‘The Family Friendly 3.5day Cloverleaf Trail’.


Trail Boss:
Alan Lowen. 3.5 Days. Fully Catered and supported. This is a family friendly trail. (Low alcohol consumption thanks) Competent children with parents most welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

$525 for riders. $505 Backups.

When do I need to be where? Ribbonwood Station, near Omarama – lunch is provided then a 4hr ride that afternoon. Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

How hard will the days be? Between 20 -30km per day. This is one of the easier rides on the Cavalcade, but still up to 7ish hours in the saddle. A good level of fitness and experience required.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, GREAT 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 McKenzie Country 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

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

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? 

Meeting up Wednesday 3rd March at Ribbonwood Station in from Omarama for lunch. Meet and greet and a 4hr ride that afternoon to let the horses get to know each other!

Thursday. Head out the back of beyond for big ride over some beautiful rolling country. Huge vistas of the Southern Alps. 6-8hrs riding approx 

Friday. Some nice flats, some good hills, stunning vistas and another 6-8hrs in the saddle.

Saturday. We load up and move camp to Twizel (horses in floats). A short ride around Twizel then we meet up with the other trails for the grande parade. Make sure your friends and family are there to enjoy the festivities the host town are putting on for us. 

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Alan Lowen  0272 889 559 lowen.alan@gmail.com 

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