Duzan Riding Academy is always looking for Passionate, Hard Working, Friendly, and Fun Horse Professionals!
Available Paid Positions
*Working student options available in exchange for lessons/board.
Huntseat Riding Instructor
Caring, energetic, knowledgable individual to teach beginner through intermediate lessons 3-4 days per week. Instructor should be able to provide a solid foundation to young students, have tremendous patience, and be able to keep lessons fun, interesting, and tailored to the students’ needs and individual learning styles. Duzan Riding Academy provides instructors with curriculum and supplies, safe horses, and offers support with certifications, educational materials and exercises. All scheduling for lessons is completed through the office. There may be other opportunities involving coaching at shows, riding/training, and assisting with numerous educational programs for the right individual. This positions is for applicants age 18 and up. Applicants must have first aid, CPR, and concussion certification prior to the start of teaching lessons.
Horse experience required. Should have general knowledge of horse care, be able to recognize and solve problems, handle horses safely, clean stalls effectively, and feed horses carefully as we provide individual diets tailored to each horse that must be followed strictly. This position is for applicants age 16 and up.
Lesson Helpers manage the barn during lesson hours. Lesson Helpers supervise students as they tack up for lessons, and educate students on proper handling of the horse on the ground, as well as proper grooming and tacking. With the help of a student volunteer, the lesson helper must also keep the barn presentable, keep the barn running in an orderly fashion, get students into lessons on time, help perform safety checks before mounting, assist with mounting and adjusting stirrups, feed evening hay, fill water buckets, help with other barn chores as time permits, and communicate any issues or concerns to management. Applicants for this position should have general knowledge of horses, tacking up with english equipment, and be organized. This position is for applicants age 16 and up.
Summer Camp Counselors
Summer Camp runs in week long sessions for several weeks throughout the summer. Camp Counselors must have extensive knowledge of horse care and be able to communicate knowledge effectively to campers. Applicants should also be comfortable teaching riding lessons to beginner through intermediate students with the help of student volunteers as needed. Counselors are provided with curriculum, schedule, supplies, and workbooks. This position is for applicants 18 and up. Applicants must have first aid, CPR, and concussion certification prior to the start of camp.
Student volunteers are needed to help students tack for lessons and to assist the Lesson Helper (see duties above). This is a great opportunity for students looking for more time in the barn. These volunteers should be able to lead and handle horses safely, educate younger students on proper tacking, and help around the barn with chores that are assigned for the evening. Students who are capable of riding outside of a lesson will be offered a horse to ride for up to an hour on a scheduled time/day of the week if they would like. Student Volunteers must be in 6th grade or older, an be able to volunteer one weekday evening 4:30 to 7:30 or Saturday mornings.
Junior Summer Camp Counselors
Junior Summer Camp Counselors volunteer to help with our Beginner and Little Horse Lover camps. Junior Counselors should be current Duzan Riding Academy students, age 9 or older. Duties include helping tack and lead horses, and assisting with crafts, games, and educational activities. Junior Counselors need to have a general knowledge of horses and Duzan Riding Academy rules and functions. They must be of great assistance to the Summer Camp Counselor, and not a distraction! Junior Camp Counselors should be available for a week at a time. They may be offered extra riding time before or after camp (supervised by a parent) based on horse availability. Usually they must be able to ride more advanced horses/ponies since beginner mounts are required for most camps/lessons, and usually are not available for extra rides. At the end of the camp season, Duzan Riding Academy hosts a Junior Counselor Pizza Party with Mounted Games for all students who help during camp.
Fill out the Junior Camp Counselor Application. The Duzan Riding Academy office will then contact you to confirm your requested week(s), and will be accepting 2-3 helpers per week.
College Intenships may be paid or unpaid depending on the experience of the individual and what functions of the barn they would like to learn or practice. Working student options are available in exchange for lessons/board. Interns will have the opportunity to ride, train, teach, rehab horses, perform routine horse care, visit with vets, farriers, dentists, chiropractors, and massage therapists. Other functions such as managing the business, advertising/marketing, and curriculum development may be of interest as well. A program may be designed based on the individual’s goals.