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FEB 2020

Hi Deb and Bruce,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you from the Cole-Sinclair family for such a brilliant day on Saturday. We all had such a fantastic day with everyone and the day ride honestly exceeded our expectations. Both Amelie, Barry and myself felt that is was such a special day not only riding together but with Bruce, Steve and all the other lovely people we got to ride with in the group. 
There was so much to enjoy and what I loved the most was going on all the quiet trails and then popping out at different spots with the most beautiful views.
Deb, your team with the pre ride prep and lunch was done so well and as well as talking about the ride when we got back we were also talking about how good lunch was.
Bruce and Steve were so good at educating us throughout the ride not only on the area about about how to handle our horses which gave Amelie and myself so much comfort.
Thanks to Cassie also for getting us organised before we started and your whole family have a very relaxed and welcoming approach.We were straight into looking at overnight rides therefore you will definitely be seeing our family again.

Thanks again for such a fantastic experience. Warm regards Hayley 

March 2019

Dear Deb and Bruce
 
John and I want to thank you for a wonderful experience riding with you early this week. You so proudly showed us “your patch” even though you trail ride as part of your living you made us feel part of your family.
The kitchen Deb……amazing and we were so impressed with how it all works. Great food out of camp ovens etc. Water on the boil all the time in some form without loosing the authenticity of the mountain story you as a family have created.
The horses. What noble creatures. My mother always said “ the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man”.! I agree and to be on board a shore footed nice horse in a magic setting was terrific. We can’t thank you enough for a truly wonderful experience.
We feel blessed, as luck would have it to join the Tasmanian party. What a fun lot.
We hope to return one day and now busy passing on recommendations to friends who might be interested!
Thank you again. 20 mls in the gage here at lunch time. Hope you get a bit
Cheers Annie and John.
 
Hello Cassie,
I wanted to send some feedback on my recent trail ride adventure with you guys.
It was awesome, amazing and i felt so loved. The homemade sweets, dinner and snack bags were such an added bonus to the beautiful ride through the high country. Sleeping in a swag under the stars was a highlight for me. The tricky terrain that the horses had to tackle was impressive. I found a new admiration for your horses as they carefully carried me up and down mountains. The landscape changed so much each day. From rocky riverbeds to burned out snow gum filled hilltops to Jurassic park rain forest. I half expected a dinosaur to pop out and scare us (no wonder the grand kids believed Bruce when he told them dinosaurs lived there!)
 
All the love and care you put into our experience was so appreciated. Sharon’s upbeat attitude and expert capabilities, meant i felt safe and supported during my ride. Emily is a true gem. Her calmness and sweet character for her young age was wonderful to watch. She just is a pocket rocket that needs no prompting and gets on with any job at hand. I left my aqua coloured tea strainer in your esky. Could you give that to her, please? She can enjoy her Blue Mountain tea in there and think of me. 
 
Bruce is a legend and so entertaining to listen all his adventures and stories. Deb was so warm and loving. Kathy shared a cider with me, thank you. The whole set up with providing horses, food, swags, tents, support and all the other extras were a 5 star experience for me. I would highly recommend the 3 day ride. I still do not know where we went each day. We covered so many kilometers up and down the mountains. Simply beautiful and unforgettable. Thank you for ticking off one of my bucket list items. I will be back for sure.
 

February 2019

To Bruce, Deb, Chris, Dave and Bonnie and everyone behind the scenes,

I want to say a huge thank you for the most amazing four days of riding.

First and most importantly was the condition of your horses. So we’ll fed and cared for and obviously loved by many people. (Grandies especially)

They handled the rugged terrain so easily and calmly, developed amazingly well by competent, expert horsemen. (and that includes women)

The meals were a treat and swags, tents and even hot showers (sometimes haha) were very much appreciated.

Absolutely cannot sing your praises enough and will definitely be back one day, as soon as is possible.

Happy riding guys,

Anne

December 2018
 
Thanks so much to you all for a fabulous 4 day ride last week – Tahlia and I had a wonderful time and we really appreciated how well we were looked after,the beautiful horses, the great organisation, great food and your good company, not to mention the amazing country we were riding through.
We may well be riding with you again!
Cheers and Happy Christmas!
Jenny Atkins
 

November 2018

Hi All, I want to say a big THANK YOU for the wonderful day I had with you riding  to Craig’s Hut.

I enjoyed every minute and very much appreciated Barney looking after  me.  Lunch was yummy and just perfect for the day.  You have obviously  put a lot of thought and planning into how you do your rides and your  friendliness made me feel part of the family. 

