! He was a very forward, careful and comfortable horse. The accommodations were comfy and snug. The cuisine was top of the line. Jakob, Daisy and all the support crew were so kind, supportive, interesting and fun, and very solicitous of our needs. The attention to our comfort was outstanding. We couldn’t sit down without being offered a drink or snack!
This ride stretched me to do things I didn’t know I could. I was exhilarated and exhausted. I will treasure this memory for ever (and brag about it to all my non-horsey friends). Thanks Globetrotting for making our travel simple and safe so that we could enjoy such unspoiled beauty.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride is truly spectacular, with the most amazing views you’ll ever see. The best way to see the South Island is on horseback. I couldn’t believe the scenery we were exposed to. It was simply stunning and truly a wonderful experience. If you love riding and want to see the most amazing back country then I highly recommend this ride for you! It’s very well organised and the guides are friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Your allocated trusty steed will take you on the most amazing adventure and the memories you make together will stay in your heart forever.’
‘If you’re reading this and wondering whether to book The Margaret River Ride… Do it! You will not regret it. Not only was the riding spectacular and varied but the hosts, Paul & Fiona, were the icing on the cake to this incredible experience. The rest of the crew were amazing, too. The glamping tents were beautiful with comfy beds, sheets, blankets and even hot water bottles!
The food was outstanding – healthy and fresh. The horses were mainly Australian Stock Horses and they were wonderful. Mine was a pretty young bay called Nellie who knew her job and was very sweet. The highlight was the beach ride! A complete ‘Bucket List’ experience. After a long beautiful canter we took off our tack, boots and hats and swam with the horses – aaaahmaaaazing!’
‘This ride is a bucket list must. The horses were amazing and obviously well cared for, as they were in such good condition. Blacky was the bomb – I loved him to bits and still think of him. The food was as good as any restaurant meal. We couldn’t wait for each meal to see how spoilt we were. Our guides were amazing. They knew exactly what sort of rider each individual was and catered for us perfectly everyday. Their description of the countryside and the stories they told were unforgettable. I honestly couldn’t say enough about this ride, the people we met, the food, horses, guides – it was all just way beyond our expectations. Looking back, I cant believe it was so cheap. The time and effort put in by all the staff from before we arrived til after we all left was amazing. Not to mention the year-round care of the beautiful horses! We will definitely do another trip with Christian, Laura and their team.‘
‘Riding through the Tasmanian wilderness, or up steep mountain tracks, or cantering along an endless stretch of beach on a beautifully trained, fit, willing, bitless and barefoot Arabian – it is hard to imagine a more perfect ride. Add to that gourmet experiences of Tasmania’s wonderful produce, and comfortable beds with your own ensuite in a quirky B&B that serves the best breakfasts ever. Top it off with wonderful hosts Jen and Jeremy, and you’ve got it all. Can’t wait to do the next one!’
‘This experience has been difficult to put into words. Amazing, stunningly beautiful, an experience that left me breathless. Incredible scenery and horses, guides who were truly faultless – beautiful souls who deserve only the best, they exceeded our expectations. This ride gave us so much more than an epic experience on the horses through the high country – it restored our belief that there are wonderful people out there who go above and beyond to make an experience like this a memory of a lifetime. If anyone is looking for the perfect ride, we just rode it.’
‘I can highly recommend The Margaret River Ride. The horses are lovely, well mannered, healthy and expertly matched to their rider’s ability. I was matched with George, who was a real gentleman and gave me a perfect ride. The beach ride was my biggest highlight.
Paul and Fiona were wonderful hosts. I loved spending time on the rides talking to Paul and then talking to Fiona back at camp and over dinner; they are special people.
Sally and Keith were amazing cooks and I really enjoyed their company. The support crew were all delightful and made our ride safe and fun.
The accommodation was really comfortable, from the tents and beds to the living room and fire pit. The whole experience was a dream.’
‘I had such a great time on this trip. It was wonderful to be back in the saddle riding some super horses after so many years. Barry, my trail horse, was great. My dressage horse, Alacran, was a beauty and very easy to ride. I’d have taken them both home if I could!
Fernando and Jane’s hospitality was amazing. Sherri, my dressage instructor, was very patient and kind. From the working students to the instructors, the trail guides to the cooks, everyone worked together to make this an overall amazing experience. I would rate this ride as outstanding value. This was my first Globetrotting trip but I’m sure it won’t be my last.’
‘What can I say? The best two weeks!
Great horses, great guides, great food, great company, views to die for and wildflowers everywhere. I had the best horse and I must thank Dave, our guide, for letting me ride his trusty Levi.
The campsites were fantastic and I loved watching the sunrise over the mountain.
Everyone should add this to their riding wish list.
I will be back to do it again!’
‘This was my first multi-day ride and it was outstanding! I had minimal experience (riding friends’ horses as a child, trail rides on holidays and several lessons/rides in the lead-up to this trip). I highly recommend this holiday for riders of all levels. The guides were outstanding and split the group up according to ability so that everyone could maximise their experience. They were encouraging and easy to follow, and took great care to check on the horses and the tack, as well as helping advise on skill improvement. By the last day I had gained the skills to canter with confidence. The food, accommodation, horses, supplies and scenery were top notch! They didn’t miss a thing.’
‘A well organised team of two and four legs. Paul, Fiona and staff, thank you for an experience of a lifetime. Many firsts conquered for me!
The guides and staff could not have been any better. They were down to earth and made everyone feel at home. So accommodating, and they all went above and beyond. I loved the long table gatherings for dinner.
I was well suited to my mare and my favourite experience was the beach ride. I loved the location, too – Margaret River is absolutely spectacular!’
‘This was a life changing experience for us and our two boys. I’ve travelled in Australia my whole life, and what a unique way to see the land and wildlife. We felt part of the country, respectful and leaving no trace. The horses were amazing – sturdy, reliable, and in great condition. Our accommodation was perfect and the meals were always great and hearty.
The highlight of the trip was swimming in a waterhole at dusk after eight hours of riding, and with another hour’s ride back to camp. We had to search out the waterhole, as the guides had never been there and there was every possibility it would be dry, as were the previous two we’d visited that day. It was exhausting, amazing and unforgettable.
Christian and Laura were special people, who made it a special experience. The boys loved helping Christian shoe the horses. On the last day, after turning in the horses, Christian and Laura went above and beyond, taking us to a thermal spring in Emma Gorge, bringing cheese, beer and wine.
Money well spent. It was truly unforgettable.’
‘The Icelandic horses were all great to ride and handle. The saddle I had was really comfortable, I didn’t have a sore bum at all! I absolutely loved the first afternoon ride when we all tölted for the first time. The delight shown by everyone was great to experience as a group, it was so much fun! If the stunning scenery, the gorgeus, sweet-tempered Icelandic horses, and riding with a herd of fifty horses towards a glacier doesn’t tempt you to join the Wilderness Expedition in Iceland, then riding a horse at a flat out tölt surely will! One of the best riding feelings ever! Well worth the cost.’
‘The Margaret River Ride was exactly what I needed. Lovely horses, fabulous food, delicious wine, terrific people and great entertainment. I was taken slightly out of my comfort zone every day, which I’m sure has made me a better rider. I rode the gorgeous Bates, who was fabulously responsive and fun to ride. Paul, Fiona, Keith and the girls just made me feel like family and nothing was too much trouble. I thoroughly recommend this trip – I hope to be back.’
‘If you’re interested in spectacular scenery and the chance to see some amazing wildlife, the British Columbia ride is perfect. The climb up to the top of the mountain overlooking Chilko Lake is especially spectacular. Though this is mountainous terrain and much of the ride involves negotiating narrow trails at a walk, there are some fast canters that are not for the faint hearted!
The horses were great, fit and healthy. My horse, Koda, was delightful, very perky and forward-moving. I’d have to say, this is the friendliest herd of horses I’ve ever seen!
Our guide, Tasch, was a very knowledgeable horsewoman. Our cabin was great, with beautiful views of the river, and the lodge is also fantastic, with an awesome porch where you can relax before breakfast and at the end of the day. The food was plentiful and delicious, and I especially loved the snacks served during the cocktail hour – and the hot chocolate! One unique thing about this lodge, which we ended up really enjoying, was the opportunity to meet some fly fishermen… those guys were great! We met some really fun and fascinating people on this trip. Looking at our pictures, we’re missing it already!’
‘I loved this ride. The scenery was genuinely breathtaking at every turn and it is an experience that will last a lifetime. I would actually go back and do it again. It was very well run and organised by the team in Glenorchy. Their local knowledge was great and their horsemanship was exceptional. It was great to see that the staff had a genuine love for the animals in their care. The horses were incredibly fit, well looked after, and well-matched to their riders. They were all cool, calm and collected and had plenty of ‘go’ when asked. Each day I enjoyed a great ride, lovely healthy fresh food, stunning scenery, a nice glass of local wine, great company and a few creature comforts. Who could complain about that? I made a few lovely new friends and had a great time. I would happily book a trip through Globetrotting again.’
‘This is a really good ride for both experienced and beginner riders. You never stop learning and the instruction is amazing. Mustering and campdrafting were awesome. I left with much to work on, but with much enthusiasm! The value for money was fantastic – we didn’t have to pay for anything on the whole trip and never went without. I rode Mojo and Dynamite and they were both fantastic. The food was amazing, as were the tents, and the guides were lovely people.’
‘Amazing ride, horses, food, experience! Top notch. Our horses, Doobie and Jungle, were amazing. They were paired as best friends and perfect for our needs. We wanted to bring them home! Jess was amazing and great to chat to, and Shaun was very knowledgeable on the region, flora and fauna, etc. I loved the food sooo much and it was lovely to have such varied accommodation. This ride was worth every penny.’
‘I had the adventure of a lifetime on The Kimberley Ride. To be honest, the night before leaving home as I was busily packing, I was thinking ‘Have I bitten off more than I can chew? Is this ride going to be a bit much for me? Can I camp?’ How wrong I was – I loved every single second of this ride and was very sad when it was over. The horses, the people, the glamping, the entertainment, the way that Laura and Christian go way above and beyond to ensure you have the best time you can – it’s all phenomenal. My horse Doc was amazing and I was sad to say goodbye to him. I could not have been happier with all of the staff, they were fantastic – always had a smile on their face and felt like friends. If you’re hesitating, trust me and just book it, you won’t regret it!’
‘I have been on both the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride and now The Kimberley Ride with Laura and Christian and could not recommend them enough – they look after your every need. The landscape is amazing and the horses are even better. I rode Doc, a lovely, kind, gentle boy, and I was very happy with him. We had beautiful accommodation at El Questro. The whole trip was great value for money. Our guides were great, especially Swampy and Ray, who sung a few tunes around the campfire. A highlight for me was Vinnie coming to camp and paying didgeridoo for us.’
‘The trip of a lifetime. So much more than I imagined. Cantering with giraffes, galloping with wildebeest, camping next to hippos, lying awake at night listening to their grunting and hearing the lions, hyenas and zebras in the distance. The Maasai Mara is one amazing place.
All the horses were in great nick and well cared for. My horse, Mzima, could not have been matched anymore perfectly. Soft mouth, responsive and keen every day.
Simon and Imogen – wow. There was no question about Kenya, the culture, the animals, or the ride itself that these two couldn’t answer. Both obviously love their job, love their country and love sharing it with globetrotters. They were very attentive, and always approachable and happy to help. The staff were all fantastic and catered for us guests so well. We were always looking forward to the yummy food – it was creative, plentiful, and most of all so good!
This trip was absolutely worth every cent. From the moment you’re picked up to go on the plane, life is so well catered for and there’s nothing to worry about. From the amazing meals to the amazing horses, the candlelit dinners, all the staff that put the camp up and take it down, boots being polished, hot water to wash your face each morning, the steaming hot showers, right down to the hot water bottles in your bed at night, everything was covered and it was the best.
You walk away with a lifetime of memories and some lovely friends. 10 outta 10 for this epic ride.’
‘We had an amazing time on the Tassie Tiger Trail – we cannot speak highly enough of Jen and Jeremy. They were amazing hosts, they made us feel so very welcome right from the first day. I was given the pleasure of riding Basheer, who was the perfect fit for me. Learning about natural horsemanship and how to bond with the horses with groundwork was enlightening and a great experience. The daily adventures on the bush trails were so much fun, and the visits to the salmon farm and Bakers Beach were particular highlights. Bonney’s Inn, where we stayed each night, was such a lovely old building, done up very comfortably. Theresa, our host there, kept us fed with amazing dinners and desserts. The time went so fast, and I’m now back at work wishing I could have done this trek all over again. We will definitely be looking at another trek soon. This holiday fulfilled a bucket list dream for me.’
‘This was a fantastic week and I met some great people and made new friends. Deana, Jess and Bijmin were amazing and the scenery in Glenorchy was breathtaking. Riding the horses through the lake was awesome. It was well worth the money, I loved every minute and would definitely go back in a heartbeat! If you’re sitting on the fence about this ride, it’s time to jump off! Don’t miss this amazing experience.’
‘The Twin Coast ride is such a wonderful, genuine Kiwi experience from the back of a horse. Jane and Ken Dromgool have incredible passion and knowledge about horsemanship, their team are equally knowledgeable and their horses are as individual as their owners, which means you’re guaranteed a great ride! The trip up to Cape Reinga and bareback swimming at Henderson Bay was the icing on the cake. It was such a pleasure to ride over such a variety of terrain on incredibly surefooted, responsive horses. Everyone in the group was happy with the horses chosen for them. Nose-to-tail trail ponies these are not, which was fantastic. To top it off, our group felt like it was hand-picked. So many laughs and good times! Do it!’
‘We loved our holiday in Montana and my two friends and I were made to feel very welcome from the start. Our cabins were very nice and well appointed. The food was excellent and everyone was catered for, including those with dietary requirements. At every meal we had so many choices and everything was presented beautifully. It was nice to see different nationalities among our fellow riders – English, American and another Aussie girl. The guides were very knowledgeable, attentive and safety conscious, and made sure everyone was happy with their horse. I was lucky to ride a paint called Tia and I loved her. Not only was she very pretty, but she had a sweet nature, was forward, very responsive and loved cantering. I had her for the whole trip – lucky me! Riding in the hills and exploring the countryside was excellent and we had some opportunities to gallop across the plains. The best day for me was the all-day ride when we took our lunch in saddle bags and all of us, including the horses, were driven to another part of the property. We then set off from this location and explored the spectacular countryside – it was a fabulous day. It was great riding at the ranch and also good to ride with other like-minded people who love horses. I thoroughly recommend this ride.’
‘Well, what a week! I had been looking forward to this ride for almost a year and have probably bored my friends silly with the excitement I had leading up to it. It did not disappoint. The staff, especially our guides for the week, Nat and Shawn, were fantastic. Nat and Shawn excelled at looking after our group of ten riders and horses, and their knowledge of the areas we rode through was fantastic. I tried some native berries, was informed about native flora and experienced some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. I was matched to the best horse I could imagine. His name was Cruise and what a wonderful boy he was. I felt completely at ease riding him for the five days. One word of advice: beware the sand flies and cover up everything. But in all honesty, if I could do it all again I would not hesitate – sandflies and all.’
‘The accommodation on this trip was outstanding, especially the glamping. The marae was just wonderful. The highlight was the input from the local community, which provided a special flavour to the experience and set this trek apart. The picnic in the glade with wine and cheese and the newly-erected timber pop-up bar was unparalleled! And, of course, the lodge itself was just wonderful. Fabulous staff, and the environment was perfect.
I rode Calibre and we got on just fine. Our guides did a wonderful job matching riders to horses. My favourite experience was swimming the horses. The whole holiday was outstanding and set the scene for many more very successful treks to follow.’
‘Mongolia was definitely a trip to remember, and one I would repeat in a heartbeat!
Your saddle might not always be comfortable and your stirrups might never be even, but those trusty little Mongol horses will carry you across any terrain, getting you safely to your destination. There definitely won’t be a hot shower at the end of the day, but you’ll always be guaranteed a hearty meal. We were expecting to live off mutton and potatoes, but the food exceeded our expectations. I hoped to lose a few kilos on the trip, but I definitely didn’t! There was also a vegetarian on the trip and the cooks tailored to her needs fantastically. The guides, wranglers, and cooks were all amazing. They were all very knowledgeable in their own areas and very accommodating.
I loved my little Mongol pony! I so badly wanted to take him home. He was such a trooper. And the reindeer valley was such a surreal experience! I was in no way expecting to ride down into the valley and find all the reindeer roaming free, and they were so friendly!’
‘I had not ridden for nine years and was unsure how I would feel after my ride on day one. Opal, my trusty, surefooted steed, was a perfect choice for me and was very easy to ride. The saddle was extremely comfortable and, after five days, let alone one, I can thankfully say I did not experience any stiffness associated with being saddle-sore. Every day was wonderful, but the highlights would have to be riding up to the Great Western Tiers mountain range – incredible scenery – and the beach ride in Narawntapu National Park, with fresh oysters, cold drinks and potato chips awaiting our return to the starting point of the trail. I can’t speak highly enough of Jen and Jeremy’s level of service, knowledge of the environment and hospitality – they contributed to making the trip a wonderful experience. This trip was excellent value for money and above my expectations.’
‘I had that best time! What a beautiful place to visit – I honestly think I could live there. We had the best guides, Jess and Shaun, and a huge thanks to Deana and Casey. The horses were in terrific condition. I rode a horse called Jungle, who was an absolute gentleman – kind and responsive and did everything I asked of him, a pleasure to ride. The meals were terrific. We certainly had plenty to eat and Jess and Shaun did a fantastic job serving as both guides and chefs, hats off to them. I couldn’t have asked for nicer people to go away with than the group of girls on the ride. I’d just like to thank all of you at Globetrotting for the fantastic opportunity to go away and do something that I love. The whole trip was fantastic.’
‘Jane, Chelsea and Lisa were absolutely incredible. They are beautiful people who you just enjoy being around. I was in awe of their knowledge, ability, energy and enthusiasm for a job they clearly love. All three of them were patient, kind and willing to help at all times. Their horsemanship was evident in the beautifully mannered, surefooted horses that we were privileged to ride. I was fortunate to ride Dolly, a 17 hand Clydesdale cross, who was willing to press forward in any terrain. We rode through native forests, slid down golden sand dunes and rode along the beach at sunset. The highlight was swimming my 650kg gentle giant in the surf… that was a bucket list tick for me!’
‘An amazing luxury week in beautiful Irish countryside, surrounded by lovely people. The castle and estate is beautiful and well set up. Everything you need is right there, with wonderful staff. The close proximity of the equestrian centre and the lodge, and the integration of the two, made for an incredible experience full of luxury and convenience!
The horses are all lovely and safe to ride. I rode Summer, Bumble, Squire, Arnie, Traveller, Blueberry and Wilson. My favourites were Bumble and Arnie, especially out on cross country. The last day of cross country riding was the highlight of the week, especially jumping a few of the bigger cross country jumps on the course.
Overall, the week was absolutely worth every cent. The scenery was lovely, the lodge and estate provided a luxury week away, the horses were well cared for. All the riding instructors were lovely, helpful and fun. The staff at the lodge were also great, going out of their way to help with anything, including ringing the chocolate shop to open up for us!’
‘My experience in Montana was amazing. I loved the countryside and enjoyed our ‘lopes’ up the hills. The horses are fantastic and cater for all levels of riders. I loved Scooter. She is a feisty buckskin mare – perfect for me!
The food was outstanding – great quality and delicious. Our guide Darian was fantastic and a great rider. The staff were really helpful and the riding was spectacular! This trip was great value for money. I’m definitely going back!’
‘This was the trip of a lifetime for me and something I have been working towards for the last five years in line with my riding goals, in order to be able to ride through the beautiful Lord of the Rings high country. What I didn’t realise was just how breathtaking the setting would be in real life, and how outstanding the horses would be. Casey and Deana really have put together an amazing troop of horses that can cater to all manner of riders – we had a broad spectrum of abilities and experience in our group but it didn’t feel like that once we were out in the wilderness. I loved this ride – five days was a long time to be in the saddle, but every day there was something new and different to see and experience. To anyone thinking of doing this trip – stop thinking and just do it!’
‘I have to say, I am finding writing anything about this adventure very difficult. In some way, I feel like I am still there. It was the best horse related experience I have ever had, even though I have ridden for 30+ years.
It was beyond anything that I could have imagined. Calling it a holiday goes nowhere near to describing those eight days. It was a real adventure – exhilarating, calming, peaceful, exciting, challenging, beautiful and an experience I will always treasure. The horses were fit, happy, independent and so confident in themselves. Mine – Dakota – was the best horse partner you could ever want on such an adventure. He was fit, energetic, honest, confident and so much fun, with impeccable manners, and he listened to me every step of the way. If I could have taken him home, I would have. And as for our two fabulous guides – I cannot imagine any other horse people who I would rather ride with.
The marae visit was out of this world and all the locals went completely out of their way to make sure we felt more than welcome and had everything we wanted. I loved the mountains we rode up, and the valleys we rode down into, the gallops across long rolling hills, the stops on the mountaintops to admire the views and the huge country that we had ridden or were about to ride that day. On one such hilltop, we stopped and were lucky enough to watch a band of wild Kaimanawa horses beneath us. They were so curious and beautiful. A sight I have never seen.
As a fellow kiwi, one thing that really stood out for me is that this ride is an opportunity to experience the real New Zealand High Country. This is not a touristy, commercial riding holiday option – this is the real deal, experiencing a slice of true kiwi life on the best horses.’
‘This ride was SOOOOO great! We had a truly fantastic time. I could write an essay about how good it was and why, how safe and professional Jen and Jeremy are, how utterly outstanding their horses are (I rode Gem, who was just delightful and a real sweetie) and how beautiful and exhilarating the rides were. Quite simply, everything was perfect and I have nothing to report other than that the trip matched my expectations (which were extremely high!) and I can’t wait to go again! You girls (and guys) at Globetrotting are so fantastically thorough and helpful and provide a spot-on, five star service from start to finish, so everything was easy from go to whoa. A bit too easy, I think, as now the sky is the limit as to where I go next with Globetrotting!’
‘Do this ride, it’s amazing! The scenery was breathtaking and the company was even better. If you are prepared to rough it a little, it’s an experience you will never forget and one you will want to do over and over again.
The Kerns family made us feel like part of the team and that really made the experience great. Dana and Alice, their sons and partners all accompanied us on the trip. You could see their genuine love of the animals and the area, and many stories where shared. The meals served by Alice were amazing and well beyond expectations. All of the horses where fantastic. Each had their own personality and Titus in particular was so surefooted and gentle on the ride down the canyon.
My favourite day was riding down through the Bighorn Canyon – the scenery was spectacular. We picked up cattle about halfway down and there was a great sense of camaraderie. It all finished off with a night in the Double Rafter barn due to the snow setting in on the mountain.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and was well worth the price. It’s definitely not a standard one-behind-the-other ride and each trip will present different opportunities and activities.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was an amazing experience. We rode on well cared-for and capable horses that were more than willing to go out each day. I was a little nervous about the type of horse I’d have for the week, but needn’t have worried, as my horse Jungle was simply adorable! He looked after me so well and built up my confidence, even jumping a few logs. He was never silly or spooky, just a solid mount. Each day the was scenery was different; beautiful forests, river crossings and riding through long-grassed, open fields with mountains either side – it was fairy tale stuff! The guides were very knowledgeable about the countryside, horses and all the movies that had been filmed along the way. The food was plentiful; my daughter and I have dietary issues and we were catered for flawlessly at each meal, often with multiple options. I can’t thank Deana and Casey’s team enough for putting on such a great week for us. We will remember it fondly for many years.’
‘The Twin Coast Adventure was one of those magical experiences where you ride beautifully trained horses in pristine countryside. The hosts were not only profoundly good horse people but also wonderful hosts who worked hard to make sure we loved every minute. Long beach canters, sliding down sand dunes, wild horses and forest pathways. A beautiful, isolated and diverse landscape explored on horses who keep you safe and thrilled with equal measure. I would retreat back at moment’s notice. Thank you for the brand new ‘happy place’ memories that will get me through the next 12 months while I plan my next Globetrotting adventure.’
‘We had a fantastic time on the seven day Maasai Mara ride, with great horses, wonderful hosts, amazing wildlife, beautiful scenery and loads of fun. Hugh rode Mars and I rode Posie, and we were both happy with our horses. Megan did an excellent job of matching horses to riders and all the horses were in great condition, well looked after and fed really well.
Both Simon and Megan were exceptional, friendly, easy to chat with and good fun. They also knew about the animals, birds and landscapes. The food was fantastic and the tented accommodation was very comfy.
The wildlife was amazing. We saw a beautiful pride of lions 10 minutes after arriving on the plane. The elephants, giraffe and all the other game were also fantastic. We even saw a leopard and an aardvark, which is quite unusual. Each day brought new sights, animals and landscapes. Although we only rode for a few hours a day, it was enough. We enjoyed being able to go out in the vehicle when we weren’t riding and at night, were very fortunate to witness the lionesses hunting at close range. The afternoon siesta was a treat, too.’
