Snag a Summer Working Student Job with These Opportunities [Updated 6/3]

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

It’s that time of year when everyone is finishing up school for the semester (or, for us old folks, remembering the times when we had months of freedom stretching ahead of us and bemoaning adulthood), and it’s also a great time to look around for a working student position. These positions are a great opportunity to learn from professionals within the industry, so take a gander and get in touch if any of these opportunities seems like a good fit for you!

Riders/trainers, please email [email protected] to have your position added to the list; we’ll be updating this periodically throughout the coming weeks.

Nora Battig (PA): Looking for part time working student for the afternoons 12pm – 4/5pm Tues-Fri and some weekends. Great opportunity for someone to learn the ropes of running a small eventing facility. Duties to include but not limited to tacking, untacking, mucking, turn out, tack cleaning, etc. Some riding for the right fit. Private message Nora if interested.

Emily Beshear (VA): Emily Beshear/Brickland Farm is looking for a new member to add to to their Brickland Eventing team in Somerset, VA! Option to be full or part-time. This is a great opportunity to be part of a high performance program and expand your knowledge in all aspects of horse care. Position may have the ability to offer housing, board for one horse, lessons, and/or salary dependent upon experience. Ideal candidate must be motivated, detail oriented, and follow instructions well. Learn more about the program here.

Jenny Caras (PA): Jenny Caras is looking for a hard working individual to join her team as a working student! Jenny is based out of Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm in West Grove, PA. Duties will include mucking, turn out, grooming, and riding for the right match! Please contact Jenny at 404-217-7342, if you are interested!

Kyle and Jennifer Carter (FL): We have an opening for a working student. Fun atmosphere with a great group of people. Horses range from just starting to CCI**** horses. Please message for more info.

Phyllis Dawson (VA): Phyllis Dawson is looking for a long-term working student at Windchase beginning in September 2017. Receive daily lessons, full board for your horse, experience riding multiple horses, housing, and shipping to competitions, a package with a value of over $3000 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: 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]. Phyllis Dawson, Windchase, Purcellville, VA (540) 668-6024 – stable, (540) 668-6548 – home, E-mail: [email protected].

Meg Kepferle (NJ): Kepferle Equestrian is looking for a part-time (could grow into full-time) working student for the summer . Located in Long Valley,NJ. Work in exchange for lessons on your horse. Small, busy and motivated program with horses from Baby through FEI. Please contact Meg with interest.

Meghan Marinovich (IA): Marinovich Eventing is currently looking for a new member to join our team! With two of our working students heading home this week we are seeking a new groom. Hours and days can be flexible. Ideally looking for someone to help with morning and evening chores. Wage dependent on experience. This position could move into a full time position for the right candidate. Duties include stall and paddock cleaning, feeding, keeping the barn clean, grooming horses, arena maintenance and everything and anything in between. Great small barn located in Cumming, Iowa. Check out our facilities page on our website! Contact Meaghan @ (612)382-0094 or email at [email protected]. Please include resume and references!

Caroline Martin (PA/FL): Immediate opening for a working student and a show groom that are reliable, motivated and positive individuals who can work alongside our team to assist in all yard duties. The right candidate will be extremely motivated to learn about ALL aspects of an eventing program, a hard worker and a good team player. Duties include all daily chores, grooming, tacking, bathing, clipping, show grooming and travel, and depending on experience the opportunity to ride additional horses. Candidate must have own transportation. This is for a full time (6 days a week), live in paid position. We will provide accommodation and lessons if one wants to bring a horse. Contact Caroline at 484-554-9995 or email [email protected].

Kurt Martin (FL): Work, train and ride with International 4* rider Kurt Martin, with opportunities to compete and travel to some of the nations most prestigious events. Excellent benefits, please inquire for more information. Call 540-454-6054.

Erin Pullen (KY): Erin Pullen is currently looking for one working student. They will have the ability to bring one horse. Please contact Erin if interested.

Daniel Sarango (GA): Chatsworth Stud/Pollard Eventing is seeking a new member to join the team in August 2017. Job entails basic barn chores, grooming/tacking, and help at competitions. Benefits include housing on property, board for one horse, and daily lessons. We are looking for someone at least 16 years old, hardworking, responsible, and willing to travel. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to be in a consistent program and handle sport horses with top bloodlines, all while learning about breeding, sales, and Eventing competition at its best. 6 month commitment required. If this appeals to you please contact [email protected] for more information.

Lucia and Benita Strini/Plain Dealing Farm (VA): Plain Dealing Farm is searching for a new member to join our team! PDF is a top line equestrian business and we are in need of a farm buildings and grounds maintenance laborer to assist in the running of the equestrian center and general farm upkeep. Applicant must be an active worker capable of stamina, discipline and should possess the ability to take direction and work well independently. Duties include, but are not limited to: harrowing riding arenas, driving trucks and trailers, using basic equipment such as weed eaters, mowers, chainsaws etc., strong carpentry background and confidence working with large and small animals a plus. Confidence working around horses a necessity. Applicant must be able to work on weekends as needed. Competitive salary and healthcare offered, full time location in Scottsville, VA. Please send resume to [email protected] if interested!