The young and happy crew for 2006-2007 Oct 2006

What a fantastic team of keen and skilled young workers we had last year. The younger Baird generation Lin and Clay, longtime family member Tom, longtime family friend Brodie, longtime sidekick Wayne and world travellers Emilie and Orianne (France), Shayna and Laura (England) Dianna pictured left (Germany) and Danielle (USA). This summer/autumn we are planning on the return of Clay, Tom and Brodie and no doubt some happy world travellers will fall our way.
Shayna, pictured below with Clay has extended her visa, and is working in Melbourne. Her friend Laura has returned to England. Meanwhile Clay has spent this year at film school in Melbourne.

Lin, Brodie and Tom spent 3 months honing their packing skills working with the horses and mules at Rock Creek Pack Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Lin, as an old hand at Rock Creek, tells tales of some spectacular country visited this year including the infamous Forester Pass. He must have been working pretty hard as he seems to have worn his pants out.

Brodie, pictured left during a clinic in the yards At Bogong Horseback Adventures, came to us last summer after running out of patience with life in Melbourne, and took to the hills with enthusiasm. Reports from California suggest that his enthusiasm has grown and we hope to see him in the saddle again here at Bogong Horseback Adventures for this summer. He and Lin are planning a trip to Europe on their way home from the Sierras.
Danielle, pictured below with Lin has returned to the USA, and is looking at further studies. We wish her well.

Tom has charmed his way into the home paddock at Rock Creek, working the boss’s horses and sweet-talking his niece. We just hope he doesn’t forget his Aussie home, because there are a heap of young horses needing a bit of his sweet talk back here at Bogong Horseback Adventures.

Emilie first arrived with her friend Orianne. Emilie has returned to France, and is currently looking at settling in London for a while, perhaps to complete a teaching degree. We will certainly miss her cakes and cooking this summer, not mention her happy smiling face and enthusiasm.

Wayne meanwhile has “gone to Queensland droving, and we don’t know where he are” well we do actually, he has taken up a position on a cattle station, and we wish him well on his new venture.

Meanwhile back in the Kitchen, Steve and Kath work at keeping the dream alive, feeding organising, training, the young crew and planning, provisioning and organising the tour program, plus all that goes with running a business and farm.
Still we are not complaining because we live in beautiful part of the world, meet some fantastic people, sit down to some memorable meals for 12 in the kitchen and still have time for a local wine and an escape to the studio to work on our latest art pieces.

Packing School & Bush Camping clinic 5 Day Ride

Tim Cope was awarded the Australian Geographic Society’s Adventurer of the Year award this week. When planning this latest adventure Tim spent time with Bogong Horseback Adventures learning to ride as well as the horse and packing skills needed to embark on his great adventure. Bogong Horseback Adventures is proud to be associated Tim, well done!
On 31 May 2004, Tim set out to travel 10,000 km on the trail of Genghis Khan from Mongolia to Hungary by horse. Within a week his horses were stolen. Undeterred, he’s now travelled around 7500 km and will arrive in Hungary for the 800th anniversary celebrations of Genghis Khan’s empire. Although he’s faced temperatures ranging from -52 to 54°C, Tim says adventure is not about conquering the elements but learning about the world by immersing himself in different cultures, landscapes and situations.
Tim is a previous recipient of the Australian Geographic Society’s Spirit of Adventure and Young Adventurer of the Year awards. US magazine Outside included Tim as one of the top young 25 explorers/adventurers in the world today. ! To read about Tim’s adventures go to his web site.
Perhaps your plans are little less grand than Tim’s, simply a few weekends away in the bush, camping with horses. Our packing School (scheduled for Sat 2nd Dec 2006 – Wed 6th Dec 2006) will equip with you with basic knowledge to safely and confidently head bush with your horses. The program includes preparation, shoeing, fitness, feed, equipment, planning, hobbles, portable fences, environmental management, equine first aid, carrying food safely etc For further details go to our tour program.

Wild horses, Natural beauty and Natural Horsemanship Oct 2006

Bogong Horseback Adventures manage their working stock, train their home bred replacement horses as well as the guiding staff according to the principles of Natural Horsemanship, first introduced to Steve and Kath when they attended a “difficult horse” clinic about 15 years ago.
That clinic was conducted by Wayne Banney and proved to be a quantum leap in the understanding, training and working of horses at Bogong Horseback Adventures.
These days Wayne Banney joins the team at Bogong Horseback Adventures every summer for a program of clinics conducted out on the track, rather than in the yards. This program combines the renowned guiding skills of Bogong Horseback Adventures with Wayne’s unique insight into the horse world, in a working environment. The touring clinics offer plenty of opportunities for real world challenges for horse and rider, whatever your current skill level, with Wayne’s advice available all day as you ride through the spectacular landscape of the Bogongs and the best of the Victorian High Country. Riders can bring their own horse along, so both horse and rider can benefit from the program.
The regular sighting of brumbies offers further insights into the behaviour and instincts of the horse, be they wild or domesticated.
The balance of our summer program is conducted by our experienced and knowledgeable staff who continue the theme of Natural Horsemanship.
Check out the full program for this coming 2006-2007 summer/autumn program at our website.