Experience Details

The Dumaresq (pronounced doo-mer-ik) River marks the southern Queensland – New South Wales border. Dumaresq Homestead is part of Maidenhead Station, a working cattle and cropping property that includes 11 kms of this beautiful river and 9000 acres of varied terrain ready for you to explore on horseback.

The group will be staying in a the beautifully designed and comfortably appointed Dumaresq Homestead.

Dumaresq offers all of the ingredients for this exciting adventure.

We can guarantee that you will love everything about Dumaresq, the riding country, the area, the beautiful accommodation its people and of course the horses for your learning experience.

This describes our five days cattle station experience which is guided by one of our most 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.

At a glance


Maidenhead, Queensland


Brisbane, Gold Coast, Armidale


Cattle Station Training Experience


March - November


5 Days / 6 Nights


From AUD 3800 per person all inclusive


Intermediate and Advanced Riders


Luxury Homestead Accommodation


All Meals. Wine or Beer with dinner


What to expect

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive on Sunday afternoon and make yourself comfortable in the homestead. 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.

Day 2

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 scenery on horseback.

Day 3

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 branding, earmarking, checking water troughs and bores, checking and repairing fences, etc. In the late afternoon we will be visiting Zappa winery for a wine tasting.

Day 4

This will be an all-day ride exploring the station and getting some jobs of checking on the animals fences and water troughs on the way. There will be a picknick lunch out in the paddock, before you ride back home in the early afternoon.

Day 5

This day is reserved for serious learnings and work out in the paddock and in the arena where you will have a chance to give the sport of campdrafting a go. You will see that after the second ride, this sport is truly addictive.

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 Dumaresq Station. And no, you cannot take your horse with you!

The Horses

You will be riding well-bred Australian stockhorses and some quarter horses, all of them well-bred and trained as a cow horse to make your riding experience most enjoyable. These are not trail riding horses but horses which are born and bred to excel working in the bush, an environment where horses are ridden for a purpose, to get a job done.

Your Guides

Jay Charnock

Jay Charnock has been riding for most of his life, competing in a range of different equestrian disciplines, from English/European, to Western, to Australian sports like Polocrosse and most important of all – Campdrafting.

Codie Law

Codie has been competing in campdrafting since he was a youngster As an accomplished competitor Codie’s list of wins and titles are impressive and throughout the year he successfully competes at all of the major events like the Warwick Gold Cup, Landmark Classic, the Sydney Royal and the Australian Stock Horse Nationals just to name a few.



  • A great horse incl tack and all equipment
  • Support from experienced guides, horse/equestrian trainers during the ride
  • Accommodation in the beautiful Dumaresq homestead in double or twin rooms. Shared shower and bathroom facilities across the floor. Alternatively double 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.
  • Wine tasting at Zappa Winery
  • Beer and wine for dinner.

Transfer will be arranged for the whole group or rental car sharing will be arranged from either Brisbane or Armidale. Transfer will be AUD 300 round-trip per person from and to the airport.

Not included:

  • Domestic or international flights from and to the destination
  • Transfer from and to the airport.
  • Single occupancy room charge of Euro180 per week for single use of a room.

Prices and Dates

Dates from Dates to Price Status
March November AUD 3800 for 6 Nights / 5 Days Currently not available

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