Working Around Horses | Opportunities with Blue Skies Stables

If you have a love of everything to do with horses, and just being around them – then chances are, we will have a job at some point in time that you are interested in!  Located just outside of Clayton, NC (and only 3 miles from the nearest Starbucks), Blue Skies Stables is a 35 acre Hunter Jumper Equestrian Facility.   We are professionally owned and operated, and we expect nothing but the best experience for our boarders and students, and in order to do so, we are looking for people that not only love horses, but want to work to grow something really special!  Below are some opportunities that we have come available throughout the year for working with horses :

Trainers – Blue Skies Stables has an open trainer policy for all of our boarders, however, if you are interested in becoming a certified and insured Hunter Jumper trainer working exclusively in the Blue Skies program, then please reach out to us.  Our trainers follow a specific program for students that include written lessons and homework, and a steady dose of communication.  Our trainers write the curriculum together with the barn so that high standards are met, and students are always learning.  Trainers can partake in summer camps, schooling shows and all other Blue Skies sanctioned events.

Barn Managers – These are the people that are committed to working with our trainers on providing the proper care for our horses, and ensuring they are being well taken care of.  They work with our working students and our volunteers to teach them the proper and safe ways of managing a barn.  Barn managers can be either full time, part time or weekend, but they are all the ones that keep Blue Skies Stables running and beautiful!

Working Students – Our working students program serves a couple different purposes, but it is primarily geared toward 14 to 17 year-old’s.  Some schools have required work that they need performed, and this would fulfill that requirement, but we also have groups of students who are interested in working in exchange for lesson time.  Working students will assist the trainers and the barn managers with things such as tacking the horse, grooming, turning in and out, feeding, mucking stalls and everything that it takes to own a horse or a horse barn.  The importance of looking over a horse for injuries, checking pastures and stalls for potential harmful objects, etc.  For every stage completed of their training, the working student will earn a free one hour lesson with our professional trainers.

Volunteers – Do you have a child that would rather muck a stall than clean their room?  They’re looking for a chance to prove they are responsible enough to have a horse of their own one day?  Then is a program for them!  Our volunteer program is geared toward ages 10 to 13 years old.  They will work and train along side one of our part time, weekend or full time barn managers and they will learn how to muck a stall, wash and groom a horse, tack a horse, turn out a horse, bring a horse in from the pasture and much more.  This program is designed to groom our young volunteers into becoming student workers.

Yard Work – Most of the pasture work is performed when the horses are not in the pasture, but the preference is still to have someone who is comfortable around horses and understands that firing up the lawnmower next to a child just learning walk-trot is probably not in everyone’s best interest.   So this role is ideal for a person that is horse savvy, likes to get a good tan and is committed to hard work on their own schedule.  Below are some of the details of what we’re looking for:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age with reliable transportation
  • Primarily summer opportunity with around 10 hours a week from May to Sept
  • Pay is $8/hour
  • 2 hours a week of mowing grass, experience on a zero turn mower a plus (or quick learner)
  • 4 hours a week weed eating around pond, front entryway, around house and around perimeter fence line
  • 1 hour a week dragging the covered and outdoor arenas
  • 5 hours a week picking pastures
  • 4 hours every other week loading and spreading compost with the tractor

If any of the above positions are of interest to you or someone you know, please email and include the position title in the subject line along with an email introduction explaining why you would be the perfect fit for Blue Skies.  If you have a resume or LinkedIn profile, please pass that along as well for review as well as any references if applicable.