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TV’s ‘Equitrekking’ host ‘impressed by area’s equine tourism’

Published 2:58pm Thursday, March 29, 2012

Darley Newman, host of PBS’s Emmy award-winning show on horseback riding around the world, spoke to an enthusiastic audience on March

Darley Newman, host of PBS’s “Equitrekking,” stands beside Morris the Horse in downtown Tryon during her recent visit to the area. (photo by Libbie Johnson)

21 in Polk County about the making of her television series, now in its sixth year. She also addressed the economic and environmental benefits of equi-tourism to communities. The event was hosted by Polk County Economic and Tourism Development.
Newman said in American rural communities, activities that bring in equestrian enthusiasts result in solid tourism dollars that go to local outfitters, restaurants, lodgings and small businesses. Internationally, especially in third world countries, this type of tourism provides a lifeline to residents who have seen other income streams dry up.
“I meet and film with local horse businesses throughout the U.S. and world, often in off-the-beaten-path locations. These entrepreneurs that run these small businesses both enjoy and find their livelihoods in introducing travelers to their area through trail rides, equestrian events, horse therapy and farms and museums,” said Newman. “Supporting these local entrepreneurs by traveling to them is a great way to get an intimate look at a destination’s history, nature and culture and support sustainable, eco-friendly tourism that helps rural economies, people and animals.”

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