The travel experts behind the Emmy-winning PBS TV show, Equitrekking and popular companion website Equitrekking.com, have revealed their top 20 North American dude ranch picks on a brand new website, Top20Ranches.com.
The top dude ranches include geographically diverse picks from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Mexico, Montana, Texas, Georgia and Idaho. The Equitrekking team has spent the last six years traveling the world searching for the best ranches, resorts and horseback riding travel destinations. Having ridden and filmed at many of these ranches for their Emmy Award-winning TV show Equitrekking, which broadcasts on PBS and international networks in over 65 countries, and writing about the dude ranch industry for leading publications, the team had a tough job in picking only twenty elite dude and guest ranches.
“We’ve met and continue to meet modern day ranchers, whose history, lifestyle and passion for helping others experience the best of America’s western history and hospitality is inspiring,” said Darley Newman, the host and producer of Equitrekking, and an award-winning travel journalist. “We are excited to continue to educate the public on all of the wonderful dude ranches and guest ranches that allow so many travelers to have once in a lifetime experiences… time and again.”
In addition to the Emmy-winning TV show, the Equitrekking team also produces a popular companion website at Equitrekking.com featuring the Equitrekking Vacation Guide, a global guide to dude ranches, guest ranches, cattle drives and riding vacations. Launched in 2004, the Equitrekking Vacation Guide educates singles, families and groups of travelers seeking a vacation involving horse experiences. The team has also produced a TV Special for PBS, “Great American Ranches,” highlighting the history of dude ranches in America. The high definition TV Special included interviews with dude ranch owners, the history of the first dude ranch travelers and tips for travelers who want to saddle up at a Western-style ranch.
Equitrekking’s unique focus and worldwide distribution has motivated tens of millions of viewers on PBS and around the world to watch Equitrekking regularly and many to get back in the saddle at local stables and riding vacation destinations around the world.
Equitrekking has produced 35 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series, which won a second Daytime Emmy this spring for its photography. Throughout the fall, viewers can watch two new episodes from Botswana, Africa on their local PBS station and Equitrekking episodes from Belize, Costa Rica, Southern Quebec, Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Kentucky. Equitrekking’s just returned from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where they filmed in Mackinac Island, St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie for an episode that will debut Spring 2013 on PBS.
Equitrekking is the Emmy Award-winning lifestyle television series that takes viewers on global travel and horseback riding adventures to experience culture, cuisine, history and nature. Hosted by travel expert and producer Darley Newman, Equitrekking broadcasts in high definition on PBS in North America and on international networks in over 65 countries. The show’s companion website Equitrekking.com features everything visitors need to research and plan their travels, including video clips, expert tips, travel articles and the Equitrekking.com Vacation Guide, a searchable guide to dude ranches, cattle drives and worldwide riding holidays.
· Two Daytime Emmy Awards
· Four Daytime Emmy nominations
· Two Telly Awards
· Best Travel Broadcast and Merit Award for Best Travel Book–– North American Travel Journalist Association
· Inspiring Woman Award to Darley Newman–– Women in Philanthropy & Leadership
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