‘This was absolutely the adventure of a lifetime. In fact, I honestly don’t know how any other vacation going forward will live up to my newfound expectations after going on this trip. The horses were amazing, the accommodations were top notch, the staff both at the hotel and stables were absolutely wonderful, and the location took my breath away. It was literally a dream brought to life. Each ride was different and enjoyable in its own way, and the variety was fun and exciting. The Common Ridings were an incredible adrenaline rush and at times made me question my sanity, but my boy Bruno took excellent care of me and made sure we pulled through even the tough spots. If you are a confident rider looking for a trip that will be unlike anything you have ever imagined, this is it. You won’t find anything that gets your heart pounding like this one. I cannot recommend this trip enough and I will treasure the memories of this adventure for the rest of my life.’
‘This was the perfect ranch riding experience and exceeded all expectations. The scenery was amazing: thousands of acres offering a huge variety of trails, from winding river canyons to high mountain vistas of the Bighorn Mountains and Basin and spectacular red-rock cliffs. Marijin and Peter are fantastic hosts who go the extra mile to make sure all guests are well matched with their horses, and the food and accommodation are first class. They did a fantastic job of splitting riders into groups according to their riding ability so that everyone could ride at the level and pace that suited them. I rode Earnest, a lovely palomino who was willing and responsive with nice paces and my husband Alistair rode Zeus, who was the perfect horse for the greener rider. By the end of the week, he was posting and loping confidently! We made some wonderful friends at the ranch, with many of the guests coming back multiple times. This truly is a special place and the experience of a lifetime.’
‘Who said dreams can’t come true?! This was my post-breast cancer dream trip and it fulfilled even my wildest dreams! I stayed in a beautiful apartment fit for a queen. Our guides Gemma and Suzy were wonderful and matched everyone so well with their horses. My horse Kingston was was so surefooted and fun. We not only galloped on the beaches of the North Sea but through the Moors! Amazing scenery and history. Our hosts Edward and Sarah and their staff made us feel like family. All the food was delicious and local. Best of all, our group of globetrotters was great! I feel like I have made life-long friends. I can’t wait to go globetrotting again!’
‘Signing up for my first Globetrotting ride was easy and Laura and Kate were amazingly helpful, providing advice, scheduling, suggestions, answers and basically making me feel like everything was taken care of. Payments were super simple, and the preparation materials provided were exceptionally helpful!
Words cannot even begin to describe how wonderful this trip was. I hadn’t ridden in 15 years and was honestly terrified they’d just send me home! But I had nothing to worry about, it’s clear Globetrotting picks their partners with care. An amazing group of very supportive and knowledgeable instructors, plus the BEST stable of horses to take you from nervous beginner to soaring intermediate (in my case at least!). Pair that with gorgeous surroundings, sumptuous rooms and services and belt-challenging meals and you have a winning combination. It’s no wonder I booked the same package again for next year! I will also be on the lookout to join other Globetrotting rides, confident in the knowledge that I’m in safe (and fun) hands!’
‘A great few days in the Yarra Valley with my daughter enjoying the warm hospitality of Clancy and his team, willing horses and lovely scenery. I enjoyed the rustic but cosy cottage my daughter and I had to ourselves and I was very happy with the food. The cheese platters were exceptional thanks to a wonderful local supplier. We could have easily kept going for a few more days.’
‘Often while at work, I find myself daydreaming about how I’d rather be on horseback, in the fresh air, on an adventure, with no worries and eating food I’m too lazy to make at home with a glass of wine. This daydream is The Shoalhaven Ride! The adventure begins with views of a maple tree lined driveway and horses in their fields. Knowing one of them is all yours for the duration of your stay makes it even more thrilling (especially if you get Marsara – she’s amazing and super responsive). Every day is fun-filled, with food from the home and at restaurants, wine, horses and riding through nature with different terrains and views. Tiff and her family make you feel like part of the household and you will end up wanting to live there!’
‘I really enjoyed the Thirlestane Castle Ride. From coming back from a ride to a fire and a cup of tea welcoming you, to having dinner with the custodians of the castle, everything was perfect. My apartment was very beautiful and comfortable. Each day I loved getting back in the saddle. The staff and the guides were superb, it was such a great experience and the countryside is spectacular.’
‘Every day was a new adventure – the forest rides, beach rides, the game of polocrosse – so much fun. Just fantastic! I rode Delilah, a beautiful horse – calm, gentle and responsive. Paul is one of the best horsemen around, you can learn so much from him. His wife Fiona and daughter Lucy are amazing hosts, and Emma and the rest of the guides were just perfect. I loved the good food and great wine – we were very spoiled. The best guides and excellent well trained horses. You can’t ask for more. It was the best three days, for sure! Thank you!’
‘I would definitely recommend this ride. The guides had a good knowledge of the riding routes, their horses and the food and wine. I rode Ivy. She was a forward going horse, which I appreciated. All the days were good and we were very lucky with the weather. I was very happy with the accommodation and food, and the value for money was excellent.’
‘This trip was a dream come true. From the wonderful horses, to the exquisite Spanish cuisine, to the fields of wildflowers and orange blossoms, to the traditional flamenco and working equitation performances, to the luxurious accommodation and fabulous company, we felt as if we’d stepped into a magical “other world”. There is no better way to experience the breathtaking Andalucian province than by horseback on a true-bred Spanish horse! Every ride was a magical journey with breathtaking views, gorgeous fragrances, great company, and responsively willing horses. We were thrilled with how capable and surefooted our horses were, and it’s clear that they’re well-trained, well-handled, and extremely well-taken care of. The entire experience was enriching and delightful!’
‘The Thirlestane Castle Ride was a dream. Really – pinch me! The Castle itself was a magnificent home and a perfect base with luxurious rooms, plenty of space and incredible architecture. The closest thing to a princess I will ever be! It was so nice to have a glass of wine in the Vault, and the dinners in the magnificent State Dining Room were so special. The riding was wonderful. Whether exploring the estate grounds, galloping up the moors (with a little sloe gin warm up midway), trotting among the sheep, popping over a nice cross country fence, or running along the beach, the horses were big, solid, steady and forward. My buddies, Socrates and Titan, were just lovely – light in the hand, so surefooted and willing, with plenty of go and good brakes! The magic of our love of horses and adventure created friendships among globetrotters from Australia to the UK to the US. Thank you Kate and Laura! I will always treasure Thirlestane and I can’t wait for the next adventure.’
‘I absolutely loved this ride! The only bad thing about it was that it came to an end. I rode Cool Daddy – such a little trooper. Michael matched horses to riders perfectly and even after spending a week dealing with a bunch of nutty women, he was still ready with a smile and a terrible dad joke! I love that he is so community minded. The ride not only supports his business, but other local businesses, too. I was very happy with the food – the 8 course degustation dinner was the absolute highlight. I barely ate for 2 days after we got back, we were so well fed! I would recommend this ride to anyone.’
‘Love, love, love this ride! Just magic! Polocrosse was definitely the highlight – Paul’s enthusiasm was infectious and his skill is unparalleled. The horses are so talented and responsive that they made it very easy. The fact that I’m now planning on taking up polocrosse as a sport speaks for itself! I rode Evie, who is possibly the best trained horse I have ever ridden. She was always keen to get going and was magic on the polocrosse field. Our guide Emma really added to our enjoyment of the trail rides. She regularly checked in to see how we were going and was a wealth of knowledge. I felt totally safe in her care. Paul and Fiona were outstanding hosts, going above and beyond to make our time special. Their little extra touches made the accommodation comfortable, inviting and relaxing. I was very happy with the food – the use of freshly picked local produce and the effort that our chef Alex put in to accommodate varying dietary requirements was outstanding. Can’t wait to go again!’
‘I had a fabulous time. This was my fourth ride with Jen and Jeremy and my second with the new owners, Marcus and Ellie. They were all outstanding hosts – nothing was too much trouble. The banquet at Langmeil Winery was the standout food experience, but all the food was great. Our accommodation was very comfortable and fitted out with everything we needed. Every day was different, but I especially enjoyed the second day’s ride to a winery with a wine tasting and cheese platter, and great scenery the whole way. I will definitely miss Jen and Jeremy, but I’m sure Marcus and Ellie will fill their shoes and continue to run well organised and fun rides.’
‘This was my first Globetrotting trip and it was fantastic. Everyone at the castle, from Edward and Sarah to the chefs and the housekeeping staff, was very professional, very warm and extremely helpful. The estate was like a fairyland, yet you felt like you were in a person’s home, and I greatly appreciated that. I rode Eva and she was wonderful. The rides were good – or better than good, they were exhilarating! I’m 65 and they stretched my comfort zone just enough to give me great confidence at the end of it all. I am now looking forward to my next Globetrotting adventure.’
‘The catering on this ride was absolutely outstanding – so much better than other adventure experiences I have had. It showcased local producers and foods, and every meal was amazing. The accomodation exceeded expectations, too. Our guides were all excellent and very entertaining. We had different weather every day, but the ride through the tree fern forests in the fog was most memorable. This ride was excellent value for money and I would definitely recommend it.’
‘The Howqua River Ride – oh my goodness! After many many river crossings and around 75kms of mountains and goat tracks, we finally made it to the jump scene from the Man From Snowy River – the camera doesn’t do it justice. Thanks to Michael for the amazing properties to explore on wonderful horses – my beautiful Leah was a rockstar. Huge thanks to Karen, our fabulous guide, chef, and all round Wonder Woman. And as always, thanks to Kate and Laura for making these dreams a reality. Isn’t the Globetrotting life just the best!’
‘This was my first Globetrotting ride and it was amazing. I went there to ride horses and that’s just what I did. I got to ride though big pine forests, canter along beautiful beaches, ride across sandy deserts, see wild horses and get very close to them, and swim in the ocean with my horse. My horse Paula did everything I asked of her, she was fantastic. I wish I could have taken her home with me. The cabins we stayed in were warm and comfortable and the food was delicious. And a shout out to my guides Jane and Cory, they were awesome. We had lots of laughs and good yarns. Everything was spot on, I could have stayed there another five days!’
‘The Thirlestane Castle Ride was a dream come true. I enjoyed fresh air (a little rain), beautiful scenery, congenial companions, and tremendous fun and excitement riding over the moors on a wonderful 16 hand Irish Sport Horse named Rocco. The accommodations at the Castle were very comfortable and the staff were helpful and friendly. I could not recommend this trip more highly and I may even do it again!’