Once again thank you for a great experience.  I really hope to come  back and do it again. Chris

I went on the 2 day ride with four friends last week and loved every moment… so many highlights, riding through snow, reaching Craig’s Hut, riding through streams following narrow paths, eating the most amazing food in the most picturesque places I have ever been. We had really enjoyable time. I would highly recommend adding this to anyone’s bucket list! Although I still I don’t think we got to take it all in enough and will be going back to do another ride. It was worth the burning legs and aching muscles! Great horses, thanks Beau for lugging me around the mountains� Thanks also to Bruce, Deb and team for such an amazing experience x

We just got back from the 2 day Craig’s Hut Ride – which has been a life-long dream for me. It was the most incredible experience. The scenery is even more spectacular than I had anticipated and I was so impressed with the way Bruce and his crew look after the horses. The horses are in amazing condition and are clearly loved. The staff were all amazing, Emma, Bonnie, Cassie and the Dans. I couldn’t speak highly enough of their professionalism. Do it!

What an amazing weekend spent in the beautiful high country! Thankyou for offering such an amazing country and friendly experience! Breathtaking scenery, warm and friendly hospitality and delicious food I can’t wait to return!

April 2018

The Snowy Ride – written by Trim and inspired by Kiwi Rick.  
Two girls from the Adelaide Hills
Were keen for a mountain view
Craig’s Hut was the place on the map
After the Man From Snowy River Movie we longed to go

But who to take us there? Was the question in the air
McCormacks family is the only choice, came the advice from a friend Gerald Egan, one of the Mountain Men
Mt Buller was in eye – shot across those big hills! Or should I say mountains as we were so close to the clouds
So off we went to Mansfield to find a steed to do the trek
The trail was 3 days long and Bruce and Deb knew the way
Bonnie the head rider led the way and those ponies were amazing through bushland and amoungst the trees
with Michelle and Tag feeding us just right each night
We were joined by Kiwis and Victorians and Queenslanders alike and along with Ballarat’s Paddy we all had a ride of our life
We were all excited to explore the Rivers and Mountains, with young Ned trotting upfront, “how long now, Bonnie?” which we heard all the way along the tracks
The trail was long and hard but those ponies trod through the rocks with steady hooves to keep us safe, the tracks and trees no burden to them. The ponies sure earnt their nose bags morning and night and lots of pats and lolly treats were given to say THANKS along the way

Up to Mt Stirling with the wild wind through our vests, I was in wonderment of this amazing quest
It took 2 days to get there but what a site to behold, Craig’s Hut was there for us to see. As I rode Oreo around, I took a quiet moment to look up at the sky and thank my parents for guiding us up to this ride
Our swags and huts kept us cosy at night with the camp fires providing the light. King River was beautiful and a cool drink for the horses was there for a refresh then along the McCormacks Track we made the steep decent. I felt like I was Tom and Denny- from the movie itself, well I did pretend I was anyway
Bruce brought out the movie memorabilia around the huts table, he told us stories and shared photos of his family and he was so proud to tell us all, we appreciated that we joined this crew
I had a sore body from head to toe but Oreo my coloured pony was there for me steady as can be, then Tilly completed our ride and back down the mountains we went
Our family and horses back home we referred to often and our thoughts wondering if they were all ok, and then the promise to each other of bringing them all back up there one day!
“So glad we did it – Jules you and I – a lifelong dream we achieved together”
“We made it” said Trim to Jules, so glad the McCormacks showed us the way of the Man from Snowy River High Country as it blew us away with its Rugged beauty and flowing river beds.
We will treasure it in our hearts each and everyday.

Written by Trim.

 

APRIL 2018

Hi there Deb and Cassie. Deb, again on behalf of Esther, Dusty, Kate and I we want to thank you again for a brilliant weekend with an absolute epic adventure. Can I also ask that you pass on a huge thank you to Em, Ash and Chris for their outstanding service and making the trip all the more memorable. You have a great crew. To you and Bruce, it was really nice to steal you from the group Saturday night and sit around the fire with a few drinks and have a yarn – you two are brilliant and it was so nice to have some time with legends of the High Country.

MARCH 2018

I need to say a big Thankyou to Bruce, Deb, Chris, Bonnie, Tag, Dave and the staff at home for a magnificent 4 days. I felt safe and cared for by all of you and appreciate the resilience and stamina of my trusty mount, Molly. She had a great deal of responsibility and handled herself admirably. Many thanks

Hi Everyone from the High Country! Just wanted to say a huge Thank-you! I enjoyed myself so much! Great time, Great company, Great horses, Great food and… Spectacular Surroundings!  Hope to see you guys again sometime.

