Botswana: Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana: Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans

Elephants, Giraffes, Meerkats & Fishing, Riding & Hiking with the San

Equitrekking host Darley Newman brings viewers on a journey through one the last great wilderness areas, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and the lunar-like Makgadikgadi Pans, meeting the wildlife and people, which make Botswana such a special Southern African nation. 

In the Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world, Darley rides horses with the locals to view giraffes and wildebeests and gets charged by an elephant. You never know what’s around the bend while island hopping and horse riding through the waterlogged highways of the Okavango, making horses one of the best ways to explore this natural area.

Out of the saddle, Darley goes fishing in a hippo pool and tries the freshest fish she’s ever tasting, immediately cooking what she’s captured on a secluded island under one of Africa’s majestic and legendary baobab trees. Next, Darley takes a jeep and boat tour to discover more area wildlife and get up close to elephants, watching them go about their daily routine in the Delta.

After taking a peaceful trip in a mokoro, a long slender canoe that’s great for getting around the Okavango Delta, Darley travels to the vast, dazzling Makgadikgadi Pans, an ancient lake the size of Switzerland. Researchers believe that it was once one of the biggest inland lakes in Africa, but it dried up, likely because of climate change or a seismic shift.

Darley lets viewers in on a once in a lifetime trek with our distant ancestors, hiking with the San, an ancient tribe from which some scientists believe all people are descended. Finally, Darley visits a local meerkat colony, learning how these fascinating creatures survive using teamwork and ending her journey through Botswana. 

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Botswana: Tuli, Makgadikgadi and Maun

Botswana: Tuli, Makgadikgadi and Maun

Horse Safaris, Wildlife, Local Villages & Eco-Adventures

Equitrekking host Darley Newman travels to Botswana, Africa to explore local villages, ancient cultures and wildlife on safari. 

Starting in Tuli an area known as the “Land of the Giants" because of its larger than life natural attractions, Darley stays in eco-friendly safari camps and rides horses to view the zebra and wildebeest herds that dot these wild savannahs.

In the nearby village of Motlhabaneng, Darley gets a locals tour of traditional homes and meets the village chief, who gives the production crew permission to film with one of Botswana’s top basket weavers.

Hopping aboard a small plane, Darley travels northwest to one of the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans. There, she follows in the footsteps of 19th century pioneering explorers, like David Livingstone, to discover desert adapted wildlife and have a harrowing gallop with a herd of zebra and wildebeest. Visiting an area landmark, Chapman’s Baobab, and camping under the stars, viewers are taken far away from technology and civilization for a brief respite from the modern world.

Finally, in the frontier village of Maun, Darley visits a lodge and private game reserve accessible to all levels of riders, even kids, and visits a new, sustainable cultural center that’s allowing the arts to thrive in Maun.

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Great National Parks

Great National Parks

Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Haleakala, Bryce and More National Park Adventures

Equitrekking Great National Parks takes a closer look at some of the remarkable landscapes, wildlife, and adventures in America’s National Parks. 

In each park, viewers learn about the park’s history and natural environment, as host Darley Newman hikes, horseback rides and boats to explore the surroundings. Parks profiled include Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef in Utah, the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina, Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Haleakala National Park on Maui, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island, Cumberland Island in Georgia and Yellowstone in Wyoming.

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Great American Ranches

Great American Ranches

Top U.S. and Canadian Ranches and Dude Ranching History

Equitrekking takes a look at Great American Ranches, riding at various ranches in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Quebec, Texas, Maui and the Big Island to see how their geography and history influence their present workings. 

Interviewing ranch owners and cowboys who have chosen to hold fast to their traditions and Western culture, viewers learn what it’s like to run a ranch in America, while also riding through some of the beautiful wild terrain where these ranches lie.

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Turkey’s Coast, Cappadocia & Istanbul

Turkey’s Coast, Cappadocia & Istanbul

Turquoise Rivera, Saklikent Gorge, Kayakoy, Cappadocia & Best of Istanbul

Equitrekking host Darley Newman horseback rides, hikes and eats her way through Turkey’s Coast, Cappadocia and Istanbul.

Equitrekking host Darley Newman horseback rides, hikes and eats her way through Turkey’s Coast, Cappadocia and Istanbul. Darley experiences life on Turkey’s beautiful Mediterranean Coast, otherwise known as the Turquoise Rivera, by hiking the chilly waters of Saklikent Gorge and horseback riding through the abandoned Greek city of Kayaköy. Next it’s off to bustling Istanbul, where east meets west, to explore the Blue Mosque, Spice Market, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and the mighty Bosphorus. Finally, Darley returns to Cappadocia, to step back in time with the locals of these ancient villages. In Avanos, Darley focuses on local food, learning how to make pekmez, a special type of jelly, and cook testi kebab, a dish containing meat and vegetables cooked in a clay pot. Darley rides with locals through the fairy chimneys of Üzengi Valley, the Greek influenced city of Mustafapasa, which dates back to Byzantine Times and to a caravan stop on the Silk Road.

