Outfoxed Farm is dedicated to its working students. This is a perfect opportunity for young ambitious equestrians to gain experience in the dressage field. We can offer housing, the opportunity to improve their riding skills, the chance to compete, and "hands on" experience with quality horses and top professionals. Working hard but having fun is part of the package! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you supply a resume and video of your riding. You must be over 18 years. You will be classified as an Independent, not an employee.
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Advice on being a TOP Intern
Being a working student should be rewarding.
Want to be a working student? Want to know what it takes to excel at it. Read the following advice. It’s all important.
The decision. First you must decide if being a working student is something you are even interested in. KNOW it is going to be the toughest thing you have ever done in your life. You will get out of it, what you put in. Are you a timid person, rider? Do you hate asking questions? Do you hate being asked questions? Will a person yelling at you bother you? Do you have a hard time learning? Does criticism upset you? Do you have a boyfriend? Any of those, alone, can make it tough. If you add them together, it makes it very tough. After you have made the decision…think of what you want in a working student position. Then write down what you need. Remember, there are a lot of people out there who want to do the same thing. The top facilities and trainers have only so many openings.
You have made the decision that you can afford to do this, and want to do this. Now how do you go about getting the BEST possible match. Decide what you think you need to work on. Then start asking around. Do you need to know how to manage a huge barn? Are you good enough, and already at a level that working with an Olympic rider is top priority. Would you be better starting with someone smaller, who has more time to devote to you. Make a list, and make a call. If you are serious about this, you have to come across as being someone of VALUE. That you CAN do this. That YOU will ADD to that person's atmosphere.
If you go on an interview. LEAVE THE PHONE AT HOME. Don’t go broadcasting you are trying so and so and having an interview. Watch what is on your FB page. Lot of pics of you partying…clean it up. We LOOK. Dress appropriately. Be prompt. Bring the required items. Send a video ahead. No point in wasting anyone’s time. IF you can’t ride 2nd level, and they need that skill, don’t waste their time. Answer HONESTLY.
You are going to be a working student. YEAH! Now for the pointers on HOW TO BE INDISPENSABLE.
1. When you get there, don’t expect someone to roll out red carpet. You are on a “SHOW ME you are VALUABLE” stage. Jumping in to help, even after an 18 hour road trip, shows you mean business.
2. WRITE IT DOWN. At night, write down the things you learned during the day. Not just things to help you, but things to help them. Write down the horses, the owner's names, anything of value you were told. The person who can come on the second day of their stint, and say names of the horses, usually gets a lot out of the experience. You are not helpful if you keep forgetting things.
3. Pay attention to detail. Don’t leave the supplements at the bottom of the bucket you just emptied, get them out. Do make sure that the feed buckets are clean after you scrub them out. Take that rag, and wipe out the bucket before dumping water…These little things, mean a lot, and show you care, and take pride in your work.
4. WORK SMART, and FAST. Don’t walk from point A to point B with nothing in your hand. Have you ever NOT seen something that could be put away or picked up? Walk fast. I have had hip surgery, and if I can out walk a working student there is a problem. Don’t carrying a single bucket of grain, if you can carry 6, or use a cart. Walking back and forth is tiring and time consuming.
5. STAY OFF YOUR PHONE. Explain to friends and family that you love them, but if you are on a phone or texting, it is immensely time consuming, and disrespectful.
6. BE RESPECTFUL. Why bother coming otherwise. No one enjoys being disrespected. KEEP YOUR LIVING QUARTERS CLEAN. Accommodations are a privilege and should be kept clean, tidy and in good repair as respect to other roommates and owner of the property. This is someone's property! Make improvements and show that you respect value.
KEEP your OPINIONS to yourself. You aren’t there to tell the owner or rider what you think of their riding, training methods or how they run their barn. You are there to learn their methods. You can take what you learn home and use it, or not. That is your choice. Don't get caught up in barn drama or create any yourself. Gossip with clients and other workers is strictly frowned upon.
7. Get up early, stay late, and volunteer. I love the student who says, I CAN HANDLE THIS, I got it. And then has it.
8. Put in what you want out. Running a facility is NOT an easy thing. It’s not easy for the owners, the riders, the grooms. I guarantee you….if you give your best, you will take something home with you.
