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Attending Horse Events for Business

There are a lot of horse events around the world that you can utilise.  Have you considered the idea of attending horse events for business?

When I worked for the National Centre for Equine Education, we made a point of attending Equitana.  This was a trade show we used to highlight our horse courses.  It was a great opportunity to show what we taught and how (online, flexible delivery, face to face).  We could also meet prospective students.  Plus, it helped people to be aware of us.

Brand awareness is one thing that all horse businesses need.  With that in mind, are you aware of the following horse events around the world?

If one of your goals with your horse business is to establish yourself internationally, then a priority should be to know about trade shows around the world that are relevant to you.  From here, research what is involved in having a trade stand and get busy!

Would Your Horse Product or Service Benefit from Attending Horse Events for Business?

Would Your Horse Product or Service Benefit from Attending Horse Events for Business?

Attending Horse Events for Business

There may be a horse trade show in your local state or country.  Otherwise, you may need to look overseas.  If it’s your dream to set up a product or service that is known by all equestrians or horse owners, then trade shows will definitely be of benefit.  The internet is great for raising brand awareness.  However, for many, the opportunity to touch and feel a product – and meet the people behind it – goes so much further in guaranteeing a sale.

“A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.” ― Philip, Duke of Ediburgh

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Horse Tricks Trainer, an Equine Hands on Career

Once again whilst reading Love, Sweat and Tears by Zelie Bullen, I’ve been made aware of another possible horse career. A horse tricks trainer is one that trains horses to respond to cues. Rather than for competition or racing, the horse tricks trainer works in other events that require horses.

This could be training horses for movies or for equestrian shows or demonstrations. Such a person may even train horses for circus acts or other horse related events.

Horse Tricks Trainer: the Horses may need to be Specific Colours

Horse Tricks Trainer: the Horses may need to be Specific Colours

Because the horse is used for special events, it’s quite possible the horse tricks trainer will need to work with other peoples’ horses. The horses used may need to be a particular height, gender, breed or even colour for a certain event.

It would be expensive for the horse trainer to keep a vast array of horses that may be suitable for an event in the future. A horse tricks trainer may need to source horses from other people.  Or they may need to work with horses that are provided by others. They would also need to recognise that these horses they work hard with, will be going back to other owners or potentially be sold after being trained.

Someone who trains horses to do tricks will need to be able to work with many different equines. They will need to have patience and problem solving skills. The horse tricks trainer will probably also need to be able to travel and communicate with locals in other languages. They may need to be familiar with different housing and caring methods for horses that are kept in other countries. A horse tricks trainer would have a hands on career that varies greatly but has one constant – horses.

“The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.” – Author Unknown

Equine Stunt Trick Rider

I am currently reading Love, Sweat and Tears by Zelie Bullen.  This woman has had an incredible life as an animal trainer, horse rider, stunt rider and fill in, in many movies.  She often found work as an equine stunt trick rider.

I hadn’t considered the possibility as a horse rider, to be someone who doubles in films and helps out with trick riding.  But it is indeed possible!  Perhaps you have a passion for horse riding and want to consider avenues in which you can earn income.

Have you considered stunt riding or trick riding of horses?  It may be worth looking into!  It seems to be a job that would have you consistently travelling and learning new things.  But best of all, you would be riding many different horses, doing many different things!

Equine Stunt Trick Rider: can you Ride with or Without a Saddle?

Equine Stunt Trick Rider: can you Ride with or Without a Saddle?

Zelie’s book details her trips to Africa, France, around Australia and in the United States.  Her skill as a rider had her in demand around the world but as a casual job, she indicated that she didn’t know where her next lot of work (or pay) was going to come from.  It sounds incredible, but not reliable as a financial source.

If you plan to make a career horse riding, be mindful of the possible need to:

  • travel
  • accept many different employers
  • be able to ride many different breeds and types of horses
  • learn a different language
  • ride in different types of gear, or without any saddle on a horse

Have you considered a career riding horses?  You may also like to think about event riding or track riding.  There are many opportunities to ride horses and earn a living.

“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.” – Author Unknown

Worldwide Horse Riding Holidays

I’ve found another one!  I am sure there are many out there, but it’s lovely to find another business that focuses on providing horse riding holidays around the world for the equine enthusiast!

