Living the Dream

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Ever since I was a little girl in Toronto watching James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small and various other windswept British TV shows and films, I have dreamt of riding horses across the English countryside. When I was 13 years old I began taking riding lessons, and collecting equine holiday catalogues, with my eyes ever fixed on that dreamy Jane Austen-fueled mark. Over the years I’ve had the good luck to ride horses in France, Sweden, Switzerland and, of course, Canada and here in the good old U.S. of A. Then this summer, when my husband decided he was long overdue for a first trip to London, I decided it was my chance to live this long-held dream! The stage was set by the Four Seasons Hampshire, a picturesque location I chose after reading a compelling post from Damsel in Dior. Suited up in my breeches and boots (can we talk about how chic riding clothes are??) I set out on a cool August morning to live the dream. Forthwith, photographic evidence of my windswept English equestrian moment. We trotted, we cantered, we galloped through the fields. It. Was. Everything.

With love,

Amanda

Amanda Garrigus riding a grey mare at the four seasons hampshire

My mount was a lovely little Arabian mix named El Nino, and we got to know each other in the ring before setting out onto the 500 acre grounds.

Amanda Garrigus at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Garrigus riding at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Garrigus riding a grey mare at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Garrigus setting out for a ride at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Garrigus riding at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus riding in the English countryside at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Luttrell Garrigus riding at the Four Seasons Hampshire in England

Amanda Garrigus riding in England

Amanda Garrigus riding at the Four Seasons Hampshire

Amanda Garrigus riding a grey Arabian mare at the Four Seasons Hampshire England

4 thoughts on “Living the Dream

  1. Hello, Amanda! Reg and I enjoyed very much the photos of you and El Nino on your blog!!
    We are so glad that you and Kate had a visit in England. Veronica sent photos of Kate with Sophie and Emma.
    All the best to you, Tom, Sophie and Emma …
    Love, Joan & Reg

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