I've really enjoyed and appreciated my time with Jimmy and Georgia. I've learned so much from them, and they're great people. One of the first things Jimmy asked me when I came was what I wanted to learn while I was here. Clearly, they're invested in making sure I learn what I'm interested in, and they're still open to my preferences changing. I have learned a lot in my time here. I didn't know what groundwork was before I got here, but now I appreciate how important it is. I often go with Georgia when she travels to give other people lessons (so I can keep an eye on Piper) and I'm often surprised by how much I can learn from just watching her work with clients. And I've loved spending time with Piper, watching her learn to crawl and sit up and stand, and just playing with her.
While in Australia, I've also gotten the opportunity to travel around. On days off, we would sometimes take family trips and see the local sights. I also traveled for a month – I spent some time with Dan Steers (from Double Dan!), a couple days in Sydney, and a week in the Victorian High Country on an adventure ride. Their connections and flexibility has let me experience a lot more of Australia than just Geelong, and it's been amazing. Georgia and Jimmy and Piper are great people, and I like hanging out with them, and how much I've learned from them. They've been great about inviting and answering all my random questions about horses or Australia in general, and I'm really grateful for the time I've spent with them. If you ever have the opportunity to come here, I 110% recommend it.
Past Working Students
Ingerid came to us as a break from her Master's degree, which she's doing in California. She started riding as soon as her parents let her, but has never owned her own horse. Her main duties include horse chores, and nannying, but she finds time to ride when she wants. Here's what she has to say about her experience:
As part of our expanding business, we're taking working students. Our working students have a variety of roles, based on their abilities and interests, varying from babysitting the lovely Piper to doing chores to working with the horses. For more information, or if you're interested in coming to work for us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alena has a background in dressage, as well as training her own rescue horse. She grew up in Germany, where she's been riding since she could walk. Alena came here as part of a gap year after finishing high school. While here, she spent a lot of her time working and riding horses.