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A Ranch Life Experience in the Australian Outback

Tim Skerrett invites you to the Leconfield 5 day Jackaroo and Jillaroo school where he will teach you skills needed to do farm work work on Australian farms. Leconfield is the longest running Jackaroo and Jillaroo School in Australia. The five day school has broken in over 4000 Jackaroo hopefuls since 1997, many of which have gone on to secure farm jobs through Tim’s job contacts.

Come and take part in farm training and enjoy five days of fun horseback riding, calf wrestling, lassoing and whip cracking like a real cowboy or cowgirl.

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From Saddling to Mustering

During the 5-day Jackaroo / Jillaroo school at Leconfield, you’ll be trained in many new skills useful as a preparation for farm work. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to ride horses, get to know the farm life in Australia, or perhaps you’re looking for a peaceful place, surrounded by nature to recharge your batteries. All those wishes and more are fulfilled throughout the many activities at the farm. Not only will you get to learn and implement a lot of Natural Horsemanship methods, but you will also learn about the farm’s surroundings, how to muster sheep and cattle, how to build fences, shear sheep, witness the working dogs at full speed, play games on horseback, and much much more.

Accommodation at Leconfield; A Unique Experience!

During your school week you’ll be staying on the premises of Leconfield farm. It adds value to the entire farm life experience and creates a team building atmosphere. The entire ‘Shed’, all of the bunks, kitchen, bathroom and even ‘The Beast’ (cast-iron fireplace to heat the inside on cool nights) are made from scratch and materials found on the farm.

The drinkwater is caught from the sky, the hot water is heated through solar panels, and most of our vegetables and herbs are from our organic garden. Even the chickens and the ducks are providing us with their organic eggs! Don’t worry if you’re not able to bring a sleeping bag, because we have plenty of blankets and pillows for you.

Three, hearty, rich meals a day will be freshly cooked on the spot and there is unlimited bread and toppings available for any cravings you might have in between meals to give you all the energy you will need to get through your farm training.

We now have exciting new accommodations for couples or families!

Meet the Staff

Tim Skerrett

Tim SkerrettTim was born and raised on Leconfield, which has been in the Skerrett family for four generations. Since its founding in 1914, the property has grown to nearly 6,000 acres. Tim has been riding horses since he was five years old and began breaking in horses at the age of seventeen. He later went on to work in outback Queensland with cattle, sheep, and working dogs.

Tim’s love of horses and passion for learning new skills led him to Parelli Natural Horsemanship in 1998. After reaching his Level 1 and 2 certification, he has trained all of Leconfield’s horses with the Natural Horsemanship method.

Since opening his farm training programme in 1998, Tim has shared his knowledge of sheep and cattle, talent for horse training, and experience in farm work with thousands of students from all over the world.

Courtney Skerrett

Courtney SkerrettIn 2005, Courtney arrived at the Leconfield farm to work for Tim Skerrett. Falling in love with both Tim and the farm, she’s now happily married, still works at the farm and looks after their two lovely kids, Blake and Margaret.

Courtney didn’t learn to ride horses until she arrived at Leconfield, and it’s been a joy ever since to learn all about Natural Horsemanship and to grab any opportunity to enjoy a ride or muster cattle with her favourite horse, Banjo.