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Easter Friday Moonlight Ride

BHA are running a moonlight ride followed by a ‘Long Table’ dinner Spring Spur Riders Lounge. This will be available to book soon. We will send out a tweet and post on Facebook when this ride will be available to book.

Mount Bogong Packhorse Adventure

Mount Bogong

As you approach Spring Spur you can’t help but notice the imposing bulk of Mount Bogong, Victoria’s highest mountain, standing over the Kiewa Valley to the east. As a lone massif it is separated from the Bogong High Plains by the deep cut of the Big River, and basks in the summer warmth with it’s spurs radiating out in all directions.

Early European visitors, the cattlemen, identified Staircase Spur, Eskdale Spur, Long Spur and T Spur as the most practical stock routes to the summer pastures on top. Bringing mobs up from the Kiewa, Mitta Mitta and across from the High Plains via Duane Spur, the going was always a bit challenging, but rewarding at the same time.

The cattle have gone, but the mountain continues to change with the seasons from deep snow cover and icy ridges in mid winter to a blanket of spectacular wildflowers in early summer. Mount Bogong has lent it’s name to the adjacent and vast Bogong High Plains and even to our business Bogong Horseback Adventures.

As long established operators we are entrusted with the only horse access between the stony refuge of Cleve Cole Hut on the eastern slopes, across the mountain and down to the base of the Eskdale Spur at the head of Mountain Creek. This allows us to complete a 5 day loop expedition that culminates with a descent of the Eskdale Spur on our final day. An exciting and spectacular scene, to top off five days of mountain forests, rocky ridges, high plains and sheltered camps by mountain streams.

Join Bogong Horseback Adventures for what many have described as the experience of a lifetime. We are offereing a special promotion for our two remaining Mount Bogong Packhorse Adventures for this season. Ride dates are on February 22nd and March 15th 2015. The first four places booked will receive 20% discount on our retail price of $1950.

Follow the link to our bookings page and quote this code: BOG2015

Aussies Ride the Sierras

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Lin and Clay Baird, who run Bogong Horseback Adventures with their parents Kath and Steve Baird from the family property ’Spring Spur’ in the Kiewa Valley in North East Victoria. They have enjoyed guiding rides in the High Sierra Mountains seasonally for over 10 years, with many trips as expedition leaders.

The Sierra Mountains are located in central California, USA. The Mountain range is known for its stunning wilderness areas including Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon NP; Mt Whitney (4420m), historic trails including The John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, cultural links with Native American peoples and early outdoor enthusiasts such as John Muir and members of The Sierra Club.

Lin and Clay have brought a little piece of their experiences back with them for the Australian bush by adopting some of the US packing styles by using Bogong Horseback’s very own mule duo ‘George & Mildred’ joining our traditional Australian pack horses on their Australian Expeditions.

Traveling with horses and mules in the Sierras’ is a unique experience. Riding well bred American Quarter horse types suited for the High Sierra Mountains, accompanied by an experienced team of pack mules, each with their individual ‘mule-analities’ and big loud bray. BHA has partnered with a well respected pack outfit operating since the 1940’s with a long association with the Sierras and traditional packing into remote wilderness areas.

Take a look at the full itinerary here – Aussies ride the Sierras

Horses and the High Country

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This picture is just a reminder of what Bogong Horseback Adventures is all about – Great horses and the Beautiful High Country. Mind you we don’t ask everyone to take on the the challenges that Fletch and Bundara are revelling in here. 

As grandpa said, you never stop learning

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The staff and Baird family recently had the great good fortune to spend a weekend at the beautiful heritage homestead “Mona” in Braidwood NSW attending a training clinic conducted by Bianca Gillanders.

With a real mixed bag of horses including Rose’s Friesian stallion “Isador”, ASH stallion “Moroka”, a couple of kids ponies, a rescued race horse and a prima donna QH mare, the yard was packed with action.

Presented as an all levels clinic, everyone’s skills were tested and advanced over a couple on intense days. By sunday night the horses were all a little more balanced and tuned, the riders more confident and looking forward to more.

Bianca has now just completed her campaign in the 2014 Equitana “Way of the Horse” and we congratulate her on a fantastic achievement at gaining equal second place.

Check out a range of clinics offered by Bogong Horseback Adventures at Spring Spur, including a fantastic 5 day High Country travelling clinic departing December 5th 2014.

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Pioneering the High Plains

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Riders Lounge and Spring Spur Stay

Our new riders lounge, along with the beautiful rooms at Spring Spur Stay have been hosting lots of groups lately, with a great wedding in October (congratulations again to Eve and Matt), lots of friends and couples relaxing, riding and just enjoying the country life here at Spring Spur Stay.

Remember the rooms are part of your package if you book a pack horse expedition with us, staying the night before and after your time away in the mountains.

Our daily trail riders have been keen to book in for our ride and lunch package, staying back for a long lunch at the long table.

The homestead kitchen features home grown and locally sourced produce with a menu that has an Italian, Mediterranean Australian homestead influence – Freshly baked breads, pizza, pastas, risottos, spanish tapas, fresh salads, with home made mustards, relishes, preserves, baked cakes and pastries, all prepared in the Spring Spur Kitchen. Lin and Clay have traveled the world and though their experiences have fused together campfire menu’s with ingredients inspired by their travels. Meals prepared at the Spring Spur kitchen can be also transported, miraculously, into the Bogong Horseback Adventures pack horse load and be prepared on the campfire in our remote area camps.