FEBRUARY 2018 
 
Would just like to thank all the staff, Bruce, Deb, Dave, Chris, Bonnie, Emily, Dan, for a brilliant ride on the weekend. Martina cannot stop raving how “awesome” it was. She will definitely never forget her 50th, that’s for sure. Has been telling everyone how fantastic it was. For a broken down old hack like me, even i enjoyed it. it was bloody brilliant. You will be seeing us again without any doubt. thank you again for a fantastic ride. P.S. the bloody horses deserve medals, especially Carly.
-Keith and Martina Mackay
 
 JANUARY 2018

I would like to thank you all for the most amazing weekend!!! All the girls in our group have not stopped talking about it and it is all over Facebook lol.  You do an amazing job and looked after us so well.  Thank you Cassie for the lovely cake, I appreciated it greatly.  I even had a tear in my eye when I said goodbye to Beau.  He just looked after me so well and I felt completely safe on him.  What a wonderful horse. Once again thank you and hopefully I get to do it again one day.

All the best  Sam Standley

NOVEMBER 2017

Thank u so much Bruce and Deb for the wonderful weekend of riding. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The horses sure footedness was something u have to experience to fully appreciate how agile and amazing they really are. We loved all the river crossings and having hot meals, a fire and camp chairs set up at every rest stop was so thoughtful and appreciated, i especially loved the small touches like hot breads and rolls kept warm underneath tea towels, really gave off the feeling of homeliness made each customer feel like one of the family. The food was outstanding – my daughter has two passions riding and eating so she was in heaven. The overnight camping arrangements with a hot shower was glamping at its best. Thank you for sharing your corner of the world with us and although after 2 days we were tired and muscle sore we will be back again next year. And thanks to the fantastic logistics coordination team (camp crew) who set up camp at each location and cooked/prepared wonderful meals for us all.

Fay Prouse 

NOVEMBER 2017

What a fantastic 3 days we’ve had!! 
The staff are so friendly, helpful and patient (school group!)We had such a wonderful time soaking up the atmosphere of the high country, the open spaces and fresh country air, all whilst enjoying the amazing horses you have. It was sensational to see the group of students grow and develop their knowledge of the environment, and confidence around horses.
Will definitely be back!!! Thank you to you all (special mention to Skip too!)

NOVEMBER 2017

I went on the 2 day ride with four friends last week and loved every moment… so many highlights, riding through snow, reaching Craig’s Hut, riding through streams following narrow paths, eating the most amazing food in the most picturesque places I have ever been. We had really enjoyable time. I would highly recommend adding this to anyone’s bucket list! Although I still I don’t think we got to take it all in enough and will be going back to do another ride. It was worth the burning legs and aching muscles! Great horses, thanks Beau for lugging me around the mountains� Thanks also to Bruce, Deb and team for such an amazing experience x

APRIL 2017

The day ride to Craigs Hut we took part in on Saturday was a “bucket list” experience which lived up to all of our expectations and more..Great horses, great guides and breathtaking scenery, we couldn’t have asked for more! We are a couple of grannies who feel very grateful to have been able to enjoy such a brilliant experience, thanks to all the team at McCormacks. Bev & Sue

 

FEBRUARY 2017

Dear Deb and Bruce,

What an extraordinary horse riding adventure that was!  As Macca said to me ‘this is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life”.  I agree with his sentiment.  Nature at its best, mountains, valleys, rivers, trees, rocks!!, boulders!!!, endless skies, clouds, stars, huge moon, silence (in between Anton’s yarns,  exclamations, musings, rants and protestations), huts, plains, AMAZING horses, old friends, new friends, Kookaburra’s laughing at us, flies (bearable up there), snakes, bugs, lashings of great food, yarns, tall tales (lies), conversations, campfires, smoke, tents, swags, swimming, beer (never tasted better), laughter, levity, apprehension, exhilaration, new knowledge, humility and awe.  WOW!!!      A heartfelt thanks to both of you, (and in alphabetic order) Ash, Bonnie, Chris, Dave and Nicki.  And three cheers to the AMAZING calm, strong, patient, safe and fearless horses.  In my case Carlie, Indi and Soli (unlucky buggers).  All different, all wonderful. The trip was wonderfully organized – faultless in fact.  We were provided much more than we could in good conscience have asked for.   We will return, provided we have not been slapped with a life time ban!  There were no drugs, so the Essendon penalty would not be appropriate.  Inappropriate language, telling stories that might have contained ‘Alternative Facts’, failing to fully embrace the ‘silence of the bush’ and over-exuberance; to each we plead guilty as charged.  We will accept an 11 month ban, returning to the scene of the crime(s) in February 2018. Already we have canvassed other adventurers who have expressed enthusiasm.  They are generally less cultivated than us, and without needing to state the bleeding obvious, they are far less skilled, less courageous, less intelligent, less athletic, less agile and less humble than us!!! Thankfully we have 11 months to knock them into shape.For now, I will retire to my ‘dingy little office’ with wonderful memories of the extraordinary adventure, and burning anticipation of a High Country extravaganza with ‘Clanc(ies) of the Overflow’ in 2018.

