‘Black Hawk Saddlery High Country Trail!’

Les Beattie

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Trail Boss: Les Beattie. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

$810 riders. $775 backup

When do I need to be where? We meet at Glen Lapa Station near Waikaia from 3pm onwards.

How hard will the days be? Between 30-40km per day. This is one of the tougher rides on the Cavalcade. Longer days possible, more testing for horse and rider because of terrain. A good level of fitness and experience required.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, fantastic food, Very capable and experienced Trail Boss and Wranglers! And a great bunch of other like minded horse enthusiasts! Really bloody hot temperatures! 30 degrees plus. Freezing cold temperatures! -5 degrees maybe colder with the wind chill factor – You can get all sorts of weather in these Mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time.


What do I need to bring? A horse!

Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat

Jersey, balaclava, socks, longjohns, gloves

Hot weather gear e.g shorts & T shirt

Gaiters are a good idea to keep rubbish & rain out of boots

Riding boots or boots with a heel suitable for walking

Plate/bowl, cutlery, drinking vessel, tea towel,

Towel & toilet articles

Sleeping bag & mat / stretcher / camp chair

Sunscreen & insect repellent

Personal items and a roll of loo paper

Small first aid kit for you and your horse

Camera & torch

Don’t forget a wee treat for yourself and your horse

Water bottle

Personal medications

Money for the bar and Host Town

Baby wipes are handy when hand washing difficult

Small ground cover to put down in yards to put your gear on

Where are we going?

At this stage details of our ride a bit sketchy – our planned visits to landowners/managers had to be postponed due to Covid lockdown, and now we have to wait until lambing has finished before we can reschedule these visits. Further details will follow.

Sunday 27th February

We meet at Glenlapa Station in Northern Southland after 3pm. 

Monday 28th February

We ride to Argyle Station which is located in the Waikaia Valley, where we spend two nights. 

Tuesday 1st March

Today is a loop ride on Glenary Station – back to Argyle Station

Wednesday 2nd March

We ride to Hukarere Station

Thursday 3rd March

A leisurely ride to Crown Rock Station 

Friday 4th March 

We ride to Gem Lake Station

Saturday 5th March

We have a short ride into Millers Flat to celebrate the 30th cavalcade

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – didi@actrix.co.nz

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111