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.
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