The Veterinary Center RIDING TRAIL


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Trail Boss: Mick O’Callaghan. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 7am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

$800 riders. $765 backup. OGHT members get a $30 discount please email for the code.

When do I need to be where? Out the back of St. Bathans from 3pm on the 23rd February 2020.

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.

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What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting and historic sites/relics,  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 Central Otago Mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time.

Mt St Bathans1

Blue Lake

Falls dam

Mt Buster

What do I need to bring? A horse!

Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat

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

A tent or bivvy for the Tuesday night.

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? (TBC)

Monday 24th. Heading up Dunstan creek for some stunning sight seeing  and back out to Falls Dam area for a night stop.
Tuesday 25th. We will be heading out on a camp out to Tailings creek weather permitting.  all riders must be prepared to pack lightly and have a tent to camp out in.
Amazing views, big climb early morning then on tops for most of the day, dropping down to Tailings creek for the night. (No back-ups this night, you’ll need a tent!)
Wednedsay 26th Ascend out  the through the Buster to the White sands over Mt Kyeburn dropping down to Danseys pass for a quick refeshement and off down to our night stop.
Thursday 27th A leisurely stroll down the river and farmland into the  Waipaiata,/Kokonga area.
Friday 28th Climb on top of the Rock and Pillar range out through to Patearoa Station.
Saturday 29th An easy stroll into Patearoa for the Celebrations.
Back ups are welcome, except the Tuesday night when there is no access for back ups.
Gear will be transported for you by 4×4.
Horses must be very  fit,  shod,  and well used to gear incl sturdy breastplate, and crupper if necessary.


Thanks very much to all the landowners, Maniototo Area School caterers, wranglers, first aiders and Gofers.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Mick O’Callaghan 027 489 4109

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser Or call the office 03 445 0111