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21 January 2006

EQUESTRIAN TRAVEL
For centuries, before the arrival of the motor car, the main means of individual travel over any significant distance was on horseback.  Nowadays there are plenty of people who like nothing better than to saddle up and ride on their holiday from pony trekking to equestrian exploring. Sandi Toksvig talks to three keen riders who have travelled thousands of miles across all the continents.

Travel writers Christina Dodwell, Robin Hanbury-Tenison and equestrian holiday organiser Wendy Hoftsee are all members of a club called the Long Riders' Guild. They recount tales of nights under the stars, robbers, horses rescued from the knacker's yard and discuss the bonds they've formed with the animals that have carried them on their backs. 


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Wendy riding on a beach in Costa Rica


This week's guests: 

Wendy Ofstee grew up in South Africa where she learned to ride. She qualified and practiced as a vet but has now combined her love of horses and travelling in running a company that specialises in horse holidays.

Christina Dodwell is a writer and has been travelling for over thirty years in countries as varied as Papua New Guinea, China, South Africa and Turkey, much of the travelling has been on horseback.

A Traveller on Horseback in Eastern Turkey and Iran
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press
ISBN: 1590481585

An Explorer's Handbook: An Unconventional Guide for Travellers to Remote Regions
Publisher: Facts on File
ISBN: 0816014027 

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is an explorer, conservationist, film maker, author, campaigner, farmer and a horseman who has made several long distance journeys in the saddle with his family, including trips to France, China, New Zealand and Spain.

White Horses Over France
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press
ISBN: 1590481216

Chinese Adventure - A Ride Along the Great Wall
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press
ISBN: 1590481224

Spanish Pilgrimage - A Canter to Saint James
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press
ISBN: 1590481240

Fragile Eden - A Ride Through New Zealand
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press
ISBN: 1590481232 

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