Save an Elephant: Journey to Africa

March 18th, 2015|

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Africa? My sense of curiosity toward Africa was sparked after thumbing through pages of National Geographic magazine as a child. The flames of my imagination were stoked when I saw the movie “Out of Africa” on the big screen. And as an avid equestrian, the idea of safari […]

California Cowgirl in Arizona

November 12th, 2014|

Arizona Cowboy College is the equivalent of sleep away camp for adults who want to play in the desert. No, this isn’t Burning Man. Instead, city slickers hoping to escape their corporate cubicles or experienced equestrians wanting to learn new riding skills will find their happy place beyond a gravel road in Scottsdale.

“I’ve been doing […]

Horseback Riding Washington’s Yakima Valley

September 17th, 2014|

One of my favorite things about horseback riding while on vacation is that it allows me to see new and varied landscapes from the back of a horse, covering more ground than I would on foot (and more pleasurably than by car). In Washington’s Yakima Valley, there’s an added benefit: while enjoying the view […]

5 Best Places to See Wild Horses

August 6th, 2014|


The first time I came across a herd of wild horses was a memorable moment for me. I was on foot, climbing a dirt trail in the Badlands of the Little Book Cliffs in western Colorado. I spotted a flash of color amongst the shrub brush and pinyon-juniper laced hillside.

Colorado wild horses
There before me […]

5 Memorable Meals Riding Horseback

July 16th, 2014|

Over the five years that I have been Writing Horseback, the most frequently asked question I receive has got to be “what are your most memorable horseback rides?” This question is typically followed by “what are your worst horseback rides?” Today I’d like to share my five memorable meals on the trail.

In celebrating five years […]

Colorado Springs Horseback Riding

June 4th, 2014|

Hugh Trabandt pulls up to the Broadmoor clad in jeans and a white shirt with a brown sweater vest, his spurs jingle and sterling silver initials glisten on the side of his cowboy boots as they catch the light of the sun when he hops out of the pickup truck. His cowboy boots are covered […]

Wild Horses at Mustang Monument Eco-Resort

May 28th, 2014|

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a mustang? I’ve had the opportunity to watch small bands of wild mustangs roam free in the Badlands of Little Book Cliffs, Colorado and was awe-inspired by the experience. I was excited to learn of another opportunity to interact with wild mustangs in north-eastern […]

Dream Job: Equestrian Travel Expert Nancy Brown

April 16th, 2014|

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 […]

5 Luxury Riding Holidays

February 12th, 2014|

Everyone seems to have a bucket list of things they must see and do at least once in their life. Many of these things to do before I die lists involve travel to far off places. I know I have my bucket list and it includes horseback riding on safari in Africa, taking a horseback […]