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Kate Pilcher - Founder & guide of Globetrotting - sharing her passion for horses

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

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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Show notes

  • 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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