Hi Shelly

I just want to thank you for your care, time and personal touch to help me learn to ride. I was over the moon from our time together and as we drove out the gate had tears down my face from having done just that.

I loved my time with you and was on such a high after all we achieved. 
I you gave me such confidence with Whippy and I am looking forward to coming back for more lessons. We loved our weekend and felt it was the best weekend we’d ever done! Mansfield is truly beautiful and relaxing and it’s really good that we can just drive out the back up the Melba Highway! How easy! Now it’s just working out when.

Smelling the horses, watching the chooks and geese, hearing about the snakes and sitting outside on the verandah was so good. It all took me back to our farm which I used to love. I didn’t realise how much I was missing the atmosphere of the country.

It was lovely to meet Kay too. You made us so welcome. What a great verandah!

Also a special thank you for inviting us to dinner for Paul’s birthday. 
It turned out the owners recognised me and knew our daughter Bethany.

Thanks again for your wonderful support with me.

Love Jeanette

Kathryn P

Great horses. Great rides. Great people. Flexible. Great accommodation. Really great food from Kaye. I just keep coming back!


Hi Shelly, Paul, Karen and Kay,

I would like I say a massive thank you to all of you. Our 4 day Craig’s hut ride was an experience I will never forget, I couldn’t have asked for better people to ride with.
So many laughs had over the ride and great news friends made. You are truly amazing people and I can’t wait to come back for another ride. (Just not on the side of the mountain lol) 
Jimmy is a great horse who will always hold a special place in my heart, he such a good boy and listens very well.
Kay – I will miss your cooking as over the 4 days I could not wait to see what you had prepared for us, I’m sure I went home 5kgs heavier lol.
I’ve been riding with you guys a few time and I’ve never been disappointed, the only hard part is going home.
Shelly and Paul you are both great horsemen/horsewoman and any one that goes riding with you will see the love you have for all our horses.

I will be back time and time again.
Thank you soooo much


Karen & John

It was a privilege to be on board for the inaugural Wonangatta ride . Great riding great driving. Awesome group, food, horses and resting places. Amazing places seen both on horseback and on the road. Paul and Shelly you should be very proud of yourseves how far you have come in such a short time. Kay as always your cooking skills are amazing. Very happy and honored to be with you on this journey.

Sue McIlfatrick

Hi Paul, Shelly, Kay & Karen,

I just wanted to let you know how amazing my ride to Craig’s Hut with you was.
This is not just another Trail ride in the country, it was a life experience to be treasured forever, Paul & Shelly you are both amazing talented horsemen & the fact that you were happy to share your knowledge & tails of all of your horses history with us made us closer to them, & it was just so obvious how much you both care for & love each and every one of them.
We were so looked after with you both checking constantly that we were comfortable & safe, the set up for our out door under the stars experience was second to none, & we always felt safe.
Thanks to Kay for our camp home cooked meals always at a ready when we arrived at our new camp site, hungry and ready for what was always a well stoked fire & chat about our day, (even managing to put on a roast without a kitchen).
Many laughs were had & I would also like to add a big thank you to Karen for always making sure we were safe from the rear & helping us gear up our horses (and some real laughs) with a special thank you to her husband John for the campfire sing along with his Guitar on the last night, just finishing off the experience.

PS> loved the Bunkhouse start the night before at Blackhorse Park, giving me a chance to meet some of the other guests & even though I came on my own I never felt that way once, the entire trip because of this, made some great new friends that I would love to ride with again. 

Just can’t thank you all enough THE BEST!!

Cheers Sue Mc Ilfatrick.

Caroline Langan-Minca

Hi Shelly, Paul, Kay & Karen,

I had THE BEST time on the Craig’s hut ride! To begin with, I was stoked that you did the ride at my request – it was a dream of mine to ride to the hut since I was 5 years old (Man From Snowy River tragic that I am!!) and I was incredibly impressed that you did the ride as a custom request.
The equipment for our camping experience was awesome – the tents were spacious and soooo tall (what a luxury to be able to stand up in a tent!!), and we were so snug and warm in our swag beds, that I was never once cold!
Kays food was plentiful and amazing (I always look forward to her cooking)….and seriously we were stunned that we got a 3 course meal in the middle of the bush, and a cheese and bickie platter whilst we set up the camp site!! I felt thoroughly spoilt!
Riding with Shelly and Paul is an experience second to none – you guys always make me feel part of the family, with your warmth and endless smiles. It felt like a trip with old friends! I always learn heaps around you guys, and come away a better rider every time! You always seem to attract great people to your rides as well, and this trip was no different – I have made more great friends from this ride!! The bunk house and Black horse Park is a great place to have a meet and greet before a ride, to get to know everyone!
And of course, your horses – well, we all know how I feel about them. I love your horses, especially Oscar, who I was sooooo happy I got to ride for nearly the whole 4 days. What an amazing boy he is!! All your horses are in excellent condition, and the way you treat them is brilliant. I had never seen such love and care for trail/bush horses until I met you guys.
This ride was everything I hoped it would be, and more – I must admit I shed a tear on the way home. It was the quickest 4 days of my life. Thank you so much for making my dream ride come true, and for making it so special. I can’t begin to express how much it meant to me to do this!!

I will be back many more times in the future!!!

Thanks you all again,