With my heartfelt thanks and appreciation,Tom (and others from the far West – Gordon the Blistering Bummer, Macca the Fabulous Farrier; Anton the Loquacious Lunatic’;Brendan the Ebullient Equestrian)         

 

MAY 2017

Hello Deb and Bruce.
Nick and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and effort in taking us up to Craig’s Hut in the 4WD. You would remember that it was pouring with rain on the day we booked.In some ways it was better for us, although we missed the horse experience we were able to have good conversation with Bruce. I am sorry that I pummelled Bruce about the film non stop, but I loved getting the inside goss! Of course we watched the film agin as soon as we got home, and it gave us a different perspective. Little Miller was a star – its nice to see little kids so resilient and have a sense of self at such an early age. You dont see that in the city.
It is such a beautiful area and all the people we met were very friendly and open. I am hoping that we will come back again to you to have the horse experience at a later date. Thank you again. I hope the muster was successful!
Lisa and Nick Carter

APRIL 2016

I was totally overwhelmed with the amazing experience, hospitality, serenity, the beautiful well educated horses. I feel privileged to have ridden with the family from The Man From Snowy River. Thank you so much Bruce, Debbie, Dave, Bonney,Ash and the rest of the team. “I will be back”.

 

Hi Deb,

Sorry it has taken me a few weeks to write to thank you for the effort that you went to in providing for the special dietary needs of Stefanie and Helena. We were really impressed by the trouble you took to make sure that they had equivalent food to everyone else. They also said that the gluten free chocolate cake was the best they have ever eaten.We all enjoyed the experience of the ride and enjoyed the company and support of you and your staff as well as the other participants.

Thanks again,Ronda Carapetis

 

Dear Bruce and Deb, I cannot begin to thank both of you and your beautiful staff and family, Nicky, Bonnie, Chris, David and Chris Randall. You were all so very kind to me,  I did appreciate all the help I was given so I could have the experience of a Lifetime. Nicky you were just a Darling and Bonnie your photos were beautiful.  I loved every moment. The Victorian High country is magnificent. The bush touches our souls and tells us who we really are…How lucky we all were to be able to experience the wonders of your part of our beautiful country. I consider myself so very fortunate to be able to ride. It has been the joy of my life. I love the bush and on horseback is the only way I am able to enjoy its healing powers. I enjoyed riding Angel. She took care of me and responded well to my aids. I would just love to come again if you would have me.  The girls are already talking about doing it all again. It must be wonderful for you all, to bring such joy to so many people. What a beautiful family and company you are. I loved the challenge Thank you all so much. You gave me a great gift.  The best of wishes   Jonnie Badger.

 

Deb and Bruce run a horse riding Tour Company that is more like visiting some old family friends, who take you out for the day, night, couple of days-whatever you choose, and show you a great time. They and their team are easy going, yet caring and professional and all with a great sense of humour. I took my dad on a “bucket list” ride that we had wanted to do since the “Man From Snowy River” movie was released some 30 years ago, and it surpassed all our wildest expectations in every way- including how sore we were, but guess that was to be expected;-) If you want to experience all that is wonderful in Australia, this I a terrific find as a family visit or if you have overseas visitors. I can’t thank the McCormack’s enough for giving me, and my dad, one of the best times of our lives. My dad keeps hinting about when  are we  going back. I work in a corporate environment usually and have the great benefit of living overseas for the last 20 years, I came home especially to do this trip with my dad, and it was a beautiful reminder to me of all the wonderful things we have in Australia and how lucky we are, and how lucky Deb and Bruce are to work where they do. That said though, it was the hospitality of this company that made this trip. We really were very sad to leave, If you’re even just a little bit interested, just do it, you won’t regret it.   Joanne Cosgriff

 

Amazing! Deb, Bruce, their family and staff run an extremely professional business and it shows from when you arrive to sadly leaving. The team are very informative on the rides and ensure everyone from beginners, like me, to the more professionals are well looked after,

The scenery is beautiful. It was great fun and I highly recommend everyone to all levels doing this, just incredible. Sharon Tuffen

 

Best few days EVA!! Bruce Deb and their team make you feel so welcome. Horses are in lovely condition, all shod and very calm and reliable in the mountainous country. Slept in swags under the stars (or in tents and huts) Had camp roast or bbq’s for dinner, homemade salads and cold meats for lunch and hot bacon and eggs for brekky.. The countryside, Mt Stirling and Craig’s hut are truly iconic thanks guys, we had a ball   Shirilee McEwen

Chrissy Schulz

We had a fantastic time on our 2 hour ride today, great horses and such a friendly welcoming family, Highly recommend this if you are wanting to do a trail ride in the Mansfield area.

Iliada Bolton.

Had a great couple of days with the crew.  Our group of 12 were all so well looked after- the food was amazing, the horses, gorgeous and I can’t forget to mention the views!! I will certainly recommend this experience with you guys to everyone!!  Worth every cent. I definitely fell in love this week!!!