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