Equitrekking Wins First Prize in North American Travel Journalist Competition

February 23, 2010

The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that Darley Newman, host and producer of the Emmy winning PBS travel series EQUITREKKING, has been selected as the First Place Prize Winner for Best Travel Broadcast in the 2009 North American Travel Journalist Awards Competition. This is the second consecutive win for the EQUITREKKING series.

The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that Darley Newman, host and producer of the Emmy winning PBS travel series EQUITREKKING, has been selected as the First Place Prize Winner for Best Travel Broadcast in the 2009 North American Travel Journalist Awards Competition. This is the second consecutive win for the EQUITREKKING series.

The competition, now in its 18th year, recognizes excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. This year NATJA received more than 500 submissions from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. EQUITREKKING was among a list of prestigious First Place Winners, including National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Women's Adventure magazine and Virtuoso Life.

“Choosing winners was difficult in this year’s competition because we received so many creative and well-executed entries in all of the categories,” says Helen Hernandez, CEO of NATJA.

The EQUITREKKING travel television series currently broadcasts 26 high definition episodes on PBS and on international networks in over 30 countries. Host Darley Newman takes viewers on global horseback riding adventures to experience history, adventure and culture from a local’s perspective. In September 2009, EQUITREKKING was honored with a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Single Camera Photography. EQUITREKKING was also nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Series category alongside the popular, longtime MTV series True Life and Made.

 “I am proud that EQUITREKKING has been recognized as Best Travel Broadcast in this year’s NATJA competition,” said Darley. “We continually strive to produce a beautiful travel series that sheds light on the world’s diverse cultures through our insider’s interactions with local people, granting viewers a truly special way to see the world.”

The crew is currently filming for a fifth season in Jordan, Turkey, Alberta, Uruguay and beyond. Besides the series’ companion book, Equitrekking: Travel Adventures on Horseback and website at Equitrekking.com, the crew recently launched EquitrekkingTravel.com, featuring exceptional equestrian vacations seen on the TV series. Now, viewers can ride in U.S. and international locales with the same locals who’ve starred on EQUITREKKING, and more great destinations will be added in the coming weeks.

Learn more about EQUITREKKING at www.equitrekking.com, Equitrekking Travel at www.equitrekkingtravel.com and purchase DVDs at www.shopdarley.com

About EQUITREKKING and Darley Newman


EQUITREKKING is the Emmy Award-Winning PBS equestrian travel series that takes viewers on global horseback riding and travel adventures. Hosted by equestrian travel expert and journalist Darley Newman, EQUITREKKING broadcasts in high definition on PBS in North America and on international networks in Italy, Turkey, France, Japan, Russia and beyond. EQUITREKKING’s current 26 half hour episodes feature Belize, Costa Rica, Southern Quebec, Vermont, the Carolinas, the Georgia Coast, Wyoming, Colorado, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, Hawaii's Big Island, Maui, Virginia Hunt Country, California Wine Country, Alaska, Wales, Scotland, Southern Spain, Quebec City & Beyond and Central Turkey. The crew is currently producing a new season in Uruguay, Alberta, Turkey, Jordan and beyond. The show’s companion website, Equitrekking.com, is a one-stop site for equestrian travel featuring video clips, the Equitrekking Travel Guide, expert tips, travel articles, Darley’s blog, photos and a monthly e-newsletter. Darley is also the founder of Equitrekking Travel at www.EquitrekkingTravel.com, featuring exceptional equestrian vacations led by the local guides seen on the EQUITREKKING series on Public Television.

EQUITREKKING was awarded a Daytime Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Single Camera Photography and nominated for Outstanding Special Class Series. The North American Travel Journalist Association awarded EQUITREKKING Best Travel Broadcast for 2008. EQUITREKKING’s companion book Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback, published by Chronicle Books and written by Darley Newman, received the Merit Award for Best Travel Book 2008 from the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA). In addition to EQUITREKKING, Darley writes for Practical Horseman and True West magazines, Equisearch.com and speaks frequently at events. Darley and EQUITREKKING have been featured in the Washington Post, Ralph Lauren magazine, New York Times, and the book How’d You Score That Gig, a look at the coolest careers for twenty and thirty-something’s, published by Ballantine Books/Random House.

 

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