My name is Natalie and I’m looking for some advice from those with experience with either being or “hiring” a working student, with regards to what skills I would need to appeal to trainers.
A bit on my background:
I’m 18 and have been riding for seven years, and showing on the A-circuit the last three. I live in Northern California and have loved horses all my life. My trainer is an equitation/medal finals champion many times over and has made sure all of her students are well-trained in that ring, above all else. I’ve shown in equitation/medals mostly (up to 3’), but have also done the hunters and a couple derbies. I’ve leased a horses, but have also ridden my trainer’s lesson/sale horses as favors to her.
This said, I can say that I have experience working with our six-figure show hunters, laid back school horses, and even our greenies. I do barn chores frequently (preparing feed buckets, turnouts, cleaning tack, cleaning barn aisles, etc.) and have a great work ethic. I also help out at shows, both at the schooling and A-rated levels, and know what needs to be done to get everyone, both human and equine, prepped and ready for the show ring.
My dad is unwilling to pay for my riding after this summer, as I’m off to college in the fall, and I’m worried I’m not qualified enough to appeal to trainers in Southern California (I’m headed to USC). All I want to do is further my riding career and help a trainer out in return for some rides, but my show record isn’t impressive and there’s just so many things I wish I knew how to do, like give injections or “diagnose” soundness issues, etc.
So here are my questions:
Do I appeal to you, hypothetically, as a working student candidate?
What skills must a working student have to work at a show barn?
What should I put in my riding footage video to send to potential trainers?
Thank in advance.