‘From cantering through snow covered fields, to seeing grizzly bears roaming, to eating the most amazing food and wandering through the one of the most beautiful parts of the world… this holiday was breathtaking!
I was blown away with all the horses – I have never seen trail horses so calm and responsive. I rode Austin and I absolutely loved him. On the long cantering stretches, it was amazing to see that the horses weren’t even interested in racing; it was easy to keep in a single file line and they didn’t get at all funny or fizzy. Our guide Louise certainly knew her stuff and she was amazing with horses.
The food!! OMG! Gary was amazing and made the most delicious meals. I was shocked that we could eat so well in the middle of nowhere.
My favourite experience of all was the rollercoaster track. Words cannot describe!’
‘It’s been a hot minute since I got back from Glenorchy in February. The memories are still making the days at the office tough to take. There was no way to prepare for the epicness and truly unique experiences that bound together our group of intrepid Globetrotters.
We arrived after over half a metre of rain had fallen. Nonetheless, as rain threatened to drown out Deana’s voice in the tack shed, she offered us two options. Option A was to ride. I guess we’ll never know what Option B was. If we were allowed on horses, we were getting on horses! The next several hours were spent trekking along the edges of the swollen Rees River. Our guides, Jess and Shaun, never wavered and our horses never put a hoof wrong. My fellow globetrotters also deserve a round of applause. My trusty steed, Beer, who is famous among globetrotters, never hesitated, even when the water rose midway up his shoulders. We were kept super comfortable at Camp Glenorchy as the weather set in that night. The next day was wet and flooded, with some of the houses in Glenorchy being evacuated, but day 3 dawned bright and beautiful, as though the rain had never happened. We rode 21 kilometres and climbed the equivalent of 250 flights of stairs, and the horses got a well-deserved massage when we arrived at the shearing shed bunkhouse.
Day 4 had a lot of river crossings, with Shaun and Jess carefully picking our path. We got a real indication of the extent of the floods, looking at grass and sticks caught in fences far from the river. We rode into stunning Paradise in the afternoon and explored the trust’s property before dinner, gazing down the valley to some recognisable landscapes from many movies.
Day 5 was the one day when we were able to stick to the itinerary. We rode past several new landslips on the Dart River side of Mt Albert before an amazing long canter along the flat by the river.
This trip was unique and unrepeatable. I loved every minute and I’d love to do it again.’
‘This was a special holiday where our hosts, Nicola and Tommy, went above and beyond to make the ride a success. Beautiful countryside with ample opportunity to go far a canter if you chose to. Riding through the rolling hills each day was something to remember and the eight nights gave us a little extra time to relax and maximise our enjoyment. The night at the marae was special, and swimming with the horses was great. We had a great group and, importantly, there was the opportunity to mix, talk and party with the locals every evening.’
‘As the the last ride we did was in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, this Okavango Delta ride lived up to our expectations (and above in regards to luxury). The sleep out that was organised for our 30 year wedding anniversary was very intimate and special. Swimming with the horses was an amazing experience, too. All in all it was very worth every cent and I would give it a top rating, as I cannot see how this could be done any better. To me it is a very special and thrilling experience to be able to ride a horse in between the game in Africa and not feel scared because the guides you are with know what they are doing. They all knew their stuff, took very good care of us and had a good sense of humour. Africa on horseback can become a serious addiction!’
‘The Tassie ride was a very special and emotional one for me, as I sadly lost my best friend and soul mate Maccy (Moo Bear) three weeks prior. It was the most difficult time saying goodbye to the most loving and forgiving horse.
The weather in Tassie was all over the place, but I loved every second. My faithful steed was Moonlight, nicknamed Moo. We connected straight away and she was absolutely gorgeous. Our hosts Jeremy, Jen and Matilda were so kind, caring and understanding. They treated us like family and made us feel so confident and relaxed. The rides were spectacular, especially going on the beach and having the freedom to just relax and enjoy such beauty… I couldn’t stop smiling and just feeling at peace.
I’m so looking forward to my next ride and hopefully heading back to Tassie. I want to thank you all so much for these rides – they have made an enormous impact on my life and I will continue to spread my wings.’
‘If you want to ride in heaven, this is the closest you will get. I would recommend this ride to anyone. I’m a kiwi living in Australia and I was blown away by the scenery – amazing river crossings, incredible forest tracks, waterfalls (I lost count!), wild deer grazing the hillsides. It just takes your breath away.
Everyone was happy with their horses, which were well matched to their riders. Ruby was the perfect horse for me – just like what I ride at home. The food was amazing. Our guide, Nicola, was very knowledgeable and just super.
This holiday has a bit of everything, a good amount of time in the saddle, and plenty of changes of pace. Start planning, globetrotters, this is a must-do ride!’
‘From the scenery that rocked my world, to the sunset lopes across endless beaches, to the most beautiful horse in the world who was willing and eager to explore with me – I loved every minute of this ride. I had the great pleasure of riding Queenie and she was so much fun. We were happy with each other from the first moment. She was excited to get a gung-ho rider and I was excited to get a keen-to-play pony. It was bliss. She was almost human in many of the ways that she responded to me. Jane and her team were professional and fun and kept us well fed, safe and entertained. The Twin Coast lookout blew my mind, as did the bareback beach swim. This was a brilliant, bucket list adventure. If you get the chance, do it.’
‘This ride was something I had wanted to do for a long time. I had grown up loving the Man from Snowy River movies and had always wanted to see the mountains with my own eyes. I finally figured that turning 40 was as good a time as ever. With approximately three hours’ riding experience in my 40 years of life, I decided to dive in and go for it.
I am so glad that I made that decision. To spend six days up in the High Country on the back of a beautiful horse was something I will never forget. My trusty steed, Donna, looked after me from the start (even though I am sure there were times she wanted to throw me off her back). She was steady, stable and calm.
It was great to be able to share this experience with other riders from all over Australia and the world. You start out as a bunch of strangers, but by the end you know everyone’s story. It’s amazing how easy it is to get along with people when you spend all day with them with no phones, no TV and no internet. We all sat around and ate our meals together and told each other our stories of the day’s riding. It was impossible NOT to connect with everyone.
As for the staff, honestly, I could not give them enough praise. Personally, they looked after me and made sure I was okay, as I was by far the least experienced person on the ride. But outside of that, they made sure EVERYTHING was covered. The horses were very well looked after, the food was faultless, the fires were always lit, the drinks were always cold and the whole crew became a part of the experience. I honestly could not think of anything that could have been done any better. If you have ever thought about it… do it. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience like me: the team will look after you and make sure you have the time of your life.’
‘This was my favourite holiday of all time!! I loved the adventure, beautiful scenery amd amazingly well thought-out itinerary. Our guides were brilliant and friendly, the horses willing and responsive, the camps very well appointed, and the organization was beyond my expectations. Bijmin and Jess were so passionate, thoughtful and kind. Their horsemanship was excellent and they were great at sharing tips in a way that was encouraging without being bossy. They interacted with the group as friends, on the same level as us, while maintaining control and safety in all situations. I rode Merlin and I was happy with how we worked together during our ride. He was willing and responsive while keeping me feeling safe. I can’t recommend this ride highly enough!’
‘Simon and Megan were truly amazing. Simon is an encyclopaedia of information and seemed to enjoy sharing his knowledge and love of the animals and the land. He never tired of the barrage of voices asking questions, needing assistance or just wanting to chat for a bit. Megan and Simon seem to communicate without words. They are in harmony with the surrounding environment, the horses and each other. They wear a lot of hats: they are perfect hosts, skilled equestrians, conservation enthusiasts, protectors, and they became friends that I did not want to leave.
The food was incredible. Every meal was fresh and delicious. There is nothing like food prepared over an open fire. My horse, Tinga, was amazing. Well trained, honest, brave, forward and seemingly happy to be on safari. I was happy with the accommodation – I especially loved our second camp high up on the escarpment. The views were incredible. I also loved the mid-day riding break on ‘move days’ when we would ride up to our row of chairs and private little areas set up for us to stretch out and relax. I loved that the horses were untacked, washed in the river, fed and given a well deserved rest. The quality of service, level of care of the horses, attention to detail and safari experience gave me priceless memories.’
‘This ride was a dream of mine. And it was a dream come true. One of the best and most fun experiences I’ve had. The only problem is that it’s all I can think about and I am already looking for the next one! I rode Evie, and I was happy because she was very different to my horse, which was good for me. I felt safe and trusted her. The guides were lovely people – very attentive, friendly and accommodating. I especially loved swimming with the horses and playing polocrosse.’
‘Wow, what a fantastic eight days we all had. Nicola and Janie are a fantastic team and the other two lovely guides who helped out every day were pretty special too. I felt so proud to be a New Zealander while on this trip. The land we rode over was spectacular, picturesque and at times very exciting, with some small challenges along the way. I always felt very welcome and cared for. I would recommend this trip to anyone – in fact, I would definitely do it again. The food was amazing, healthy and very tasty. After each ride we celebrated together and talked about our amazing day with drinks and snacks before dinner. I rode Dakota; he was a great choice for me, exactly what I asked for in the description I gave of my dream horse. Very safe and steady on the steep hills, he had energy but could be controlled easily. The support and care our guides gave us was so heartwarming; it felt like we had become family over eight days. I wish them all the best on all their rides to come.’
‘I just had the most wonderful time on the Craig’s Hut ride, with wonderful horses and great company! Every day was heaven; the horses were well matched with the riders, the guides and support crew were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and our group of riders were friendly and supportive.
I was impressed with the food (especially the sweets!), and I will never forget Woody, my wonderful mount for the week – he was very gentle and lovable, and I always felt safe on him. Each day just got better and better, but the day we got to ‘muster’ the cattle was my favourite – that’s when I felt that Woody and I really meshed.
Truly a memorable experience.’
‘Our Twin Coast ride was fabulous. The Far North climate and scenery is fantastic. To ride on the beaches and through pine forests sighting wild horses was so exciting. The last day was my favourite, when we rode down to Henderson Bay and swam our horses in the sea. Such fun! Jane and her staff, Chelsea and Tania, were fabulous. Along with a crazy group of women, we laughed our way through the week. I would highly recommend this ride.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride cannot be overstated… the scenery was absolutely beautiful and the horses were majestic. Our guides, Shaun and Dee, treated all riders with grace and respect. They were masters of their trade: outstanding back country cooking, as well as being very knowledgeable about the horses we were riding and the environment we were exploring! Each day in the Glenorchy back country provided a fantastic experience… river crossings, mountain trails, swimming with the horses, even time for a short hike up to the waterfalls. All of this made for a memorable holiday that I will never forget!’
‘We wanted to say a huge thank you to the amazing team at Margaret River for the most wonderful stay. Everything was perfect. The horses are amazing, food delicious, glamping cozy with beautiful attention to detail, and the entire team an absolute pleasure to be with. Our guides were exceptional. Their knowledge, patience and professionalism was of a very high standard. They were relaxed, personable and eager to give us the best experience they could offer. We loved the riding experiences, particularly cantering on the white sandy beach, swimming with the horses and of course the Polocrosse! I loved sharing this with my daughter, who said it was her best holiday ever! Our horses were amazing. We rode George and Nelly. They were happy, well cared for, beautifully trained and good natured. We will treasure the memories forever.’
‘The Margaret River Ride was amazing. It’s something my childhood self could only have dreamed of doing. I rode Evie and she was fantastic. Beautifully educated, lovely temperament, responsive, and didn’t put a hoof wrong. I got to try things I otherwise wouldn’t have, like polocrosse and riding in the ocean, as well as seeing the beautiful Western Australian scenery. The beach ride was a highlight and I’ll never forget it. Meeting Mitch and learning about her culture and the history of the Aboriginal community in Margaret River was great as well. I feel lucky to have experienced it. The staff were great, very friendly and down to earth, and just incredible at what they do. The meals were fantastic and well balanced and the accommodation was clean and cosy. The communal areas and the fire created a lovely atmosphere. As someone who only took up riding as an an adult, it was great to be immersed in horse activities for hours, with the same lovely mare each day. I improved and learnt so much.’
‘The first word out of my mouth is ‘amazing!’ when friends ask about this trip. The owners, guides and staff were very friendly and super helpful. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The staff had the best sense of humour and there were lots of laughs. I rode a beautiful big mare called Audrey. She was quiet, honest and reliable and really looked after me. I loved the way she would stride out and be at the front. Our meals were absolutely amazing and delicious – we didn’t go hungry. Although I have visited the area before by vehicle, it was a completely different perspective on horseback. It was challenging at times; I had one afternoon off to recover and was well looked after. The horses were just beautiful. Well looked after and spoilt, they were a great herd. I definitely recommend this ride and would consider doing it again.’
‘A great way to experience a different breed of horse. Doing it in style and comfort with like minded people. Fantastic! The spacious, old-style rooms were very comfortable. I really enjoyed the barbeques. The service, environment and hospitality were excellent. I enjoyed the gait of the Peruvian Paso horses. My favourite experience was the afternoon when we mustered some cows and calves, separated the calves and then roped some of them. We then rode to the top of a hill to view a super moon rising, while enjoying drinks and nibbles.’
‘I’m not long back in Australia after the most wonderful riding experience in the north of New Zealand! It’s hard to settle down.
Ken and Jane and their dedicated staff host a brilliant riding experience! Beautiful, well schooled, kind horses. If you are honest about your riding experience and what type of horse and tack you prefer, they will offer you the perfect match! With an amazing group of funny, mad, accomplished horsewomen, I rode across and down vast sand dunes, walked and cantered through beautiful native vegetation and tall kauri trees, and enjoyed extended canters along majestic, pristine beaches. Then we swam and surfed on horseback! The scenery was breathtaking. Our cabin accommodation at Henderson Bay was newly constructed and had so much character. Magic!
If you are considering this ride, don’t think about it, JUST DO IT! You will have the ride of your life. I just want to go back and do it all again!’
‘The River Valley Ride was truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Amazing horses, people and scenery – what more could you ask for? I rode Miss T… I loved her and it was sad to say goodbye. She was comfortable and easy. She also had a very forward-moving walk and was easy to push into a trot or canter. The accommodation was varied, but we always had a comfy warm bed, and sleeping at the marae was quite a special experience. Nicola and Tommy were the best. Always accommodating, they had fantastic knowledge of the environment and the land owners. We couldn’t have asked for two better guides. I loved every day and every minute. The whole experience was unforgettable.’
‘Gorgeous blue-green crystal clear waters, soaring mountains and plunging ridgelines combined with surefooted and unflappable dream horses, a bit of cosy luxury camping and delectable food. This ride both challenges your fears and soothes the soul – a veritable feast of stunning scenery. It met every expectation I had and more. I have ridden on so many other speccy trips with their own special features that I have loved, and they seem tame in comparison – for adrenaline, I think this hard to beat.
I rode Moro Negro and I loved him. He was so perfectly behaved and well trained – I couldn’t think of a single thing to improve. Very surefooted over all the rabbit holes and so careful and unflappable on the Pass of Tears. He was perfect for me and the sort of horse I wish I could find at home. The saddles were great – to do those 13 hour days and not get sore is an achievement! The gauchos provided excellent care of the horses and were very accommodating of us – nothing was too much trouble.
All the staff were great, friendly and went above and beyond. Daisy made this ride the fantastic experience it was. Her humour and stories, her consideration and care of each and every one of us, her easy going approachability and the reassurance and communication she provided was so highly valued. She is a talented host and a special part of the team.
The food was divine – some of the best I’ve had. Clean flavours, fresh, healthy but still delicious, and a perfect amount of it. The chef should produce a book of his recipes – I would absolutely have bought it.
Not for the inexperienced or faint of heart, this was a very special experience of Patagonia and has become my new ‘happy place’ – at least ’til my next ride!’
‘There is a reason this ride is always sold out. It is spectacular. A new adventure around every corner. It was so beautiful and varied, from the carpets of blooming lupine to spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks, turquoise ribbons of water threaded across gravel river basins, and glacier-fed waterfalls cascading down mountainsides. Pictures can’t capture the wonder and awe the landscape inspires. Best of all, it was experienced on horseback. What could be better than that?
The guides were relaxed, extremely respectful, knowledgeable and confident. We were treated like pampered guests. Thoughtful touches were present throughout the ride. It was fun from the minute I stepped into the van on our way to Glenorchy. Wonderful conversations, fun times and lots of riding. This ride was everything I had hoped for and more.’
‘I’m just back from The Margaret River Ride and it was seriously amazing!! Everything was perfect – the food, accomodation, hospitality, horses, rides and experience. It was a trip of a lifetime! The polocrosse and the beach ride were the standouts for me, but also the rides through the national parks with all the wildflowers in bloom. I rode Poppy. She was just perfect. I have done a lot of riding in my life, and she was everything I was hoping for on this ride. A really lovely mare with no annoying habits and a good forward canter and trot.
The food was fantastic. There was so much choice, and being a vegetarian, everything was very thoughtfully prepared. The beetroot brownies were to die for!
I enjoyed every minute of this trip. Many thanks to Paul, Fiona, Keith and Sally, and all the other horsey girls for making it so special. I will be back!’
‘This was my second Globetrotting experience, and my first time in New Zealand, and everything about this ride and country blew my mind! The horses, guides, food and accommodation were all brilliant, and the scenery and landscape was MIND-BLOWING!
Thank you, Buddy, for sharing the week with me; we climbed up and down mountains, attempted a few jumps, galloped along the plains, and you took me swimming on horseback for the first time in my life.
I am already planning the Twin Coast Adventure for when I have time, money and my fellow NZ Globetrotters can come!’
‘For me, this was a ride that exceeded my expectations, and I would love to be able to do it again. Every day was varied and surprising, whether we were riding through bushland, over hills and mountains, or crossing rivers. The meals were carefully prepared and very tasty, and the accommodations were better than I expected: good locations, and really nice places to spend the night. Everything was so well organised! Both guides were very familiar with the environment, and were able to give us a lot of information about the area, flora and fauna, culture, etc. I rode Rio, a palomino who was not very tall, which I preferred. In the beginning he was a little unsure, but we came along together very quickly. He was very surefooted when climbing or descending, which was awesome!’
‘This has been the best experience. I cannot tell you the last time the phone went away, I rode, I laughed, I ate (and drank) and slept like a baby. What a great way to understand not only the country but the flora and fauna first hand. Miguel is extremely knowledgeable about the area – I could give a TED talk on the production and economics of cork now! We loved Dennis, too – he did a wonderful set of lunches. Miguel loves and deeply cares for his horses and they were all in good shape. I appreciated that these horses knew their job (even down to the hand signals and whistles) and basically if you trusted them, you would have a wonderful time. I met wonderful folks, some who will become lifelong friends. I’m already planning for the next adventure.’
‘The Twin Coast Adventure is unique in many ways. Northland is still quite a remote part of New Zealand. Ken and Jane have an idyllic farm and a fabulous setup. Their horses have been trained well and I loved both the horsemanship lessons and the rides out. Henderson Bay was a highlight for me, and the rides out from there sensational. There were no people, except for the beautiful people riding – a remote hideaway with the horses. It was quite hot, but riding in the forestry was very cool, the beach was amazing and the sand hills – wow! Being taken up to Cape Reinga and swimming was a treat, and the experience of seeing wild horses was sensational. The whole team were laid back, hard working, totally supportive, and all friends after a few days together.’
‘This experience was incredible and challenging for me, but nothing can really prepare you for the landscapes and terrain we crossed. The ride itself is one in a million with the trails winding through valleys, rivers and traversing mountains. I loved the river crossings – I haven’t crossed rivers like those before. I also never thought I would have gone up such steep hills. The mid-week day being an optional day is a good idea as well, to help the muscles recover in both horses and riders. The horses were champions at river crossings and anything we threw at them! Jess and Natalie were absolute stars who kept us organised and safe. They both told us lots about the landscapes we were exploring and were fun to be around. The comfort packs were really thoughtful and the organisation of the trip was impeccable. Be prepared to eat extremely well!’
‘I just returned from the Maasai Mara ride and it was over the top. Amazing trip, horses, guests, guides, game, food, scenery… best ever! The safari team was top of the heap. Amazing attention to detail and so much fun to be with. The guides were all so experienced, amazing riders, funny, entertaining, knowledgeable, accommodating. I can’t say enough. A+.
Every day we had to pinch ourselves – just when we thought you couldn’t top what we did or saw, the next ride proved even more exciting. From a hot air balloon ride, to being in the middle of a pride of 22 lions in the dark, to galloping alongside a herd of giraffe, to crossing the Mara river (twice) full of hippos and crocodiles… Evenings spent by the campfire, incredible food and drink as we recounted the day’s events, then falling into to bed in my tent with a hot water bottle between my sheets. Everyone who met me, greeted me, drove me, worked at the hotel, etc was absolutely wonderful; I felt very safe and comfortable being a single woman traveling, and that was a big plus for me.’
‘Nothing is too much trouble on this ride. Jeremy and Jen’s hospitality is exemplary. The scenery is beautiful. I loved the accommodation. All meals and catering were superb – especially eating the most amazing oysters, straight off the rocks, after our beach ride. Above and beyond any oyster I’ve ever tasted!
The horses are certainly well educated in their chosen environment, well behaved and responsive. I thought the way Jeremy showed us how to understand our horse and vice versa on the ground before getting on their backs was extremely important. Then having us do the obstacle course together was terrific, so much fun! I rode the lovely Ruby. What a horse, very easy to manage. I think everyone who rides Ruby wants to take her home.
If you like good food and wine, go to Tasmania.’
‘This experience was so warm with emotions. Having the guides and their friends share their land, their homes and their farms with us was the highlight of the trip. The horses were top of the line and very well cared for. I rode Shamrock. He took care of me, and he let me enjoy the ride because I trusted him. I was able to see the beauty of the country we were riding in.
The hospitality was also outstanding. The people who helped transport, feed and entertain us were the best. The guides’ level of knowledge of the environment was incredible. There were many hours of riding when I didn’t understand how the heck they knew where we were going, but I trusted them. I was in their home, their backyard.
Every day was wonderful. I loved seeing the wild horses in the distance and cantering across the wide, open, green fields. Another favourite moment was spending time with Richard and the other Maori locals in the small village where they lived. Learning their history was so beautiful. They are such a proud and generous people.’
‘If you get the chance, DO THIS RIDE. The scenery is breathtaking, the horses fit, the food yummy and the guides brilliant. My boy Murphy was the perfect gentleman, and he had the smoothest canter! He got on well with all the horses and was a big sweetie. Our guides, Jess and Natalie, were brilliant. Full of information and very thoughtful, caring and helpful. Nothing was a bother, and they were a hoot!’
‘The long day’s ride to Filipe’s place was possibly the best ride of my life, incredible! I loved my horse, Moro Blanco – he was so kind and steady and suited this old girl perfectly! Although the ride was expensive, considering the location, scenery and standard of service, it was good value for money. The accommodation and meals at the lodge exceeded my expectations, they were fantastic! As an older rider, no longer riding regularly, it is not possible to go without a certain amount of help, so thanks again to the Globetrotting girls for your good humour, kindness, help and assistance.’
‘I cannot think of a better way to spend a holiday – spending time with your favourite animals, wonderful people and in a wonderful place. The whole trip was stand out – our guides, the staff, the horses, the places we rode to and the group we were with, the food – everything was amazing. Paul and Fiona were hosts ‘extraodinaire’, and Keith and Sally likewise. I rode the amazing Gillie and really enjoyed her. She even enabled me to play polocrosse! I could not ask for a more perfect holiday!’
‘I had the time of my life! Firstly, I have never met more beautiful people than Jen and Jeremy. I was blown away by how warm and friendly they are, not to mention how incredible they were at teaching us how to be natural horsemen! Their skills are evident and they have a clear bond with the horses. I was lucky enough to have Piccolo, who was a stunner and lots of fun, and I’m having such withdrawals – I have literally thought of nothing else since returning home other than how I can get back there! The scenery was breathtaking every day, and we did such interesting rides, like nothing I have done before. We all loved the accommodation with Theresa – she was just lovely, and the food was delicious!
The group I went with felt like family after five days together. We have stayed in touch after our shared experience and I look forward to doing another trip again soon. I can’t speak highly enough of this ride!’
‘I had an amazing time on this ride. After tearing my ACL ligament a week before the ride, I was apprehensive about how I would cope with such long periods in the saddle, but given I had four friends travelling with me, I was determined to go! Shaun and Jess were so considerate of my pain levels and adjusted the speed of the ride accordingly throughout the day. I managed to ride every day and fell in love with my pocket rocket, Rusty. He took care of me throughout the ride and I was surprisingly emotional when it came to saying goodbye. It is something I will remember forever – beautiful scenery, icy glacial waters, bloodthirsty sandflies, great company, beautiful varied food (including a chocolate birthday cake on our last night!) and a lovely chestnut pony.’
