Equestrian Job Opportunities

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Posted on 3/25/15

Hassinger Equine Sports Medicine

Full Time Veterinary Assistant

Immediate Job Opening: Full time veterinary assistant position in our equine sports medicine clinic. The practice travels to quarter horse shows 80% of the year. Job includes jogging, handling, twitching horses for exams and procedures. Other responsibilities include preparing horses for joint therapies, regenerative medicine, imaging and diagnostics. Excellent customer service is a must! Work with a fun group of clients and co-workers. Pay is salary starting at $500/week plus all travel and hotel expenses. Opportunities for raises are available.
Please contact Dr. Roth with resumes and questions.
(910) 281-4845 or hassingerequineservice@yahoo.com


Posted on 3/20/15

Justamere Equestrian Center


Located in Macomb, MI- Justamere Equestrian Center runs a Hunter/Jumper lesson program. Students ride weekly on school horses. We also host a show series for students. Our riders range from beginner to advanced. We are looking for a responsible and knowledgeable individual to assist in our programs. 

Please contact Twila at 586-295-1313 for more information.


Posted on 3/16/15

Old Oak Boarding and Training Center

Barn Manager & Full Time Instructor

We are taking our time in searching for the right candidate to fulfill a position as barn manager and full time instructor at our facility in Dover, PA. A background in western and english disciplines is a must. Any experience with therapeutic lessons would just be an added bonus! Housing may even be a possibility. Please contact Renee Poff at reneepoff@yahoo.com if you are be interested in this opportunity.


Posted on 3/12/15


Multiple Positions

SmartPak is currently recruiting for several positions. Please check their website for a full listing.

SmartPak is planning to schedule interviews onsite at Equine Affaire on Friday, April 10th, 2015 between 9AM and 4PM. Interested candidates may contact them via email at jharris@smartpak.com or via phone at 774-773-1120.


Posted on 3/12/15

Camp Noah


YMCA Camp Y-Noah is looking for two summer ranch camp counselors to help with 10 weeks of summer camp,  June 8-Aug 14th, 2015.
Applicants must be over 18 years old.  Must have horse care experience, proficient rider, preference given to applicants who have teaching experience.  Applicants must work well with groups of children.  Able to lift and carry hay, manure, shavings, saddles, and other farm related materials.  Applicants must know how to groom and tack horses (English & western) and able to recognize basic medical symptoms of an injured or sick horse.  Must be able to work outdoors in varied weather conditions including; heat, rain, wind, dust, or cold. 
As a Summer Ranch Hand you will help with morning feeding, tacking, assist in lessons, trail rides, horsemanship classes, daily barn chores and cleaning up around the property.
Typical hours would be Monday –Friday 7:00 am-4:00 pm.
Housing & meals provided.  Salary position. 
If interested please fill out YMCA application and return to Susan Garside: 



815 Mt Pleasant Rd, Clinton, OH 44216


Posted 3/3/15

Camp Carson

Director & Counselors

Are you looking for a unique wrangler job this summer? Are you looking for a job where you will touch the lives of children while having the summer of a lifetime? Then YMCA Camp Carson is the job for you! YMCA Camp Carson is a summer residential camp located in Princeton, IN. We offer week long sessions for around 120 campers during the months of June and July. We have two horse specialty programs for our campers. The first is our Horseback Riding Program which allows campers to learn to ride a horse and then take trail rides. The second program is our Wrangler Program, "Horse Camp," provides campers an introduction to the responsibilities and joys of horses with lots of riding time and hands-on experience. We have 17 horses at our facility along with a barn, arena, and two pastures. Camp Carson offers campers an experience that lasts a lifetime and an environment where they are accepted, challenged, and empowered. We are seeking applicants who are dedicated to working hard and having a positive influence in the lives of children. The work is tough, but the rewards are a blessing. You will see lives change!

We are currently seeking the following positions:
Wrangler Counselors (aged 18+)
Wrangler Director (aged 21+)

For more information on job descriptions and to apply online check out our website.

If there are any questions please email employment@ymcacampcarson.org


Posted on 3/3/15

YMCA Camp Willson

Summer Camp Instructor

Here at YMCA Camp Willson we have about 50 horses in the summer that we run a ten week summer camp program with. This would include working with children ages 7-17, guided trail rides, teaching children to ride a horse for the first time, and also out trips with horses for an overnight.

