Internships and Working Student Opportunities

As a leader in the sporthorse industry, Hilltop Farm is committed to the growth of our sport, and as such, is excited to announce a new internship and working student program in 2017 featuring extensive educational offerings to help develop the next generation of industry leaders. Two tracks are available- internships and working student positions. Both tracks offer unique opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience with top FEI competition horses, renowned stallions, and quality broodmares and young horses.

While general hiring periods are posted below, we always welcome resume submissions and have starting date flexibility for the right candidates. We would love to hear from you!

Submit your resume to info@hilltopfarminc.com.

Internship Offerings

Internships are offered on a year-round basis with rotating start times depending on the position. As Hilltop Farm’s tag line- “the Complete Sporthorse Center”- implies, we have diverse offerings that require sufficient time to learn the comprehensive workings of our elite sporthorse operation and are structured as a 12-month commitment. While all internships will have the opportunity to experience the different departments and gain a comprehensive view of the farm, two areas of concentration are offered.

Equine Management

 If you are looking for an overview of the sporthorse industry to branch into a career as a stable manager or equine professional, here’s the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience at one of the top performance operations in the nation.  Learn how to manage the health care for competition horses, daily operational needs for a world-class facility, and gain the experience necessary to launch a career in the sporthorse world.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Hands-on daily horse care for top competition horses
  • Administer medications
  • Assist vets, farriers, and therapists as needed
  • Participate in AHS/ARS and ISR/Oldenburg Inspections
  • Learn basic stallion management
  • Teach foals/young horses handling and grooming
  • Potential to attend recognized USEF/USDF Shows 

Time Focus:

Dependent on intern’s interests and Hilltop’s schedule, the below approximate percentage of time will be spent in the following areas:

  • Stable Management: 65%
  • Administration: 15%
  • Young Horses: 10%
  • Broodmares/Foals: 10%

Application Acceptance Dates:

Accepting applications through August 15, 2017

Submit your resume to info@hilltopfarminc.com 

Internship Start/End Dates:

While there is some flexibility to the start/end time of our internships, the general timeline for this internship starts August 2017 and ends September 2018.

 


Young Horse/Breeding Management

 Strategic young horse development, basic stallion management, and broodmare breeding are all included in this in-depth look at the life-cycle of a sporthorse breeding program. This concentration will give you hands-on opportunities to work with young horses from foals to three-year-olds and teach the foundational building blocks young horses will utilize for the rest of their lives. Opportunities to follow a mare through the process of insemination to foaling and learn basic stallion management will also be incorporated throughout the internship.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Participate in AHS/ARS and ISR/Oldenburg Inspections
  • Possibility to attend USEF/USDF Recognized Breed Shows
  • Teach foals/young horses basic handling and grooming
  • Prep young horses for shows
  • Follow a mare’s breeding cycling from insemination to foaling
  • Learn stallion management techniques

Time Focus:

Dependent on intern’s interests and Hilltop’s schedule, the below approximate percentage of time will be spent in the following areas:

  • Broodmares / Foals: 60%
  • Young Horses: 20%
  • Administration: 10%
  • Stable Management: 10%

Application Acceptance Dates:

Young Horse/Breeding Management Intern 1: Accepting applications through July 20, 2017

Young Horse/Breeding Management Intern 2: Accepting applications through April 15, 2018

Submit your resume to info@hilltopfarminc.com

Internship Start/End Dates:

While there is some flexibility to the start/end time of our internships, the general timeline for this internship are: 

Young Horse/Breeding Management Intern 1: August 2017 – July 2018

Young Horse/Breeding Management Intern 2: May 2018 – April 2019

 


Working Student Opportunities

The working student position is unique from the internships as it is geared for the up and coming training professionals. Two areas of focus are offered- 1) Dressage- for those looking to grow a riding career and 2) Sporthorse Handling- for those looking to enhance their professional in-hand presentation skills for the purposes of breed shows and inspections.

