Travel & Leisure

Honouring Her Majesty: An Equestrian Biography of Queen Elizabeth II

By Cuchullaine O’Reilly | December 9, 2022

Few lives have been filled with so many enormous events. When Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union. That mighty empire disappeared and the world changed but for 70 years there was one political and emotional stability in millions of people’s lives: Queen Elizabeth II.

The longest reigning British monarch in history, she was Commander in Chief of the Army, Head of the Church of England, attended 21,000 public engagements, gave her Royal Assent to 4,000 Acts of Parliament and raised more than £1.4 billion for worthy causes. She met five Popes and thirteen US Presidents. She greeted 15 British prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

Yet politics never dimmed her passion for horses. She first mounted at the age of 3 and spent the next 93 years of her life, riding, raising and racing thousands of horses. This unique biography offers the first chronological equestrian review of this remarkable royal horse woman.

The Shakespeare Equestrian Collection

By Cuchullaine O’Reilly | December 9, 2022

It took more than five years to complete this intensive examination that documents how horses deeply influenced the personal and professional life of England’s most famous author. Her Majesty was the first to inspect this treasure trove that contains a rare pictorial biography, the first illustrated list of equine actors and an outstanding collection of articles.

HRL EXCLUSIVE: The Future has a Face and a Name

By Greta Matos | September 1, 2022

Greta and Alejandro Matos became members of the Long Riders’ Guild, the international association of equestrian explorers, when they rode across Chile. When they set off across Northern Patagonia in 2022, their daughter Sofía Alegría joined them. Upon the completion of the journey Sofía became the youngest person ever to be made a Member of the Long Riders’ Guild. Yet as she rode with Sofía Alegría sitting in front, Greta realised that the Little Long Rider symbolised every child whose future is in danger because of climate change. In a remarkable introspection the Mother, Long Rider and Environmentalist explains “Our children, just like our Earth, hold the key to our collective future. If there was ever a time to reconnect with the bravery within our hearts, face our fears about our uncertain future, and turn toward the unknown with curiosity, it is now.”

Horse Trailers, Hauling and Heat

By Barbara Godwin | September 1, 2022

As a horse owner, what precautions do you take when the heat soars? There are always obvious ones like access to plenty of water and shade. But summer is usually the time horse owners seek to hit the trails, especially in northern areas…so how do you keep your horse safe when the heat goes beyond the usual?

Have Horse Will Travel: The Dakota Dream | Custer, SD

By Barbara Godwin | September 1, 2022

The world is a big big place, and what better way to see it than from horseback? If you and your horse are in travel mode and looking for a scenic getaway, South Dakota – and this one-of-a-kind property – awaits you!

Person of Interest: Craig C. Downer

By Barbara Godwin | July 2, 2022

Horse & Rider Living is honored to introduce Craig C. Downer – an ecologist, environmentalist, activist, author, musician…and genuinely impressive human being.

Have Horse Will Travel: Carson City, NV

By Barbara Godwin | July 2, 2022

Nevada features a wealth of opportunities for travel and adventure. Breathtaking scenery, history, and cultural settings where one can create memories while reveling in the past, and enjoying a true Nevada experience.

8 Years On Horseback: Filipe Leite’s “The Long Rider” Documentary

By Barbara Godwin | March 28, 2022

Filipe Masetti Leite began his epic journey on horseback from Calgary to Brazil – 8 years, over 15,500 miles, 12 international borders, and documented with more than 500 hours of footage. The Long Rider is a once in a lifetime event – and now available for your viewing pleasure.

Irish Travelers and Their Tiny Houses

By Barbara Godwin | March 20, 2022

Tiny Houses are a popular part of a worldwide movement to minimize and mobilize their lives – but the craze is not a new one. Being mobile was a way of life for Gypsies (Romani and Irish Travelers), who started out on foot, then to horse, then horse and carts called “Vardo”…the first mobile homes!

Experience Ireland on Horseback!

By Barbara Godwin | March 17, 2022

Horse enthusiasts of all riding levels have an opportunity to ride globally, and HRL encourages you to see the world by doing something you truly love to do. The truly exciting part: you don’t have to be an expert equestrian to enjoy a horseback riding vacation destination.