Spring Has Sprung! Grab One of These Working Student Positions [Updated 3/30]

Working students totally have all the fun. Photo courtesy of Meg Kep. Working students totally have all the fun. Photo courtesy of Meg Kep.

Spring is here! Riders and trainers, if you’re looking for a working student and have a listing you’d like to add, please email [email protected]. To future working students, happy job hunting!

Hawley Bennett-Awad (CA): Hawley Bennett Eventing, located in Temecula, California, is interviewing for a Head Groom/working student position opening as of April 1st. Duties to include grooming for Canadian Team member Hawley Bennett, organizing horses and equipment for events, helping with turn in, feeding, general care of barn, assisting with jump schooling of horses, learning how to set jump courses, vet care as required, hacking and fitness work. Individuals must be self motivated, reliable, hard working, have good ethics, be willing to travel to events, have the ability to work on your own, have strong organizational skills and have a happy, cheerful and positive attitude. In exchange you will be given daily lessons, free shipping for one horse to events, the chance to learn excellent horse husbandry, travel to many local, out of state and possibly out of country events. Pony Club or eventing experience is a plus. You will also have a chance to ride horses at various levels as your skills develop. Your costs would be stall board if you choose to bring your own horse to learn and develop on. Many extras are available to you and your horse such as magnetic blanket, revita vet therapies and, Euro sizer on property. All applicants must be 18 years old and position commitment of a minimum of 6 months. Please expect a 6 day work week within barn hours. There is an apartment available on property for rent if housing is required. Please send resume and references to [email protected]

Courtney Cooper (PA): Leading sales barn and home to upper level event rider, Courtney Cooper and her team at C Square Farm have an immediate opening for a working student position at their farm in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. The team is returning home after a very successful winter in Aiken, South Carolina competing and selling horses. One of our wonderful working students is headed home so we currently have an opening for a responsible and reliable individual. Working students will receive expert instruction from an Advanced-level competitor along with exposure to many aspects of the horse business. Learn the ins-and-outs about running a successful breeding operation, sale horse program and upper level competition. Housing is provided and benefits could include board for one horse, although a horse is not required. Opportunities to ride other horses based on your ability may be available. A positive attitude and great character are required. If an opportunity like this appeals to you, please contact Courtney at [email protected] to discuss further details. Please include your resume and riding video.

Phyllis Dawson (VA): Phyllis Dawson is looking for a long-term working student at Windchase beginning in early 2016. Receive daily lessons, full board for your horse, experience riding multiple horses, housing, and shipping to competitions, a package with a value of over $3,000 per month — in return for barn work and horse care. You will be part of a top quality Eventing stable, train with an Olympic rider, and learning how to run a successful business. Plenty of riding opportunities and daily instruction, and top class facilities. Check out our Web site: www.teamwindchase.com. We are in the heart of the Area II Eventing community. Bring your horse, ride and compete — or if you don’t have a horse take lessons on ours. We are looking for dedicated students who can commit to at least six months. Contact Phyllis at [email protected]

Woodge Fulton/Full Moon Farm (FL/PA): Open working student position for 3* rider, Savannah (Woodge) Fulton. Individual will training and riding out of Buck Davidson’s barn in Ocala, FL in the winter and Reiglesville, PA during the summer. Great opportunity for learning all aspects of an upper level barn. Requires a motivated and hardworking individual. Housing provided and a minimum 6 month commitment required. If an opportunity like this appeals to you, please text Savannah at 443-821-5193. Position available immediately.

Boyd Martin (PA): The Eventing side of the business has an immediate opening for a new working student.  Candidate must be exceptionally hard working with a great attitude and willingness to learn the ropes of an Olympic level operation.  This is a great opportunity to train with the best in the business of Eventing and Dressage, and there is the potential for this to turn into a salaried position. Qualified candidate may bring their own horse and housing can be arranged.
Please email Sara for more details!

Colleen Rutledge (MD): Colleen Rutledge Eventing is seeking a working student/grooms assistant to join the team in Mount Airy, Maryland starting April 15. This position will entail duties including but not limited to feeding, mucking, tack cleaning, grooming, tacking/untacking, bathing, basic vet care, sole charge, clipping/mane pulling, facility maintenance, and some lungeing and hacking and exercising depending on experience.

