Kimo – Cattle Station Experience
Ride your heart out and explore 7000 acres pure cattle and sheep country in the beautiful Riverina in New South Wales. This is our most popular Kimo five days cattle station experience which is guided by one of our experienced stockmen and horse professionals. It is much more than a horseriding and also very much a learning experience where you will learn some cattle working skills, about Australian horsemanship and also benefit from your personal development as a rider and working with your horse.
You will be riding stockhorses and quarter horses, all of them well-trained as a cow horse to make your riding and learning experience most enjoyable. Based on an in-depth conversation and assessment with you, we will select the best horses for your experience.
If you are booking our November date, this can be combined with a visit to the Gundagai Rodeo
A great horse incl tack and all equipment
Support from experienced guides and trainers during the ride
Accommodation in the beautiful luxury shearer’s quarters in a double or twin room, shared with a fellow participant. Shared shower and bathroom facilities across the floor
All meals, beer and wine with dinner
Domestic or international flights from and to the destination
Transfer from and to Wagga Wagga or Canberra airport. We suggest taking a rental car for transfer from Wagga Wagga or Canberra airport.
Single room supplement of AUD 200 for the whole week for single use of a room
Day 1 Arrival
Arrive on Sunday afternoon and move into the Shearer’s quarters or one of the beautiful cottages. Explore Kimo on foot before you meet with your riding companions and your guide for the week. Have a drink on the veranda, enjoy dinner, hear about the program for the week and look forward to what this adventure has in store for you.
Following breakfast meet the horses and get to know your equine partner for the week. This will then be followed by an introductory session about Australian Horsemanship and Stockmanship. In the afternoon you will go out on your first ride and enjoy some of the beautiful Kimo scenery on horseback.
In the morning you will learn about cattle work and what it takes to work with your horse in partnership when rounding up or mustering cattle. You will then be able to put the learnings to work in the afternoon by taking on a job which depends on what’s on the station’s work agenda. It might include anything from mustering cattle, yardwork like earmarking, checking water troughs and bores, checking and repairing fences, etc. In the early evening, you will be taken on a ‘Kimo-style cruise’ going up to the Kimo hills in the ute (Aussie for pick-up truck) and you will have a glass of bubbly and nibbles while enjoying the beautiful sunset.
This will be an all day ride exploring Kimo and getting some jobs done on the way, like checking fences and water troughs. There will be a picknic lunch out in the paddock, before you ride back home in the early afternoon. In the evening you will venture into town and have a chance to catch up with the locals and have a bit of a yarn (Aussie for chat). Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.
This day is reserved for serious learnings and work out in the paddock and what’s on the agenda largely depends on the work program of the station for the day.
Day 6 Departure
Unbelievable how fast the days have passed. Unfortunately after breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and beautiful Kimo. And, – no, you cannot take your horse with you!
Driving into Kimo (Ky-mo) means you are entering one of the hubs of Horses & Cattle Australia, where everything is waiting for you to follow your passion of riding horses in an environment that’s so beautiful to die for.
This is a 7000 acre working sheep and cattle farm. It is one of the oldest properties in this region and its history is filled with interesting people. From illegitimate French royalty to legitimate Australian royalty the history of Kimo is a fascinating tale, and especially interesting is the obvious power that existed in the emerging colony in agriculture and land ownership that brought simple farmers to be in elevated positions of power, fraternising with politicians and even Governors, all on the lawns of Kimo Estate. All of these tales make for fascinating discussions with the owners of Kimo, the Ferguson Family, Dave and Emelia our hosts who have opened up and will share their beautiful property with us to enjoy.
Kimo is an aboriginal name for “mountains” and makes reference to the large hills of the now Kimo Range. The name was adopted by the squatters that arrived in the district who arrived, even before the first Explorer, Charles Sturt passed through. In Sturt’s journal he declared that the river “banks were too precipitous, and the ranges too abrupt”, forcing them to cross to the southern side of the river.
We can guarantee that you will love everything about Kimo, the riding country, the area, the beautiful accommodation, the hospitality and of course the horses.
Contact us if you would like to join this experience with your own horse. There is an AUD 600 price reduction if you BYOH.