Look­ing to put women in the sad­dle at Jil­la­roo School

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broad­caster the ABC is search­ing for women who want to swap their Manolo Blah­niks for RM Wil­liams rid­ing boots. A se­ries called Jil­la­roo School, which will air next year, is look­ing for ‘‘or­di­nary’’ fe­male ap­pli­cants to do some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. The six-part se­ries will fol­low the jour­neys of the women se­lected for the out­back ex­pe­ri­ence. The wannabe jil­la­roos will be trained by South Aus­tralia’s fa­mous horse mas­ter, Bill Wil­loughby, who has trained many ac­tors in pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing McLeod’s Daugh­ters and The Lighthorse­men. Ap­pli­cants, aged from 18-45 and from all walks of life, need to be in­ter­ested in a new chal­lenge. ‘‘This is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity for some­one,’’ says ABC TV’s act­ing head of fac­tual Ka­rina Holden. ‘‘ Jil­la­roo School is about a real is­sue in ru­ral Aus­tralia to­day. The short­age of skilled work­ers on the land means this doc­u­men­tary se­ries will give women the chance to step up to the sad­dle and show the men they can hack it.’’ For more in­for­ma­tion go to abc.net.au/tv/pro­grams/ jil­la­roo.htm

Com­ing in 2013, ABC1.

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