Tooradin Estate is a 400 acre property situated in South Gippsland. It was built as a sheep and cattle grazing farm in 1880 and the Francis family purchased the property in 1966 to expand their riding school business.
The first riding camp was held in 1967 with 20 – 30 people staying in the house and former shearer’s quarters. So began a series of 7 day camps held each school holidays and over long weekends. Camps were held for all comers including the Melbourne Opera Company and Frankston Teachers College.
Judy Francis prepared clients for the show ring, dressage, showjumping, eventing and games events. Derry Francis, a renowned polo player, assisted Judy with the trail rides utilising their 30 horses. At times there could be up to 100 horses agisted at the property with many owners residing in metropolitan Melbourne.
Today the Estate is owned and managed by Sally Francis (whose Bio is also on the website) and continues to be a centre for all things Equestrian. Besides the AEFL activities, two pony clubs, an adult riding club and RDA activities all regularly happen at Tooradin.
The facilities include 2 outdoor sand arenas, a round yard and 2 star national level cross country course. Show jumps and a variety of other obstacles are also available or trail rides through the wonderful bush land on the Estate. There is accommodation for both horses and people on site and residential clinics are a regular feature at Tooradin.
For prices and availability of any of the facilities or to make a booking please contact Sally or one of the staff on (03)5998 3205 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.