Grab a Summer Job with These Working Student Listings [Updated 7/8]

This could be you! After your barn duties are done, of course. This could be you! After your barn duties are done, of course.

It’s just about that time of year when school lets out for the next few months and you taste that elusive bit of freedom you’ve been craving all year. Not so fast, though! You’ve been eyeing a working student job all spring, and now you actually have the time on your hands to be able to go and grab the bull by the horns.

Naturally, being a working student is not for the faint of heart. Prefer to stay in the A/C surfing the web or watching Netflix? Probably best to spend your summer not working for Buck Davidson or Hawley Bennett. Do you enjoy daily (heck, even hourly) challenges? Are you a quick learner and a hard worker? Do you not flinch at the thought of being covered in sweat, dirt, manure and who-kn0ws-what-else day in and day out? Then these listings are for you.

We’ll be updating this post as listings are added and filled, so keep an eye out for us to repost this. Riders and trainers, please email [email protected] with your listings! We are not carrying over any listings from our spring edition of Working Student Jobs, so if your position was previously listed and is not filled, please do let us know.

And for any of you who do snag one of our listed positions, we’d love to hear from you! We know you won’t have a ton of free time, but if you’re feeling extra motivated to send us some Working Student Diaries, we’d be happy to share them!

Current Working Student Listings

Tracy  Bienemann (MD): Immediate opening for a reliable, motivated person with Advanced/3* eventer Tracey Bienemann on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This position may be applied for as a Season only or longer term position. Winter is in Aiken for 4-6 weeks. The right candidate will be extremely motivated to learn about ALL aspects of an eventing program (from the upper level horses to just starting greenies), a hard worker, and a good team player. 6-7 days of hard work in exchange for a stall at Worthmore Equestrian Center, lessons 2-5 days a week, coaching at all events, and riding opportunities for the right candidate on well schooled or green horses. Duties will include all daily chores, grooming, tacking, bathing, clipping and show prep, show grooming and travel, and some exercise or lesson rides on additional horses. If you don’t have a horse to bring, you may ride and compete a schoolmaster! Candidate must have own transportation, and living arrangements can be discussed. If you think you have what it takes send your information with references and riding video if available to [email protected]More information about Tracey can be found on www.tabeventing.com

Brevard Equestrian Center (FL): Brevard Equestrian Center in Grant, FL, has an immediate opening for a working student. Duties include daily care including stall cleaning, feeding, turn in/out, grooming, tacking, riding based on ability. Compensation includes housing, lessons from trainers Lisa Smit and Dara Storm in dressage and jumping at least 4 days a week, mentoring, and education in all aspects of horse care and farm management. You will also have opportunities to ride with top clinicians. You do not need your own horse. Reduced board is offered if you want to bring a horse. Six days per week. Email a resume and video link to [email protected] or call 321-960-2305. Web site iswww.brevardec.com.

Hannah Sue Burnett (VA): HSB Eventing is looking to hire new working students! Bring your horse and enjoy being apart of a great team in Middleburg, VA this summer! Must have a car/drivers license and some experience in eventing is preferred. Contact Hannah Sue for more information.

Bystorm Farm (Olympian Garry Roque/ Shawn Ferguson) (ON): Looking for a working student for summer (or longer) 2015. Stall, lessons, coaching at shows, accommodation provided. Lots of opportunity to ride and attend all the shows in Ontario and USA. Position is for a motivated, goal-oriented, hard working individual looking to further their education in riding and stable management. Preference given to applicants with showing goals. Please inquire to [email protected] or 905.452.2672. Located in Erin, Ontario.

Kyle and Jennifer Carter/Five Ring Eventing (FL): Working student needed for Kyle and Jennifer Carter at Five Ring Stable.  Looking for a long term person that is motivated, responsible and non smoking.  We offer board for one horse, housing, lessons and coaching at shows.  It is a 6 day per week position.  Great group of people to work with and lots of nice horses to ride.  Please email Jen at [email protected].

Class Act Farm/Jennie Jarnstrom (FL): Looking for a full time working student at an active event barn with 30+ horses. You will be mentored by Jennie Jarnstrom, a 3*/4* rider and trainer. Duties include but are not limited to assisting with am/pm feedings, turn in/out, stall cleaning, and other various barn chores. Benefits include daily riding opportunities, hands on experience working with horses, learning medical management skills, and building overall barn management skills. Looking for someone with a willingness to learn and ability to take direction in a positive environment. There may also be opportunities for applicant to travel to shows and gain additional educational experience. Willing to accept applicants to start immediately. Please contact [email protected] and send riding pictures/videos with a summary of your experience.

Courtney Cooper (PA): C Square Farm has a long-term working student position available starting immediately in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. Courtney Cooper runs one of the top eventing sale barns in the country, competes at the upper-levels with her homebred horses and keeps up with a successful breeding operation. Working students will not only receive instruction from an Advanced-level competitor, but will become well-rounded in many aspects of the horse business. Room and housing is provided and could include board for one horse. You do not need your own horse though, opportunities to ride other horses based on your ability may be available. A positive attitude and a great character are required. If an opportunity like this appeals to you please contact Courtney at [email protected] to discuss further details, please also include your resume and riding video.

