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We are currently looking to hire for the following positions as of March 2014. Descriptions for each position are listed below.

     1. BREEDING FARM MANAGER

     2. FOALING ATTENDANT / BREEDING TECHNICIAN      


     3. TRAINER
 
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      WORKING STUDENTS (INTERNSHIP) 
        -Breeding & Foaling

BREEDING FARM MANAGER
The Farm Manager oversees all activities of this sport horse breeding farm and involves supervision of 3-4 other staff members.  The Manager needs to have significant experience in breeding and foaling. This is a hands-on position but responsibilities are shared and coordinated with other employees.  

We need someone experienced with: providing appropriate care to horses of all ages from newborn foal to elderly horses. The Manager should have experience monitoring broodmares, foaling out mares (assisted foaling), halter training, daily care, nutrition, following vaccination and deworming schedules, trailering, etc. Applicant must be comfortable working around stallions even if he/she is not experienced with collecting stallions. We are currently taking our stallions to a collection facility instead of collecting onsite. 

Applicant should be adept at identifying injuries, colic, illness, etc. and act/treat accordingly. Must be able to administer injections IM, IV and medicate horses as necessary. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, scheduling vet/farrier/chiropractor/massage therapist appointments, insuring that we are appropriately stocked with feed, hay, and supplements, keeping horse records updated and caring for pets while the Owner is away.

The Manager should be organized, have some prior supervisory experience, good communication skills, and an upbeat attitude towards teamwork. Should be resourceful and seek out additional knowledge so that we may continue to learn new approaches in good horsekeeping. Manager will be in a position to train others with less experience but which have already demonstrated the willingness to learn. You must have excellent proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written, to reduce the opportunity for misunderstandings in critical situations.  This is not a position for someone fresh out of school and a college degree is not necessary.  Experience is what we are looking for in Farm Manager.

Riding is not required for this position. However, if you are experienced with starting horses under saddle or are a dressage rider we can discuss including riding or training responsibilities into the position.

This is a modest facility with a professional mission. We allow horses to live outside and reserve stalls for foaling, lay-ups, and training prep. This allows us more time to spend providing quality daily care. The horses have had daily handling, are people oriented and generally content critters. We do not board or bring in outside horses for training or resale purposes. We do, however, have a few broodmares here on breeding leases and they are afforded all the same individualized care. All sale horses have been bred and raised here.  

SALARY: Salary to be discussed - Commensurate with experience and responsibility. This position requires that you live onsite and it is a 6 day a week position.  Manager may be permitted to bring one personally owned horse (mare or gelding) that can be pasture kept with a herd.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: Please treat this like a job application and send a personalized email at OURFARMNAME AT GMAIL DOT COM.  Please outline your relevant experience, what you are looking for in your next job, your earliest start date and days/times you are available to talk by phone.  Attach a resume, relevant photos of yourself interacting with horses (and/or video) and at some point we would like to see your References. IN THE SUBJECT LINE please put the TITLE of the POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING. We appreciate enthusiasm but please do not call us out of the blue. We want to have the chance to read your email and resume ahead of time so we are prepared for a more productive phone interview. After reviewing your email we may contact you for a telephone interview, if appropriate. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

 FOALING ATTENDANT / BREEDING TECHNICIAN

Seeking individual experienced in many breeding related activities to include, but not limited to, broodmare management, tracking heat cycles, coordination of breeding by AI (currently done by our vet), foaling out mares, halter training youngstock, etc. We do not currently collect stallions onsite but would need someone comfortable handling stallions on a daily basis and for transport to the clinic for collections.  We do anticipate collecting and shipping onsite sometime in the future.

This position also involves daily care of horses including, but not limited to, feeding, haying, grooming, daily assessments for injury/illness, first aid, medicating, deworming, and general barn activities, etc.  These duties are shared with other employees.

If you have good experience in many of these areas but are missing a little bit in other areas it is alright, we are willing to train you and fill in those gaps. This position does require significant equine reproduction experience including foal watch and foaling assistance.  This is not a position for someone fresh out of school and a college degree is not necessary.  Experience is what we are looking for in our Foaling Attendant / Breeding Tech.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: Please treat this like a job application and send a personalized email at OURFARMNAME AT GMAIL DOT COM.  Please outline your relevant experience, what you are looking for in your next job, your earliest start date and days/times you are available to talk by phone.  Attach a resume, relevant photos of yourself interacting with horses (and/or video) and at some point we would like to see your References. IN THE SUBJECT LINE please put the TITLE of the POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING. We appreciate enthusiasm but please do not call us out of the blue. We want to have the chance to read your email and resume ahead of time so we are prepared for a more productive phone interview. After reviewing your email we may contact you for a telephone interview, if appropriate. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

TRAINER

This position is for a full-time Trainer/Manager at our private breeding facility. We breed, train, sell, and show our young horses. Our stallions are offered to the public therefore we do need to promote them in recognized competition. Trainer must be comfortable showing even if he/she does not have experience showing in dressage or USEF/USDF recognized competition.

We are seeking someone that employs elements of Natural Horsemanship even if they do not ascribe to a particular Natural Horsemanship Practitioner's system (Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, etc.).  Applicant should be comfortable starting young horses, moving young horses up the levels and riding stallions. We prefer someone with dressage experience, however, will consider a balanced rider from any discipline so long as they have a solid, centered riding position (not a forward seat) and the willingness to learn dressage. We currently focus only on dressage and are looking for someone who will be satisfied with a job that does not involve any jumping.

