Working student position available with Michael and Sharon Poulin. Michael’s contributions to Dressage are many and continuing. Most people who reach the highest levels in dressage make their mark in one primary facet of the sport – competitor, trainer, instructor, judge. Michael Poulin is all four. He won a Bronze Medal at 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Graf George, and boasts multiple national and international championships. He is also a "I" rated judge and sits on numerous USDF & USEF committees. Michael heads the Poulin School of Dressage at the Dressage Center, Inc. in DeLeon Springs, Florida, where he works with a prominent student roster. Michael dressage students and friends say that what they most admire about Michael is his honesty, and that he has the uncanny ability to go directly to the heart of the matter with a horse. In Michael’s words, “The philosophy of classical riding is that the horse understands the rider’s aids with relaxation, not fear, and relates the aids to the physical movement that he’s doing. Classical riding develops the horse physically with mental understanding." With over 30 years experience, Sharon Poulin, leads a busy life of daily training, teaching and managing their 30-40 stall horse stable. She has trained many horses to Grand Prix and successfully competed up thru the levels to Grand Prix with three different stallions, Pyrmont, Boleem and Brilliant. She holds an “S” (Senior) judges license with the USEF, she judges dressage competitions thru Grand Prix level throughout the U.S. With strong emphasis on the correct seat and position, she is enthusiastic in her teaching and encourages her riders to improve their riding skills on the lunge line. At Poulin Dressage we run a large Olympic caliber training facility. It is located 20 minutes from the Daytona Beach, 1 hr from all the attractions in Orlando and 3 hours from Wellington. We have a busy winter show season and a lighter summer season. Website is PoulinDressage.com
Position involves all aspects of horse care and stable management at international training facility. Regular duties include feeding, mucking, tacking/untacking, cleaning tack, turnouts, vet medications, etc. Keys to your success would be that you are dependable, responsible, honest, self motivated, hard working, a horse lover and truly a team player. The backbone of a successful training facility is its team and here at Poulin Dressage we wholeheartedly appreciate and respect our team.
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We provide living quarters in a large log style home that is located on the property. You will be living with other working students. We provide phone, high speed internet, power, water, etc. You will only need to pay for your own food. Non- smokers only. You also will need to bring your own horse.
We will provided free full board, this includes hay, grain, shaving, etc. You will be required to cover your horses vet bills, farrier . Daily lesson provided six days a week. Some riding of horses possible if experience permits but no guarantees. We have a very big emphasis on the education of the student in all aspects of the equine industry. We have top clinicians each year such as Volker Mortiz, Ingrid Klimke, Jean Bemelmans, Christoph Hess, Stephen Clark, Mariette Withages and Linda Zang.
Private dressage training facility.49 stalls(12' X12'), 70' X 200' covered arena, outdoor regulation size arena, lunging arena, 19 paddocks.Stable is open + cool with wide isles that the horses can hang their heads out into. We are looking for working students who are serious about developing a correct seat and proper training foundation as well as learning all aspects of stable mangement. There are all ages, breeds and levels of trained horses in the stable, including 9 Grand Prix horses from ages 10-23. Every year we host a trainers' symposium with international clinicians that our working students participate in.It's not necessary for a student to be an advanced rider or to have a fancy warmblood as we are more interested in the individual's attitude and desire to learn.We can train you to ride better and make the most of the horse that you have. So, if you are interested, please contact us for further details and an application. We would like to make you part of our team.