Wadi Rum Horseback Riding on Equitrekking

Wadi Rum Horseback Riding on Equitrekking


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\>>DARLEY:
\f1\fs24 Ibrahim El-Wahsh and Atallah Swalhen are my local guides for these Jordan adventures.
They\’92ll be taking me to some of their favorite spots, starting with the Wadi Rum Desert.
\ \pard\pardeftab720\ri720\sl360\slmult1\ql\qnatural \f2 \cf0 \uc0\u8232
\f0\fs26>>\f1\fs24 DARLEY: Atallah is a champion endurance
rider who competes all over the world. Meeting his family and some of his new arrivals made
me feel better about our multi-day desert trek, but I still had some reservations. As
a breed, Arabian horses are known to be spirited and have been bred for endurance and speed.
I was a little nervous to ride with the Bedouin in the wide-open desert.\
\ \pard\pardeftab720\ql\qnatural \f0\fs26 \cf0>>
\f1\fs24 DARLEY: Atallah, tell me about your tribe?\ \f0\fs26>>
\f1\fs24 ATALLAH: My tribe. Did you see the Lawrence movie?
\f2 \uc0\u8232 \f0\fs26>>
\f1\fs24 DARLEY: Lawrence of Arabia?\ \f0\fs26>>
\f1\fs24 ATALLAH: Lawrence of Arabia. That\’92s my tribe. We call them Howaitat. \
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\pard\pardeftab720\ql\qnatural \f0\fs26 \cf0>>
\f1\fs24 DARLEY: In the early 20\super th\nosupersub century, Jordan was under Ottoman Turkish
rule, when British officer T.E. Lawrence helped Arab forces fight for independence. Largely
outnumbered, Lawrence and the Arabian army fought a successful campaign of internal insurgency
against the Ottomans. The 1960 epic \’93Lawrence of Arabia\’94 was based on these events and
much of it was filmed in the dramatic Wadi Rum. So I was not only riding with a world-class
endurance rider, but a descendent of one of Jordan\’92s influential tribes. \
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\pard\pardeftab720\ql\qnatural \f0\fs26 \cf0>>
\f1\fs24 DARLEY: So how long have you lived here?\ \f0\fs26>>
\f1\fs24 ATALLAH: Uh, I born here actually. All my life most of my time is living here.
\ \ \f0\fs26>>DARLEY: For more video clips,
expert tips or to learn more about Equitrekking on PBS and equestrian vacations, visit our
websites at Equitrekking.com and EquitrekkingTravel.com.}

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