Growing up on his family’s 3500 acre property in the hills around Murrumbateman, Lindsey Butt taught himself to ride on a poddy calf before getting his own horse on his 16th birthday.
He was a natural rider and quickly earned a reputation as a gifted horseman. Wanting to share his passion with others, Lindsey started Burnelee Excursions on Horseback.
His love of horses has never left him and 35 years after he started the business Lindsey continues to lead rides on the family property, with the help of his children.
His daughter Rachel Butt has been riding horses for most of her life and said the family continues offering rides to both visitors and locals because they enjoy sharing the experience of riding with others.
‘We have a few people who come down from Sydney primarily to ride here and then we have regulars from Canberra and then we have people looking for something to do on a weekend and a bit of adventure,’ Rachel said.
Burnelee Excursions on Horseback cater for anyone over the age of six years from beginners to experts. Rachel said there are a variety of horses to suit riders of all levels of experience and they offer guidance and advice for beginner riders.
‘We walk them through the basics and show them how to get on and then wander around the yard until they’re comfortable before we head off as a group,’ Rachel said.
Each ride on the fully operational grazing property is different and they all allow for riders regardless of experience level to enjoy the unique beauty of the local countryside.
‘We ride all over our 3500-acre property and that diversity (of rides) is what makes us different,’ she said.
As well as experiencing life on a working property, including from time to time mustering sheep and cattle, the property also boasts 1000 acres of natural bushland.
‘We often see a bit of wildlife as we’re going,’ Rachel said. ‘It gives you a great experience of the Australian bush.’
Burnelee is 30 minutes from Canberra, halfway between Murrumbateman and Gundaroo.