Wades provide plenty of equine fun at Garrawilla

June 18, 2012

The success of the first “Garrawilla Stampede”, held over the Easter break, has led to strong bookings for future events.About 18 participants came from the ACT, Brisbane, Sydney and overseas and gave hearty approval to the new addition to the packages offered by John and Cathy Wade of Jackaroo Jillaroo Downunder.

Garawilla musterEighteen riders taking 200 horses to Bingara.

Eighteen riders taking 200 horses to Bingara.A five-day package, leaving from the Wades’ property, “Garrawilla” allows participants to take part in a unique Australian tradition involving mustering horses down from the mountains and onto the front of Garrawilla.

On the second day, more than 200 horses were mustered on horseback 22 km along the river and into Bingara. Four support vehicles and a horse drawn wagon not only ensured the safety of the muster but served to answer questions from curious onlookers amazed to see such an event.

At the end of an exciting day, the Sportsman Hotel was a welcome sight for the weary group who enjoyed a few drinks, a wonderful meal, accommodation and gourmet breakfast before saddling up again to ride the 22 km back to Garrawilla.

The next Stampede is scheduled for the July school holidays, and some who took part in the Easter stampede booked for the July one.

Sydney Weekender television show has again shown interest in filming the event, this time from the air to take in the enormity of such a sight. Producer, Sussan Elliot claimed, “it is imperative to the shoot to get an aerial shot”.

“The Stampede is creating real interest,” Cathy Wade told the Advocate.

“This type of event involves a lot of organisation, and would not have been the success it was if not for the assistance of Eric Pevey who provided the wagon horses and drove the horse drawn wagon, Ann Pevy, Richard Kent, Scott Brien and Paul Bond who drove support vehicles.

“Staff included Richard Fullbrook, Sharon Rafter, Iris, Laura and Lachlan and Ryan Wade who did an exceptional job getting the mob to town and ensuring the safety of the group.”

The Wades are now taking bookings for future stampedes through to next year. John and Cathy plan to hold four stampedes per year. For more information, contact John and Cathy Wade on 6724 1562.