The Riding Holiday Show on 12 December 2015 is all about “Meeting the Guides” – in fact that’s what we called the event when we first ran it in 2007. It’s a chance to learn about wonderful riding holidays all over the world, directly from the people who will be guiding you day by day. As well as an opportunity to renew friendships and chat about past experiences.
We thought it would be interesting to run a series of profiles of some of the people who will be at the Riding Holiday Show and here is another popular guide, Louis Geyer from Cape Winelands, South Africa
- How long have you been guiding at Cape Winelands?
Since it was established in 2008.
- Where did you guide before this?
I was guiding at Horizon here in South Africa.
- How did you get into guiding? Was there someone who inspired you?
It was a life choice and meeting people like Carmen Cowley and Shane Dowinton made it easier.
- If you hadn’t become a riding guide, what was your Plan B?
I never needed a plan B!
- People coming on a riding holiday often think you have the ideal job – what do you love about it? And what are the downsides?
I love spending the time with people sharing a common love. The down side is the lack of time to get to know the people better, from whose lives you touch.
- What is the name of your favourite horse? And if they were a human, who would he/she be and why?
I can honestly say I don’t have one particular favourite riding horse. However my up and coming Shire cross stallion called Charleston is the love of my life as I had him from birth!
- What can you not live without (when guiding or just generally)?
My own saddle that has come with me for 16 years already.
- What has been your most memorable ride?
Seeing an English lady in her 70’s transform into a 16 year old girl on the gallops across the plains! An inspiration.
- How do you relax after a day in the saddle?
A good old South African Braai with friends is the best way to relax after a busy day.
- What advice would you give a 21 year old who wants to train for your job?
Get some formal and recognised equestrian qualifications, ride as many horses as you can (especially the difficult ones), learn to accept that administration is part of working with horses and travel a lot. The people you will meet have been all over the world and you need to be able to hold a conversation with them outside of horses.
- Where do you go on holiday?
Every year I do a ten day safari in the Kruger away from horses spending time with my family.
Thank you Louis for giving us an insight into your life as a riding guide.
You can meet Louis from Cape Winelands at the Riding Holiday Show in London on 12 December 2015. Space at the venue is limited so you must obtain a ticket in advance. The event takes place at the Royal Overseas League in SW1 just off Piccadilly from 10 am to 6 pm.
38 different riding destinations will be represented at the Riding Holiday Show. All part of the In The Saddle portfolio of worldwide riding holidays.