9. Stay. Yes, that is right, STAY. If you have committed to someone that you will stay for 3 months, a year or more. DO SO. The only person you are hurting if you leave is you. The rider has more coming down the pipeline. But you are the one hurt the most. Not only can that rider no longer give you a reference…but you just became a quitter.
10. Be responsible, and honest. Once you are known as a liar, it will be very very tough to get that trust back. Along with those same lines….admit to your mistakes. Guess what, we all make them. Mistakes don't matter, corrections matter.
11. TEAMWORK !!!!! Work respectfully with others. A team is only as strong as it's weakest member. Don't be the weak link.
Last. Don’t expect everything. Some days are very hard…other days you may get the world. Don’t expect to ride the top horse in the barn. It’s risky putting someone on one of the best horses we own. If you are blessed to get to walk that horse for it’s morning hacks, take that for the compliment it is. There is nothing worse for a trainer to find out, that a Working Studentis upset they aren’t getting to ride the top horses. Years and years of work go into the making of a top level horse. One small step can ruin that horse….but if you stop expecting…then you will find lots of surprises in store!!!
These are some great pointers….run with them. And go be the next big working student.
Testimonials from current and past and present working students of Outfoxed Farm.
Thank you so much for everything you've done for me and my riding! You by far have been the most influential person in my equine career teaching me down the the basics of good horsemanship. You are truly and amazing trainer and person and I'm lucky to have learned as much as I have from you and will take it wherever the horse world takes me. I have and always will consider you and Outfoxed Farm my second family (home away from home). Hope you continue to spread your knowledge and love for your horses with other working students like me! Again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU - We'll stay in touch until our paths cross again! Love you and the farm always! Miss you already!
The months I spent working at Outfoxed Farm and training with Carol were truly the time of my life.
When I first arrived I wasn't sure whether I would be able to meet her high expectations, but she made me feel very welcome at the farm, went out of her way to help me grow as an equestrian and encouraged me to dream big.
Carol is without a doubt the best instructor I have ever trained with, and thanks to her my riding improved more than I ever could have hoped. I'm incredibly grateful for all the effort she put into my training and giving me the chance to ride all these quality horses.
When I first rode with my German trainer again after going home, he told me that he was very impressed with the progress I had made.
One of many highlights of my stay (apart from the Christmas quadrille, going to NEDA and so many others) was getting to compete in the Halloween show, especially doing 3rd level with Willy, which was a dream come true as he is just the most perfect school master and sweetest pony.
Carol, thank you for teaching me so much, giving me the opportunity to come back and most importantly for being the best boss EVER!
This is not good bye, but just see you soon! <3
I wanted to have a working student experience for a very long time. When I finally found Outfoxed farm’s working student program, I knew it was the place for me! After exchanging a few emails with Carol I came to visit for a day and that visit made me want to go even more. The place was so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to start working there! I couldn’t say enough about what those couple of months meant to me. My job included everyday barn work, turning horses in and out, riding, grooming and essentially taking care of the horses and boarders needs. I have learned so much thanks to Carol and the staff on so many levels, from the work and my knowledge of horses to my riding. Carol is an amazing rider and teacher and I loved every lesson I had the chance of having with her. It was a pleasure to work in such a great environment. I even had the chance to go see a Dressage Show in Central Park thanks to the generosity of two boarders. It has been a truly wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world! The horses are all great and the people are so friendly, it really feels like a family. I am so pleased I made the choice to go to Outfoxed Farm and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.
When I decided to work at Outfoxed Farm for my last winter break of college, I certainly knew what I was getting myself into. Having completed previous working student positions at other elite dressage facilities, I was well aware of the amount of work I was jumping into. When I arrived I immediately felt like I was joining the Outfoxed “family”. Everyone was eager to introduce themselves and made me feel very welcomed right away and over my holiday stay. I loved the boarders and embraced the variety of personalities among them and their horses. The high quality of sales and boarder horses at Outfoxed Farm made my time even more rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons and time in the saddle learning Carol’s teaching style and different approaches she used in her program. Each of the horses I rode was at a different place in the training tree and it was a joy to see the progression over my time spent there.
