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
Great National Parks (Episode #506)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 25, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Equitrekking takes a look at how geography and history of ranches in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Alberta, Texas, Maui and the Big Island influence their present workings. Interviewing ranch owners and cowboys who have chosen to hold fast to their traditions and Western culture, Darley learns about running a ranch, while also seeing some of the beautiful wild terrain.
Spain (Episode #513)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 -- 10:30 AM
Equitrekking host Darley Newman rides at Cortijo El Esparragal, an estate and working farm outside of Seville that dates back to the Bronze Age. On prize-winning Andalusians, Darley learns the purpose and history of the Spanish Vaquera style of riding. Next, she enjoys a sunset ride outside of Segovia and visits the castles and Roman aqueducts in this central region. In the Southern town of Jerez de la Frontera, she sees that Andalusian can dance through a performance at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Darley visits Yeguada Real Tesoro, a premier sherry bodega, which also breeds rare black Andalusian Horses. Next Darley takes viewers to Donana National Park, a diverse National Heritage Site. Darley explores park's varied landscapes and wildlife. Riding along the pristine beaches and onto the trails that pilgrims take to the shrine of El Rocio, Darley begins to understand why horses are a national treasure in Spain.
Uruguay (Episode #504)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
This episode highlights some of the best of classic Jordan, including Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Mujib and the Dead Sea. Darley begins 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/ 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. Darley hikes Wadi Mujib, a huge water-filled canyon 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. Next, Darley heads to the desert, where she camps with local Bedouins and explores the stunning canyons, dunes and petroglyphs of Wadi Rum on Arabian horses. 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.
Great American Ranches (Episode #507)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 9, 2012 -- 10:30 AM
This episode takes a closer look at some of the remarkable landscapes, wildlife and adventures in the United States' National Parks. In each park, local guides share stories of the park's history and the 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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Feb 9, 2012 -- 11:00 PM
Colorado (Episode #511)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 -- 10:30 AM
At the Colorado Cattle Company in Northern Colorado, Equitrekking host Darley Newman participates in "Dream Week," learning to ride championship cutting horses with expert Teddy Johnson. In Southern Colorado, Darley rides up to over 12,000 feet in San Juan National Forest with native Anne Rapp. The ride to Engineer Mountain takes Darley through alpine meadows, steep mountain passes and open expanses where views reach all the way to New Mexico. Darley and Anne survive 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 trail rides to Vallecito Lake and learns more techniques for working cattle. Finally, Darley rides the rails and experiences the past on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
- KQED Life: Wed, Feb 8, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 -- 11:00 PM
Jordan: Petra, Royal Stables & Dead Sea (Episode #503)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 4, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
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 mystical vibe on a ride to a section of mysterious stone cones and up to a high point with views of a Tibetan monastery. Over a morning cup of mate, a special tea 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.
Georgia Coast (Episode #510)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 -- 10:30 AM
On Sea Island, Equitrekking host Darley Newman rides with a naturalist and tries what the island natives call "swim riding." On secluded Cumberland Island, Darley observes wild horses with local naturalist Fred Whitehead, who speaks about 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 and strolls through the historic district to delve deeper into Jekyll's unique past.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 -- 11:00 PM
Carolinas (Episode #509)
KQED Life: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
Host Darley Newman and local guides explore some of the more than 100 miles of Appalachian trails surrounding the Biltmore Estate, much as guests of George Vanderbilt would have during the Gilded Age. Darley meets resident horses at The Biltmore Equestrian Center and learns why natural horsemanship is a powerful method of understanding horses. Next, Darley heads downtown to discover the thriving arts scene in Asheville, before taking a lesson in rock climbing at Chimney Rock Park. Traveling further west, Darley meets with Cherokee tribal members and examines the history of horses in Cherokee culture, riding Tennessee Walking horses and fishing for trout in the Great Smoky Mountains. Finally, Darley steps back in time Daufuskie Island. Cantering along wide, pristine beaches is the perfect way to explore this small island off of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Darley learns 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.