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NEWSLETTER FEATURED RIDE FROM EQUITOURS THE GREAT ANATOLIAN RIDE

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CANYON EXPLORER TREK

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GRAND CANYON WINTER PASTURES

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LONG VALLEY CATTLE DRIVE

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NAVAJOLAND

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THREE PARK SPECTACULAR

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BOOK REVIEW

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JOSEPHINE

HIGHLIGHTS

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DR EA M HO R SE VACAT IO NS JULY 2010

THE GREAT ANATOLIAN HORSEBACK RIDE and across varied terrain zigzagging east and west as Evliya Çelebi himself did. The ride will end in the historic city of Kütahya the ancestral home of Evliya after following the tracks of the famous traveler along the way experiencing the culture and people of Turkey.

The intriguing thing about the vacations offered by Equitours is the great care in the selection of trips. The destinations cover the globe and utilize the equestrian experience as an end to explore exotic destinations, the food, the people and the culture. This unique ride follows as closely as possible the early stages of the final journey of Evliya Çelebi, a seventeenth century Ottoman traveler, who recorded his pilgrimage to Mecca in the Book of Travels a ten volume chronicle of his journey.

The Great Anatolian Horseback Ride begins in the village of Soġuksu south of the Marmara Sea. From there the trip heads through dramatic landscape

A JOURNEY THROUGH NORTHWEST TURKEY The countryside is wide open with few fences or walls to restrict movement. Being enthusiastically welcomed is part of the immense attraction of riding in this enchanting region. Passing through towns and villages and visiting sites that Evliya records in his Book of Travels and meeting the people of the region who make their living from the land. Many of the villagers will be busy with the harvest the basis for this rural economy.

Encountering lakes, rivers and mountains, the sights include the distinctive stone and wooden architecture, a stone paved Ottoman road, historic bazaars and the Roman obelisk at Kikilitaş. All are absorbed at the slow equestrian pace.


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THE GREAT ANATOLIAN RIDE

Guides that know the country, the horses and most important, the history


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EVLIYA ÇELEBI A 17TH CENTURY TRAVELER

Evliya Çelebi was born on the 25th of February 1611. His Book of Travels

shows his interest in the characteristics of the countries he journeyed and the people he met. His writings cover the historic events of the 17th century and is an invaluable account of stories, history and geography written in a lucid style of the spoken language of the time.

served many sultans from Suleyman the Magnificent to Ibrahim. “Through heredity many an adventure and experience was passed to our humble servant from his grandfather and father,” he writes to explain his curiosity and devotion to a life of travel to distant lands.

A passion for foreign lands began as he listened to the many adventures of his father who had

A beautiful voice and knowledge of music, Evliya was also a calligrapher, decorator and poet.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Seven nights are spent in hotels including on the day exploring Istanbul and nine nights sleeping under the stars in tents on thick foam mattresses along the journey.

Riding through the rich farmlands and traveling through the markets provide rich choices for the traditionally crafted Turkish specialties prepared by the chef that travels with the group. Turkey is famous for its kabobs, mezas (appetizers), fish dishes and hand-made pastas and hand rolled filled pastries. Or enjoy lunch in a small café along the route.

Perhaps enjoy the local rahvancis or pacing races in Kütahya

PRICES AND DATES The depth and beauty of this ride offers 11 1/2 days of riding on this 17 day trip. There are 9 nights of camp-

ing and 7 nights in hotels. This intermediate ride which is mostly walking with some trots and slow canters is offered twice in 2010. From August 29th to September 14th the ride will travel from Istanbul to Kütahya. Or from September 14th to September 30th reversing the trip back to Istanbul.

The cost is $4,100 -$4,500 per person depending on the number of riders (maximum is 10). To learn more about this exciting equestrian trip please contact Nancie VionLoisel at Equitours at 800 545-0019 or via e-mail at nancie@equitours.com.


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W W W . D R E A M H O R S E V A C A T I O N S . C O M BOOK REVIEW

Josephine A Tale of Hope and Happy Endings By Bunny McLeod and Roni McFadden Josephine, a greatgranddaughter of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit, loses her mother days after her birth. This is her inspiring true story that touches the hearts of the young and old alike. Josephine is a moving tale for anyone who has lost someone they have loved but has succeeded in finding a new start and the courage to love again. This read aloud book is perfect for young horse lovers or as a gift for someone in need of something special from a young filly who faces one of life’s great challenges with the heart of a champion. I remember the day Josephine was born. The week before we had taken a group of guests to Ridgewood Ranch to tour the estate of Charles Howard and then to ride on the trails that Seabiscuit had recovered on with Red Pollard. When we got to the mare barn Lacy was in the first stall and like all expectant mothers, she was …… waiting. After lunch and a wonderful ride I returned to check on her

and we exchanged the knowing glances only mothers can share. I assured her that she would not be the first mare to be pregnant forever! The following week when we arrived at Ridgewood there was a hustle and bustle at the mare barn and we rode off thinking that by the time we came back in the afternoon there would be a new lil’ biscuit to see. But we returned to an air of serious concern rather than joyous excitement and we maintained a respectful distance. By dinner I heard that Lacy and her new foal were on their way to UC Davis. A few days later the news arrived that my dear friend Jacqueline had lost Lacy and my heart strings tugged knowing that just the year before she had lost Bronze Sea’s mother. I was though not in the least surprised that Jacqueline put all of her own grief aside and put Josephine and that sweet foal’s needs ahead of her own. The next time I saw Jacqueline she had that beautiful exhaustion of all new mothers who had been up all night nursing her newborn. A few days later she brought Josephine home and relinquished her own role to Midnight – I think only because Josephine could already run

circles around her! But this is the story of Josephine and the beautiful bond that develops between her and Midnight her new mother. And as Midnight graciously steps into Lacy’s horseshoes she teaches Josephine that Lacy will always be in her life but one’s ability to love has no bounds. I now look forward to seeing Josephine on each visit to Seabiscuit’s home. Under Jacqueline and Midnight’s care she has grown into a beautiful young lady. But this enchanting book chronicles those first few precious weeks of her young life and is a rare gift to us all.

This delightful book can be purchased while touring Ridgewood Ranch, Seabiscuit’s home in Willits, California where Josephine is currently entertaining the guests racing around her pasture. Or you may obtain a copy from The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation at www.seabiscuitheritage.org. The proceeds from the sale of this book support the Ridgewood T.R.A.I.L. Riders Association, a therapeutic riding program, and The Frank R. Howard Foundation raising funds for a new Howard Hospital in Willits.


Dream Horse Vacations Newsletter 2010