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A place called Moroka
It was 1978 and Kath and I were a young couple, living in Gippsland. Kath had introduced me to horses and we would saddle up most weekends and ride off into the Tonimbuk bush looking for new tracks and ridges to explore, new challenges for us and our horses. My sister Tracey had been for a ride into the Gippsland High Country with the Hodge family at Valencia Creek, so Kath and I, along with old mate Jed decided to give it a crack. The next January we were up at Clive and Marion's homestead, saddling up our grey horses for the ride up onto Mt Wellington, down Riggalls Spur into Lake Tali Karng with camps at Millar's Hut and the beautiful setting of Moroka Hut. We were enchanted by the mountains and our life's journey was set. We joined Clive for some truly memorable rides of discovery of what the High Country offered adventurous horseriders, from Wulgulmerang and Black Mountain to The Cobberas, Cowombat Flat and Thredbo, from Dargo to the Blue Rag and on to the Wonnangatta, and a ride we did ourselves from Tonimbuk to Baw Baw and on to Mount Wellington to Moroka. And so in time Kath and I settled in the North East High Country, just a few blue ridges from Gippsland and after 25 years of adventures with horses in the mountains we are proud to continue the traditions of generations of the High Country horse and the people who ride them. Looking out into the paddock now I see a young horse testing his agility, his strength and movement that is the gift of all horses. He was foaled in the spring of 2009, he was named Moroka, to honor those traditions and Clive Hodge who died late last year.
Bogong Brumbies come to Bogong Horseback Adventures
In Autumn this year there are some new faces about the traps at BHA. National Parks have started a management program to reduce the numbers of the iconic Bogong Brumbies. The herds that live near Mt Jim on Young's Tops have been wandering in and out of a 'Salting - trap yard' all summer. with the winter fast approaching, the 'passive' trap was set. Without knowing the quantity or quality of the horses to come, BHA agreed to partner National Parks and the Victorian Brumby Association by offering our well established horse facilities as a transfer point between National Parks and the Sanctuary. The first truck down the hill bought three stunning black Brumbies. Two mares in foal and one at foot. Three horses in perfect condition calm and curious. Within the first day our friend 'Fletch' (John Fletcher, who came over for the season from Tasmania) had touched them all over with his 'friendly stick' (a long cane used as an extension of your arm) handled their feet and gained their confidence and respect for humans. Fletch had never handled wild horses before and clearly loved the experience. John is a fantastic horseman, his patience, commitment and horsemanship skills have produced fantastic results and our four brumbies have joined the team at B.H.A and settled in beautifully - Thanks Fletch!
Tim and Cam Cope
Some may remember Tim Cope, the Australian Adventurer who spent some time at Bogong before departing for Mongolia, to follow the trail of Genghis Khan. Tim overcame many challenges to complete his three year journey across Euro-Asia. Tim is home safe and sound with his new dog, Tigon. Tigon accompanied Tim some 10,000 km from Mongolia to Hungry. Tim's documentary is about to air on ABC 2 at 8 p.m. on the 28th of July. Meanwhile Tim's Brother Cam Cope has been embarking on his own adventures, dividing his time between New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Australia. Cam has been developing himself as a photo journalist, while sailing the Queensland coast, trekking the villages of New Caledonia and recently, riding the Bogongs with us. Cam has astounded us with his ability to capture the pure emotion's of Bogong Horseback Adventures. Portraying our incredible landscape and traditional packhorses with a modern flair. Bogong Horseback is proud to support Cam and Tim in their future adventures, where ever they may be. Check out the Bogong Horseback gallery on Cam's website.