Working Students and Grooms Needed: These Eventing Barns Are Seeking Help [Updated 11/19]

Working students have all the … fun? Photo by Meg Kep.

If you’ve tossed around the idea of going to work for a professional rider, the off-season can be a good time to get your foot in the door. As the main competition season begins to wind down, many riders are looking for new team members for their busy programs.

We’ll update this post periodically with new openings. If you have a current position available at your business, please email [email protected] to add your listing. EN cannot guarantee the availability of these positions but we will do our best to maintain them with current status.

Full Moon Farm – Finksburg, MD
FMF Equestrian, home of 5* eventer Woodge Fulton and Grand Prix Dressage rider David  Ziegler, is looking to fill a groom and working student position for the winter.

Auburn Excell Brady/Excell Equestrian – San Juan Capistrano, CA

Competitive Eventing program ISO capable
• Rider
• Lunging
• Teaching
• Drive truck & trailer plus
• Dressage…

Posted by Auburn Brady on Monday, November 16, 2020

Hannah Sue Burnett – Kennett Square, PA and Ocala, FL:
Our team is growing! We are currently accepting applications for a full-time groom. The ideal candidate will have grooming experience and will take pride in being a part of a team that produces International-level horses.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) feeding, grooming, tacking/untacking, bathing, stall cleaning, and keeping the barn tidy in a friendly, team-oriented environment. Attention to detail is a must. This position includes the opportunity to travel to some shows. Housing included. Salary based on experience. Board for a horse is not available. Please send a resume and references to [email protected].

Katherine Coleman Eventing – United Kingdom

***Job Opportunity**
After 7 great years KC Eventing would like to say goodbye to the wonderful Caz Hewer! We wish you…

Posted by Katherine Coleman on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Leah Lang-Gluscic Eventing – Ocala, FL:
Help needed, month of December: Feeding, grooming, tacking, riding if qualified, and stalls. Pay dependent on experience.

Gray Fox Farm – Ocala, FL

Unfortunately one of our wonderful Working Students has gone back to school. Therefore, Grey Fox Farm is looking for a…

Posted by Grey Fox Farm on Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Law Eventing – Ocala, FL:
Working student position available Dec-April minimum. In exchange for work full training board and stipend for living. Min. Training level experience rider.
Please message Lesley Grant-Law or Law Eventing for more details.

Caroline Martin Eventing – PA/FL

Are you interested in working for one of the top riders and sport horse sales businesses in the country? We are looking…

Posted by Caroline Martin Eventing on Monday, November 9, 2020

Meyerhoff Show Horses – Ocala, FL

We are a few weeks away from heading to Florida for the winter circuit still looking for several grooms to join our…

Posted by Danica Meyerhoff on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Andrew Nicholson – Wiltshire, UK


Restrictions across Europe due to Covid mean we unexpectedly have a vacany for an…

Posted by Andrew Nicholson on Sunday, November 15, 2020

O’Reilly Equestrian – Aiken, SC

Working student opportunity in Aiken this winter!
We will be in Aiken from January 1 until early April. This could be a situation just for the winter or continuing back to Vermont with us in the spring. Our program includes dressage and event horses of all levels. Duties will include chores, hacking and grooming. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to learn more about teaching, barn management, riding or all of the above. Please be in touch to talk details. [email protected]

Beck Ratte Farrier Services – Unionville, PA / Aiken, SC / Ocala, FL


Full or part time contract work. Unionville, PA- Ocala, FL- Aiken, SC. Stay local…

Posted by Beck Ratte on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Booli Selmayr & Fox Valley Sporthorses – Aiken, SC/Millbrook, NY:
Upper level Eventing barn averaging 12 horses from novice through FEI levels. A working student in this program will gain experience working with event horses from all ages and levels, riding, conditioning, regular barn chores, grooming at competitions and have one on one time with the best pros in the business. Ability to bring own horse at drastically reduced board rate, all lessons, coaching and travel to competitions included. 6 days per week, housing with a weekly stipend. For the right individual this position can turn in to a long term, full time position.
January 15-April 30 Aiken, SC
May 1- January 14 Millbrook, NY
Please email Booli at [email protected].

Phyllis Dawson/Windchase Eventing – Hillsboro, VA
Are you looking for a Working Student position? Join the Windchase Team!
Train with Phyllis Dawson (VA), Olympian and Level IV ICP certified instructor, and Cindy Anderson-Blank, current Advanced competitor and ICP Level III Instructor.
We are looking for a long-term working student at Windchase. Receive daily lessons, full board for your horse, experience riding multiple horses, housing, and shipping to competitions, a package with a value of over $3500 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. Excellent facilities and extensive cross-country courses. 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. Plus, we have a lot of fun! Follow Windchase Eventing on Facebook and Instagram.
Contact Phyllis at [email protected].
Phyllis Dawson, Windchase, Hillsboro, VA 20132
(540) 668-6548 – home during evenings
(540) 668-6024 – stable
(540) 454-3834 – cell during daytime
E-mail: [email protected]. Email preferred.