Experience Details

Located on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Markdale offers an out-of-the ordinary experience to fire up the senses of horse enthusiasts. Once you drive through the gates you are about to immerse yourself in station life on one of Australia’s most historic sheep stations located in the beautiful New South Wales Southern Tablelands.
Markdale is rich in history and impresses with some of Australia’s great equestrian sports pasts. This is where James Ashton, father of Australia’s first polo team settled in 1920 which marked the beginning of polo in Australia. His sons, the Ashton brothers team rose to dominate Australian polo and the film ‘The Four Horsemen’ tells the story of their adventurous and successful voyage – with their 25 polo ponies – to play polo during the 1930 English season. From England, the brothers proceeded to New York to play a series of exhibition matches in the hope of selling their polo ponies.
Today the property continues to be a fully operational sheep station with over 8,500 fine merino sheep and some cattle and there are 6300 acres of beautiful horse riding country, just waiting to be explored on horseback
Once you get ready for your morning ride, you will continue to be surrounded by equestrian history as you pass by the famous Ashton brothers polo hitting pit and once you are on horseback you will have the opportunity to ride on the original polo field before you start exploring 6300 acres of riding country which can only be described as an equestrian’s dream.
There is also an abundance of activities to be enjoyed at Markdale beyond horse riding. The beautiful Edna Walling Garden with the pastoral homestead are a magical haven to relax after a long day in the saddle and if you still want to be active, there is a beautiful tennis court and a heated pool waiting for you to be enjoyed.
Our group will be staying in double and twin rooms in the two beautifully refurbished original stone cottages, built in the 1850s. In the morning you will wake up with the sun and after a nice evening meal you will spend your evenings relaxing in the courtyard or by the log fire.

At a glance

LOCATION:

Crookwell, New South Wales

AIRPORT:

Canberra or Sydney

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE:

Sheep Station Riding Experience

SEASON:

August until December and January until May

DURATION:

4 Full Riding Days / 5 Nights

PRICING:

From AUD 2400 per person all inclusive

LEVEL:

Intermediate and Advanced Riders

ACCOMMODATION STYLE:

Superior country accommodation in the original stone cottages

FOOD AND DRINK:

All Meals. Wine or Beer with dinner

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

BYOH - Bring your own horse is available for this expeerience. Located 90 mins from Canberra, 3 hours from Sydney

What to expect

Day 1 Arrival
Arrive at Markdale mid-afternoon and get settled in the historic stone cottage. Take a stroll around the area and get a glimpse of the beautiful countryside which you will be exploring on horseback during the coming days. Explore the beautiful Edna Walling Gardens and visit the historic polo hitting pit where the Ashton brothers used to practice their polo game. Depending on the season you might want to cool off in the pool or play a game of tennis before dinner. When you hear the dinner bell it will be time to get back to the cottage for dinner and meet up with your guides and fellow riders for the week.

Day 2
Following a hearty country breakfast you will get the horses ready for the day. Once saddled up, you will have a chance to ride around the historic polo field and get acquainted with the area and if  you ride one of our horses you will also get to know your equine companion for the week. After lunch, you will ride out and meet some sheep and cattle on the way. Once back at the quarters, a cold beer, a glass of white wine and nibbles followed by another example of great Australian home style cooking will be waiting for you – to be enjoyed with a couple of glasses of that great Australian Shiraz.

Day 3
Following breakfast, get ready for a day in the saddle. We will start the morning with an intro to horsemanship and you will develop your skills by working with cattle props on the polo field. The afternoon will be reserved for you to enjoy and explore this beautiful country on horseback. Upon your return a shower to wash off the sweat and dust after a day in the saddle before you enjoy a wine or beer tasting on the veranda followed by a dinner around the campfire. And don’t forget to take some time out for yourself before you go to bed to gaze at the stars before you retire to your comfortable quarters for a good night’s rest. Australian starry nights are to die for!

Day 4
Get up early and get ready for an action packed day filled with all types of station activities and work. Your ride will take you to various areas of the station where you will check fences, dam levels and water troughs. You will have a picnic lunch out in the paddock and if you are lucky you can have a snooze under the beautiful gumtrees before you continue your work and your ride in the afternoon. Back at the station there might be some time to enjoy another swim in the pool or to hit some balls on the tennis court. One of these great Aussie barbies (Aussie lingo for barbecue) will be waiting for you in the evening with some Aussie lamb and beef to be enjoyed! Sit around the campfire and listen to some bush poetry and have a bit of a yarn.

Day 5
Meaah, meaah, it’s sheep and cattle day today! Saddle up and experience what it is like to muster sheep and cattle. Get an introduction to the facets of mustering sheep and you’ll be fascinated by the sheep dogs doing their important part of the work. Chances are that you can also see a sheep shearer’s demonstration and even have a try at shearing a sheep yourself. Depending on the weather, we will take you for a sunset ride in the evening.

Day 6 Departure
Take in the view from the breakfast table and then it’s time to say goodbye and take with you what’s for you alone to keep which are all of these great memories to be cherished forever!

The Horses

You will be riding Australian stockhorses and quarter horses, all of them well-bred and trained. You can bring your own horse to this experience.

Brooke French

Join a great Australian horsewoman, campdrafter and farmer for a very special farm and horse riding experience where she shares her passion and love for the land, for the horses and for this beautiful part of the country she calls her own.

Your Guide

Details

Included:

  • A great horse incl tack and all equipment
  • Overnight yard for your horse for riders who BYOH (Bring your own horse)
  • Support from experienced stockmen and trainers during the ride
  • Accommodation in the beautiful Stone Cottage in double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms. Double and twin rooms are available for single use for participants who don’t want to share (single occupancy surcharge applies)
  • Dinner on the first night of your arrival, three meals per day and breakfast on the day of your departure
  • Beer and wine with dinner

Transfer:

With your own car or by rental car from at your own expense from Canberra (90 mins), Sydney (3 hours) or Melbourne (7 hours)

Not included:

  • Domestic or international flights from and to the destination
  • Transfer from and to Markdale Station
  • Single room surcharge for people who do not want to share a room

Prices and Dates

You can join this event with your own horse. Pay AUD 2400 all inclusive if you BYOH (Bring Your Own Horse). The price includes an overnight yard for your horse. You will need to bring your own gear, feed and hay.

Dates from Dates to Price Status
5th April 2020 10th April 2020 AUD 2400 BYOH / AUD 2800 for 4 Days/5 Nights all inclusive Unavailable
23th October 2020 28th October 2020 AUD 2400 BYOH / AUD 2800 for 4 Days/5 Nights all inclusive Available

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