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Uruguay

Uruguay

Cattle Drives, Beach Rides, Gauchos, Estancias, Punta del Este & Montevideo

Equitrekking host Darley Newman travels to the small South American country of Uruguay to discover gaucho culture by visiting various estancias, riding with cowboys on the beach, taking in the coastal town of Punta del Este and tasting local foods in Montevideo.

At an eco-friendly ranch that raises sheep and cattle, Darley learns about the area’s special energy on a ride to an area of mysterious old stone cones and up to a high point with views of a Tibetan monastery. Over a morning cup of mate, a special tea that is popular throughout Uruguay, Darley talks with a local about the tradition behind this caffeinated drink and the proper way to prepare it.

Then it’s off to the beach to visit the attractions of popular Punta del Este and a city stop in Montevideo to eat at Mercado del Puerto. Darley goes horse riding on the beaches of Uruguay’s northern border near Brazil, hearing the legends of pirates who once raided the shores. At a working cattle ranch, viewers meet real gauchos, learning about the nomadic life of these South American cowboys. At a third working estancia, Darley rides through area vineyards and explores the rugged terrain of the Sierras of Mahoma on horseback.

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Jordan: Petra, Royal Stables & Dead Sea

Jordan: Petra, Royal Stables & Dead Sea

Petra, Dead Sea, Amman, Jordan’s Royal Stables, Princess Alia, Mt. Nebo & Madaba.

Equitrekking Jordan highlights some of the best of classic Jordan, including Petra, the Dead Sea, Amman, Jordan’s Royal Stables, Mt. Nebo and Madaba. 

Darley begins this episode with a visit to the magical city of Petra, where she and her local guide Ibrahim explore by camel, foot and horseback, riding in the lesser visited suburb of Little Petra and passing through the siq to catch the Treasury, made famous in the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” in the morning light. Darley learns about the local legends surrounding the Treasury and its contents, as she rides a camel by the Treasury. Next, Darley meets a longtime Petra resident, Marguerite van Geldermalsen. A New Zealander who fell in love with a Bedouin and lived in a cave in Petra for over 20 years, Marguerite shares her unique insight on Petra and Bedouin culture from the eyes of an outsider who was let in to experience life in this historic place.

From Petra, Darley travels the Dead Sea Highway to the Dead Sea, where she floats in the mineral rich waters at the lowest point on earth. Next, Darley visits Madaba, a town known for its mosaics, before standing atop Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Holy Land. In Jodan’s capital city of Amman, Darley’s local guide Ibrahim leads her downtown to a bustling local market and shopping district, where viewers gain a local view of Jordan’s capital city. In an exclusive behind the scenes tour, viewers learn about the history and characteristics of the Arabian breed in Darley’s interview with HRH Princess Alia at the Royal Stables in Amman. Award winning Arabian horses are showcased during this insiders tour. 

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Jordan: Wadi Rum, Aqaba & Jerash

Jordan: Wadi Rum, Aqaba & Jerash

Wadi Rum Bedouin Trek, Aqaba Snorkeling, Wadi Mujib, Dana Nature Reserve & Jerash

Darley Newman, host of the Emmy award-winning Equitrekking series, travels throughout the small, Middle Eastern country of Jordan to experience culture, history and adventure. 

On a multi-day ride through the Wadi Rum Desert, made famous by the epic film “Lawrence of Arabia,” Darley learns about Bedouin culture as she treks on horseback and takes a sunrise camel ride. Eating locally made cuisine cooked in the shade of canyons and sleeping in Bedouin camps, Darley helps viewers get in touch with the natural environment and reach petroglyphs and desert wildlife.

On a break from the desert, Darley travels to the Gulf of Aqaba, bordered by Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to snorkel above Aqaba’s colorful reef. Next, Darley hikes the Grand Canyon of Jordan-- Wadi Mujib. This huge water filled canyon is known to adventure travelers as an ultimate hike. Within Wadi Mujib, Darley is challenged to rappel down a waterfall, scale rocks and float through the canyon’s corridors, granting viewers a totally different view of Jordan’s diverse adventure activities.

In the Dana Nature Reserve, Darley spends the night in an eco-friendly camp before riding through the historic stone village of Dana with a local who explains what life is like for the people who live here. The episode ends in the ancient Roman city of Jerash. Viewers are taken along the city’s cobblestone avenues to well-preserved theatres and the lively hippodrome, where Darley experiences NASCAR’s ancient counterpart. Dressed in Roman garb, she hops a ride on a horse drawn chariot.

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Alberta

Alberta

Canadian Rockies, Calgary Stampede, Banff National Park, Pack Trips & Ranches

Equitrekking host Darley Newman travels to Alberta, Canada to experience Western adventure and stunning natural scenery. 

Viewers ride along on a multi-day pack trip into Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park, passing glacier-fed lakes through rushing mountain streams and forested trails that open up to reveal dramatic, tall mountain peaks. Darley camps in the wilderness, discovering what it takes to live in the primitive backcountry, and sleep out under the stars. Next, Darley experiences the fast-paced Calgary Stampede with its equestrian competitions, Western art, rodeos and surprisingly diverse food offerings.

