I know I have seen many opportunities for working students at dressage and hunter barns, I wonder if there might be similar opportunities with driving barns. I have ridden dressage for years and am really interested in looking into the possibility of learning to drive.
The man in charge of the Livestock is Richard Nichols. Here is the number for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where they can probably connect you or give you Richard's number. You could ask him your questions, to see if applying for a job there would work for your learning desires. He is a nice guy!
MaryAlice Larkin-Matheson is a qualified driving trainer, might know someone who is looking for a working student. We met her at a Cleveland Bay Horse activity, where we also were driving. I thought she was nice, quite skilled. She is also in Virginia. Phone in the ad is 540-341-4972.
Getting your foot in the door is a start. Do you have a special direction you want to go towards in Driving? Both of the above are into the Traditional, Carriage type Driving. So you would probably be learning the UK methods.
Combined Driving, Pleasure Driving, Coaching, all are driven, but VERY different from each other in many areas, skills needed to drive in them well.
I agree with Ironwood. This would be a really good place to start- your nearest CDE. Either the show organizers need volunteers, or the competitors themselves may need help. You could also try to find a local driving club.
Then at least you can make contacts in your driving community from there and see if you can land a working student position.
Originally Posted by IronwoodFarm
Driving requires additional help. Lots of it, in fact. If you are interested in CDEs, the best thing would be to find active competitors and contact them.