ducktail love

Buster and I fight each night over who is going to comb Finn’s wet, sweet smelling hair. I love this part of the day where our baby girl is smelling fresh, clean, slurping on a bottle of milk, sitting up in her pink jellybean wondersuit. I part her honeyed locks and comb the runaway curls […]

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inspiration

“Somewhere in time’s own space There must be some sweet pastured place Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow Some paradise where horses go, For by the love that guides my pen I know great horses live again.” Stanley Harrison This photo was taken on the ride that we offer at Torres del Paine in […]

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saying goodbye to saffy

On a perfectly sun-bleached Sunday two weeks ago I decided to take the opportunity to work my three ponies while Buster was home to look after Finn. As I passed Sapphire’s paddock, my 28 year old Welsh gelding, he was lying down in the far corner of the paddock. On first site I wasn’t too […]

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to ride or not to ride when pregnant

I was a fence-sitter on this topic until I fell pregnant myself. Before broaching this subject I want to attach the following disclaimer: it’s different for each and every woman so please don’t take my word as gospel as I’m far from a medical practitioner. BUT drawing on my experience I rode and played polo […]

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These boots are made for…

I’ve had so many comments on my boots of late, I thought that you my dear globetrotters would like to hear about them. A couple of years ago I saw a client wearing these boots in Kenya but it wasn’t until Equitana last November that I found a pair to buy. They are made by […]

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a place to press pause

In December last year we embarked on a epic guided globetrotting journey through Patagonia in Chile and Argentina. This post follows on from the Chilean instalment. We spent ten blissful days traipsing around an estancia hidden in the sleeves of Patagonia under a big sky canopy. Our days consisted of roaming mountain tracks from the […]

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Tassie Tiger Trail – part 2

Drum roll please. I’ve finally finished the video of our trip to Tasmania where we road tested the 5 day, 4 night Tassie Tiger Trail. This blog post follows on from Part 1 which you can view here. You’ll see throughout the video the juggle of Buster and I with Finn who was just under 6 months when […]

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way of the horse

My father and I have just gotten back from a four day horse clinic hosted by Australian horseman Ken Faulkner. I first heard of Ken through a friend who had completed one of his clinics at his property in rural Queensland. She arrived a not-so-confident rider with a new horse and came away from the […]

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polo at puddle duck farm

With the start of May just around the corner the 2013 polo season is set to start and I must admit I’m getting quite excited at the thought of pelting up and down the polo field on my mares. Its going to be a interesting balancing act this year with Miss Finn in the picture. […]

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Horse circus of epic proportions

A couple of weeks ago, my mother and sister spent a thrilling two and a half hours, mouths ajar, as we were swept up in the theatrics that is Cavalia. We were fortunate that they extended their tour in Brisbane by another week and we managed to wrangle some tickets to a nearly sold-out show. […]

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for the love of alpargatas – the BEST riding and travelling shoes

Don’t be disheartened if you can’t pronounce this peculiar Spanish word – al-par-gatas – all you need to know is they are THE best travelling and riding shoes you’ll need for your next riding safari or  holiday. Alpargatas are a jute-soled canvas footwear favored by Argentine’s for their comfort, durability and low cost, pretty much […]

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happy shiny people – the Maasai

A lovely client of mine recently shared a moving and powerful video of a young Maasai lady by the name of Kakenya Ntaiya. Kakenya with dogged determination well beyond her teenage years had a dream of becoming a teacher. Persistent as she was to the buck the trend of becoming a child bride, she cleverly […]

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patagonia and pisco sours

I first fell in love with Patagonia five years ago on a ten day horse riding holiday to Torres del Paine, Chile.  A wild, unkept region positioned at the bottom of the earth shared by Argentina and Chile where mountain peaks are craggy and treeless, rivers flow icy and translucent, the winds are swift and […]

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Shared moments

Over summer our family of three has resembled a travelling circus, tripping to South America for six weeks. Five years ago, I fell in love with a particular Argentinean estancia and I was determined to return to show Buster and our baby girl, Finn. It’s hidden within the depths of Patagonia, shadowed by the Andes […]

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Streets of Santiago

I had the best intentions to regularly blog throughout our six week Guided Group ride through Chile, Argentina and Brazil keeping you all in the loop of the highs and lows of travelling with a 7 month old and more importantly the horse riding that we were getting up too. BUT thanks to slow to […]

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It’s been awhile but we’re back

Why hello blog, I’m sorry I’ve neglected you for the past month or two. It’s disgraceful to think that my last post was at the end of November. I’ve got a relatively good excuse, we’ve been globetrotting around South America for the past six weeks (more on that later). Granted we’ve been back on Australian […]

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Globetrotting the Tassie Tiger Trail – part 1

We flew down to Tasmania a couple of weeks ago to road test a new ride called the Tassie Tiger Trail. I’ve been busting to share our adventures of the Apple Isle and our thoughts on this ripping riding destination. Both Steven and I were Apple Isle virgins and since taking our first bite we’re […]

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Apple Isle

This time next week, I’ll be in a complete spin packing for our mini-break to the Apple Isle, (for my foreign friends, I mean – Tasmania). I’ve never visited our southern state and I simply can’t wait to explore a new part of our sunburnt country. Steven, Miss Finn and I are heading south to […]

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The Simple Life in Patagonia

At the moment my nights are spent organising, planning and booking our next Globetrotting guided ride to Chile and Argentina at the end of the year. I’m brushing up on my Spanish, thanks to a wonderful collection of podcasts by Notes In Spanish. Granted it’s Spanish from Spain rather than Castellano Rioplatense, which is subtly different […]

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globetrotting with a conscience – fashionABLE

Thanks to one of my favourite blogs, La La Lovely, I found out about this clever, warm-your-soul project called FashionABLE. This non-profit particularly struck a cord because of its connection with helping and supporting women in Africa. I have a love affair with the Dark Continent which we visit every year to guide our horse […]

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I heart Bali

Last week we sojourned to Bali for five days to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. We stayed at Villa Laut at Padang Padang. Our driver told us Kelly Slater stays at this very same Villa. It made sense as soon as we arrived. It’s a leafy, bespoke villa (the bathroom is bigger than our bedroom at home) […]

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