All eyes on Ken as keen novices learn the ropes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

HORSES have al­ways been the num­ber one pri­or­ity for Monto-born cat­tle-work­ing-school in­struc­tor Ken May.

“It would be the horses first, then me and then him­self,” part­ner Anita Martin said, with a laugh.

But last weekend it was a group of en­thu­si­as­tic rid­ers at his Tread­stone property at Mun­dub­bera that was the cen­tre of his at­ten­tion.

Novice rid­ers to the more ex­pe­ri­enced were all tak­ing notes as Ken cov­ered the ba­sics be­fore giv­ing people in­di­vid­ual ad­vice to im­prove horse­man­ship skills.

“It’s all fairly amus­ing. Learn­ing should be fun, not a drudge,” Ken said.

“But if some­thing is ever amiss, Ken knows how to han­dle it,” Anita added.

Af­ter 12 years teach­ing horse­man­ship at Lon­greach Col­lege, the in­struc­tor took off around the coun­try with Anita for 14 years, con­duct­ing about 40 schools each year.

Eight years ago they bought their Tread­stone property, but still man­age to pack their five horses into an “RV adapted truck” for schools through­out South Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria, New SouthWales and Queens­land most week­ends.

“His at­ten­tion to de­tail with the horses is sec­ond to none,” Anita said.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON.

HORSES FOR COUR­SES: Ken May hosts a horse­man­ship and cat­tle-work­ing school with part­ner Anita Martin at their Tread­stone property.

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