There was a surplus of learning opportunities available daily either in the saddle or in the barn. My job included everyday barn duties, feeding supplements and medications, riding and training the horses, and tending to the boarders needs. At Outfoxed farm I developed another vital learning experience of being ready and prepared at any moment for equine related medical emergencies. The care of the horses is absolutely essential, and the horses always came first, as any professional facility should.
Carol’s generosity and warm hearted humor made the days fly by and my fellow staff members were extremely hardworking and went about their days in a pleasant manner too. The positive environment at Outfoxed allowed for everyone to express their personalities and made me feel all the more welcomed. The farm was truly a learning environment and has definitely prepared me to enter the professional equine world. I hope to take what I learned during this time and apply this to any equestrian endeavors I may face in the future.
My first riding lesson with Carol went better than I could have ever hoped. Up until I took my first lesson from her, I was a Hunt Seat Equitation rider, but it did not take long before I began to shed the title of a hunter, to try to emulate the qualities of a dressage rider. Carol is without a doubt the best trainer I have ever gotten to ride under. She was always patient when explaining a new concept to me, and never got angry when either my horse or I had a hard time executing an exercise perfectly. Dressage was new to both me and my horse and there were many days when it seemed like I enjoyed it more than my horse did, but Carol’s calmness and methodical teachings always made my horse and I feel comfortable no matter how overwhelming a single task seemed. Now that I have returned home, I have found it impossible to find a trainer that is comparable to Carol. Every time I have a struggle with my horse, I do my best to let her voice of reason fill my head, in efforts to get the results I would get in one of my lessons with her. Now when I introduce myself to someone, and the topic of riding comes up, I tell him or her that I ride dressage.
The lessons I learned in my experience with Carol and Outfoxed farm will last a lifetime. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to learn so much from so many people."
"Every moment I spent at Outfoxed was a wonderful learning experience
that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. I still can't believe I got so much out of the two months.The work is not always easy but it is definitely worth all the effort. The people are such a blessing; boarders and staff alike. Everyone pulls together to help this place look beautiful and run smoothly. The horses and the facilities are absolutely gorgeous and create a perfect learning environment. During my time at Outfoxed, I learned so much about efficient barn management, riding well, and about myself. Carol really helped me fill in some of the gaps in my riding to give me a solid knowledge & skill base so that I could move forward with confidence. Every lesson with her was challenging but I never left the arena without a smile and a sense of accomplishment. I believe the most valuable lesson I learned at Outfoxed, that cannot be learned in a classroom, is how to be a professional in the horse world. You have to be adaptable while still having a plan. You have to gentle and positive while still being firm and honest. I have learned so much from Outfoxed Farm and would recommend that anyone serious about working hard and learning a lot should go there as a working student.
~ Jessica Wells"
I'm Jenna from Finland, and I found Carol Seaman's fabulous dressage farm from the internet. After exchanging emails with Carol and some of her other working students, I decided on a 3 month position at Outfoxed Farm. Carol and her staff gave me a warm welcome and helped me feel at home. Every day I became more experienced working with such wonderful dressage horses. My best lessons were when I rode the older schoolmasters when I learned to do flying changes, half passes, canter pirouettes, and even piaffe and passage! Carol is a wonderful rider, teacher and friend. She taught me more about riding horses than I could ever learn at home. I went to Dressage at Devon and audited a Gunnar Ostergaard and Dressage Naturally clinic. I even competed in the Halloween Dressage Festival and performed a wonderful quadrille with the other working students. We had so much fun with that. During my free time I was able to visit New York City, go out to restaurants with the other students, a Bon Jovi Concert and even experience Thanksgiving with Carol, Jim and their family. I miss very much my new friends and hope I will have a chance to someday come back. Those 3 months were truly memorable and I recommend this barn to anyone.
