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  • Regular lessons with an Equestrian Canada Level 3 High Performance Coach

  • Board for one horse or a school horse to ride

  • Room and board for the student, along with laundry facilities.

  • A team environment

  • Opportunity to obtain rider certification levels

  • Opportunities to train for and obtain instructor or coaching certification

  • Competition and teaching opportunities are also possible for the right candidate.

  • Great learning environment with like-minded individuals

Sandridge has an active working student program.

The Working Student Philosophy

A working student position is not a job, but rather an opportunity to train under a professional to learn and polish skills at almost no cost to the student. As lessons and horses are expensive, it offers the dedicated student an opportunity to obtain their training in an affordable way. It is an intensive, equestrian immersion experience.

Many former Sandridge working students have said that it was a formative experience in their lives, and equestrian pursuits, and stay in touch for years afterwards.

A working student position is not for everyone. Those who succeed however find that they have gained tremendously not only in their riding but also in life skills. While there is no doubt that it is certainly hard work, we try to take opportunities for fun too. In the past, students have taken trips to Florida and throughout the U.S., Spruce Meadows, the Calgary Stampede, the Rocky Mountains (both wilderness and skiing excursions) and of course a variety of shows and training excursions. In the summer time, a weiner roast and campfire often finishes the day.


Generally 6-12 months in duration, there are 2 working student positions available at any one time. Students work 6 days per week with one day off. Duties include all barn chores, turning out horses, cleaning, painting, gardening and light maintenance tasks as well as riding horses. Students work in a group environment in exchange for their training and keep. Lessons may be on their own horse or a school horse.


To apply, please be prepared to submit a letter detailing your interest in a working student position along with a brief resume and at least 2 references, preferably one from within and one from outside the horse world. Applications may be emailed to Sandridge Stables.

the Life of a
Working Student

"Having determination and working hard are qualities Sandridge Stables taught me that are valuable in all aspects of life."


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