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Posted on November 1, 2012
Equestrian travel experts, In The Saddle have organised an exclusive opportunity for a small selection of guests to join a horseback safari in April 2013 to Macatoo, in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, with Major Richard Waygood M.B.E.
Major Richard Waygood joined the Household Cavalry at the age of 16 and over the years worked his way up to the highly respected post of Riding Master. As an exceptionally talented equestrian, Richard rode and competed on a private basis for Her Majesty, The Queen for a period of 15 years and was awarded an M.B.E in 2009 for his outstanding services to both the military and the civilian equestrian world. During the last decade he has accomplished many equestrian accolades including the BHS award of Merit, and in 2012 he led the British Dressage team, as Chef d’Equipe, to famously win three Olympic medals at London 2012, two of which were Gold.
Over the years Richard has embraced virtually every equestrian adventure, in fact a recent magazine article suggested ‘30 things on horseback to do before you die’, of which Richard had completed virtually all of them. However, one place in the world that he has not been is the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
“Once you have been to Africa it gets under your skin,” Richard states. “I have never been to the Okavango Delta before but have been told that it is absolutely mind blowing! Of all the things I have ever done on a horse, including jumping at Badminton, riding on the frozen lake in ST Moritz, and experiencing the thrill of a steeplechase, they all pale into insignificance compared to going on a horseback safari. It is so much more than a holiday, it is a true adventure!”
Macatoo offers the experience of a lifetime in the magical Okavango Delta, combining the chance to explore one of Africa’s prime wildlife areas with camping in luxury, tented accommodation. Rise early and catch the beautiful open space at dawn, enjoy long canters with zebra or giraffe, track elephant and buffalo across the open plains and relax and unwind in one of the world’s most spectacular locations.
In The Saddle is offering this unique chance to experience the awe-inspiring trip alongside a legendary horseman from 6th – 13th April 2013. Listen to inspirational tales from Richard whilst riding across Africa’s spectacular scenery and enjoy hearing about his lifetime achievements over convivial dinners and a beautiful campfire. For more information about joining this memorable trip call 01299 272 997 or visit: www.inthesaddle.com
Richard will also be joining In The Saddle at the Riding Holiday Show on 3rd November at the Royal Overseas League in London to discuss and share his equestrian adventures with guests and likeminded travellers.