Kate Pilcher is the founder & guide of Globetrotting, a worldwide travel agency that specialises in horse riding experiences to all corners of the globe. Kate discovered this form of travel as part of a quarter-life crisis and ran away to Argentina and then Kenya to discover herself from the back of a horse. Now in her forties Kate leads globetrotting rides to some extraordinary places with her three daughters and husband in toe.
Kate in her own words:
“I started Globetrotting a bit over a decade ago, thanks to a quarter-life crisis. You see, I had turned 25 and went on a 10-day horse riding safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, where my mind was blown by witnessing the wildebeest migration astride a safari horse.
It was THIS crazy, colourful, life-changing experience that led me to step away from my business (Salt magazine), my boyfriend (now husband – thankfully Steven is a very patient man), mortgage and flee to a remote 100,000 acre estancia in Patagonia only accessible via horse.
For the next nine months I jumped from saddle to saddle, driven by an unquenchable thirst to explore horse cultures in South America and Africa. When I finally returned home, Globetrotting took form alongside my business at the time, Salt magazine.
You see, I fell in love with this form of travel – Globetrotting – where the pace is slower and the experience richer.
Rather than travelling in a tour bus (conveyor-belt travel, I like to call it), when you’re astride a horse, you climb under the skin of a country, absorbing every nuance it has to offer.
I knew it was the only way for me to travel, and I was determined to share this passion with other horse folk and I have.
This is a true calling for me.”
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Who is Kate
What is Globetrotting
How they use horse riding to change people's lives
A little background about her family
Her first and earliest memory of horses
Having a little interest in horses back then
Never thought of horses as part of her career
Having no idea what she wanted to do
Working in small businesses alongside her degree
How sales and marketing interest her
She enjoys marketing and sales
Moving to the UK after finishing her degree
Returning to Australia and having the chance to ride a horse once again
Exploring Maasai Mara in Kenya for 10 days
Wanting to get away from everything
Feeling that she isn't living the life she was meant to live
Rejecting Steven's marriage proposal
How Globetrotting started
Background on how and why she took the risk of changing careers
Wanting to be invited to the world's oldest horseback riding event
Being able to open many people's doors through her space
Getting more detailed about horse riding
Different types of rides and items to carry on the journey
Ensuring that each client is well-cared for from start to finish.
Her favourite horse breeds
Talking about horse therapy
Road testing in European rides in 2018
Riding with a baby and just wanting to go home
The most challenging time she had during her riding journey
Having her husband's support and encouragement
Being a mother and how it affects her work
"Home is my family and we can go anywhere and have adventure."
Planning a six-week adventure in August with family and guests
Experiencing the most terrifying adventure with her girls back in 2021
Returning to horse riding after having children
More information on the Silk Road Adventure - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Mongolia
Partnering with Katy Willings
Final words of advice
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