Equitrekking Nominated for Daytime Emmy Third Year in a Row

Washington, DC, May 13, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Equitrekking, the PBS travel series with host, producer and writer Darley Newman and executive producer and writer Chip Ward, has been honored with a Daytime Emmy nomination in the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Writing. This is the third consecutive year that Equitrekking, Darley and Chip have been nominated for Daytime Emmys.

Equitrekking is nominated alongside the popular The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Teen Kids News on Fox and Jon Stewart’s landmark televised rally on Washington, DC’s Mall The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, which broadcast on Comedy Central. This is Equitrekking’s fourth Daytime Emmy nomination. Equitrekking won an Emmy for Outstanding Single Camera Photography in 2009 and was honored with a nomination for Outstanding Special Class Series in 2009 and 2010. Awards will be presented at a gala in Los Angeles on June 17th.

“We are so excited to be nominated a third year running alongside such an accomplished group of veteran writers and television producers,” said Darley. “We have a small production team, and over the years we each have taken on a variety of production roles. Being recognized for our hard work is truly an honor.”

The Equitrekking TV show follows Darley as she travels the world with local people to get an in-depth, eco-friendly look at a destination’s natural surroundings, culture and history. The tight-knit Equitrekking crew travels to dramatic and beautiful destinations, often riding horses to get to areas that aren’t normally showcased by the media.

The episode that garnered this year’s Emmy nod is Equitrekking: Jordan: Wadi Rum, Aqaba & Jerash, in which Darley joins local Bedouin to discover the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Jordan, riding horses through the dramatic Wadi Rum Desert and Dana Village, snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs, hiking Jordan’s version of the Grand Canyon and experiencing NASCAR’s ancient counterpart during chariot races in a restored Roman hippodrome.

“The Equitrekking series is about natural and cultural diversity and exploration,” says Chip. “Our on-camera local guests play a significant role in each episode. Darley’s energy and passion for learning and culture and brings forth each local’s personality and keeps viewers engaged with the series and wanting more.”

Young entrepreneurs Darley and Chip have built the Emmy-winning Equitrekking series from the ground up, using their complementary skill sets and passions to creatively produce and promote each episode through online video and the popular Equitrekking.com website. In addition to its North American broadcasts, Equitrekking is now seen on international networks in over 65 countries including the Japan, France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey.

The 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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 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 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.

Sara Johnson