Escape the Cold: These Eventers Need Winter Working Students [Updated 1/7]

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

Do you dream of fleeing the freezing cold temperatures in favor of warm, sunny Ocala or Aiken? Do you dream of California as you’re staring at yet another snowfall outside? Lucky for you, there are several eventers seeking working students this winter, and many of these positions involve warmer weather!

Take a look at our latest edition of working student listings, and if you or someone you know is currently seeking a groom or working student, please email [email protected].

Connie Arthur/Lone Tree Farm (CA): Position includes: Room for yourself and board for one horse, lessons, training, and coaching on your own horse and horses of ours, hauling to shows/ schoolings/ clinics etc., monthly stipend with possibility to earn extra money/raises through hard work, projects and sales depending on experience level

What the job entails:
6 days a week, average hours 8am-6pm. 5 full days, 1 light day, days off upon request if needed. Morning stables, turnouts and other chores and projects.
Tacking up and untacking, longeing, warming up, cooling out horses – lots of riding depending upon your experience and ability.
Fun, team-oriented learning environment, working with ICP certified instructors with years of experience in a very competitive showing barn.
Indoor arena with lights and outdoor arenas and full cross country course with amazing footing. We are outside a LOT and can ride all year round in Central California with fantastic river bottom footing. Cross country has Intro through Intermediate. Instructors are FEI level in Dressage and Eventing, you can learn here!

Come and increase your education! Great for Pony Club preps for the upper levels. Contact Connie (209-985-3354 or [email protected]) or Tracy (209-373-5240 or [email protected])

Laine Ashker (VA): Laine Ashker Eventing is in search of a head groom to begin the 2017 eventing and dressage show year and onwards! This is a paying job and eligible candidates must have references and experience. Would prefer applicants to come without any pets but do come with a big smile! Feel free to email Lainey resumes at [email protected].

Stephen Bradley (VA): Stephen S. Bradley Eventing currently has an open working student position available immediately! 6 months to a 1-year commitment would be preferred. Working students are immersed in the sport of eventing and can expect to travel to shows, assist in riding at the farm, and will be expected to help complete the day-to-day duties of an active training facility. Knowledge of eventing would be helpful, but is not required. Located in White Post, Virginia. Housing, lessons and board for 1 horse are included. Potential to become a paid position for the right candidate. If an opportunity like this appeals to you, please send a riding video and resume to [email protected]. To learn more about Stephen and his program please visit his website:

Daniel Clasing (SC): Clasing Equestrian has openings for two working students, one to start Jan 1 and come to Aiken with us and one to start April 1. Candidates must have their own car, experience working in a barn, ideally have their own horse and ambitions to ride at the upper levels, and be able to provide references. This is not a paid position, board, lessons, coaching and trailering provided. Must be hardworking and willing to learn. For more information call 540-454-6974 or message Clasing Equestrian on Facebook.

Andrea Davidson (FL/PA): We are currently hiring for a nanny/working student position. This person will be responsible for watching over Aubrey while I am riding and teaching, both at shows and at home. This individual will also have the opportunity to work in one of the top eventing barns in the US. He/she will be exposed to the highest levels of eventing including training, shows, and barn management. This position is flexible, and the person can come with or without a horse. This is a great opportunity for someone who loves children but also has a passion for eventing. Looking for a one year commitment and you must be at least 18 years of age with experience with children, horses and barn work. Ocala, FL for the winter and Unionville Pa for the summer. Private message me to send your application and if you have any questions about the position.

Will Coleman (FL): WCE is seeking one working student for the Florida season. Housing and lessons provided in exchange for work. Some light riding may be available depending on experience. Minimum 3 month commitment required. Great way to get out of the cold and gain valuable experience with a great program and wonderful team! Sorry, no room to bring your own horse. Please email for more info!

Courtney Cooper (PA/SC): 4-star rider Courtney Cooper and her C Square Farm are looking for a great person to join the team ASAP! The team will be in Pennsylvania through the holidays before heading to Aiken for 3 months. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to dramatically improve their riding and become a well-rounded horse person. With horses ranging from unstarted youngsters to the four-star level, working students will get a hands-on experience in all aspects of a successful training and sales business. We are looking for someone who wants to grow, develop and become better in all aspects of their equine education. Board for one horse and housing (in spectacular new apartment in PA) is included with a 6-month commitment. Your own horse is not required though, as we have plenty to ride here. If being able to go to shows, ride horses, and learn tons of new and cool stuff appeals to you, give us a shout at [email protected]. Please include a brief riding and work history, along with any recent riding videos.

