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Trail Boss – Winston Parks Phone 03 412 8123
Duration 6 days Meets on Monday 22 February 2010 Limit 50
The Fraser River Riders will assemble at Earnscleugh Station on the afternoon and evening of Monday 22nd February 2010.
Alistair Campbell owner of this iconic station has had several Cavalcade trails pass through his property over the years, but remains a welcoming host.
Dinner approx. 7pm
Earnscleugh Station is easily found on the Clyde-Alexandra back road.
Tuesday morning we ride out through the Fraser Dam area, along ridges and valleys below the Carrick Range to arrive at the historic gold mining area of Bannockburn. Here we will be hosted by Don and Marion Clark at Carrick Station. Some will remember Don as the outstanding Otago and All Black flanker of the early and mid sixties, whose career was cut short by a riding accident. He was a rugby and mustering mate of your Trail Boss and is looking forward to our visit.
Wednesday we ride through Bannockburn and on to the shoreline of Lake Dunstan. A brief stop at Old Cromwell Town is planned, then on round the lake edge to Lowburn Valley and lunch. The afternoon we go up Chinaman’s Gully and onto the old stock route on the Lowburn Downs, arriving at the historic Mt Pisa Station, home to Murray and Jackie McMillan. As leaders of many earlier Cavalcade trails, they will be sure to give us a very warm welcome. A winery visit is possible this afternoon.
Thursday we ride from Mt Pisa up over Locharburn country and down to Lake McKay Station homestead. We will be climbing quite high on this part of the trail so will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Upper Clutha area. Jock Meehan, manager of Lake McKay and his partner are both horse people who are happy to be our hosts.
Friday they willl lead us on a loop ride on the station behind the Luggate Creek where we will once again have special views of the Wanaka and Hawea areas.
Saturday morning we travel through part of Criffel Station and Mt Barker to the Wanaka Rodeo grounds where we assemble with the other trails for the Grand Parade.
Our catering will once again be in the most capable hands of the Strath Taieri School Team led by John Carruthers. Our Wranglers, Gofers and other helpers are all competent and friendly people so with the beautiful Central Otago scenery, some social activities and reasonable length days planned we should all hit Wanaka in good shape.
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