Are you looking for a chance to become a part of the sport horse/pony breeding and dressage/H/J/eventing industries? Solomon Farm has intern positions open beginning in April of 2012.Learn all aspects of the sport horse breeding industry including breeding, foaling, working with young horses, training and marketing. Opportunities to learn about collecting stallions, preparing semen, and inseminating mares, as well as assisting in foaling, imprinting and halter breaking foals, starting young horses in ground work and under saddle, and showing/sales. We seek positive, energetic, hardworking students who are eager to learn. Previous experience with show horses is preferred, and any experience jumping/showing over fences, or ability to ride ponies, is a plus. This is an excellent opportunity for extensive hands-on training in the industry!
Your duties will include: all aspects of horse and barn care including cleaning stalls, turnouts, fly-spraying, handling foals and checking pasture horses daily for injury; handling, training and riding young horses; grooming, marketing, and presentation of sale horses to customers; assistance at horse shows, including the opportunity to show our young horses in-hand, as well as under saddle, if qualified; and complete participation in all aspects of a professional sport horse farm.
For those students preparing for a career in equine reproduction or veterinary services, Solomon Farm offers a special opportunity to gain hands-on experience in breeding and foaling, including active participation in heat detection of mares, teasing, collecting the stallion and processing semen for shipping and/or on-farm insemination, inseminating the mare with fresh and/or frozen semen, ultrasound technology, foal watch and assistance foaling, care of newborn foals, and much more. Solomon Farm's summer internship program offers valuable real-life experience on a breeding farm, including routine basic veterinary care, combined with the opportunity to ride, take lessons, and enjoy real country living and comaraderie with other sport-horse enthusiasts.
For those students preparing for a career in training, showing and marketing sport horses and ponies, the internship will focus on the care, training and marketing of young sporthorses, including in-hand and under-saddle training, possibilities to show in-hand as well as under saddle, including Materiale and FEI young horse classes if available, free jumping, keuring training and presentation, video and digital photography, marketing and client relations.
Solomon Farm is located in one of the last places in the world where horses are still used every day as part of the ranching lifestyle. We are proud of the traditions and history of our area. Students may have the opportunity to participate in some traditional Western ranching experiences such as roundups and working cattle. We are 70 miles from our State capitol, Pierre, South Dakota. Just two hours away on the interstate lie Rapid City and the Black Hills, with fabulous recreational opportunities for your days off. Our interns will enjoy a summer of unrivaled learning experiences and a great deal of fun as well.
Interns will receive housing in a comfortable furnished apartment over the barn, including kitchen and bath, laundry facilities, wireless DSL internet and satellite TV, meals, and riding lessons from a dressage instructor, as well as the opportunity to hack out on 4,000 acres of prairie. Everyone gets one full day off per week, with feeding chores rotated. Students must have health insurance. You may also have the opportunity to extend your stay or come back for a second season. Many of our students do!
Trainer Martijn Stuurman is an FEI level dressage rider and trainer, originally from the Netherlands. He brings a lifetime of experience teaching and training, and we are very excited to offer services from a trainer of this caliber here at Solomon Farm. Owner/manager Ann Daum Kustar is an Equine Science graduate of Colorado State University, and life-time rancher and horsewoman. In offering an internship position, our goal is to help young horsemen and horsewomen learn real-life lessons in horse breeding, training, management and sales, which will help prepare them for a successful career in the equine industry.
We have approximately eighty sport horses on the farm, including foals, broodmares, riding horses and young horses for sale. We offer a friendly, supportive environment, and we expect our interns to be serious about learning more about breeding, raising and training fantastic young sport horses and ponies. We have kids, dogs, and ponies, and interns need to be ready for our South Dakota weather extremes of hot summers and the ever present possiblity of snow in May! We have an outdoor arena while our indoor is under construction(see our Facility page). Ours is not a high-pressure show barn environment. If you enjoy a truly rural environment and lots of hands-on time with the horses, and are ready to get your hands dirty, this could be the position for you.
Please feel free to email or call with any questions about these positions. You may reach us at 605-669-2879 or 605-685-3089. We look forward to talking to you!