Contact Danielle Berger at  937-593-9001 or dberger@ymcacolumbus.org


Posted on 3/2/15

Las Campanas Equestrian Center


The Las Campanas Equestrian Center (LCEC) is offering two (possibly three) internship positions for the 2015 season. The 3 month position(s) will begin on or around May 15th, 2015 and end on or around August 15th, 2015. The 6 month position will begin on or around June 15th, 2015 and end on or around December 15th, 2015.
We are looking for mature candidates who already have a reasonably extensive equestrian background (i.e. pony club, competition record, etc), who wish to pursue a career in the equestrian field. Candidates must be skilled in the saddle, should be able to ride and be knowledgeable in english and western disciplines, confident riding on trails, and enjoy working with adults and children alike in both group and one-on-one situations. Equine health and welfare skills as well as equipment care and use would also be a plus.
It is our goal to provide our interns with a well rounded equestrian experience during their time with us; we place a high priority on the development of young, aspiring professionals and their careers. They will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, all of our professionals including rotations with our barn management, grooming, training, coaching, and administrative staff.  Opportunities may also be available to work with Las Campandres, a therapeutic riding program specializing in children with developmental disabilities.
Because this is a private members club, all incumbents will need to act and dress accordingly, and will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
We offer interns a salary of $11 per hour + a $350 per month housing allowance, lunch is available and use of our employee fitness center is included as part of our intern compensation. There is no relocation offered at this time.
Please review our website prior to submitting a cover letter, resume, link to a video of you riding, and three quality references to KStoochnoff@clublc.com


Posted on 2/26/15

A&O Mounted Patrol

Full & Part Time Riders

A&O Mounted Patrol, North America's oldest and largest mounted patrol provider, is expanding its personnel at The Woodlands.  Troopers are particularly needed for special event and festival work as well as routine patrols on a full time basis (and some part time).  The job includes a competitive salary, health insurance and retirement benefits.  Training, uniforms and equipment are provided.  If you are an experienced rider, own a horse minimum 15 hands tall and truck/trailer, are over 21, and love to interact with people, you may be eligible to ride with the A&O Mounted Patrol.  

Questions? Call Ann Reynolds, director of recruiting, 817-312-0162 or email areynolds@mountedpatrol.com.  


Posted on 2/26/15

YMCA Camp Piomingo


If you are a student pursuing a career in the horse industry, don't miss this opportunity to gain hands-on experience teaching riding and horsemanship. YMCA Camp Piomingo's Equestrian Program is home to 30 horses used for english hunter/jumper lessons and western trail rides. Campers range from ages 7-15 and from beginner to advanced horsemanship abilities. Staff are responsible for providing a safe, positive, and educational horse experience for campers. Duties include herd care and management, teaching lessons, guiding trail rides, caring for the campers, and engaging in other camp activities. 

Job-related questions can be sent to kgrupe@ymcacamppiomingo.org.


Posted on 2/25/15

Legacy Equestrian Center
Equine Manager

Equine managers are responsible for ensuring the overall well-being of horses in a variety of situations, such as boarding, training, transport and breeding. To start, equine managers may clean stalls and pens and turn horses out to exercise. They will continually monitor horse behavior to identify any health related issues.
Equestrian managers also make certain that horse nutritional needs are met and medical treatments are up to date. Additionally, managers are responsible for the business side of the occupation. For example, equine managers may train employees and help in the preparation of horse auctions, shows or events. Duties in the future can potentially include managing facilities, schedules, personnel, marketing and budgets.

Contact Jim Enger at legacyec@yahoo.com


Posted on 2/25/15

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc

Full & Part Staff

Job Description:
    Happy Trails is accepting resumes for part-time and full-time animal care staff. Our Animal Care Staff handles the rehabilitation and recovery of approximately 200 to 250 rescued farm animals at any given time, with care including providing grain, hay and proper nutrition, clean water, fresh bedding, turning out and bringing in horses, and attending to ill or injured animals by providing medication, wound care, and addressing lameness issues as directed by our field service veterinarians.
Work Environment:
    The rescued farm animals live outdoors in barns and shelters, so our work is all outside 24/7. Ideal candidates understand that we work outside in all conditions, from the heat of summer to the cold of winter, providing the very best care we possibly can to abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. In the Spring, ground conditions can be muddy, and in the winter ground conditions can be icy.
Job Requirements:
    The ideal candidate will possess an RVT certification with prior experience handling and working around horses, and experience working around other farm animals is a plus. Candidates must be physically fit and able to work outdoors and lift bales of hay, straw and 50 lb. bags of grain.
    All staff must understand and respect the mission of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. Animal Care Givers must be reliable, pay attention to detail, have excellent communication skills, be able to think quickly when handing the animals, keep safety as a top priority, be able to follow directions safely and accurately, be able to work as a team, have the ability to use commons sense, and want to work toward a full-time position within the organization.
    Care shifts include weekdays and weekends, with morning shifts from 7am to 12:00 noon, and evening shifts from 6pm to 9pm. The ability to work both shifts in the same day is often helpful.
    Pay will be commensurate with experience.
    Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to humanresources@happytrailsfarm.org.  Resumes received via other avenues will not be acknowledged.


