Life at Hilltop
Hilltop offers the opportunity to be a part of a world-class facility filled with top FEI horses, renowned stallions, and quality broodmares and young horses. Nestled in the hills of northern Maryland for 30 years, Hilltop is a well-established leader in the sporthorse world with many of our staff being part of the team for over a decade. Staff work alongside leading professionals in a friendly team environment that understands the importance of continuing education in the workplace.
Current Employment Opportunities
Dressage Groom (Full-Time)
Join our professional team and be a part of an industry-leading sporthorse breeding and training operation! Hilltop is seeking an experienced dressage groom to be based in Maryland year-round with some weekend travel to both local and out-of-state USDF/USEF shows. The position primarily works with a string of 10-12+ horses ranging from young horses being started undersaddle to FEI competition horses and includes mares, geldings, and stallions. Applicant must be experienced with show grooming, possess solid horse handling skills, enjoy working in fast-paced, team environment, and have a valid US driver’s license. Preference for applicants with young horse/stallion experience. Duties include grooming, tacking/untacking, serving as the ground person for young horse starting, clipping, braiding, wrapping, administering basic therapies, etc. Position is a 6-day work week with a full job description available here.
Competitive compensation package includes:
- Competitive salary
- On-site housing with standard utilities available if desired
- Paid vacation/sick days and holidays
- Health insurance/401K (after respective probationary periods)
- Discounted horse board/lessons (dependent on availability)
- Weekly staff lesson (with own horse)
House Keeping (Part-Time)
Looking for a part-time job that offers a flexible schedule? Hilltop Farm is seeking a housekeeper to maintain the office, bathrooms, and general use spaces of our facility through regular 2-3x/week cleanings. A flexible schedule is offered with the general expectation of 10 hours spread out reasonably throughout the week within the business hours of 6 am – 4 pm. General duties include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, emptying trash bins, cleaning restrooms, and misc. cleaning projects. Cleaning supplies are provided. Ideal candidate must be able to work independently, demonstrate attention to detail, be reliable, and provide a resume with references. Starting rate of $14/hour.
Current Working Student & Internships Opportunities
Working Student (6 month commitment)
Are you an aspiring dressage professional looking for the right opportunity to develop your skills? Hilltop is looking for a working student to work closely with our training team! The position will enhance your dressage theory and skills through hands-on experience at a top sporthorse training and breeding operation with the opportunity to work around a wide variety of horses including competition horses, young horses, and stallions. Regular duties include grooming/clipping/tacking the performance horses in their daily routine, supporting the trainers at recognized shows, and general barn duties. Stall cleaning is not a regular responsibility in this position. We understand that riding is an important part of a working student position and offer an intensive training program which includes stall board and instruction-based training on your horse. This position requires a six-month commitment and is based on a six-day work week. Ideal applicants should have strong handling skills, a solid foundation in dressage, and an open desire to learn.
Learning Opportunities & Benefits:
- Full instruction-based training with stall board
- Possibility to attend USEF/USDF recognized shows
- Support clinics/workshops/breed inspections
- Bi-weekly stipend of $500
- On-site shared housing (private bedroom/shared living space) with standard utilities
- Vacation/sick days and holidays