Gabby would currently call herself a professional juggler!! She has recently started a new role for PGG Wrightson as a Technical Field Rep, getting out and about supporting local farmers, using her wide range of farming knowledge that she has gained over the years in varied roles within the Primary Industry. "In our spare time, my partner and I, are equity partners running a 300ha sheep and beef finishing property in the Pohangina Valley. Gabby's partner also works full time, as a forestry consultant for John Turkington Limited, so their weekends are full on as we are both very involved with the running of the farm outside of their jobs!
Gabby comes from a practical farming background, she started out as an apprentice training sport horses, before starting her own business in this area. "It was a great job and I had lots of fun, although it barely funded more than my own riding career."
Gabby then spent some time in Australia as a Jillaroo and on her return to New Zealand she managed a feed lot in the Rangitikei raising 4000 head of lambs at a time. She then tried her hand at dairy farming. When Gabby started her equity partnership it was clear that she needed a look at a change. "12 days on milking and 2 days "off" running our place just wasn’t going to work long term. I moved into ruminant nutrition firstly working as a rep for Alltech animal nutrition company before moving to Denver Stock Feeds as their Sales Manager, and now my current job with PGG Wrightson."
Gabby, you sound like your role as a juggler is spot on. Your time within the Primary Industries sounds like it has prepped you well for this!