In May 2011 Wayne was working as headstockman at Gallipoli Station, an outstation of Alexandria Downs Station, Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory.
The epitome of a “Channel Country boy,” Wayne was born in 1985, and raised at Santos Station, an outstation of Naryilco Station, South West Queensland. After finishing school, he clocked up a total of five years at Naryilco, during which he spent a year contracting “on my own,” and in 2009 he ran the camp at Nappa Merrie Station. Wayne then made a decision to move further
North, have a look around, and experience working with bigger groups of cattle “to get my numbers up.” He admitted to being “a bit sad when I left (The Channels)… for my own good I reckon. I stood on (the banks of) a turkey’s nest the other day, and I could see bores all around, and I’m looking around and wondering “What am I doing?!”
However, at Gallipoli there’s the opportunity to work in different country, using different cattle handling methods, and Wayne can still pursue a keen interest in horse riding. He bought a selection of Diamond Farrier Tools, for shoeing his own and the station horses. Since childhood, Wayne has accumulated a lot of experience working cattle with horses, and his comment, “I’ve shod a lot of horses” is more than credible. He’s attended David Famillo and other farrier schools, and benefited from their instruction.