Meet Your Host

Learn about the lives of dude ranch owners and equestrian vacation guides from around the world.

Meet Your Host- Connemara Equestrian Escapes in Ireland

March 15, 2018
Cathriona Goaley was born and bred in Connemara, the region through which she now leads riders on equestrian vacations. Learn about Connemara Equestrian Escapes, offering luxury riding tours in Ireland. Horseback riding on the beaches of Connemara. Equitrekking: Your tours take riders through the Connemara region on the famous Wild Atlantic… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Classicus Farm in Virginia

March 1, 2018
Classical dressage trainer and instructor Linda Bertschinger runs a training barn and farm that welcomes equestrians to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for dressage vacations. Linda studied classical dressage with Dominique Barbier. She was a working student at the Barbier farm in California and spent many years with Dominique. After leaving… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

February 11, 2018
The Averill Family has been guest ranching for three generations in Montana on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi. Their ranch resort, Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, specializes in upscale family ranch vacations, welcoming multiple generations to swim, sun, sail, ride horses and enjoy a… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Trapper Creek Ranch in Wyoming

January 19, 2018
Ranch Owners Peter and Marijn De Cabooter are no strangers to the guest ranch industry, as longtime owners of The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Wyoming, which welcomes travelers from around the world. With their new venture, Trapper Creek Ranch, they offer a more intimate, boutique ranch and horsemanship… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Kindred Spirits in Costa Rica

December 30, 2017
Terry Lillian Newton is a Certified Yoga Instructor, horse trainer, riding teacher, Liberty Horse Trainer and Certified Energy Practioner. She combines these talents to host travelers on the Caribbean Coast and jungles of Costa Rica in a variety of special retreats through Kindred Spirits. We caught up with Terry to learn… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

October 7, 2017
Meet Meris Esterly, who was inspired to own a guest ranch from her own dude ranch vacation, and find out more about her New Mexico guest ranch.   As a teen, Meris Esterly joined her family on a dude ranch vacation. They liked the experience so much that they went back… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Adventure Horse Trekking New Zealand

September 27, 2017
Angie and John Wall manage Adventure Horse Trekking New Zealand, which leads riders through Central Otago on New Zealand’s South Island, known for its fruit production and award-winning wines. Read about the experience! Guests savor local wines in the evenings while riding by day through iconic alpine valleys and hills.… Read more »

Meet Your Host Clew Bay Trail Ride’s Padraic Foy

September 13, 2017
The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's first long-distance touring route stretching along the dramatic Atlantic coast from West Cork to Donegal, is an increasingly popular place to take a riding vacation. Padraic Foy, whose family has been breeding horses in the Clew Bay area along the Wild Atlantic Way since 1963,… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Rafter P Ranch in Florida

July 22, 2017
Located in Geneva, Florida, not far from Orlando, Rafter P offers horseback riding, experiential learning, yoga retreats, horsemanship retreats and helps to rescue horses and Mustangs. They welcome travelers to experience Florida on horseback. We spoke with Chezz Perlini and Nicole Perlini, the Head Horse Trainer at Rafter P Horse Training and… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Gordie Church of Safaris Unlimited

July 13, 2017
Born in Kenya and raised with the promise of adventure during every school holiday, Gordie Church mastered safari skills as a boy helping the camp crew put up tents, pack trucks and saddle horses. He guided his first safari at the age of eighteen and now has over twenty-five years… Read more »