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by Kat Brown
19 MARCH 2019
I’m riding through the tufted fields of Rajasthan’s Thar desert, marvelling at how it really does look more like I’m in West Wittering than halfway across the world, when the inquiry comes from our ride leader, Alexander Souri. “How do you all feel about a gallop?”
We eight Relief Riders – four Americans, four Britons – sit up a bit straighter. Oooh. A gallop would be lovely, thank you. The grin that has been plastered on my face since I landed in India five days earlier becomes even wider.
Our journey, book-ended by days in Delhi and Jaipur, is heading towards the celebrated horse and camel fair that is held in Pushkar each November, but for now I can’t imagine being anywhere else, because this is absolute heaven.
My horse, sensing her rider has stopped contributing to the ride, slams on the brakes to avoid us catapulting into a wall. As we slide into trot, I turn to see the group’s two beginners with their jolly, mustachioed ride leader, Ranveer Singh, cantering up behind us. A nice feature of Relief Riders is you can learn en route – and what a way to do it.
For 15 years, Alexander’s company Relief Riders has run humanitarian adventures in India, as well as in Turkey and Ecuador, combining a riding holiday with targeted aid that, to date, has helped more than 25,000 people, most of them children...
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