In Kananaskis, Darley treks amid the beautiful snow capped Canadian Rockies with a longtime Alberta cowboy, conquering high altitudes and an August hailstorm. At Homeplace Ranch, a historic ranch in the foothills outside of Calgary, Darley meets local Mac MaKenny who shares the ranch’s intimate history during a ride through tall Aspen trees to an outdoor ranch BBQ. 

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Alaska

Alaska

Kenai Boat Tour, Seward, Cooper Landing, Denali & White Water Rafting

Host and Equitrekking's equestrian travel expert Darley Newman explores the great outdoors of Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula and around Denali National Park in Equitrekking Alaska.

With local guides in each destination, Darley views wildlife including bald eagles and Arctic Tern on horseback in Seward. Her guide Bree takes Darley to see devastation from the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake.

Then it's time to see the Kenai Fjords National Park by boat. Darley observes whales, puffin and glaciers. Darley tries whitewater rafting on the Nenana River around Denali National Park.

In Cooper Landing, Darley takes in gold rush history around the Chugach National Forest.

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Wales

Wales

Brecon Beacons, Beaches, Pub Rides, Welsh Cobs, Castles & Cambrian Mountains

Equitrekking's Darley Newman explores the Gower Peninsula, the rural West and Brecon Beacons National Park, riding to the pub, visiting a Welsh Cob stud farm, King Arthur's Stone and Cerreg Cennen Castle.

In Equitrekking Wales, Emmy nominated host Darley Newman gallops on wide, dramatic beaches to Neolithic tombs, castles and the pilgrimage site of King Arthur's Stone on the Gower Peninsula. Her local guide points out wild Welsh Mountain ponies as they trek above the ocean. Staying at Parc le Breos, a historic 19th century hunting lodge, Darley feels like she's stepped into a novel in beautiful Wales.

In West Wales, Darley learns about life in this rural section of Wales from her local guide from Caeiago, as they ride high in the Cambrian Mountains to take in views of the patchwork countryside. After exploring the mountains and valleys surrounding the Brecon Beacons National Park with Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Darley takes her horse for lunch at the pub in a quaint Welsh village. Then it’s on Derwen International Welsh Cob Centre to learn about Welsh Cobs from Ifor Lloyd, whose family has bred Welsh Cobs for generations.

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Central Turkey

Central Turkey

Cappadocia, Underground Cities, Fairy Chimneys, Ancient Villages & Local Markets

In Cappadocia in Central Turkey, Equitrekking host Darley Newman and local Ahmet Diler explore underground cities, ancient churches, unusual rock formations called fairy chimneys and historic villages on horseback.

Horseback riding is a great way to get from village to village in Central Turkey. Darley and Ahmet ride through the bizarre fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, stopping at historic sites as they travel. In the village of Guzelyurt, Darley meets a local family and tries ayran, a popular Turkish drink. She then rides horses to an underground city. Darley learns about how Christians escaping persecution hid underground. Next, Darley and Ahmet head to the town square to soak in the village culture by playing backgammon and drinking piping hot tea. On foot, they trek through Avanos, buying fresh foods at the colorful Avanos market and visiting a master potter.

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Quebec City and Beyond

Quebec City and Beyond

Charlevoix, Changing Leaves, Rock Climbing, Appalachian Mountains & Quebec City

Equitrekking's host Darley Newman views the changing leaves of autumn in Quebec on horseback, travels to Quebec City and the village of St. Fabien, visits the artist area of Charlevoix to enjoy riding in the forest and rock climbing, and traverses rivers and streams to pan for gold in the Appalachian Mountains.

In Quebec City, Darley takes a break from the saddle to shop for organic food at the Old Port Market. She explores Place-Royale and Petit Champlain, before traveling to the village of Saint-Fabien.

At Ranch CR, Darley treks through rolling farmland and rugged woods to a high point and along the St. Lawrence River.

In nearby Rimouski, she learns about one of the greatest tragedies in Quebec maritime history, the sinking of the Empress of Ireland. In the artist enclave of Charlevoix, Darley rides sturdy horses into the hills to a pristine waterfall.

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Scotland

Scotland

Loch Ness, Highland Ponies, Blair Castle, Golf, Pubs & Whiskey Tasting

Host and travel expert Darley Newman travels from Scotland’s Highlands down to the Scottish Borders to experience horses, adventure, history and culture in Equitrekking Scotland.

In the Scottish Highlands, Darley rides strong Highland ponies through the romantic and heather covered mountains at Blair Castle. Darley searches for the Loch Ness Monster on horseback and by boat outside of Inverness.

At Scotland’s smallest distillery, Edradour, viewers learn how whiskey was traditionally processed and then join Darley for a golf lesson at Castle Stuart.

In Scotland’s Borders region, Darley horseback rides at a farm near Dumfries and visits the historic Globe Inn to toast Scotland’s poet Robert Burns with a pint.

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Utah

Utah

Bryce Canyon, Antelope Island Bison, Snow Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park

Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host Darley Newman rides Utah’s great outdoors at national and state parks throughout the state, including Bryce Canyon, Snow Canyon, Capitol Reef and Antelope Island.

Equitrekking Utah begins with a ride into beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park to see the stunning hoodoos, sprinkled with a frosting of snow.