‘Only one word describes my Yarra Valley Ride… euphoria! From the minute I arrived and met Clancy, his family, staff, my new likeminded friends and and my spectacular horse Cleo, nothing could be faulted. The service, accommodation, meals, horses and rides were absolutely perfect. Every meal was 10/10 and met my dietary requirements. After not riding for 35 years I was a little nervous, but within a couple of hours on Cleo and with some encouraging words from Clancy, I was cantering confidently, with total faith in my beautiful mare. She was alert, interested in her surroundings, surefooted and very responsive. Looking back on the photos, she regularly has a huge grin! If you are thinking of a Globetrotting ride, choose the Yarra Valley Ride and you will be as happy as I still am days later!’
‘Recently I heard the quote, “The only way to make something amazing happen, is to make something amazing happen” and this trip was living proof. It was my first Globetrotting ride and I do not regret it one bit. It is scary at times to book something with strangers without having a friend with you, but this was the most memorable experience I’ve ever had. I’ve ridden horses on small trail rides and in the arena, but this ride was so freeing, with unforgettable views of the Victorian High Country. The horse that I rode, Rex, was the sweetest boy in the world. Myself and all the riders agreed that Michael, the host, did an exceptional job of matching us with the perfect horse. He was very knowledgeable of the terrain, history and horses. I have never had such a good guide. The accommodation was very peaceful, clean, homey and well set up. I am never going to forget this trip or the amazing animals and people I met. I’m already looking into my next Globetrotting ride!’
‘My sister and I did the River Valley trek and it was amazing. Such a great group of people joined us and everything was fantastic from the horses to the accommodation and food. Our guides were great, they taught us why they use natural horsemanship and the horses were in great condition. I rode Ranger and was very pleased to be on one of the bigger horses as that’s what I’m used to. He was very careful but also very fun. Such amazing sights and such a peaceful place, we will definitely be back! Thanks heaps Globetrotting.’
‘Just wrapped up my first Globetrotting adventure with the Thirlestane Castle Ride in Scotland! I can’t tell you how much fun all of us had had during the week. Suzy’s horses were phenomenal in every way; Gemma, Jamie, and Izzy were lovely, accommodating guides; and the facilities were comfy and beautiful. As a beginner rider who trained almost exclusively in the arena, this ride pushed me far outside of my comfort zone, but I couldn’t recommend it enough! Adonis, my horse for the week, took great care of me, and got us both home safely each day. If you are on the fence, definitely push yourself to take this ride. And leave a few days to explore Edinburgh, even if it’s just for the food and whisky. Very much worth it!’
‘As usual, Globetrotting delivers! Ride partners Clancy and his team leave no stone unturned to provide an experience that fits each guest. They navigate rider proficiency differences with consideration for each individual and ensure that no one is left behind. Clancy is what they call the “real deal”: empathetic and highly skilled as a horseman and a host. Food, accommodation and personalized attention makes for a winning combination! The support of local produce and cottage industries was a highlight and home cooked, wholesome, fresh food was in abundance. I’m local, but I would have been happy to travel a long way in order to have this experience! Sometimes people are skeptical of experiences close to home, but nothing about this ride was common. You could have been anywhere in the world – I was just lucky it was in my backyard.’
‘I was fortunate to grab a spare saddle seat for this ride and I couldn’t have been happier – from start to finish it was amazing. Our guide Karen made us all feel at ease, and her knowledge of the region and its history was very informative. All the staff ensured everyone had a good time, and Michael kept us entertained over dinner with stories of the High Country. I rode a Stock Horse called Scarlett, a beautiful, responsive mare with a gentle nature, and very surefooted over the river crossings. The accommodation was beyond expectations and all the meals were delicious and plentiful. Each day we had cooked breakfasts, lunches of meat and salads, and dinner was a full cooked meal. The eight course degustation dinner was simply amazing. I really enjoyed the experience and look forward to completing another Globetrotting ride in August.’
‘Nicola is an excellent guide and coached us well in our adjustment to bitless style riding. I rode Rio, a palomino gelding. He was well mannered and once I got used to riding bitless, we seemed to understand each other well. The Sunday ride up the escarpment was a great day, reaching great heights to be met by the wonderful chef Miranda cooking us a barbeque lunch with bubbles. All the meals were fresh, delicious and varied. VERY generous servings and the desserts… yummo! The accommodation was excellent. Everything was to a high standard. Even the glamping tent was well set up with a comfy mattress, rug and chairs. The hot water bottles were a bonus! This ride was excellent value for money and I would definitely recommend it!’
‘This was an experience of a lifetime and one I will cherish forever. The accommodation was amazing! Gorgeous country settings and very comfortable. I was really happy with the food, too – the eight course degustation menu was divine. My horse Bonnie was absolutely gorgeous in both temperament and looks. I trusted her completely and we formed a lifetime bond. I was so sad to say goodbye. As for the guides, Karen was exceptional! Extremely knowledgeable of the local history, an incredible horsewoman and she made me feel extremely welcome. As I was a beginner rider, Karen gave me plenty of encouragement and I was astounded how much my riding improved over the five days. I am now confident at cantering. Michael was also fantastic and share some great stories. I am so thankful I took the plunge and did this trip solo! I met some amazing strangers who I now call friends.’
‘Great long canters in the beautiful Yarra Valley and gorgeous stops for outdoor lunches with great food and spectacular views! Saturday afternoon lunch under the tree with those views was terrific! I loved the uphill bush bashing, too. The accommodation was very spacious and beautifully decked out. I loved the hut and the gorgeous little bathtub! I would definitely recommend this ride.’
‘I absolutely loved the Yarra Valley Ride! My horse Snow was a perfect gentleman with a surprising turn of speed when asked. The food was amazing and plentiful – you certainly won’t go hungry on this ride! Clancy is your typical laconic bushman who really wants you to have a special, authentic Aussie bush experience, and clearly loves his horses. All the staff go above and beyond to make sure your time will be remembered long after the ride is over.
The scenery was stunning. I won’t soon forget watching the sunset and sunrise from our campsite, or the singing and sense of camaraderie around the campfire! I would definitely recommend this ride to anybody (and already have!). Thanks Globetrotting for pulling another gem out of the riding hat!’
‘Every day was special, the scenery was spectacular and the banter was hilarious. Our evenings together over a few wines were also memorable and so much fun. I haven’t laughed so much in ages! Everyone at River Valley was friendly, knowledgeable and great fun. The accommodation was excellent and the meals were absolutely 10 out of 10. Miranda was an outstanding chief and used all the fresh produce out of their own garden. I rode Ranger. He was a real gentleman. It was my first time riding bitless and he didn’t put a foot wrong. I loved how everyone could go off for a canter and if you felt like walking a bit more, the horses would listen to you and keep on walking. I loved my time at River Valley and have made lifelong friends. I’ll be back for more next year!’
‘Five star horses, food and outfit. Great riding through some iconic Australian country. I rode Packer. She was soft and responsive with a bit of go, and clearly loved her job. All the horses were calm, sensible and solid. The guides and crew were great – hardworking, friendly, competent and nothing was too much trouble. Decisions made to adjust the itinerary meant we didn’t get wet once, or caught up in storms. Very well done! Riding through the fern covered logging track, cantering up to Craig’s Hut and swimming in the river at the end of a hot day were my highlights. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday!’
‘The River Valley Ride is a must do for those thrill seeking riders. The food and accommodation is excellent. Magnificent scenery. Safe, friendly, extremely well cared for steeds. This was the second time I have ridden Alphie. He’s a fast wee chappie with such a great personality. I loved that we could enjoy lots of long canters. Swimming in the very clean river each day was pure bliss, and swimming with our horses was a unique experience. Staying at the Maori marae was extra special. Basically, every minute was absolutely fantastic!
Because this ride is so special, I have already booked it for the third time in January 2023. “Just Ride It”, globetrotters, you won’t be disappointed!’
‘Fantastic fun and laughter on The Margaret River Ride! Our hosts Fiona and Paul and the crew were spot on and looked after us all. The horses were awesome – Cassie was spunky and had a great attitude, and Frieda was perfect – I would love to have her at home. The beach ride and the polocrosse were great fun. You all will love this ride, I promise!’
‘It was the best! Truly challenging; gobsmacking; world class.
I came back fitter and wanting to get up early to do good things in my day.
It was the routine and physicality that got my body and mind cracking and inspired when I got back home.’
‘This ride was so worth waiting for and comes highly recommended. We had sunshine every day, delicious meals, so much laughter and a great bunch of riders. My horse Gem was an Arab x Standardbred – sweet natured, responsive, a good walker, and loved a liquorice treat. We were blessed to be taken care of by both the old and the new guides, and the level of service was second to none. Everything was ready to go, from picking us up from our accommodation to having the horses saddled and waiting. Ellie and Marcus’s property is huge, with so many great trails and an option to swim at lunch, which was so refreshing. They are so enthusiastic, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to providing an awesome experience – Jen and Jeremy can rest easy knowing that their legacy will continue.’
‘This ride really gives both kiwis and overseas visitors a chance to immerse themselves in a slice of kiwi life that not everyone has access to, or even knows about. I can’t even think of words to describe Nicola, Janey and their wonderful family. It felt like a great privilege to spend such incredible time with four generations of their family, from the seniors down to the great grand kids. Everyone at River Valley made my experience that much richer. I kept thinking, ‘this is the best day’, but every day brought surprises and variety in terrain, views and experiences. Nothing felt orchestrated; we rolled with each day as it came: finding new paths, meeting farmers and their curious kids, watching shearers at work, talking to colourful locals, swimming at the river and spending time with the family dogs. The great thing about the horses on this trip is that they are are trained to be independent, and we are shown how to ride them that way. So refreshing!
I for one value the ‘guarantee’ that comes from booking with Globetrotting: we always know the rides have been tested and are of a high standard, and we know that the horses, guides, accommodations and experiences are solid. Thank you!’
‘While riding, some of us who have ridden with Globetrotting before discussed the benefits of booking through GT – aside from the great team, their warm, sincere service and their huge amount of valuable information, we always know the GT rides have been tested and are of a high standard, and we know that the horses, guides, accommodations and experiences are solid. As we heard from some other riders, there are horror stories out there about other rides, guides and experiences, so I for one value the ‘guarantee’ that comes from booking with Globetrotting. Thank you!’
