Newsletter Summertime 2017
By Angie Leckey 22th of november 2017
News from the Trail:
Summertime is about to begin in New Zealand and we have been having some beautiful horse trekking weather. The two Gold Miners Pack Trails were ridden high in the Hunter Hills. Guests from Auzzi, Wellington, Auckland and Timaru enjoyed three days riding with picturesque views of golden rolling tussock out to the ocean.
See the latest Tripadvisor reviews to find out “straight from the horse’s mouth” what it is like to ride with us.
Q. What does it mean if you find a horseshoe? A. Some poor horse is walking around in his socks.
Due to popular demand and customer requests, we have added another Gold Miners Pack Trail, 4th 5th 6th February 2018, if you are interested please give us a ring (5 riders have booked before we have loaded this onto the web site.)
News from the Herd:
BirthsGeorgina has given birth to a wee paint colt we have yet to name
Molly has given birth to Guinness 7 days ago
Rain and Rata are about to give birth any day.
Jack (our stallion) is romancing a pretty-little Lone Arrow filly who came to visit on Sunday. If you are looking for a quiet, gentle sire, Jack is ½ thoroughbred, ½ Shire. Full Sister Hannah and full Brother Wishbone are working hard in the riding string.
Calamity Jane, Kowhi and Cloud are back from maternity leave.
Have you heard that in Waihaorunga Valley they have outlawed round hay bales? The horses weren’t getting a square meal out of it!!
Meeting our Customers:
In the last month we have travelled to Equiday’s at Mystery Creek, Hamilton (North Island), Christchurch Show in Addington, Christchurch (South Island) and tomorrow we leave for Equitana, Green Lane, Auckland (North Island) 23rd to 26th November 2017, Hall 2 stall 254 If you are at Equitana, please come in and have a chat, we have some amazing locations, dates and times that may just suit your calendar.
The Competition In partnership with Horse and Pony magazine to win a Lake Hawea and Hunter River ride for two people 6th to 11th January 2018 (worth $7000) finishes at the end of Equitana so you had better hurry if you haven’t yet entered. They will be at Equitana site 313 to enter.
News from the Crew:
Our head wrangler Tirzah has arrived all the way from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She is totally at home on a horse and is a certified wrangler. Great to have this wonderful cowgirl on board. She is enjoying the green grass and rolling hills which makes a change from the sage brush and mountains where she lives.
HelpX duo, Sarah and Jonas leave us on Wednesday. They have been feeding lambs, chickens, ducks and dogs. Sarah has been working with the horses riding each day and Jonas has painted the yards and dug the garden. We will miss these guys as they head off exploring the remainder of the South Island before heading North.
John is busy bringing the horses through into the riding and packing strings. Fencing and Angie is working on some new recipes for the coming season, so look out waist lines! If anyone has some great,” go too”, vegetarian, gluten free or allergy considerate recipes I would love to share them. I am a cook book collector and my latest acquisition has been, ”A Taste Of The Valley, from our family to yours” by Clutha Valley School, thanks to Cloe Gardner (a teacher at the school) It is full of good old, “Kiwi family go too recipes”
The Lake Hawea and Hunter River Ride starts on 15th to 20th December 2017, a great way to rid yourself of stress before Christmas (there are 4 saddles available on this trail) Our first trail of the New Year is 6th to 11th January 2018.
With pick up and drop off in Queenstown you just need to arrange your flights and we will do everything for you.
The trails thread through snow fed rivers and glacial lakes flanked by imposing mountain ranges. We have a rest day at Boundary Hut (if you so choose). If you are a fly fisher person, don’t forget that you will need to bring your fishing licence and rods must be thoroughly cleaned.