Will Faudree (NC): Will Faudree Eventing, based at Gavilan Farm in Hoffman, North Carolina, is currently seeking a working student. Candidates must have aspirations to ride at the upper-levels and ideally have ridden through Preliminary level/1*. This would be a great opportunity for someone who aspires to one day ride on the U.S. Team. Not only will your riding be coached but you will also have the opportunity to learn how to manage and run a barn.  Candidates must have completed high school and have their own vehicle for transportation. We are looking for a mature, responsible individual that can work on a team and take initiative when left alone. Interested candidates should contact Will at [email protected] for further details.

Woodge Fulton (FL): Woodge is seeking a motivated and hardworking individual to join her as a working student. Training with and riding out of Buck Davidson’s barn with winters in Ocala and summers in Unionville, Pennsylvania. Great for learning all aspects of a top barn. Housing provided and a minimum one-year commitment required. Please text 443-821-5193. Position available immediately.

Christa Gandolfo (FL): In search of a working student to start immediately. Work is 6 days a week, 7-4 at my incredible farm, Oakmont, in sunny, Ocala, Florida…. In exchange of work (daily tasks; stalls, turning in and out, tacking and untacking, organizing the barn, daily care of horses, etc.) you will receive board for one horse and 5 lessons/week as well as free coaching at shows. Must be 18+, with your own means of transportation, and a valid drivers license. Housing can be arranged if needed! Please email me inquiries/resumes: [email protected]

Clarke Johnstone (New Zealand): We are looking for an ambitious, fun and hard working person to join our busy team when Jackson Bovill goes back to uni in February. The position is live in and your horse is welcome to come. Email [email protected] if you think you would like to join our team for more information and with some information about yourself.

Earl and Jennifer McFall (CA): Dragonfire Farm in Wilton, Ca. is currently seeking a weekend groom. Duties include tacking up, grooming, tack cleaning, etc. in exchange for lessons. For more information, please email [email protected].

Joe Meyer (FL): Looking for two more working students for the upcoming season in Ocala. Can start immediately or in January. Plenty of work, training, riding and competing. Can bring your own horse or train on one of ours. Please contact [email protected] or PM me for more details.

Ronan Moloney (SC): I am looking for a working student to go to Aiken South Carolina for February and March have the opportunity to ride some nice horses and get more show experience under them. There is room for a horse and they have a room all taken care of. For more information, please email Ronan.

Megan Moore (KY): Team CEO Eventing is looking to hire in 2017! Looking for the experience of a lifetime? One position available for either a working student or a professional groom for a small string of event horses in Lexington KY. Great facilities, no stall cleaning except at competitions, upbeat happy work environment. Must be hard worker, motivated, upbeat, with a desire to learn. Our first opening in years! Ideally looking to hire March 2017 but we can be flexible as needed. Will discuss terms with the right candidate. Inquire to [email protected].

Sarah Morton (GA): Looking for one to two working students to help at a beautiful, privately-owned farm just outside of Aiken off 78. Primarily eventing and foxhunting focus, although we’ll do the odd jumper/dressage show here and there. Opportunities to show, foxhunt, and ride available to hard working, motivated individuals. Clean, quality housing available to a good fit. NO DRAMA. Looking to fill the position as soon as possible. Very friendly environment. If you are a motivated person looking to improve their riding and stable management skills, contact me and we’ll sort out a time for you to come ride with us! Contact: [email protected]

Colleen Rutledge (SC): Colleen Rutledge Eventing is still looking for a new team member for the Aiken season! Duties include feeding, mucking, turn in/out, tack cleaning, bathing and some riding/longeing depending on experience. Housing and a small stipend or housing for you and one horse and lessons in return. Please email [email protected] for more information!

Rebekah Simmons (FL): Rebekah Simmons is looking for a full time groom, working student, or someone that can feed/turnout/do stalls in Ocala for 10 horses. please message Rebekah. Need to hire ASAP.