‘Being a second time Tassie Tiger Trail rider, I knew what to expect. Things had changed though! There were new guides, Marcus and Ellie. Jeremy and Jen were still around making sure that the transition was going smoothly, so we got the best of both worlds. Marcus and Ellie are just like Jen and Jeremy: exceptional horse people and amazing human beings. Friendly, down to earth, and nothing was too much trouble. I had a great week, met some lovely fellow riders, and most importantly felt safe. Tasmania turned on the most perfect weather and we were bathed in sunshine every day. We ate consistently well, from the salmon farm to the raspberry farm, to the great home made meals at Blakes Manor and the amazing catering boxes. I rode Amber, who was safe, reliable, steady and very surefooted. Each day was a different adventure. All in all, it was a great ride. I’m looking forward to doing the Grape Horse Adventure with Marcus, Ellie, Jeremy and Jen in March.’
‘An incredible outback adventure. There is no better way to explore the breathtaking scenery of the remote Kimberley region than on the back of a forward-moving horse. We were riding through untamed wilderness and rugged beauty, savannah woodlands with ancient boab trees, along ranges and across rivers and billabongs. Our knowledgeable, attentive guides went the extra mile to make sure we had an unforgettable riding experience. The horses were reliable, responsive and in great condition. Swimming in tropical waterholes, enjoying delicious campfire cooking and sleeping in a cozy swag under the stars after a long day in the saddle was just perfect. Moonshine Gorge and the hot thermal pools were my highlights. And beautiful Limerick, a dream horse who I really bonded with. I shed a tear when it was time to say goodbye!’
‘Since growing up reading the Silver Brumby books, I have always wanted to travel to the alpine areas of South Eastern Australia just to be in the type of country where the Silver Brumby roamed. To be riding in the mountains made it all so real. The feeling of being in the snow gums and looking out across the endless mountains was just terrific. Our guides had many interesting tidbits of information for us, my horse, Arrow, was keen and surefooted and the weather was just perfect. All of this made for an amazing experience.’
‘I recently returned from the Craig’s Hut & High Country Ride for a second time. We had mostly sunny days and the scenery was just magic. I rode Penty, a sweet girl who was very easy to ride. The guides, support crew and staff were very caring and nothing was ever too much trouble. They made the trip the best ever! The group of guests were various ages and professions, and such great fun to ride with. My most special memories for this trip were our Man from Snowy River experiences at Craig’s Hut and Mt Stirling. If you are thinking of doing this ride, then do it! You will be well looked after and have the most amazing experience. The staff, crew and horses are just beautiful, the food is amazing and the camping is so easy. These are memories that will last a lifetime.’
‘My Globetrotting ride in Margaret River was stress free and full of great food, amazing locations, fun and helpful staff, and well-paired horses. It was a great way to experience Margaret River with the stress of what I was going to eat or do removed. As for the accommodation, the tents were amazing and I loved the rustic aesthetic. It was country glam! There were lots of places to go and relax, whether you wanted company or time alone. You could come and go as you pleased, using the kitchen facilities or the seating, and enjoy the open air. My favourite ride was when we went to the pools/rivers – I loved the long ride through the forest where we could trot, canter and enjoy the time in nature.’
‘This was an outstanding adventure travel experience. The entire trip, from the pick up at our hotel at the start to the drop off at the end, was professionally run. The camps were wonderful and the food was delicious. I rode Alfredo, a wonderful, very willing horse with a smooth canter. He climbed in and out of the many gullies gently, but without hesitation.
The lion and elephant encounters on horseback were extraordinary. We loved the long canters on the open plains, and crossing the Mara just downstream from the crocodiles was amazing. Every day was different and wonderful.
Simon is perhaps the most gifted trip leader I’ve ever met, and I have taken dozens of hiking, cycling and kayaking trips and multiple African safaris. He’s extremely capable and professional and made us feel safe at all times. He’s a great naturalist, a wonderful host and projects an infectious enthusiasm for the adventure. Miranda was also a huge plus on the trip. She is a fabulous rider and a natural hostess, funny, inclusive, kind and helpful.
The whole trip was challenging, entertaining, enlightening and a ton of fun.’
‘This was my first Globetrotting ride and I’m so glad I booked. It was nice to get away after border closures and a crazy busy year! I haven’t been this happy or smiled this much (as is evident in every photo) in a long time. Tiff, her parents and Bernie are the most genuine, kindest people you will ever meet. The horses are amazing, and so well looked after. The home cooked meals and the restaurant choices were all great. You definitely won’t go hungry on this ride! I can’t wait to continue my Globetrotting adventures around Australia and the world.’
‘What a way to kick a holiday off – riding through row upon row of vines as the sun sets, then sipping on bubbles once you slide off the horse. It certainly set an impressive and enjoyable tone for the four days ahead. We woke up each day to a cooked breakfast before being taken to different locations to ride out, stopping at wineries for lunch, wine tastings and tours, then jumping back on the horses for another few hours of riding. At night, there were delicious dinners cooked at the homestead, there was an amazing night out with a degustation dinner, and always, there was wine and a fire. The rides were over hill, over dale, and through all sorts of different forests. Every day had something different to offer. And, wow, do those endurance horses know how to cover ground! We were very lucky to have been able to slip in such a great holiday in 2021, and are looking forward to lots more chances to go globetrotting when the world opens up again.’
‘What a dream this ride was! I loved every minute and the horses were amazing. I rode Packer, who was a delight. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We had 14 solo female travellers and a mother-daughter pair, and we all couldn’t have felt more safe, comfortable and – by the end of the week – bonded! I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘My daughter and I had the best trip ever. Our hosts Paul and Fiona and their support team were lovely. The horses were perfectly matched to us and all were loved and well cared for. We rode two lovely mares called Lily and Cassie, and we found it very hard to say goodbye to them at the end of our tour. The accommodation was in tipis, which were beautifully decorated, roomy, and in a very nice setting. The food was home cooked, all very tasty and plenty of it. From our breakfast spot in the morning, we could watch the horses coming in to start the day. All the rides were wonderful, with plenty of chances to trot and canter through the forest and beach. While riding along the beach we saw dolphins! For me, though, the best experience was the opportunity to try polocrosse.’
‘Everything was fabulous: the food, the accommodation, the bitless riding, the environment, the companionship and my magnificent horse, Drover. Tiffany was a very patient and supportive guide. My favourite experience was riding through the countryside and stopping for a delicious high tea on top of the mountain. I would definitely recommend this holiday!’
‘Jeremy and Jenny are the most kind and gentle people who only instill confidence in rider and horse. The guests love them as much as their adoring horses. I was matched up with the gentle giant Jabberwocky, who led the way and was very comforting and comfortable to ride. The whole experience allows you optimum horse time as well as showcasing the Deloraine region of Tasmania. A real adventure for lovers of horses and nature.’
‘I was absolutely blown away by the entire experience. Clancy and his team were amazing in every aspect. They were all really knowledgeable and friendly, and the hospitality was second to none. The accommodation was just perfect and the food was delicious. You will not go hungry!
The horses were all in great shape and so reliable. They each had their own personalities and we all rode a horse unique to our own needs and capabilities. I rode Larry and wanted to take him home with me!
The trip was just fabulous and I can’t recommend it enough. I loved every minute! We had such a diverse group of riders but we got along like a house on fire, and after only three days it was so hard to leave my new friends!’
‘Where do I start?! This was my fourth ride with Christian and Laura, and my third with Globetrotting. Every ride so far has been amazing! The horses are always a pleasure to ride, the food and camp locations are great, and the guides – what can I say? Laura, Christian and their gang are a great bunch of people, always up for a chat and a beer (once the work is done). I rode gorgeous little Snowgum, who was super sweet and an absolute pleasure to ride. I will definitely be back again!’
‘The Tassie Tiger Trail was a great experience for my daughter Tara and I, and an opportunity to bond over horses and nature. The accommodation was unique and very comfortable. The small group size enabled us all to get to know one another throughout the trip. Our horses Frank and Colty were well selected to suit our level of experience and they performed perfectly and safely. I was very impressed with the entire team of horses. Tara was able to improve her skill and courage under Jeremy’s mentoring and I enjoyed swapping yarns with him as well. Jen is a polished host with a very approachable personality.
Every day was enjoyable and interesting, with lovely trails to explore. The day in the mountains was breathtaking, but for me the beach ride was the standout. It was a first for both me and Tara – magical and fun with plenty of laughs. I would highly recommend this ride to anyone who enjoys nature and good company.’
‘What a unique experience! So many incredible memories, from the beautiful starry skies and amazing sand dunes to the phenomenal food and musical moments around the campfire at night. Topping it off were an amazing group of people and horses. Our guides knew a lot about the environment and were very good company. The mares were incredibly sweet, and unbelievably fast and strong. They are so well taken care of and loved by Adil and his team, and this results in some indescribable moments while crossing beautiful plains, mountains and dunes. This ride is exactly as it should be, and even better!’
‘I booked the Margaret River Ride for my 50th birthday, and I’m so glad I did. From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel so welcome. Fiona and Paul are fantastic hosts. Their crew are supportive and helpful. Lucy the cook is fabulous – you will never go hungry on this holiday! Generous portions and totally delicious. The bell tents with their double beds were beautiful. I woke to the sound of birds and opened my tent to see Rosie the kangaroo!
There was a huge range of horses to choose from and they were all so obviously well cared for. I rode Emily, a gentle, well mannered beauty. The trail rides were beautiful and very well run. I could not fault any part of my holiday, apart from having to go home! I will definitely be back!’
‘Every day of this ride was enjoyable and the value for money was excellent. I had an especially nice time on day 3 when we rode down to the river and played around skimming stones, then tucked into a simple saddle bag lunch. I was very happy with both the yummy home cooked meals and the gourmet restaurant dining. Our hosts were super friendly, lovely and kind to the horses and guests. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I rode Phoenix, a gorgeous, nice and sensible horse, and on the beach ride I had Tex, whose personality made it a very fun experience.’
‘The most amazing memories have been created on this beautiful holiday. Tiffany, Lenny and Lorraine are the most caring hosts who make sure you are happy and content all the time. Big thanks to the lovely Bernie for being a fabulous guide on the trail rides. The horses are just beautiful, and so well cared for. Tiff’s love for them is apparent. It’s unbelievable how much I learnt from her just through conversation! I was matched with Drover and he was absolutely amazing. On the beach ride I had Vegas, who was also amazing – a beautiful canter along the beach is an absolute must!
