September 1, 2009 -- "Equitrekking®," the Public Television travel series, has been honored with a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography. Darley Newman, "Equitrekking's" host and producer, Chip Ward, Executive Producer, and Gregory Barna, Director of Photography, were honored with the Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Black Tie Ceremony in Los Angeles this past weekend.
"Equitrekking" was also honored with a nomination for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Series. Alex Trebek, one of the hosts for the event, gathered with other celebrities including Susan Flannery, star of "The Bold and the Beautiful," celebrity chef Ming Tsai, Nancy Cartwright of "The Simpsons," talk show host Wendy Williams, members the cast of "Sesame Street" and television industry veterans to present the Daytime Emmy awards.
Shot in high definition with travel expert Darley Newman, the "Equitrekking" series travels off the beaten path, riding horses with local people to get an in-depth, eco-friendly look at a destination's natural surroundings and history. "Equitrekking" is broadcast on international networks, in addition to its broadcasts on PBS stations and the Create Channel in North America.
"We are honored to be recognized alongside such wonderful, longtime television series and TV industry veterans at the Daytime Emmys in L.A. It was my dream to create and produce 'Equitrekking,' so winning the Emmy is amazing," said Darley. "It is quite a feat to win an Emmy, but even more so for 'Equitrekking,' as we only have three people in our crew! We call ourselves small, but mighty."
Husband and wife team and young entrepreneurs Darley and Chip have built the series from the ground up, using their complementary skill sets and passions to creatively promote and produce each episode through online video and the Equitrekking.com website. The crew travels to Jordan and Turkey next, where they'll film at Petra, the Dead Sea, Jordan's deserts, Cappadocia's ancient villages and beyond. The crew recently filmed its 28th episode in Alberta and Uruguay.