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Riders Lounge and Spring Spur Stay

Our new riders lounge, along with the beautiful rooms at Spring Spur Stay have been hosting lots of groups lately, with a great wedding in October (congratulations again to Eve and Matt), lots of friends and couples relaxing, riding and just enjoying the country life here at Spring Spur Stay.

Remember the rooms are part of your package if you book a pack horse expedition with us, staying the night before and after your time away in the mountains.

Our daily trail riders have been keen to book in for our ride and lunch package, staying back for a long lunch at the long table.

The homestead kitchen features home grown and locally sourced produce with a menu that has an Italian, Mediterranean Australian homestead influence – Freshly baked breads, pizza, pastas, risottos, spanish tapas, fresh salads, with home made mustards, relishes, preserves, baked cakes and pastries, all prepared in the Spring Spur Kitchen. Lin and Clay have traveled the world and though their experiences have fused together campfire menu’s with ingredients inspired by their travels. Meals prepared at the Spring Spur kitchen can be also transported, miraculously, into the Bogong Horseback Adventures pack horse load and be prepared on the campfire in our remote area camps.

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The Tonimbuk long table

Latest news from the High Plains

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Boots to the fire

Just received an update from the horse camp, out in the wilds to the south of Pretty Valley. The expedition is travelling well, camped at Young’s Hut site on the southern edge of the Bogong High Plains. They left the delightful Swindlers Creek camp yesterday and followed the old Dungey’s Track alignment through the upper reaches of the Cobungra River valley then making the big climb up Paling Spur and on to the tops.

The country is emerging from the winter snows with wildflowers amassed across the plains and the brumby mobs full of spring health and vigour. To the rhythm of the harness jangle and the happy chatter of people the Bogong Horseback Adventures pack team arrived in camp 3, on a cool and clear evening.

Camp set up, swags tossed upon the springy snow grass, the happy group settled by the fire for another memorable meal carefully prepared on the coals. With time to reflect on another great day and enjoy a local wine, they stoked the campfire and shared stories under the southern skies.

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In search of the 8 hour day

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Eight hours of adventure – horses, rivers, mountains and bush.
Eight hours in a high mountain camp, amongst the snowgums, wildflowers and ghostly legends of Bogong Jack’s Yards on Mount Fainter
Eight hours in your warm and comfortable swag, beneath the Milky-way and Southern Cross.

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The history of Labour Day in Australia spans over a century. It is an important annual event that remembers those who struggled and succeeded to ensure decent and fair working conditions in Australia. During the mid to late 1800s the working day was long and arduous, where some employees would work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

Many Australians saw the need for better working conditions and in the 1850s there was a strong push for this. On April 21, 1856, stonemasons at the University of Melbourne marched to Parliament House to push for an eight-hour working day. An agreement with employers for a 48-hour week was eventually reached and Australian workers welcomed the new eight-hour day. A victory march was held on May 12 that year and each year after that.

Many people use the Labour Day holiday as part of a long weekend where they can relax, spend time with friends or family members, play or watch sport, have barbecues. Some people plan a getaway trip to a coastal region, the mountains or the countryside where they can engage in various activities such as picnics, wine-tasting at a winery, bush-walking, or camping.

Hollands-Knob.192249Bogong Horseback Adventures has offered a 3 day Labour Day weekend ride for 28 years, and 2014 is no exception. This year we have added the extra value of “bookend” accommodation before and after the ride. The accommodation is in our newly completed Spring Spur Stay double en suite rooms and is added value at no extra cost. The cost of $1250, has remained unchanged for 4 years and now includes two nights luxury, 2 nights in our renowned bush camps and 3 days of spectacular mountain riding.

This weekend package from Friday March 7th 2014 to Tuesday 11th March 2014 is your last opportunity to purchase a BHA 3 day expedition at current prices.

On the ride we match you to one of our own mountain bred and trained Australian Stock Horses, and climb to Bogong Jack’s hideout for our first camp, just below the tops of Mount Fainter. On the second day we ascend the mountain to 6000’ , take in some truly awesome views as we ride across the top of Victoria. Returning to Jack’s for yet another great meal prepared on the coals, you can take in the starry night sky from you comfortable swag, before returning to the valley next day.

Spring Spur -the home of Bogong Horseback Adventures

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We are in the final stages of our transition to a more diverse stable (excuse the pun) of High Country horse experiences. For those that have travelled with us before you may recall our property is called Spring Spur, and the Spring Spur Stables will remain the base for the renowned packhorse expeditions offered by Bogong Horseback Adventures. Our commitment to experiences that continue the long traditions of horses in the High Country is as strong as ever, enhanced by the generational change that has reinvigorated this family business.

Complimenting the horse riding experience we have also created Spring Spur Stay, our purpose built on farm accommodation, your “country home away from home”. Nestled in the homestead gardens the new riders lounge and rooms offer comfort and a chance to immerse yourself in the life of a working horse property.

Guests booked on our packhorse tours this season will be offered accommodation before and after the ride, at no extra cost, just great value.

Over the next few months we will introduce opportunities to join one of our weekend riding package, perhaps a clinic in aspects of horsemanship or a group getaway weekend filled with horses, fun and lounging about the lounge, the wood fired oven, the coach builder’s bar and the stunning landscape of the Kiewa Valley and surrounding mountains.
We haven’t forgotten our foundations and the lounge will be a keeping place for artifacts and stories from the High Country, while we continue to breed our future working stock based on our long established Australian Stockhorse bloodlines.

As a reflection on our origins, Kath recalls a time, below, when we had just started out, and the Condamine Bell rang true.