Globe trotting equestrian, host of ‘Equitrekking’ on PBS, visits Tryon

Published 12:24 pm Friday, March 16, 2012

Newman to speak March 21 on horseback riding travel and tourism
Darley Newman, the host, creator, writer and producer of the Emmy-winning PBS equestrian travel TV series “Equitrekking,” will visit Tryon to speak at FENCE on March 21, sponsored by Polk County Economic Development and Tourism and 14 Hands Wines.
Newman, who grew up in South Carolina, is an entrepreneur with a TV show and travel websites. She also is an award-winning book and travel writer.
Newman travels the world, horseback riding with local people to introduce viewers to history, the environment and equestrian culture. She recently rode Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the mountains and beaches of Ireland and Maui and with gauchos in South America.
While in Tryon, Newman will speak about horse riding around the world and equi-tourism and its effect on local economies.
“Having heard about Tryon’s great equestrian history and natural beauty, I’m excited to visit and connect with the community,” said Darley. “I look forward to sharing my adventures and first-hand knowledge from visiting other equestrian destinations around the world and learning more about Tryon.”
The event, which will include a wine and cheese reception and Darley’s presentation, will be held at FENCE, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, recreation and preservation in nature studies and equestrian activities.
Newman, who has been nominated for three Daytime Emmys for hosting, writing and producing “Equitrekking,” is also the recipient of the North American Travel Journalist Award for Best Travel Broadcast two years running. The new season of “Equitrekking” begins in late April, taking viewers on a journey to Africa.
For more information, contact Libbie Johnson at or call 828-817-3753. Seating is limited so RSVP is requested.
– article submitted by Libbie Johnson