Internship Opportunities

As a leader in the sporthorse industry, Hilltop Farm is committed to the growth of our sport, and as such, is excited to  offer extensive educational offerings to help develop the next generation of industry leaders. Two internship tracks are available- Equine Management and Broodmare & Young Horse Management. Both tracks offer unique opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience with top competition horses, renowned stallions, and quality broodmares and young horses. 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 six 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.

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!

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%
  • Broodmares/Young Horses: 25%
  • Administration: 10%

Application Acceptance Dates: Currently accepting applications for Spring 2020 – Winter 2020. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Operations Director

While general hiring periods are posted above, we always welcome resume submissions and have starting date flexibility for the right candidates. For future consideration, please submit your resume to the Operations Director

 


Broodmare/Young Horse 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/Young Horses: 75%
  • Administration: 10%
  • Stable Management: 15%

Application Acceptance Dates:

Currently FILLED for the Spring 2020 – Winter 2020. 

While general hiring periods are posted above, we always welcome resume submissions and have starting date flexibility for the right candidates. For future consideration, please submit your resume to the Operations Director


Requirements

  • 6 month commitment – Average 45 hours/week. During foaling session, interns will cover one evening of foal watch each week.
  • 18 Yrs Old & Over
  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • US Resident

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,  regular 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 a private bedroom and shared living quarters/bathroom. No pets. 

Stipend
$850/month stipend to cover basic living expenses

Vacation / Sick Time
With the internship duration of 6 months, you will have access to three sick days and three vacation days for your internship’s duration.