I am currently working for a 3-Day Eventing trainer and want to make my way into the hunter/jumper/equitation world. I am looking for a working student position to help me get started. I am wondering if there are many barns out there that take in working students and pay for their showing expenses (to some point) and offer them lessons or even a place to live.
I am really enjoying my current working student job and it has actually turned into more of a groom/assistant job and I am getting paid weekly and I get to do some training rides on client horses too. I would like to join IHSA at my college and so in order to improve my equitation and chances of doing well I feel like this would be best for me since I will only be in the IHSA once.
There are a few trainers I have thought about contacting here in Western Washington including Heidi Evans of Hillcrest and Lee Dennie of Pacific Ridge Training. I do not care where the job is if I can live there and would almost prefer to go out of state somewhere too. I defiantly want to be able to travel with the barn to shows and maybe do some shows here and there when I save up for them. I don't have a ton of money otherwise I would just pay to ride with a trainer but most here are very expensive compared to my eventing trainers.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions for where I should look and what I should say. I am 18 years old, a male rider, have done a bunch of small shows but haven't found a horse to compete in bigger shows yet and have had really luck with finding horses to lease. I am a really good rider though and am really calm and good with problem horses. Everything helps so please let me know!