HORSENG FARM WORKING STUDENT PROGRAM
Horseng Farm is a lesson and sales facility geared toward producing successful riders and horses, owned and operated by Heather McCarty. We have an excellent working student program. Activities here at our farm include competition horses, a boarding stable, horses in training, instruction for riders, horses for sale, an active summer camp program, and more. We have CHA Instructors, and a great education program for students. The facility is in a lovely location on 28 acres in the mountains of Pennsylvania. It includes top class stabling for 25 horses, indoor and olympic sized outdoor arenas with excellent footing, large pastures, and schooling cross country courses for the starter levels. The working students share a house on the farm.
Heather's working student program offers instruction, riding experience and learning opportunities in exchange for working in the stable. Our program is designed to allow everyone the chance to fulfill their own goals with their riding, including ample opportunities to compete their favorite horse. Lessons on an almost daily basis offer the riders individual attention on a variety of horses.
Riders may come from all over the country. Many of Heather's former students have gone on to successful careers training, competing, and managing stables. Whether you are interested in a career with horses or just wanting to spend some time pursuing your riding before college or career, if you are serious about learning, there is no better way to receive an education in riding, training, selling, horse care, and stable management.
Heather is a participant in the Certified Horsemanship Association's excellent Instructor Certification Program. She is certified as an Assistant Clinic instructor, the second highest rating offered, and is also a certified Level 4 instructor in both Hunt Seat and Stock Seat. She also carries her Bachelor of Science in Equine Science from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Other Horseng Farm Instructors include Nick Bleiler, Joan Keenan, and Roy Bigley.
Horseng Farm offers a variety of opportunities to gain experience; there is always something going on. With horses competing and being shown for sale, youngsters being started under saddle, horses sent for training, and the summer camp program, students can gain experience in all aspects of the horse business. Our program is designed to help everyone fulfill their own goals with their riding and gain as much experience as possible. Working students at our farm get the opportunity to work and ride in the presence of top veterinarians, farriers, riders and trainers. They gain exposure to many other facets of the horse industry. With our excellent facilities and top-level instruction, we offer the ideal situation to help you attain your goals.
Working Students are required be at least 17 years old, and to make a commitment to stay for a minimum of three months. Applicants are expected to be competent riders, and to have some experience caring for horses and working in stables, but there is no required level of competition experience. Our program is definitely geared toward lessons and sales; although competition experience is not necessary, a commitment toward the Hunter/Jumper discipline is important. A desire to learn and a willingness to work hard and do things the Horseng Farm way are essential. I am looking for working students who really love horses, farm life, and are very interested in learning, improving their riding and becoming part of our Team.
Working Students receive housing on the farm, instruction and riding lessons on a daily basis, a small stipend for food, and plenty of opportunities to ride, learn and gain experience, especially with children and kids programs. There is plenty of opportunity to show throughout the summer as well.
In return, students work five and a half days a week, doing all types of horse care, including feeding, grooming, mucking stalls, cleaning tack, riding, tacking up, and whatever needs to be done around the barn. Students generally ride several horses a day. There is plenty of hard work to be done, but a good group of people in a friendly atmosphere and an emphasis on learning makes for pleasant working conditions. Our farm accepts from two to three working students at a time, so everyone gets plenty of individual attention. You are expected to work hard, and in return you will learn a tremendous amount.
Applicants for working student positions will need to plan to come to the farm for a personal interview/trial. You should plan to spend at least two full days at the farm; this gives you a chance to really observe our program and see what it entails, and it gives us a chance to get to know you a little and see if you seem like you would fit in well. It is usually best to make arrangements for coming to interview about 1 to 2 months in advance of when you would like a position. With proper references, overseas students may be interviewed by phone. E-mail me if you wish to arrange an interview, and I will send you a short questionnaire to fill out preceding arranging an interview date.
Working Students are not considered employees, and so are not covered by Workman's Comp or farm health insurance; they must have their own health insurance arrangements. Students are responsible for preparing their own meals, and of course costs such as gas and competition expenses. Students are expected to do their part keeping the house clean and tidy. No smokers and no drugs. Sorry, working students are not allowed to bring dogs or horses.
I generally require a commitment of three months or more, though once in a while we have a shorter-term spot available. A summer-only or short term position may be possible. Occasionally there are also part-time positions available for students that do not require housing.
If you are interested in more information, or would like to come see our farm, please contact Susan McCarty at 215-805-6012.