April 6, 2016


Sam is an apprentice on Chico Basin Ranch. As part of her apprenticeship, she spent eight months working on a cattle station in Australia.

Saddling up my horse before the first light of dawn I wonder what things I will have learned by the end of the day. Even as I come to begin my second year as an apprentice I know that what I have learned in the past year is just the first line in the series of what ranching will teach me.
Sometimes in life you are gifted with opportunities that drive you to push your own limits and accomplish more than you ever thought you could. My opportunity has come in the form of working as a Station Hand at Gregory Downs in Queensland Australia. One week in and I feel like I have experienced so much and it’s not even in the peak of the season! I am proud to be following in the footsteps of others in the Ranchlands family who have come to Australia to work and learn, indeed my own journey would not have been possible if it was not for theirs. Gregory Downs is managed by a man named David who Big Duke worked with on another station some time ago. In 2012 Little Duke and Cooper worked at Gregory under David for part of the season. And now I am following in their footsteps and can only wonder about what I will have learned by the end of the season.