Posted on 2/25/15

Carolina Heir Farm

Full Time Position

Duties include: Daily care 5-1/2 days/week, feeding, turnout, cleaning, grooming, preparing for shows, exercising horses, supervise property, assist with property upkeep, assist farriers & vets and assist at shows. 

Contact Lisa Bezzeg at xc4fun@aol.com.


Posted on 2/24/15

The Willows Welsh Ponies


The Willows Welsh Ponies, a breeding and training farm, is seeking two interns for the 2015 show season.   We are located in West Mansfield, Union County, Ohio, about 1 hour South of Findlay.  Note: this is not Mansfield or near Mansfield, Ohio.
This is a non-paid internship.
Requirements:  ability to travel to the farm a minimum of three days per week for 3 to 4 hours at a time (schedule is flexible), reliable and eager to learn, ability to travel to several out of state shows lasting 3 to 4 days and some local shows from May through September, no height/weight limit as there will be no riding, prefer interns who do not plan to show an equine of their own during the internship.
What the intern gets:  learn how to work with foals and young stock, learn breeding and foaling practices, learn grooming and fitting to show, learn how to start ponies in the round pen and under tack, learn how to drive carriages, learn halter showmanship, learn in-hand trail, show ponies at no cost to you.  We are not looking for stall cleaners and hay stackers.  This is a training and showing internship.
Additional information:  we pay all show costs; entry fees, transportation, meals, lodging, show clothes. Intern keeps ribbons and awards from performance classes, we keep ribbons and awards from halter classes.  We are tentatively scheduled for shows in Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia. 
Anyone who is interested may send us an e-mail telling me a little about why they would like to participate in this internship. 
Contact Diane Stewart at dc15670@aol.com


Posted on 2/18/15

Camp Illahee

Riding Instructors, Riding Director & Barn Manager

Camp Illahee is located 40 minutes from Asheville, NC in the town of Brevard. We are seeking riding instructors and a barn manager for our hunt seat program.  Facilities include a well-maintained 25-horse barn, covered riding arena and beautiful pastures. Camp Illahee is a traditional camp offering over 20 activities along with an excellent riding program.

Instructors must have at least a year of college or the equivalent. The Barn Manager must be a college graduate or have equivalent experience. All candidates must have a genuine interest in working with children and a positive attitude toward working as a team at camp.

Director responsibilities include overseeing and planning camper lessons, stable management, general horse care, instructor training and management.

Benefits include salary based on experience, room, board, laundry and a positive work environment.
Employment from May 31st -  August 14th.
Contact Laurie Strayhorn: 828-883-2181 or laurie@campillahee.com.


Posted on 2/16/15

Camp Nicolet

Counselor & Staff

Camp Nicolet is an all-girls residential summer camp offering 2-8 week sessions for girls between the ages of 7 and 17.  We offer a wide variety of activities for our campers, including horseback riding. We are currently recruiting for cabin counselors and activity staff for 2015.

Call Jeremy Starz, Camp Director, at 715-545-2522 for more information


Posted on 2/12/15

Kent School Stables


The Kent riding program offers serious students an opportunity to develop and grow their passion for riding in a co-educational setting. Students have the opportunity to develop their equine skills in a variety of disciplines from beginner to the most advanced. Kent’s riding program offers training and expertise in equitation, jumpers, hunters and combined training.

Internship will include hands on experience in the care and management of horses as well as riding 3-4 horses daily under the instruction of Michael Page.

Kent School will provide housing and a $200 weekly stipend.
Internship Dates:
January 1st – May 1st

May 1st – September 1st
September 1st – January 1st

To Apply:
Please send a resume and brief cover letter detailing your interest and desired semester to Kara DeDonato at dedonatok@kent-school.edu.