‘Picture this: it’s 7am and you’re woken to the sound of Miguel discretely lighting your wood-heater in your cosy glamping tent. The cold Patagonian night is dispelled, so you enjoy a good stretch in your comfortable bed then shower (if you want), jump into your riding clothes and make your way to breakfast at 8. It’s fabulous homemade granola, fresh fruits and juices, huevos and bacon. You don’t linger though… because its time to ride! You gather your gear and head to your horse who is already saddled by the gauchos and ready to go. You rode the whole day before… but you wouldn’t know it, as the gaucho saddles with their sheepskin pads are the most comfortable saddles ever. FACT. It really doesn’t matter where you are riding today – it’s guaranteed that the scenery is spectacular, your horse surefooted and willing and that you are surrounded by people who share your love of horses and viewing the world ‘between two ears’. At every viewpoint, you think ‘this is the money shot!’, only to find that the vistas get more and more spectacular. Your horse is amazing. You are enjoying a privilege few others receive. You are EXACTLY where you need to be. You return to camp at the end of the day and delight in watching the horses roll away the day’s efforts and start tearing into the lush green grass outside your cabin. You spend a few moments reflecting on their strength and agility… but the open bar is calling! You shower and change and enjoy Daisy’s G&T or Oscar’s Pisco Sour in front of the roaring fire, joining in on the excited chatter that recaps today’s marvellous ride. The conversation continues over a three-course epicurean delight prepared by Oscar and his team and washed down with some Argentinian Malbec (a must!). Retire early or retire late, your wood-heater is already stoked and the hot water bottle is ready to warm your toes. You pinch yourself – life doesn’t get any better than this. Horses are truly the best therapy… sign me up for this treatment every day!’
‘Four days have passed since I did a trek to Craig’s Hut. Still Buzzing. Loved the campfires at night, sleeping in the rustic huts or in a swag, riding the sometimes stony, steep mountain tracks of Mt Stirling and surrounds, and trotting or cantering along the many trails we explored, picking the odd blackberry or raspberry. Awesome scenery – and I come from New Zealand, so I know awesome scenery. Billy, my steed, was gentle, yet with the right amount of pep when needed. I hadn’t ridden for about 20 years, and we were matched beautifully. I met some gorgeous people, guests as well as guides, and had a great night listening to Banjo Paterson poems being read and sung. Swampy’s ballads were great and the trip was everything I’d hoped for as a tribute to my dad – my ‘Man from Snowy River’.
Oh, and the food that was produced out of the back of that trailer – fantastic. I’d ride again just for that!’
‘OMG it was heaven!
What was best, you ask?
Beautifully trained horses – I LOVED learning the art of natural horsemanship, then putting our skills to test through the obstacle course! My horse, Piccolo, took it all in his stride – what a champ.
The Tassie food trail – strawberries, cheese, salmon, chocolate, honey & wine – what more could you want but the most awesome beach ride finished up with freshly shucked oysters!
The mountain ride with the most incredible views, topped off by a wedge-tailed eagle appearing out of the scrub right in front of us – what a majestic creature, and how lucky were we!
The beautiful old bush tracks, visiting McLachlan Studios – stunning handmade jewellery and sculptures.
I simply cannot choose, as every day was different and just as awesome! Riding in pouring rain didn’t even put a dent in it – it was all so much fun. Jen and Jeremy worked hard to make our whole experience interesting, exciting, fun, relaxed, pampered and truly Tasmanian.
I cannot wait for my next adventure with Globetrotting – you really know how to put a horse riding holiday with all the bells and whistles together!’
‘Glenorchy was my second Globetrotting ride and to be honest, I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my high expectations after my first amazing experience! Now, in hindsight, I can see I had nothing to worry about. When we arrived I was assigned Snoopy, a beautiful big grey. He was cool, calm, collected and never put a foot wrong.
The riding was phenomenal – beautiful scenery, challenging cliff edges, mesmerising glacial rivers and glacier covered mountains. The guides looked after us very well, making sure we were comfortable, enjoying the experience and learning something along the way. They made sure to point out any film locations (Lord of the Rings, Prince Caspian, Mission Impossible) and gave everyone the chance to ride to the top of their ability and desires – some rode slow and steady, while others were hoon heads.
I went on this ride with one friend; however, by the end, I would say our group were all friends with a shared passion for travel and horses. It’s hard to get back into the real world after a great week like this, but I’m getting through by pondering what my next ride will be…’
‘The highlight of the trip was riding with the herd of 70+ brave horses. Each horse I rode was incredible! We swapped horses up to three times a day and each one looked after me over rough and difficult terrain and had the sweetest nature. I now want an Icelandic horse – I would have bought one if I could get it back home!’
‘The Camargue Ride was AMAZING!! The hotel on site was much nicer than the pictures (I was expecting the opposite) – our room was split-level, cozy yet modern, and immaculate! The food was amazing and great care was taken to address my dietary restrictions. Most importantly, the white horses of the Camargue were AWESOME – surefooted no matter the weather, fearless and willing. We galloped through fields and on beaches and even helped herd some young bulls. Thank you so much, Kate and Laura! My sister and I cannot wait to do another Globetrotting trip.’
‘The accommodation and especially the food were outstanding. All of the staff were lovely and prepared to go that extra mile to make us feel welcome. The guides were very experienced and knew the horses and the bush environment well. The hospitality of everyone was terrific. I was very happy with the horse I rode. As a nervous rider, I was assured he was very quiet and sensible.’
‘A stunning scenic ride not to be missed. I loved every minute of it regardless of weather and temperature. Day three was my favourite – the weather was excellent, the scenery spectacular on the way to Lennox Falls, and swimming the horses was last minute on my part, but I loved it. I rode the chilled Murphy. He was such a gentle giant and I always felt safe on him. Jess and Sean were great guides, sharing their knowledge and love for both New Zealand and the horses. The entire team are a well-oiled machine. The care pack was a lovely touch and much appreciated. Finishing at Paradise was sheer luxury – a great way to end the trip.’
‘Another brilliant five days of riding with Jen and Jeremy and their A team of happy horses. I rode Moo, and she was great – responsive and energetic. And on the last day I had the chance to ride Jabberwocky, who I rode on the Grape Horse Adventure earlier this year. Jeremy and Jen were again incredibly patient, cheerful, helpful, and generous with us as guests in their home, and provided wonderful meals. The variety in this ride is a standout, from secret narrow trails through native forest, wide tracks through farmland, the long stretch of pristine beach at Narawntapu National Park, and climbing up the steep rocky scree to the summit of the Great Western Tiers to the most amazing view. Great food, great conversation, great companions. Just do it!’
‘This trip to the High Country of Victoria was the highlight of my year. It was a beautiful six days out in some of the most picturesque Aussie landscapes. I loved every part of it; from riding to the summit of Mount Stirling, to hearty meals around the fire each night, to seeing Craig’s Hut and cantering across Sheepyard Flat. I rode Prancer, one of Christian and Laura’s home-bred horses, and she was amazing. Surefooted, comfortable trot and canter, intuitive and so responsive. We made a great team and I didn’t want to say goodbye! Laura and Christian, their incredible team and their beautiful horses made this a trip to remember.’
‘This was the most amazing experience in so many ways. In my email to Kate asking about this trip, I said, ‘I want to be challenged emotionally, physically and mentally.’ If I was to leave my husband, kids, business, etc to fly to the other side of the world, it had to be worth it. Well, worth it was! I could never have imagined one trip could give me so much. Words fail to describe the magic that this remote final frontier contains. There is something extraordinary powerful about removing yourself from this crazy modern world where we are all juggling so many balls and going somewhere no one can contact you, riding to places where very few have been. The horses were nothing short of amazing and our hosts Jakob and Daisy were the perfect team. The whole experience from start to finish was life altering. To ride a horse to the edge of the earth where the mountains meet the sky is something I will never forget. Climbing 2,000 meters above sea level under the watchful eye of a gliding condor with a wingspan of over 3 metres is extremely humbling. This is a journey I won’t forget. The only negative is that it is highly addictive – my new life goal is to trek the most remote parts of the globe on horseback.’
‘There is no better way to experience the back country in New Zealand than between the ears of a horse! What a fabulous five days. That last day riding back into the real world was so bittersweet! I thoroughly enjoyed this ride – the horses were in good nick, surefooted, willing and so well matched to each rider, our guides Shaun and Jess made us feel so comfortable, the scenery was epic and there was more food than you could poke a stick at! Just don’t forget your DEET!’
‘Beaches and views on steroids – who knew New Zealand had such beautiful beaches? However, the horses take centre stage! What a fabulous team, so beautifully trained and maintained by Ken and Jane. My mare, Dolly, was absolutely magnificent. Great manners, so responsive, in top condition, a beautiful nature and trained so well. The guides were totally professional – always helpful and cheery, always checking to make sure l was happy and safe, and offering lots of riding tips to help with the terrain.’
“We loved every second of the Tassie Tiger Trail and I fell totally in love with my super handsome purebred Arab, Colty. The highlight of the trip for us was the beach ride. There is nothing more exhilarating than cantering along a beach with windswept hair (and a windswept mane!) tasting the salty spray of the waves as hooves pound through the water. Thanks to Jeremy and Jen for going out of their way to make the trip so incredible. It was truly ‘h-awesome’.”
‘My son and I took some time looking at differing rides and ride providers before settling on the Craig’s Hut Ride with Globetrotting and we weren’t disappointed. The ride, the terrain and the views were both spectacular and challenging, and as promised, we saw all four seasons in one day when we hit the High Country. The guides, crew and horses were fantastic and all looked after us well. All our guides were knowledgeable horse people and attentive to the needs of the group. Their local knowledge and narrative throughout the ride kept everyone informed, and in good humour. The ride was also split into two sub-groups depending on riding ability, thereby further enhancing and tailoring the experience to the needs and abilities of those participating.
The staff at Globetrotting made sure we had all the right information to enable us to properly prepare and couldn’t have been more helpful responding to any queries we had. All in all, a great trip, and for a must for any intrepid horse rider (especially if you’re a fan of the Man from Snowy River film).’
‘A fantastic experience with the atmosphere of a stately home complete with lots of memorabilia, and enjoyable riding in beautiful, colourful countryside having great fun over cross country fences. It didn’t matter if it rained, it was an awesome time catching up with wonderful friends, and meeting new ones who were riding in Ireland for a myriad of reasons. Unbelievable Irish fun with delicious breakfasts and meals. Feeling so very lucky. Must be the shamrock!’
‘I’m still trying to adjust back to normal life with a crazy amount of emotions still resonating from memories of my Glenorchy experience. I was most fortunate to have two dear friends join me, which added to how wonderful it all was because I was able to share each extraordinary moment with them.
My horse, Doobie – if only I could have brought him home with me. He was very special and I felt honoured to be cared for by him each day. I’m not sure how he did it in such a short time, but he certainly impacted forever my heart and my mind. Corny but true.
Our guides, Nat, Shaun and Bijmin, were absolutely outstanding in every way! From their extensive knowledge and care of the native flora and fauna and the wonderful history of the region, to their intuitive horsemanship, to their complete professionalism and awesome cooking skills. We consistently felt safe, organised, informed, catered-for and important.
Thank you for all your hard work in organising such a special experience.’
‘The Margaret River Ride is an amazing mix of bush, beach and fun games! Amazingly well educated horses, great accommodation and fabulous hosts and guides. I was riding Skye, who was fabulous – a perfect temperament. She would wander along with the group during the bush rides and then go hell for leather during our bending races and game of polocrosse! Paul and Fiona were amazing and worked tirelessly to ensure we had a great time. All of our guides were also amazing, ensuring we saw a variety of landscapes, and had a good mix of paces. The cultural heritage element, with Mitch providing excellent insight into the Noongar peoples, added to the experience.’
‘Myself and two good friends all went on the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride with Christian and Laura Hayes. It was the most amazing experience and definitely did not disappoint on a lifelong dream! The staff are amazing and do everything to accommodate your every need. You couldn’t ask for better people to take you on a ride through the Victorian High Country! They know the ins and outs of the tracks, weather, huts, and stories that go with every stop along the way. The horses were matched to the riders almost perfectly, the tack was comfortable, and the meals… OMG! Robin and Christian cook you the most beautiful meals with all the flavour in the world. If you have even an inkling of trying this ride out… DO IT! We had the best experience and will be going back for another round… can’t wait!’
‘This trip was on the bucket list for a long time and now I have finally got to do it. It was the trip of a lifetime and passed expectations. Laura, Christian and all the staff do a wonderful job caring and catering for everyone in a happy friendly manner. The horses are well educated, a pleasure to ride and very well looked after.
No two days were the same and the scenery was spectacular. I meet some lovely interesting people from all walks of life and the meals were excellent. I would recommend this ride to anyone, you won’t be disappointed.’
‘Riding the Victorian High Country has always been a bucket list item for me and this ride far exceeded my expectations. The horses, gear, food and hosts were all amazing.’
‘I would highly recommend this ride as the scenery is unbelievable and you can only see this on horse or by foot. I loved day 3, when we got to gallop and swim in the canyon. The guides, Shaun and Jess, were fantastic… so knowledgeable and helpful. I rode Gizzy and he was amazing. He took me over some pretty hazardous crossings and never put a foot wrong. When we had the opportunity to gallop he was fantastic… I nicknamed him Bonecrusher, after the famous NZ galloper, as he always came from behind and won all the races!’
‘The Tassie Tiger Trail is the perfect way to get back in the saddle for people who have not done much horse riding in recent years. Over five days you establish a rapport with your horse and build up your confidence while also enjoying the beautiful scenery of northern Tasmania and some great foodie experiences. The horses are highly trained and highly responsive. The hosts – Jeremy and Jen – are former endurance riders and two of the nicest people you would meet anywhere. Their enthusiasm, positivity and sense of humour were contagious and gave everyone a sense of joie de vivre.’
‘My daughter (12) and I are not long back from the most amazing trip to Margaret River. This was our first Globetrotting experience and we loved it. Paul and Fiona are wonderful hosts. The tents are both glamorous and spacious. The food and hospitality was beyond my expectations.
Each day brought something different. There was plenty of time in the saddle followed by an optional activity in the evening.
The rides take you through the forest, on (and in) the beach, along fire trails and over large paddocks. It was fabulous for my daughter to experience such freedom and space as opposed arena riding and structured competitions. The trip had the unintended result of her being so much more confident and calm with her own pony now she is back home. The best part of the entire trip for her was the games afternoon, which was so much fun.
We will return!’
‘Amazing! Breathtaking views! Great food! Wonderful guides and support crew! Fantastic horses! My horse Arrow – how could I not be happy riding “the bentley”? Cannot fault Laura and Christian’s rides!’
‘I had the most amazing time on the Tassie Tiger Trail. Jeremy and Jen left no stone unturned, from selecting our horses and making sure we all understood how to control and enjoy them to feeding us and showing us the best time. I would highly recommend this ride to all levels of riders. I absolutely adored my horse Ruby – I so wish I could have taken her home. I would go back in a heartbeat.’
‘I absolutely adored every moment of this trip, except possibly the few hours of riding in the rain, but even that was not bad and part of the adventure. An unbelievable, beautiful setting each day. I had a fabulous little steed in Rusty and I know everyone else was happy with their mount. We were looked after so well by our knowledgeable guides. I’d do it again if there were not so many other rides I have not done, so will recommend it in a heartbeat.
Thank you so much, Globetrotting. You should be so proud of what you do.’
‘This is the most amazing way to experience Tasmania on well trained, beautiful horses. I would recommend it to anyone who loves horses and exploring. The hosts, Jen and Jeremy, are the loveliest couple I have ever met. They perfectly matched me with Moo, who was one of the most soft and responsive horses I have ever ridden. I had the time of my life and hope to join Jen, Jeremy and Moo on the Grape Horse Adventure in the future.’
‘I had the most incredible horse riding adventure in Portugal! The horses, the hosts, food, accommodation, scenery, being with beautiful like minded people. I rode Iberico, and I seriously wanted to fold him up and put him in my suitcase. I fell in love with the Lusitano breed and with him. This was my first horse riding holiday but it certainly won’t be my last. The ladies I met on the ride all started talking about Morocco so in 2021, I’m there! Thank you Globetrotting, I could fault nothing – it was bloody amazing!’
‘What an amazing adventure. Lasting friendships forged throughout the ride with outstanding views, challenging weather and plenty of laughs. JT (AKA Justin Timberlake) was a perfect match for me, and our guides, Shaun and Nat, were fabulous.’
‘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, gentle, reliable, always willing to go forward when needed, and 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 activities each evening (chocolate decorating and the cocktail evening were highlights!), and warm, cosy accommodation. The most unforgettable experience was riding George 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 this ride – it has something for everyone!’
‘Jen and Jeremy are delightful! Their love and joy for horses and what they do is obvious and contagious. Knowledgeable, caring and always mindful of safety for horses and riders, they ensured we had the best experience of natural horsemanship, the Tasmanian landscape and hospitality. My horse, Mr Squiggle, was a true gentleman. Beautiful, well mannered, gentle, and exceptionally well trained. As an endurance horse, he was more than up to the task – forward moving and fun to ride. The weather was sensational! Clear skies and warmer than expected. The scenery was stunning, as was the village of Deloraine where we stayed. I met a bunch of fabulous women and as a group we bonded easily. Climbing the Western Tiers, riding along the coastline and visiting the many artisanal food and craft businesses were just some of the highlights. Thank you Jen and Jeremy and thank you Globetrotting. I’ll be booking my next ride very soon!’
‘This is a beautiful setting, with varied jumps and terrain. It was so liberating to be out of a ring, on horses who are doing what they enjoy and do so well. Monty was my mount for the week – he was super honest and lovely. He definitely loves his work and he took great care of me. Jumping was a blast. We worked in different areas of the land each day toward our final goal of putting a course together. That last jump day was incredible; I relive ‘our course’ every day: a line of three in a field, through the water, up the bank, down the lane along the river to the woods patch, another jump series, through a pasture, then a lovely line of four; finish with a swoop right up a bank, three generous steps, and a coop for the finale. I left much more confident in my riding and jumping.’
‘While riding through the Margaret River this November, the next game-changing chapter in my book of memorable Globetrotting experiences literally wrote itself.
I undertook this trip as a solo rider and every minute was inspiring and totally immersive. I rode hands-down the finest horses of all my horseback adventures to date, sharing each day with 10 other like-minded, genuinely fabulous and accomplished riders. Our hosts Paul and Fiona, together with the entire hard-working crew, delivered a special and thoughtful itinerary that I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone wanting to explore this stunning region. Memories for a lifetime right there!’
‘This trip has reignited something in me which I can’t quite put into words… so thank you. For someone who had only recently returned to riding after a prolonged break, this was the perfect opportunity to get back in the saddle, enjoy some wonderful company and see beautiful NZ! I rode Jungle, who looked after me and brought back my confidence galloping and jumping! He was just brilliant!
I personally can’t thank our guides enough for making us feel so welcome, comfortable, confident and safe. My sincere thanks also go to Deana, Casey, Di and the rest of the support crew, who made it a wonderful experience I will never forget. Our guides and crew were the first up in the morning and last to bed, ensuring we had everything we needed and that the horses were well fed and rested. They could not have done anything more for us. It was great to see them looking after the environment along the way, too, ensuring we were only leaving hoofprints behind.
Overall, the experience was one in a million and I can’t wait to book my next one!’
‘I did the five day intensive training ride, intensive being the operative word. It was testing, challenging and wonderful. The food was home cooked, fresh and authentically Spanish, but the biggest honour was being able to ride the Andalusian horses. They are highly trained and sensitive, and so much can be learnt from them. If you are just starting in dressage like me, I would really recommend doing this ride.’
‘Cross country riding in County Tipperary was an amazing experience. My horse, Django, was a perfect match for me, and we were jumping over logs and obstacles from day one, even though I had not been riding in many years. Our instructor, Issy, was amazing! She knew exactly what to say to make my riding better. She built up our confidence and made us laugh. The accommodation at the luxurious Inch House was perfect. Nora, our host, looked after us extremely well and the food was sublime. We even had a few nights out in rural Ireland, which was an absolute hoot – singing and chatting with the friendly locals. If you are keen to canter and jump, this is the perfect ride!’
‘The meals and accommodation were amazing and our lunches in the bush were beautiful – we were very spoilt. Fiona and Paul were fantastic hosts. I rode Nelly, one of Paul’s home bred polo ponies. We got to know each other better each day, and I enjoyed riding her. The whole ride was great, but the highlight was definitely our games day. I hadn’t done bending, flag races or polocrosse since my younger days – we had a ball and lots of laughter! I would definitely recommend this ride.’
‘I really enjoyed my five day ride through the Glenorchy back country. The whole experience, from booking with Globetrotting to the pre-trip information to the ride itself, was easy and seamless. The guides were amazing – knowledgeable, helpful, always thinking of safety, tolerant, enthusiastic, cheerful, great role models and fabulous horse people. The horses were great, the food was fabulous, the place itself was magnificent – and I met some wonderful new friends! Cantering through the forest, the occasional gallop and going to the waterfall were some of my favourite moments. Loved it!’
‘I’m from Colorado and I’ve owned horses for decades, so I went in with optimism, but admittedly a bit skeptical, that the trip would surpass personal experiences. I am happy to say I was BLOWN AWAY by the experience. I think about the trip multiple times throughout each day. I’m still getting value for money if you think about it! The grand views and wide open country are breathtaking. The team penning was so much fun, as was the cattle drive. Each day held something different and exciting. June and David are the perfect pair, and they welcome you into their home. I highly recommend this ride. Spectacular!’
‘My third Globetrotting experience was all about the superstars of Glenorchy. Being greeted by the infamous Bijmin was a semi-surreal moment. But there was no time for autographs because the all-important four legged crew were saddled and waiting to take our all-Aussie girl group to the glaciers.
The gallops, the gals and the guides (Bijmin, Shaun and Nat) made this trip special. The backdrop of the snow-capped mountains and glacial waters made it unforgettable.’
‘I’d always dreamed of riding in the Emerald Isle! The Cross Country ride in Tipperary enabled me to fulfill my dream. Lovely horses galloping across breathtaking Irish landscapes. The scenery was spectacular and Inch House was beyond my wildest expectations! The Egans were warm, welcoming, respectful and kind. I loved each and every meal. The desserts were fabulous! The excitement of jumping logs and banks will never be forgotten. I only wish I’d done this 25 years ago. Don’t put off this ride if you have a similar dream.’
‘This was a dream come true! We were treated like royalty from start to finish! Inch House was amazing and the food was perfection. We were made to feel right at home immediately.
The horses were brought out saddled and ready to go. We were constantly reminded that this was our holiday and we could jump or not jump anything we were comfortable with. The horses were experienced cross country horses with very forward movement. A bit intimidating on the first day, but the instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. My horse Casey was SO much fun!! He will be in my heart forever. I learned a lot about the difference between riding a cross country horse and a show jumping horse. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to ride an Irish “Pegasus”!! I will definitely be coming back for another trip.’
‘Words cannot express the satisfaction and happiness we achieved on our Maasai Mara ride. My Husband Ian and I were worried we would not be able to get horse fit for this ride. We expected we would have a day or two in the safari vehicles, but we had not a single one! Our guide, Simon, had our trusty steeds matched perfectly. Bardamat and Trevor (our steeds) where forward moving, steadfast, and had us relaxed throughout our seven days. We never once felt unsafe in the Mara. Each day was jam packed with two or three rides, and a total of 200kms across the Mara. The camp staff catered to our every need with plentiful hot showers at the end of a big day in the saddle and even hot water bottles to easy any aches away. The food was beyond fabulous. Brioche, croissants and pastries from our camp oven, handmade ravioli, fillet of beef, and unbelievable salads to mention only a few. Five star meals again and again. Galloping alongside zebra and giraffe, up close to cheetah and lion, seeing spectacular bird life and camping on the riverbank hearing the hippos at night made this ride exceed all expectations – not to mention the friends made at camp. Thank you, Globetrotting, for a trip full of lifetime memories.’
‘This experience was everything I’d hoped for and more. The horse I was matched with knew her job and was an absolute pleasure to ride each day. The equestrian centre is absolutely breathtaking, with gorgeous green rolling hills and beautiful woods to explore. The team are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about all things horse related. The accommodation is luxurious and comfortable, and the meals are absolutely delicious – as a food lover, I was not disappointed! Nora was a wonderful host and made the house feel like our own for the week. I’d highly recommend this ride to anyone who’s been dreaming of experiencing any form of cross country or showjumping in Ireland, with the added bonus of experiencing what it’s like to live in a beautiful Georgian mansion.’
‘An adventure like no other. Within the first hour on the horses we had seen elephant, hippo, impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. It took three days to see giraffe, and then we found four of them hanging out with a big herd of zebra. It wasn’t long before we were cantering beside them!!
There were so many magical moments on the ride. Our horses were beautiful, and perfectly matched. The staff permanently smile, and no request is to hard for them. The food was delicious and the tents well cared for. We especially loved our night spent literally under the stars on a platform set in the trees. It was a magical evening, topped with lion sightings and a leopard curiously stalking the camp. The morning that ensued saw us encounter four lioness on the hunt!
