Natalie heads to the hot burning sun, the dust and the dirt to see if the bushies can make a country lass out of a city girl.
Leconfield Jackaroo & Jillaroo School is 50km east of Tamworth. Four generations of the Skerrett family have lived on the 2023ha property since 1914. Tim Skerrett runs the school.
Tim starting riding when he was just five and broke in his first horse at the age of 17. After finishing school, he went outback, where he worked with horses, cattle, sheep and working dogs. He is now studying the famous Parelli natural horsemanship method via correspondence with a university in America.
Tim started the jackaroo and jillaroo school in 1997 and now runs it with seven staff members, including a manager, secretary, farmhands and cooks.
There are usually 20 students, most there for the bush experience. It is popular with female English backpackers who at home enjoy the popularity of horseriding, particularly dressage.
The course is multi-faceted, with lessons including horse grooming, saddling and shoeing before even mounting a horse. Students get to ride through rough, hilly country and rivers. Tim teaches bushcraft and bush tucker along the way.
Five hours north of Sydney
Leconfield Jackaroo & Jillaroo School five-day courses cost $440. Bookings are essential.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
Leconfield Jackaroo & Jillaroo School
Kootingal via Tamworth 2352
Ph/fax: (02) 6769 email@example.com