We are a community of women that love horses, travel and adventure!
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In this site you will find tons of free resources, interviews, information, recommendations and advice for your next (or first) equestrian adventure!
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Who are we and how did we get started?
Krystal, EQA Founder, has a love of horses and travel which led her to work abroad in many “male dominated countries.” She spent years trying to share with others that the equestrian sport is the ONLY sport in the Olympics where men and women compete equally.
“The first time I went to Bhutan,” she shares, “I had to train the guy that would be living with and caring for the horses. He didn’t speak any English but it was my job to work with him and teach him everything I could in a short amount of time. His family lives in a house near the “stables” and his children are growing up around horses. They will be the first generation in Bhutan which has been raised around people riding horses. That’s because no one in Bhutan rides horses, our program was the first and only one in the country. Watching the girl and boy playing with the tack after we had finished riding for 6 days in the mountains made me feel very hopeful for the future of horseback riding in this magical country. Personally? I am rooting for the girl…”
Krystal learned long ago that it was impossible to change the world by herself. The importance of the “sisterhood” would be the key to getting more women in the saddle around the world. Her desire to get more women involved with horses while staying inspired, connected with each other and supporting one another’s businesses resulted in the manifestation of Equestrian Adventuresses!
- Promote Women in the Equine Industry.
- Inspire Women.
- Improve Horse Welfare in Countries in Need.
- Get Local Women Involved in the Equine Industry.
- Go places others wouldn’t dare go.
- Achieve what others wouldn’t dare achieve.
- Support each other.
- Support women entrepreneurs and their businesses.
- Help Develop the equine sport and industry in places in need.
- Positivity, positivity, positivity!
- Get local women involved.
- Take action! Not just talk about it.
- Educate others to succeed.
- Self love and self care.
- Be proud of each other’s accomplishments and lift each other up.
- Build everlasting friendships (both two legged and four!)
Equestrian Adventuresses was started by Krystal Kelly, Californian girl determined to see the world from the back of a horse. She is on a quest to visit every country in the world! Her quest has led her to some pretty crazy places, such as Iraq, Yemen, Bhutan, Timor-Leste and more! Her personal journey started back in 2010 when she left the USA for good. She’s worked abroad in over 14 different countries as a rider, trainer, FEI II Coach, clinician and club manager. She’s started riding clubs around the world, and is a show jumper, polo player, endurance rider and trail leader!
Krystal has a passion for sharing her love of travel and horses with others, which is why she often worked in “male dominated countries” in order to help get more women involved in the sport and to help teach the men to have “softer hands” and “ride like a girl!” She is passionate about women’s empowerment and her goal in life is to see women around the world having the same opportunities with horses as men.
Aga is an artist (M.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk), graphic designer and photographer. For many years she has been writing articles for Polish national horse-riding magazines, she also contributed to “National Geographic Traveler” (Polish edition). Aga currently lives in South West England with her husband, rescued cat and two horses.
Photo Credits: Faye Tamarov
Sarah is a writer and piano technician from New Jersey who’s been riding since the age of eight. After years of trying to stuff an interesting life into an acceptable career, she decided to try things the other way around and moved to Madrid, Spain, where she tunes pianos, teaches English and catches rides whenever she can.
Hebe is a backpacker from Australia, growing up in the hippie “rainbow region” of Byron Bay. She has been riding since the age of 6 and left on her first overseas adventure at age 18. After returning home and attempting university for a couple of years, she quit to wander the globe. Her dream is to ride in every country she visits and understand how different cultures live and work their horses. From riding with cowboys to travelling with gypsies, she’s always up for an adventure. You’ll currently find her somewhere in Latin America.
April is originally from Georgia, USA and currently lives in Bavaria, Germany. She got every little girl’s dream and received a horse for Christmas in eighth grade. Horses have always been a part of her life whether competing at horse shows in English or Western disciplines or starting high school college equestrian teams. Horses are the reason she encouraged her husband to re-up in the army to be stationed overseas to experience horses in Europe. She pays for her equine adventures by assisting equestrian businesses grow an audience online. She has worked remotely for businesses like Horsegirl.me, HorsesDaily.com, and Beyondthearena.com.
Charlotte grew up in France with a Franco-Dutch mother, a British father and three brothers. She trained as a social anthropologist before moving to India where she met her husband who had never even touched a horse. Together, they trained at the Monty Roberts centre before opening their natural horsemanship centre in Delhi, India. They have no human children but have a full tribe of four-legged furry babies. She loves meeting fellow horse lovers. Please feel free to get in touch with her.
At the age of ten Sandra became obsessed with horses and studied all about them. However, living in the mountains in California in the 1970’s gave her little access to horses and once she was off to college her life became too “busy.” So, she graduated college with a degree in Social Work, got married, started a family and then focused her career on being a Youth Counselor. This spurned a desire to prevent crime instead of responding to the effects of it. Retiring after 26 years, Sandra spent several years travelling, adventuring and reconnecting with her passions. Now she is finding her passion for horses once again.
Jessica is originally from South East Kent, UK and currently lives in Northern Alberta Canada. As a kid she mucked out stalls to get lessons at a private stable that trained competition horses and rehabbed problem/rescue horses. She took a break to go to University for Creative and Professional Writing and went on an exchange program to Canada where she fell in love with the mountains and wilderness. On her working holiday she wound up training horses for a ranch that takes out trail rides and pack trips in the mountains. She never really left after meeting their son and is now married.