Emmy-Winning Equitrekking Scouts for France Filming & Releases Special Northern France Themed Newsletter

Producer Caroline Maffry from the Emmy-winning Equitrekking TV show returned from scouting film locations in France for a new Equitrekking episode. Special travel articles by Maffry were released today, a Northern France themed Equitrekking's newsletter.

Washington, DC, April 28, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The team from Equitrekking, the Emmy Award-winning travel TV series, has returned from France, where producer Caroline Maffry scouted film locations in Normandy, Versailles and Paris in preparation for the Normandy 2014 World Equestrian Games and a new Equitrekking episode. Maffry has written about her culinary and equestrian travel adventures in a special Northern France themed Equitrekking newsletter released today.

In each episode of Equitrekking, which broadcasts on Public Television and on international networks in over 65 countries, travel expert and host Darley Newman takes viewers on global travel and horseback riding adventures to experience culture, cuisine, history and adventure. The production team works hard to find the most interesting locals and areas to film for each high definition episode, often highlighting eco-friendly and cultural attractions not found in the travel guides. Maffry, a lifelong equestrian, was on the lookout for exceptional horses, food and people who could bring a France episode to life and certainly found it.

“A highlight of the trip was meeting with Mr. Fabien Grobon, Director of the Normandy 2014 World Equestrian Games,” says Maffry. “Hearing him talk about the events he is organizing leading up to the games and plans for the games themselves got me very excited for WEG in Normandy.”

Maffry met Grobon at the Bois de Boulogne Equestrian Center in Paris, where Maffry, a former Paris resident, rode as a child. Maffry, who now resides in Washington, D.C. and competes locally, was introduced to a game of horseball while Mr. Grobon shared special insight into his vision for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Outside of Paris, Maffry visited some of the attractions that travelers to WEG might tour, including staying at a working horse farm and chateau in Normandy and horse riding the Bay of Mont St Michel.

“Riding horses in the Bay of Mont St Michel was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Maffry. “Galloping through the salt marsh meadows and seeing the fog of the morning lift to reveal the Abbey in this mystical aura was magical.”

Maffry also treats readers of this special Northern France edition of the Equitrekking newsletter to a royal riding experience. She saddles up in Versailles’ royal gardens and takes readers on a special insiders tour of the Academie du Spectacle Equestre or Academy of Equestrian Art in Versailles. Through two special travel articles, Maffry brings readers on a culinary tour of France and to other attractions near Versailles, including Le Pavillion Royal du Chateau de Marly, one of many royal retreats of King Louis IV from Versailles and frequented by Thomas Jefferson.

Read the Equitrekking Northern France Newsletter at http://www.equitrekking.com/newsletter_archive/

For more information on Equitrekking or to interview producer Caroline Maffry about her France experiences or Equitrekking’s host and creator Darley Newman, please contact them.

About Equitrekking
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 adventure. Hosted by travel expert and producer Darley Newman, Equitrekking broadcasts in high definition on Public Television 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 riding holidays.

In September 2009, Equitrekking won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Single Camera Photography and has been nominated two years running for Outstanding Special Class Series, alongside the popular MTV series True Life and Made. Equitrekking has twice been awarded First Place for Best Travel Broadcast in the North American Travel Journalist Awards Competition. Equitrekking’s companion book Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback, published by Chronicle Books and written by Darley Newman, received the Merit Award for Best Travel Book 2008 from the North American Travel Journalist Association.

In addition to Equitrekking, Darley is a columnist Practical Horseman and True West magazines, DiscoverHorses.com and speaks frequently at events. Darley and Equitrekking have been featured in the Washington Post, Ralph Lauren magazine, USA Today, New York Times, Budget Travel, Hollywood Reporter and the book How’d You Score That Gig, a look at the coolest careers for twenty and thirty-something’s, published by Ballantine Books/Random House. Darley is also the founder of Equitrekking Travel at EquitrekkingTravel.com, featuring exceptional equestrian vacations led by many of the local guides seen on the Equitrekking TV show. Visit Equitrekking.com

Equitrekking's France excursion was made possible by:
ATOUT France, Normandy Tourism, Versailles Tourism, The Academy of Equestrian Arts, Normandy 2014, Rail Europe, Cheval Plaisir, La Grange Martin

Sara Johnson