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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. photo caption: She has a brilliant pout going on at the moment.
Generally when we travel we don’t stick around in cities long enough to get to know them on a first name basis. It’s more of a brief air kiss on both cheeks and we head straight out of town in search of the wilderness and horses. However, in September last year Buster and I checked […]
This image was captured on the Namibian Desert Ride, Namibia.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I haven’t decided to share this story until now. Thankfully enough time has passed for me to clearly re-collect this story without feeling overcome with fear. In December last year, my family celebrated my mother turning 60 in a remote beachside village in Brazil. A six day holiday shared with my brother Toby, his lovely […]
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 […]
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 […]
Apologies that this virtual space has been vacated for nearly a month now. Of late I’ve been tremendously losing the tug-of-war between work and life. We’ve recently been on a two-night mini-break to the rural town of Goondiwindi (known as Gundy to most). Buster, Finn and I, with Harry Noodle and our three polo ponies […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” Pam Brown This photo was taken by my lovely husband in a remote part of Mongolia.
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 […]
“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 […]