In memory of our war heroes

With ANZAC Day today, April 25, I wanted to dedicate a post to two true blue Australian War Horse heroes from WWI. Staggeringly, in the First World War, 136,000 horses were sent overseas for use by Australian, British and Indian forces. To me, that number of horses is absolutely inconceivable. Tragically, only ONE horse from […]

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Top 5 Riding Jeans as Voted by our Globetrotters!

Jeans make great travel companions, even better if they’ll hold up to a day in the saddle but still look good enough to wear out to dinner or a day’s sightseeing. The trick to horseback travel is to make our luggage work hard for us, and when there’s riding gear taking up precious space and weight, […]

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Man From Snowy River Bush Festival – Corryong

Nothing speaks of Aussie bush heritage more than Banjo Patterson’s famous poem, ‘The Man From Snowy River’. Musicians have sung it, there’s been a movie made about it, and the town of Corryong, at the base of the Australian Alps, has created an entire festival around it. The sleepy little alpine hamlet swells in April […]

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Caught in a riptide in Canada

We went to British Columbia in Canada in September to road test a 7 day horse riding holiday. Let’s just say – wow – we travelled toddler-free and had the time of our lives. A second honey-moon so to speak. I think this video says it all. Safe to say it got a resounding thumbs […]

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big bad joel

We have some very good friends that live out near Surat in rural Queensland. So for the past six years we’ve been making the five hour car trip west to attend Surat’s annual race meet. Suffice to say it was our first year that we attended with a toddler (teething mind you!) in tow. It’s […]

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while you are sleeping

We’re at the tail end of our 12 day trip to Canada where we road tested a seven day ride in the remote Canadian wilderness. Buster and I are currently sitting at a airport lounge in the shabby Los Angeles International Airport waiting for our direct flight home to Brisbane. I’ll divulge all and more […]

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a river runs wild

Our first glimpse of the Canadian wilderness was sky high in a 6-seater aeroplane. On our two hour flight departing from Vancouver we swept past mountain ranges dusted in snow and marvelled at high-altitude lakes hidden in the elbow of mountains. I rode shot-gun as co-pilot and was equipped with my very own head set […]

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The ultimate packing list for a horse riding holiday

Over the years I’ve honed my packing to a fine art. A lot of my globetrotting clients ask for my advice on what to pack and even though each client is given a detailed packing list, I thought I would share a suggested list with you all. Obviously it depends on the country and the […]

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the land of maple syrup, grizzly bears and wild salmon

I’ve got a guilty confession to make. We’re heading off to Canada as of next Friday, August 30 for a whirlwind ten day trip to Canada. The guilty part of this confession is we’re leaving our gorgeous little globetrotter behind in the safe hands of Popcorn (my Dad) and Meme (my mother).  Two weeks without […]

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tides are shifting…slowly

After the weekend just gone I have to be honest with you, I’m second guessing my commitment to the world of polo now that I have a young family. The ground is absolutely sodden where I live, it squishes underfoot revealing rich, black mud. Polo has been cancelled over the last two weekends and our […]

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about a boy and his horse

Last Saturday my mother treated my sister and I to see War Horse at the Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane. It was an incredible theatrical performance with masterful puppetry that deserves the highest of accolades. In truth I haven’t seen Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood version of War Horse which was adapted […]

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under pressure

I promised in this post that I would strap the go pro on my head and give you – my lovely blog followers – a bird’s eye view of  how I manage to work my three polo mares with limited time on my hands. I’m so very spoilt to ride in the pea green hills […]

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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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punched by polo

One, two, three, four, five, six – six purple bruises dotted on my legs and arms after the weekend’s triumphs. I’m currently walking like a 90-year-old hunch-back, limping with a sore leg and moaning in pain when bending down to pick up Finn. After two days of polo my body is absolutely destroyed. Clearly I’m […]

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dawn awakenings

I’ve been up before the sun even wakes from her slumber most mornings this week. You see I’m playing my first polo tournament this weekend since having my darling daughter, Finn, who is 13 months. It’s been a struggle to find the time to exercise three horses and get them ready for this weekend. They […]

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