Equitrekking’s Darley Newman Wins First Prize and Merit Award in NATJA Awards Competition
Darley Newman, host of the PBS series Equitrekking, has been selected as the First Place Prize Winner for the Best Travel Broadcast for the Equitrekking Costa Rica episode for the 2008 North American Travel Journalist Awards Competition, and the Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback book that Newman authored has won the Merit Award for Best Travel Book. Darley Newman is travel expert, published author and adventurer, who searches the globe for the best in equestrian travel.
NATJA is a premier professional association of writers, photographers, editors, and tourism professionals. The NATJA competition, which had over 400 entrants, is in its 17th year. First prize in the Travel Book category went to Travel & Leisure Magazine’s '100 Greatest Trips: Third Edition.' The Best Travel Broadcast category covers radio, television and podcasts.
“I am proud that the Equitrekking book and Equitrekking Costa Rica episode have been recognized alongside other distinguished entrants from across North America,” said Darley Newman. “We work very hard to produce an educational and engaging travel series in high definition that takes viewers to destinations not normally seen in traditional media and offers them a chance to explore with local people, a very special way to see a place.”
The Equitrekking travel television series on PBS includes 26 episodes that take viewers horseback riding around the world to experience history, adventure and culture. A new season debuts in April finding Darley Newman riding horses on the beaches of Spain, viewing bald eagles and other wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, riding to castles in Scotland, visiting underground cities and ancient villages on Arabian horses in Central Turkey and more. Exotic locations include Southern Spain, Scotland, Quebec City and Beyond, Wales, Central Turkey and Alaska.
The Equitrekking crew is currently in production on new episodes as part of a fifth season and just returned from riding with the gauchos at various estancias in Uruguay. The crew will visit Montana, Turkey, Alberta and beyond in the coming months.
Equitrekking, the first travel television series to explore the world on horseback, broadcasts in high definition on Public Television stations across the United States and internationally in Italy, Turkey, France, Belgium and beyond. The show’s companion website, Equitrekking.com, is a one-stop site for equestrian travel featuring video clips, the Equitrekking Travel Guide to riding vacations around the world, expert tips, travel articles, Darley’s blog, photos and a monthly e-newsletter. Equitrekking has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel, Ralph Lauren magazine, the Washington Post and Business Week online, among others. The Equitrekking: Travel Adventures on Horseback book published by Chronicle Books and written by Darley Newman and with photographs by Chip Ward, features stunning photographs and descriptions of Equitrekking’s first 13 episodes.