Returning to work for the trainer who sparked my passion for Dressage as a 12 year old girl has proven to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. Carol's success as a businesswoman, unfaltering work ethic and commitment to her students make her an ideal role model and teacher. From my time at Outfoxed, I've developed ground manners that are priceless and skills that have made me a more confident and versatile person. From time in the saddle, and through the process of patience and adaption, I've learned to become sensitive to each horse as an individual. This validates Carol's point that if you are receptive, "They all teach you something different." As a student I've been lucky enough to work with such respected professionals as Gunnar Ostergaard, Sabine Schut-Kery, and Tom Noone. This has been a huge catalyst for my development as a rider and a great source of inspiration. Whether riding bareback, schooling in a double bridle, hacking out in the field or performing in an exhibition, it's amazing how many opportunities have come my way and how much I've learned in the process. Outfoxed Farm taught me about discipline, the benefits of hard work and the joy of laughter. The community is wonderful and I would recommend this farm to an interested boarder in a heartbeat. I am so thankful for the generosity that Carol and Jim have shown me over the years and wish them the best of luck for their future.
As an Equine Management, Equestrian Management, and Equine Facilitated Therapeutics major at Wilson College, I wanted a summer job that would provide me with hands-on experience to further develop my horse skills. During my sophomore year at Wilson College, I began searching for working student positions when I stumbled across the Outfoxed Farm website. Not knowing much about dressage, I decided to e-mail Carol anyway. After several e-mails and a visit to the farm, it was all set for me to begin working in May 2004 and for my own horse to accompany me.
For my first day of work I was nervous and shy yet the Outfoxed Farm staff and clients welcomed me with arms wide open. I found the work to be challenging and rewarding. I was responsible for feeding, grooming, tacking-up horses, lunging, occasionally riding, and other jobs relating to the care of the horses and maintenance of the facility. I would sometimes accompany Carol to shows.
Carol was a wonderful employer and instructor. She gives her working students wonderful opportunities to improve their horsemanship skills. I had the opportunity to ride in clinics, lessons and compete in shows. Ginger, my horse, and I knew very little about dressage yet that did not keep Carol from coaching us on a weekly basis. She taught me and my horse so much about dressage that I have come to love the sport more than I ever thought I would. Also, I rode Ginger in two clinics with Tom Noone which was a wonderful learning experience.
When someone asks me how my summer went I can simply reply "Incredible." This experience will forever be remembered by me. The opportunities are endless at Outfoxed Farm for someone who is dedicated, ambitious, and hard working. I cannot wait to return.
Working at the Outfoxed Farm was a great opportunity to improve my English skills, to learn how to deal with horses and to get to know the American way of life.
Carol is a really good teacher and she helped me a lot to improve my riding although I just stayed there for four weeks. Not only my riding, my English became much better, thanks to the Outfoxed team, Carol and Jim and furthermore, the great atmosphere simplified my learning.
But most important, it was a good experience to me and I met great personalities among the people I worked with. I would have loved to be there longer, nevertheless I am thankful for the four weeks I stayed with the Outfoxed team.
When I graduated high school in 2000 I went right to the University of Findlay to double major in Equestrian Studies and Equestrian Business Management, knowing that I wanted a career with horses. However after my first year I knew that this was not the route for me to accomplish my goals. It was much to slow. I needed a more hands on approach. Searching online for different horse related summer jobs I found Outfoxed Farm. After emailing a few times with Carol Seaman everything was set up and I came to work in the spring of 2001.
From the beginning I have been enjoying many unique experiences. I have gotten to attend many shows in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Virginia. I have participated in clinics with Dr. Max Gahwyler, Gunnar Ostergaard, and Tom Noone. I have ridden a variety of horses, including customers horses, sale horses and even Carol's mare, At Ease. This past season I participated in numerous shows with "Easy", including Dressage at Saratoga, the NEJR/YR Championships and the Regional Championships. On a more daily basis I have worked on everything in lessons from getting a horse long and low, to riding my first half-pirouettes and tempi changes. The people at the farm are great, and the work is fun. It was a great experience and I have learned lots! I will miss all the people and horses at Outfoxed Farm!!
I was in my third year of school at Delaware Valley College in PA, working toward a degree in Equine Science when I came to Outfoxed Farm on a two-month internship over the summer. I saw the ad in a newsletter and jumped at the chance to work at a dressage barn. Up until that point I had only worked at hunter/jumper schooling barns. Outfoxed was a very different experience in the way the clients and horses were treated and cared for. It was all very positive, the level of professionalism was high, and it made me think that this was the right way a barn should be run. Carol was a wonderful person to work for, and very willing to teach me anything to better my skills-from riding, to the correct way to wrap a horse’s leg.