Trainer would be working with Training Assistants/Grooms and coordinating training sessions as appropriate. Should have good communication skills, a team player and willingness to assist Training Assistant(s) to learn and progress in their skill set for the benefit of ASH.  Applicant should be self-directed and work towards specific goals for each individual horse. This is not a big dressage barn with FEI level riders. This is your opportunity to shine with quality horses.  Trainer will be offered occasional opportunities to clinic with higher level dressage trainers.

We do not board or bring in outside horses for training or resale purposes. All sale horses have been bred and raised here. They have had daily handling, are people oriented and don't have unknown "issues" to work through. Young horses usually have their joints x-rayed before we put them into work.  We do all that we can to prevent equine discomfort as well as identify and treat any source of discomfort. The riding horses are well maintained with monthly equine chiropractic adjustments and equine massage.  We very carefully fit each horse with the appropriate saddle and monitor saddle fit as they progress in their training. In other words, the Trainer will not be struggling to make progress with horses that have had bad experiences, are uncomfortable or sour to work.

This is a modest facility with a professional mission. We allow horses to live outside and reserve stalls for foaling, lay-ups, and training prep. This allows us more time to spend providing quality daily care. We have a 120' x 200' grass outdoor arena with 6' high flex rail fencing, a 75' round pen with good footing, safe fencing and ample equipment and tack in good repair. No covered arena here though, in fact, they are rather uncommon in our climate. At times we do have to work around weather conditions but overall it is temperate in Central Alabama and we enjoy a long riding season.

Trainer would be working with unusual breeds, such as Danish Knabstruppers, and should feel confident standing out in a crowd of traditionally solid-colored European Warmbloods.  Our horses range on average 15.1- 16.1hh with few of them over 16.1hh. Some have very short backs and need riders who take a smaller saddle seat. We need an appropriately sized rider that can fit the smaller, less mature horses (appx. max of 5'6", 150lbs).

SALARY: Salary to be discussed - Commensurate with experience and responsibility.  Annual USEF/USDF membership fees, show fees, clinic fees will be covered by ASH.  Full-time Trainer may be permitted to bring one personally owned horse (mare or gelding) and depending on additional relevant skills (such as breeding and foaling experience) may have onsite housing available.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: Please treat this like a job application and send a personalized email at OURFARMNAME AT GMAIL DOT COM.  Please outline your relevant experience, what you are looking for in your next job, your earliest start date and days/times you are available to talk by phone.  Attach a resume, relevant photos of yourself interacting with horses (and/or video) and at some point we would like to see your References. IN THE SUBJECT LINE please put the TITLE of the POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING. We appreciate enthusiasm but please do not call us out of the blue. We want to have the chance to read your email and resume ahead of time so we are prepared for a more productive phone interview. After reviewing your email we may contact you for a telephone interview, if appropriate. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

WORKING STUDENTS  (INTERNSHIP)

This position is for a Working Student interested in gaining experience with Equine Reproduction. It is offered as an internship. Student will gain experience with assisted foaling, tracking broodmare cycles, managing breeding back of broodmares after foaling, coordinating collection of stallions for our clients, monitoring mare and foal nutrition/vaccinations/deworming, foal handling and halter training.  This is a modest, well established, private farm - not a boarding facility. We breed our own foals, raise them properly, start their training and sell them. We also train and show our socialized and well-mannered stallions and youngstock that we will be retaining.  
 
ASH foals out anywhere from 5-10 foals per year.  While this is not a huge number of foals this working student position is inclusive of most equine breeding related activities and will give the student a good well-rounded foundation.  
 
Applicants do not have to be college students, however, this is a particularly good opportunity for students in Animal Science / Equine Science on summer break or taking a term off.  Often, breeding farms have most or all of their foals on the ground before summer break.  We have approximately 7 foals due in 2014 with 3-4 foals due during the summer months. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of broodmare management and foaling. We will be engaging in plenty of other breeding related activities throughout the year.

You will be required to handle broodmares, yearlings, and foals daily including monitoring for injuries, illness and of course heat cycles with the broodmares. You may assist in transporting horses (truck/trailer provided) to the clinic for more intensive breeding services such as breeding with frozen semen, embryo transfers, etc.  

REQUIREMENTS:  US citizenship, English as a first language, 19 years of age or older, experience handling horses, and available at least 40 hours per week. Students must provide proof of health insurance coverage.
 
STIPEND/ACCOMMODATIONS: Weekly stipend of $150. Shared housing is available.

NOTE: This student position has the potential to turn into a Full-time Regular position at the end of your term.
 
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: Please treat this like a job application and send a personalized email at OURFARMNAME AT GMAIL DOT COM.  Please outline your relevant experience, what you are looking for in your next job, your earliest start date and days/times you are available to talk by phone.  Attach a resume, relevant PHOTOS of yourself interacting with horses (and/or video) and at some point we would like to see your References. IN THE SUBJECT LINE please put the TITLE of the POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING.
 
We appreciate enthusiasm but please do not call us out of the blue. We want to have the chance to read your email and resume ahead of time so we are prepared for a more productive phone interview. After reviewing your email we may contact you for a telephone interview, if appropriate. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

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