The Horse Riding Tourist: Near and Far

The Horse Riding Tourist: Near and Far

by Rachel Lofthouse


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‘The outside of my ski jacket is saturated. As the pit-a-pat of raindrops increase, I’m sure the water will come through to the inside any second. Thankfully, thoughts of this impending soaking are magically blown away because right now I have the sensation of gliding above the ground. Bringing up the rear of a lengthened procession of horses, Gjáska is bowling down the hill in tölt. The tölt is a smooth easy to sit gait, and I relish every stride. Because the rain obscures everything apart from the road and track, I use this period to delight in my Icelandic horse and the gait she is giving me to experience on this ultimate ride.’

So, ends the final ride on a riding holiday in Iceland. Where Northern Lights dance across the night sky, and geysers erupt. It may be the end of the trip, but it’s the start of a journey. A journey that takes Rachel Lofthouse to the pyramid fields outside Cairo; an industrial past in the UK, and to a Mediterranean retreat on the island of Mallorca. Against these backdrops, Rachel faces her fear of jumping, experiences the exhilaration of galloping in the Sahara and the sensation of swimming with her horse. There is an unintentional canter on the road, a reluctant equine partner on a beach ride and another who performs a circus trick. With each experience, a more confident and skilled rider emerges, who knows her limitations. By sharing these exceptional experiences, Rachel hopes to inspire the reader to have a horse-riding adventure of their own. Rachel’s remarkable equestrian travel journey has begun, maybe it’s time to start yours.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999580216
Publisher: Rachel Lofthouse trading as Lofthouse Books
Publication date: 12/08/2018
Series: Horse Riding Tourist , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Rachel Lofthouse lives in a large town on the south coast of Cornwall, the most southwestern peninsula of Great Britain. As a child, Rachel had regularly ridden at a local riding school where she spent many weekends and school holidays taking part in gymkhanas, cared for the ponies and enjoyed canters at the local beach.

Rachel left Cornwall in her early twenties and spent two years studying equestrian and business studies at the Berkshire College of Agriculture. But an equestrian career was not meant to be and the subsequent eight years were spent away from horses when she worked and lived in and around London.

In 2006, Rachel returned to Cornwall and was soon back attending weekly horse riding lessons at Lanjeth Riding School, a small equestrian centre close to her home.

Five years later and as fortieth birthday presents to herself, Rachel booked two horse riding holidays. It was the perfect combination: horseback riding and travel. At the beginning of autumn 2012, Rachel travelled to Iceland and then to Cairo in Egypt. Both horse riding holidays were fun, memorable and so interesting that when she returned home she wrote about them. The Horse Riding Tourist was born.

Table of Contents


Part 1 – The Land of the Tölt

  1. Transfer to Kjóastaõir Farm
  2. Haukadalur Valley
  3. Canyon Brúarhlöõ and Waterfall Gullfoss
  4. Reykjavik


Part 2 – Ancient and Modern

  1. The Day of Rest
  2. Al Sorat Farm
  3. Imagination
  4. Inside Ancient Tombs
  5. Downtown Cairo
  6. Giza Plateau
  7. Vet Clinic
  8. Day Ride to Dahshur
  9. The Sarcophagus and the Felucca


Part 3 – Twenty-seven Miles Southwest

  1. Wheal Buller Riding School
  2. Carn Brea Monument
  3. Gwithian Beach
  4. Carn Marth Lake
  5. Carn Brea Castle
  6. Something Special
  7. The Last Morning


Part 4 – A Mediterranean Retreat

  1. Son Menut
  2. Maravillosso
  3. Consolació Monastery
  4. North Mallorca
  5. A Day Out in Palma
  6. Cala Mesquida National Park
  7. The Final Ride

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