Rachel Lofthouse lives in a large town on the south coast of Cornwall, the most southwestern peninsula of Great Britain. As a child, Rachel had regularly ridden at a local riding school where she spent many weekends and school holidays taking part in gymkhanas, cared for the ponies and enjoyed canters at the local beach.
Rachel left Cornwall in her early twenties and spent two years studying equestrian and business studies at the Berkshire College of Agriculture. But an equestrian career was not meant to be and the subsequent eight years were spent away from horses when she worked and lived in and around London.
In 2006, Rachel returned to Cornwall and was soon back attending weekly horse riding lessons at Lanjeth Riding School, a small equestrian centre close to her home.
Five years later and as fortieth birthday presents to herself, Rachel booked two horse riding holidays. It was the perfect combination: horseback riding and travel. At the beginning of autumn 2012, Rachel travelled to Iceland and then to Cairo in Egypt. Both horse riding holidays were fun, memorable and so interesting that when she returned home, she wrote about them. The Horse Riding Tourist was born.