I've been looking for a working student position at a show jumping/eventing barn in the Seattle area for two and a half years now. I eventually gave up and started taking lessons at an English barn until I found a volunteer position at a western show barn (nationally competitive). I've been riding with them and volunteering for six months.
I've been watching YardandGroom but not a lot has popped up. I've sent my resume out to every position available (not many). There was one that could have worked but it would have been an hour and a half commute every day so I ended up declining. Another I was rejected from because I have no recent show experience (I stopped riding about 5-6 years ago for family reasons and started up again last year). Trying to find a place where I can really work in exchange for not just lessons/riding time but learning to train horses and build a career. I've sent out emails to people twice a year since I moved out here but have almost always heard "we have enough help" as a response.
Is there any advice someone can give to a person who is an adult that wants to get into riding after taking a break during college?
My dream has always been and always will be to train horses and work with them. I don't want to fall into the trap of taking lessons at a place for years until they even consider me because I'm not in the position where I can afford to not be making career-centered moves. I work as a web consultant for a company and my work is all done remotely on my own schedule so I can work any hours needed at a barn. I hope to eventually quit my consulting position and move towards working full time with horses. I'm a fairly capable rider though I haven't done jumping since high school. I don't want to pour money and time into a place that won't help me with a career. I'm getting married this fall if that's relevant to this at all (I can't move, for example).
Any advice for me? Barn recommendations etc?