The only thing that trumped guest satisfaction was guest safety. I can firmly say the experience and knowledge of the guides, camp managers and horse grooms meant we were never in harm’s way.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride would be hard to equal if you have a deep respect and passion for immersing yourself in unspoilt, stunning scenery and environments. Every day holds its own magic and I didn’t want it to end. Our guides were exceptional with both the horses and guests. They are knowledgeable, friendly, hard working, patient and kind people. The horses were well matched to the riders, well looked after and well educated. I have only compliments on every aspect of this wonderful journey. This ride far exceeded my expectations and will forever remain as a treasured memory. Thank you to all involved in providing such a well run trek, you’re a terrific and polished team. Just keep doing it this way, it’s the right mix!’
‘I couldn’t recommend this ride highly enough. The hosts and guides were fabulous, knowledgeable and fun, and the horses were all so well matched to everyone in our group. I rode Chrissy – she was perfect. Very steady and reliable, but happy to go forward as needed. Paul and Fiona were amazing hosts and the food was wholesome and delicious. The tents and beds were super comfy, even in chilly weather. The rides were a great mix of trekking through stunning bushland covered in wildflowers, to wide open spaces and beaches. And the polocrosse afternoon was so much fun! I loved every second and will be talking about this experience for years to come.’
‘As I departed the shores of beautiful Scotland I left a piece of my heart… A holiday that will be hard to top. The Edinburgh Riding of The Marches! WOW!! I loved the long gallops and the finale of riding up the Royal Mile with 299 other enthusiastic equestrians. Thank you especially to the equestrian centre and their fantastic horses and staff, and all the girls in our Globetrotting group. I’ve made some wonderful friends and created beautiful memories. BEST HOLIDAY EVER!!’
‘We had a wonderful time on the Castle & Estate Ride and made some great friends. Every day was different but wonderful! I especially enjoyed our lovely night up in Snaffles Restaurant with a few of the other girls on the ride – the staff treated us like royalty. A big thank you to all staff at the lodge and equestrian centre, especially Tina, Emma, Chris, Orla and Briggetta. Wonderful, experienced staff and a lot of fun.’
‘Iceland was amazing. It was worth every cent. I got to see and ride through amazing scenery like glaciers, mountains, rivers, canyons and amazing valleys, all while mounted on sturdy Icelandic horses. The horses were amazing, very well trained and well behaved. Some of the best I’ve ridden – they stole my heart. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to talk to. Can’t wait to head back there and do it all over again!’
‘The Margaret River Ride, with its little touches of luxury, beautiful bush and beach, and great company was amazingly great. The food was perfect and it was great that Sally and Keith (the cooks) and our hosts, Fiona and Paul, were able to eat with us each day. The glamping tents were great, too. The add-ons made this trip very good value for money: wine, beer, etc available each night; tea coffee, etc always available at the camp; the cocktail night, the Aboriginal experience, the fantastic accommodation, and more. I rode Rob Roy and he suited me perfectly. I had a ball on him – he did everything I asked. On him, I was able to play polocrosse and swim in the ocean for the very first time ever. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘Our Montana adventure was beyond amazing! From the time we arrived until the time we left, we were treated with top-notch hospitality and smiles from June and all her staff. Our cabin was cute, clean and comfortable. The meals prepared by Amber and Deb were incredible!
We all fell in love with our horses during our stay. I had hoped to get matched up with a big horse with some spirit and ‘get-up-and-go’ and the wranglers did not disappoint! I was blessed to ride Rocky, a BIG handsome boy with the sweet disposition of a draft horse but the speed and power of a Quarter Horse. He was simply amazing at navigating the terrain of the Montana mountains and never seemed to tire. We did a total of seven two to three hour rides over our four day stay. Each ride featured different landscapes, breathtaking views and chances to lope for those of us who wanted to do a bit more of that. At the end of every day we were exhausted from all the fresh air and activity, but couldn’t wait to get up and do it all again the next day! If I could give June and her lovely ranch more than a 5-star rating, I would. My smile says it all!’
‘This ride was my BEST VACATION EVER!
The staff, the horses, the scenery, the trails, the wildlife, the food, the accommodations, the camaraderie. I rode Levi, who was always willing and so very surefooted! Our guides were wonderful, patient, kind, and very knowledgeable.
The entire week was amazing.’
‘I still haven’t found the words to adequately describe my experience in Iceland. Incredible doesn’t quite cut it. So here is a quick run-down:
The horses – Absolute troopers! Getting to regularly swap horses was so much fun. Each was different in their own unique and quirky way. And despite being part of a huge herd, they were still interested and curious to spend time with us. Plus, there is nothing quite as peaceful walking through the herd at the end of an amazing day of riding and being greeted by curious faces nuzzling at your pockets in case you have treats.
The guides – Fantastic! Incredibly knowledgeable about the horses, the Icelandic Sagas and the history of the area. They took the time to get to know their guests and did a great job matching horses to guests.
The riding & scenery – WOW! There aren’t many places in the world where you can sit on a horse and look across a glacial valley to not one, but three massive glaciers! We rode over lava fields, through rocky desert country, into a valley untouched by the modern era and across grassy river plains. In some places it felt like we had travelled back in time to before human evolution.
The food – Magnificent! Fresh, local produce transformed into mouthwatering meals that showcased many traditional Icelandic dishes.
The whole experience was so much more than I expected!’
‘I was very happy with this ride! All the horses were great. My partner, Roy, rode Patto, who was just perfectly suited to him. I rode three horses, and all were fantastic in their different ways. I especially love the games day, the beach ride and the gallop through the bush. The guides couldn’t have been better. Lovely people, second-to-none hospitality, and lots of local knowledge and experience happily shared. The glamping tents were comfortable, spacious and clean. The food was fantastic – big thanks to Keith!’
‘Our hosts, June and David, were absolutely wonderful. They made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived. Our wranglers, Jeff and Darian, were both great and paired everyone up with the right horse. My horse, ‘Pocket Rocket’ Remmie, was surefooted, honest and forward moving. He was an awesome cow horse, too, and got stuck into the herd of cows during team penning. The food was excellent and varied every day. The scenery and views were incredible and I loved the long gallops through the meadows. Every day was my favorite, but I especially liked the all-day ride where we rode up into the Crazy Mountains and stopped at the hunting lodge. We had some good long gallops that day and Larry, our guide, was awesome. This ranch is a very special place and I would love to go again!’
‘Ahhh Kimberley, you did NOT let me down! You’ve been a bucket list item for many years and all the hype in my mind didn’t even compare. Once again, Christian and Laura have created a well-run operation in one of the most beautiful places in Australia. You can tell they care for their horses and their guests and they go the extra mile to make sure we have the very best holiday possible. They have a great team supporting them, too, hard-working angels! The entertainment around the campfire each night was a great way to end each day before rolling into our swags to gaze up at the stunning canopy of stars and fall asleep to the sound of the horses. Experiences you won’t get elsewhere in this world, delicious food, beautiful scenery, responsive horses. Heaven! I made new friends, caught up with precious Globetrotting buddies, and have countless memories that I will treasure forever.
If you’re thinking about doing it – DO IT.’
‘I booked my next trip before I finished this ride! If you have any hesitation about going solo on one of these trips, don’t. I booked a seat as soon as one became available for the Howqua River Ride and it was amazing, though that doesn’t quite capture how much I enjoyed it. We did everything from winding along high tracks to river crossings to cantering through the bush. My horse, Boo, was willing and careful. He never put a foot wrong and improved my confidence exponentially. Our guides, Michael and Karen, were enthusiastic and happy to chat. The food was to die for – Wendy is a magician with a passion for local produce and amazing flavours. We capped it all off with a ride to the top of the jump from ‘The Man From Snowy River’ before our week was over far too soon.‘
‘My ride in Catalonia was nothing short of amazing, one of the best experiences of my life.
This was my very first trip overseas. I decided to combine my desire to travel with my favourite thing to do – horse riding – the perfect way to see the world in my opinion. I made the impulse choice to just book this ride (because it looked sooo good) and pay in instalments. Since I am single and not many of my friends ride, it meant that I would be travelling on my own, which was very daunting for my first time travelling overseas. Globetrotting made this trip a breeze – any questions or concerns I had throughout this process were addressed and answered. If there is anyone on the fence about booking this ride, I can assure you it is everything you expect and more.’
‘The Icelandic weather gods smiled on us for our week’s riding, wanting us to see as much of this amazing country as possible. From lush green valleys to rocky volcanic deserts, riding through birch ‘forests’ through to riding in sight of three of the biggest glaciers in Iceland.
This ride is good for the soul. By the end of the week you will emerge from the wilderness refreshed in spirit (even if the body is exhausted and desperately seeking a soak in the hot tub!) The plucky Icelandic horses are incredibly surefooted. Within moments of mounting, you find yourself tölting along on an Icelandic horse, in Iceland!! (I was a little bit excited!) I would never ride any other horse over the terrain we covered at the speeds we rode, but those horses took us everywhere we needed to go and got us there safely. Travelling with the herd was an unforgettable experience and meant that we had the ability to ride a variety of different horses and have a selection of favourites to choose from on the last day.’
‘The Montana ride was FABULOUS! My sister and I had an amazing time. It surpassed our expectations, and we are so thrilled (and blessed) to have had the opportunity to experience this ranch and ride through the gorgeous Montana mountains and countryside. The other guests were so fun and we were lucky to get to know each other and hit it off so well. My horse, Salty, was such a sweet, even-tempered boy. He was responsive and he taught me a thing or two about how to manoeuver and push cattle. The wranglers were patient and took us on breathtaking, fun rides. They accommodated those of us who wanted to go at a faster pace. Our hosts, June and David, were both very pleasant and accommodating. I loved that June went out riding with us a couple of days, and took a ton of pictures to send to all the guests. Our cabin was very private and comfortable – perfect for disconnecting from technology and everyday stress. And the food was amazing! Amber and Deb made fresh, delicious meals and I enjoyed every morsel.’
‘I had never done an equestrian holiday before our Wales trip. I explained to Laura and Kate what we’d like to do and they suggested the Trans Wales Trail. The experience was beyond what I could have hoped for. The scenery, horses we rode, guides, and hospitality of Emily and Paul were lovely. Every day was so different, with stunning scenery and challenging riding. I especially loved the forest rides, galloping along the mountainside, and of course the beach. Most importantly, we were prepared for the trip thanks to Laura and Kate – no surprises. There was constant communication right up until the day before our trek began, which I appreciated. All of the hard work of finding a quality holiday with sturdy horses and honest guides/hosts was already done by Globetrotting. We will never forget our riding experience and have already booked out next holiday! Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience.’
‘From Tina at the reception desk to all the guides, we had excellent service and were well taken care of. Everyone was friendly and loads of fun. My friend and I were so pleased to see how well the horses are treated by not only the trainers but all the staff we saw interacting with them. They were well fed and the staff have a good handle on what each horse needs and what they enjoy.
When we were discussing this trip, I told my friend I did not want to canter as I was not comfortable going that fast on strange horses. Once we got to meet these gentle giants, though, all we wanted to do was canter! We were always excited about our daily rides and lessons. I had the opportunity to ride four different horses. I especially LOVED Arnie. I would have packed him in my luggage if he fitted! He was my jumping horse and I enjoyed every minute on him.
And the castle is gorgeous! The rooms were far better than we expected. The balcony over looking the stable area was a great place to wind down each day. Having two restaurants on site made life much easier and the food was delicious!’
‘This is rugged and remote country and I am so pleased I experienced it on horseback. I rode Rob Roy, who was very safe, sweet and reliable. I’m sure I am not the only person to have shed a little tear when it was time to say goodbye. There were so many surprises, both organised and natural, and I was delighted to see brolgas and red tailed black cockatoos. The horses and all the crew were beyond expectations. I could have stayed forever.’
‘The whole trek was a standout experience. I was happy with all the horses I rode. Such surefooted, willing, safe and affectionate wee souls. I loved the experience of all riding and being together. I felt included even before we set foot in the stirrups. Our guides, Nele, Gracina, Martin plus owner guides Hjalti and Magnus were all superb. Always fun, helpful and patient. Iceland is a very expensive destination; however, this ride was above and beyond what I expected, so I feel I had value for money, especially when you consider the high standards of the food, accommodation, tours, flights, horses, riding, etc.
Take the tölt and sign up for a ride in Iceland. Let Globetrotting handle the details. They will not disappoint.’
‘I rode with my daughter Theresa. It was a one of a kind experience that we will always treasure. We both shed a happy tear on our last day of riding. We did not want it to end! Alfie and Baxter were very honest horses and Adonis was great on the common rides. Our guides, Susanne, Helen, Gemma, and Izzy were knowledgeable and friendly. The two common ride days had all the pageantry and showed Scotland at its best.’
‘This was our first Globetrotting experience and it couldn’t have been better. Jen and Jeremy made us all so welcome and our horses were so well trained and sure-footed. We felt 100% safe whether we were familiarising ourselves with our horses on the obstacle course, riding up and down steep hills, through the bush or along the beautiful beach. We fell in love with our horses, Ruby and Opal, and would have brought them home in a heartbeat if Jen and Jeremy would have parted with them! Our hostess at Bonny’s Inn, Teresa, was lovely. She made everyone feel like one big happy family and was so accommodating. All our meals – at the B&B, the restaurants and at Jen and Jeremy’s – were fabulous. We couldn’t have wished for better. We will be back!’
‘I really struggled to write this as I can’t find the exact words to describe the trip. But I did manage to find one fitting word: FREEDOM. This ride is absolutely stunning from start to finish. The environment is something out of a fairytale (quite literally): the pristine forestry, snow-capped mountain ranges, glacier-fed rivers and waterfalls that hold the cleanest and purest water in the world. Our guides, Jess and Bijmin, were outstanding in their knowledge of the land, horses, people and cooking. Every night the meals were cooked to perfection, and although I’m a little disappointed I didn’t lose weight, I don’t regret for a second not eating the delicious food they provided each and every day. The horses were all superb and well educated – some of the hardiest yet most responsive I’ve had the privilege of riding. If you are thinking of doing this trip, JUST DO IT! The memories and friendships I made over that week will forever be in my heart, and I am so grateful to Globetrotting for allowing me to be a part of something so surreal.’
‘A great Australian adventure. Wonderful horses and lovely people in an iconic environment. Everyone was knowledgeable, entertaining and fun. The food was fresh, varied and excellent, and catered well to all guests’ needs. I particularly liked the billy tea! I rode Prancer and she was lovely: willing and able to go, and very well behaved. Everyone in our group was very happy and well matched to their horse. We are already planning our next adventure!’
‘I would do this trip again in a heartbeat! I was nervous about going by myself but all the ladies on the trip were great. The accommodations were amazing. I felt like I was at home. The beds were very comfortable and the staff and service left nothing to be desired. The horses were well kept and cared for and our guides, Helen, Gemma, Suzanne and Mark, were great. All the staff both at the stables and hotel went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and at home. The other little touches like the Scottish night and Highland Games were way more than I expected. Well worth the money!!’
‘The Kimberley Ride was an experience of a lifetime. I could not fault the professionalism of Christian and Laura and their wonderful team. We were treated more like friends than clients. The horses were well trained, fit and blooming with health and energy even though our ride was the last of the season. The horse I rode was called Bugsy. She was perfect for me: well trained and surefooted, but always keen for a hoon! The daily rides were quite long, but interspersed with opportunities to learn about the history, flora and fauna of the area. On most days we were able to swim at lunch time or after the ride. Although the going was often rocky and rough, we had lots of opportunities to canter when it was safe to do so. The food and entertainment around the campfire were fantastic and sleeping under the stars in a swag was a highlight. I cannot recommend The Kimberley Ride more highly.’
‘I was matched to a high energy horse named Crackerjack, and we had a fantastic time going up and down the mountain. He looked after me and our match up was perfect. I got to see different animals native to Wyoming, and it wasn’t too cold. There were laughs around the campfire at night and I stayed in a tent with two other girls which quickly become known as the party tent due to all the laughing. The Kerns were very accommodating and I had a once in a lifetime experience.’
‘This was the most amazing experience! The Common Rides tested my riding abilities with long gallops across fields and up gorgeous hillsides! And to ride alongside 100-300 other riders was an experience in itself! The Irish Draughts and Sport Horses are tough, beautiful breeds that are so smooth to ride. I am usually a Western rider and practiced riding English for a month before the trip. That was the best thing I could have done because I was ready for the long riding days – all of that posting and two-point riding takes different muscles than Western! I rode Amadeus and he was fantastic!! He was beautiful and fast as the wind – the biggest and fastest horse I have ever ridden! But he was very honest and took care of me when I was a bit uneasy. I would take him home if I could! I also rode Aphrodite on the beach ride and she was amazing, too. This ride gave me more confidence in my riding skills and confirmed I have a ‘need for speed’ – I loved the gallops in the countryside!’
‘I can not recommend this ride enough. I was blown away by the quality of the horses, landscape, food and experiences. Our buffet breakfast was expansive and provided many delicious options, but the standout were the lunches provided by the in-house cooks – each meal was diverse and followed by free-flowing wine and dessert. The horses were all impeccably cared for and trained; they were fit, healthy and very responsive, which made progressing my dressage skills very easy. The highlight of the trip was the beach ride, which I would recommend to anyone interested in beautiful scenery – the view of the trees and ocean from the cliffs was stunning. Galloping along the beach in Spanish western saddles was an experience I will never forget.
On top of everything, though, the most important aspect of this ride were our hosts: Fernando, Jane and Vivi. Within seconds of meeting them, I felt like I was part of the family. They were relaxed, positive and passionate people who truly cared about our experience and satisfaction. Fernando, in particular, is a worldly, knowledgeable man with a killer sense of humour and talking to him during our lengthy car rides to Jerez and the beach made the trips fun and comfortable. I would, without a doubt, suggest this ride to anyone. I will most definitely be back.’
‘I’ve been following Globetrotting for more than 12 years, dreaming of an adventure that would return me to the saddle. I spent almost the first 20 years of my life on the back on a horse, but not having ridden or been near a horse for the last 20 years, I was so reluctant (and frankly terrified) to return to the saddle. But… one day last November, on the commute to work, an email titled ‘Is it the right time?’ popped into my mailbox featuring the new tours to Iceland. By that afternoon, I had confirmed and paid a deposit! I am not an impulsive type, but this was THE best holiday decision I’ve ever made. Amazing, fantastic, incredible in every possible way. The Icelandic horses are the most beautiful creatures, each with their own personality. It fed my soul in every possible way, and I made meaningful connections with my fellow globetrotters and the team who looked after us. I even learnt how to sing Icelandic songs! I will be back – the hardest decision is where to next!’
‘Recently I was lucky enough to go on the Big Horn Cattle Drive in Wyoming, USA and it was, simply put, magical! I fulfilled a childhood dream of driving cattle, cowboy style, through Wyoming. The scenery, the horses, the people and the experience will be etched on my heart for the rest of my life.’
‘Happy is an understatement. I was ECSTATIC with my ride in the Scottish Borders! The Common Rides were amazing and exhilarating! I have had some wild first flight runs in my 20 years of hunting, and the Common Rides rank right up there with the best of them! I want to do all of them now. The horses were beautifully braided and turned out. They knew their job and did it well. I rode Zeus, Yani and a sweet big bay whose name I can’t recall, and I loved them all. Yani was my favourite, very forward and willing. Our guides, Gemma, Izzy, Helen and Susanne were wonderful! The food, accommodation and service was outstanding. It was well worth every penny.’
‘The most fabulous experience! The country, the horses and the mix of people was perfect. The ride exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Laura and Christian, for one of the most special adventures of my life. I genuinely slept better in my swag/stretcher than I have anywhere else, ever… can I order one in queen size please?! THANK YOU.’
‘My favourite day on the Khovsgol Ride in Mongolia was the day we experienced a thunderstorm and crossed a wooden barge river crossing. Due to poor weather, the guides made impromptu arrangements and took us to a family house to stay for the night. Our guide, Shuree, and her team went above and beyond to keep us safe and comfortable. The horses were all very quiet and well trained. The tack was surprisingly comfortable considering the rustic and homemade nature of it all. We never had any doubts that we were safe and well cared for. Our guides were so thoughtful and attentive. Shuree was well known and respected by every Mongolian person we came into contact with. She showed at all times that we were her priority. She was very knowledgeable and we wanted for nothing.’
‘I’ve just arrived back from the Goomboorian Campdraft Ride. Andrew and his team were amazing. Each of them are very obviously accomplished riders and this showed in the way they worked with the horses throughout the week, how they matched the horses to their guests, and also in the way they taught us about riding and handing not only the horses, but also the cattle both in the yards and on horseback. I was very lucky to ride Dynamite – he was beautifully responsive, with a lovely can do attitude, comfortable gaits, and he certainly knows how to work a beast! Awesome horse!
At Cots Camp, Rod and Jake were amazing teachers – getting us all out of the camp with a steer and around the pegs in a couple of days! Their passion for the sport is undeniable.
The scenery was beautiful both at Goomboorian and Widgee, and both camps were great. The bell tents at Mount Goomboorian were warm and spacious and the beds were really comfortable, too. I also loved the outdoor shower with its awesome view! The food was delicious (thanks Sean) and the hospitality was second to none – nothing was too much trouble for Andrew and the team.
I can’t wait to go back one day and recommend to anyone who is thinking about doing this ride to book it – you will not regret it!’
‘Definitely an exhilarating way to experience the beautiful Scottish countryside and to immerse yourself in the border towns’ history and heritage! The guides were ALL ah-mazing! My horse, Acropolis, was a lovely gelding and well suited to me. The Highland games and high tea were fun and magnificent.’
‘This whole experience was perfect. My sister and I both absolutely loved this ride. From the incredible scenery to the tough little ponies, all in the company of great horsey people. The lovely big Quarter Horse Reilly carried me safely across El Questro Station and he was perfect for me. All the horses were strong, healthy, surefooted, well trained and well behaved. Sleeping under the stars in warm, comfy swags was a highlight. Also, the gluten free catering we received was exceptional. I highly recommend this ride!’
‘The BEST adventure – the riding was brilliant, the horses perfect. Our guides, Valeria and Helanna, were fantastic. Sue and I had great horses – forward and a lot of action. We’ve just finished and we’re heading off to drinks with the Globetrotting gang.’
‘Mongolia was as remote and untouched by tourism as I had hoped. It was a real adventure. The scenery was breathtaking and the people were the kindest, most hospitable I have ever met. The horses were so fast, so determined and so sweet. Any concerns about their responsiveness, the tack or the terrain melted away with the first canter across the steppe – and there were so many more opportunities to canter and gallop. Our guide, Shureh, and our whole crew made me feel safe and well looked after. They were all a lot of fun. So much positivity! The food was also excellent, and much more varied than I was expecting. There were some long tough days and you’ve got to be prepared to rough it a bit, but it was all so worth it. This ride changed my life!’
‘Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is nothing short of spectacular. I had the best holiday of my life and can’t recommend it highly enough. I have never seen such a group of sad faces at breakfast on the last day of the tour! Everyone says, ‘Oh it’s on my bucket list.’ I say, stop dreaming and just book it. Today.
Icelandic horses are everywhere in Iceland and are a big part of the culture. I thought that I had arrived in Horse Heaven Happyland! Magnus and his team were fabulous. I learned so much about the rockstar Icelandic horses and the culture, history and people of Iceland. At one point, we were all singing a traditional Icelandic song in 4 or 5 languages! We had a small group of 5 guests who were from all around the world and we had the best time. Icelandic horses are such little goers, with amazing energy, spirit, and fun five gaits unique to them, and they are really surefooted. I fell in love with a few and wanted to pack them into my bag to take home with me. If you want an amazing experience filled with amazing horses, amazing people and memories for a lifetime, then just do it. I started planning a return trip before I had even left!’
‘I would highly recommend The Scottish Borders Ride! The horses are all spectacular. Forward moving and fun! The accommodations were beautiful. I loved all the little extras. If you want an exciting ride full of tradition, beautiful landscapes and awesome people, this is the ride for you!’
‘As an avid equestrian who craves new ways of experiencing and working with horses, I left The Scottish Borders Ride as a more confident rider and so inspired by everything that we did. A few days into the trip I was already thinking about how and when I could do it again. I’m so glad that Globetrotting arranged this special holiday, and there’s no one else I would trust more to take me on a horseback adventure!’
‘This was absolutely the trip of a lifetime! There wasn’t a single part that wasn’t amazing. Our hosts at the equestrian centre were extraordinarily friendly and skilled, able to pick out the perfect horse for each rider and confidently guide us through the countryside. The horses know their job inside out and were a joy to ride, handling challenging situations with ease.
The Common Rides are easily the most incredible horseback experience I have ever had. Riding through town among 200 or so horses, led by a pipe band and being cheered on by hundreds of people on the sidewalks was unlike anything I’ve been a part of. Going on to travel down the roads and gallop through the fields for hours, stopping for refreshments along the way at castles and picturesque villages, was truly thrilling – everything you dream of and more. The rest of the trip was balanced out by relaxing rides through stunning scenery, fun cultural activities, and delicious meals.
As an avid equestrian who craves new ways of experiencing and working with horses, I left Scotland as a more confident rider and so inspired by everything that we did. A few days into the trip I was already thinking about how and when I could do it again!’
