LEADING THE WAY: He’s in the driver’s seat in more ways than one and Darren de Jong and his horse Ophir Anita – the current ABCRA Australian Champion all-round campdraft horse – also loves his bus driving duties, too. Photo: Barry SmithWHETHER it’s behind the wheel or behind the reins, Attunga school bus operator-cum-accomplished campdrafter and judge Darren De Jong is comfortable in whatever seat he chooses.
Three years ago, Darren opted to steer away from his seven-day-a-week position as a stud cattle manager and pursue something different where he could enjoy more time with his horses and young family.
“We had 70 stud bulls, which were prepared for royal shows at Sydney and Brisbane. It was seven days a week, so I wanted something that would give me more time in the day to work the horses,” he said.
That’s when he snapped up the Attunga bus run, where he picks up and sets down 43 young students from roads and streets in three separate runs around the small village. And he hasn’t regretted one second of it.
While many students may rue the day school goes back, Darren can’t wait to returnto his little group of youngpassengers.
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