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Travel and Horses

Travel and Horses
Kim Roe

Horse Training, Exploring, and Learning

by Kim Roe

 

January 2017

NWHS Editor Kim Roe while training in Brazil. Photo courtesy Kim Roe

Many serious riders are combining their love of travel with their quest for more equine knowledge.

Imagine traveling to your dream destination and while exploring a new country, culture, and landscape you also ride well-trained horses under the tutelage of world-class instructors.

If you love horses and travel it makes sense to combine them. The trend is growing in popularity and many riding academies and horse trainers throughout the world are now offering packages for students from around the globe. They provide the horses – all you need to do is pack your boots and helmet.

Equine professionals are welcoming people from all over the world to their farms, ranches, and equestrian centers. Many offer well-trained horses to ride and places to stay. Some even pick you up from the airport!

And you don’t have to travel overseas to do this; you can find fantastic opportunities in the United States with some of the best sight-seeing and training available. Chris Cox, from Texas, offers very popular clinics at his ranch – he puts you up and provides the horses. These clinics can be life-changing for people working to improve their horsemanship – www.chris-cox.com.  Here in the Northwest we have many trainers that also offer this kind of an experience, the best thing to do is ask your favorite trainer if he or she is willing to take you on for a few days or longer.  Just two of the many that are already doing this are Jonathon Field in British Columbia, Canada – https://jonathanfieldhorsemanship.net and Steve Rother – https://www.horseteacher.com.

If your goal is less about learning and more about sightseeing from the back of a horse, there are companies that specialize in equestrian vacations that involve trail riding through historic and beautiful landscapes. Castles in Ireland, beaches in France, and quaint villages in Portugal are just some of the destinations that trail riders can explore. Both Equitours and Equitrekking offer many options for once-in-a-lifetime adventures – http://www.equitours.com and http://www.equitrekking.com

 

Originally Published January 2017 Issue

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Equestrian Lifestyle
Kim Roe

Kim Roe was raised on a horse ranch in California. Before deciding to pursue dressage seriously, she trained and competed working cow horses, hunters/jumpers, trail and event horses. Kim trains both horses and riders for USDF dressage shows at her Blue Gate Farm in Acme, Washington and serves as the coach for the Skagit Valley Pony Club. Contact her at bluegatefarm@yahoo.com or through Facebook.

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