‘I had a fantastic week riding Baron in Montana. We worked with cattle and rode through large fields, forests and mountains with our lovely group, who all had their own horses at home. We rode over beautiful wildflowers all day long and looked at the amazing views from many different positions. The food was fabulous, with an inventive menu. Baron was calm and experienced in all situations with cattle, surefooted through the mountains and always up for a good long canter. Our two guides, Taylor and Jeff, were great. We were able to ride where and how we wanted within the group and everything was very relaxed.’
‘Six days horse riding in the Kimberley. Wow, what a great adventure it was. Up to six hours’ riding each day through grass as high as the horse, along dusty red rocky roads in 35 degree heat, through scrub, across rivers and creek beds. We had surefooted, well trained and kind horses and amazing hosts, who were so well organised with a surprise around every corner. Beautiful swimming holes, sleeping under the super clear stars in a swag, amazing food, campfires, great stories and lots of laughs. This adventure challenged me every day and I also had lots of time to think about nothing, to just soak up the ride and enjoy our vast and incredible country, and the company of a great group of new friends.’
Thank you Laura and Christian for a fabulous, eye opening adventure. I loved every day of the ride and feel I have left a part of my heart in the Kimberley. Everything was carefully thought out – it was perfect. Sleeping under the stars was totally breathtaking and the meals were all 5 star restaurant quality. Again, thank you for the kind horses, wonderful food, many laughs, and for showing me that I am tougher than I thought.’
‘This was a trip of a lifetime and I loved every second of it! Mongolia is more beautiful than I ever expected. Mongolian horses don’t have names – I gave mine the nickname Boobob, as he looked like one of my horses but behaved like another of my horses. He was a 15 year old grey gelding who was just perfect for me! He was forward and surefooted and we just clicked – he responded to the slightest rein aids and didn’t need any leg. The guides, in fact everyone – cooks, wranglers, drivers – were just brilliant. Nothing was too much for them, they were all just the most kind, wonderful, accommodating, knowledgeable people. And OMG – the food! I had prepared myself for mutton, mutton and more mutton, but our cook was absolutely incredible and the food she prepared – 3 hot meals a day – was spectacular. If you love adventure and have a flexible attitude, then this trip is for you!’
‘What a fabulous holiday! The location, quality support from the equestrian centre, supper service at Cringletie, fun off-the-horse activities (hiking, mountain biking, highland games, local sightseeing, Moffatt family history) and wonderful other globetrotters made this a memorable, enjoyable and fun experience. Our guide, Susie, was professional, attentive and super supportive. She has many great horses, great tack and an exceptional team. Helen, Mark and Jess were fabulous. I rode Amadeus on both common rides, as well as Oatley, Andronikos and Jaccamo. Amadeus, at 17 hands, was my favourite. Big, strong, fast, but very surefooted and steady. Thanks for a great experience!’
‘Hands down the best horse riding experience I’ve had. Do yourself a favour and sign up for this ride, you won’t be disappointed! The knowledge of horsemanship, the area and environment Andrew shared with us was amazing and I learnt a lot. I rode Wombat and immediately fell in love with her. My only problem was not being able to fit her in my suitcase to bring her home, not to mention Andrew ‘s reluctance to part with her! Andrew is an amazing person and an all round great guy who really helped to build my riding confidence during the ride. Rod Cotter and his staff at Cots Camp were exceptional. Wonderful people, very warm and welcoming, and encouraging us so positively that it’s sparked us to continue to take a keen interest in campdrafting. The hospitality, accommodation and food was outstanding. Every effort was made to ensure our needs were accommodated. Big thanks to ‘Shaun the Chef’, every meal was delicious. We learnt a lot, laughed a lot, and made memories to last a lifetime.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was a special horse riding trip I will always remember. Being my first international ride, I was in awe of the beautiful countryside we rode through each day. Having 5 Kates and 2 Sheryls in the group meant there was loads of laughter and fun along the way. The group all bonded so well and new friendships for life have been made too.
Thank you Globetrotting!! Your fine selection of rides and outfitters is just awesome!’
‘The Maasai Mara safari was a lifetime highlight for me. The feeling of cantering along vast open plains amidst a myriad of wildlife with like-minded riders and phenomenally impressive guides is out of this world. Simon and Megan were fantastic. Their knowledge was seemingly endless and they communicated it in a warm style. Everything food and accommodation wise was taken care of and I felt truly spoilt on this trip. The horses were fit, healthy and fun to ride. You can see they love to get out in the open spaces on safari. The scenery was spectacular and straight from Out of Africa! I am lucky to have been able to go on such an exhilarating experience. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. The pictures don’t do it justice – but my memories do.’
‘Hot days and cool nights under a canopy of stars. Rugged country, spectacular scenery and some mesmerising hidden gems. The whole team was so accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. They are a well-oiled machine and very knowledgeable about the area. The food was amazing and there was an abundance of it. My favourite experience was just being in that beautiful country. At times I just didn’t know where to look to take it all in. I loved going to Emma Gorge, and I was chuffed with the experience of cantering the length of the air strip heading into El Questro Station, just to be able to say that I did it! I rode a little paint mare called Tilly. She was a gem to ride and made me feel safe. I would have happily taken her home! This was an unforgettable riding holiday.’
‘I loved this ride! The scenery was varied and interesting. I loved the tiny villages and the small historic hotels and pensions we stayed at, where we were hosted by locals. Just lovely. Our hosts were all so friendly and welcoming. The food and wine was locally grown and we were never hungry. We loved having Carlos meet us at lunchtime, set up a long table under the trees, make our salad and pour the cava and wine. I was fortunate to ride with such a great group. We laughed constantly and it was so much fun. Riding through villages was great – everyone waved and greeted us. We never felt like tourists and I felt we experienced the real Catalonia.’
‘I have been on lots of riding holidays and always enjoyed them, but they didn’t always match the description. However, with the Costa Azul Ride, the question is if words can even describe it. This a forward ride and the terrain is ever changing. Miguel and Dennis are awesome! My sweet gelding, Adonis, will be in my heart forever. All the horses are trained well and know their job. One horse actually followed at liberty and just took his place in line when we would trot, canter or gallop.’
‘This was such a good experience! Everything was outstanding. Our guides were amazing hosts and horse people. Jess and Bijmin were outstanding! They knew everything, or would find out anything they didn’t know already. They really complimented each other, too.
I rode Kale. He was wonderful – very responsive, young and quite forward, which is exactly the kind of horse I’d suggested I’d like to ride. Absolutely no complaints. We were treated like royalty and allowed to have a holiday. There was so much good food, too! I’m recommending this ride to anyone who will listen!’
‘Terry and I had a great time in Japan in late April/early May, prime cherry blossom time. Our hosts, Tanaka-san and Mayumi Tsukamoto Suzuki, were fabulous, as were the horses, horse riding, food, and places to visit and enjoy.’
‘The Kimberley Ride was an amazing experience. Christian, Laura and the crew are so helpful and friendly. I would definitely ride with them again. Every aspect from the horses to the food, gear and bedding was spot on. I rode Bonnie, and we were a perfect match. She was very similar to my own horse. I loved Christian’s chicken and mushroom risotto, and Laura’s panna cotta. I thought someone was getting married when we rode in and saw the white tablecloth and white chairs set up at the campsite! I loved every minute of this ride.’
‘There aren’t sufficient words to describe how special this place is. Every box was checked for my vacation, from the quality of the horses and horsemanship, to the excellent staff, the wonderful, clean, appropriate accommodations, the delicious food and oh my god, the once-in-a-lifetime territory. I’ve lived and vacationed in many beautiful places, but I have never seen land like this. No two views are alike. You can be on the top of a mesa and see four completely different landscapes, depending on which way you face! The scenery literally changes every few minutes as you ride along. The colours, the scope, the grandeur of it all — there isn’t a photo that can do this land justice.
The horses are well cared-for, high quality, trustworthy and sensible. If you are inspired by and committed to great horsemanship, you will find no place equal.
I would never have found this place were it not for Globetrotting. I’m grateful beyond words for Kate, her brilliant staff and her excellent sourcing of perhaps the best Western riding experience in North America. I booked a stay for next year while still at the ranch and can’t wait to have this experience for many years to come.’
‘The Goomboorian Campdraft Ride was the adventure of a lifetime. Waking up on top of a mountain to the sounds of horses, the smells of the campfire and a good meal being cooked was a dream come true. This was a camp-out with a bit of luxury, with our chef, and staff to care for and tack up our horses each day. Even the fire-heated shower felt decadent! The horses were extremely well trained and a joy to ride. The staff were careful to coach us on the proper cues to make sure that both the horses and guests were happy. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.’
‘I was very happy with my ride in Montana, USA. My horse, Banjo, was responsive to aids, neck reining, etc and was under control all the time. Every day was good – the first day trying out our mounts and learning Western riding aids, then the subsequent days of team penning, cattle mustering and trail riding. Both guides were capable and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this ride.’
‘We had a wonderful time on our Train and Trail Ride in Andalusia, Spain. Our trail riding guide was wonderful, as was our dressage instructor, who gave me a lot of individual attention. Hornito was the Andalusian stallion I rode for my dressage lessons; he was excellent and I got to do the Spanish Walk and Piaffe on him! It made my vacation. I also liked trail riding through the olive groves on Bari, who was very forward moving. The lunches were delicious. The hacienda was beautiful. The accomodations were great. The Jerez School was amazing, as was the Flamenco show. My husband is a beginner rider and the instructors were very patient with him, and as a result he did well and learned a lot.’
‘The horse riding – wow! The equestrian team were fun and professional, and so supportive. I had an absolute ball. Miss Bumble was my favourite horse. Big, confident and free moving, we often led the group rides on the estate. On one ride we galloped leading the group for a mile, and it felt like the two of us were one body, one mind. I’ll never forget the freedom of those moments.
The activities organised for my husband Keith, a non-rider, were excellent, and run by professionals doing their jobs so well. You could not wipe the smile from Keith’s face after the clay pigeon shooting, so I decided I’d join in for the falconry, and just wow! Brian the bird handler’s level of expertise love for his birds was inspiring.
All the staff were interactive and fun. We both had the best time. For me, when Keith said he wished we could stay longer when I was supposedly the reason we were there… well, that just made it even more special. I’d encourage riders with non-riding partners to put this experience at the top of their list.’
‘This ride is very well organised, with a different schedule every day. I had plenty of time to relax and enjoy every moment – and there were a lot of them. We had lots of time for great photos and our wonderful guides helped us find the best spots to do it. Bijmin and Jess were so kind, happy and accommodating. I loved how the scenery changes throughout the day, making for a very interesting and fun ride. We cantered fast, cantered slow, trotted, walked through fairytale forests, crossed rivers and gazed at one beautiful scene after another. Swimming with the horses in beautiful turquoise glacier water was breathtaking. All of the food was delicious, with plenty of it. Our accommodations were clean and tidy with great views.
I’ve ridden many miles in many countries and found the three things that make a great ride: good food, beautiful scenery, and good, fun people. This ride had it all to the highest degree. LOVED IT!’
‘I absolutely loved my ride in the Barossa Valley. Jen and Jeremy were such wonderful hosts and their well behaved string of horses are an absolute credit to them. The accommodation was very clean and cosy, and all the meals were fantastic, and the wine too! Jeremy and Jen cooked delicious food, and the pizza night at Ros and Peter’s was great too. My favourite day was definitely riding along the mountain ranges to lunch at Grant Burge Winery. My dear horse, Jabberwocky, was a dream to ride. I loved every bit of it!’
‘The Kimberley Ride was really good value. I would definitely recommend it! I spent most of my time getting to know Rod and Gwen. Both were really knowledgeable, friendly, professional and helpful. They knew heaps about the areas we were riding in, and the bush tucker. Couldn’t fault them. Both Gwen and Rod clearly rode their horses with a view to looking after the rest of us – impressive! I rode a wonderful small mare called Millie. She had lovely manners and was beautiful to ride – we enjoyed some good canters. It was a great idea to stop at the quarry for a cold beer!’
‘This was a fabulous adventure. I loved Ireland and the Castle. My room was beautiful, and best of all it overlooked the stables! I loved looking out and seeing horses morning and evening. I rode a range of horses and was very happy with the variety. I loved riding out on the trails and discovering little bits of castle history along the way. I would definitely recommend this ride. It’s completely tailored to your needs.’
‘If you want a holiday of a lifetime, this is it. You can’t get better scenery, guides, and experiences than this! I rode Gizzy and within five minutes of riding him I was absolutely in love. He was the best horse for me. He built my confidence up, and when we got to gallop he went as fast as I wanted him to go. I felt so connected to him. He was amazing! I absolutely loved swimming the horses through the river, and also the big run up the grassy hill. My mom, sisters, cousin, aunt and I all got to run our horses up the hill at the same time and it was so fun!!
Our guides were outstanding! They just don’t come better than Bijmin and Jess! They work well together and they were so personable to everyone in the group. The accommodations were awesome – rustic and nice. The day we reached Paradise it had rained most of the ride, and when we got to the cottage there was a fire going and snacks out for us. I thought we had died and gone to heaven!’
‘Riding through the Bordeaux region with the Globetrotting crew, every day is a surprise. You’ll think ‘It can’t get better,’ and then it does. Miles and miles of grapevines, with incredible light filtering through the trees and amazing wine by the barrel – probably what you’re expecting when you hear the word ‘Bordeaux’ – but now imagine you’re on a horse. TEN MILLION TIMES BETTER. From riding through centuries-old fortresses and hand-walking your horse onto a ferry deck, to galloping through dense forest and picking grapes straight off the vines as you ride by, this ride will have you looking for real estate in the south of France before the week is out. Our hosts were beyond accommodating and ran the trip like a well-oiled machine, without making it feel like they were at work. The horses were extremely well cared for and had plenty of personality to keep the ride interesting, with amazing boldness – they didn’t put a hoof wrong. I recommend this trip not just for its delightful scenery and divine food and wine, but mostly for its hosts, as they have incredible stories to tell, care about their team – human and animal – and clearly love what they do.’
‘We loved meeting Kate and the Globetrotting family. I’m so glad we had that opportunity to see first hand how passionate they are about ensuring we have the best trip possible.’
‘What a wonderful five days we had with Jen, Jeremy and Roz. We were so spoiled to have a whole ride to ourselves, as we were eight riders, all friends. We chose this ride to celebrate our wonderful friend Jude’s 85th birthday. We had the most fantastic time, travelling through the amazing forest, vineyards, steep hilly country and fire trails through the bush areas. Jeremy and Roz were our guides while on horseback and nothing was ever a problem. The horses were wonderful, all endurance trained, so responsive and forward. Everyone was suited well to their horse. I rode the beautiful, grey mare, Moonlight (Moo), a sensitive little lady. Off the horse, Jen looked after us so well. Our horses were all ready for us every morning, lunch brought out to us on the days we didn’t stop near civilisation, and then at the end of every day, Jen was there to greet us and help put the horses to bed.’
‘How privileged I was as a solo traveller to join the Globetrotting team on The Sahara Ride (best decision I have ever made)! From the moment we met in Morocco, I knew this was going to be a fun and fabulous adventure, and we all formed an instant family, sharing many laughs, fun moments and great times.
Had I ever sat in a saddle for 6 days averaging 6 hours a day before? NO. Did I hit some big highs? YES! I came home with so much renewed confidence in my riding ability, which I would not have achieved anywhere else. Words can’t describe the exhilaration, fun times, great laughs and memories that I took away from this trip. Globetrotting is now my one and only choice for horse riding holidays. Thank you for the great memories. xx’
‘How privileged I was as a solo traveller to join Kate, Steve and Laura in my choice of destinations, Morocco! The Globetrotting team excelled on all levels, and never missed crossing the Ts and dotting the Is. They are all such genuine, honest horse enthusiasts, and so passionate about what they do. Words can’t describe the exhilaration, fun times, great laughs and memories that I took away from that trip and it’s all thanks to an amazing team who are doing what they love and have an innate ability to leave a lasting impression on the hearts of all their globetrotters.’
‘Brilliant horses, stunning surroundings and delicious, melt in your mouth French food and wine. This holiday ticked all the boxes. Ancient French villages, castles and moats and a new winery tour each day. The French are passionate about their country and their wine. Now I know why!’
‘Miles and miles of grapevines, incredible light filtering through the trees, and amazing wine by the barrel – probably what you’re expecting when you hear the word ‘Bordeaux’ – but now imagine you’re on a horse. TEN MILLION TIMES BETTER. Riding through the Bordeaux region with the Globetrotting crew, every day is a surprise. You’ll think ‘It can’t get better,’ and then it does. This ride will have you looking for real estate in the south of France before the week is out.’
‘The Scottish Borders Ride was amazing. Our horses were so honest and solid and looked after us all so well. It has been the most liberating thing I have ever done. Huge thanks to Kate for creating such a magical experience and for being there with us for all the fun. And to my Globetrotting companions on this mad adventure, who made it so incredible and full of joy!’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed The Kimberley Ride and the people who ran it. They really made the trip with their excellent service, banter and knowledge of the area and horses. It was a dream to ride in the outback and they certainly delivered with plenty of extras. A safe and fun trip able to be enjoyed by anyone who’s keen. I definitely recommend it!’
‘I’ve just finished the Castle and Estate Ride. What a beautiful spot. The Castle and family have so much history! It’s fascinating. This is a perfect ride for beginners, those who are just getting back in the saddle and those who have lost a little confidence. The coaches are just lovely. The horses are absolute gems. They are gentle giants – a lot of easy fun and they certainly look after you. The staff are lovely, the food is delicious, and the accommodation magnificent – the best sleep I’ve had in a long time.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was worth every penny spent. If you do this ride, you will not regret it. It was all so wonderful!! The scenery was outstanding! The guides were wonderful and really knew what they were doing. They knew how to handle the horses and take us through the best places at the rivers. They were a joy to talk to and really were a huge part of why this ride was so wonderful. I loved the changes in scenery and all the different places we stayed. The cottage at Paradise was so wonderful and fitting after riding in some rainy weather. I was so impressed with how well the horses were cared for, too. I rode Star and he was wonderful. I especially enjoyed running him up the big grassy hill. I would recommend this to my friends and anyone else who loves to ride.’
‘From the tranquil luxury of the riads to the hustle of the souks, the palm shaded gardens, the mouth-watering tagines, salads and meals to die for… nothing compares to this immersion in colour and culture. And the magnificent Barb horses! Spirited, fast, and tough as nails, these incredible horses carried us through the desert with energy to burn. So much to see and appreciate. From the dazzling night sky to the dunes and date palms, I had to keep pinching myself. We could easily have been on a movie set, and I kept expecting a director to yell ‘Cut!’
The Sahara is a diamond, and the horses are rare and precious jewels. This ride is an Aladdin’s Cave of rich experiences.’
‘The Bordeaux Wine Trail was fantastic. It is a great way to see the vineyards and experience horse travel as it should be. The accommodations were beautiful, the food was top notch and the hosts were fabulous. Or guides did an amazing job, from setting the pace and making sure all of us were happy to guiding us around obstacles and traffic. My mare Penelope was awesome. Lots of go, but under control. Valerie did a great job matching up horses with riders. Everyone was pleased with their horse. It’s a top notch operation and you won’t be disappointed. Just do it!’
‘A fabulous ride over the Black Mountains in Wales. I loved every minute! The beautiful scenery was made even better by the great horses and fabulous company. My horse, Echo, was excellent – a perfect fit for an experienced rider like myself. I wanted to take him home with me! It was great value for money, too, especially considering the fantastic accommodation.’
‘I was so happy with the Sierras Chicas ride. I would definitely recommend it! The food, service, horses and terrain far exceeded my expectations. We cooked in the kitchen with the chefs, which was a lovely surprise. The guides were absolutely amazing, and I’m glad that I got to ride with people who were at the same level as me!’
‘It was a wonderful trip and a great experience. The accommodations were wonderful and I was very happy with my horses, Adonis and Aramis. The Common Ride was exciting and the rides through the forest and countryside were awesome. The Scottish people were warm and welcoming. Their pride in their towns and the Borders area is a pleasure to experience.’
‘The Scottish Borders Ride was an amazing introduction to Globetrotting. I had the privilege of sharing my Globetrotting adventure with lovely women from around the world who truly became fast friends. We rode alongside wonderful people on Kailzie’s outstanding horses through beautiful parts of the countryside that few tourists would have the opportunity to see. Our group was embraced by the Scottish people, who seemed genuinely happy to have us participate in their traditional Common Ride; one of the highlights of the trip. Truly a memorable week!’
‘Riding through the grape vines of the Barossa Valley, up and down the many hills, and enjoying the spectacular views was just amazing. I thought it was the best way to see the Barossa Valley. You see so much more. I love the old eucalyptus trees, and even better the view between Ruby’s ears when she pricks them and looks around at the sights. Jen and Jeremy are great guides and hosts this why I wanted to do the Grape Horse Adventure. I was going to do Jen and Jeremy’s Tassie Tiger Trail again but decided to give this ride a try instead, and sure enough it was everything that I imagined. I’ve said goodbye to Ruby twice before, not sure if I would see her again, and I am so blessed that I did. She’s a trooper.’
‘The highlights of my Scottish Borders Ride were the two Common Rides. It was non-stop adrenaline, heart-pounding riding. We galloped down hills, up hills, over ditches, through gates and across bogs. I faced so many of my fears that day: riding in a large group, cantering downhill, and riding fast.
Our horses were so honest and solid and looked after us all so well. It has been the most liberating thing I have ever done. It was such a privilege to be welcomed so wholeheartedly by the Hawick community. Huge thanks to Kate for creating such a magical experience and for being there with us for all the fun. And to my Globetrotting companions on this mad adventure, who made it so incredible and full of joy!’
‘What an awesome time in Glenorchy. The scenery was mind blowing, words just doesn’t do this part of the world justice. The horse I was matched to, JT, was awesome and suited me perfectly – he was forward-moving but very relaxed when in the group. The food was wholesome and yummy, the accommodation was comfortable, and what a bonus on the last night to stay at the aptly named ‘Paradise’. Our guides were great – enthusiastic and with so much local knowledge to share. Jess and Bijmin are true horse people, it was definitely great to have met them both.’
‘We loved this ride – the absolutely superb horses, the great company of guests, the outstanding gourmet food and wine and the constant care and support from Jeremy and Jen. The countryside we rode through was incredible and those amazing horses showed they can take us anywhere. We will definitely ride with them again! …and did we mention the stunning wines!’
‘I loved the variety of every day and every camp on the Sahara Ride. The dunes were amazing, as was seeing and going through the mountain ranges. The different villages and camps were great to ride through. My mare was really sweet natured to both people and other horses, and the guides were lovely and helpful. The meals were great, too – vegetarian food I’ve had in Morocco previously has been rather boring, so I was very pleasantly surprised!’
‘The Castle & Estate Ride was any horse rider’s paradise: riding twice a day (you’re in riding clothes from breakfast to dinner) – it’s the riding boot camp you always wanted to go to as a kid but can now afford as an adult! From fundamental indoor jumping and flat lessons to joyful canters through the forest, over logs and through ponds, riders at every level from beginner to advanced will be challenged and delighted with every ride, every day. Extra bonus: the accommodation and food are INCREDIBLE! Ride all day, laugh, drink and eat all evening, then do it all again tomorrow. I miss it already! I cannot recommend Globetrotting more highly!’
‘Great food, divine hotel, beautiful gardens and horse riding – the Castle & Estate Ride was my absolute dream holiday. Three hours a day of riding with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Irish countryside. Ireland is known for its storytelling and the best stories were those shared with my fellow globetrotters. How wonderful to meet so many new horse loving friends to explore, learn and laugh with!’
‘The Castle & Estate Ride was a fairytale wonderland from the castle, to the spectacular grounds, amazing horses, delicious food and the helpful staff. The instructors were very helpful and knowledgeable. Our last day when we went out to the cross country course, did lots of jumping and galloped through the water right before the storm was epic. A day I will remember for a long time. I am so happy I booked this trip! I would do it again and again. Thank you so much, Globetrotting.’
‘The Castle & Estate Ride is an equestrian oasis combining luxury and relaxation with sensational food and amazing riding all tied up together in one delightfully satisfying package. Every day presented a new delight and a new reason to smile and be glad I was there. All the horses I rode were well educated and enjoyable to ride. Whether in flat work or jumping, they were safe, willing mounts. I fell in love with each of them. The instructors and guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The careful attention to detail when it came to looking after the horses and people was wonderful to see.’
‘The Kobuchizawa ride in Japan is not to be missed! A surreal, dreamy experience – exquisite landscapes with cherry blossom trees everywhere, distant snow covered mountains, misty conifer forests, beautiful streams with mossy rocks, wonderful horses, hosts and friends riding together. A must for anyone who loves horses and beautiful landscapes.’
‘I cannot express how great this experience was – it exceeded every last expectation I had!
From the minute I was picked up from the motel I was met with friendly smiling faces. Once you drive through the front gates, the realization sets in: you are somewhere very special in the world!
Every day was different and filled with exciting experiences. The diversity of the rides was amazing, including but not limited to creek crossings, mountain climbs and loping though open fields. No two days the same! There was even the opportunity to move cows and calves and ride with wild mustangs.