I booked this trip 12 months prior and can honestly say that it exceeded all of my expectations. It’s something you have to experience to believe! If you love horse riding, delicious food, wine, beach and bushland, then check this place out. You won’t regret it!’
‘Thanks Clancy, the Yarra Valley team, and Globetrotting for giving me the experience of my life. I enjoyed every minute. Clancy, Heather and their team are the best hosts and guides you could ask for. They made us feel like family. The beds were so comfy and I liked the design of the huts: unique, simple and beautiful. The coffee, meals, and snacks were all outstanding. Snow was my buddy for the whole trip. He was a lovely kind horse. As a beginner, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get the canter right, but Snow was keen to show me how it’s done. We had so much fun! My favourite part was the ride on the second day – the trail and scenery left me speechless. Everything about this trip was amazing!’
‘If you are on the fence about booking a riding holiday or are apprehensive about traveling alone, hop off the fence and book it NOW!! I see now why Globetrotting has so many repeat customers; on my trip alone, out of eight people, four had previously been on Globetrotting rides and a fifth was already booked for a future ride. The horses were fantastic, the accommodations were quite literally palatial, the food was top notch, and the camaraderie and friendships formed were life affirming. Our guides were a wealth of knowledge, excellent storytellers, consummate professionals and wonderful conversationalists. I rode Turner the entire week and we could not have been more perfectly suited for each other. As game as he was, he was so, so rideable – he was never, ever strong in the bridle, and even though he was an incredibly keen jumper with huge scope, he always listened. This ride was a once in a lifetime experience!’
‘Everything was beyond my expectations and great value for money. It was instantly clear how much Paul, Fiona and their fabulous team love their horses, who were all beautiful to ride with natures to match. There was clearly a lot of thought put into pairing each rider with their horse and I couldn’t have asked for a better match! The property was beautiful and the whole team played a part in providing a five star experience. I loved each day, but the polocrosse and forest rides were highlights! I will definitely be back in the near future for another ride!’
‘The Shoalhaven Ride was a fabulous riding, food and wine experience in a beautiful region. It was my first Globetrotting trip and I loved it. We had a variety of wonderful dining experiences at our accommodation, on rides, and at restaurants and wineries. Tiff and Bernie knew their environment and horses like the back of their hands. They were always ready to engage with our group, and made sure everyone was comfortable along the way. Len and Lorraine looked after us at home and on our picnic – the prosecco scones at Illaroo Lookout were quite something! Our fantastic morning on Seven Mile Beach with no one else around was a ride like none before, and my horse Texas seemed to enjoy it as much as me. On the trail rides I had the pleasure of riding Flick, a veritable Black Beauty who loves his life and is a true gentleman. I would recommend this ride to anyone who is keen to try a Globetrotting trip.’
‘I’ve always dreamed of riding in the High Country and this holiday did not disappoint. The whole experience was wonderful from start to finish, with river crossings, mountain climbs, long canters, amazing scenery, and five star service all the way. The staff were all amazing in every respect: extensive knowledge of the area, lovely, friendly and informative. All the meals were generous and delicious. I rode a Paint mare called Mouse, who was very surefooted, free-moving, light, responsive and pretty. The only down side was having to say goodbye to her!’
‘I had so much fun on the Thirlestane Castle Ride, we had a good group where everyone got along famously. We were all thrilled to get to go to the Ceilidh! But it was also fun to have some quiet time to talk to the locals. The apartment at Thirlestane was absolutely perfect and the staff were incredibly helpful and kind. Susy and Gemma were super accommodating and really fun to be around. I rode Yanis the whole time, at my own request. I truly had the time of my life and I can’t wait to do it again in six months!’
‘Every day of this ride was different and special in its own way. The forest ride was mesmerisingly relaxing and totally immersive, and our beach run was very special. The polocrosse and novelty races were so much fun and truly brought out our competitive sides! I rode Stacey – a sensitive and responsive little mare who was just lovely. The accommodation was great and the meals were exceptional. Paula and Fiona are the most divine couple who offered authentic hospitality, wonderful company and were such sensational conversationalists. The other guides were great company on the rides and catered for the needs of the group well. They realised we liked a bit of adventure and accommodated! I would definitely recommend this holiday.’
‘It’s three days after my ride and I feel so relaxed and peaceful. Days of riding along the beach and bush tracks through the stunning national park have been so therapeutic for the soul. Add to that great company and fantastic food, and what more could you want? An experience I will treasure. I can’t wait for my next Globetrotting adventure.’
‘The Howqua River Ride was the longest ride I’ve ever done and I loved every moment of it! Each day of riding was different, with varied terrain and trails. The scenery was stunning; I especially enjoyed the river crossings. The food was fantastic: delicious cheese platters, scrumptious dinners, yummy desserts… luckily I brought track pants! Michael and Charlotte were fantastic, attentive and knowledgeable guides. Michael paired each rider superbly with their horses – everyone was very happy with their match. I rode Ozzie – the most affectionate and cheeky horse I’ve ever met, with the most entertaining personality. It was a wonderful way to spend five days exploring the region, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again.’
‘I loved every minute of this ride! Everything was better than expected. The rooms were luxurious and all the food was super fresh. Our guides were great, and so much fun. They allowed us a lot of riding freedom while keeping us safe. I rode Alexandros, who was big and powerful and so steady. All the horses were extremely well looked after. The level of care shown is exactly what I hope to see on all riding holidays. I would most definitely do this ride again!’
‘We came because of our love for horses but we didn’t expect to fall in love with so much more. Paul and Fiona’s beautiful property, their warmth and hospitality, their amazing team of helpers and finally their beautiful horses. Our hearts are full and we’re already longing to return. Thank you, Paul and Fiona, for taking such great care of us. We will be back.’
‘I can’t praise our three day Shoalhaven Ride enough! To say it was awesome doesn’t come close. Beautiful hosts, meals, accommodation and horses – a winning combination. Tiff was awesome, and she and Bernie made a great pair. Tiff has done an amazing job with her horses. I rode Shiloh, a beautiful, very trustworthy boy who made me feel safe and relaxed immediately. The bush riding was lovely and relaxing, and the beach ride was a big tick off the bucket list!’
‘The Bordeaux Wine Trail was even better than expected, if that is even possible. The guides, horses and scenery were equally spectacular. The wine tastings were all unique experiences, which was so wonderful. My horse, Kelly, was the perfect ride to make me feel comfortable and confident the entire trip. Our guide Magali was spectacular: an expert horsewoman who handled everything and everyone in a professional and kind manner. We were all blown away by how amazing she was with every horse. Annouk was also lovely and took great care to be sure we got whatever special requests we asked for. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘I have dreamed of visiting Scotland since I was a child. I couldn’t even fathom being able to ride through that countryside until this trip was made available. We were hosted by the most gracious family and treated as a member of the family. While it was formal, the genuine care made me feel at home. Each day brought new adventures, both equestrian and culinary. The food was fit for queens! My magnificent mount, Churchill, was steady and honest. Never a wrong step; I truly felt taken care of, and so regal! Our riding mates were delightful and now we have new friends. This trip was truly a once in a lifetime event that I’ll cherish. I cannot recommend it enough!’
‘The Kimberley Ride has stolen my heart with its raw Australian countryside, exploring places you would never get to see on foot or by car. Seeing this part of Australia through the ears of a horse is truly magical. The service and food were beyond expectations. The whole team goes above and beyond with many a surprise along the way. Each day is filled with wonderful adventures, varying scenery, history and stories, and the evenings are finished with a touch of magic. The horses are surefooted, responsive and very well looked after. I have many memories to take home that I will never forget!’
‘Where do I begin!? A fabulous five days with Paul and Fiona, who are the hilarious and accommodating hosts of a beautiful tour. I entered the tour solo, but left with friends for life! It was a birthday present trip for myself and when I was welcomed with a birthday cake from the crew, I knew I was gonna have a great time. The location and accommodation were incredible, the food was amazing, the horses were lovely, the trails were never dull and the tack was super comfy! The polocrosse afternoon and the beach day were total highlights. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun!’
‘What an amazing time we had with Giles and Miranda in Andalusia. Our hosts have to be the most competent, caring and lovely couple on the planet. They attended to so many extra things outside of the ride itself – nothing seemed too big or small. Our meals were exceptional and Kati, the newly minted chef, was delightful too. The horses were impressive and all of us felt safe and well mounted. Our group of six ranged in age and experience, but we meshed in the best of ways. It’s hard to think any combination of individuals could be any better.
For me, one of the most memorable parts of the trip was our chance to see and experience the culture of the area. This was not just a case of ‘get on and ride’, but see, feel, smell and taste what this region has to offer.
So, despite the considerable travel issues I encountered due to Covid, I am SO glad you all convinced me to go. Thank you so much for all you have done to keep this form of travel going in very difficult times!’
‘This is a ride where you want for nothing. It’s special, gorgeous and a bit luxe. The horses are smart, kind and trustworthy. The guides are charismatic, knowledgeable and a bunch of fun. The scenery has you in awe, the yarns have you in disbelief and the mouth-watering food has you full. I rode two horses: Trixie and Blue. They were wonderful and I had full faith in them both, no matter the speed or terrain. The Homestead is lovely and I would definitely recommend booking a cliffside retreat room if funds allow. The view is amazing and having your morning cuppa as the sun rises over the landscape is pretty special.’
‘The whole Globetrotting experience from start to finish was amazing. I rode Freda, who was perfectly suited to my ability and such a pleasure to ride. Paul and Fiona were amazing and the girls who took us out on the rides were just delightful – super friendly and looked after us very well. Paul and Fiona’s property is set up so well, with the fireplace, fire pit and the cute barn house where we gathered at the end of the day for a nice glass of wine. The accommodation was amazing – the tents were beautifully presented and the beds were comfy. The food was all very yummy, especially the lasagna and the chicken curry! I will definitely be booking my next ride very soon. Thank you to everyone for making the experience a memorable one. You are all so wonderful!’
