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Saddle up for a great summer.

Horse riding instructor jobs

Are you?

Caring, Confident, Dedicated, Enthusiastic

Bonus qualifications

Pony club C+ award, BHS (British horse society) Stage 2 award

Why should I be a horse riding instructor in America?

This is the perfect job abroad for anyone with a love of horses. From going out with campers, to helping them progress on their skills and caring for the horses, equestrian jobs at summer camp are incredibly fun.

The children will more than likely be at a beginner’s level and you will use your own experiences, along with the camp’s horse riding programme, to help develop the children’s skills.

This is the dream job for anyone who loves riding and would like the opportunity to teach horse riding abroad. Camps are always looking for more riders, so if this sounds like you then this is your chance.

What does a horse riding instructor do at summer camp?

Prepare to have one of the most special and rewarding jobs at summer camp. From hacking, trekking, to working in the yard and stable management - horse riding in America is very diverse and fun. The riding program at each camp will differ slightly depending on the camp itself - from general camps which have horses, where you can expect basic lessons for beginners, to dedicated horse riding camps where you may find yourself amidst show jumping competitions, dressage or even vaulting.

Most camps teach an English style of riding, although there are a few who will also bring in the western style.

Lessons will tend to be around an hour long, with several sessions a day likely, where you will teach small groups of children at a time.

You should look to show your enthusiasm and commitment when applying for horse riding jobs abroad, the role is demanding and you’ll be expected to care for the horses outside your own teaching hours, from feeding to mucking out - it’s all hands on. Prior experience teaching horse riding, whether English or Western style is highly sought after at summer camp. Camps are looking for confident riders who are willing to get involved and go the extra bit.

Growing up on a farm, and then being part of a collegiate riding team gave me the skills I needed to teach riding to kids at camp, and making the decision to go to camp is one I'm still so glad I made.

Watching the kids progress with their riding over the 8 weeks of camp was one of the most rewarding experiences; many started off at the beginning of the summer super nervous to even be around the horses, and blossomed into brave little riders who were up for any challenge that came their way.

Abby Raucher
Forest Acres Camp for Girls

Frequently asked questions

What should I pack if I’m a horse riding instructor in America?

Most people will bring their boots, own helmet and lots of clothes to ride in and get grubby. Camp will be providing the majority of your riding gear (along with the horses) so you don’t need to worry about packing anything like that… please don’t pack your pony, it might raise a few questions at customs.

How can I make my horse riding instructor application stronger?

With horse riding jobs it’s all about your experience, look to your local stables to volunteer and enquire about qualifications. Go into as much detail as possible in your application. List all elements you have experience in - from dressage to vaulting - everything is relevant to give an idea of you.

How do I apply to be a horse riding instructor at summer camp?

When beginning your application you’ll be able to choose your top skills/activities. For summer camp there are two styles of riding which camp directors will be looking for. Western and English. Choose which applies to you and we’d also suggest adding stable management to support riding. Give as much detail as you can and let the Director know why you’re the horseriding superstar they have been looking for.

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Spend your summer in America teaching horse riding.