On Sunday November 29th By The Love Of Horses Welcomed Kate Pilcher of Globetrotting. If you missed the show you can listen to the podcast of our conversation with Kate https://www.zoomerradio.ca/podcasts/by-the-love-of-horses/modern-equestrian-pilgrimages-a-conversation-with-kate-pilcher/
People of the middle ages would embark on a pilgrimage for many reasons... some spiritual... some more commonplace, looking for a kind of medieval holiday. It was a way of escape and a source of adventure... it could also provide an opportunity to reflect upon one’s life. Horses were a big part of such adventures.
But such an association with the horse on grand adventures is not just a characteristic of the medieval age. It is also very much alive today. Globetrotting is a highly unique travel agency which is devoted to horse riding holidays and unique cultural horse experiences the world over. Kate and her husband, Steven, have personally gone on every experience they offer.
"Globetrotters see places, encounter cultures and meet people revealed only to those willing to travel off the beaten track on the back of a horse. They see the world through a horse’s eyes and ears, and discover travel that is slower and more enriching.” - Kate Pilcher
As a rider at 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.
I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca
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