Portugal is the dream for any horse rider, rolling hills and clear rivers, oak forest, rocks and tiny villages built from rough stones. Ute spent two weeks exploring continental Europe’s westernmost country and of course she went trail riding. Riding through Portugal together with long rider Cathleen Leonard, who has recently made Portugal her home and camping under the stars was a very special experience. In today’s podcast episode Cathleen talks about what it is like to move together with horses to another country and making it her home. We also chat about trail riding in Portugal and our ride together.
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Our Guest today:
Cathleen Leonard (Portugal)
Equestrian Adventuress, long rider and author of two books, Cathleen is originally from England but came to Portugal in 2019 to start her epic cross Europe ride from Portugal to Romania. Follow her adventures on Facebook!
Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!
- Moving to another country with horses
- Settling in Portugal
- Trail riding in Portugal
Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!
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