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“Rosie the Queen of Cardrona”

Backcountry Saddle Expeditions
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Backcountry Saddle Expeditions has celebrated a few milestones this year... They are 33 years old... with an outstanding 27 years under the current management of Debs Thompson. Debs is an outdoor girl and apologizes for her lack of skill in an ever developing computer world... "It's very hard to ride horses, manage clients, answer emails and/or phone calls whilst on a horse" She is very much a one "wo"man band. Debs does however value every-bodies interest... and looks forward to people booking. The best way to book is directly with Debs... this way she can gauge every-bodies abilities, genders, heights and weights... a cell phone number gives her security and credibility of a booking. This means the client will have the best and most appropriate horse for their booking. Debs is into personal!!!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonder ride today on a beautiful fall sunny day at Backcountry Saddle! Thank you Rosie for the amazing job guiding our 4some. We learned more from you about riding a horse in a short couple of hours than we have in a lifetime!

Thank David A
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"cardrona valley"
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"riding experience"
in 26 reviews
"experienced riders"
in 22 reviews
"western style"
in 8 reviews
"hour trek"
in 10 reviews
"lovely horses"
in 13 reviews
"horse ride"
in 18 reviews
"trot and canter"
in 9 reviews
"great ride"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful countryside"
in 6 reviews
"two hours"
in 12 reviews
"my partner"
in 15 reviews
"great guide"
in 13 reviews
"awesome experience"
in 11 reviews
"thank you so much"
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"local history"
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"local area"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four stumbled across this stable just by chance and we are so thrilled that we did. We are all novice riders and Debs gave us excellent instruction and gentle horses.... by the end of the ride she has us in a canter and it was great fun! The terrain and views are absolutely stunning and we Debs gave us a great explanation of the ecosystem and the history of the area. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Thank Kathleen B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These guys are truly awesome - we had such a wonderful two hour ride through the back country on truly amazing horses. Three of us did this trek and we all raved about it afterwards. This is a great experience on well behaved horses - I rode the truly lovely Poggle who was a pure joy. We got to canter too - even those who had not ridden much before.

Highly recommended to everyone - even if you have never ridden a horse before.

Thank BarbWire73
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place and activity to kill a few hours. Definitely recommend if you have time. Very friendly staff and great horses. Nothing but beautiful views through the mountains, the trek couldn’t have been better, great combination of a slow walk and faster trotting, very well accommodated for beginners

Thank Matthew P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't think of not recommending these lovely ladies, They just make your day and the horses are just amazing. this is probably the best customer service I have ever come across with the best countryside experience. they made my trip amazing to South Island NZ.

Thank arobee86
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