‘The entire trip was just magical. The horses were all rock stars, the accommodation was everything I could have asked for, the scenery was beautiful and the food was amazing. Nora and John went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The fireplace was always prepared for us to light a fire after dinner and gather on the couches with a glass of wine and talk about the day’s cross country adventures. I rode Pyjama and Gandalf – both were kind and a lot of fun. Pyjama was a sweetheart, always ready to jump over anything I asked her to, and she let me get comfortable with the different fences and obstacles. Gandalf was a powerhouse and I really enjoyed jumping the long cross country course on the last day with him. Every day was an absolute blast. All the jumping sessions were great and we had a lot of laughs. The team at the equestrian center were outstanding. I always felt safe yet challenged and it was a great experience. I highly recommend this ride to anyone who wants to fly over the green fields of Ireland on horses that truly enjoy what they do!’
‘I had a wonderful time on The Kimberley Ride. Every day was different and I enjoyed the variety. Laura and Christian were very hospitable and together with Stephanie, Gwen and Matt they worked hard to make the experience great for everyone. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing. The scenery was great. The weather was quite hot, but there was an opportunity for a swim most days. The horses were well behaved and very hardy given the terrain. We were also very fortunate to have a fantastic, varied group of guests. I was really pleased that I did the ride and pleasantly surprised with the accommodation, as this was the first time I had ever camped.’
‘The best ride I have had in many years, and I’m 53 years old. Nora is the friendliest host ever. Our coaches Connor and Mark were very social and friendly, and they knew very well what they were doing. I rode Micky and he was a champ. The last day of riding was my favourite. Everything came together. Beautiful weather and the best cross country experience. By the end of the trip I was much more confident while jumping. Do it!’
‘I was describing this trip once I got home as feeling like I was on a family vacation, but better, since my family doesn’t have a five star chef, or provide maid service! Karen and her team have created something truly special, with an incredible herd of horses (although surely some of them are part mountain goat, they are so surefooted!). The riding was exquisite, the food was unbelievable, the accommodations were smashing, the grizzly viewing was phenomenal. I would give this ride an off-the-charts rating, with my only point deduction being that I had to leave. It blew me away, every moment. Run don’t walk to this ride, folks!’
‘What can I say other than wow, it was an amazing adventure! My partner Tony loved it too, and it sounds like he will be joining me on more rides in the future, which is amazing.
I rode Destiny and Tony had Nelson – two perfectly trained horses. Andrew and the crew were awesome and I truly learnt so much about riding that I will take back to my own horse. The group of people were amazing and Tony and I will definitely catch up with our fellow Queenslanders again.
Honestly, we could not fault a thing and had the best time. We wish we did the 5 day ride instead of the 3 day!’
‘Globetrotting offer an amazing range of rides worldwide and having done two of them, the standard seems to be very high. All the guides on this holiday were exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly and Andrew’s instruction was excellent. I rode Flint, who was a very quiet and well trained horse. My main reason for joining the ride was to be able to ride a fully trained cutting horse and learn how to “press the buttons” for that style of riding and I was able to do just that.’
‘Globetrotting in Tipperary, Ireland was everything I dreamed! Every day was a great day. Our coaches Mark and Conner were very personable and knowledgeable. My horse Patch was so great! She had a super sweet personality and was always willing to listen and help. The entire experience at Inch House was incredible and Nora was amazing! She always made sure that we were all happy with everything. This was the experience of a lifetime. Looking forward to my next destination!’
‘Andrew and his team make you feel welcome from first contact. Warm, honest, down to earth, country hospitality at its finest. Their love of their horses is inspiring. The riding education offered is the best I’ve ever had the privilege to experience. The diversity of experiences – mountain, bush, beach, working cattle – is utterly sublime.
Honestly, we were spoilt rotten and I could not recommend this joyful experience more highly. Do it!! And although they offer WiFi and electricity from their mountaintop paradise, my suggestion is to leave all that behind and really soak up the connection with nature that this slice of heaven offers.
Book now – you wont regret it!’
‘Everyone should do this ride. Yes it was hot and dusty, but it was a true Australian Outback experience. I felt so alive while riding and around the campfire. Sleeping on the camp stretchers in fly-net swags was a highlight of the trip. Waking up to the red sunrise was something I will never forget – a lifelong dream. I rode Limerick and she was just beautiful. Quiet as a kitten, with a lovely loping canter, I felt very safe but could still ask her to do things, as she was very responsive. The guides were all amazing – always smiling. They love their job and it shows. Every need I had was met. I loved every second of this experience.’
‘I have done a few holidays with Globetrotting and I have had divine experiences. Every part of this holiday was well planned and every day was spectacular! We had amazing coaches, guides and hosts. All the staff were very professional. I rode an Irish Thoroughbred and I was very happy with him. He was well trained, reliable and a good boy, yet he also pushed me to learn more. I highly recommend this ride!’
‘The Yarra Valley Ride is definitely the best way to experience this beautiful part of Victoria. You’ll have amazing hosts, great wine, locally sourced and freshly prepared food, beautiful accommodation with fantastic views, and not to mention a great riding experience! I was lucky enough to ride BB. He was so surefooted, especially on the mountain tracks, and I always felt very safe with him. Clancy was a great host: very experienced and knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming and very attentive towards each person’s comfort and needs. Catherine, Vanessa, Dick and the other support staff were absolutely amazing and extremely hard-working. They really spoilt us with great food, keeping everything clean and tidy, taking care of the horses, telling us stories, entertaining us and just making us feel like we were on a holiday!’
‘I arrived to absolute paradise and throughly enjoyed my five days! Every little detail had been thought of and guest comfort was priority. Andrew and his staff were fantastic, down-to-earth, a lot of fun, and highly educational regarding the local area and horsemanship. The group I was with were an absolute hoot, but the heroes of the ride were the horses. My gelding, Teddy, was fantastically trained with a mouth like butter, and super responsive. He was safe and surefooted whilst also having plenty of get up and go. I wanted to bring him home with me! Horse welfare is the highest priority, and that was so easy to see with the passion that both the staff and the horses displayed. There was a great variety of riding in a short space of time. Cantering down one of the prettiest beaches imaginable then swimming bareback cannot be described. The food by Chef Dan was spectacular and individual catering needs were no issue. I really cannot put into words how incredible this experience was and I can’t recommend it enough!’
‘This was my first ride with Globetrotting and what an unforgettably amazing experience it was! We had a packed three-day itinerary which was amazing right from the word go: beach swims, forest treks and stunning scenery. Cantering through the stunning national park was definitely a huge highlight for me, and getting to try polocrosse was also great. Paul was an amazing guide who was attentive in matching the right horse to each rider – I found my match with Frieda, who was a lovely responsive horse with tons of personality. Paul, Fiona and Vicki were so hospitable and I would not hesitate to do it all over again if given the chance!’
‘Globetrotting goes above and beyond to curate a top notch experience. It’s like having a dear friend who knows all the best local goodies to make for a fantastic experience in every aspect.
Nora at Inch House went above and beyond to see that we were all happy and having the best possible experience. The food was amazing! The five course dinners and freshly baked breakfast croissants were so decadent and delicious, and the coffee was excellent!
Mark’s style of coaching was ideal for me. He gave us the opportunity to get to know our horses and organically build our connection and confidence, culminating in a full cross country course. His feedback and insights were spot on. The horses truly were masters, and very kind to their riders. I had the privilege of riding Jack, Mark’s nearly-18hh Irish Sport Horse. He was a cross country jumping machine! I loved every minute. Truly an opportunity of a lifetime for me.
Thank you, Globetrotting, for putting together such wonderful experiences for equine adventurers to enjoy!’
‘Where to even begin with the best ride ever? First and most important is Globetrotting. Nothing was too much trouble for Laura and Kate. Communication from the day I booked right up until the ride was fabulous.
Andrew is a guru at his job and Zac and Georgia were both so sweet and professional.
Every day was different, yet seemed to build on the previous day’s experience. T-Rex was my very able steed. He was as steady as can be, especially down the mountains. When we got the go-ahead to canter, he was brilliant – he just picked up and flew along, and stopped easily at the end.
To call our glamorous accommodation ‘tents’ is not an accurate description. ‘Five star bedroom under canvas’ might just about cut it. Absolutely everything had been thought of. I had the best night’s sleep. The food – OMG. I wish I could give out Michelin Stars for the amazing, huge and delicious concoctions that Dan cooked in the camp kitchen.
The whole experience was a bucket list item fulfilled. I’ve made some awesome friends and can’t wait for my next trip.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed my five day Globetrotting experience in the Shoalhaven region. Fabulous horses and spectacular rides through the bush and on the beach. I rode Drover, a beautiful horse who was perfect for me, and on the beach I rode Barry – again, a very good match. Both our guides, Tiffany and Bernie, had excellent knowledge of the environment and horses. The accommodation was wonderful with some spectacular food and wine to match. I would highly recommend this ride.’
‘The Icelandic Wilderness Expedition is one of a kind. I would highly recommend this ride to any adventurous soul. Mind you, this is a herding, camping, roughing-it style trip. No cell phone, no internet, truly off the grid, which I loved. Every day we rode different terrain and different horses. I didn’t have a favorite day, they were all perfect! The Icelandic horses constantly amazed me: strong, patient, surefooted, and they never ran out of energy. Each and every one of the guides and support staff were absolutely wonderful and we had a great group of globetrotters. We all became the best of friends. I will forever have special memories of this holiday.’
‘The Kimberley Ride surpassed all my expectations. Our every need was catered for and I had the most incredible experience. Our camp beds were brilliant, the food was fantastic and the guides and support staff were outstanding! I rode Mack, who was incredibly surefooted and made me feel very safe. Every day was just amazing. I returned feeling inspired, rejuvenated and ready to embrace my life again! Seeing this part of our country on horseback was a ‘bucket list’ event for me, and I intend to return and do the ride all over again. Best trek ever!!’
‘I booked this trip on a whim and went by myself and it’s honestly one of the best things I have ever done! Andrew and his team are some of the loveliest people you will ever meet and they make you feel instantly at home. The accommodation is cosy and comfy with the most stunning views, and showering on top of a mountain with a view of the countryside is something everyone should try!
I rode Turbo and I’ve never felt more safe on a horse I had just met. Andrew was a fantastic teacher and explained how best to ride and communicate with his horses, which made things a whole lot smoother for both me and Turbo.
