Working Student/Fellowship

The Scattered Acres Fellowship is an experiential learning program focused on riding instruction and comprehensive professional development in the equine industry. We prefer our applicants have at least two years of riding and horse care experience and commit to a one-year fellowship but will consider shorter durations as well. Our curriculum and focus is calibrated for each individual depending on their experience, the duration of their commitment and their goals. All fellows are instructed in the fundamentals of equine care, barn management, riding instruction, horse training, competition grooming and equestrian business management. Intensive daily riding lessons from the founder and owner of Scattered Acres, Autumn Rae, will focus on elevating our fellows to be competent and competitive equestrians in dressage, stadium and cross country jumping. We are located in the geographic heart of eventing, dressage and hunter jumper country so there will be ample opportunities to attend and perhaps compete in local USEA, USDF, USHJA, competitions. Additional educational activities will include reading assignments, various clinics and working with our on-site non-profit HEAL which is an equine assisted learning and psychotherapy organization working to assist veterans and first responders. There is no shortage of opportunities to learn and advance here at Scattered Acres. Fellows are immediately immersed in the responsibilities of operating a busy riding stable and contribute to the efforts of our professional team. Our fellows benefit tremendously from this intensive practical experience and leave prepared for many possibilities in the equine industry. Please see our website for more information.
5 days per week working schedule. Length of commitment: 1 to 2 semesters preferred. Or 6-12 months as a working student. Fellows and working students have the opportunity to extend their stay if it is a good fit for long term employment. Must have a minimum of 10,000 recent hours of horse care and riding experience to be a good fit for the job.
Fellows share quarters with one other working student. The room is the size of a large dorm room, with an attached office and lounge with kitchen and bathroom. Utilities and living quarters are free of charge as part of the program. Fellows are welcome to bring a horse, though it is not necessary for program.
Scattered Acres is a beautiful 48-acre farm between Manassas and Warrenton, Virginia. We currently have 36 horses on our property, most of which are high performance competition horses. We have been in business for over 15 years and have built a reputation for extremely high quality training and coaching, impeccable management of our facility and excellent care for our horses. We take pride in providing a professional and peaceful atmosphere and offer a multitude of educational opportunities and services for our clients and fellows. We consider our stable community to be a family of impassioned riders who work together to accomplish whatever goals they hope to achieve.
Fellowship/working student benefits include: • 5 riding lessons per week • 10 hours barn management instruction per week • Free on-site lodging with all utilities included • Reading materials provided -and- • Monthly stipend of $450 upon proven proficiency -or- • Free field board for 1 horse upon proven proficiency • Free hauling to competitions and XC training
In addition to the monthly stipend, once fellows are able to teach lessons at Scattered Acres, they are paid for the lessons they give starting at $18/45 minutes. Lessons taught are in addition to normal working hours. The value of this fellowship (not including stipend and pay earned for giving lessons) is approximately $53,850 for one year stay.
Please email your resume, cover letter, and a riding video to [email protected]
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Job Details

  • Catlett, Virginia
  • 1-2 Years Experience
  • Internship
  • Date Posted: June 24, 2024
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