Fall Working Student Positions: These Eventers Need Help! [Updated 9/8]

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

As many of the young eventers out there prepare to head back to school, many others are preparing for a different type of education: hands on horse education! Even though summer is over, the work never ends for those in the horse industry, and we’ve got some new working student listings for the upcoming fall season.

Riders and trainers, please email [email protected] to add your position to the list. We’ll update this post with new listings as they come in, so keep an eye out for your ideal position. Remember, hard work and a great attitude are a must for these positions, but you will have the invaluable opportunity to learn from the professionals in the industry.

Here are your current working student positions:

Athletux (CA): Still on the hunt for an internship? We are in need of a website content intern! Great opportunity, work from school or home any where in the country with a fun team. Interested candidates please send cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Additionally, our amazing partner Sara Zwolenik is on the hunt for an intern to assist with her equestrian professional services- internship specifications include the following:

Must be detail oriented person with an equestrian background to assist with the following:

  • Entries- complete and sending off to secretaries
  • Registrations- USEF, USEA and FEI
  • Data Entry
  • Year end updating of entry sites and upcoming yearly paperwork . Checking entry status of monthly events

These are both great opportunities with possibility to grow into more permanent positions. Please contact Sara Zwolenik 484-880-2343 or [email protected].

Tracey 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 4-8 weeks. The right candidate will be extremely motivated to learn about ALL aspects of an eventing program, a hard worker, and a good team player. 6-7 days of hard work in exchange for a stall at Worthmore Equestrian Center, lessons, coaching at events, and riding opportunities for the right candidate. Duties will include all daily chores, grooming, tacking, bathing, clipping and show prep, show grooming and travel, and some exercise riding if appropriate. If you don’t have a horse to bring, you may ride and compete one of mine! Candidate must have own transportation, and living arrangements can be discussed. If you think you have what it takes send your bio & resume with references and riding video if available to [email protected].

Lauren Billys (CA): Lauren Billys Eventing is looking for a hard working individual who is eager to further their riding and horse management skills while learning what it takes to compete and care for horses at the highest levels of the sport. This position is available as early as this month and candidates must be able to stay on through the upcoming Fall and Spring competition seasons. LBE is located at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley widely known as one of the most beautiful places in California.

Job duties will include tacking horses, riding horses, cleaning stalls, cleaning tack, assisting in preparing for competitions, and grooming at competitions. Applicants should have prior experience caring for and riding horses and must list references. Option to bring own horse is available, board will not be covered but all lessons, training, and trailering to competitions will be included. There will also be time to pick up another part-time job in the area if needed for additional income. This is an excellent opportunity to train and work under Three-Star Eventer Lauren Billy’s as she campaigns for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Being a part of her journey will also give the chance to travel to some of the most prestigious shows in the country and possibly to Europe. She will be competing on the West Coast this Fall and also traveling to the East Coast for the Fair Hill International Event.
If you are interested please contact Lauren directly by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone (559) 972-6014

Kyle and Jen Carter/Five Ring Eventing (FL): We looking for working student.We have a busy event barn with horses from green thru CCI****, learn all aspects of the business from selling to training and competing. Accommodations plus room for one horse. Minimum of 6 month commitment.  Please email at [email protected]

Kylie Dermody (VT): We currently have an opening for a working student to join our team for an immediate start. A small but active event barn with a team of competitive upper level event horses. This winter we will welcome our next group of young horses from Ireland — there will be horses at all levels and plenty of riding for the right person. Housing and lessons provided as well as board for one horse. If without a horse, there will be riding opportunities depending on ability; possibility of a horse to lease to the right person. We have a busy and exciting fall season about to start. Attitude and willingness to learn more important than experience. Extra opportunities dependent on individual situation and riding ability. A commitment through the Florida season is preferred (May 2016). Winters in Ocala and summers just outside Woodstock, VT. Email [email protected] or (802) 369-4204.

Dragonfly Eventing/GC Equestrian (VA): Dragonfly Eventing is looking for a hard working, energetic individual! Position is flexible, a few days a week afternoons (12/1pm-4/5pm) and occasional horse show weekend. Could include lessons on your horse or on one of our awesome horses, or training on your horse, and coaching at shows. Opportunity for lessons and clinics with top eventing and dressage riders. Flexible job duties include grooming and tacking, and even riding, hacking and lessons on competition and sales horses. This individual will have the opportunity to learn about eventing, along with learning how to bring along and start young horses. Also about how to care for performance horses and the amount of work that goes in to their care. GC Equestrian is also looking for barn help in exchange for board and/or pay. Possitions can be filled with the same individual. Dragonfly Eventing

Lillian Heard (MD): In search of a working student to join a PAID position at Lillian Heard Eventing in Poolesville, Md. We have a great working environment and tons of opportunities for improvement. Please call Lillian at (301) 938-4840 for more details or email [email protected].

High Meadow Farm/ Sarah Morton (SC):  We are looking for one or two working students to spend the winter in Aiken, SC starting in November through to the end of May.  High Meadow Farm has client’s eventing and fox hunting horses in training, and is looking for someone to help with riding and barn chores.   Working students receive lessons daily as well as opportunities to hunt and compete for the right person.  We have a beautiful barn and on-site accommodation.  Please contact Sarah Morton for details at [email protected] or 803-522-4788.  

Bunnie Sexton (CA): I am looking for a dedicated working student .Live in position and horse board/ instruction included.Must be experienced in grooming, groundwork, and have solid references. Am looking for a student to train and bring to 4* competions for at least a year commitment. Opportunities for showing and schooling on upper level horses as well as your own.Please pm me if interested!

Lellie Ward/Paradise Farm (SC): Looking for a working student. Must have own transport. Looking for help with riding, preparing horses for daily rides, cooling out, cleaning tack, setting show jumps, competitions.Opportunity to compete. 
We need someone that can multitask and help at events on site and off. Opportunity to train, show, hunt and event for right person. Prefer non smoking, no dogs, living arrangements will be offsite. [email protected]803-640-4918.Great opportunity for person wanting to learn many aspects of the horse business. No pay first 6 months. Applicant MUST HAVE own health insurance.