Darley learns about the history of the pioneers as she wrangles bison on historic Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake. Antelope, bison and a variety of wildlife roam this island, which is now a state park. Viewers see stunning snow covered Rocky Mountains and Salt Lake City in the distance as Darley and her local guide, Ron Brown, ride the island.

After taking time to drive scenic Highway 12, Darley rides in lesser-visited Snow Canyon State Park. Many Westerns were filmed among the desert-like expanses of Snow Canyon, with its lava flows and towering white sandstone canyons.

Next, viewers experience Native American history on a ride to see petroglyphs and other rock art in colorful Capitol Reef National Park.

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Southern Quebec

Southern Quebec

Horse Riding in the Snow, Dog Sledding, Skiing Mont Tremblant & Eastern Townships

Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host Darley Newman explores the snowy trails of Southern Quebec on horses, skis and dogsleds in the Eastern Townships, St. Alphonse-Rodriguez and Mont Tremblant.

Through Darley and her interactions with local people, viewers learn about the French, British and American influences in the Eastern Townships by riding with Jacques Robidas. Jacques leads Darley through snow-covered trails on horseback, before teaching her how to drive a horse-drawn sleigh. As snow cascades down, viewers experience the picture perfect horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Next, Darley explores the city of Montreal, sampling some French pastries in Old Montreal and getting an insiders look at the Canadian horses in Mont Royal Park, akin to New York’s Central Park. Darley meets Diablo, a stunning, black Canadian horse who patrols the park and the city.

In Mont Tremblant Darley takes a ski lesson, which ends in the picturesque village. She tastes poutine, a Québec comfort food consisting of French fries topped with a gravy of cheese curds, before experiencing an exciting dogsled adventure.

At Ranch Mont Tremblant, Darley rides in the backcountry, experiencing the thrill of sinking into powdery snow off the trails on horseback. Finally, Darley visits a family owned ranch, where she horseback rides and slides through the snowy hills of St. Alphonse-Rodriguez!

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Texas

Texas

Hill Country, Fort Worth Stock Show, National Cowgirl Museum & Bandera

Equitrekking’s host Darley Newman cowboys up to explore Texas Hill Country, Fort Worth and North Texas, riding with modern day cowboys to learn about Texas horse culture.

At Wildcatter Ranch, Darley attempts to feed giant longhorn cattle, before driving a wild group of fresh cattle across a stream. Equitrekking helps viewers explore the rich oil history of this area of Texas with guide Jay Brewer, who gives a genuine feel for this area where he grew up and that he loves dearly. Since everything is bigger in Texas, Darley learns how to season a big Texas steak- the best part being the taste test- at Wildcatter Ranch’s restaurant.

In Texas Hill Country, Darley rides at two different ranches to experience the trails in the Hill Country State Natural Area, a popular place for locals and visitors to trail ride.

Then, Darley travels to Fort Worth to attend the Fort Worth Stock Show, see the twice-daily cattle drive through the city streets and visit the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame.

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Belize

Belize

Maya History, Blancaneaux Lodge, Bush Healers & Xunantunich

Maya caves, eco-lodges, hidden waterfalls, rainforest remedies and jungle cabanas. Darley experiences this Central American country’s contrasting eco-friendly resorts and Belizean nature and culture.

Who knew that you could find a horse ranch in Belize? This small country has surprisingly diverse attractions. Darley rides horses at a farm and ranch near the capitol city of Belmopan, with former Montana resident John Carr. Next Darley takes on the jungle with Albert Garbutt, a local who points out medicinal plants that Belizeans use to treat everything from diabetes to sunburns.

Next, Darley climbs high at the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich, near the border of Guatemala, before exploring Rio Frio Cave, where the Maya sacrificed everything from precious stones to humans. 

Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by famous director, Francis Ford Coppola, welcomes guests to experience an eco-friendly, self-sustaining resort in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. At Blancaneaux, fruits and vegetables are grown in an organic garden, the Privassion River provides hydroelectric power to the resort and horses are born and raised. Darley takes a ride to Big Rock Falls, where she escapes the heat of the jungle by taking a dip under a cool waterfall. Then, Darley hikes to a Maya cave, to learn more about the history of Belize.

At Mountain Equestrian Trails, Darley treks into the jungle to a wide field of wildflowers and a small, secret waterfall. At night, Darley falls asleep to the sounds of nature in eco-friendly jungle cabanas.

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Arizona

Arizona

Navajo Culture, Cave Creek, Dutch Ovens, Sonoran Desert & Gold History

Travel with Equitrekking's Emmy nominated host Darley Newman from Canyon de Chelly in Northeastern Arizona to Cave Creek and the Bradshaw Mountains outside of Phoenix down to the border of Mexico.

Starting on the border of Mexico, Darley rides at a 300-year-old hacienda style ranch in the high Sonoran desert with a real cowboy guide. On a ride to the highest peak in the area, Darley takes in views of the rolling hills of Mexico.

Outside of Phoenix, Darley saddles up to ride old gold mining routes and pan for gold with a modern day prospector in the Bradshaw Mountains at Humbug Mine.

