Apprenticeships

Mountaintop Ranch offers a volunteer resident student program for the serious horseman to hone their equestrian skills in our resident student program. We welcome students from both the United States and Abroad.

 We are a barn that offers training to a horse and rider to become a well educated "using and handy horse". We ride in both English and Western disciplines. Many of our former students come back later for additional training, are active professionals in the business and are part of our extended family. When you come here as a resident student, your riding, training and general horsemanship skills are accelerated. We offer further experience and education in training, riding lessons, all facets of equine reproduction, foaling and imprinting services and horse preparation and marketing.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have current medical insurance. Participants may apply for a 90 day or 6 month apprenticeship. We do ask for a resume of any work experience with employers' names and contact information.  

Minimum riding qualifications: Applicants need to be moving toward an independent seat, understand basic riding principles and be safe and confident on young horses. Less experienced riders may apply if they have a strong work ethic and efficient stable skills and have special interests in Equine Reproduction or Stable Management.

Housing: We offer individual and group housing in log cabins that have two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bath and a shared laundry room. It is a non-smoking environment both in the houses and in the barns. Due to the nature of our facility and housing, we do not generally allow pets but can make allowances.

Transportation: We also provide a shared ranch owned vehicle for non resident students.

Time Commitment and Educational Stipends: The volunteer working student position requires a 12 week minimum commitment. This position is a non-paid short-term placement only. An educational boarding stipend of $100 per week can be earned by applicants who show tremendous promise, skill, responsibility, commitment and expertise in their area of concentration. All apprentices who have completed their internships will be rewarded with a certificate of performance and an excellent reference for any other job that they may want to pursue.

We provide: Housing including all utilities (except long-distance phone), and the possibility of an earned educational boarding stipend of $100 per week to offset expenses. We also provide hauling to riding events and plenty of horses to ride, exercise and train. Our apprentices also learn Stallion collection, foaling, imprinting and breeding techniques if they work with us February through June. A vehicle is provided for international students.

Application Process: Please email resume and letter of interest to mttopranch@aol.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Let us know the best time to reach you so we can call to talk to you about designing a training program around your goals. Candidates then arrange to come and stay for at least a full 24-hour period (a few days is better!) to see what our program offers. Shuttle service to/from Dulles International Airport in Herndon , VA will be provided.

Foreign Candidates: If you reside out of the country, you may send us a DVD or written resume introducing yourself and what horse experience you have had in the past and what your special interest include. Please send us a sample of your riding skills and /or working and riding references to: 

1030 Mountaintop Ranch Rd.
Elkton , VA 22827
USA

 

Be sure your resume/introduction letter has your telephone contact information, including your country code and your time zone.
 

 

 
ANITA PUGINA

Italy
Fall 2013

 

 
CASSEY BOEHM

Virginia
Fall 2013- Winter 2014

 
Rebekah Ortiz

Texas
Spring 2013

 
CODY GUTHRIDGE

Wisconsin
Summer 2013


KRYSTIL SPURLIN

Colorado
Spring 2012

 


EMILY NORMAN

Florida
Winter 2012
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MARISSA MOORE

Pittsburg,PA
Spring 2012

 

APPRENTICES
Christmas 2011

 

TIFFANY ALLEN
Michigan
Fall 2011

ANDREW DE MORAIS
USA/Brazil
Summer 2011



NATHALIE BAYARD
France
Summer 2011

MARTA BARTALONI
Italy
Spring 2011

 

CHIARA MATTEUCCI
Italy
Spring 2011

 

MARTA AND CHIARA FOX HUNTING

 

BROOKE BRADSHAW
Spring 2011
Virginia

NIKITA VAN BERENDONK
Fall 2010
Holland

 

 
FULVIA SOMMOVIGO

Winter 2010-2011
Italy

 


CAMRI CUTLER
Provo, UT USA


NICKI NELSON
Tucson, AZ USA


IVONNE ISUNZA
Mexico
Winter/Spring 2010


ROGER CHISLING
England
Spring 2010


YVONNE LAUGHING
Germany
Fall 2009


HELEN AMOSS
England
Summer 2009


FLORE PASQUIER
France
Summer 2009


EILEEN SMITH
Germany
Summer 2009


LISA WARNICK
University of Massachusetts
Summer 2009


BRONWYN ROSSOUW
South Africa
Fall 2008

AMANDA SORRELL
Virginia
Summer/Fall 2008


TOM LOBSINGER
Ontario, Canada
Spring/Summer 2008


SHEILA LEVCHAK
Morrisville State College
2008


MELANIE BIHLER
Germany
2008


MIA RASMUSSEN
Denmark
2007


MARKUS KAUF
Germany
2007


LISA SCHREPFER
Germany
2008


TOBIAS KAMMER
Germany
2005


JULIE BRICKER
Texas
Winter/Spring 2009


KARL "Charly" ASPERGER
Austria
Winter 2009

 

 

 

Lydia,
I know I didn't get a chance to say goodbye since you were on vacation the week I left, but I wanted to let you know how grateful I am. I had a wonderful experience this summer. I learned more than I could've imagined from you, Eileen, and Heather. I actually got a job here in Utah training a horse 3 days a week. My experience at Mountaintop Ranch helped me immensely to build my knowledge about training and all other aspects of training and breeding and foaling barn. I will definitely be using you as a reference and am very grateful for the written review you gave me. Thank you so much for helping me further my abilities. I had a wonderful summer at Mountaintop Ranch and I will never forget it. Camri Cutler