Working Student Opportunities at West Brooke
UPDATE: We aren't taking Working Students for the time being
West Brooke's working student program is geared towards riders that are interested in pursuing a career with horses either in Stable Management, Training, or Teaching.
Students will learn by gaining practical hands on experience and furthering their knowledge in all aspects of horse care and operating a busy stable. Gaining such valuable work experience makes students ready to work and be more employable in the equine industry.
Students must be hard working and determined with a desire to succeed.
The Working Student Philosophy:
A working student position is not a job, but rather an opportunity to train under a professional to learn and polish skills at almost no cost to the student. As lessons and horses are expensive, it offers the dedicated student an opportunity to obtain their training in an affordable way. It is an intensive, equestrian immersion experience. A working student position is not for everyone. Those who succeed however find that they have gained tremendously not only in their riding but also in life skills. While there is no doubt that it is certainly hard work, we try to take opportunities for fun too. In the past, students have taken trips up and down the Island to explore, and this summer we are planning a trip to Spruce Meadows, the Calgary Stampede, and of course a variety of shows and training excursions. In the summer time, a wiener roast and campfire often finishes the day.
Generally 6-12 months in duration, there are 2 working student positions available at any one time. Students work 5 1/2 days per week with one and a half days off. Duties include all barn chores, turning out horses, cleaning, light maintenance tasks as well as tacking/untacking, warming up, riding and cooling out horses. Students work in a group environment in exchange for their training and keep. Lessons may be on their own horse or a school horse.
Benefits of the position include:
- Regular lessons with an Equine Canada Coach
- Board for one horse or a school horse to ride
- Room and board for the student - either a room in the main house or your own mobile unit/bus is available as well
- Opportunity to obtain rider certification levels
- Opportunities to train for and obtain coaching certification
- Competition and teaching opportunities are also possible for the right candidate
- Possibility of working student position turning into a full or part time paid position as well
To apply, please submit a letter detailing your interest in a working student position along with your resume and at least 2 references, preferably one from within and one from outside the horse world. Applications may be emailed to West Brooke Equestrian Center.
For an insight into becoming a working student check out this article: So you want to be a Working Student