Next, Darley takes off from a horse friendly bed and breakfast to ride Missouri Foxtrotters into the town of Cave Creek. This town is unique, as you can ride your horse instead of driving a car into town. Darley and her local friends tie up their horses to a hitching post at a cowboy hangout for lunch, where Darley learns to cook a peach cobbler, Dutch oven style.

Finally, Equitrekking’s host leads viewers through snow covered Canyon de Chelly with Navajo guide Lee Bigwater. Lee grew up in the canyon and shares its communal history with Darley. The two ride to the stunning petroglyphs and cliff dwellings left by the Ancient Puebloans, also known as the Anasazi.

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Shaker Village, Kentucky Horse Park, Competitions, Thoroughbreds & Great Trail Riding

Equitrekking host Darley Newman takes on the great state of Ketucky trail riding at Shaker Village, Land Between the Lakes, the Big Red Stables in Harrodsburg, Barren River State Park and visiting the Kentucky Horse Park, a Thoroughbred rehabilitation center and the Rolex Three Day.

Kentucky is a state well known for its horses. Discover wildflowers, a historic mill site and rolling green hills on the trails at Shaker Village on horseback. With Shaker Village’s naturalist, Emmy nominated host Darley Newman gets the rare chance to ride horses through the center of this well-preserved historic village.

Viewers learn about Kentucky’s agricultural past as Darley rides smooth Tennessee Walking horses with a local resident, who is proud of her multi-generational farm and its heritage.

Next, take on the trails at Land Between the Lakes and Barren River State Park in Western Kentucky, imagining what this land looked like at a time when Native Americans and buffalo roamed the tall grasslands of Kentucky.

In Lexington, join Darley to meet diverse breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park and attend a fast-paced, world-class equestrian competition, the Rolex Three Day. Darley interviews Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear, an accomplished equestrian.

Next, Darley visits a Thoroughbred rehabilitation center, where horses from the racetrack are re-trained so that they may find new homes. Darley is introduced to a very special horse, King D, who has made a positive change and is on the road to adoption, as Equitrekking addresses the unwanted horse issue.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, Pacific Coast Beaches, Tree Climbing, Wildlife & Hot Air Ballooning

Equitrekking’s Darley Newman travels to Pacific Coast beaches and the fertile farmland and rainforests of the San Carlos Valley, exploring on horseback, by hot air balloon and more in Equitrekking Costa Rica.

Mixing horseback riding with tree climbing and hot air ballooning, Equitrekking captures the true spirit of adventure in Costa Rica. Riding gaited Paso Fino and Peruvian horses, Darley makes a trek to the famously furious Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. As smoke billows off the flowing lava, Darley and her local Costa Rican guides ride among lava rocks from the 1968 eruption.

Next, Equitrekking takes viewers to the beach, taking in Costa Rica’s extreme biodiversity, spotting scarlet macaws, crocodiles and iguanas, right alongside the road. Darley lives every horse rider’s dream by taking a sunset ride on the beach, before heading back to San Carlos to climb a ten-story tree! Next, Darley enjoys getting in touch with the local culture, by riding in a Cabalgata, a horse festival where hundreds and sometimes tens of thousands of local Costa Ricans open up their farms so that riders can pass through them in a wild trail ride. Darley visits a frog sanctuary to view rare frogs, like the red-eyed tree Frog, and rides horses to a spot where howler monkeys make their home in the trees. Finally, Equitrekking takes viewers to hear the rainforest wake up, flying above it in a hot air balloon at dawn.

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Maui

Maui

Haleakala Crater & Rainforest, Makawao, Great Ranches, Zip Lines & Sunsets

In Equitrekking Maui, host Darley Newman rides into the crater of a volcano at Haleakala National Park, explores the cowboy town of Makawao and nearby Piiholo Ranch, learns about ancient Hawaii in the rainforests of Kipahulu, and takes a sunset ride in the West Maui Mountains.

Where else can you ride into the crater of a volcano! On to the island of Maui, Equitrekking explores the unique geologic features of Haleakala Crater riding from the summit to the crater floor. Along the ride, Darley and her local guide pass flora and fauna that have managed to thrive in this harsh environment, including the rare Silversword, a flowering silver plant which stands out amid the deep red and brown cinders inside the crater.

In the remote region of Kipahulu, accessed by the winding road to Hana, Darley rides with natives into the rainforest, traveling by the sacred sites where her local guides grew up. Kipahulu is a rare place of pristine nature. The land and ways of life in Kipahulu are passed down to the Alaka’i or guides by their Kupuna or elders, who taught them how to survive and flourish off of the natural fruits of the land. Medicine and food are still gathered from the forest. After hearing the songs and prayers of native guides, who ask for permission to enter the forest, Darley travels up on the mountain trails. She snacks on mango and passion fruit, picked off of the trees, as she horse rides up the green trails, passing wild cows and beautiful waterfalls.

Next Darley explores the cowboy town of Makawao in Maui’s Upcountry, before riding through deep gulches and green pastures with views of the ocean at Piiholo Ranch. Darley takes a zip line tour before a sunset ride in the West Maui Mountains.