My duties included grooming, turnout, lounging, feeding, and exercise riding. Going to shows was a busy, but fun and enjoyable experience. I worked along side great people, and the clients were so very relaxed and friendly that the overall internship was educational as well as gratifying.
The summer before my junior year of high school, I started working at Outfoxed as a working-student. As an eventer, my exposure to dressage had been limited, but, enjoying what little I had done, I decided to call Carol. My first day had to be the longest day in history; I honestly thought it would never end. There were so many new faces and names to learn, not to mention the horses. But Carol, and the Outfoxed staff helped me through those first days, and I slowly became accustomed to the early mornings and long days. In fact they no longer seemed lengthy at all. I loved, and continue to love everything about Outfoxed. Everyone, both boarders and staff, are so helpful, and giving. The opportunities I met working with Carol were endless. I had the chance to ride some of the nicest horses I have ever encountered, clinicians came often, and in August, I showed with the farm at NEYRC. Everyday I learned something new, and while I still may not be a dressage-queen, the difference in my riding was visible. All the knowledge I gained on the flat easily transferred to my jumping, making it the most worthwhile thing I could have done for my riding. The three months I spent with Carol and Outfoxed were not enough, and given the chance, I would jump at the opportunity to repeat my amazing summer.
After I finished my apprenticeship, I was searching for a way to combine my passion for horses with a new experience for my life. Because I didn't have the opportunity of riding in the last year, I missed the work and the contact with horses very much. At that time I found the Outfoxed Farm homepage and read about the working student program. That seemed to be a good way to learn new things about the work with horses and furthermore to improve my English and to get to know another country. With the friendly help of Carol everything was set up and I went to America for three month. Right from the first moment of my arriving, I was impressed of the helpfulness and kindness of Carol’s family, employees and boarders. I learned a lot about the care, feeding and handling of horses and could improve my riding a lot with Carols support. At my time at Outfoxed I had the chance to see different clinics with well known teachers, accompany Carol and her students to impressing horseshows and to join the Halloween schooling show. The work was always much fun, the atmosphere was very friendly and I had three great months! I am very grateful for my staying at Outfoxed Farm and I will miss all the wonderful people and horses (especially TE :-).
Bella Maus - Germany
This summer I finished my high school in Germany. I decided that I wanted to go into the horse business and that I would like to go to the United States for a few months. I did both! I contacted Carol Seaman on a Monday, and everything sounded so good that on the following Wednesday, I was on a plane to America! During my work stay, I went to a couple of shows like the Regional Championships at OxRidge. That was a great experience for me. Twice I rode in clinics with Gunnar Ostergaard. I even audited a Conrad Schumacher clinic. I also got to ride some of the "full service" horses which are trained anywhere from Training Level to the FEI levels. I enjoyed everything whether it was grooming, going on trail rides or taking lessons. It was a lot of fun and I got a lot more experienced while I was there."
Vanessa Lucey (Hubbard)
I started at Outfoxed farm eleven years ago when I was thirteen years old. From the beginning, I learned the basic horsemanship and skills needed to become a serious rider. I soon became serious about competing dressage and as a young rider moved up through the levels. Every summer I worked as a working student and each was a unique and fun filled experience. During the school year I worked on the weekends. Showing at the Regional Championships,Dressage at Devon, and the Northeast Junior Young Rider championships were all goals I could not have achieved without the motivation and guidance of Carol Seaman. I learned how to ride green horses as well as how to perfect my skills on FEI schoolmasters. I have also had the privilege of working with wonderful clinicians such as Gunnar Ostergaard on a regular basis. Being a working student is fun as well as educational and I believe anyone can benefit from the working student experience at Outfoxed Farm.
The last three months ran just so fast and now they are over.. Outfoxed farm thank you for that wonderful time. It was a pleasure to meet all of the terrific personalities and of course horses! I enjoyed the time and I am sure I will never forget it! Will miss u all and hope we will see us someday again ~ Nina Forg, Germany