All three days were unique and wonderful. We had the most incredible weather for the beach day and getting to ride bareback into the surf is something I won’t forget in hurry! Riding to the pub and cantering around the countryside with a group of amazing people was so much fun, but learning how to work with cattle was definitely my favourite part. Andrew broke everything down into easy to understand steps and in no time at all we were wrangling baby cows like it was no big deal (or so we thought!).
Three days flew by and I loved it so much that I’ve already decided to come back and do the five day adventure. I can’t recommend this ride enough!’
‘I would definitely recommend this ride! Tiffany was awesome, engaging, interesting, chatty and professional at all times. Her mum, Lorraine, was lovely – so caring and committed to ensuring we were all looked after. Tiff did so well to match me with Drover – OMG, he was just amazing! Initially I was anxious, but he was so brilliant and patient that I soon felt completely relaxed and confident. He was intuitive to me, had such comfortable paces, and his ability to canter through bush tracks with ease was incredible and exciting at the same time. The tack was also outstanding, and riding bitless was fantastic!’
‘I was nervous about traveling solo to Iceland at first, but I am so glad I decided to take the plunge. The scenery is take-your-breath-away spectacular. All of our hosts and guides were so friendly and amazing. We spent more than a few nights entertaining one another with our favorite songs. The real draw, however, was the horses. I have dreamed of riding these fabulous horses since I was a little girl, and the reality blew away my expectations. It was truly an experience where you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s real. They were the friendliest, most curious herd I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Riding the tölt was a personal dream come true. It was like gliding around on a magic carpet! Traveling with and interacting with the herd of 70 horses made me remember why I fell in love with horses and riding in the first place. It was truly an amazing ride.’
‘I met Shazam at the beginning of the ride,
I wondered how he would go by my side.
The moment I looked into his black deep eyes,
I knew he was my kind.
My trusted steed he became,
Carrying me safely along the way.
Across ancient landscapes, along scarps and roads
We walked, and trotted and cantered, full of joy and no thoughts.
Each day was unique, with the sun our constant friend,
We endured the long days in the heat to the end.
When the last day came, and I had to say goodbye,
I thanked Shazam with a tear in my eye.
Forever will I hold this beautiful horse in my heart
And be grateful to have met him, even though we are now apart.’
‘I can’t rate this ride highly enough. Andrew and his team are first class – so knowledgeable and patient. Andrew taught me so much about his discipline of riding. Zac, Brett, Rod, Georgia and Jenny were very professional and such fun to be with at all times. Sean and Dominic are to be commended for all the beautiful food. The horses were so well behaved, and so obviously loved. I could not believe how responsive they all were. Riding bareback in the ocean was seriously exhilarating, but I felt safe with Andrew, the team and his fabulous horses. This is a dream holiday for the horse lover.’
‘Top marks to Clancy, Vanessa, Dick, and the wonderful team of helpers on the Yarra Valley Ride. They have set a very high bar for my first Globetrotting experience! I rode Sugar, who was an absolute sweetheart with a lovely soft mouth, good head carriage and a lovely temperament. I was very impressed with the standard of tack, as well. The scenery was amazing and the length of the rides well judged. The food was exceptional, the beds were really comfortable and everything was super clean and cosy. The open fire was amazing.
I was particularly impressed with Clancy’s flexible attitude, consulting widely to ensure everyone had the experience they wanted. Vanessa is a woman of many talents: practical, caring, an exceptional horsewoman, and a knowledgeable vigneron. Clancy couldn’t have picked a better second guide.
I would definitely recommend this ride. I have taken away some precious memories.’
‘This ride exceeded every expectation. June and David are warm, welcoming and incredibly inspiring. The entire experience: accommodation, horses, scenery, riding time, staff, meals, cow sorting and moving, massage, and coaching session with June surpassed my wildest daydreams. Special shout out to Deb and Margaret for all the behind the scenes work, and to Sadie and Lady, who kept us constantly entertained. I rode Salty, a perfectly trained cow horse who responded to the slightest touch. I loved the breakfast cookout and the full day ride in the Crazy Mountains. I also enjoyed riding along watching June and her dogs push cows – the experience was as authentic as it gets.’
‘If, like me, you have never been to the Kimberley, this is the way to see it. Five days riding through an amazing and changing landscape. You will be in good hands with Laura and Christian and their wonderful team. Everyone was delightful – very organised, cheerful and relaxed. Nothing was too much trouble. Even if you are a beginner like me there is a horse, like the lovely Dotty, who will take very good care of you. I really loved sleeping under the stars, too. The camp set up was wonderful.
If you get the chance, this is a great adventure.’
‘This riding holiday was amazing. All the team were so knowledgeable and helpful – nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was very comfortable and the location was stunning. Having drinks and nibbles every afternoon watching the sunset on top of the mountain was the perfect way to end each day. The meals were fantastic and Dan the chef made sure everyone was looked after. I rode Destiny. He was very well educated and it was a privilege to ride such a beautiful horse of such high quality. Everyone was looked after according to their ability and made to feel safe. Every day was something different and mustering and working with the cattle was the highlight for me. Cantering along the beach and swimming the horses was fabulous. The fact that the guides were all so lovely and everyone in the group got along so well made this trip unforgettable.’
‘From start to finish, an incredible experience that I will never forget. I rode Bob, who was delightfully responsive, had a lovely smooth canter, and was unbelievably surefooted. Clancy and his team were simply amazing. Friendly, easy-going, very knowledgeable and extremely experienced. They welcomed us like family. I loved meeting like-minded fellow globetrotters from all walks of life, all with intriguing stories to tell. It was just amazing to enjoy such a wonderful weekend with them all.
We were terribly spoilt in the meals department, and the accommodation was faultless! The hut was cosy and beautifully appointed, with a great little wood stove and fantastic bathroom. I had a lovely view of the horses grazing in the paddock from my loft bed. Night two in the swag was equally awesome. It rained steadily and it was wonderful listening to the rain falling on canvas, while being completely dry and very warm. Rolling out of bed to a gorgeous misty morning was just surreal.
If you’re considering this trip, just book it. You will not regret it.’
‘This ride was perfection. Shell, Wyoming and its mountains were like nothing else I have ever experienced. I was joined by two friends and we want to return, and bring other friends.
There were approximately 20 guests: three families and many couples. We made so many new friends. The staff were lovely and very accommodating. Peter and Marjin were charming and informative, the guides were very knowledgeable of the area and kept the group safe, and all our wranglers were amazing! I enjoyed the food very much – every day we had 5 star meals thanks to Rachel, our wonderful chef.
I rode Farah and Ernesto. They were both very well trained and behaved. I especially loved the cattle drive – seeing the border collies in action was amazing and the view at lunch was incredible! I would definitely recommend this ride.’
‘I thought this ride might be out of my comfort zone, but it turned out to be absolutely AMAZING! I loved every minute of it. The trusty, sturdy horses were so well behaved, and so surefooted riding over stony ground and through creeks. Christian and Laura looked after us so well and their team of Gwen, Mat and John were all excellent. Every day was jam packed with new adventures, from riding up and down rocky mountains to cooling off in a crystal clear waterhole – and the thermal springs! What a surprise that was! Riding into El Questro Homestead is really something else. The whole trip is a once in a lifetime experience, one to remember always. I loved, loved, loved it. Highly recommend!’
‘A truly magical, once in a lifetime experience. Magnificent scenery, a varied and unique itinerary, great hosts and staff, and fabulous food. The caramel tarts at camp were especially heavenly! All the guides were very friendly and helpful, knew the territory extremely well and looked after everyone along the way. The horses were lovely – I rode Bugsy, a sweet little mare who was forward-going, surefooted and responsive. Wading through deep water was lovely, and swimming in the thermal springs at Zebedee was amazing. And of course, staying at the homestead was magnificent! I would love to return one day!’
‘My husband and I went on this ride as part of our honeymoon and wow – we were blown away with the quality of the experience. Andrew and his team are not only wonderful teachers, hosts and guides but have cracking senses of humour. We had an amazing week filled with laughter, horses and (regrettably) sunburn. I rode Dolly, who was as grumpy as the title “chestnut mare” invokes, but an absolute dream to ride. Responsive, well trained and fabulous on cattle. She taught me so much and I was amazed at how she could switch on when needed, then relax totally when trail riding. Overall, everything was incredible. I would highly recommend this ride!’
‘Absolutely the best trip of my lifetime (I am 58). The staff were wonderful and cheerful. Nele was exceptional – always happy and positive. She made sure you were comfortable and happy with your horse. All the horses were amazing. The accommodation was great – a beautiful location, very clean and neat, and all amenities available. It was just a wonderful time. We actually got to herd some of the horses – it was very exciting!’
‘What can I say? This is a ride where you want for nothing. The horses are smart, kind and trustworthy. The guides are charismatic, knowledgeable and a bunch of fun. My sister and I booked on the six-day ride and fled Sydney just as it spun into lockdown. Six days without reception was bliss, taking in the sights – Saddleback Lookout, Moonshine Gorge, Zebedee Springs – with a full cohort of riders. The scenery had you in awe, the yarns had you in disbelief and the mouth-watering food had you full. I rode two horses: Trixie and Blue. They were wonderful horses and I had full faith in them both, no matter the speed or terrain.
The ride was so great that when we got back to ‘civilisation’ and found out Sydney was going downhill, we did a U-turn and jumped on the Special Edition Kimberley Ride.
Both rides offer amazing scenery, comfortable campsites and high quality food. You get much longer in the saddle on the regular Kimberley Ride, so if I had to pick, this would be my favourite.’
‘I originally agreed to go on this trip with my wife as I knew she would love it. I was never enthusiastic around horses, so I went into this trip with lower expectations as it wasn’t typically my niche. But as the days went on, I found myself forming a new opinion of horse riding. I rode Major, and on the beach day I was given George. Both horses were fantastic and responsive. I was able to learn so much riding Major – I wish I could have taken him home. My favourite experience was the campdrafting. It was fast paced, competitive and I just want to keep doing more and more of it! All the guides were awesome at doing their jobs and performing their duty of care. They catered to everyone and mentored me really well. The experience, people and horses were all fantastic and I’m looking forward to taking my wife on many more Globetrotting rides.’
‘I wanted an authentic cattle drive and that is exactly what I got! I particularly enjoyed watching the wranglers, their experience with riding, and the love they obviously have for their animals and their way of life. I rode Quickdraw and he was the perfect choice for me. I especially loved riding through the Little Horn Canyon – the views were spectacular. I would definitely recommend this trip if you want to experience the real deal, the spectacular scenery, and meet some new interesting and fun people.’