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Irish Countryside

Irish Countryside

Ring of Kerry, Mount Juliet, Irish National Stud, Celtic Tombs & Countryside

Emmy Award-winning Equitrekking explores some of Ireland’s most popular and historic sights, including the Ring of Kerry, a Celtic tomb in County Clare, Mount Juliet Estate, the Irish National Stud, and the monastic settlement of Glendalough in Equitrekking Irish Countryside.

Darley rides along the Ring of Kerry, but not on a traditional tour. She sees the Ring of Kerry on horseback, the best way to take in spectacular views. With bright blue waters of Dingle Bay in the distance, Darley and her local guide Aoife ride by area lakes and cottages abandoned during the potato famine. They climb to high elevations on an old mass road, experiencing the history of County Kerry.

In County Clare, Darley stays in a 300-year-old farmhouse in one of the more rural parts of Ireland. She relaxes by the River Shannon, rides to an ancient Celtic tomb and hears traditional Irish music at the pub on her equestrian vacation in County Clare.

From rural bliss to sculpted decadence, Darley explores one of Ireland’s great sporting estates on horseback. Darley goes fishing and horseback rides at Mount Juliet estate, before heading to County Kildare for an insider’s tour of the Irish National Stud. It’s here that many award-winning Thoroughbreds are bred. Outside of Dublin, Darley tours Glendalough, a monastic settlement dating back to the sixth century.

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California Wine Country

California Wine Country

Sonoma, Vineyards, Redwoods, Beaches & State Parks

Experience the diverse beauty of Sonoma as Equitrekking’s Darley Newman rides horses and bikes through Redwoods, vineyards, the crashing waves on Northern California beaches and the golden meadows of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

Darley fulfills many people’s dream by taking a beach ride on the dramatic Northern California Coast. Next, she travels among tall “old souls” through the giant Redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve on an eco-tour with naturalist Laura Ayers, whose intimate knowledge comes from growing up among these trees and raising and training Quarter Horses.

At a local vineyard known for colorful equestrian history and award-winning Cabernets, Darley horse rides through rows of grapes to learn about the art of wine making, before a party and tasting. Next, Darley swaps horses for  bikes on an active bike tour through small-town Sonoma with the former mayor. Meeting at Vella Cheese Company, the small group indulges in sustainable, hand made cheese before biking through the area and stopping at Gundlach Bundschu for a wine tasting.

Equitrekking ends the episode with a sunset ride through the golden grasslands and colorful madrones of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, with stunning views of Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

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Virginia Hunt Country

Virginia Hunt Country

Marriott Ranch, Middleburg, Gold Cup, Civil War History & Polo

American history comes alive as Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman tours historic Virginia Hunt Country. Darley visits Middleburg and attends a steeplechase, rides amid Longhorn Cattle at Marriott Ranch, learns to play polo, experiences Civil War history on horseback at Kelly's Ford and meets Civil War rein-actors.

At Marriott Ranch, Darley trail rides where presidents and world leaders have found respite among the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. The ranch and its inn have a quirky history. Built in 1814 by James Marshall, brother of the first Chief Justice of the United States, the inn today is believed to be haunted. After jeep tour of the property, Darley rides through Paradise Valley among Longhorn Cattle, usually found in Texas, who have made their home in this scenic area.

Next viewers discover how difficult 'the sport of kings' really is through Darley’s polo lesson at Great Meadows.

Nearby, Darley attends the classic Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase and stops in the cute and quaint town of Middleburg. Virginia and U.S. history come alive, as Darley discovers Civil War history on horseback by riding through Kelly’s Ford and meeting Civil War reenactors from the Black Horse Troop.

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Iceland

Iceland

Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Snowmobiling & Horse Drives

From hot pots to horse drives, Equitrekking’s host and adventurer Darley Newman experiences the smooth gait of the Icelandic horses on a horse drive with local farmers, riding with one of Iceland's top equestrians, through lava fields, lakes and to waterfalls in Equitrekking Iceland.

Riding through the varied landscapes of Iceland is truly an otherworldly experience. Equitrekking begins the journey with a short lesson on how to ride the small, but mighty Icelandic horse, before trekking on horseback through the lava fields and over the diverse terrain that the Icelandic horse is bred to conquer. Viewers learn about the history and personality of this intelligent, good-natured horse. Darley explores the special five gaits that these purebred Viking Horses can master, including the smooth glide of the tolt.

Traveling with local farmers, Darley participates in a traditional horse drive. She heads off driving a herd of around fifty horses towards Gullfoss, Iceland’s “Golden Waterfalls.” It's a harrowing and fun look at modern Icelandic culture, as horses and riders cause a traffic jam on the Ring Road, Iceland's main highway.

Next, Darley rides through a stunning area of deep red pseudocraters that are more than 4600 years old with Iceland’s most famous rider, nicknamed Diddi, the Golden Rider.

It's time to explore Reykjavik. Darley checks out the thriving nightlife scene and hits the spa, soaking with the locals in hot pots. Finally, Darley heads to a glacier to snowmobile. Rich history and wonderful culture are all part of the adventures in Iceland, the Pearl of the North.

