Working Students are required be at least 17 years old, and to make a commitment to stay for a minimum of six 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 Dressage; although competition experience is not necessary, a commitment toward the Dressage discipline is important. A desire to learn and a willingness to work hard and do things the PVS Training 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 the PVS Training Team.
PVS Training Working Students receive housing on the property, instruction and riding lessons on a regular basis, free board for their horse (as long as they make a commitment of at least six months) and plenty of opportunities to ride, learn and gain experience. If you have a suitable horse, there is a possibility to compete.
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 stable and property. Students generally ride several horses a day in addition to their own. PVS Training requires a very high standard of horse care. 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. PVS Training accepts from one to two 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 PVS Training for a personal interview/trial. You should plan to spend at least five 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 fill in this short questionnaire to fill out preceding arranging an interview date.
Working Students are not considered employees, and so are not covered by Worker's Cover etc; they must have their own health insurance arrangements.
Students accommodation and meals are provided, however such expenses of shoeing, vet fees and competition expenses for their horse are at their own expense.
Students are expected to do their part keeping the PVS Flat clean and tidy. No smokers and no drugs. Sorry, working students are not allowed to bring dogs.
If you are interested in more information, or would like to come see our property, please contact Pamela Schuler on 0407-580-894.