A limited number of working students are accepted into our program each year. The High Knoll Working Student Program is a commitment and responsibility. We look for lesson students who are interested in fine tuning and expanding on their riding, training, and horsemanship skills. The working students gain valuable insight and hands-on skills, and work alongside and learn from a staff of proven equine professionals. To be eligible for the working student program applicants must be a minimum of 14 years old, holding appropriate grades in school, be enrolled in the High Knoll lesson program, and have reliable transportation to and from the barn on their shift and lesson days.
This is an educational program only, and working students volunteer only in exchange for valuable experience in the equine industry on and off the horse. Many working students are working for references to obtain a job in the equine industry or other fields in the future, for additional riding and horsemanship instruction outside of regular weekly lessons, and to learn all aspects of horse management.
Working students also learn important skills that can assist them in all aspects of life: working with a team, working independently, responsibility, goal setting, time management, work ethics, focus on an objective, problem solving, patience, leadership, and self confidence.
Working students regularly receive additional mounted instruction, as well as lessons in horsemanship and management during their shifts. If the working student shows commitment and attention to detail, and going above and beyond, they may be rewarded with additional benefits as available.
High Knoll management and various equine professionals associated with the operation of High Knoll are happy to provide references for working students who have demonstrated their proficiency in our program successfully.