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Hawaii’s Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Adventure Travel, Wild Horses & Great Ranches

Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host Darley Newman rides with Hawaiian cowboys at Parker Ranch and Kahua Ranch in Waimea, explores Waipi’o Valley, the Valley of the Kings, attends a luau, observes sea turtles outrigger canoeing and visits Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

With a cattle ranching history predating mainland American ranches by a generation, the people of Hawaii have strong ties to horses. Equitrekking explores this tradition, beginning at Parker Ranch, one of the oldest and largest ranches in the United States. To experience life as a Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy), Darley rides through green pastures with majestic Mauna Kea as a backdrop and learns about cowboy culture in Waimea.

Next Darley rides at Kahua Ranch, a working cattle ranch in Waimea. Darley takes in stunning views of the ocean and Kohala coastline as she gallops up the lush, green hills.

Out of the saddle, Darley hits a black sand beach, goes outrigger canoeing surrounded by sea turtles, explores Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and attends a luau.

Finally, Equitrekking ventures to one of the most remote and sacred parts of the Big Island, Waipi’o Valley, the Valley of the Kings. This valley is home to a herd of wild horses, the only wild herd in the state. Riding these wild Hawaiian Horses, Darley learns about this unique breed, while munching on avocado, papaya, and star fruit grown in abundance in the valley. Only a small number of people live in Waipi'o, surrounded by 1000-foot cliffs lined with waterfalls. Darley learns about life “off the grid,” as she explores the rivers and natural wonders of this special place.

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Spain

Spain

Andalusian Horses, Donana National Park, Seville, Jerez & Segovia

The romance and history of Spain comes alive as Emmy winning Equitrekking explore the beaches of Southern Spain, historic farms outside of Segovia and Seville, a performance of dancing horses at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and nightlife in Seville.

Host and producer Darley Newman travels to Cortijo El Esparragal, an estate and working farm outside of Seville that dates back to the Bronze Age. Darley rides prize-winning Andalusians on the farm to learn about the purpose and history of the Spanish Vaquera style of riding, a style which influenced the American cowboy.

Next Darley enjoys a sunset ride outside of Segovia. Off horseback, Darley heads into the city of Segovia with its castles, Roman aqueducts and traditional Spanish food.

In the Southern town of Jerez de la Frontera, viewers learn about Andalusian horses through a performance at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a prestigious school for equestrian training. Darley visits Yeguada Real Tesoro, a premier sherry bodega, which also breeds rare black Andalusian Horses.

Next Equitrekking heads to Doñana National Park, a diverse National Heritage Site. Darley explores park's varied landscapes and wildlife. Riding along the pristine beaches and onto trails that pilgrims take to the shrine of El Rocio, viewers begin to understand why horses are a national treasure in Spain.

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Wyoming

Wyoming

Yellowstone, Cody, Wild Horses, Historic Dude Ranches & Fly Fishing

Put on your cowboy boots, because in this episode, Equitrekking explores the rodeo, wild horses, fly fishing and historic ranches of Wyoming on horseback.

Equitrekking host Darley Newman begins at UXU Ranch for scenic and challenging riding on surefooted horses in the Shoshone National Forest. Darley rides by the majestic hoodoos and up to high elevations to take in views of colorful canyons, glaciers and mountaintops.

Next, Darley takes time out of the saddle to explore the wildlife and geology of Yellowstone National Park, before heading to the Cody rodeo. At nearby McCullough Peaks, Darley observes a melting pot of Mustangs and the descendants of horses who might once have been in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Through a local who has been observing the horses for many years, viewers begin to understand how these horses survive in the wild.

Darley visits the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Whitney Gallery of Western Art, before heading South past the Grand Tetons to Jackson Hole. There, Darley embarks on a pack trip with two locals who have been leading riders into the backcountry for over 25 years. Viewers take in the beauty of nature on a ride to Willow Creek in the Bridger Teton National Forest. Finally Darley goes fly-fishing and explores dude ranch history at the T Cross Ranch, which has been family owned an operated since it was homesteaded in the early 1900's.

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Colorado

Colorado

Durango, Championship Cutting Horses, Historic Railroads & Cattle Drives

Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host and producer Darley Newman rides championship-cutting horses at a working cattle ranch in the rolling plains of Northern Colorado and explores the high mountain peaks of Durango in Equitrekking Colorado.

At the Colorado Cattle Company in Northern Colorado, Darley participates in “Dream Week,” learning to ride championship-cutting horses with cutting horse expert Teddy Johnson.

In Southern Colorado, Darley rides up to over 12,000 feet with native Anne Rapp, who has been leading riders through the San Juan National Forest for over 25 years. The Engineer Mountain ride takes viewers through alpine meadows, steep mountain passes and open expanses, where the views stretch all the way to New Mexico. Darley survives the changes in weather that come with high altitudes, including a hailstorm, before heading back down the mountain.

At Wilderness Trails Ranch, a family oriented dude ranch, Darley takes trail rides to Vallecito Lake and learns more techniques for working with cattle. Finally, Darley rides the rails and experiences the past on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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Coastal Ireland

Coastal Ireland

Donegal Beach Riding & Surfing, Connemara, Galway & Carlingford

Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host Darley Newman explores the Cooley Peninsula, Donegal, Connemara and Galway on horseback in Equitrekking Coastal Ireland.

