Dream Job: Equestrian Travel Expert Nancy Brown

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Nancy Brown, equestrian travel expert

Equestrian Travel Expert Nancy (Mooers) Brown riding her Quarter Horse in 1972

In my youth I often slept under a blanket of stars in the hills of Northern California’s Mount Diablo; my horse softly munching hay a few yards from my sleeping bag. I would wake early to water and groom my horse and then explore Contra Costa County back country trails, watching deer, coyote and the occasional rattle snake slither across our path. I never dreamed that one day I would make a career writing about horseback riding vacations as an equestrian travel expert and equine writer.
 

Nancy Brown: Horse lover

From an early age I was labeled “horse crazy.” It’s a term that I wore with pride. Blue, red and yellow horse show ribbons lined my bedroom walls and Breyer model horses stood guard over shelves crammed with books for horse lovers. As my riding ability progressed, I transitioned from a casual backyard rider to showing my Palomino Quarter Horse and Poco Bueno dun mare in equitation, pleasure and trail classes at the Junior Grand National Horse Show at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.


Horseback riding and writing horseback

Headed for college and a career in Journalism, I eventually sold my horses and put horseback riding on vacation hold. I held on to my saddle and tack long after the horses had left the barn, but like a rodeo queen passing her rhinestone tiara to the next cowgirl in line, I was reluctant to part with my last connection to the equestrian world.
 

"Nancy D. Brown" "equine travel expert"

Equine Travel Writer Nancy Brown riding on Mendocino Coast


What is an equestrian travel expert?

Certainly there are a herd of equestrians with more riding expertise than I. Ideally an equestrian travel expert has a comprehensive knowledge in the field of equine travel. As I am both an equestrian and a journalist, it seemed only natural to combine my passion for horses with my love of travel.

When I’m not typing in front of a computer, I spend my days reviewing dude ranches and searching out equestrian travel vacations and equine holidays. From riding a Fjord horse in Bergen, Norway to a Lusitano sport horse in central Portugal, Writing Horseback is your guide to equestrian travel deals and equine lodging reviews.
 

Equestrian travel deals and dude ranch reviews

I’m often quoted as saying, “there’s no better way to travel than from the back of a horse.” There’s nothing I like better than to explore a new destination (to me) than with a local and on horseback.

Dude ranches are a favorite horse holiday for me and most horse lovers. Dude ranch vacations make great memories for family members of all ages. I hope you’ll share your favorite horseback holidays with me. Until we cross on the bridle path, follow your dreams and happy trails to you.

Article by Equestrian Travel Expert Nancy D. Brown

2017-06-27T11:44:58+00:00 April 16th, 2014|Equestrian Lodging, Horse News|

20 Comments

  1. Irene S. Levine April 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    So nice how the different paths of your life have come together~

  2. Carole Terwilliger Meyers April 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

    You go girl! I was inspired to search your site for info about Iceland horses, since I will be going there soon, and found it at https://writinghorseback.com/?s=Iceland . Can’t wait to visit Iceland and ride on their unusual horses.

  3. Nancy D. Brown April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    @Irene
    Thanks for your comment. I certainly enjoy exploring the different paths in my life. Feeling blessed!

  4. Nancy D. Brown April 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    @Carole
    Wow! You are going to Iceland. I hope to visit and ride an Icelandic horse one day. I’m glad you found my site useful for your trip planning. Enjoy your adventure!

  5. Kristin Henning April 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Nancy, I’ll double back to your site to search for a place I might enjoy riding while my husband enjoys anything but riding. To date, my best experience was in Argentina, a treat after hiking the Torres del Paine Patagonian trail.

  6. Nancie April 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    It’s fantastic that you’ve been able to build a career from your love for horses and journalism. I’m not a rider, but I do love looking at horses. They’re beautiful creatures.

  7. Donna Janke April 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    How nice to have two of your interests come together in your work.

  8. Patti April 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    What an interesting story you have. There was a point in our lives, many years ago, when we visited (several times) a ranch in Wickenburg, AZ where we enjoyed the luxurious amenities and rode horses. We also rode horses near Yellowstone. Our son took riding lessons for several years when he was young as well, so we’ve definitely enjoyed the experiences of travel and horses. What a fun genre you’ve carved out for yourself.

  9. Anita April 22, 2014 at 6:44 am

    How terrific that you’ve been able to combine your passion for horses and riding with your work. Not too many people are fortunate enough to be able to do this and I can see from your writing that you are satisfied and happy with your path. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  10. santafetraveler April 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

    What an interesting and unique travel niche As a lot of travelers love an equestiran experience, I’ll bet the potential for readers is huge.

  11. Kay Dougherty April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    What an interesting way to combine your interests/talents! I just returned from Bhutan and a pony helped me get up to Tiger’s Nest because I had contracted bronchitis and at those altitudes (14,000 feet+) I would have never made it otherwise. I also enjoyed riding a beautiful Icelandic horse last summer. I don’t have any horseback riding skill but it is a fun option for me when I travel. I enjoyed finding out about your site!

  12. Nancy D. Brown April 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    @Kay
    Sorry to hear that you contracted bronchitis in Bhutan, but how fortunate that you were able to visit Bhutan and the Tiger’s Nest with the help of a pony! That’s a happy story!

  13. Nancy D. Brown April 23, 2014 at 10:09 am

    @SantaFe
    Now if only I could figure out how to reach these potential readers. I’m glad you found my blog!

  14. Nancy D. Brown April 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

    @Anita
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love writing about horseback riding vacations.

  15. Nancy D. Brown April 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    @Patti
    I have ridden at several ranches in Wickenburg, Arizona. I’m curious if you stayed at Rancho de los Caballeros? I was fortunate to ride horseback in Yellowstone National Park – it was a fabulous and memorable experience!

  16. Nancy D. Brown April 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

    @Donna
    I feel very blessed that I am able to combine my passion for horses with my professional writing career.

  17. Nancy D. Brown April 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    @Nancie
    While I’m the first to admit that mine is not a hugely profitable career, I am following my passion and that makes me very happy!

  18. Nancy D. Brown April 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @Kristin
    How lucky for you! I was invited to go horseback riding in Torres del Paine Patagonia with Explora Patagonia but I had recently had a hip replacement and had to decline. I hope to experience Argentina on horseback in the future!

  19. Doreen Pendgracs April 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Very cool to be an equestrian travel expert. Almost as good as being a chocolate travel expert! All kidding aside, I think it’s cool to pursue our passions and be able to make a living from it.

  20. KA Johnson May 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Dear Nancy, good for you. This horse crazy person has a similar story even riding a Poco Bueno dun. However, I do all the things you do but I am not smart enough to get paid for writing about it. Let me know if you ever need a real vacation and I will write a couple articles for you. I did write hunt reviews for our hunt club newsletter when I was an honorary Whipper- in. Well look at that word, “honorary,” as it also means you don’t get paid. All for the love of horses!

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