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Equitrekking Adventures Previous Broadcasts

Kentucky (Episode #604)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Kentucky is a state well known for its horses. In Equitrekking Kentucky, discover wildflowers, a historic mill site and rolling green hills on the trails at Shaker Village on horseback. With Shaker Village's naturalist, TV host Darley Newman gets the rare chance to ride horses through the center of this well-preserved historic village. Viewers learn about Kentucky's agricultural past as Darley rides smooth Tennessee Walking horses with a local resident, who is proud of her multi-generational farm and its heritage. Next, Equitrekking takes on the trails at Land Between the Lakes and Barren River State Park in Western Kentucky, imagining what this land looked like at a time when Native Americans and buffalo roamed the tall grasslands of Kentucky. In Lexington, join Darley to see diverse breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park and attend a fast-paced, world-class equestrian competition, the Rolex Three Day. Next, visit a Thoroughbred rehabilitation center, where horses from the racetrack are rehabilitated so that they may find new homes. Darley is introduced to a very special horse, King D, who has made a positive change and is on the road to finding a new home.

Costa Rica (Episode #603)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Equitrekking's Emmy nominated host Darley Newman discovers Pacific Coast beaches and the fertile farmland and lush forests of the San Carlos Valley in Costa Rica. Mixing horseback riding with tree climbing and hot air ballooning, Equitrekking captures the true spirit of adventure in Costa Rica. Riding gaited Paso Fino and Peruvian horses, Darley makes a trek to the famously furious Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. As smoke billows off the flowing lava, Darley and her local Costa Rican guides ride among lava rocks from the 1968 eruption. Next, Equitrekking takes viewers to the beach, exploring Costa Rica's extreme biodiversity by spotting scarlet macaws, crocodiles and iguanas. Darley lives every horse rider's dream by taking a sunset ride on the beach, before heading back to San Carlos to climb a ten-story tree! Next, Darley enjoys getting in touch with the local culture, by riding in a Cabalgata, a horse festival where hundreds and sometimes tens of thousands of local Costa Ricans open up their farms so that riders can pass through them in a wild trail ride. Darley visits a frog sanctuary to view rare frogs, like the red-eyed tree Frog, and rides horses to a spot where howler monkeys make their home in the trees. Finally, Equitrekking takes viewers to hear the rainforest wake up, flying above it in a hot air balloon at dawn.

Botswana: Tuli, Makgadikgadi and Maun (Episode #602)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Equitrekking TV host Darley Newman travels to Botswana, Africa to explore local villages, ancient cultures and wildlife on safari. Starting in Tuli an area known as the "Land of the Giants" because of its larger than life natural attractions, Darley stays in eco-friendly safari camps and rides horses to view the zebra and wildebeest herds that dot these wild savannahs. In the nearby village of Motlhabaneng, Darley gets a locals tour of traditional homes and meets the village chief, who gives the production crew permission to film with one of Botswana's top basket weavers. Hopping aboard a small plane, Darley travels northwest to one of the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans. There, she follows in the footsteps of 19th century pioneering explorers, like David Livingstone, to discover desert adapted wildlife and have a harrowing gallop with a herd of zebra and wildebeest. Visiting an area landmark, Chapman's Baobab, and camping under the stars, viewers are taken far away from technology and civilization for a brief respite from the modern world. Finally, in the frontier village of Maun, Darley visits a lodge and private game reserve accessible to all levels of riders, even kids, and visits a new, sustainable cultural center that's allowing the arts to thrive in Maun.

Botswana: Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans (Episode #601)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Equitrekking host Darley Newman takes viewers on a journey through one the last great wilderness areas, Botswana's Okavango Delta, and the lunar-like Makgadikgadi Pans, meeting the wildlife and people, which make Botswana such a special Southern African nation. In the Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world, Darley rides horses with the locals to view giraffes and wildebeests and gets charged by an elephant. You never know what's around the bend while island hopping and horse riding through the waterlogged highways of the Okavango Delta, making horses one of the best ways to explore this natural area. Out of the saddle, Darley goes fishing in a hippo pool and tries the freshest fish she's ever tasted, immediately cooking what she's captured on a secluded island under one of Africa's majestic and legendary baobab trees. Next, Darley takes a jeep and boat tour to watch elephants go about their daily routine. After taking a peaceful trip in a mokoro, a long slender canoe that's great for getting around the Okavango Delta, Darley travels to the vast, dazzling Makgadikgadi Pans, an ancient lake the size of Switzerland. Researchers believe that it was once one of the biggest inland lakes in Africa, but it dried up, likely because of climate change or a seismic shift. Darley lets viewers in on a once in a lifetime trek with our distant ancestors-- a hike with the San, an ancient tribe from which some scientists believe all people are descended. Finally, Darley visits a local meerkat colony, learning how these fascinating creatures survive using teamwork and ending her journey through Botswana.

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