The Younger Bairds July 2005

Both Lin and Clay, our two sons are spending the next 3 months “researching” at Rock Creek Pack Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Eastern California. Although the country is different, the mules unlike our packhorses and the food not up to the high standards of the Baird outfit, we are sure they will learn lots, have a heap of fun and send us an email occasionally.
The boys have grown up living in a working family business, and after years at university and city life, they are keen to return to the wilder parts of the planet. For Clay it is a return to travels after only getting home from Europe four months ago, but for Lin it his first big adventure away from the adventure of home.
After California they are on the road to Mexico, Cuba and into South America for another 3 months. They will be returning to join the team here at Bogong Horseback Adventures in mid January 2006.

Horsemanship Skills July 2005

Kath’s grandfather said “the day you think you know everything about horses is the day you never put your foot in the stirrup again”. After a lifetime with horses we never cease to be amazed at the lessons you keep learning. A quantum leap in our understanding and working relationship with horses occurred 15 years ago when we attended a natural horsemanship clinic conducted by Wayne Banney, on dealing with problem horses. These days Wayne continues to offer his wisdom to riders, and will be conducting a program in association with Bogong Horseback Adventures this summer.
In early December 2005 we have the “Colt start”, a fascinating insight into the process of starting an uneducated horse, followed by a weekend “Basics and Beyond clinic” that offers an opportunity for horse people to advance their skills, whether you are just starting out or want to refine a particular aspect of your riding. This clinic leads into an opportunity to head off into the mountains for a 5 day “Brumbies and Natural Horsemanship” Packhorse Tour with Wayne coming along, so you can polish your skills in a working environment, while enjoying our renowned tour of the spectacular Bogongs
There will be a second 5 day “Brumbies and Natural Horsemanship” Packhorse Tour with Wayne in early January 2006. On these tours you are welcome to bring your own horse along, sure to be a learning experience for both of you! Details on the full BHA program for 2005-06 are available on our web site.

20 Years in the High Country July 2005

This coming season, 2005-06, marks our 20th year of guiding horseriders into the Victorian High Country. Over that time we have faced many challenges, guided and worked with many, many wonderful people and continued on our journey of learning about horses. Bogong Horseback Adventures has been our ticket to a rewarding and busy life, an enriching environment for our family and career for many a grand horse. We have faced and survived everything the mountains can throw at us, drought and flooding rains. bushfires and summer blizzards. And all along the way we have learnt to respect and stand in awe at the power and majesty of nature. But mostly we have enjoyed the beauty and serenity of our beloved backyard, the cool clear mountain air and the distant views of folded ranges stretching to the horizon.
Those of our guests who experienced the early days with BHA will recall a youthful team of people working with a mixed mob of horses, some with a bit of age on them. These days the tables are somewhat turned with a fantastic team of keen and mostly young horses, bred and trained here at BHA, with the boss’ starting to slow down a bit. Still there is plenty of youthfulness around the place with a new generation of workers getting involved.
Which leads into the following stories about the younger Baird boys picking up the reins later this coming season, and horsemanship clinics for all riders. Next edition of the newsletter will feature our program for young travellers, including a new product of training opportunities, a great Oz experience for backpackers.

Packhorse Program for 2005-2006 July 2005

Once again we have put together a program that we believe will offer the best the Bogong area of the High Country can offer horse riders. We have rides from 3 days to 6 days featuring wild mountain river valleys, rocky spurs climbing to the vast open high plains, spectacular mountain tops, old huts, goldmines wildflowers and a wealth of natural and cultural history.
Our packhorse team takes you on a journey, camping and travelling in a time honoured way, giving us the freedom to visit remote and beautiful campsites, to travel the track less travelled and leave the pressures of the modern world behind. To finish a perfect day with a cold beer, once in camp the packs reveal local food used to prepare home style meals over an open fire, served with local wines and sleep where the stars “fairly blaze” in your swag upon the snow grass.
Once again our program offers something for everyone, rides to suit all riders and some great learning experiences. We will be working in conjunction with Wayne Banney again offering “working” clinics in horsemanship where we combine the delights of a packhorse tour with the chance to advance your horse skills in a working environment, learning about natural horsemanship in the home of the brumby.
Most of our prices remain unchanged and our tours continue to offer great value including all meals, table wines, camping equipment, friendly staff and great horses. Check out the full program on our web site 2005-06 program