Every rider was treated as an individual and given extensive options when it came to what sort of riding they would like to do. Every horse was relaxed, happy to work and extremely well looked after. Tom does an amazing job of matching people with the right horse. The staff were all kind, respectful, and went out of their way to ensure their guests had the best time possible. The worst part of this ride was having to leave!’
‘This ride was so much more than I’d hoped it would be. I came on my own, but felt completely part of the group – all friendly, inspiring and interesting women. Jen and Jeremy took care of us like we were family, and have created a diverse and awesome itinerary not just of great riding, but of local food and wine experiences and meeting local people. And Jabberwocky was my beautiful, willing, four-legged partner every day!’
‘Ahhhhh… trail riding in southern Spain.
This was my fourth Globetrotting ride and it was amazing!
I could talk forever about the Spanish food and wine, the gorgeous views, the charming, thoughtful and generous hosts BUT it was all about the horses… beautifully responsive to leg, wonderful temperament – forward moving when asked and yet responsive to the slightest touch on the bit.
Giles and Miranda have assembled and trained an outstanding group of horses who are much loved and much respected, and it shows. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more.’
‘What a wonderful week we had in Coin with Giles and Miranda! Such a beautiful place to explore on wonderfully schooled horses and a gorgeous place to relax and unwind. I would happily return for the food and ambience alone!’
‘This was an amazing ride. I loved seeing such beautiful country that not everyone has the opportunity to see. The other riders were all great and we enjoyed each other’s company. The horses, the guides, the mountains – all of it was amazing, awe inspiring and great, great fun. I feel like I am a better rider from my five days on a horse in Glenorchy. I am not afraid to gallop, or ford a river, or ride up and down steep hills. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this ride.’
‘Portugal and the Costa Azul will win your heart effortlessly. The friendliness of the Portuguese people, stunning scenery, beautiful food, and of course the gorgeous horses are a winning combination. I loved the peace and serenity of riding through the beautiful cork trees, along the beach with the waves from the Atlantic crashing on the shore or just meandering along the hills, enjoying the vista beyond. The Costa Azul ride in Portugal was a balm to my soul after the frenetic pace of Europe.’
‘The Maasai Mara ride was beyond my wildest dreams. It’s impossible to describe how incredible the experience was, and I’ll never forget cantering alongside a herd of giraffe, feeling one with the group.
At times an adrenaline rush and at others simply joyous, and often achingly hilarious. My horse, the beautiful Pauline, was a true gem – so fit, surefooted, gentle-natured, responsive and calm amidst the chance of a charging elephant or buffalo. Our host, Imogen Voorspuy, and guide, Simon Kenyon, were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and every single thing imaginable was covered: hot water bottles, drinks and nibbles before an amazing two-course dinner, endless kindness and generosity, and laughs and thrills too. They worked non-stop and we all adored them.
Thank you so much, Globetrotting, for making this trip possible. Everything went smoothly, for which I’m very grateful.’
‘The Camargue Ride was AMAZING!! The hotel was on site – built in 1994 and much nicer than the pictures – our room was split level, cozy yet modern, and immaculate! The food was amazing and great care was taken to address my dietary requirements. Most importantly, the white horses of Camargue were AWESOME – sure footed no matter the weather, fearless and willing. We galloped through fields and on beaches and even helped herd some young bulls. Thank you so much, Kate and Laura! My sister and I cannot wait to do another one of these trips!’
‘The Camargue Ride surpassed every one of my expectations. For me, it was the unique, wild quality of the environment, the amazing Camargue horses and the superb accommodation that made this ride an absolute standout. My measure is always, ‘Would I go back?’ and my answer to this one is, ‘In a heartbeat’.’
‘The Camargue Ride was one of the best Globetrotting rides I have ever been on!!! Whilst it may have partly been our lovely hosts, the delicious food, the stunning location and the luxurious 5 star accommodation, the Camargue horses are legendary for a reason. Phenomenal agility, speed and cattle sense combined with brave and intelligent personalities make these horses the true stars of the ride. Be it racing along the beach or chasing after the famous black bulls, the armchair-like Camargue saddles and trusty Camargue horses will give you an experience you will never forget. My little pocket rocket, Trés, and the Camargue will hold a special place in my heart forever.’
‘The Camargue ride was a wonderful sisters’ holiday for us! It was our first horseback holiday, and we can’t wait for our next. The horses were wonderful – surefooted, willing and responsive, and experiencing the Camargue horse culture was a treasure. The riding was varied and exciting, from beach rides to helping to work the cattle. The beach ride on the second day was especially beautiful with flamingo, heron, breaking waves, beach gallops and that lovely picnic in the pine woods. And oh… the food! It was so fun to experience it with the Camargue crew. We are hooked!
Reliving the memories until the next adventure. Thank you, Globetrotting family!’
‘What a fantastic experience to ride the sand dunes in Morocco with other Globetrotters. Galloping across the sand dunes in the early morning and again across the plains was WOW. Haven’t gone that fast for years! And walking the mountain pass and coming to that spectacular view was truly epic, as was the descent. So many magnificent views to take in and a great insight into local life in the villages as we rode through, stopping for water for the horses or local mandarins.
My little mare, Ayisha, was a star. The meals were awesome and I enjoyed them hugely. Riding the sand dunes was my favorite part – something I have never experienced.’
‘This experience would need to be explained by a poem, or a song. Or an interpretive dance (my fellow globetrotters will know what I’m talking about).
This is unlike anything you’ll ever do.
Something you’ll be proud of forever.
It will resonate in many other aspects of your life and you won’t forget it.
I’ve made bonds on this trip that I’ll have for life – to the people, the horses and most strongly, The Country.
Motivating, inspiring, enlightening.
An immersive journey.
Anyone serious about brumbies should find a way to be there!’
‘Don’t miss the Grape Horse Adventure! The most beautifully trained horses well matched to your riding skills, and a chance to learn more about these beautiful endurance horses. The food and wine experience was exceptional and you’ll have the two most hospitable hosts. You will feel very much at home in this wonderful country setting. Thank you, Jen and Jeremy, for a memorable week!’
‘My first Globetrotting experience has made me hungry for more. As a person who has owned horses most of my life I have finally found the next best thing to riding my own horses. I won’t risk any of the standard horse riding tour companies as I have been disappointed in the past. I trust Globetrotting to ensure that all their rides provide the highest standard of horses in terms of fitness and temperament and hosts who are professional, experienced, and treat both horses and clients as a priority. I’m so glad I finally did it!!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country ride is a MUST DO ride. Each day just got better – every scenic vision was amazing. The guides were up there with the best and went above and beyond for their clients. This ride is now equal favourite with my all-time high of the Namib Desert Ride… I didn’t think that would ever be possible. But this ride has everything, so it deserves it.’
‘I came to riding later in life. This ride introduced me to experiences I have never been exposed to previously. Partaking in activities such as barrel and flag racing and polocrosse increased my riding confidence. Fiona, Paul, Sally, Keith and all the team where so hospitable and friendly, making this a truly memorable experience.’
‘A truly amazing ride! Our hosts, Jen and Jeremy, were fabulous, their horses were amazing, the scenery was breathtaking, the food and wine were oh so good, what more could you ask for! This ride has it all. Enjoyed every minute and would go again tomorrow!’
‘Your website is easy to use, you are available to speak to whenever we feel the need, and you follow up, which is fantastic.
Also, you are all so passionate about each and every one of your holidays, and that enthusiasm passes onto your customers. I had been looking for a long time for a company like this and to find you here in Australia is fantastic! You guys are great and I love these holidays! Keep up the great work!‘
‘Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Jen and Jeremy and the Globetrotting team for hosting such a wonderful holiday on The Grape Horse Adventure in the Barossa Valley. It simply was amazing! It was a privilege to ride such beautiful horses. The scenery was spectacular, as was the food and wine. We had a fabulous group of people and I learnt so much about natural horsemanship. I hope to join the team on the Tassie Tiger Trail in the future.’
‘OMG this ride was so good! I had a brilliant time and met so many new faces, all with a common passion for riding. My ride was half dressage and half trail riding – which was a huge step for me as I’ve done very little dressage, but I learnt heaps, had lots of fun, and at no stage felt left out.
I was so nervous about travelling on my own but there was no need to be, everything was taken care of. The accommodation and food were brilliant and we were looked after so well.
Advice to others considering this ride: firstly, try to be riding fit – I was and it paid dividends; pack light and pack your sense of humour; and be prepared to have the best time possible.’
‘So lucky we got to go on the exploratory ride in Catalonia, Spain with the Globetrotting team. I absolutely loved my horse, the guides were fantastic in every way, and the food was fabulous! So good to have local produce and wine at every meal. The picnics were particularly memorable! Such a dedicated, professional and fun group of people. I am definitely recommending Globetrotting to all of my friends and can’t wait for my next ride.’
‘A group of US career women, ranging from 30 to 60, from nervous beginners to old pros, from never left the country to seasoned travellers, most of whom had never met, decided on a whim to take the trip of a lifetime together – with Globetrotting. And WHAT A TRIP. Globetrotting listened, selected the ideal trip, held our hands, answered all our questions calmly and patiently, recommended outstanding guides, helped with extra curricular activities and followed up at each point of the trip. We enjoyed every second of our ride – and travelled home feeling as if we had conquered the world. THANK YOU, Globetrotting, for a simply incomparable CUSTOM experience. We will all be back.’
‘I followed Globetrotting for 2 years before committing to my first ride, which was absolutely amazing! Horse care is number one priority for me, as well as pairing riders to horses. I have been so happy to find all the horses so well trained and so well cared for. I have now completed 2 Australian rides and this year will complete 2 overseas rides. I am feeling confident and excited, as I know these rides have been tested by the GT team, and I have every confidence I will have the time of my life and make amazing friends and memories.’
‘Globetrotting does the work and takes the guess factor out of choosing superlative rides all over the world. The quality of the hosting companies, the horses, the terrain, the safety, and the overall ‘wow’ experience is all checked out by this fantastic team, so all you have to do is choose one for yourself and relax. Having done two rides with GT and booked a third, I can’t see any reason to look further for our riding adventures.’
‘For me, it’s all about trust. Trust that it is a reputable outfit you are riding with. Trust that the horses are well trained, well cared for and both mentally and physically fit. Trust that the accommodation will be as described and the food will be good. And trust that the guides will be fun, safety conscious and willing to help in any situation. I have done riding holidays arranged by 3 different organisations and Globetrotting is the only one I trust to ensure the perfect ride.’
‘I refer people to you because you have personally ‘curated’ and test-ridden an amazing range of rides all over the world and there is something for everyone. I also like that where possible, an attempt has been made to accommodate non-riding partners. I love the helpful, enthusiastic people on the end of the phone or email – you know you’re in good hands when someone else is that excited for you!’
‘Excellent customer service on every level. Horses and trips that you have personally been on and thus know they are great quality.
Unique trips that are not offered anywhere else. A genuine desire to provide the best of everything giving all the info needed, offering options, taking our requests seriously.
The booking process and payment options make it easy.
What’s not to like!’
‘I liked the abundance of information about the area of each ride, climate info, trek operators, gear lists. It makes the whole experience more enjoyable. You are so approachable and happily answer questions. You’ve done the treks so you can give a personal recommendation.’
‘The GT difference is everything… from sending our info to the ride outfitters ahead of time so we get a perfectly matched horse, to packing lists, videos, the works. You engender trust. It would be easy to book a ride anywhere in the world and know we would be getting the best!’
‘High quality service and authentic experiences for horse lovers. The service is timely, responsive and personable (i.e. building trust, ‘no request too big or small’, building community before, during and after the ride, and regular customer engagement). The experiences are authentic: the ride write-ups are believable and we know they have been road-tested, and there is a level of trust that it isn’t ‘over-exaggerated’ or a nose-to-tail ride.’
‘It’s being able to trust that you’ll provide a quality experience that is true to your word – when you say ‘You’ll see glaciers’ – man… there were glaciers! Attention to detail (I can’t think of anything that hasn’t been considered!) and excellent service – essential to keep people happy!’
‘I enjoyed the information leading up to the ride, the emails, the group messages and the private Facebook group. No question is a silly question.
There is so much risk to take when booking a ride, especially as first timers, but once you get connected to the group, you get a sense of relief and the excitement kicks in. Everything is so well organised and surpasses your expectations. And the pairing of your horse is incredibly well done!
It’s definitely unique and very trustworthy to book a ride, as well as to continue your GT dreams and book future rides with friends made for life.’
‘I loved your hands-on and personal approach to every detail. From experiencing the rides yourself, to the great detail provided for every trip, that not only includes the horses and country for each ride, but also information about the staff and the overall experience. The personal contact from the GT staff always made me feel extremely well looked after, with any question answered comprehensively. I’ve been on two GT trips and hope to do more, and most of all I love the way your love of each individual ride and experience shines through.’
‘I especially loved the personal treatment that the company gives. The messages before the ride to see if we had any questions, the quick replies and just the general helpfulness and cheerfulness of you all.’
‘Amazing, challenging, extraordinary. In every way. So many highlights: the view from the top of the pass when we walked our horses, the beauty of the sand dunes, the goats on the hill running up to us at the camp, the way my horse Zeina turned her head to me when she heard my voice as I walked up to her. So many times I felt I was in a time warp – back in old testament days, horses, desert, stones, sun, and not much else – a beauty so stark it was other worldly.’
‘I had the most amazing ride to Craig’s Hut in the Victorian High Country. The scenery and views were absolutely spectacular and our hosts Christian and Laura were fantastic. A huge thanks to all the staff Gwen, Lou, Sarah, Ray and Dean – they were the ones who made it happen for us every day, so thank you all very much, you did a fantastic job. And a huge thank you to all the guests on the ride – you were all lovely and made the trip most memorable and enjoyable.’
‘My first Globetrotting experience, and I chose to do it in my home country. It was truly amazing. Jess and Bijmin are the most amazing young people, their horsemanship, care and local knowledge is exceptional – I just loved the two of them to bits. They are funny, clever, and were so patient and professional with everybody. They command respect without being overbearing, always happy. For me they came equal to our beautiful back yard. And they fed us to bursting every day!!! The weather gods didn’t exactly play fair, but that’s not unusual in our mountains, and when the rains stopped and the rivers dropped sufficiently to do safe crossings (river flow records were broken), Jess, Bijmin and Natalie guided us through some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand. Put this ride on your to do list – you won’t regret it.’
‘A big thanks to Paul and Fiona, Keith and Sally, the wonderful girls, Jack the dog and Rosie the kangaroo, who arrived most mornings for a snack. A truly wonderful experience.’
‘I highly recommend this ride for people looking for a relatively easy ride with creature comforts and good food. The scenery was great and the horses worked well in a group. Michael did a good job with everyone – he was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and safety was never compromised.’
‘Trying polo was great fun and the full moon ride was very special. The guides and gauchos were lovely and great to ride out with. They were very good at looking after the group and the horses. It’s quite something to see the gauchos with their horses, and the bond between them. The pacey and varied rides were fantastic, and the horses were superb, beautifully trained and well cared for. I rode a different one every time, and all were great. My favourites were Chilenita, Rubia and Picante. If a week of total peace and quiet, clean air and excellent food and accommodation is your thing, with riding on superb horses thrown in, Sierras Chicas is the place to go.’
‘Every day on our ride was amazing and it is hard to think that any one day was better than another. Our hosts Christian and Laura are exceptional operators and we felt really comfortable with our guides. Their knowledge of the country and history was great and we loved listening to their stories of the High Country. All of our guides were attentive and always looking out for the riders’ safety and comfort. Their sense of fun and humour was second to none. There was heaps of banter, songs around the campfire and just plain good fun.
This was the first holiday that my husband and I have had alone together ever. It is hard to get him off our farm and away doing something we both enjoy. This ride was perfect. He is still showing people photos whether they want to see them or not. We are still struggling to get back to our ‘normal life’, and are most definitely planning to join the Kimberley Ride next year and are also looking at more rides the year after.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was beyond all my expectations! The scenery was absolutely spectacular, photos and videos just don’t do it any justice. Upon meeting my horse, Slim Shady, I could tell my ride was going to be even more memorable.We clicked instantly and he was one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden. This was a very organized ride with Jess and Bijmin as our guides and cooks, they did a fantastic job and I cannot thank them enough! My favorite day was when we got to swim the horses in the lake. I’d never been swimming with a horse before, and experiencing this for the first time with amazing scenery was something I will never forget! I made some amazing friends along the way as well, and cannot wait to book my next ride! Rated 10/10.’
‘My ride in the Sierras Chicas, Argentina was fabulous. It was all amazing, however the polo days were a standout! The hosts, Lou and Kevin, went out of their way to ensure that I had a fantastic experience on the polo field. All the horses were fabulous, especially the Peruvian Pasos – so much fun. I wanted to bring a gaucho saddle home with me, they were amazingly comfortable, and the food and accommodation was amazing! You are certainly never going to go hungry whilst on this trip.’
‘Every day of the Margaret River Ride was perfect. It was a special mother daughter bonding holiday. To be able to have one-on-one with my 13 year old daughter is extremely rare, so we both loved every second together, sharing our love of everything horsey.
We loved Jesters Flat glamping and the dining room. Paul and Fiona and Sally and Keith were lovely. We learnt so much about the bush, the area, history, culture, polocrosse, horses. Sally and Keith did an amazing job with feeding us all.
The horses were educated and fantastic. My daughter rode George, who was an absolute gentleman, and she fell in love with him after day 1. I rode Poppy. We had very similar personalities, so we got along perfectly and both loved the polocrosse!
Those 5 days with my daughter will be cherished forever. It is the start of many more special mini-breaks together.’
‘It has to be the trust factor. We know that all of the rides have been tested by you. Therefore we can book with confidence in the knowledge that we will have the best outfitters and guides, sure footed and cared for horses that are matched to our abilities and we can trust them. We don’t have to do the research… you already have.’
‘Every possible base is covered with lots of information so you can feel confident you are being looked after in every way. The rides are interestingly and often passionately explained in detail so anybody can feel confident that whatever is chosen, is as spot on as possible in this ever changing world.’
‘I have made some friends for life (whether they want that I am not sure) and travel buddies whenever I need any. I am single no more in the travel sense. My bucket list is now endless and the planet has opened up in the most beautiful way. I get to see it from between a pair of horse’s ears.’
“The comprehensive communication in the lead up – extensive packing guides, details about what to expect on the ride and all the helpful tips from gear recommendations etc to the Facebook group as a way of communicating and sharing the experience with others.”
‘The Victorian High Country on horseback has been on my bucket list for as long as I have lived in Australia (30 years). It was everything that I had hoped it would be and more. I am so pleased that I got to do this with such a professional outfit and I’m already planning my next trip with Christian, Laura and their team because I know I can trust and depend on them. They really care. Not just about the horses, but our experience too – they are very genuine and authentic and that makes the whole time you’re with them even more special. There were times when the sheer joy and beauty of the trip brought a lump to my throat – I didn’t want my 7 days to end.’
‘Miles and miles of grapevines, incredible light filtering through the trees, and amazing wine by the barrel – probably what you’re expecting when you hear the word ‘Bordeaux’ – but now imagine you’re on a horse. TEN MILLION TIMES BETTER. Riding through the Bordeaux region with the Globetrotting crew and the local guides, every day is a surprise. You’ll think ‘It can’t get better,’ and then it does. From riding through centuries-old fortresses to galloping through a dense forest and picking grapes straight off the vines as you ride by, this ride will have you looking for real estate in the south of France before the week is out. Our hosts were beyond accommodating, and ran the program like a well-oiled machine. The horses were extremely well cared for and had plenty of personality to keep the ride interesting, with amazing boldness in the face of whatever was thrown at them – they didn’t put a hoof wrong. I recommend this trip not just for its delightful scenery and divine food and wine, but mostly for its hosts, as they have incredible stories to tell, care about their human and animal team, and clearly love what they do.’
‘I really loved building a connection and understanding with my horse over the trip, starting with the obstacle course and daily groundwork, and culminating with flying down the beach.’
‘This was my second ride and my daughter’s first ride with Christian and Laura and their team, who work so incredibly hard for their guests. Up at the crack of dawn and the last the retire at night. The crew never ceased to respond and support the multitude of requests from sunrise (billy tea or coffee) to sunset (hot showers!). The food was mostly chef-prepared, with amazing home cooked contributions from all of the team (look out for the rhubarb cake). As a beginner rider, my daughter was well cared for by the team and made to feel welcome by the other experienced riders. I highly recommend and congratulate the team behind this ride!’
‘Riding The Patagonia Trail was the trip of a lifetime… having the opportunity to see the unspoiled beauty of the Andes from the back of God’s most amazing creation, surrounded by friends, sustained by good food and wine, nothing can compare. This is not a ride for the fainthearted: it is physically and mentally challenging, with long hours in the saddle up technical terrain, but you will see things few have seen, experience things few will experience, and leave changed and inspired to see more of the world from the back of a horse.’
‘It was the most wonderful experience and one I will never forget. The group I travelled with were a lot of fun and looked after me, as I was the grandma of the group!’
‘Great horses, breathtaking scenery, two amazing guides – Jess and Bijmin, good food, drink, and accommodation and perfect weather. The most memorable trip of a lifetime!’
‘This holiday had everything you could ever want! Trail riding, cattle mustering, campdrafting, hanging by the fire with good people, eating like royalty, learning so much about horses and farming in a short amount of time. It really makes you appreciate Queensland and all it has to offer.’
‘This was my first time travelling solo on any holiday and I’m sure happy that I went for it. The people, the horses and the scenery were just amazing. One of the best moments was when we were given the opportunity to canter across the river for pictures. The horses were able to navigate the smooth river stones and flowing water with ease. 10/10 would do again.’
‘This ride was endless fun. We were blessed to encounter a lively group riders who were all happy to enjoy a laugh. The scenery on was sublime and jaw-dropping, and having the ability to trot, canter and occasionally gallop through the French countryside was a real privilege. The wine tasting was lovely – we learned a lot and were introduced to delicious wines that we were able to enjoy over generous and yummy meals. The accommodation was varied and gave us the chance to interact with locals and experience a slice of their lives. Most remarkable of all were the horses. My horse, Qasino, was the most gentle-natured, willing Thoroughbred you could hope to meet. He did not put a hoof wrong and I felt he really enjoyed the journey as much as I did. He also liked to lead the pack when given the chance and was bulletproof to dogs and other noises we’d encounter on the road. Qasino stole my heart… he’s really a kind hearted horse and if you have the pleasure of riding him you will have a brilliant week.’
‘What an amazing place to take a ride! The scenery is spectacular and varied – we rode through native beech forests, around mountains, across glacier-fed streams, through grassy river flats and up hills with snow capped mountains as the backdrop all the way. My horse, Gizzy, was a little beauty who was willing to go anywhere and do anything. We had the best time including an amazing swim in the river and a beautiful long canter up a grassy slope together. Our guides Bijmin, Jess and Casey were fantastic – they had an amazing knowledge of horses, riding, Maori culture and New Zealand. The trip was really well put together and each day was different. I highly recommend this trip. Loved it!’
‘Warm days. Rocky roads. Open flats. Beautiful horses. Amazing staff. Plenty of new friends. Amazing food. A few sneaky surprises. It’s impossible to sum up a trip like this. Hands down 15/10. Everything you could possibly want from an outback horse ride was right here. Take all my savings right now. I’d do this ride 100 times over! Not only are we lucky enough to experience the best that Australia has to offer, we get to do it from the back of a beautiful horse, with a group of like-minded people who just want to make the most of their experience. These are the holidays that you can go on over and over and they’ll never be the same again.’
‘Our vacation in Montana was absolutely fantastic. The food was gourmet special, the cabins were clean, comfortable and private, the horses were fit and well trained. Overall a 10/10 experience.’
‘I have just returned from The Kimberley Ride and I’m missing it all so much. It was my sixth trip with Laura and Christian, and I keep coming back to them as they are consistently 100% fantastic. I rode Noss, who had the smoothest canter, and was bold yet quiet and well mannered. The scenery was beautiful and our guides so were knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and the history of the land. The food was first class and all dietary restrictions were catered for. I am a vegetarian and a fussy eater, and there was never a reason to be hungry!
Sleeping under the sky in swags on camp beds was so much fun. The shower always had hot water and was very flash for a bush shower. Most days we had safe, freshwater swimming holes to hang out in, too. We had a didgeridoo player join us one night, and a guitarist and singer another night. The last night at Emma Gorge staying in upmarket cabins with ensuites was luxury. Just do it!’
‘I learned a lot and gained a lot of confidence on this trip. It’s reignited my passion for riding, dusted off a few cobwebs and allowed me to overcome some personal challenges. There were so many highlights. The second day jumping in the arena was amazing – I felt like we flew round the whole course without even thinking about it. It was so great to feel that sense of accomplishment and progress. My favourite ride was the second day of cross country, followed by the final day’s estate ride. I also loved the arena lessons. I’m just going to say all of it was my favourite! It was a perfect return-to-riding experience for me. I got my mojo back. Bring on the next adventure!’
