Like the idea of a horsey job, but not sure which one? Check out these super-cool careers for some inspo!
Gone are the days when you could only choose between being a vet, riding instructor or groom, now there are all sorts of different jobs with a horsey twist. If you put your thinking cap on, you could be a racehorse trainer in Australia, a solicitor who specialises in equestrian law or an artist commissioned to paint the next Valegro!
Dream jobs often include lots of hard work, but it’s totally worth it when you’re able to do something you love every day and get paid for it! PONY asked seven young people about their cool horsey jobs to help give you an idea of what they’re like and how they got there…
Rebecca, International Programme Officer at World Horse Welfare
At work I look after projects that help working equines and their owners in Central America. I can be doing anything from organising farrier training from my office in the UK, to meeting government ministers in one of my project countries!
It all started when I got an opportunity to volunteer for an animal welfare charity in the Caribbean, which inspired me to improve things in other countries.
I love working with so many different types of people. They inspire me and I enjoy visiting the projects. At the end of every day, I can honestly say I’ve helped someone!
It’s hard work because my teams are in Central America, so they’re waking up as I’m going home, which sometimes means long days. The language barrier can be difficult, too, and I love to chat!
Ten years ago, I wanted to be an actress, vet or nurse.
In 10 years’ time, I hope to have a masters degree in international relations and maybe become a university lecturer… or even a famous actress!
Becci, Owner and Designer at Super X Country (SXC)
At work I do everything that comes with running a clothing business, from creating new designs for XC colours and testing samples, to organising orders and updating the website.
It all started when I studied business, textiles and art at school, then put myself forward for an opportunity to start a new business with other students. It was such a great experience and I decided to set up a business making my own XC colours. I started small, but soon I was being recommended so much that the business grew and I started an online shop.
I love having fun testing samples and seeing my finished designs going round an XC course!
It’s hard work because I also have another job alongside SXC, but I’m hoping to go part-time soon so I can spend more time growing it.
Ten years ago, I wanted to be a textiles teacher!
In 10 years’ time, I would love to do SXC full time and bring out a full range of equestrian products
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