Equus Journeys (love the look of their site!!) provide details on horse riding holidays that are:

  • centre based
  • safaris
  • trail rides
  • pack trips
  • instruction
  • ranches and cattle drives

Depending on your experience, your desire to learn and do something different, it seems they cater to all types of holidays!  All look incredible to me!

Where would you ride if you could go anywhere?

“I’ve spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I’ve just wasted.” – Author Unknown

Equine Modelling

I was pondering last night an upcoming book cover for my Free Rein series. The latest book will be published this year and I will need to decide on a cover photo. Some horse books out there have excellent covers! Others, not so much.

Why not Model for Equine Clothes and Events?

Some photos I’ve seen of action shots – someone going over a jump – and they’ve made me cringe. Others have been ideal – a great picture, a good riding position!

It got me thinking to the possibility of being a person who is photographed for horse related publications – an equine model. This may be for many things:

  • Horse book covers
  • Horse course brochures
  • Equine magazines
  • Equine business logos
  • Explanatory photos in horse non fiction books
  • Horse clothing and riding gear for websites and catalogues
  • Horse educational posters

I’m sure there are more than just the above! If you are comfortable around horses and enjoy posing for photographs, then perhaps this is an area you may consider pursuing and promoting yourself in?

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.” – Sharon Ralls Lemon

3 Horse Jobs on Seek in Australia

Hi everyone!  A search for the term ‘horse’ on Seek today returned three jobs of potential interest:

  1. Administration Manager for Riding for the Disabled in Alice Springs (Full time).
  2. Marketing Manager for Mooney Valley Racing in Victoria (Brand and Digital).
  3. Training and Recruitment Manager for Mooney Valley Racing in Victoria.

These three management level positions are great examples of horse related jobs that don’t necessarily involve hands on work with horses.  If you’re seeking that new challenge for this year and have the skills/passion for any of these areas, take a look!

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” – Helen Thompson

Sable Island Horse Project

A friend recently suggested I might like to check out the Sable Island Horse Project on Facebook.  She was right!

I have previously written about equine preservation in Mongolia.  The idea of travelling here and taking part fascinates me!  A study is currently being carried out on the feral horses of Sable Island.  As it says on their website:

Sable Island is a 49 km-long, crescent-shaped sand bar located 160 km off the east coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Renowned for its windswept and grass-covered dunes, wild horses, and shipwrecks, Sable Island is as unique in character as it is in biological diversity.

The study is on the ecology of the island and these feral horses in particular.  If you have an interest in this area and perhaps are looking for a Ph. D. project, check out the details.

“Half the failures in life result from pulling in one’s horse when it is leaping.” – Author Unknown

Working Student Position in Germany

So this was shared in a group I’m on via Facebook and I thought it worth putting here!

We are looking for a working student to join our team in January. A live-in position in Tönisvorst, Germany with meals, training and a car. Possibility to take your own horse with. For more information email: info@mcleanreitsport.com or call Heidi +49 152 063 79 102

You can check out Mclean Reitsport via their website: http://www.mcleanreitsport.com/

Horse Welfare at the Brooke

Whilst reading Whispering Back, I was pleased to find reference to the Brooke, an equine organisation that focuses on:

We are an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities. We provide treatment, training and programmes around animal health and wellbeing, operating across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

If your passion is for horse welfare, particularly in third world countries, I encourage you to check out this organisation and the incredible work they do.  Perhaps you could even pursue the possibility of working with them or partnering financially?

Perhaps you may like to consider their varying volunteer opportunities.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkein

STUD STAFF REQUIRED Widden Stud Australia

Hi everyone!  This was sent as an email out to uni, so I thought I’d spread the word!

STUD STAFF REQUIRED
Widden Stud Australia requires an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated staff member to join our team. Staff will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of areas on farm.
These will include general duties such as general husbandry, feeding, vet work, working with mares, foals and yearlings along with associated tasks. Work with yearlings and have the opportunity to work at Gold Coast Magic Millions and Sydney Easter Yearling Sales.
The successful applicant must be able to work in a team environment and have some experience working with horses. This is a full time position with commencement in October/November 2015. An attractive salary package, including accommodation and other benefits is included. Applications in writing will be accepted by email: laura@widden.com Widden Stud Australia Pty Ltd Widden Valley Via DENMAN NSW 2328 T: 02 6549 9999; F: 02 6549 9900

On a side note – this place is gorgeous!  Remote, but a beautiful stud with some great stallions and opportunities for someone wanting to go far in the thoroughbred breeding world! 🙂

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