‘My Yarra Valley riding experience was truly fantastic. I arrived with an open mind and was blown away by the whole experience. The horses were fabulous and very well matched to each rider. I rode Nick, a super responsive and forward moving horse with a very willing and friendly nature. If I could have taken him home with me, I would have. The whole experience was calm, friendly and just terrific. Clancy, his family and his team were all really helpful and lovely. And to add to it, we had such a super group of interesting and interested people. We were all competent riders, so there were no dramas. My husband was the only guy in the group and he loved being surrounded by such interesting women. We will definitely do another Globetrotting ride somewhere in the world.’
‘This is a horse riding holiday, so you expect the horse riding to be excellent – and it was.
But what makes this holiday special is that it’s one of the very, very few holidays where the quality of the ‘down time’ (i.e. the time not riding) is of exactly the same high standard.
The quality of the accommodation, the variety and standard of the food, the different locations for lunch and dinner, the wine tasting, were all brilliant. Clancy and his entire team were outstanding hosts. Always available but never intrusive – they all went out of their way to make sure that each individual was happy. Always willing and able to make revisions and changes on the fly if needed without any fuss.
In terms of how would you score this holiday…. for us it was 12 out of 10. Loved it!’
‘If you love horse riding and good food and wine, you will love The Shoalhaven Ride! Tiffany and her parents were amazing hosts at Champagne Hill – and what a location nestled amongst the national park. The Shoalhaven area has some amazing wineries and eateries and all of our meals were amazing – I don’t think I could single one out, I loved them all! The horses were all well suited to their riders and the other guests were great fun. I rode Shiloh, who was a delight, and I loved the bitless bridle so much I’m even thinking of trying it on one of my own horses. Galloping at sunrise on Seven Mile Beach and the high tea at the lookout were my two favourite experiences.’
‘The Kimberly Ride was the holiday of a lifetime for me. Laura and Christian were fantastic and went above and beyond to make sure we all had the best experience possible. The other guides Gwyn and Alice were so lovely, as were Chilli, Kath and the boys – they all looked after us and kept us safe and entertained. The food was better than a five star restaurant. Everything was so well organised. The swags were so comfortable and having a lovely hot shower at the end of the day was wonderful. Millie, the little mare I rode, was so laid back and made me feel very safe. I was able to take videos and photos whilst riding, knowing that she would not put a foot wrong. The horses overall were amazing, and in such great condition. The countryside was breathtaking and the views changed constantly. Many thanks to Laura and Kate for all their assistance in getting me there. It’s a holiday that I will never forget.’
‘The team at Margaret River are amazing. Their passion and knowledge are unmatched. Paul is a guru of all things equine. If I could spend longer just learning from his wisdom and experience, I would. Fiona was super friendly and welcoming. She made sure every rider was comfortable and set up with whatever we needed for the day. Vicki’s cooking was phenomenal. Seriously, she needs a Masterchef medal or something.
The horses are next level. I rode Richie, the big bulking black beauty. He was the perfect blend of strength, rugged good looks and character. He was happy to walk/trot/canter when asked, and happy to plod along when I needed a break. Boranup Forest was gorgeous, and probably my favourite trail. Polocrosse was an amazing activity, and definitely a new one for me.
This is a ride that you will never forget.’
‘I had a fantastic experience on The Shoalhaven Ride. I went with two girlfriends and it was a dream trip – it had everything from fantastic views to wine tasting to great food and cheese platters (and of course some incredible rides). Highlights for me were the high tea with a view on day 1 and the river ride on day 3. I rode Flick, who was a gorgeous and super responsive horse. Tiff obviously loved and cared about her horses so much, and through her stories I learned a lot. She and her family were fantastic hosts and made us feel very welcome. Champagne Hill was a beautiful property and a lovely place to relax in between rides and activities. My only regret is not staying longer!’
‘The Kimberley Ride was one of the best things I’ve done. The friendships formed with the ladies on this trip mean that I’ll always have a riding buddy on future Globetrotting rides. Everything was run so smoothly. Our guides Christian and Laura and their team were great – nothing was too much trouble. Always ready to have a chat, share a joke or help you find a good stump to use as a mounting block. I rode Riley and Blue, and both were great.
Every day brought a new experience – indigenous rock art, cattle, bulls, brolgas or bower birds. The scenery was like riding through a Namatjira painting – just amazing! I couldn’t fault the food. The candlelit long table dinner on “Risotto Night” looked so pretty under the stars. The swag was comfier than I had imagined and the last night at El Questro was just brilliant! The Kimberley region should be on everyone’s must-see list.’
‘Our Rainbow Beach experience far exceeded expectations, from the beautiful accommodation and surrounds to the exceptional food, awesome hospitality and of course the horses. The riding was outstanding, so different every day – and as an added bonus, my riding ability improved greatly. I was teamed with Dolly, who was surefooted, spirited and a pleasure to ride. Andrew and his team could not have been any more accommodating and by the week’s end it felt like we were staying with family. One of the best holidays we have ever had. This will be the first of many Globetrotting experiences for us!’
‘The whole experience was absolutely amazing! Initially I thought it was a bit pricey, but after experiencing the ride, I believe it was well worth every single penny, if not more!
I rode Nick and Fudge, two wonderfully mannered and well looked after horses. Clancy matched everyone perfectly to suit abilities and personalities. He took us on the most exciting trails and we had amazing canters and gallops. I loved when we reached the vineyards and Clancy said ‘pick a lane!’ and we cantered up the rows.
All of the little details made the trip even more special. The food was ALL top class, and the chefs were great and really lovely to chat to. Clancy went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and enjoying the experience. Thank you so much Clancy, Vanessa and the team for making me feel so looked after and welcome. I had the weekend of a lifetime!’
‘Ahhh, how to sum up three days of therapy… this was the perfect escape. I’m devastated it’s over and desperate to book my next trip. The weather was nothing but perfect, the views were amazing and the horses felt like long-time companions. I really appreciated the level of care, hospitality and privacy provided in our accommodation, making it feel like a resort! Tiff had all these hidden secrets that I never would have known about on the south coast, from views to eateries. The level of care she provides to her horses and guests is exceptional. I loved my horse Shiloh – he made me confident in new surroundings and was a dream to ride. I had never ridden bitless, but it was fun to figure out a new level of communication with my equine partner. The days went too fast and the nights were full of cheese and wine – perfect!’
‘My third ride with Laura and Christian so far! You can never go wrong with a ride with this crew and their horses! The Kimberley Ride was fantastic, with breathtaking landscapes. I rode Limerick, an absolutely beautiful mare who would do anything for an apple! Every day was great. The riding, weather and location are fantastic and the entertainment every night was wonderful. You are guaranteed to come back a few kilos heavier from the meals cooked up. The helicopter ride and walk to Emma Gorge were also highlights for me.’
‘A great weekend with amazing food, horses, scenery and company. I could not have asked for anything else. After a long day’s riding, the spa bath and massage were amazing ways to recover and get ready for the next ride. Every single meal was delicious, from eating under a tree in the rain to the restaurant at the winery. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and kind, and the horses were just as amazing. There was not one moment where I didn’t feel safe with my gorgeous mare Smooth. She was so genuine, nothing fazed her, and she did everything I asked and more. I’ve already booked to go back for a day ride with Clancy and his team and I cannot wait!’
‘I loved everything about this ride. Andrew and his team went above and beyond to make sure we all had an amazing time. I liked that they often split the group according to the pace each guest wanted to ride at the time: walkers, trotters and canterers. Horses and riders were all well matched and I was very happy with my horse Chip, who was sweet, willing, responsive and well behaved. My favourite day was the beach ride. I loved riding into the surf with Chip, who was not worried at all by the waves. Glamping was a plus with comfy tents and beds, and the ‘shower with a view’, great food and fantastic company all added to the experience.’
‘The Shoalhaven Ride was exactly the holiday I needed. Five days mapped out for us, where all we had to do was be ready to ride or eat at the given time! All the meals were beautiful, with great variety. The horses were selected perfectly for us. I rode Flick and Vegas and they were both great. I learnt so much from our guides and the other riders. Tiffany is an excellent host and very informative; Bernie is a beautiful, genuine soul; and Lorraine and Lenny were so welcoming – nothing was too much trouble for them. There’s so much beauty in the Shoalhaven area and I even got to see my first wombat! The highlight of my trip was the sunrise ride on the beach!’
‘The Kimberly Ride is one of the must-do rides in Australia. I loved camping under a sea of stars, eating fabulous food, seeing amazing outback country, wading through water holes and swimming after a long day in the saddle. I rode Dottie – she was the best horse! Very responsive, and I felt truly safe the whole time I was riding. I really bonded with her and actually had a tear in my eye when I said goodbye. The guides and team were all amazing – they made an effort to really get to know everyone and spend time with each of us, and they were very informative about the Kimberley. It was a truly amazing experience and I would go back in a heartbeat.’
‘From the moment I arrived and was warmly welcomed by Fiona, the experience was wonderful. The company, the accommodation, the food and of course the rides were incredible! All of the guides were engaging, informative and accommodating; they made me feel very safe. My mare Cas was a beautiful soul and perfectly matched to me. All the horses were clearly well cared for and loved. We enjoyed trail rides to the berry farm and through the forest, played polocrosse and went on a beach ride. We also got to enjoy a chocolate tempering demonstration and a yoga class!
The beach ride was a dream come true for me. I’ve never ridden on the beach before, let alone swum a horse, and it was just perfect. I will never forget the experience. I couldn’t recommend this ride enough. Thanks again, Fiona and Paul – I’d go back in a heartbeat!’
‘Clancy and his team provided the five-star horses, scenery, food and accommodation. Globetrotting provided the like-minded riders. Together they created a holiday that is an elegant mix for all riding abilities. This quick three-day adventure provided the best backdrop to celebrate our engagement in the Yarra Valley. Each day was unique and varied. Riding through the tree ferns on day two was particularly peaceful and beautiful.’
‘My first Barossa ride with Jen, Jeremy and their amazing horses was a pretty awesome adventure. Every day was different and amazing – never a dull moment. Jen and Jeremy were, as always, amazing in their hospitality and knowledge of the area, and their level of service is really the benchmark to beat. I cannot speak more highly of these two wonderful people who are devoted to their horses and their guests, and go out of their way to make sure your trip is filled with amazing memories. Great guides, great horses, good company – you can’t ask for more than that. I can highly recommend this trip.’
