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Apprentice Rider, Driver, Trainer

Valley Center, California 92082
United States

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Date Posted: 01/20/2014 | Last Updated: 07/25/2018

Categories: Groom - general, Harness/Driving, Rider - dressage, Rider - english, Rider - western, Trainer - Dressage, Trainer - General, Working Student
Positions Available: Full Time, Part Time
Annual Salary Range: Not Specified
Minimum Education Level: None
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job: Morgan, Warmblood
Languages Required: English
Drivers license required? Yes
Commercial drivers license required? No
Own car required? No
Pets allowed? Yes
Non-smokers required? Yes
Live on site? Yes
Will pay to relocate? No
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft    in
Weight:  170 lbs
About The Facility
Beautiful private country estate with big pool on 7.5 acres in foothills of north San Diego county surrounded by avocado and orange groves. Modern professional horse facility with 100' x 200' sand arena, full size dressage court, 50' solid round pen, 6 stall MD isle barn with attached corrals, tack and feed rooms, 5 stall shed row with corrals, breeding/collection facility, wash rack, paddocks and let out. Professional, organized, and tidy yet relaxed to create a serene environment for the horses and humans.
Job Description
Apprentice to work with dedicated team alongside retired pro-trainer as lead assistant in all facets of horse care and training with owner's own ten horses ranging from foals to 28 years old. Handle, groom, tack, exercise, ride, drive, and show as capable while learning owners highly successful training system that produced dozens of champion riders, horses, and pro trainers over 35 year career. Learn to work with all ages and stages of training in variety of disciplines: Dressage, driving (show, carriage and cross country), hunter, western, cowboy dressage, trail, and any sport we and our horse may have the talent and desire to do.
Might allow qualified person to teach and train outside horses and students using our facility and horses.
Job Requirements
We are serious competitors in very demanding athletic equestrian sports but want to have fun too. Must be fit, willing and capable of heavy work and long hours while having positive attitude with horses and team. Must ride english and be willing to learn and apply owners gentle intuitive training system to all aspects of handling horses. "My barn-my rules". Prefer some dressage background. Any show experience would be nice, and driving experience would be great. But who you are is more important than what you know! Learning and growing is the major benefit of this position. Days & hours are flexible but must be available to travel to shows, and help care for horses during owner's absence.
Hands on training with retired champion trainer and variety of fun horses in informal relaxed environment yet with class A, national level results. Learn quiet, gentle techniques that produce happy, willing, safe, thoughtful partners who are throughly trained, kind, and reliable (well...ok mostly. Horses are silly;). Owner-trainer provides minimum of eight riding/driving lessons and 40 hours of supervised horsemanship training per month. Show and progress as capable in variety of disciplines on terrific horses with all show and travel expenses paid. Live in nice private housing with pool privileges on beautiful orange grove estate in sunny San Diego. Weekly allowance depending on level of capability, hours, duties, responsibilities, etc. May bring ONE horse. Bonus opportunities. Responsibilities for owner's 8-12 private horses are divided between 3-5 people so lots of time to ride and learn! Sorry, NO INDOOR PETS, smoking, couples, drugs, etc.
Description of Housing Provided
Single PRIVATE housing is clean modern 32' foot fifth wheel travel trailer with two big slide-outs, full bath, refrig, micro, air, heat, awning, Wi-Fi, etc. Parked in private treed setting away from barn and main residence with own gated parking.----NO smoking, indoor pets, slobs, or couples.--- It's nice, please keep it that way. Fenced for approved OUTDOOR pet(s). Pictures avail.