I am a Head Teacher of Mathematics at the local high school in Inverell. Davo also lives on the farm. He is retired.
Our hobby and passion is training and breeding Arabian endurance horses. We own three separate properties located in northern NSW covering approximately 600 acres. In addition to owning over 40 Arabian horses, we also run beef cattle.
Each day begins with a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs. Then it is feed time for the horses. Most days involve training [riding] horses a minimum of 10 km. Good riding skills is a bonus and will enhance your farm stay experience.
We are looking for someone to share our "passion with horses". Is this you?
Your stay with us will allow you to experience an Australian farm stay with all that it encompasses. Ideally we are looking for someone who wants to get involved and experience our way of life ... someone who is prepared to assist with everyday activities in exchange for meals, unlimited internet, transport and accommodation. We are happy to teach you our way and develop your skills ... travel around away with us on endurance events on weekends and we will introduce you to our friends ... teach you about endurance riding .... provide you with a farm life in a rural, bush setting ... if this sounds like you ... then we would love to meet you ,,,, we invite you to experience this cultural exchange.
Days are generally busy, but never the same. There is always something to be done, but there is also time to just enjoy life and live in the moment .... chill out on the vehandra and watch the beautiful sunsets; perform yoga in the early morning as the sun rises and the foals frollick about their mums; handle newly born foals; go fishing at Copeton Dam; go on a scenic bush walk or horse back ride; photograph the beautiful Australian bush and wildlife ... so many options.
For workawayers with suitable horse riding experience, the opportunity to train Arabian endurance horses and compete in Australian endurance events is an option. We have already helped to put three workawayers [one USA lady, one Netherlands lady and one Belgium guy] through their first 40km endurance riding event. This year, we are preparing six horses to compete in Australia's most famous endurance National Championship, known as the Tom Quilty in Queensland, in July.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Experience Australian country life on a beef cattle and Arabian breeding/training property.
Experience camping out and travelling around NSW/QLD to attend a variety of endurance events.
Experience endurance riding first hand by competing in a 40km training event [following adequate preparation for the ride in the weeks leading up to the event].
Happy to help with developing English language skills.
Help from you each day .... depends upon your interest, passion(s), and experience .... there is always something that needs to be done, such as fences to be fixed & maintained; gates to be swung; water troughs cleaned; cattle moved, mustered or yarded; horses wormed or ridden or handled; hay cut, baled and stored in the shed; cook meals; clean the verandas; weed gardens and trim hedges; chip burrs; spray weeds; cut wood for the fire; mix stock feeds; move feeds and store in container; unpack goosey and repack goosey; wash laundry and horse gear; service vehicles; wash vehicles; treat injured stock; mow the lawn; watering plants; feeding horses; operating machinery such as a tractor; training horses [ability to ride would be handy, but not essential]; travelling to endurance events and helping out [generally every second weekend]; fixing pipes/troughs; general farm duties; handling young horses; maybe cooking or house chores; mixing horse feed; rugging and feeding horses; ..... .... and the list goes on. Work can be tailored to suit the traveller.
I work full time as a mathematics teacher, while my friend Davo works on the farm. Travellers will be expected to help out where-ever possible, in exchange for life a a real Aussie farm with lots of horses, meals, unlimited internet, transport and accommodation.
Workaways will be staying in the family home with their own bedroom.
Breakfast consists of bacon and eggs; while tea is usually meat and three veg or salad. We generally only have a light snack during the day. We follow a Paleo diet, eating fresh, real foods.
We have unlimited internet/data access, provided on the NBN service, which will be made available to Workaways.
A wood fire heats the home in winter.
The main property is totally off the grid ,,, solar reliant. Conservative power usage is encouraged and appreciated.
We are non-smokers and do not drink alcohol each day. However, we do enjoy a wine around the camp of an evening while away on endurance weekends.
Inverell is known as the Sapphire City capital of Australia. It is host to numerous Chinese Restaurants, plus a lovely Thia and Indian Restaurant.
Copeton Dam is only 20 minutes drive up the road and offers fishing opportunities.
Inverell has a movie cinema, ten-pin bowling alley and laser tag; along with two fitness gyms [one operating 24 hours].
The main property is located only 10 minutes from Inverell.
Inverell can be reached by plane from Brisbane or train/coach from Sydney. A coach runs from Brisbane to Glen Innes and we are happy to pick you up from there.
Prefer only one traveller at a time.
The property is situated on a hill and offers some of the best views of sunrise and sunsets that Australia has to offer. A photographers paradise.
Getting to us on our farm:
Inverell is the closest town. It is only 10 minutes drive from our farm.
1. You can get the NSW Train Link [train and bus] connection from Sydney Central Station to Inverell. It is a big trip, but covers alot of NSW with great window views. We can collect you off the bus in Inverell at the depot if you let us know what day/time you are arriving. Cost one way is $107.21
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2. Alternatively, you can get a plane to the Inverell Airport from Brisbane or Sydney. Cost starting at $139 one way.
3. Alternatively, there is a bus from Brisbane to Glen Innes ... we can pick you up from Glen Innes, again - just let us know date/time/address.
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Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Approximately 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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