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    #41
    Originally posted by PonyPenny View Post
    I believe best time to be a working student is while you are a junior. The reason is that you are not constrained by the amateur rules. My daughter was a working student/catch rider for two trainers; one in So. Cal where we live and one in St. Louis, MO. She would travel back and forth depending on her school schedule. Being a junior she could ride the trainers horses and sale horses in everything from pony hunters, junior hunters, junior jumpers, and equitation. She got to travel and show all over the country. She got the opportunity for one trainer due to the recommendation of another working student. The other opportunity came when we changed trainers and the trainer asked her to work for her. In order to be able to travel, we sold her horse, so she would not be tied down and that money could be used to pay for airfare. After working and traveling so much for three years, she decided she did not want to become a professional and instead go to college to have a career where she could afford to have nice horses. The nice thing is that all that catch riding made her attractive to college equestrian coaches and she received a nice scholarship to ride on a college team.

    I was very supportive of her endeavors because she was an exemplary student who still graduated high school near the top of her class. The key was getting the principal and teachers on board and taking advantage of independent study when she would be gone for three weeks at a time. I could not afford the level of showing she wanted to do, and these opportunities were a godsend.

    I would suggest seeing if your current trainer has connections to other professionals where you could get more experience. Hang out at the larger shows and ask the trainers if they need any help in the jog with their ponies or junior hunters. This may lead to an opportunity to hack a horse or pony in the under saddle. Always dress the part and be ready with your saddle in hand. You may get many nos before you get a yes, but persistence can pay off.
    Thank you. And yes, I agree that it is better to start early. Unfortunatley, my junior status is only lasting 10 more months. And my parents would never let me leave my state or travel far to ride for somebody, not to mention the fact that we can't afford it. But I would love it. I feel so restrained by my family and financial situation right now, but I plan to take my life into my own hands once I graduate. As far as going to the "A" shows goes, I plan to try and do that this summer. There are some venues not that far away from where I live. I am anxious to get started.

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    • #42
      Originally posted by Horserider15 View Post
      Thank you. And yes, I agree that it is better to start early. Unfortunatley, my junior status is only lasting 10 more months. And my parents would never let me leave my state or travel far to ride for somebody, not to mention the fact that we can't afford it. But I would love it. I feel so restrained by my family and financial situation right now, but I plan to take my life into my own hands once I graduate. As far as going to the "A" shows goes, I plan to try and do that this summer. There are some venues not that far away from where I live. I am anxious to get started.
      I always considered the opportunity to sit at the schooling ring at big A shows to be free lessons. You can learn so much by watching how the top pros prepare their horses to go to the ring. And those pros do notice who sits there to watch... it's not inconceivable that you could wind up with a job that way. But the main thing is, it's a great way to learn.

      Braiding is one of those skills that pays pretty darn well and allows you to be at the horseshows and make some money while furthering your education. It is hard work and you have to be pretty good to get paid to braid at those shows, but if you can get hooked up with a respected braider, you can make decent money.
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        #43
        Thanks for everyone's input. It is really helping me

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        • #44
          Originally posted by Horserider15 View Post
          Thank you, really. I am absorbing all of this info like a sponge right now. Working for a barn as a job instead of (or in addition to) a working student sounds appealing. I like that I will be paid along with my chance to learn. I agree with you that I am honestly not experienced enough for a top BNT WS position. I am realizing that I think I should look for more of a local or other good trainer or barn to work for. This summer, I plan to travel to some A rated shows near my city and watch, offer to braid or help, anything. And I love the 4 pieces of advice you gave, especially the last one about gossiping. That is a habit I need to rid myself of.
          Thanks so much for the advice.
          -Jessica
          I just wanted to make note on the above. Working student positions are just that, you are compensated in various ways, to help out and learn.
          Paid positions you should allready know what your doing, as its a job, and you are expected to be able to complete your job. Its not a learning situation.
          I run a working student program, what is expected of the student is not anywhere near what i expect from someone i have hired and paying a wage to.
          Just a thought for you.
          www.tayvalleyfarm.com
          My other home.

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            #45
            Originally posted by texan View Post
            I just wanted to make note on the above. Working student positions are just that, you are compensated in various ways, to help out and learn.
            Paid positions you should allready know what your doing, as its a job, and you are expected to be able to complete your job. Its not a learning situation.
            I run a working student program, what is expected of the student is not anywhere near what i expect from someone i have hired and paying a wage to.
            Just a thought for you.
            I understand. Didn't exactly think about that. So I guess a WS would be better for me at first. I have a lot to learn, but I'm ready to dig in.

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            • #46
              Hi Jessica ~

              We merged your duplicate threads on a few topics into one thread per topic in Off Course, which is a good cross-discipline catch-all forum viewed by all sorts of folks.

              We try to avoid having duplicate threads started in multiple forums on the same topic by one poster -- hard to keep track of info and leads to a lot of duplicate info.

              Thanks (and welcome)!
              Mod 1

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              • #47
                Originally posted by Horserider15 View Post
                Can someone tell me anything about Castle French Farm in NC? Ever heard of it?
                RUN
                "to live is the rarest thing in the world, most people merely exist."

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                  #48
                  Originally posted by ponies123 View Post
                  RUN
                  Lol for real? Ok thanks for the heads up.

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