Fair Girls and Grey Horses Oct 2005

Riders from the last few summers will remember Olivia, the young English women with a passion for horses, hippos and most hairy creatures. Olivia married her long suffering and not so hairy Thomas at London Zoo this month, so we at Bogong Horseback Adventures toast their good health, wish them well on this new adventure and hope to catch up with them in Zambia in the not too distant future.
Glenn rang and booked a trail ride for two with us. He was very particular about detail and wanted us to know that it was a surprise for his girlfriend. Rhiannon was not the only one surprised when Glenn popped the big question on the side of Little Mount Bogong. And in front of the gathered riders Glenn was relieved to not get a knock back. A bottle of fizz back at the stables was shared by all with a toast to Rhiannon and Glen.
Former staffer Courtney Greer is also getting married this spring. We look forward to joining Courtney and Ben at Mount Buffalo Chalet for the celebrations. Courtney spent some of her summer holidays working with our horses here at Bogong Horseback Adventures, went on to study outdoor recreation and then took off on an adventure working with the horses at El Questro Station in the Kimberly. Some where along the way Ben crossed her path, and we are delighted that they are now travelling “stirrup iron to stirrup iron.” We wish them well in this latest adventure.

Springtime in the Mountains Oct 2005

Springtime is always a time of building and growth here at Bogong Horseback Adventures. We are planning to construct staff accommodation over the coming months as part of our plan to introduce a program in horsemanship especially designed for young travellers. What better Australian experience for backpackers than to live and work with Australians and horses while learning about natural horsemanship, packhorses and the skills of being a tour guide.
Former partner in the business Nerada Rink has returned to our mountain home over the past few weeks with her new family to join us in the starting of our yearlings and two year olds. We have enjoyed working young horses with Nereda again, and seem to have aquired some keen starters for next summer in Fern and Terese.
Matt Willey has returned from his time with the mules and horses at Rock Creek Pack Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. You can catch up with Matt’s stories, of lost stock and thunderstorms at 10,000 feet, around the campfire this summer.
Meanwhile the younger Bairds, Lin and Clay, are currently on the horse drive at Rock Creek, loose herding over 100 animals from the high summer camp down to the winter pastures.

Horse Designed by a Committee Oct 2005

They say a camel is a horse designed by a commitee. I reckon they deserve better than that and so does regular rider with Bogong Horseback Adventures Jill Pickering who took to riding of a different sort last April. Jill has always enjoyed the mobility horses offer her, and a chance to climb mountains. Now she has crossed deserts, spending 5 days with Phil Gee from William Creek in outback South Australia. Jill reports her trusty mount Mr Wobbles probably thought he had met his match. Phil is passionate about his patch of Australia and his animals, so rather than consult a committee, just choose one of Phil’s tours if you are planning an outback camel experience.
Meanwhile Steve has spent some of this winter working on tour with Andrew Dwyer of Diamantina Tour Company, traversing some spectacular remote areas of Australia in the saddle of his Toyota Landcruiser. From the Halls Creek to Wiluna on the Canning stock route, Yalara to Coober Pedy in the tyre tracks of Len Beadell and Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the footsteps of Burke and Wills the experience is always a blast.
Well done Jill, and anyone looking for winter tour activities when our mountains are covered with snow can get more information from our web site.

Tour Program Selling Well Oct 2005

The winter mists are lifting from the valley and the snow is melting on the tops. It seems that we have got the mix right for this coming summer of packhorse tours with strong enquiries and bookings. The November 30th trip with Wayne Banney is full and some other tours are close. So the message is if you are thinking about a ride with us, get in touch and make sure you don’t miss out.
The full program of rides is available on our web site. The tour program from December to April includes all the great destinations our regular riders enjoy, our renowned hospitality, food and wine, and that sense of adventure heading off into the mountains for a week. Our mountain bred and trained horses enjoy life here, running as a herd and our daily dealing with them is informed by our understanding and practice of natural horsemanship. All our rides offer opportunities to live and learn with horses in a working environment, and you get to see some pretty awesome country along the way.
If you have any queries about our summer program, Steve and Kath are happy to take a call to answer your questions on (03 5754 4849) or you can email us.

Tonimbuk Trails to Close after 27 years Oct 2005

In 1978 Kath Baird and her dad Bill Viney decided to put their horses and their passion for riding to work on the family dairy farm. The farm on Diamond Creek in the forest country of Tonimbuk, between Gembrook and Bunyip, offered ideal riding country only 1 hour from Melbourne. Tonimbuk Trails was born. Tonimbuk Farm had run dairy cows since 1958, and Bill and Eleanor welcomed the change. The cows went to market and the horses were saddled up. The planned stables were built, daughter Kath got plenty of riding and Eleanor gained fame for her scones. The picture on the left shows Kath on one of the early trail rides.
Kath met and married Steve Baird and some years later in 1986 they moved to North East Victoria and started up Bogong Horseback Adventures, riding in the High Country of the Bogong National Park. Tragically Bill Viney was killed in a riding accident in 1988 and although not a rider, Eleanor has successfully run Tonimbuk trails ever since. Eleanor has now decided to hang up her spurs and scone cutter and close up the business. Any one who has ridden at Tonimbuk will declare the beautiful forest tracks and clear air as the ideal environment for horse and rider.
Eleanor is offering her riding horses for sale with the option to agist on the fine pastures at Tonimbuk Farm. For anyone contemplating taking the next step with their riding this is a rare opportunity. For more details call Eleanor or Jo at Tonimbuk on 03 5629 8525