‘The Kimberley Ride was top shelf – rather like the local Ord River Rum enjoyed at our last lunch together. Laura and Christian were delightful hosts and brilliantly supported by their horses and backup crew, who were all most kind and willing. We had the best hot showers I have ever had on a camp trip, although who needed them when we had freshwater springs to splash in in – hot and cold! The camp meals were amazing and there was always a great spread with a range of choices. My horse, Bugsy, was perfectly suited for this ride – surefooted, very responsive to weight and leg, never tired, and a light mouth; we rode with a loose rein most of the time. She was keen to take any challenge on and own it gracefully – a super mare. The ride over Saddleback was really interesting, and it was rather special being able to linger at Zebedee Springs after the other visitors to El Questro had to leave.’
‘I read the itinerary for the Khovsgol Ride once and booked it straight away. I didn’t bother to read it again, I didn’t need to. I was going for the adventure of a lifetime and didn’t want to create any expectations of what it would be like. Mongolia was incredible! Each day I woke up not knowing what the day would bring, and each day something new and astounding was presented to me. From riding through beautiful fields of wildflowers to sitting amongst a herd of reindeer to watching traditional wrestling ringside to sleeping in traditional gurs, I found my happy place in Mongolia with my sweet grey gelding.’
‘This was the trip of a lifetime. The scenery was stunning, the horses were spectacular, the cattle work was challenging and exciting, but what made it really special was the people. They were the most gracious and patient hosts full of stories and jokes. Everyone was made to feel welcome and valued. This was a special place on the planet and one of the best experiences in my life. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.’
‘The best holiday I have ever had! There was no expense spared, from the spacious glamping tents to the garlic prawns for dinner to the steadfast, well-bred Quarter Horses we rode. No two days were the same, with a contrast in landscapes and a great variety of terrain. Over the week we navigated river crossings, mountainous slopes and vast open expanses with views that took our breath away. The staff couldn’t have been more friendly or supportive and went out of their way to cater for riders of all abilities. It is a credit to Andrew McCarthy and his team. Who would ever dream that you could sit on a horse having a drink in a bar – and have a photo to prove it!
There are no words to describe the adrenaline rush you get from chasing a beast on horse. All I know is that once you have a go, it’s addictive. Rod Cotter and his team broke down the discipline of campdrafting into small manageable chunks and were ever so encouraging and helpful. I could honestly not recommend this ride more highly! You will have the time of your life.’
‘What an experience! Christian and Laura have put together an unforgettable ride through this spectacular and iconic Australian landscape. From swimming in pristine waterholes to camping under ancient boab trees, the ride was an amazing adventure. The horses were really well suited to every rider’s ability and I enjoyed all my time, both in the saddle and out of it.’
‘My ride in Mongolia was a chance to have my childhood dream come true. I loved being able to ride like a 16 year old, standing up with your arms out, going for miles. My horse, Buddy, was great. He behaved like a gentleman and was very responsive, especially once I watched how his owner rode his horse and adapted my riding to suit. Just a champ. I would have brought him home if I could.
Tumee was a very pleasant guy to be around and entertaining as well, plus willing to share his knowledge and listen to ours. Guree, Bolormaa, Odhuu, Tumee and Saruul really made the ride for me; their company and just who they were made it very special. Each day was great – I just wish there was more riding and it didn’t have to end!’
‘Everything about the Dressage Ride was great. Our hosts, the horses, dressage lessons, authentic home-cooked lunches, tapas in the old town of Carmona, our historic hotel, the flamenco show, and the countryside treks were fantastic. Every day was different, with a trip to the ride on the beach, a visit to Jerez’s Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a flamenco show in Seville, and much more. I can highly recommend this destination because it caters for all levels of riders, with such well trained Andalusian horses on which to experience dressage lessons and excellent Spanish crossbred horses for trail rides. Thank you, Globetrotting, for working with the very welcoming Garcia family.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was AMAZING!! A wonderful experience I’ll never forget. Would recommend to anyone – 10/10.’
‘I’m happy I chose this ride as the gentle trails were a lovely contrast to the fantastic lessons. I am a much better dressage rider now and my excellent schoolmaster horse made it all so simple. Fernando made us feel so welcome and the extra activities that were arranged made it really special. The staff were all so friendly and accomodating, they always tried their best to make us happy. I certainly chose the best ride for me. It was amazing.’
‘This ride has to be one of the most wonderful and enjoyable weeks you could have with horses. Everything is 10/10. The estate is so beautiful and old, with amazing history. The Lodge is warm, comfortable, and has great service. The food is all top quality. The horses are all well trained and safe. It has everything that a jumping enthusiast could want. It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced or nervous, they cater for everyone. It really is an amazing ride.’
‘The Catalonia ride was exceptionally well organised. All the information we needed beforehand was provided and very useful. The horses were exceptionally well cared for and good to ride. The food was amazing and the accomodation was charming and comfortable. We rode though amazing scenery and beautiful countryside and had the opportunity to swim in fabulous mountain pools. I would have no hesitation in recommending this ride.’
‘I loved this ride! We had a ball on sturdy, strong and responsive grey Camargue horses who galloped over all terrain – along wild and remote beaches, over muddy saltbushes, with rain in our faces and feeling oh so alive! The bulls were small and black but also fast, so watching the Gardians at work with them was great. The accommodation, food, service, and fellow riders just made this a fabulous cultural and historical experience. One of those rides I will remember forever.’
‘From the first minute to the last the trip was an absolute joy. The horses were much loved and very well cared for. They had lovely manners and were forward-going and responsive to the lightest of aids. The pace was varied, with some lovely canters, a few gallops and plenty of walking to take in the beautiful rolling countryside views. The saddles were very comfortable for the long hours we spent in them, with suede covered gel seat savers.
The food was delicious and each night’s accommodation was great. The guides were fabulous and couldn’t have done more for us. Each vineyard we visited was different and the tours were excellent. A fascinating insight into wine making in the Bordeaux region.’
‘Since I’ve come back from Iceland, whenever anyone asks me anything about it, all I can say is ‘amazing’. I find it so hard to put my feelings into words. Every single part of the holiday was incredible. The horses were beautiful little beings with such character, who gave everything they had for you – they taught me to trust again. The landscape is awesome, so enormous it makes you feel very small and insignificant. The people were so friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about their country. I absolutely loved Iceland – amazing.’
‘Sumba is the perfect balance of wild and luxury. No words can describe how beautiful this place is – the vibe is amazing. The culture, the horses and the people are authentic, beautiful and special. The accommodation was incredible – the resort and our villa were spectacular and the food was sooo delicious.
Our guides were amazing. Petrus was was great to chat with and happy to adjust the rides to suit us (we added extra rides, doing two per day, and we also rode earlier to avoid the afternoon heat). Each ride was amazing and we had the freedom to walk, trot, canter and gallop when we wanted. Riding to Nihi Oka was great, with the opportunity to visit local craftspeople along the way, and Nihi Oka itself was crazy beautiful; the private infinity pool and breakfast overlooking the ocean with dolphins swimming past was a wonderful experience.
Manase was our ‘captain’ and he was wonderful! Nothing was too much trouble. He booked all our extra activities and arranged our days so we could fit everything in. All the staff at the resort and stables were very kind, loved sharing stories of their culture and families, and were generally interested in getting to know us – you really do feel like family by the time you leave.’
‘All I can say is ‘amazing’. I find it so hard to put my feelings into words. Every single part of this holiday was incredible.’
‘This was my first Globetrotting experience. It was totally exhilarating – and I will be sure to book another ride!!!’
‘Wow. What a trip.
Completely immersed in Mongolian culture, incredible landscapes, and beautiful, friendly, welcoming people. The horses were magnificent. They coped with all levels of terrain. It was the best way to see such a vast country, with horses, yaks, sheep, cows, birds and loads of wildflowers. The group of people on the trip were great to travel with, lots of laughs and great conversations. Our guides were very knowledgeable and their translation to English was very good. They kept us well informed of all the plans and timings and were always ready to help us with anything we needed. Nothing was a problem for them.
The fifth day was my favourite, riding up into the mountains. It was a hard slog for the horses and their stamina was inspiring. Coming down into the valley with all of the reindeer below was beautiful. We met the family who was hosting our visit and were surrounded by kids, dogs and reindeer. The scenery was stunning and the experience magical.’
‘Words just don’t do the Maasai Mara trip justice. AT ALL! It felt like being in another world for seven days, where we were treated to this wild, incredibly immersive experience – but at the same time, spoiled rotten with all the creature comforts you can imagine. The horses are bred and produced beautifully, and so much fun to ride. The guides manage to be fun and easy-going, yet incredibly professional – their skill is out of this world, with nature, horses and people alike. The animals… where do I even begin? We were surrounded by lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, zebras and so much more – to say that the Mara is ‘teeming’ with wildlife is an understatement. I was also lucky to find myself in the friendliest, most lively group of people and I had more fun than I have had in my life. It feels like a cliché, but I am still pinching myself that this trip actually happened.’
‘The ride of a lifetime, the best experience I could ask for. Would love to go again next week!! Great people and a great ranch. The animals are happy and well taken care of. The accommodations are great, the food is great, I can’t say enough good things!!’
‘The Grape Horse Adventure was excellent. Jeremy and Jen have created a well thought-through itinerary which provides great entertainment and experiences. Their horsemanship is outstanding and they have a wonderful collection of horses, catering to all types of riding abilities.’
‘Everyone in Iceland was friendly, helpful and wonderful. The guides were amazing. They provide remarkable service and experience. Each horse has his/her own personality and I enjoyed changing horses to experience so many. The last day of riding was my favorite. It became green and the rivers and steep declines/inclines were awesome. All the food was amazing. Kate and Laura were great in providing detailed, helpful information!’
‘The Montana ride was one of those lifetime experiences where the views were endless, the food was outstanding, the staff were friendly and the horses were well tended.’
‘The Arhangay Ride was amazing! Riding through stunning meadows filled with wildflowers, galloping across the seemingly endless steppe in front of sudden storms, swimming across the rivers and stopping to visit local families in their gers – every second was incredible. Our guides were fantastic and so dedicated to making sure we all had a fabulous time, and the wranglers did a great job of matching horses to the varying riding abilities in the group.’
‘There are some places in the world that are best experienced on a horse and with like minded friends, but knowing how and where to go in the world can prevent you from fulfilling that experience. Globetrotting took out all the homework involved. My ride through the Pyrenees mountains and rural villages of Catalonia was such a unique experience and everything was taken care of for me. The trip even included like minded friends – I just hadn’t met them until I got there!’
‘Our Montana ride was everything we had hoped for and more. June and David were excellent hosts and so accommodating of any requests. The wranglers were so helpful, the horses were wonderful and the food was superb. My daughter and I had been looking forward to this experience for a number of years and we are so pleased that we finally did it. Globetrotting handled our experience so professionally, from the initial booking to the final phone call from Kate a week before we left. The information provided was comprehensive and we went feeling well prepared. Thanks Kate and Laura!’
‘The Kimberley Ride was surreal. I truly could not have asked for a better holiday. Everything was so carefully planned and well executed, making my experience smooth and enjoyable but still as authentic as it gets! Breathing in the clean, crisp air and sleeping under the stars every night while listening to the horses munch on hay was magical. The little mare I rode was a perfect match for me and she quickly became my partner. The land felt so ancient and untouched and I feel like the luckiest girl alive to have explored such an extraordinary place on a very special horse. As someone who just can’t get enough of being in the saddle, I was in absolute heaven!’
‘The special beauty of Wyoming and the Big Horn Mountains are showcased in an unforgettable way on this ride. You will be challenged to the max with long days in the saddle, and learn a lot about the American West. The Kerns family is very hospitable and does a great job of weaving in storytelling about the history of the area. The campsites showcase some of the most beautiful spots in Wyoming, as well as some of the most historic. The other riders and professional wranglers make the trip a real bonding experience – and the sturdy horses really earn your trust in the mountains.’
‘I had the most amazing journey with the Desert Brumby Safari. I learned so much about horsemanship, horse behavior and a lot about myself along the way. At first I thought it was quite expensive, but after the experience I would say it was great value for money. Every day was jam packed with wonderful experiences. I loved every minute. I’d highly recommend this holiday to anyone who owns a horse and wants to improve their knowledge and relationship with their horses at home. I also gained a beautiful addition to our family, who I love dearly.’
‘Wonderful experience, beautiful setting, the meals and accommodation were outstanding. Nice horses, brilliant long different trails on each ride, friendly people and nice evening catch ups and singalongs. Every little detail and item needed was available to us.’
‘From the food to my swag to my horse, every bit of this experience was amazing. The whole trip was co-ordinated perfectly and the horses were absolutely amazing. Not only were they well behaved, they all had their unique personalities and gorgeous movement.’
‘I am unable to leave a testimonial which sufficiently (or even remotely) describes the beauty and wonder of Iceland. It leaves me speechless. Photos do reality an injustice! I still experience goosebumps upon reflection of tölting alongside a 70+ strong herd of Icelandic horses through black-stone moonscapes, whimsical green fields and relentless glacial rivers. Since returning home, I feel like an abstaining addict who thinks/talks/blurts chronically of the people, places and horses (not ponies) of this awe-inspiring and mesmerising experience, itching to return. Here’s hoping – I just might!’
‘Mum and I had the most amazing escape to the Barossa Valley with Jen and Jeremy. They were the greatest hosts, looking after us as we rode their prize-winning endurance horses around the stunning vineyards, sampling all the local fare! My highlights would have to be galloping Princess Tikka through the magic pine forests and enjoying some amazing views, food and wine with a great bunch of people!’
‘This would have to be the best riding adventure in the world. It has been the most exciting experience of my life. The balance of physical challenges and luxury living makes this ride a standout and is without doubt a ‘must do’ trip for the experienced rider. The accommodation and food was first class. The permanent tents could feature in ‘Home Beautiful’ and were set in idyllic locations. The wildlife in the delta ensures excitement around every bend, but the guides are always there to help and assist… I never felt unsafe. Images of Jurassic Park kept coming to mind as we quietly backed away from a herd of buffalo or a bull elephant, but it was this thrilling experience that made this ride so unforgettable. Africa is truly a magical place and I suspect Botswana is the jewel in the crown.’
‘This ride was absolutely AMAZEBALLS! Starting with the awesome crew, home cooked meals, and mountain huts. The crew was super efficient, very friendly and ran a tight ship. The Icelandic horses were the best horses I’ve ever ridden. So tough, intelligent and extremely well behaved. I always felt safe. I am totally in love with them and devastated I couldn’t pack several of them in my suitcase to bring home. The scenery was AH-MAAAZ-ING! One minute it’s grassy plains for days, the next it’s totally volcanic, then a giant glacier, then mountains and rivers. Every day was something totally different and exciting. I never got bored. 20 out of 10!’
“Had a blast on the British Columbia ride, I cannot recommend it highly enough! The hosts and staff were all amazing, the horses were adorable, well looked after and confident on the local terrain!”
‘Be it climbing a mountain to 10,000 feet and seeing the last snow of the season, or rounding up cattle for a day on our gorgeous horses, this was an unforgettable adventure. The full day mountain ride was amazing – diverse stunning scenery, excellent wranglers. Six of us did this ride together and the weather was superb too!’
‘The perfect ride… beautiful scenery, great horses, wonderful food and copious amounts of wine. Jeremy and Jen were very committed to good horsemanship with lots of tips and advice for novice riders, while still managing to challenge the more experienced riders in the group. We had such a good time that we are exploring how we squeeze in the Tassie Tiger Trail with Jeremy and Jen next year!’
‘I don’t even know where to begin, what an absolutely amazing adventure! Words or photos don’t even do it justice – just breathtaking. I’m 100% booking in again for next year. The food is absolutely amazing, and your hosts Dana and Alice and their family are just beautiful. I honestly had the time of my life.
Things I’ll take next year: my own Drizabone, two thermal water bottles as it’s quite hot, chaps, riding gloves, and three back-up battery phone chargers because I love taking photos!’
‘Everything about this holiday was easy. So simple to book and once we arrived we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Everything ran smoothly and anything out of the norm was all part of the adventure. The team behind The Kimberley Ride were out of this world – lovely horse people and catered so well for us all. The best thing was having great horses and comfortable tack. We loved the horses we rode and the amount of hours in the saddle – it felt like we got to experience the real Kimberley, not just a blur as we would in a car. The food was out of this world and we all missed our swags when we arrived at El Questro for our last night. It was my first time on a Globetrotting ride and my husband’s first horse riding holiday, and we won’t be booking through anyone else from now on. Now to start ticking off the rest of our riding bucket list!’
‘From the first moment I arrived I felt this was going to be a trip to remember forever. It not only lived up to all my expectations but exceeded them. I was collected at the airport, accommodated in my comfortable cabin, cooked delicious meals, shared experiences and enjoyed banter with friendly guests, made to feel welcome by the hosts, staff and wranglers, cared for by my horse and given a front row seat to some of the most amazing landscapes imaginable – like something out of a movie. Bucket list, ticked.’
“The Barossa Grape Horse Adventure was magnificent! A perfect horsey indulgence.”
‘This is a unique experience and excellent value for money. You will learn a lot about a special part of Australia and a lot about yourself.’
‘What a great trip, really felt like I got away from it all! Would do it again in a heartbeat.’
‘Camping out under the stars, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, swimming in thermal springs and billabongs, great food, horses, hosts and company… 10/10.’
“Thank you everyone who was a part of this week, I will remember it fondly forever.”
“New friends, amazing experiences living on top of a mountain, then there’s the horses. AMAZING!”
“I can highly recommend this ride to anyone who loves horses, camping and the Australian outback.”
“The best trip yet! I cannot recommend this ride highly enough.”
‘If you’re a lurker on this website then now is the time to commit! I spent about a year prowling around on this site and finally pulled the trigger in June 2017. A year later and I have just done my first Globetrotting trip to the Kimberley and am seriously asking myself why I didn’t do this sooner. Perhaps like me you are a solo traveller who needs a long lead up before your first trip to get your confidence up? Trust me, it will be the best decision you ever make. Great riding, great people (both crew and guests), magnificent country and just the confidence boost you need. I’m already looking into booking my next trip. Will you join me?
Truly, Winston Churchill had it right: no hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.’
“An absolutely brilliant combination of wonderful riding against the background of stunning scenery and an immersion into Japanese culture. Riding through lush green forest trails on highly trained and responsive endurance horses, eating beautifully cooked Japanese food, enjoying the company of fellow riders and our perfect hosts (and champion endurance riders) Tanaka san and Mayumi san. Can’t wait to go do it again!”
‘I knew I was going to enjoy myself on this riding holiday, but to the extent that I did… well I totally underestimated that. From the moment we were collected at our hotel, to meeting the other guests, the staff, seeing the wonderful accommodation, grounds and setting, my every expectation was exceeded tenfold (or more). And then the action started!
My jaw literally dropped when I saw the barn, tack room, trailers and vehicles. Watching the horses being brought in from the paddocks was heavenly. The riding was exceptional – the horses were amazing, the scenery incredible and the wranglers absolutely fantastic.
Our rooms were super comfortable, the meals mouthwatering, the cocktails delicious, the company exhilarating. We were treated like VIPs, but at the same time as family, with such warmth. The hosts have achieved an impressive balance of professionalism and friendship.
Everything about this holiday was top-notch… the absolute best. Just writing this makes me tearful with wonder. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude and appreciation that I had the opportunity to have such an amazing experience. I would return in a heartbeat.’
“Wowsers! I loved, loved, LOVED this ride. Is 6 stars out of 5 ok?”
“An amazing way to see an amazing place… it doesn’t get much more stunning than the Kimberley.”
“The ride with Jen and Jeremy has given me a life long memory to be privileged to experience such beautiful, well trained horses whilst seeing magnificent parts of Australia.”
‘My husband and I had one of the most amazing weeks of our lives. At 50 years of age (this was our birthday gift to each other – well it was his to me, really) I have ridden on and off for most of my life but not at a high level while he had never ridden, other than sitting on a horse one day for about 5 minutes.
My husband was quite concerned that the week was going to be one of the longest of his life, but after the first day, he was engaged. The wranglers understood his apprehension and they calmly and confidently challenged and guided him throughout the week. By Friday he was cantering across a wide open Wyoming plain!
For me the riding was equally challenging. I had no prior experience riding in a shank bit, so my idea of riding ‘connected’ had to go out the window. By the end of the week I was grasping the the concept of a new ‘connectedness’ with my horse.
We came away from the ride feeling that the whole week was a bit of a life changer! We are going back next year.’
“A wonderful cocktail of beautiful horses, stunning scenery, great company and laughter, lovely meals and time spent out of the saddle in the wineries. “
“Stunning scenery, great camaraderie, AMAZING food, unforgettable sunsets and unique experiences.”
“The ride itself, wow. Swimming in billabongs, hot streams, showering ‘out bush’ and sleeping under the stars were some experiences that won’t be repeated for a long time.”
“The changing scenery, surefooted horses and friendly guides, as well as great camping spots and delicious food made for a fantastic first riding holiday!”
“This was my first visit to Queensland and I couldn’t have chosen a better holiday than this outback ride of a lifetime!”
“I loved every minute of this experience!”
“I honestly can’t say enough positive things about Jen and Jeremy. They were both knowledgeable and supportive. How lucky are they to be able to live their passion!”
“Words do not accurately describe how breathtakingly beautiful the mountains of Japan are from the back of horse. It felt like a dream riding through blossom covered avenues of trees and snow dusted mountain ranges. Tanaka and Mayumi made sure our adventure was nothing short of perfect and I felt so lucky to ride such sweet, sure footed horses like Sebastian and Boy. I cannot think of better way to experience Japan and I’d go back in a heart beat!”
“This was a truly unique experience! The location amongst the mountains and forests was breathtakingly beautiful. It was lovely to be picked up each morning and taken to the stable to groom the horses and set off on a new adventure. Each day we passed shrines, waterfalls, so many cherry blossoms and cute little houses. The horses were so good – calm, responsive, willing. I miss my Dasha! Tanaka and Mayumi were so generous with their time and did everything they could to make sure we were well looked after. Oh, and the food – delicious!”
“The scenery was just gorgeous in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast!”
“The Goomboorian Campdraft ride truly was a special trip!”
“Riding in Japan was a unique experience. The scenery was absolutely stunning – although we were at the end of blossom time, there were still beautiful blossom trees everywhere. Riding through the little village was such fun. Having a private onsen in our accommodation was much appreciated and well used after our rides.”
“An experience our family will never forget. From our trusty, well matched horses, Toby, Sandy, Kin Kin and Scout, to the “best guide ever”, Alex Watson, we couldn’t have wished for a better trip.”
“If you love riding soft, well mannered horses, enjoy good food and wine and plenty of it, and also some of South Australia’s history I highly recommend this tour.”
“Riding through the vineyards, the forest, cantering up hills, trotting – everything was really great!”
“Excellent service, food, horses, guides, and the scenery was amazing!”
“The Goomboorian Campdraft Ride was wonderful from the horses to the trail rides to the campdraft clinic at the end of the trip!”
“The quality of horses, accommodation & meals are second to none!”
“Amazing experience, horses were fabulous, as were our wonderful hosts Paul, Fiona and the whole team!”
‘The Patagonia Trail exceeded all expectations. We were so well looked after, it was a true holiday! Great accommodation, food, alcohol, guides, gauchos, lovely well trained horses. My horse was General Rosas, and if he had fitted in my luggage I would have brought him home with me. The scenery and landscapes were diverse and absolutely stunning. Worth every cent.’
“Riding the Glenorchy back country is exhilarating!”
“Paul and Fiona were absolutely lovely hosts as well as the staff. Nothing was ever a problem and they were all really happy to have a chat!”
“I knew this trek would be special, but there was no way of imagining how phenomenal it would be!”
‘Having just returned home from this ride, I highly recommend the hospitality and horsemanship demonstrated by Michael Watson and his team, and the quality of the horses provided for a beautiful five days’ ride along Howqua River. Every rider was given a horse according to their preferences and abilities, and they proved in general a good match to each of us. The horses were all happy, well fed, well looked after and well trained for trail riding. Having a dietary requirement, I was impressed with and grateful for the special attention paid to my restrictions by the guides and support team. The ride itself was well planned through beautiful mountainous areas with plenty of river crossings, and opportunities to trot and canter. Thank you for an excellent experience!’
“Such an adventure! Everything was 100% top notch!”
“Best value for money holiday we’ve ever had!”
“Every day was magical; the scenery was spectacular, the weather held out for us, I couldn’t have asked for anything more!”
‘If riding a sure footed Criollo horse up and down precipitous mountain trails under a blazing blue sky is on your wish list, then The Patagonia Trail is for you! Experience luxurious glamping on the banks of a crystal clear river, feast on delicious asados and parillas washed down with plentiful Malbec. Ride through ancient forests to remote campsites that can only be reached on horseback to find a cold beer and delicious lunch waiting for you. Sit around the campfire in the evening, listening to the profound silence and watching the moon rise over the mountains. Swim in the icy Lake Traful after enjoying the amazing hospitality of Felipe’s home. The only thing I didn’t like about my time in Patagonia was that it came to an end all too soon! If there was just one word to sum up this experience it would be EXHILARATING!’
