Working Students

Summer is coming and I sure could use an extra pair of hands.  I am looking for someone to fill one open position as a Working Student.


What exactly is a working student?


A working student, is a student who works in exchange for riding lessons. The type of work varies from barn to barn.  Some facilities expect you to help with cleaning stalls, taking care of injured or lame horses, assisting with lessons, assisting at horse shows, exercising horses, cleaning and maintaining pastures.


What I am personally looking for in a working student:


Someone who has a good work ethic and is at least 16 years of age. I especially like to give a chance to that horse crazy person who may not have the financial means to be around horses any other way.  I offer one group lesson for eight hours of work.  The work varies, occasional stall cleaning, assisting with watering the horses, assisting in the lesson program, at horse shows, and general tidying up.   I think the best type of working student is the one who would like to eventually become a riding instructor because of the nature of our business.  Being a Working Student at The Castro Riding Academy will look great on your resume.


I would like to have someone with experience with horses, but the ideal candidate does not need to be an expert rider, skills can always be learned. A positive attitude on the other hand is mandatory.  In general I do not tolerate bad language or speaking negatively about other people or horses.  I believe a barn is a place to go to feel happy, everyone is entitled to a bad day but usually by the time you walk into the barn you will forget all of your troubles anyway.


It is very expensive to be involved with horses, but there are ways around that. Hard work, determination and a love of horses can conquer all.  If you feel you would be a good candidate for this position at the Castro Riding Academy at The Windy Brush in Bath, PA please email your resume to By becoming an working student, you will have a great opportunity to spend some quality time around horses, learn, and work with some great people and animals.


If you are not in my area, and this type of program is something that you are interested in, I suggest that you call your local stables and ask if they too have a Working Student Program.


I hope to hear from you!




About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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3 Responses to Working Students

  1. Sabrina says:

    Dang!! I wish I was closer to ya!! :)

  2. dcastro says:

    Me too! We’d have fun ;)

  3. Sabrina says:

    Ya got that right!! :D

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