Durr Eventing (CA): Durr Eventing of Castro Valley, CA, a high performance training and sales program, has an immediate opening for a working student. Program operated by John Michael & Kimmy Durr, both high performance riders and trainers; J.M. is a USEA ICP Level IV instructor. Duties include tacking, untacking, some riding, graining, packing and travel to shows as well as normal farm chores (no daily stall cleaning). Compensation in the form of housing, daily lesson and $100 per week. Ideal candidate has valid drivers license, reliable vehicle, a positive attitude and a desire to learn. Candidate with out their own horse is preferred, but arrangements can be made to bring a personal horse. [Durr Eventing]

Hillary Irwin (NC): We have an immediate position available for a hard working, self motivated, responsible, and fun individual!  We are quite busy here, so an ability to manage time is essential. This is a very quiet barn with between 8-11 horses in daily work. Responsibilities include: grooming/bathing horses, setting jumps and videoing, cleaning stalls to cleaning tack (and everything in between!), helping groom at some competitions, and riding opportunities will be based on skill level. This is a great opportunity for someone who doesn’t own a horse. With the number of horses in work, you will have the chance to experience different mounts. We will provide you with housing and 3-5 lessons per week, and 4-6+ rides per week! Must have drivers license, and be 18+. This is the perfect place for someone who enjoys taking fantastic care of horses, loves being involved in the process of training horses, and wants to be part of a team! Contact [email protected] for more information!

MK Equestrian/Molly Kinnamon (PA): Our barn works mainly out of Kirkwood, PA where we are lucky enough to train our eventing horses out in the Andrews Bridge hunt land. We actively compete in Area II with horses of all ages and levels. We also spend a few months in the winter working down south to give our horses a good healthy start to their seasons. Our working students handle all aspects of horse care and training- to me it’s incredibly important for my riders/students/employees to really truly “know” the horses. The actual program varies for each individual working student depending on if they come with or without a horse and what their personal goals are. Requirements- Good character; honesty and reliability. Please contact me with any questions! We will be starting trials right away and will be looking to have the position filled by August. [email protected]

Olivia Loiacono (CA): OKL Eventing is looking for a hard working and motivated working student. Equestrian experience is a must, eventing experience preferred. Learn about the program at www.okleventing.com and contact Olivia for more information. [email protected]

Tiffani Loudon-Meetze (SC): Eventing working student opportunity with Tiffani Loudon-Meetze. Looking for a long term, highly motivated, hard working person wanting to improve their riding skills as well as gain knowledge in horse care and management. Lovely, low key facility with brand new apartment. We are located north of Columbia, SC and 1 hour from Aiken. We offer housing, board for 1 horse, weekly lessons & transport to shows. Opportunities to ride and have lessons on other horses too. Duties include feeding, turning in and out, stall cleaning, grooming, tack cleaning etc.. 5-6 days per week. If interested please send a brief resume with references to [email protected]  Website: Tiffaniloudoneventing.com

Morningside Eventing (VA): Morningside Eventing is looking for a working student to join the team! Must be able to commit long term, six months minimum, preferably longer. Morningside will provide living, board, and training at a top class facility. Working student tasks include care of competition horses (feeding, turn-out, grooming, tacking up, and riding) 6 days per week. Please contact Connor at [email protected]

Kelly Prather (PA): Kelly Prather Eventing has an opening starting in July for a hard working eager to learn working student in Kennett Square Pa. Must have previous horse experience. Come learn the ins and outs of a top level competition barn.
Contact Kelly via Facebook messager or @ [email protected]

Redbud Farm Equestrian/Betsy Ball/Jessie Shull (MS/FL): We are looking for a working student to start immediately. Redbud Farm is a relatively small operation, but we compete all over the east coast at national and FEI competitions, we winter in Ocala, and we have a breeding program getting off the ground. You will be an integral part of all farm actives. Duties include daily chores, grooming, and riding in exchange for training board for one horse, room and board, lessons, and trailering as well as coaching at competitions. This job will give you valuable hands on experience in every aspect of a career with horses. Previous working students have gone on to positions with other top professionals. For more information see our website (www.redbudequestrian.com) or contact us at [email protected].

Katie Ruppel (FL): Katie Ruppel is looking for a working student to join her eventing program in Ocala, FL. Minimum 6 month commitment for free board for 1 horse, living accommodations on the farm, stipend for groceries, lessons, shipping to events. Mostly sale horses so lots of riding opportunities. Great attitude and work ethic a must. Contact Katie at 269-806-5974 or via Facebook message.

Jane Sleeper (PA): Summer working student position open now for this summer! We are busy: competing, training, schooling xc, Starter HT, show jumping, and combined tests: so much to do in Area 2! Bring your horse and ride a variety of young horses through the upper level. All duties with an individual program set up for you & your horse, and you have the opportunity to ride/compete on our horses. And join us in breaking some 2 & 3 year olds. Each student gets to design a grid and show jumping course. So much to do and learn! We are also interviewing now for the fall/winter session so let’s get going. Get in touch-Email [email protected] 610-857-2514.

Lindsey Traisnel (France): Traisnel Equestrian is looking for a working student to join our team. Living accommodation, lessons, coaching, and meals when we are in the road in exchange for help with typical yard duties 6 days a week and help at competitions. We compete all over France and Europe. Possibility to bring own horse. We also have a lot of experience helping people find horses from Novice level to Olympians. This could be a great opportunity for someone looking for a horse to come compete in France for a while before taking it home. Ability to speak French before you come is not necessary. Possible use of car for responsible drivers. We have helped most of our former working students find paying jobs in the horse industry after working for us. Contact Lindsay Traisnel [email protected]

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