Job Placement: Equine Careers
Meredith Manor provides a lifetime job placement service to our graduates. We receive requests for employment from a variety of businesses searching for qualified applicants – our graduates!
In their final quarter, our graduating students may begin contacting prospective employers through our Job Book listings. We assist in preparing resumes, giving references, and with the initial call or letter.
Although Meredith Manor cannot guarantee employment, our most recent statistics show that over 85% of our graduates gain employment following graduation.
The horse world is an entrepreneurial market. Salaries and profits are largely dependent upon the dedication and motivation of the person seeking employment. The equine industry is like any other field: it takes years of hard work combined with talent and drive to succeed.
As the public awareness for kindness to animals grows it is important for professionals in the horse industry to be able to work their horses in a humane fashion. With rhythm and relaxation as the basis for all the training done here at Meredith Manor, Students form bonds of true camaraderie with their horses. The students then build on this relationship using the language of horses, one of methodically applied directional pressures and postures that create shapes horses understand.
Every quarter our staff bring in new horses for our students to train. These horses vary from green two-year-olds to wild mustangs to older horses that have bested their share of trainers. No matter what their history we have yet to get a horse that has not blossomed under our system.
Over the 40+ years Meredith Manor has been a riding school, our president, Ron Meredith, D. S., has developed the best possible program for turning out successful professionals in the horse industry. Our core classes are focused on the essential skills needed to become the future trainers, teachers, farriers, and breeders in the industry. Our method is to teach our students the language of horses and then provide an environment in which students practice and perfect their fluency on a wide variety of breeds and personalities. During each of our twelve week quarters, a student will spend between 100 and 200 hours working with horses under a certified Meredith Manor instructor. With this kind of experience under their belts our students leave Meredith Manor prepared to lead the horse industry into the new millennium.
Jobs in the Disciplines
At Meredith Manor, the disciplines provided for specialization are among the fastest growing in the industry. They are also the most challenging for both horse and rider, which makes switching to other disciplines easy. We are confident that a student who chooses any one of the disciplines offered will have job opportunities available to them for the rest of their lives.
Students wishing to pursue a career in Dressage have many choices open to them. They can opt to be an instructor, a trainer, a barn manager, or a combination of all three. Also popular are jobs that combine breeding, training, showing and selling dressage horses. Since the complete training of a dressage horse takes many years, students with big ambitions can choose to continue their education with a known professional. A Meredith Manor graduate who possesses a correct seat and has coordination of their aids is more than ready to face the competitive Dressage industry.
Someone who sees Jumping in their future has many different options. There are the Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation divisions in the AHSA, which have become industries unto themselves. They may want to enter the exciting world of Show Jumping, or they might want to challenge themselves in the demanding sport of Three-Day Eventing. There are opportunities in teaching, training, showing, and for further study with top riders in whatever direction the Jumping student feels they want to go. Our graduates need not limit their riding ambitions, their skills will enable them to choose an area of expertise according to desire - not lack of ability.
In the fast-growing arena of the Western horse, limitless choices face the qualified stock seat rider. Specialized divisions have developed under the different breed associations. A student may decide to train pleasure, trail, or youth horses for the countless amateur riders out there. Others will want to go for the high-stake money available to top Cutting and Reining horses. If rodeo is their chosen way of life, they can follow the circuit with their Roping, Team Penning, or Barrel Racing horses. Whatever they fix their sights on, the jobs are out there to suit their needs. For the talented rider, the western job market is open territory, they will be an asset to any establishment.
For the student with a range of talent, the job they might want to consider should be an opportunity to further their knowledge in a variety of disciplines. Many single breed operations are searching for skilled equestrians who are comfortable in several saddles and styles. If you are an Instructor or Trainer not limited to a single specialty, your horizons are endless. Lesson programs available to the public often offer several programs to the clientele; a versatile teacher, trainer, or rider eliminates the need to hire multiple employees, as well as providing more commissions for the ones they do take on. Someone who can correctly ride any horse in any situation is the employee everyone is looking for.
Whatever you decide you want to do with horses, Meredith Manor is committed to helping graduates reach their goals and excel in their chosen area of expertise. We feel that our graduates are among the most qualified out there today; that is why we stand behind them from their graduation date on.