Life in the saddle for Hayes family

BACK HOME: Christian, Laura and Maddie Hayes have returned to Mansfield to run trail rides over the summer - back after another season in the Northern Territory. PHOTO: Berit Wildshutte

CHRISTIAN and Laura Hayes live the kind of life you could turn into a movie.

They spend six months of the year leading trail rides through the Mansfield High Country, winding their way through snowgums, horse’s breath hot in the cool air, cooking over a campfire lit with coals.

They spend the other half of the year in the Kimberley’s, swapping the snowfields for soaring orange plateaus and a rugged wilderness park known as Australia’s last frontier – El Questro Station.

Christian and Laura are the owner operators of Hidden Trails, based out of Tolmie, and also operate the El Questro and Home Valley Station trail rides, based 4000 kilometres away in the Northern Territory.

Not surprisingly, they don’t commute.

Instead, the couple split their year into two – spending the winters in the North, and the summers in Victoria.

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