Windsor, Nova Scotia – Welcome to Farm Land – Part II

Liz and I are both kayakers, and were sea kayak guides together at East Coast Outfitters. Liz was in my wedding party, and her gift to Michael and I were all the flowers for our wedding including bouquets, boutonnières, and the flowers that decorated the reception hall!  Michael and I were so grateful – little…

Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre – Hack Ride – Bay Mare!

Bay Mare, as she is affectionately called, is one of the old girls at the stables.  A good horse to ride, I’m told as I’m led to an arena to trot her out and get a feel for her.  But I was startled to find this old mare was full of energy because she hadn’t…

Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre – Hack Ride – Mafnood

Today a new horse was presented to me for my morning ride around the farm.  This horse needed a crop as this horse likes to find a patch of sand, and wants to roll – doesn’t matter that I’m on his back! The crop gently reminds him that he can’t do that! However, what happened…

Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre – My Fall Off Of Farfoor

My ride to the farm early this morning required a stop to fill the car’s tank with petrol (that’s what you call it here).  Here are pictures of one of the world’s most expensive cars, a McLaren, parked next to the petrol station….. Today at the stables I started out with a ride around the…

Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre – Hack Ride – Patcher

Today I rode one of the horses from the middle stable. My horse, Patcher, a French Arabian race horse was a dream to ride!  I rode with staff member Josh, from England.  Josh is a retired jockey because of injury. Josh is here to train race horses. First, here are a few sights this morning…

Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre – My First Riding Lesson

Today I arrived, early of course, to settle in and have another look around!   Wearing my new-to-me gave chaps, given to me by Tara, that were given to her at the centre!  My First Riding Lesson at Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre I was given a big black horse named Emeron.  Lessons started with walking…

Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre – Riding Lessons in Qatar

I’ve have always dreamed of one day owning my own horse! Living in Qatar, where horses are such a part of their culture, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to start learning more about them. My internet search of riding schools in Qatar introduced me to Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre. Today I drove south…