Bits and Pieces – Cavalcade from a horses saddle

Love the Goldfields Cavalcade? Know someone who does? This book could be a great gift for someone or a treasured item in your own library.

Download an order form for “Bits and Pieces – Cavalcade – from a horse’s saddle”
Written by Dorothy McGregor-Cathcart
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A record of all the trails from 1991 – 2007 with bits and pieces of history built around them for future reference. Recognising and appreciating the cooperation of landowners in crossing their land and using their woolsheds, as well as the dedication, the many hours of unpaid labour by trail bosses and all support crews, in putting a trail together to give hundreds of people the pleasure of seeing country that they would never have seen otherwise, has been the driving force behind this story.
Over 200 photos from a variety of photographers, this book is A4 size. Special price for direct orders!!

Post Cavalcade news letter


Dear Cavalcader,

Welcome Home! Hope all went smoothly getting back there and thank you so much for coming (great distances for some)to help make this Cavalcade probably the very best, trails-wise.

The early ‘good weather booking’ worked well and those magic scenic shots were to die for –special memories for you to take home I hope.

Questionnaires: Big thanks to those of you who have sent yours back. If you haven’t, could you please do so in order for us to be able to gauge everything and get your opinions together in order to paint the picture. You can simply email us or download a form at .

Thanks very much to all of you who have taken the time to provide feedback about the Cavalcade. We have got the message loud and clear from everyone that the Host Town set-up with accommodation and festivities so far removed from each other just doesn’t work.

We are very happy to announce that next year we will be finishing at the Oamaru Racecourse. Everything will be on site just a couple of minutes walk from each other – the parade, the markets, the padlocking, accommodation, the dinner and the hoe-down. Even more exciting than that is the North Otago Scouts will be doing the catering!! These guys have done the catering for the Tussock Creek Light Wagons for over a decade and have a reputation for exceeding expectations! The Oamaru Host Town Committee includes a few Cavalcaders who really understand what you want and they are absolutely committed to showing off their hospitality!

The official DVD is almost complete and will hopefully be posted out by Ross in the next couple of weeks.


Any of you interested in The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive …….

Saddle up amongst drovers, herding cattle … for this unforgettable Outback holiday.

This unique experience is a combination of impressive sunrises and sunsets, outstanding food and ‘luxurious’ tent accommodation, droving cattle by horse and a sheer array of beautiful landscape.

The Drive runs for 4 days in August exact dates to be confirmed… please get back to us if you are half interested. Check them out here

Lost & Found

Lost: A purple Real Estate bag containing crockery, cutlery etc and wine. If this ended up in your truck please let us know at 03 4450111 or above email.

Lost: 2 horse covers “Chip” and “Pete”. Contact Kelvin Lyon 03 4822698

Lost: Small plastic bucket, handles strapped tog. Containing horse medical/grooming kit. Contact Alice at or 03 448 5423

Found: Pr. riding boots. Contact Nic Twamley 027 447 1393

20% off all Swanndri merchandise special for Cavalcaders!

Many thanks to the great sponsors who put their hand in their pocket to make the week just that wee bit more special. Go to and enter the Promo Code “cavalcade”.  20% discount will then automatically appear for all products!  Members can share this code with friends and family if they wish to do so.

(The Cavalcade office also has some mens shirts and merino vests left over so get in touch for the best prices on those.)

If you got an NRM feed voucher please don’t be shy about letting us know what you think of the product. Feedback about sponsors goods is great for when we go back to them asking for more for next year! (Of course if the feedback is bad we won’t ask them back again.)

Speight’s have to be given a big ‘good on ya mate’ for the can’s at each trail start and especially for you Heavy Wagoner’s the wee shout they put on at the Lindis Hotel was very well received! We’ll share that one around so hopefully next year a different trail will get it.

Make sure you get some Grans Remedy if your partners feet are becoming a bit ‘over powering’ (you don’t even need to tell them just slip a tsp of it in their shoes while they’re asleep).

And a huge thanks has to go to Lyndon Tamblyn (the Shelter Box guy) he got us the RJ’s Liquorice, Whittakers Chocolates, the Tussock Tucker Beef Jerky and a whole host of prizes including the Gronell Boots, SOG knives, Romariz Port

Goldfields Cavalcade to Lake Wanaka get’s off to a roaring start…

There has been some great days riding and walking on the Goldfields Cavalcade so far, here’s a few snaps just to give you an idea…

Got space in your float? Need a new Horse?

Check out our new Classifieds page (top right hand corner of the website) to see if you can help out a fellow Cavalcader or ask them for their help.

Buy, sell, exchange, barter, ride share, wife share… (just kidding about the wife share, that’s a whole other website).

Please note, all contact info you submit will be visible to the general public.