This series provides adventure-hungry viewers with a fresh way to see the world. Whether a ride on the beaches of southern Spain, a trek through northern California's Redwood Forest, or saddling up at a working cattle ranch in New Mexico, viewers experience adventure, exotic destinations and the thrill of exploring the world on horseback. Host Darley Newman brings a lifelong passion for horses with her as she ventures to off-the-beaten path ranches, resorts and farms around the world in search of the best in equestrian travel.
Equitrekking Previous Broadcasts
Utah (Episode #307)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 24, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
We take on Utah's great outdoors as we ride at national and state parks throughout the state, including Bryce Canyon, Snow Canyon, Capitol Reef and Antelope Island. We begin the episode on a ride into beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park to see the stunning hoodoos, sprinkled with a frosting of snow. We learn about the history of the pioneers as we wrangle bison on historic Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake. Antelope, bison and a variety of wildlife roam this island, now a state park, with views of the stunning snow covered Rocky Mountains and Salt Lake City. After taking our time to drive scenic Highway 12, and we ride in lesser-visited Snow Canyon State Park through desert-like expanses with lava flows and towering white sandstone canyons outside of the city of St. George. Next, we experience Native American history on a ride to see petroglyphs and other rock art in colorful Capitol Reef National Park.
Texas (Episode #305)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 10, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
We explore Texas Hill Country, Fort Worth and North Texas, as we ride with modern day cowboys to learn about Texas horse culture. At Wildcatter Ranch, we feed giant longhorn cattle, before attempting to drive a wild group of fresh cattle across a stream. We explore the rich oil history of this area 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, we learn how to season a big Texas steak- the best part being the taste test- at Wildcatter Ranch's restaurant. In Texas Hill Country, we ride at two different ranches to experience the trails in the Hill Country Natural Area, a popular place for locals and visitors to ride horses. We head 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.
Southern Quebec (Episode #306)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
Who knew you could horseback ride through the winter snow in Quebec? We explore snowy trails by horses, skis and dogsleds in the Eastern Townships, St. Alphonse-Rodriguez and Mont Tremblant. We learn about the French, British and American influences in the Eastern Townships by riding with Jacques Robidas. Jacques leads us through snow-covered trails on horseback, before teaching Darley how to drive a horse-drawn sleigh. As snow cascades down, we experience the picture perfect horse-drawn sleigh ride. Next, we explore 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. We're introduced to Diablo, a stunning, black Canadian horse who patrols the park and the city. In Mont Tremblant we take a ski lesson, which ends in the picturesque village. We taste poutine, a Quebec comfort food, before experiencing an exciting dogsled adventure. At Ranch Mont Tremblant, we ride in the backcountry, experiencing the thrill of sinking into powdery snow off the trails. Finally, we visit the family owned Ranch 4 Saisons, where we horseback ride and slide in this hilly area.
Belize (Episode #304)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 3, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
We visit the Cayo and Mountain Pine Ridge Districts of Belize, exploring Maya sites and caves and a variety of jungle lodges. Who knew that you could find a horse ranch in Belize? We ride some of the 100 horses at Banana Bank Lodge, a farm and ranch near the capitol city of Belmopan, with former Montana resident John Carr. Next we take on the jungle with Albert Garbutt, who points out medicinal plants that Belizeans use to treat everything from diabetes to sunburns. We climb high at the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich, near the border of Guatemala, before exploring Rio Frio Cave, where the Maya scarified 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. We take a ride to Big Rock Falls, where we escape the heat of the jungle by taking a dip under a cool waterfall. At Mountain Equestrian Trails, we ride into the jungle to a wide field of wildflowers, great for riding fast on horseback, and a small, secret waterfall. At night, we fall asleep to the sounds of nature in our eco-friendly jungle cabana.