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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! 🙂

Colts and Fillies Labour Hire

What Horse job do you Dream of Getting?

Well if you’re seeking work in the horse industry (or seeking employees!) you may be interested in finding out about Colts and Fillies Labour Hire.

I love finding businesses that are working to promote positions in the horse industry, and find suitable workers for horse employers.

If you’re seeking work, why not sign up with them today and provide your resume?  You never know where it could lead!

This business is Australian in its location, but does cater to international queries, too.

Equestrian Manager, Polo Club in China

I’ve just received an email about a job opportunity and thought this one worth sharing!  To sum it up:

Job content and responsibility –

  1. Primarily to implement the department training programme.
  2. Advise on the preparation of materials for the training programme.
  3. To train daily, the junior staff and trainees in the department, following the direction of the Director of Stable Operations.
  4. To ride and train the equestrian horses that the club has, including dressage and jumping
  5. To re-school some of the polo ponies, teaching them dressage and jumping and to be suitable for members lessons.
  6. Horse care and stable management on a daily basis, including some daily yard duties.
  7. Report on the performance and progress of the horses and classes
  8. Teach member lessons when required.
  9. Co-ordinate the arrangements for Stable Operations part in Junior Equestrian & Polo Programme (JEPP)
  10. Develop the equestrian Services department as the occasion arises with the Director of Stable Operations.
  11. Assist with the planning and running of the 2017 Chinese National Equestrian Games.

Educational   background and professional knowledge demand –

Educated to Degree Level, any subject.
BHS Stage 3 or Pony Club B Test or above
PTT qualification is preferred.

Professional   skill demand –

Capable of Jumping 1.10m courses
Able to school horses to Medium level Dressage
English speaker
Clear communicator  Working   experience demand5 + years experience working with   competition sports horses.
Practiced instructor, dressage and show jumping
Competition experience
Experience of breaking and/or re-training horses
To have managed a yard of horses before
Some event management experience beneficial

Other demand

Microsoft Office computer skills
Overseas experience is preferable
Some Mandarin and/or Spanish language skills would be beneficial

This position is for the Metropolitan Polo Club in Tianjin, China.  It is a 3 year contract offering 35000RMB/Month Gross = approx. 3500GBP (approx. 3000GBP/ month net, depending on exchange rate); 20 days holiday per year /  11 days national holiday per year /  1 return flight per year to your country of residence /  Time off in lieu for overtime.

To discuss this opportunity further please contact John Fisher, Director of Stable Operations, attaching your current CV: johnfisher@metropolitanpoloclub.com

Equine Travel Agent

Recently I had Twin Work and Volunteer follow me on Twitter.  Curious to see if they had any horse related GAP travels or paid work, I did a search and found they do!

Now I’ve touched on equestrian tourism before, but thought I’d bring it up as a potential niche market for a career again.  For someone who loves horses, loves travelling and gets along with people, this could be an area of interest to pursue as a possible line of work.  How wonderful to be able to offer people an equine related experience in the form of:

  • GAP years after school
  • Experiencing horse work in another country, such as a jackaroo/jillaroo in Australia, polo work in Argentina or dressage work in Germany
  • Trail rides in different countries
  • Carriage rides around states or territories
  • Horse breed learning opportunities
  • Opportunities to ride varying disciplines across Europe
  • The chance to witness the world’s greatest races

Horse museums could be visited, horse art galleries and much more.  To be someone in the know about all things horses around the world would be of great benefit to such a job.

“As they run through arenas and open fields, past mountains and seas, moving like the wind toward heaven, we travel with them, if only in our hearts.” – Author unknown

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