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Saddlemakers go a-rovin’

Wednesday, 4th February, 2015

Ron and Liz Hill are preparing to travel 8,000 kilometres to showcase their goods. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Ron and Liz Hill are preparing to travel 8,000 kilometres to showcase their goods. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Ron and Liz Hill are preparing to travel 8,000 kilometres as part of a road trip to show their wares.

The owners of Outback Whips and Leather have been taking their business on the road representing their store and Broken Hill, since 2002.

“We now do a circuit of approximately eight of these events annually and attend events in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nyngan, Paskeville, Wentworth, Peterborough and Clare among others,” Mr Hill said.

“Our first event for the year will be the Peterborough Rodeo this Saturday night.”

The couple travel in their 1985 Hino bus converted to a motorhome and a four-metre Pantech trailer.

“We are often stopped on the side of the road by people and regularly draw an interest wherever we stop,” Mr Hill said.

Mr Hill said they are working towards travelling more.

“We want to do more, the shop is in a position where in can operate without us,” he said.

“The staff are excellent.”

Ron and Liz take a lot of stock with them.

“We always take a variety, because we don’t know what people will want,” Mrs Hill Said.

“Our stall at these shows is some six metres by nine metres and takes approximately six hours to set up and stock,” Mr Hill said.

“We have been going to Alice Springs for the past five years and we get the same spot and the same exhibitors set up next to us.

“We regularly see the same faces at these events and are often contacted by ex-locals and others to bring certain items or family parcels when we travel to their area.” 

Mr Hill said it is a rewarding experience.

“It’s hard and there are long hours, but it is fun,” he said.

The pair also write about their experiences on their Facebook page, Outback Whips and Leather.

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