Wandered up Euroa way on Friday night to catch up with some mates before heading on to one of my last classes for my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment on Saturday in Shepparton. Of course talk turned to horses as we’re all in the industry and a few little birdies told me of how many studs are looking for workers at the moment.
So if you’re looking for work on a Thoroughbred stud and are able to get yourself to Victoria, Australia, perhaps it’d be worth contacting the likes of Blue Gum Farm, Fulmen Park, Rangal Park or one of the others surrounding the area.
Or if you’re a bit of a fan of foal watch (the season is only a few months away) it may be worth heading up Hunter Valley way in New South Wales. I’ve shied away from stud work this year to be able to teach but have also found it easy to earn more money for less hours doing office administration work part time. I find it infuriating that I can earn more doing something that requires less skill as far as I’m concerned and that I don’t enjoy as much but while saving for a house, will continue to do this work.
One of the same little birdies mentioned that the industry is short on night staff for foal watch at the moment and in the season just passed, night staff were making $200 a night, working four nights on, four nights off. Now I wouldn’t complain about a weekly wage of $800 with four days worth of work!
If you’re looking for stud work in Australia, consider one of these two states that are desperately seeking workers.
“Once a horse is born, someone will be found to ride it” – Hebrew Proverb