Posted on 2/12/15

Frost Valley YMCA

Summer Camp Counselor

We are looking for exceptional horse lovers to work as riding instructor/counselors during the summer of 2015 at the Frost Valley YMCA! Our multi-facility equestrian program has over 90 horses and provides instruction to riders of all skill levels. Our staff works as a team to teach riders, provides care for horses, and leads activities. We have a variety of different positions to offer willing and flexible employees. Frost Valley provides on-site room and board for the duration of employment. Located about two hours from New York City, we are in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.

Contact us at Horses@FrostValley.org or 845-985-2291 ext 240


Posted on 2/12/15

Girl Scout Camps

Riding Instructor

We are looking to hire riding instructors for two of our camps. We teach a balanced seat in all-purpose and dressage saddles.  We are looking for Instructors with some experience and we will offer specific training.  We are CHA members and certified. Our program’s focus is very much in line with the CHA mission, “Safe, Fun and Effective”.  Our programs include trail rides and obstacles, eventing and mounted games, with beginner to advanced riders.
Our camps are:
Keyauwee Program Center
2574 Sweetbriar Rd.
Sophia, NC 27350
Camp Pisgah
570 Girl Scout Rd.
Brevard, NC 28712
More information and application information can be found at www.camplikeagirl.org


Posted on 2/12/15

Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center (NWNHC)

Internship & Full Time Instructor

The Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center (NWNHC), near Seattle, is looking for students who are studying and/or planning an equine career, to participate in 3- and 6-month internships.  These are real work experience internships and not "free labor and stall mucking."  Interns will work under the tutelage of professional instructors and trainers to learn what being an equine professional really requires.  NWNHC interns have gone on to become nationally recognized Parelli Professionals, independent trainers/instructors or chosen to just enjoy their own equine experiences.  For more details and application instructions, visit: http://www.nwnhc.com/html/internship.htm

NWNHC is also seeking qualified horsewomen and men to apply for a full-time instructor/trainer position.  Candidate should have professional experience teaching natural horsemanship. Responsibilities include teaching children and adults, training and starting horses, assisting with kids camps, planning and managing events by visiting clinicians, herd management, and more. Compensation based upon experience and revenue potential.  Interested candidates should send letter of introduction and resume including work and horse background, along with three references, to nwnhc@nwnhc.com


Posted on 2/12/15

Stonehaven Farms


Job Description:
-Interns will arrive at Stonehaven Farms by 8:30 am each morning they are scheduled to work unless advised otherwise.
-Taking border horses from barns to pastures.
-Bringing in and feeding morning grain for specific sale and school horses.
-Grooming and tacking horses to be exercised or lunged.
-Watering barns and outside troughs daily.
-Haying and graining in barns.
-Assisting Camp Director with Day Camps.
-Helping campers get horses from pastures.
-Helping campers groom and tack.
-Assisting campers to mount horses.
-Engaging camper groups not riding with a learning activity in the barn.
-Training a beginner camper group on horseback in the ring.
-Dispensing medications with afternoon grain.
-Bathing and showering horses.
-Assisting in keeping tack and barns clean before customers come for lessons.
-Assist in record keeping regarding vaccinations, worming, medications, farrier visits, dentist visits, and chiropractor visits.

-Basic knowledge of working and handling horses.
-Basic grooming and tacking skills.
-Basic English riding skills.
-Desire to work with younger riders to improve grooming, tacking and riding skills.

Apply on the Oiler Connection!

Posted 1/27/15
Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park Equine Department is looking for students wanting to complete paid internships. Multiple jobs open March through October. Hours will vary. Taking applications through the beginning of February.

If interested, fill out the online application here:
Click “Search & Apply”
Click “Search openings”
In the Location box, select “Fayette County”, then click “Search”
Select “Horse Park Interim Positions”
Click “Apply to Job”
In addition, please send your cover letter and resume to khpbreedsbarn@ky.gov.

Posted 1/23/15
Roberts Arena
Arena Management

Job Description:
The Managing Director oversees the operation of the Roberts Arena with enhanced focus on the physical plant, financial performance and daily operational oversight and direction.

Primary Responsibilities: 
-Maintain physical plant, farm equipment and machinery
-Manage efforts of Event Sales & Marketing Director to ensure revenue goals are met and marketing plan is executed
-Manage operations supervisors to ensure financial performance is met and standard operating procedures are followed
-Plan, organize, and direct the business activities of The Roberts Arena
-Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with staff, vendors, and the community
-Develop annual budget
-Manage all human resources for the Arena (hiring, managing benefits, payroll execution, compliance standards)
-Manage and conduct all accounting procedures
-Develop and implement sales and operational protocol for cabin rentals and RV rental spaces
-Develops long-term and short-term plans for the arena and recommends changes and improvements in arena operations, staffing, facilities, and equipment
-Inspects equestrian buildings, grounds, and equipment to identify safety and sanitary hazards problems and initiates immediate or preventative maintenance measures
-Implements security measures to prevent theft and vandalism

Click here to apply!


