2010, People, Stories and Articles

Ryan Gurney

Soudan Station, NT

“At first I was a bit sceptical about buying the saddle with cable rigging, but after many musters the saddle has proven itself to be both comfortable for horse and rider, allowing itself to fit many size and shape of horses. Thank you for the great service and friendly and professional attitude you have always shown, we look forward to seeing you in the future. “

We first met Ryan at Marion Downs Station (Far West Qld) when he was a young ringer. He’d come from Cooma, in the Snowy Mountains, where his parents run a sheep property. He’d begun working in National Parks and Forestry, and came to Queensland with the ambition to work within the Rural Fire Service. However, an interest in horses and cattle landed him the job at Marion,and for 2 years he gained in skills and confidence, becoming headstockman in 2005. In 2009 we met Ryan, now Overseer at NAPCO’s Soudan Station, an Alexandria Outstation.

Ryan particularly appreciated the move because it meant more opportunities for cattle breeding knowledge, and horse work. Along with partner Necleisha ‘Nikki’ Bell, an experienced stock person, they’re reaping the benefits of persevering, and maintaining a commitment to the cattle industry. Ryan’s interest in the industry is further evidenced by his innovative idea of establishing bore coordinates on Alex, Soudan and Gallipoli Stations, using a hand held GPS. The idea has taken off, and has created a stimulating interest as well as increased efficiencies on the stations.

Image caption:

1) Lake Nash Station NT, Photo by Scott Bridle