Riders racing on a horse safari

Meet the Equus Journeys team

Meet the Equus Journeys team

At Equus Journeys, our team are all horse owners and riders who are passionate about travelling. We have selected the best riding holidays all over the world and we regularly visit our overseas partners and accompany riding groups. This first-hand knowledge enables us to assist you in choosing the riding holiday of your dreams.
Meet the Equus Journeys team throughout the year in Hopton Wafers. The team will be pleased to welcome you from Monday to Friday. We are remote so please let us know you are coming so we can send you directions.

We also regularly attend major equestrian shows and events and you can find us a Badminton Horse Trials in the UK and the Dublin Horse Show in Ireland, and various other events throughout the year. Please contact us in advance if you would like to meet with us there to discuss your next riding holiday.

Contact us
Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Tel:+44 (0) 1905 388977

OPEN FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY,
FROM 9AM TO 6PM (5PM FRIDAYS)

Our Travel advisors

  • Iris Lapprand, team Equus Journeys Iris Lapprand horse riding, team Equus Journeys

    Iris LAPPRAND

    Iris was born and raised in France, but is a true Irish girl at heart!
    She loves to travel, is passionate about all things horsey and is a keen rider, making Equus Journeys the perfect workplace for her. She has ridden in Morocco, the Azores, Albania, South Africa, Botswana, and over several US states.
    She is always happy to help find the perfect stay for you, your friends and your family and she will go above and beyond to make sure you make memories for a lifetime!

  • Chris Leservoisier, team Equus Journeys Chris Leservoisier horse riding, team Equus Journeys

    Chris LESERVOISIER

    For almost 30 years, Christophe, a French traveller and rider, has created, guided and organized unusual travel all over the world. The creator of the Ethical Charter of Travellers in 1997 and co-founder of ATR (Responsible Tourism Association), he has always been defending the worth of sustainable tourism. After creating and developing several specialized tour operator companies, he now devotes himself to Equus Journeys which is centred on his passion for equestrian traditions, nomadic people and Africa.

  • Rachel Ryder, team Equus Journeys Rachel Ryder, team Equus Journeys

    Rachel RYDER

    Rachel started riding at the age of 3, and has been riding ever since. Starting in her local pony club and finishing in eventing, she has been brought up surrounded by dogs and horses her whole life. She loves to travel, and has travelled to many places with many more that she wants to tick off her list!

  • Joanne VERTH

    Joanne Verth has worked in the equine travel industry for 2 years and ridden in India, but she has travelled far and wide during her life as the wife of an airline pilot! She left the 'cut and thrust' world of advertising behind to follow her dreams and work with horses before joining Equus Journeys. She owns four horses and four dogs and loves meeting new people and learning about their cultures and traditions.

  • Louise Carelsen, Equus Journeys Louise Carelsen, Botswana, Tuli trail

    Louise CARELSEN

    Louise was born in Boston, USA and subsequently lived in Switzerland, Germany, and the UK. She also spent a year at France’s National Riding School at Saumur and received her degree in riding/teaching at the end. Together with her husband Cor, she travelled and worked in the UK and Ecuador for a couple of years before settling in Botswana at Limpopo Horse Safaris, that they owned and managed for almost 14 years. They have now settled in Charlottesville, Virginia where Louise works as a rider for racehorses and some show horses in her area. She has been on riding trips to Portugal, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Ireland and is happy to share her knowledge of travelling and horses.

  • Saskia von Sperber, Equus Journeys Saskia von Sperber, Equus Journeys

    Saskia von SPERBER

    Saskia von Sperber was born and educated in Germany and started to ride at the age of 6. She spent a year in Australia, travelling and working as a Jillaroo. Her journey took her to Africa: training horses in Namibia and working with various safari operators in Africa - in the Okavango Delta and the Tuli block in Botswana, South Africa at Horizon, and in Namibia. Saskia is a qualified Field guide and combines a deep passion for horses, travel and wildlife.
    In 2014 she returned to Germany and now lives with her two young children and an assortment of dogs and horses in the country, enjoying hunting and teaching children to ride.