On the Cooley Peninsula, local Niall Connolly takes Equitrekking’s Darley Newman through Ravensdale Forest to discover ancient stone circles and a scenic spot where you can see eight out of the thirty-two Irish counties. Darley visits castles in the medieval town of Carlingford and an ancient burial tomb.

Next Darley travels to the Northwest to Donegal, where she canters along the wide sandy beaches outside of Bundoran, a top European surfing area. Darley takes a surf lesson in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Viewers learn about the history of conflict in Ireland on a ride on an old smuggler’s road.

In Connemara, Darley meets up with Willie Leahy, a well-known breeder of Connemara Ponies, and watches herds of ponies run amid the lush green fields of the Dartfield Horse Museum.

With local Siobhan Reynolds, Darley rides over a sand bridge to the remote Omey Island, a tidal island. Darley and Siobhan must keep an eye on the time, as twice a day, water swallows the sand bridge home. In the 7th century Saint Feichin, who is known for spreading Christianity throughout Western Ireland and was believed by many to have healing abilities, established a monastery on Omey Island. Darley takes viewers to visit ancient sights and makes an offering at the island's holy well.

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Georgia Coast

Georgia Coast

Savannah, Sea Island, Jekyll, Cumberland & Beach Horse Riding

On Georgia's Coast, Equitrekking’s award-winning host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman experiences the thrill of beach riding on Sea Island, wild horses on Cumberland Island, the hauntingly beautiful beaches of Jekyll Island and historic Savannah in an imported Viennese carriage.

On Sea Island, viewers experience many people's dream of riding horses on the beach on a nature ride with naturalist Stacia Hendricks and try what the island native’s call swim riding.

On secluded Cumberland Island, Darley observes wild horses with naturalist Fred Whitehead. Whitehead has been living on Cumberland Island for over 25 years and has an intimate knowledge of herd dynamics, the history of horses on the island and how they survive in the subtropical environment. Darley stays at the island's only lodging, the historic Greyfield Inn and learns about the Carnegie family's role in the island's history. Next Darley visits Jekyll Island, where she rides through the remnants of an ancient maritime forest on Driftwood Beach. Darley strolls through the historic district to delve deeper into Jekyll's unique past.

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Southern Spain

Southern Spain

Alpujarras, Andalusians, Olive Oil Tasting, Beach Riding & Dressage

Equitrekking's Emmy winning host Darley Newman explores Southern Spain on horseback, traveling to the Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, historic haciendas in Seville’s countryside and the beaches of Doñana National Park in Equitrekking Southern Spain.

Darley takes a challenging lesson in dressage on an Andalusian horse, before heading to the fields to learn how olives get from the trees to the table in the charming town of Priego de Cordoba. On a ride to historic haciendas outside of Seville, Darley experiences an on the trail snack of traditional tapas. She rides with locals through the beautiful orange and olive groves in Seville countryside, before enjoying lunch at a traditional hacienda. Then it’s off to the beach to enjoy the wilds of Doñana National Park and canter on Doñana’s wide, deserted beaches.

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Carolinas

Carolinas

Cherokee Culture, Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville & Biltmore Estate

Explore the Biltmore Estate, Cherokee culture in Western North Carolina, South Carolina's Daufuskie Island and downtown Asheville.

There are over 100 miles of Appalachian trails surrounding the Biltmore Estate, which viewers explore on horseback, much as guests of George Vanderbilt would have during the Gilded Age. The Biltmore Equestrian Center focuses on natural horsemanship, which helps riders learn how to communicate with their equine partners. Watch some resident horses in training and learn why natural horsemanship is a powerful method of understanding horses.

Next Darley takes viewers through the thriving arts scene in downtown Asheville, before taking a lesson in rock climbing at Chimney Rock Park.

Traveling further West, Darley joins Cherokee tribal members to examine the history of horses in Cherokee culture. Riding Tennessee Walking horses and fishing for trout in the Great Smoky Mountains, viewers are immersed in history, adventure and Cherokee culture.

Finally, step back in time to a small barrier island full of Southern charm and only accessible via ferry. Darley and her local guides canter along the wide, pristine beaches of Daufuskie Island. Horse riding is the perfect way to explore this small island off the coast of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Viewers learn about the islands original inhabitants, the Cusabo Indians, on a ride down dirt roads towards a maritime forest that was inhabited thousands of years ago by the Cusabo.

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Vermont

Vermont

Green Mountains, Morgan Horses, Icelandic Inn Trek

In Vermont, Equitrekking’s host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman explores Green Mountain trails and country roads on horseback, learning about Morgan horses, Icelandic horses and Vermont history and culture.

Darley visits the Mountain Top Inn outside of Killington to explore the area's trails and learn the art of driving with two large Clydesdales.

Equitrekking takes viewers on a multi-day inn-to-inn ride through meadows, woods and old farmlands on Icelandic horses from the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm.

Next, Darley visits the University of Vermont's Morgan Horse Farm to learn about Vermont's state animal and UVM's historic breeding program, which dates back to 1878. Darley also enjoys some time out of the saddle to visit Shelburne Museum, a Vermont Country Store and downtown Burlington.

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