Host: Farrcombe Contracting
Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting.
Shall we begin with introductions? This week’s blog is about Farrcombe Contracting which is owned and operated by my partner and I. Tristram Holcome (my partner) who is most commonly known as ‘Potter’ began a contract mustering business back in 2011, known as ‘Farrcombe Contracting’.
My name is Raine (Ray-nee) Pugh and although we have been together for some time now, I have only been working for Potter for the past two years. Having such a large responsibility and input into the business is very challenging for the pair of us.
Farrcombe Contracting is based in Katherine NT and services stations throughout the Kimberlys, Katherine region, and Alice Springs district. We offer mustering, weaner education, and preg testing as part of our services while supplying our own dogs, horses, blokes, bikes, kitchen, and supplies etc.
Originally from Goondiwindi, Potter left boarding school to head to the NT for his first job on a large cattle station. He began as a first year jackaroo at Auvergne Station in 2004 working for CPC (Consolidated Pastoral Company). After working for CPC for 3 years at both Auvergne and Manbulloo Stations, Potter then attended Marcus Oldham College in 2007 and studied Agricultural Business. Once completed he then returned to Manbulloo Station and worked for Jak and Jade Andrews as their leading hand. From here Potter moved up the ranks to head stockman, where he stayed for two years before wanting to start his business. In 2011, Farrcombe Contracting began operating.
I am originally born and bred in the NT and grew up on my parents’ crocodile farm on the Victoria River. In the early years I was schooled through Katherine School of the Air by my mum. Whilst at boarding school in QLD I completed my private fixed wing pilots licence. After school I returned to the NT and worked at home for a couple of years before deciding that I wanted to work on cattle stations. Over the years I have worked for Bunda Station, Castle Contracting, Coolibah Station and Victoria River Research Station (Kidman Springs). My roles have varied from stud groom, nanny, stock camp, and technical officer all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
In 2013 I began working with Potter. Our interests and hobbies are similar we are both very fond of breeding, training and competing on Australian Stock Horses in our local campdraft events. We are lucky because the work that we do is the perfect foundation in developing the ideal campdraft horse.
Another interest of mine is equine therapies. After five years of studying I have almost completed my Diploma in Equine Tactile Therapy. I already have a certificate in Equine Sports Therapy and my knowledge now branches out to massage, acupressure, stretches, conformation assessments, complementary and natural therapies etc. This is something that interests me and is also useful when a lot of the time it is impossible to get other professionals to treat our horses as we are often very isolated. Potter is very dedicated to his working dogs, using them is something that he is currently teaching me. The dogs play a big role in our lives and I will touch on them more, later in the week.
Annually the business continues to grow as a regular client base is developed. Majority of the work we pick up is for CPC, other clients are private owners and we aim to continue to acquire more clients as the business grows.