Young people often ask Kent Saddlery

"What equipment do I need to start my new job as a ringer at a cattle station?"


If you’re starting out for the first time, a RINGER’S KIT contains the tried and tested essentials to set you up for your first season. 

Working as a ringer on a station. Watering horses and cattle.

Save $185 when purchasing these items as a kit, compared to purchasing each item individually.

The Kent Saddlery Ringers Kit includes:

1 1/2″ Stockmans Belt with ring and Large Pouch
Large Bear Knife
Large Leather Saddle Bag
Quart Pot and Pouch
Water Bottle and Pouch to fit on back of saddle
Medium Vinyl Gear Bag (blue and red)
Set of 1 1/4″ Leather Dinner Hobbles
Analogue Watch and Pouch.

This is not an exhaustive list of recommended gear but rather the tried and tested essentials to get you by in your first season. As time goes on you will no doubt decide to expand your gear.  

The Ringers Kit is a great start.

Other recommended items
  • A heavy duty swag with vinyl groundsheet. Mattress included with all Kent swags;
  • Strong and sturdy boots such as Ariat Terrain Boots for men and women;
  • A wide brimmed hat such as an Akubra or a Sunbody;
  • A selection of work clothes like long sleeved shirts (Thomas Cook and Hard Slog for men and women) and Jeans (Wrangler, which are very rugged, are the most suitable and popular;)
  • Bamboo Socks – Keep your feet smelling fresh;
  • Sunglasses – Gidgee Eye – Elite or Cleancut Style;
All of these brands are available at Kent Saddlery and are POPULAR with workers on Outback Cattle Stations. If you can’t find the items above on our website (i.e. shirts and jeans which are not sold by us online), please Contact Us or phone 07 4681 4220. ZIP PAY available on all our products so you can BUY NOW and PAY LATER!

What is a ringer?

A ringer is a male or female stock worker on an Australian cattle station.

The head stockman is often not much older than the ringers and there are great opportunities for young people who want to pursue a career working in the cattle industry. Someone with a positive attitude who is keen about stock work is usually assured of employment, and there are numerous pastoral companies willing to train such employees.

A lot of ringers stay for only one or two years before going back to family properties, or continuing with study or careers in other fields. In the last few years we have come across numbers of international backpackers (and Aussies) spending time in a stockcamp and gaining a genuine Australian experience! A sense of excitement, and the prospect of adventure attracts many young people to work on cattle stations where there’s an opportunity for a great character building experience.

The stockcamp (the workers) usually works with the cattle from March to November in the dry season when there is little or no rainfall. The workers sometimes camp away from the homestead and stay out in the stockcamp (the place where workers are camped) for several weeks at a time, shifting camp as they muster from paddock to paddock. During each round, different paddocks are mustered, calves are branded, drafting of weaners and fats takes place, and spaying, pregnancy testing and other necessary cattle work is done.

Between rounds, there are always fencing and other maintenance jobs to be done, and quite often there’s a break from work for annual rodeos, shows and campdrafts. Most station people travel to these events (often hundreds of kilometres away) to compete, socialise and have a good time.

Work can be hard, so expect to work long hours, sweat a lot and be pushed out of your comfort zone. You will meet some incredible people and have a life changing experience.

Feature Photo by Cameillia Armstrong