Exploring the Earth, Equestrian-style
seeker Darley Newman travels the world on freewheeling
horseback. Now audiences across the nation can
take the ride as well.
Newman, BA ’01,
combined her personal passion with her background
in television to create Equitrekking,
the first travel series to explore the planet
by horse. From the beaches of Southern Spain,
to mountainous Colorado, to Vermont’s
country roads, Newman and her crew set out to
find the best rides.
Darley Newman rode champion cutting horses at a Colorado cattle farm for her new television
series Equitrekking. Newman, who started riding
at age 7, says Equitrekking allows travelers to
explore parts of the world otherwise inaccessible.
“When you’re on horseback, you
get to know the locals pretty quickly, and they
guide you to places you wouldn’t normally
go,” Newman says. “It’s a
great way to learn the history and culture.”
Newman launched the series with husband Carl
“Chip” Ward, BA ’00, MA ’02,
and fellow GW alumni Alex Schwartz, BA ’06,
and John McGlasson, BA ’00, MFA ’03,
after several years in television work. The
high definition show will debut nationally on
Public Television this summer with six episodes.
Galloping through wildflower fields and racing
across creek beds, Newman goes off the beaten
path, quite literally, on weeklong journeys
in such picturesque places as Wyoming, the Carolinas,
and the Georgia coast.
The show is as educational as it is adventurous,
Newman says. The crew uses the area’s
native horses, highlighting the different breeds
throughout the world while explaining why they
vary in landscapes and climates.
The Myrtle Beach, S.C., native has been riding
since age 7 but started trekking again regularly
in college. After graduating, Newman worked
in television at CBS and the WB, and was a broadcaster
for Talk Radio News Service in Washington, D.C.
Still, her childhood love continued to call
to her from the fast-paced news world. Newman
and her husband took her broadcasting experience
and his business background and found sponsors
for the series. Now, in the wild, she sets her
“There’s a certain quiet when you
ride,” Newman says. “You focus on
the sounds that surround you.”
Newman has regularly written for equestrian
magazines and Web sites, and she also maintains
a blog of her adventures as editor of Equitrekking.com.
At GW, she was an electronic media major at
the School of Media and Public Affairs and says
she’s grateful for a degree that has enabled
her to produce her own show.
This summer, she is filming the next series
With a steady steed, some high definition camera
equipment, and a healthy sense of adventure,
Newman and crew are ready to take the reins.
“We basically pack our horses,”
Newman says, “and ride off into the sunset.”