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Eventing Assistant Trainer - VA

Lovettsville, VA 20180

Posted: 05/18/2023 Industry: Eventing Job Number: 21 Pay Rate: $ 36400.00 - $ 40000.00

Job Description

About The Facility
Situated on 100 private acres near Washington DC, this 18 stall barn is home to anywhere from 20-26 top class sporthorses in the discipline of 3 Day Eventing. With two 5* Event riders as trainers, there is endless opportunity for learning experience in this program. Their head groom has been with them for 3 years, and they have a solid pair of stable workers who have been with the program for a number of years as well. In recent years, this group has stayed year round in Virginia, but beginning this year there may be the opportunity to go to Florida for a few weeks during the winter. This is not a position with high turnover, and it is a welcoming environment to join!
Job Description
This facility is seeking either a motivated working student who wants to bring their own horse, receive lessons and riding opportunities, and learn from two of the best - OR - an assistant trainer to join their team who is confident in the saddle and looking to gain top end care and management experience with ample riding time before setting off on their own program. This is a 6 day per week position. They have a well-run operation, and are needing someone primarily as support for the daily tasks of their head groom. This person should be comfortable and confident asking questions when needed, and should have a genuine desire to care for a variety of horses in a top level program. This could be a position that includes traveling for shows, or could be a stay-at-home role. The majority of the horses in this program are young and fit, so anyone joining this group needs to be very confident in their horsemanship. Riding is available but not required. This position affords a lot of flexibility to accommodate someone's specific needs in the industry. As long as the passion and discipline are there, this could be a very successful long-term arrangement for someone! Horses range from BN through FEI levels and shows are primarily close-to-home at this stage, though there may be a possibility to spend 1-2 months in FL over the winter!

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
- Feeding
- Turnout
- Blanketing
- Stalls (when needed)
- Tacking and untacking
- Grooming
- Cleaning tack
- Packing for shows
- Assisting head groom as needed
- Maintaining cleanliness of the barn

* Riding opportunities - fitness or otherwise
* Clipping
* Braiding
* Travel to shows (mostly local)
- Lessons if desired
- Riding opportunities if desired
- Private Housing
- Stabling if desired
- Ability to teach lessons on one of the owner's school horses for extra $
- Coaching at shows (as schedule allows) and regular help at home
- Potential ability to spend a month or two in FL in the winters

Weekly Stipend $350-600 per week, depending on utilization of perks, work arrangement and experience level.
Description of Housing Provided
Private housing available, utilities covered, pet friendly as long as they are well behaved
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