“The crew on our ride were fantastic and always available to assist when needed!”
“If you want to ride into a simply magical part of New Zealand on the back of a strong, willing horse – then this ride is for you!”
‘Torres del Paine was amazing! I loved it! Beautiful scenery all day every day. Being and feeling like you were on the edge of the earth was just amazing. The horses were fabulous – I wanted to take them home. So calm, smart and strong. It was great being able to go on such long rides, and galloping across the Patagonian pampas was just amazing, with the guanacos making their alarm calls and condors flying overhead. Having delicious packed lunches (with fabulous soup and Baileys) was just great after working up an appetite. The estancias were amazing as well. Some of them were the nicest places I have ever stayed, with the most incredible scenery to wake up to (and breakfast as well)! The group was just amazing as well. I did think that anybody who would want to ride for 10 days in Patagonia must be pretty cool, and I was right!’
“Every day was amazing and the visual memories will stay forever!”
“What an amazing way to see beautiful Tasmania; through a pair of beautiful Arab ears!”
“This is an incredible experience and a wonderful way to see such a pristine part of our world!”
“WOW – what an amazing adventure!”
“Our guides Jess, Shaun and Mel were WONDERFUL!!! Friendly, knowledgeable, and they went above and beyond to make it a spectacular experience. They are an absolute asset to Glenorchy High Country.”
“The seven days we spent with our six new riding friends, the amazing guides and all the base and fly camp team was not just a riding holiday but a life-changing experience that will remain with us forever!”
“Loved every minute!”
“Riding the sweet and sure-footed ‘Twinkle’ along bush trails, beaches and in forests full of ferns and purple thistles were highlights!”
” Guides (Jess, Bjimin and Ruth) were amazing and perfect for the job!”
“Do not hesitate to book this ride ASAP!”
“The accommodation was perfect and we ate and drank extremely well!”
“The meals were outstanding, we had everything we needed and more!”
“Andrew McCarthy our host was perfect! The food totally exceeded my expectations and the campsites were amazing and comfortable!”
“This trip was non-stop fun and adventure from the beginning to end. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking about it!”
“If you are looking for an experience to learn about horsemanship, cattle work and the sport of campdrafting then this trip is a must. I highly recommend it!”
“Every day was absolutely unreal!”
“It was fabulous: location, hosts, accommodation and food and lucked out with an amazing group of riders, all women!”
“Jenny and Jeremy are lovely and extremely knowledgeable!”
“Each day added to the whole experience. The lessons on horse handling were the highlight!”
“The guides were amazing, so knowledgeable, hardworking and made the ride the best experience ever!”
“The best experience ever that I will never forget!”
“The whole trip was spectacular!”
‘This ride 100% exceeded any expectations. Jen and Jeremy were amazing guides! They made everyone feel welcome from the moment we arrived and were more than happy to share their knowledge with us. The accommodation had such a homely feel and we were made so welcome by Theresa and Randall. I rode Twinkle T Star. She is fabulous – sweet, soft and responsive, and she has an amazing floating canter. I loved the variety of the riding across the trip – open forest, dense ferns on the edges of trails, then up through mountain scrub and along the beach. I am so glad I chose this ride as my first Globetrotting experience and it definitely won’t be my last!’
“Deana, Casey and Gilly all helped make sure our trek was memorable!”
“This ride is sensational!”
“The Glenorchy ride was my first Globetrotting adventure and one of the best experiences of my life!”
“I was able to get back to nature and enjoy the simple things in life!”
“The trails were amazing and the support staff were a very high-quality of service level.”
“The Tassie Tiger Trail was the most amazing holiday I’ve been on!”
“The meals were SUPERB! Who knew camp food could be so good.”
“New Zealand has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The sights were breathtaking, and what better way to experience it than on a reliable steed!”
“What an amazing experience! This would have to go down as one of the best holidays ever!”
“Every day was different and each day was amazing!”
“Target and Donna were both in excellent condition and well built and trained for the High Country experience!”
“I had an absolute blast on the Craig’s Hut and High Country Ride!”
“Amazing horse riding country to traverse, willing horses, fabulous guides – great cooks too! Cozy accommodation and OMG scenery.”
“The 6 day Craig’s Hut and High Country Ride was amazing!”
“Moonlight is the best horse I have ever ridden – like a butterfly to ride!”
“The Tassie Tiger Trail was the highlight of our year!”
“The ride has reignited my love of horses!”
“Every day had its own “wow” moment!!”
“The countryside we rode through was absolutely breathtaking and there was an amazing photo in every direction you looked!”
“The Glenorchy ride was all kinds of spectacular. The countryside was amazing – just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it did!”
“Riding through Paradise was heaven!”
“This riding trek was an experience like no other!”
“We really looked forward to this holiday and it lived up to all expectations!”
“Best horse riding we have ever done!”
“Everything was stand-out excellent!”
“The Tassie Tiger Trail was a truly first class experience!”
“It was a terrific ride and a great way to explore Tassie!”
“The Glenorchy ride was spectacular!”
“Graeme and I loved the Glenorchy Back Country Ride! The most beautiful scenery, great horses and excellent food!”
“If you are looking for a ride with scenery that will leave you lost for words then this is the ride for you!”
“Riding across glacial-fed rivers, weaving our way through valleys surrounded by towering mountains and breathtaking scenery at every turn made me proud to be a Kiwi!”
“The whole ride was a stand-out experience – the amazing scenery, the guides and the horses!”
“Our horses on the Glenorchy Back Country Ride were sure-footed, reliable and knew their job well. I loved the long canters but there was never any pressure on riders to move at the same pace!”
“This was a dream come true for me as it has been on my bucket list for years!”
“The scenery took our collective breath away at every turn but that was only a part of the Glenorchy experience. This has to be the best-run tour I’ve ever done!”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better organised and more spectacular setting to ride through with like-minded people on such willing and beautiful animals.”
“A wonderful ride – great value for money. I rode Boo, a strong, solid horse and I felt very safe and comfortable on him. All the food was great, but the degustation meal on the last night was amazing. My favourite experience was riding the horses to the river and swimming in our riding gear. So beautiful! Thank you for offering such great rides to feed my Globetrotting addiction!”
‘Five fun-filled days riding through the beautiful Victorian High Country on lovely, surefooted, eager horses; each picked expertly to suit their riders. Many laughs, beautiful food and fantastic, knowledgeable guides. Cantering across the Howqua River was definitely a highlight.’
“I would highly recommend this ride; great horses, fabulous food and lovely people!”
“Every day was a stand-out!”
“We’d highly recommend this to anyone who likes horses and adventure!”
“This was the ride of a lifetime!”
‘As a lone traveller, I was slightly nervous about the week ahead. However, this instantly dissolved as soon as I met both our guide and the rest of the group at the airport! During this ride, with my noble Anglo-Arab steed, Skeeta, I saw the most amazing scenery, cantered up mountains and through rivers, ate the most amazing Australian food and met a lovely bunch of other riders. I could not recommend this ride more! I also caught a good tan to take back to the UK!’
“I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun ride with some good fast-paced intervals.”
“As we expected the riding, horses, hospitality and the clinic were all superb.”
“Every day was great with all the incredible views!”
“Paul and his staff were always there and I loved especially that there was always a member of staff at the back to assist.”
“This ride was one – if not ‘the’ – highlight of my life. I am hooked!”
“If you’ve been thinking about doing this ride, I would say just do it, you won’t regret it!”
“If you are a horse trekking enthusiast the Glenorchy Back Country Ride in New Zealand is not to be missed!”
“If I could sum up the Glenorchy Back Country Ride in one word it would be EPIC!”
“In just 5 days I had the holiday of a lifetime, which was spent exploring endless breathtaking scenery with trusty steeds and new horsey friends.”
“Couldn’t have asked for better guides, their knowledge and our safety was tops.”
“Loved my Margaret River Ride Globetrotting holiday. Definitely a ‘must do’ ride with beautifully cared for horses and property.”
“This is the best holiday I’ve had in years. I truly enjoyed every minute of it!”
‘Everything was simply perfect! The accommodation was amazing in the superb log cabins, the food was extremely varied, delicious and plentiful, and what amazing wines. The horses were well educated, could canter with ease on a loose rein, and were very fit, with wonderful temperaments. The guides were very experienced, helpful at all times and made our stay very memorable. I learnt so much from them about the horses, the environment and the country in general. A world class experience that globetrotters should seriously consider doing.’
“We had a wonderful time in Canada. The people, the horses, the accommodation, the food and the stunning scenery were awesome. We would recommend this ride to anyone.”
“Beach day was great – the freedom of a smaller group really added to it, but all the days were good.”
“This trip changed me. My mare Peso taught me that there was nothing to be afraid of.”
“A life changing experience. Our guides and Globetrotting had thought of every possible thing that could make the trip more comfortable, more enjoyable and relaxing.”
“There are not enough words in the thesaurus to describe how amazing the Margaret River Ride is!“
“All in all a WONDERFUL, wonderful time!”
“The whole experience was unique and unforgettable!”
“The Tassie Tiger Trail has got to be the best ride out there! Jen and Jeremy and their team of horses were an absolute pleasure to spend time with.”
“Paul and Fiona were fantastic, as were all their staff. I’ve never found a horse riding operation where the staff were so happy and had such good rapport with one another.”
“I highly recommend the Margaret River Ride, you will not be disappointed.”
“Our hosts and guide were fabulous. Accommodation and meals were all top notch. Alex and Bec are lovely people with a wealth of knowledge about the area, its wildlife and vegetation.”
‘What a truly breathtaking trip this was. Such an amazing, uninterrupted, panoramic and picture-perfect place to remember for life. The staff at the lodge were overwhelmingly welcoming and happy to change anything to suit us. Louise was awesome, patient and laid back. She was a great guide and gave us plenty of opportunities to capture footage. I rode Blue, who was very surefooted and keen to run. I especially enjoyed the roller-coaster ride, which had plenty of cantering and variety. It was great when we got the rare opportunity to see a few moose!’
‘Our five-day ride along the Howqua River was amazing. Michael, Will and Mick made us feel incredibly welcome, matched us well to our horses (I wanted to bring mine home with me!) and soon felt like old friends. I loved all the uphill and open field canters, the incredible scenery and the wonderful food. Incredible value for money. I can’t recommend this ride highly enough.’
‘This ride was nothing short of incredible. Karen and her staff are wonderful, with a friendly, warm charm. If you want to see authentic Canadian countryside you’ve only ever dreamed of, with forests, glacial peaks and rivers full of Sockeye Salmon, to stay in a beautiful cosy log cabin and neck rein a horse along a wooded trail, then this trip is for you. Not to mention the wonderful dinners each night, with fantastic conversation around the large wooden tables. A truly memorable experience, with wonderful friends made along the way. Don’t pass up the opportunity!’
‘We loved this trip and the welcoming feel that everyone gave. We felt so comfortable straight away. I loved the “homey” feeling in the lodge and cabin. The meals were always filling and healthy, with plenty of variety. I was paired with Levi because I asked for a responsive horse, and he was definitely that. I loved his neck reining and he listened to my legs and body really well, which allowed me to capture great filming while riding (bending down, facing backwards). He always felt safe and surefooted.’
‘This ride is every thing you imagine it to be. Starting at about 9,000 feet up in the mountains, we were tasked with gathering the cows and calves from their summer pastures and moving them back down off the mountain so they could be better tended to over the winter. We teamed up with keen riders from Israel, Austria, Norway, and the U.S. Our horses were tough and surefooted, well adapted to the altitude and terrain. The level of service from our hosts was first class. The wranglers were friendly and knew their trade, and a warm and friendly atmosphere pervaded for the entire week. The evenings were always full of shenanigans and merriment and, on our trip, a colourful exchange of accents. For me, the highlights were the full days of riding along pine tree ridge lines, across lush valley floors and flowing streams, filling our water bottles up from icy cold springs, descending steep mountain trails and enjoying the novelty of riding in the snow.
This has been our first Globetrotting adventure and I can guarantee it won’t be our last.’
‘Amazing and breathtakingly beautiful scenery! Each day was great in its own way. The guides were very friendly and the horses were responsive, forward moving and knew their job. The accommodation was fantastic and we had lots of really good food!’
“Take me back! We didn’t want to leave – seriously… and immediately after leaving, we were having withdrawals… I couldn’t recommend it more, and can’t wait to go back.”
“Incredible scenery, amazing accommodation, fabulous food and salt of the earth locals whose hospitality genuinely made this experience the best time away on horseback. Totally awesome!”
“I had every confidence this trip was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It certainly was! Absolutely worth every penny.”
“I thought it was good value for money as Karen has ensured that her team has provided what felt like a once in a life time experience.”
“The food is excellent, the wine is even better and the setting is to die for! Paul and Fiona were so accommodating to each of our needs.”
“We arrived as clients and left as friends – and we will all be back!”
“Best hosts ever! Fiona is so gorgeous and kind, Paul so friendly and funny.”
‘I knew BC would be beautiful, but nothing prepared me for the breathtaking scenery. From the moment we got off the plane to the sad farewell on our last day, everything about this trip was perfect. The hospitality shown to us was outstanding, the food so good I often had seconds, the lodges warm and inviting and the horses…. they were simply amazing. My beautiful boy Digger did his very best every single day. He was so sure footed, flexible and a real gentleman! No words can truly describe this holiday – it was just mind blowing!’
“The quality of this trip is above all expectations.”
“Being part of a small group and riding all day was ideal for this holiday.”
‘This ride was the realisation of a dream. I am now 69 but the desire to fulfill my dream to see Mongolia was overwhelming, so I signed up. My intention was to get lots of riding in before I left, but I only managed two very sedate rides. I chose to go regardless and the first couple of days were quite challenging, but by the end of day two it all came back to me – it was like I’d never stopped riding.
The whole experience was more than I could have ever imagined. The joy was the entire journey, everything was amazing. I liked to think it was the perfect triple ‘P’: the People, the Places and the Ponies.
A huge thank you to Globetrotting for helping this nan fulfill a dream.’
‘I was going over to Canada for work and added in some self-time. I couldn’t be happier to have chosen this as my FIRST Globetrotting experience. It meet my expectations as well as exceeded them.
The team were amazing, making you feel welcome and comfortable, which was great because I was traveling by myself. The horses where beautifully natured, gentle, and had a spark when we got to canter.
I couldn’t be happier with these seven days. Now all I have to do is choose my next Globetrotting experience.’
‘I had the best experience with Globetrotting from the very first conversation with Kate. I was quite specific about what I wanted in my riding adventure. Kate recommended Wyoming and was spot on. It delivered in every way. Globetrotting delivered in every way – from their recommendation through to their service. They thought of everything and were so kind and cheerful.
My favourite experience was riding through Five Fingers: I have never ridden anywhere that high, on ridges that narrow, with such steep descents and with scenery that beautiful. It was the scariest, highest, steepest, narrowest, prettiest ride I’ve ever done. Totally nerve racking and exhilarating at the same time. I did not want it to end!
If I could have taken my big red roan home, I certainly would have. All the horses were amazing… Well educated, well mannered, well fed, well cared for. They are NOT ‘nose to tail’ trail riding horses. You can go anywhere, and do anything on these babies. Walk, jog, lope, gallop… you name it, they’ll do it. Wow, wow, wow.
Everything was a standout. Five star all the way, including the delicious meals we received all day, every day. If you can afford it, do yourself a favour and stay on for 2 weeks. You’ll be glad you did! I cannot wait for my next Globetrotting adventure. Wyoming was my first but certainly won’t be my last.’
“From never having been on a plane before to travelling overseas, I’m so glad I did thanks to Globetrotting and our fantastic guide Alex.”
“The Noosa Bush and Beach Ride is a great way to start your Globetrotting experience.”
“Even in American Dollars this ride was extremely good value for money.”
‘Get up close and personal with wildlife on horseback, with the opportunity to track herds to places where jeeps can’t go and plenty of time to sit and appreciate the sights. The mix of guides was perfect and the support team were fantastic. And for all those magical photo opportunities, there are plenty of chances to view game by jeep, boat, horse and on foot. A real sense of being in the animals’ world rather than on the edge of it. Just magical!’
“A wonderful cultural experience.”
‘This ride exceeded all expectations, I don’t think anything will come close to comparing. From the moment I arrived I was in complete awe of everything. Every day was a new adventure shared with a fantastic group of like-minded people. The horses were amazing, in great condition and were well matched to everyone’s riding abilities. The camps were very comfortable and I loved the locations. The attention to detail and the food was incredible. Simon and Megan are both extremely gifted, knowledgeable and engaging guides with a fantastic sense of humour. They went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable. There were so many highlights, from up-close encounters with elephants and lions to riding through spectacular scenery alongside herds of zebra and giraffes. I’ll never forget the first time we crossed the Mara River or the adrenaline rush the first time we chased wildebeest! My heart aches to go back!’
“We loved Mongolia, beautiful people, wonderful hospitality, incredible scenery and amazing memories.”
“Everything was first class…very professional and lived up to my expectations. Thank you!”
“Globetrotting were great and kept us in the loop all the time with caring instructions. Will certainly sign up for another horse riding tour with Globetrotting.”
“This has been an amazing ride in spectacular country. It felt like all we did was eat and ride, eat and ride, which made for happy and exhausted riders.”
“An amazing journey across the steppe where I just was totally relaxed and stress free. I would go back in a heartbeat.”
“Loved every minute of the trip… can’t wait to go back!”
“Our epic Mongolian adventure lived up to all my dreams and then some.”
‘Riding across the awesomeness of the steppe, through a gorge with running water below, through larch forests, through a narrow pass through a dell of shrubs, trees, grasses and rocks. Galloping easily without reins and flinging my arms wide – flying like an eagle. Playing cards Mongolian style with members of the crew. Crossing the 2,700m pass to get to the Tsaatan people. Giving their reindeer salt and having them gather round – they were so gentle. Helping wipe up the dishes with the chef and her offsider. Camping beside crystal clear streams and sipping the pure water. Laughing with the Mongolian crew and our team of riders. This was truly a remarkable journey and one I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to experience. In tough times I will simply put my mind back to the open steppe and up there where the Mongolian mountains touch the clouds.’
“Do not pass up the opportunity if it presents itself – you won’t be disappointed!”
“A totally enjoyable ride and cultural experience. Our guides were professional, considerate and charming. I was very happy with my horse. He was safe but energetic and I felt comfortable and confident, yet challenged and exhilarated. I especially enjoyed riding around the local villages, farms and rice fields. All the meals were varied and delicious and I loved having lunch at the treehouse guest house. Worth every cent!”
“The food was exceptional, the staff funny and knowledgeable and my swag the warm retreat at the end of the day.”
“A great ride with a great team and fine horses, we did not want it to end!”
“When I arrived in Japan for the first time with my mum we struggled to comprehend the fact that we were going to be embarking on a horse riding trip in this country amongst all the hustle & bustle of crazy Tokyo. All my doubts subsided when we arrived by train to the picturesque country side ‘town’ of Kobuchizawa. Completely surrounded by mountains, it felt like an equestrian oasis, complete with amazing restaurants, shops and breathtaking scenery and trails rich with Japanese history. We were welcomed and looked after by our superb hosts, Tanaka san & Mayumi from the minute we stepped off the train. Their excellent hospitality continued throughout the trip from taking us on a mountain trek overlooking Mt Fuji to riding bareback in the forest aboard their beautiful Arabian horses. We were also treated to the most amazing Japanese cuisine, a traditional tea ceremony and origami making in their excellent company. I would not have wanted to see Japan any other way; on beautiful horses with superb company. Would do it again in a heart beat!”
“Loved my horse, Captain. Very well-trained and super responsive.”
“Catering by Lou was exceptional. Great food, lots of choice for picky eaters and beautifully presented.”
“So many laughs, great memories and new friendships.”
“I cannot say enough good things about the whole experience.”
“Shazam (my horse) was fabulous. It was really kind of Laura to partner my friend Sophie and I with horses that got along well.”
“To be able to have had the privilege of seeing this spectacular country on horseback is a dream come true.”
‘The Noosa Bush and Beach Ride with Alex Watson was above and beyond my expectations! Don’t ponder about doing this ride – just book it!’
“The staff go above and beyond to deliver an experience that you will never forget.”
“All the horses were well educated and so surefooted and willing over such rough country, I was amazed.”
“This is the best way to see the Queensland hinterland. Just the ideal amount of riding every day. The food and accommodation are exceptional.”
“The guides on our trip were incredible, and made sure our stay was the best it possibly could be.”
“This whole experience was truly amazing and if it weren’t for all the other tempting rides left to do, I’d want to do this one again.”
“This was the best guided ride I’ve been on – so much so that I’ve already booked in for the Craig’s Hut ride with Christian and Laura next January in Victoria.”
“This was definitely worth the money for the location and what was offered to you, great value-for-money.”
“The Montana ranch was just awe inspiring! The horses, the views, the people – an experience worth having for sure.”
“This experience exceeded all of my expectations!! The hospitality from Christian and Laura and their guides made you feel like part of the family!”
“It was sensational! I look forward to galloping off into the sunset on another Globetrotting ride!”
‘It was an absolutely amazing experience. We wanted to ride somewhere that we couldn’t here at home and that’s exactly what we got. Wonderful horses and wonderful people made the trip even better than one could imagine. Not to mention the wonderful Kate and Laura at Globetrotting, who managed and organised just about every aspect of the trip! It really makes going on holidays so easy! I will definitely be booking my next horsey holiday through them.’
“I was extremely impressed with the food, was absolutely awesome, very tasty and fit for any good restaurant.”
“It was like travelling in a magic bubble, everything just flowed.”
“Christian and Laura are a sensational team. They had our best interests at heart the whole time and did everything in their power to ensure our experience was fun, full and interesting.”
“There’s no better way to experience the real Kimberley outback than on the back of one of these purpose-bred hardy horses and under the guidance of people who live and breathe this part of our incredible country.”
‘The beauty of this ride was the fact that everything was paid for, the food was fantastic, the accommodation was nice… everything about it was value for money. Every day was different – there are so many trails to choose from, and we never rode the same one. We also had the option of fishing, shooting and even got to do a horsemanship clinic, where I picked up a few points to bring home to try on my own horse.’
“Five fun days on fantastic horses with friendly hosts exploring the Margaret River forests, farms and vineyards. Fabulous local food and wine.”
“The Kobuchizawa ride in Japan is absolutely wonderful – brilliant horses, amazing riding, terrific food, incredible and very flexible hosts, cultural experiences and jaw dropping scenery each and every day. All in a magnificent precinct a couple of hours from Tokyo at the base of the mountains, with daily views of Mt Fuji. Utterly awesome!”
“A fabulous way to see the heart and soul of the Kimberley. The hosts were fabulous and all the staff so helpful. I loved this trip and will never forget it.”
“Loved it and can’t wait to do another one.”
“The whole team was fantastic. Absolutely amazing.”
“This is a great ride in a special part of remote Australia that not many people get to see.”
‘Every day was a holiday. So worth the money. Everyone in our group had a blast. We all became fast friends because of our passion for horses. The size of the group was perfect – we got to know each other at a personal level. I truly think this was a life changing vacation and I will be doing more of this for sure. This is the first time I went out to travel as a solo traveler, and I really felt relaxed and pampered. I didn’t need to worry about a thing, and the whole atmosphere felt like a family.’
“Sally was amazing!!! Christian and Laura were so friendly and knowledgeable too.”
“The atmosphere at Margaret River is special and addictive. I had a truly lovely time.”
“Beautifully trained horses, knowledgeable and good humoured guides, and amazing scenery.”
“The Margaret River Ride crew were just fantastic. You won’t find better hosts in Australia.”
‘Without a doubt the most soul enriching experience I’ve ever encountered. I’m an experienced rider who has been on many outfitter adventures. The quality of horses was standout. I’ve always been used to getting either a hothead pony or a slow-coach horse and neither was showcased on this trip. Each horse was customised to your ability and the hosts, especially Marijn, were amazingly obliging, personable and respectful. I WILL be back.’
“A relaxed, fun, adventurous, fulfilling experience I most highly recommend.”
“Our ride in Botswana was amazing and the accommodation was top notch. The riding was intense from the get go, with long hours in the saddle but plenty of time left to enjoy non-riding activities. Cantering through the water was fantastic!”
‘Horse riding in Japan during cherry blossom season was more incredible than I could ever have imagined. We had four riders in our group and it was perfect. The guides were friendly, helpful and spoke excellent English. The food was fantastic and the accommodation was nice, clean and welcoming. My horse Dasha was excellent. I enjoyed being able to ride the same horse each day and got to know her very well. The ride to the top of the mountain to see Mount Fuji in the background was very cool!’
“Tanaka san and Mayumi are consummate hosts. They could not do enough for us and were happy to fit in with whatever we wanted to do. Their kindness, communication and knowledge of the horses and the environment was first class. The horses were fit and well behaved. All ridden in bitless bridles and endurance saddles. The food and accommodation were perfect, particularly the onsen at the end of each day.”
“It was a fabulous experience, making life-long memories and worth every cent!”
“Jen and Jeremy were fabulous. They take immaculate care of their animals.”