All eyes on Ken as keen novices learn the ropes
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.
HORSES FOR COURSES: Ken May hosts a horsemanship and cattle-working school with partner Anita Martin at their Treadstone property.