Posted on 1/22/15
Mustang Camp

Mustang Camp has room for four interns a month. We have an intensive academic and practical hands on training program working with wild horses from the BLM or USFS. Our mission is to work with wild horse programs to minimize captive horse suffering, promote modern training methods and campaign to create successful adoptive placements. If that is something you would be proud to support and you want to work with animals, please consider our month long summer program.

Contact Information: mustangcamp@gmail.com or 505-419-9754


Posted on 1/21/15
Camp Cheerful
Summer Interns

The Achievement Centers for Children, Camp Cheerful located in Strongsville, OH has an opening for summer interns June through August.  Serving children and adults with special needs for over 70 years, Camp Cheerful is located on 52 acres in the Mill Stream Run Metro Park Reservation.  Our PATH Premiere Accredited Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is currently looking for summer interns with horse experience to assist with the daily care of program horses and stables.  Interns will gain experience with children and adults with special needs as they assist in instructing therapeutic riding and horsemanship activities under staff supervision.  Experience with people with disabilities is preferred, but not required.  Credit hours, stipend, onsite housing and meals available. Interested candidates please send resume to cory.ramsey@achievementcenters.org


Posted on 1/20/15
JLD Equine

JLD Equine is looking for an additional trainer to teach beginner riders in our growing lesson program. JLD Equine participates in local and rated shows throughout western New York (Saratoga, Syracuse, Buffalo, Elmira). In addition to their own students, this trainer would substitute in for trainers away at shows and would assist in preparing horses to go to shows.

We run eight weeks of summer camp, which can provide additional hours for a new trainer. The camp runs six hours per day with up to 12 students per session.

Our facility is located in Fairport, NY on 125 acres. We have three indoor riding arenas and four outdoor riding arenas. We are also adjacent to town property which we have permission to do trail rides on with capable students. We have roughly 60 horses at the facility, about 20 of which can be used for lessons. We have close contacts with trainers from the Finger Lakes Racetrack, which gives us access to young horses to be trained for sale. We also have a small breeding program with one or two babies born per year.

Our biggest need is for someone looking for a long-term commitment. However, since summer is our busiest time, we will consider qualified people who are looking for a summer job. We also have a small apartment available to rent for a trainer that needs housing.

Interested candidates should send a PDF of their resume to laduncan42@yahoo.com.


Posted on 1/9/15
Hillock Stables
Summer Internship
Hillock Stables is a 1,200 acre farm in south central Iowa, 40 miles south of Des Moines. We have all levels of field hunters, show jumpers and a pack of foxhounds. Activities for interns will include exercising horses, helping with chores (with the exception of mucking stalls-the horses live outside during summer), attending farrier visits, grooming, trail riding, assisting in training sessions, local showing and working with green horses.
Accommodations are available on the premises and we are also offering a small monthly stipend.
Contact Tommy Ghrist at hillock@grm.net or 641-344-6559

Posted on 1/8/15
Breeding Manager Assistant
Breezee Hill Farm is a quarter horse breeding farm located in NJ. We are looking for an assistant to work with our breeding manager. Duties will include embryo transfer, working with mares and foals, turnout, grooming, riding, halter breaking, etc.  Salary is based on experience and housing will be available.
Candidates are to apply via email to colliewmn@aol.com or phone 973-464-9599.
Posted on 12/11/14
Granada Farms is currently seeking individuals interested in a paid internship position for the 2015 breeding season. The internship begins mid-January and continues through May. Applications will be accepted through December or until the position is filled.
Granada Farms is a large commercial equine breeding facility averaging over 200 mares per year. Currently, we are involved in running and barrel Quarter horses; however, we do custom work for a number of other breeds and registries.
A qualified applicant should have completed animal reproduction, have a desire to learn and be willing to work six days a week. The chosen intern will gain hands-on experience in the following areas: collecting stallions, insemination of mares, handling mares and foals for routine veterinarian work, and various other duties as assigned by the supervisor. The individual will also be exposed to the application of embryo transfer. Opportunities for some research also exist.
Fax your resume to (979) 828-5902 or e-mail them to granadafarms@granadafarms.com