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A Salty Breeze in the Bogongs Sep 2012

For those lucky enough to join us here at Spring Spur, you may notice a little salty air about the stables and yards, as the old timber Barwon Heads bridge stands renewed in the Bogongs.
The tidal marks have long since dried and the splinters removed, but all her charm remains as the main trusses in the new Riders Lounge firmly assembled with raw steel plates and bolts rusting to match the well seasoned timber.

The new Lounge will be the centre of activities at Bogong Horseback Adventures, she stands tall, almost five meters at her top, welcoming, strong, friendly and bright, as her windows frame the rugged sky line of the Bogongs with silvered timber of bushfires past and the promise of new adventures. The Lounge will be a keeping place for artifacts from the rich history of the high country horse, a place for the BHA community to share stories, relax and enjoy the goodies from the kitchen garden and wood fired oven, local wines and beers or a great coffee.

In the gardens and adjacent to the Riders Lounge, is the Accommodation building, featuring six, king sized en-suite rooms. With double glazing and north sun these rooms are designed as a home away from home, where you can relax and enjoy your own private garden with a glass of wine and a little of our local produce.
The Riders Lounge and Accommodation is due to open for the 2012-13 season.

Free Accommodation in 2012-2013 Sep 2012

Book-end your adventure with Bogong Horseback Adventures. Book any of our extended pack horse expeditions for the season of 2012 – 2013 and we include the luxury of our purpose built accommodation for the night before and after your adventure into the Heart of the High Country.

Steve, Kath, Lin and Clay are proud to announce the planned opening of our hosted accommodation, Spring Spur, ready for guests to enjoy this coming season.

Here at Bogong Horseback Adventures we are have building some beautiful king and twin share rooms, all featuring en-suites. Enjoy a cheese platter on arrival as you settle in and soak up the stunning surrounds of Spring Spur. The family and staff will help you prepare for your expedition, and then the night is yours to meet your fellow riders or retreat to your room and enjoy a deep slumber in our comfy beds; ready to awake refreshed and begin your packhorse adventure into the mountains.

On your return to Spring Spur we will host a testimonial dinner at the ‘Tonimbuk’ table when all can reflect, laugh and fondly recall the weeks adventures before you retire to your lovely room and bed, as consolation for having surrendered your swag, to ponder your memories of your High Country experience. Rest soundly and dream of the wild brumbies rushing through ‘The stockyard in the sky’. There will be no rush on your departure day, awake at your leisure and help your self to a continental breakfast that will be available in the riders lounge/dining room for you to enjoy.

Dates for the 2012-13 season have been published on our website.

Featuring Natural Horsemanship clinics, Mount Fainter and Mount Bogong Packhorse adventures from three to seven days.

We have also recently introduced our new Bogonghorse online booking service and we invite you to check out the program.

 

Clay’s Middle Eastern Taverna

Diner time at Spring Spur is a never ending ode to good food. Tonight Clay prepared a middle eastern meal including hand made dolmades using the homestead grapevine leaves, fresh baked flat bread, a spiced chicken Shawarma, minty youghurt, spiced cous cous and a mixed bean salad.feast

New trees for pack saddle

Nathan and Lin have fired up the forge to smith some new fixed trees for the pack saddles.

Nathan fires up the forge
Nathan fires up the forge

Food, giver of life

Living and working at Spring Spur is punctuated by meal times, food and good company.

The cookhouse, source of many happy meals
The cookhouse, source of many happy meals
Family lunch on the veranda
Family lunch on the veranda
Lin's veggie garden
Lin’s veggie garden

Horse Mob

The horses benefit from living as a herd, and running as a mob is balanced with lots of work.

Horse Mob
Plenty of energy in the spring pastures

Stables

Stable
Lin and Clay Baird

The stables were built in 1992, and are the “engine-house” of the working life at Spring Spur.

 

Welcome to Spring Spur

ShedandYardsSpring Spur is a rural property in North East Victoria’s High Country Region, sitting in the Kiewa Valley and surrounded by the peaks and High Plains of the Alpine National Park.

Herbert London Jun 2011

Kath, Lin and Clay along with many of our staff over the years have spent time at Rock Creek Pack Station in California owned and operated by Herb’s son Craig London.
Not many people can say they knew a cowboy of the old days, one who drove stage coaches, pioneered the Sierra Nevada trails, trained and rode horses and mules like he was born in the saddle. It was a privilege to have met him and a joy to have shared a whiskey and a yarn!
Herb passed away March 31, 2011 at his home in Ojai. Herb is survived by his wife Aleta, son Craig (wife Carmen), sister Elizabeth McHale and his loyal Airedale Gus.
Rest in peace Herb, and thank you from your Aussie mates.