Victorian Mobile Saddler Run

October 10, 2009 – 5:55 am

Due to Lesley making a hospital visit in late August, we had to get the assistance of our Son, John, to come down from Sydney to assist with the M909 Run.   The run started on Sunday 13th September, with the first seven days being in the mid-north of Tasmania, where we caught up with about 65 of our regular clients, finishing in Devonport on Saturday 19th in time to load the Mobile Saddler truck on to the Spirit of Tasmania for the night crossing.   By now I bet John was wondering what he had let himself in for, having assisted in all facets of saddlery repair and in the mending of close to 250 horse rugs – a far cry from his own business in the landscape gardening game.

Arrived in Melbourne at 6am – off the boat by 6.45am.   Our first stop was to catch up with a Saddler mate in Alexandra, then on to new clients at Euroa, where we met Col Hood, a famous old western saddle maker.    We finished up Sunday night at Merrijig, where we caught up with a number of our regular clients as well as a few new ones.   After fully re-stuffing 5 saddles (among other things) we spent the night in Mansfield with another Saddler mate, before leaving the next morning to cross Mt Hotham.

The weather report was not good, and to quote the Mt Hotham adviser, “Come now – don’t procrastinate – it’s only going to get worse”!    Boy was he right!   Drizzling with rain, and then the higher we got this turned to snow.  Visibility was down to 30 feet at the top, although there were still plenty of people skiing.   We ended up at Benambra, where we spent the next three nights catching up with regulars and doing an interesting variety of repairs.   We finished off with two nights at Stratford then two nights at Maffra, servicing some new clients on our way back to the boat on Thursday 1st October.   It was quite an adventure, but as always, good to get home again.

John was happy to have been able to assist, but I bet he was glad to be able to get back on the plane to Sydney on Sunday night!

Cheers, Rick and Lesley

  1. 2 Responses to “Victorian Mobile Saddler Run”

  2. Ive never met Rick,although he is my nephew,he lives in Tassie as Lesley his wife calls it that in her emails,and I still live in ENGLAND with my wife Ann.Rick,I want a copy of your book (autographed) please.find out cost of postage,let me know,and I will foreward funds for book plus postage, ok. Or can it be purchased in ENGLAND.Its great to see you have both been so successful in your lives.Lesley,does KRIS have a facebook page,and what is his surname/address,this old serviceman just wondered.hope you had a good holiday in TEXAS. bye DON. xxx

    By Don Allen on Nov 22, 2009

  3. Hi Rick & Lesley,

    Just wanted to let you know how happy and warm our horses are in their new rugs. Will be able to tough it out this winter.
    See you on your next run thru.

    By Tara on Jul 4, 2010

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