Stable Groom/Chores-Lessons Exchange. West Michigan
Currently looking for a groom job, or chores-lessons exchange. Am located in the west Michigan area, can work in Holland, Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. Have 6years experience in groom-related jobs such as mucking, turn-out, grooming, show trimming, bathing, feeding and watering. Related stable jobs such as hay runs, tack cleaning and conditioning, weed-pulling, pasture picking and tack room organization.
Equine Work Experience
6+ years experience in groom-related jobs (beginning at Therapeutic Horsemanship of West Michigan in 2008 and switching to Fieldstone Stable of Hamilton in 2012, continuing there to the present time.), 4+ years experience in exercise riding, at both THWM and Fieldstone. 2+ years experience in assistant training, one year at each stable. Summers of 2012 and 2013 included trading stable chores for riding time with private persons.
Equestrian Groom (groom-related jobs). Exercise Rider: Saddle time (mainly for green horses) and/or behavior correction. Each session begins with ground handling and showmanship. Assistant Trainer: Am learning how to begin teaching horses new concepts. I spent three weeks teaching a pony how to perform leg yields, slower western-pleasure jogs, and a correct head-set, all under the head trainer’s direction and supervision. I continue to learn and improve on all the above listings.
Type of Ride Work
The majority of my pleasure riding and showing is hunt seat, although I equally switched off at Therapeutic Horsemanship of West Michigan with dressage-style riding during my lessons. At Fieldstone Stable, I began riding Western Pleasure, and showed western style twice since then. My preference is hunt seat, although I'm comfortable riding in dressage and western saddles as well.
I began showing at local fairs in 2009, until 2012 when I began showing approximately once a month with Fieldstone Stable at local open shows such as the Holland Western Saddle Club shows and the Hudsonville Open shows. I have also competed in the twice yearly fun shows that the Therapeutic Horsemanship of West Michigan hosts for all their lesson students. I usually show Hunt Seat, but have completed one dressage test and two western pleasure events. I usually place in the top 3.
Clipping; Riding; People Skills; Trim/Pull; Schooling; Competing; Driving license; Exercising;
Judy Gutierrez 9/1/2012- For a reference of my work, contact Judy Gutierrez at (231) 301-5139, or by email at Fieldstonestable@aol.com, who is the head trainer and instructor at, and owner of, Fieldstone Stable of Hamilton. I started as a working-student in the fall of 2012. Shortly after, I began taking riding lessons that evolved into becoming an exercise rider and finally as her assistant trainer.
Best thing to do is to hit every stable around there and ask if they need help.
Make a note of how barn looks, how horses act and people too.
I will pm you a barn
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