‘Tiff and Bernie are such beautiful, amazing souls – they genuinely cared for every single rider and made sure we were comfortable at all times. The trails they took us on were hidden gems with unrivalled, breathtakingly gorgeous scenery. I rode Masarah for the majority of the ride, and on the beach I rode Barry. They were both so attuned to what was required of them and so patient with me, and I can’t describe how much that boosted my confidence and riding skills!
The beach ride was by far the most memorable. The scenery was out-of-this-world beautiful, and being able to fly across the sand as the darkness bled into light, with the peacefulness of a still-sleeping world and the sound of lapping waves, was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
We had so much good food and wine at every single meal – they were all stand-outs! Tiff has done an amazing job scouting out all the must-visit places in the Shoalhaven region. Her parents, Lenny and Lorraine, had big smiles and beautiful attitudes that just made this trip all the more sublime and unforgettable.
A big thank you to Globetrotting for what they do and for finding such amazing rides!’
‘Thank you Kate and the Globetrotting team for finding another magical riding experience with a passionate ride partner and incredible horses in a beautiful part of our country. I rode Kite, a spunky willing horse who never put a hoof wrong. Both Clancy and Vanessa were passionate about their horses and happy to talk about anything. The caterers were great and I was very happy with the food they provided. All three days of the ride were unique in their own way. I loved sharing deep meaningful conversations over wine and cheese each night with like-minded ladies. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘I finally made The Kimberley Ride after it was cancelled last year and what a fabulous ride it was, definitely worth the wait! Christian and Laura and all the staff couldn’t do enough for us and nothing was too much trouble. I was lucky enough to ride the Victorian Brumby, Mack, who had such a lovely nature and was great to ride. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it was to sleep under the stars in the camp beds with the swag. In fact, the whole camping experience was very good, and so well organised. The food was excellent and I was amazed at the variety. We even had a sit-down dining experience by candlelight with risotto on the menu – fantastic! The Kimberley is a beautiful, rugged place and we visited rivers, springs, mountains and Indigenous rock art. The highlight for me was riding to Zebedee Springs, where we tied up the horses and went for a swim in the thermal springs. We then cantered back to camp – such a memorable experience. I absolutely loved The Kimberley and I highly recommend this fabulous riding experience.’
‘The Shoalhaven Ride was the perfect mix of luxury and horse-lover adventure. Absolutely outstanding horses – confident, eager, willing, light and responsive, all ridden bitless with super comfy tack. I rode Shiloh and he was my absolute dream horse. If only I could take him home!! I loved the introductory groundwork with our horses, the spectacular picnic up on top of the lookout and the magical beach ride as the sun rose, and the speedy zoom up the mountain on the last day was a true highlight. Tiff was outstanding and the perfect host – we were so well looked after and sooo well fed! Ponies and picnics… you cannot ask for more than that!’
‘Every time I think about this weekend, I smile!
It was one of the best weekends of my life and I haven’t stopped raving about it. The horses were beautiful, fun and safe; Clancy, Vanessa and the team were incredibly accommodating, knowledgeable and patient; the trails were fantastic, with views to die for; the lodges were super cosy and cute (that fireplace!!); and finally, all of the other riders in the group – what a bunch of beautiful souls! We were almost like a wee family by the end! Cannot wait for our reunion in a few weeks!’
‘The Margaret River Ride will always be a cherished memory and one of the best experiences of my life. It was a magical few days of adventure, exhilaration, connection, and complete escape from the world – much needed after months of lockdowns. I was paired with Nova, a kind and forward moving mare who loved her job. What a thrill to be cantering through the forest, swimming in the ocean and playing polocrosse with her! I was amazed at how much we did in the three days. They were so full of experiences, without feeling like too much. The food was hearty and delicious, but even more so in the company of our hosts and fellow guests. How lovely and connecting it felt to gather around a beautiful long table at the end of the day. Paul and Fiona have created a horse lover’s dream and their authentic warmth and hospitality is second to none. From the fellow riders to the incredible horses and the lush landscapes, this was a dream trip for me!’
‘From the moment we booked to the day we arrived at Champagne Hill, the level of service and professionalism was superb. And as soon as we drove up the driveway, we knew it was going to be an awesome weekend. The scenery and gloriously sunny, warm weather was only matched by the fun of riding in a well loved herd with all their personalities and foibles. My favourite experience was just simply watching the respect and love that Tiffany has for her horses. Add in a stunning sunrise ride on a deserted beach, a peaceful six hour ride through gorgeous, rejuvenating bushland, delicious food and warm, family-style hospitality and this ride can only be described as AMAZING. Well done Globetrotting and well done Tiffany!’
‘The Yarra Valley Ride is the perfect girls (or guys) trip away. Short enough to leave the husband at home but long enough to really feel like you’ve had a holiday. I loved this opportunity to explore a new location on horseback. The accommodation absolutely exceeded all expectations. I loved the ‘hut’, although you could hardly call it a hut, it was so well appointed. The stone fireplace, comfy lounges, beautiful bathroom and beds were all 10 out of 10 in my opinion, as was the catering! Extremely healthy, varied, high-end providore cuisine, and I really enjoyed the extra effort that had been made to showcase local produce. Clancy and his team were delightful. They always made us feel welcome and well looked after, and I loved the ‘family’ atmosphere. I rode Nick and he was a stellar horse: very easy, forward when needed, but never uncomfortably so. I am so glad that I did this ride!’
‘I booked The Margaret River Ride for May 2020, but due to COVID it was postponed until May 2021. This gave me the chance to get in some extra practice, as I don’t own a horse of my own. I am 71 years old, so I guess I could be classified as senior. I was never made to feel old compared to the others in the group, who were more in the 30-55 age group.
The operation of Globetrotting is a very professional one and their partnership with the team at Margaret River is very successful. Prior to the ride, Globetrotting’s Kate and Laura provided me with all the information I needed to be prepared for the five day adventure. On the ride, the Margaret River team and their beautiful horses did everything they could to make the group happy.
As a result, my newly-made friends and I have promised to meet up again on another Globetrotting ride somewhere else in Australia in the future. Well done, Globetrotting!’
‘The Yarra Valley Ride was very scenic, with lots of mountaintop views. We rode through grape vines one day and giant tree fern forests the next. It was faster paced than any other Australian ride I’ve done, but we were very safe on great horses. The attention to detail with checking girths, stirrup lengths etc and ensuring our safety was probably the highest I’ve encountered on any ride. I got lucky and rode Duke. We had a great bond – I may go back with my float and some cash. The lunch at DeBortoli was outstanding and all meals and antipasto boards were excellent. We had charming, rustic accommodation, comfy beds, superb food and terrific hosts, and the massage service offered was greatly appreciated (I had one every day)! Just do it!’
‘An amazing experience with like-minded people. We had so many laughs, good food, the best scenery, and great horses! I was given a part Arabian and he was a trooper! The hosts Michael and Karen and everyone involved were fantastic. They had a great sense of humour, were kind, loved the horses and took care of everyone’s needs. Every day was beautiful, but being high on the mountain and seeing the jump scene from The Man from Snowy River was especially great! We had a very memorable, amazing time.’
‘If you’re thinking of doing a Globetrotting ride, you can’t go past The Margaret River Ride. The hosts, Fiona and Paul, run their business to a high standard and are very accommodating – you’ll want for nothing. The horses are exceptional and Paul selects the horse that is best suited to your riding ability and style. I rode Patterson, who was suited to me perfectly. The crew are just amazing – they kept us all safe and made sure that we all got the riding experience we were looking for.’
‘The Shoalhaven Ride and its mix of bush and beach riding was truly a fabulous holiday. Tiff and her family are so welcoming and generous. The meals were simply divine and the accommodation was beyond beautiful. We all had our own rooms and the farmhouse was surrounded by stunning gardens overlooking the paddocks and distant mountains. The pool was an added bonus for quick dips after our rides. The beach ride at sunrise would have to be my favourite day and will remain with me forever. We had long canters along the sand, dipping in and out of the water. It was so much fun and while it was fast, the horses never felt out of control. I really enjoyed our trips out to local restaurants and vineyards, too. We all felt very spoilt.’
‘The Yarra Valley Ride is absolutely fantastic! It provides a great variety of riding, from soft tracks through fern forests to rough tracks in the national parks, and caters to all riding abilities. The scenery was beautiful, with magnificent views of the Yarra Valley from high ridges in the forest. The hospitality of Clancy and his staff was faultless and nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was delicious with plenty of variety, and we certainly didn’t go hungry! Our cabin was beautiful with a huge open fire, spa bath, stunning views of the rolling hills and pasture, and comfy beds. I would highly recommend this ride as a great way to escape the craziness of the world and to switch off and relax on lovely-natured horses.’
‘A fabulous five day riding adventure on very well trained horses. Full days in the saddle with huge variety in where we rode, which meant that there was never a dull moment. I loved riding Gemma – a spunky Anglo-Arab/Welsh mare. She was a perfect match for me, well trained and very responsive to the aids with a soft mouth. All our guides and staff were very helpful, cheerful, informative and great company. Spectacular scenery and great company. The whole package couldn’t have been better!’
‘An amazing holiday in the Barossa Valley! A big thanks to Jen and Jeremy. They were the consummate hosts – kind, friendly and knowledgeable, and nothing was too much trouble. You couldn’t ask for better guides. The riding was amazing and the horses were beautiful, well looked after and very well suited to each rider. I rode the gorgeous Opal and I loved her. Being a beginner rider, she suited me to a T. She was surefooted and careful, and she helped me learn to feel comfortable at a fast canter, something I hadn’t done before. She really helped me improve my riding. The food was abundant and generous. The wine flowed! I felt especially looked after given my many food intolerances. The location was stunningly scenic, and the locals friendly and knowledgeable. It was a trip of a lifetime! Food for the soul, wine for the senses!’
‘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 hadn’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 another ride 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. I rode Summer, Bumble, Squire, Arnie, Traveller, Blueberry and Wilson. The last day of cross country riding was the highlight of the week, especially jumping a few of the bigger 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 cared for. 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 enjoys.
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 unfamiliar 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.
The castle is gorgeous! The rooms were far better than we expected. The balcony overlooking the stables was a great place to wind down. 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.’