Dressage Working Student

 As a working student, you will enhance your dressage knowledge, theory, and skills through daily hands-on experience with some of the top competition horses and FEI riders in the nation. The primarily focus will be Hilltop’s training department with opportunities to prep and attend recognized shows as well as gain a comprehensive view of developing competition horses from foals to the show ring. We understand that riding is an important part of a working student position, which is why field board and 2x/weekly lessons on your own horse are included.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Possibility to attend USEF/USDF Recognized Shows
  • Observe international clinics/workshops
  • Prep competition horses for shows
  • Assist in managing FEI horses daily routines
  • Participate in AHS/ARS and ISR/Oldenburg Inspections
  • Opportunity to bring your own horse (field board included)
  • 2x/weekly lessons on your own horse 

Time Focus:

Dependent on intern’s interests and Hilltop’s schedule, the below approximate percentage of time will be spent in the following areas:

  • Training Department: 70%
  • Stable Management: 20%
  • Young Horses: 5%
  • Broodmares / Foals: 5%

Application Acceptance Dates: 

Accepting applications through August 15, 2017

Submit your resume to info@hilltopfarminc.com

Internship Start/End Dates:

While there is some flexibility to the start/end time of our working students, the general timeline for this position is August 2017 – September 2018.

 


Sporthorse Handling Working Student

 Have a passion for working with young horses to teach them handling basics such as walking/trotting in-hand, responding to aids, and respect of space? Here’s your opportunity to work with quality young horses from foals to three-year-olds and have direct training guidance by one of the top handlers in the nation, Michael Bragdell.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Participate in AHS/ARS and ISR/Oldenburg Inspections
  • Possibility to attend USEF/USDF Recognized Breed Shows
  • Teach foals/young horses basic handling and grooming
  • Prep young horses for shows
  • Opportunity to bring your own horse (field board included)
  • 2x/weekly handling lessons

Time Focus:

Dependent on intern’s interests and Hilltop’s schedule, the below approximate percentage of time will be spent in the following areas:

  • Young Horses: 70%
  • Broodmares / Foals: 10%
  • Stable Management: 10%
  • Training Department: 10% 

Application Acceptance Dates: 

Accepting applications through February 15, 2018

Submit your resume to info@hilltopfarminc.com

Internship Start/End Dates:

While there is some flexibility to the start/end time of our working students, the general timeline for this position starts April 2018 and ends March 2019.

 


Compensation Package

Hands-on Training
Hilltop Farm Internships offer hands-on learning opportunities from some of the top sporthorse professionals. Perfect for college students looking to bolster the resume with “real-world” experience at a world-class sporthorse operation after graduation or a college alternative for young but experienced equestrians to dive straight into the premier sporthorse world. 

Regular Education Sessions
Education is an integral piece of our internships, and as such, we devote regular meetings exclusively towards your education. These meetings will focus on specific educational topics for about 45 mins followed by an additional 15 minutes of general conversation about the internship process and setting attainable weekly goals to achieve your objectives for this internship.

Regular Observation Time
While you will pick-up many educational pieces throughout the week, a regularly scheduled observation time allows you time to focus learning the inner-workings of the farm’s operations such as stallion collections, young horse starting techniques, and vet exams.

Housing
 On-site, non-smoking housing is available with basic utilities included (trash, water, and electric).  Cable/internet is available at your own expense.  Housing will be shared with 2-3 interns, and have a private bedroom and shared living quarters/bathroom. No pets. 

Stipend
$850/month stipend to cover basic living expenses

Personal Days: 5 days  / Sick Days: 5 days  / Holidays:  6 days
With the internship duration of 12 months, a set number of sick days/vacation days will be included in your internship package. Hilltop offers 6 staff holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) where a lighter feeding only schedule is required.

Horse Field Board

  • Working Students- are permitted to bring a horse to Hilltop Farm for field board which is included as a benefit of being a working student. Stall board may be available (dependent on availability) if the working student covers the difference in board rates.
  • Interns-  are permitted to bring a horse to Hilltop Farm for field board provided at a discounted rate of with the limit of 1 horse/intern during their internship duration.

Lessons

  • Working Students- Receive 2x/week lessons respective of their position (i.e. riding or handling).
  • Interns-  Weekly group staff lessons are available on your own horse. Additional lessons are available on your own horse at the discounted rate. Lessons are limited to one lesson per week dependent on trainer’s schedule.   

Requirements

  • 12 month commitment – Average 40 hours/week. During foaling session (March – June) interns/working students will cover one evening of foal watch each week.
  • 18 Yrs Old & Over
  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • US Resident