The ideal candidate would be 18 years or older, mature, hard-working, self-reliant, self-motivated, conscientious, capable of following direction, have a sense of humor, have previous experience caring for and working around horses (Pony Club experience preferred) and a working knowledge of the eventing industry. Access to own transportation is a bonus.

Student will have front seat to the inner workings of a top eventing program with horses competing from novice to four star levels as well as yearlings and green broke horses and will have access to learn from other top professionals in the sport. Student will work along side head girl to prep horses for daily work and competitions along with providing the highest standard of daily care for the horses, equipment and facility. Student will have access to lessons with Colleen on a regular basis. Student will remain at the farm during away competitions to care for and exercise remaining horses.

A three month commitment is required. Student will start with a two-week trial period. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to Colleen Rutledge ([email protected]) and Alex Ambelang ([email protected]).

Jane Sleeper (KY): Looking for part time barn help- mornings 7-12:00 and we’re interviewing for a new working student for the exciting spring and summer event seasons!! Bring your horse and ride many of ours – eager to school cross country this week!! Give me a call 603-718-4446.

Below are some additional recent listings from EN’s classifieds site Sport Horse Nation:

Susie Beale (SC): Looking for an aspiring event rider to join our team in Aiken. Ride, train, work, and enjoy all that Aiken has to offer. Opportunity to stay on after we move back to PA is a possibility. We will be in Aiken the beginning of January through the end of March. Learn and train with Advanced-level competitor Susie Beale while working alongside a positive, team-oriented staff. Candidates should be hard working and have a positive attitude, no competition experience required. Stipend and shared housing available. If this is you, please contact [email protected] or Chris Adair at 484-868-6581.

Jeremy Dingy (SC): We are looking for an energetic, motivated, enthusiastic individual who is eager to further their riding and horse management skills while learning what it takes to run a quality training and boarding facility. Job duties will include tacking horses, cleaning stalls, feeding, turn out and turn in, cleaning tack, assisting in preparing for competitions, show grooming, braiding, wrapping, assisting farrier, vet, etc. Applicants should have prior experience caring for horses and must list references. In return we provide a training program for you and your horse with event/dressage trainer, Jeremy Dingy, free pasture board or reduced full board rate for one horse, and stipend. Possibility of seasoning in Central New York April through December. We are located in Hatchaway Bridge – right in the heart of Aiken’s eventing community. Contact Jeremy Dingy 315-730-0817 [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 hr. 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]. Tiffaniloudoneventing.com

Selena O’Hanlon (CAN): We are sad to be saying goodbye to one of our best students. We are looking for someone to join the team. We are all very passionate about horses and the sport and we need someone who feels the same way. A hard working self starter who can use initiative and common sense. We offer daily lessons in riding and stable management, we will look at candidates with or without their own horse. [email protected]

Samantha St. Jacques (PA): St Jacques Equestrian has a position opening for a working student. We are located in Allentown, PA in the Lehigh Valley on a beautiful full service training facility. We are looking for a working student that is motivated, positive and hard working with a keen desire to improve. Please contact Samantha with resume, references and for more information. [email protected] 561-601-3048

Benita Strini, Plain Dealing Farm (VA): Immediate opening for motivated, hard working individual at premier Eventing facility in Scottsville, VA. Position involves, but is not limited to, daily care of horses including mucking, feeding, turn-out, tacking/untacking, maintaining neat and tide stable as well as some riding. Position also includes traveling to away shows and FEI competitions as well as wintering in South Carolina. Board for one horse included as well as use of the fantastic facilities. Great opportunity for someone looking to gain knowledge and experience grooming and working with a great team of dedicated, horse loving, individuals. Salary DOA, benefits include housing, insurance and vacation time. Position is full time, grooming experience ideal, and riding experience a must. [email protected]

Jane Sleeper (SC): We are looking for another eventor to join us in Aiken, SC for January 15, 2016 through March 15, 2016. We are based at Full Gallop Farm and we work, train, compete, attend clinics, and dodge the snow & frozen ground. Hope to find another working student and/or part time employee to learn, work, and enjoy the opportunity. Please contact Jane 610-857-2514, [email protected] and let’s get going!

Kelli Temple (SC): Working Student Needed – immediate opening. Aiken , SC. Board for one horse – lessons from Olympian Kelli Temple – coaching at events. PM Kelly for more info!