Yeah im local. Going to une next year for crim as well so im going to be stuck here for a while (not a fan of the weather
I have to agree with maura on the last line, though im not sure about the word 'made' ive never heard that used. I was thinking maybe 'educated' though thats kinda ambiguous. Depends on the discipline really. An educated hack is really just schooled to novice-ish level, while educated in dressage terms obviously means much higher levels. So im not sure about that one (unless of course you do have experience like that?)
Do you have competition experience? Sometimes people need someone to jump on they're horse for a hack class and things like that. I know someone who rarely rides her horses in shows, though she has a regular rider that hacks for her.
As for the flyer take them to the saddleries like you said, and have a chat to the staff about it. They know gazzillions of people! Appart from Horseland and Burtons theres galatleys (im sure ive spelt that wrong) he makes rugs and stuff.
Theres the feed stores, they take flyers.
NEGS have a pinboard for flyers and things, you could take one there. The instructors might be able to help as well. They're actually looking for a working student at the moment, thats full time though.
Actually, some students leave they're horses there over the school holidays. Someone might be looking for someone to keep they're horse in work while they're gone? Im not sure what the schools policies about that sort of thing is though..
You could contact some of the clubs. They might put your ad in a newsletter or something. Theres the Armidale riding club (mainly do dressage), jump club, theres another one but ive forgotten the name. They do campdrafting, team penning, cutting etc that sort of thing. So they're mainly stock horse/quarter horse kinda people. Theres the new england ASH branch. They email a newsletter every month to members. Ive no idea if there are any other breed associations, im only a member of ash.
Theres a bunch of pony clubs also if you want to try that.
As you said its hard to get into the horse scene and get to know people especially if you dont have a horse!
The Riding club is always looking for volunteers for club days and competitions, for pencilling etc. You could try that, you'd get to meet everyone.
I was at a comp last month and someone was looking for someone to ride a couple of young horses. They'd had a couple of rides but had been turned out and she was a bit nervous about bringing them back into work by herself. A family member of mine snapped that up pretty quick
As you'd know Armidale isnt a huge place so thats going to work against you, you should be able to find something though..
Anyway I hope this helped a bit. If i think of anything else ill add it. Good luck