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Assistant Trainer, Level 1

Lamy, New Mexico 87540
United States
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Date Posted: 05/10/2023 | Last Updated: 05/10/2023
Instructor, Trainer - General
Positions Available:
Full Time
Annual Salary Range:
Not Specified
Minimum Education Level:
High School
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job:
Any Breed
Languages Required:
Drivers license required?
Commercial drivers license required?
Own car required?
Pets allowed?
Non-smoker required?
Live on site?
Will pay to relocate?
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft   in
Weight:   lbs
About The Facility
Terra Nova Equestrian Training Center is a 50-acre training and boarding facility lin Lamy, NM, located 20 minutes from downtown Santa Fe.
Job Description
The Assistant Trainer Level I Position is a hands-on learning, research, and training position that offers you a uniquely valuable education. You will work with horses from a new perspective as well as teach others the concepts and skills of our Priority to Positive® program. Our goal is to build our Via Nova team by offering career advancement as our PtP program evolves.

This is a full-time employee position at our 50-acre facility, Terra Nova Equestrian Training Center, Lamy, NM, located 20 minutes from downtown Santa Fe.

This job focuses on learning positive reinforcement and our Priority to Positive® (PtP) approach to train horses as well as to help educate others and teach PtP.

You will:
- Participate in foundation training under the leadership of Via Nova’s PtP Supervising Trainer
- Participate in our onboarding and classroom program to master the material to instruct others
- Under direction, exercise and manage the care of one or more horses, including training plans and riding
- Train Via Nova horses with positive reinforcement; researching, testing, and modifying new and current approaches
- Create and execute training plans while logging and documenting outcomes visually and in writing
- Assist in all aspects of Via Nova presentations, workshops, clinics, competitions, and other events onsite at Via Nova and external venues
- Learn and practice becoming an engaging educator and ambassador for positive reinforcement and the Priority to Positive® program, including teaching, giving public presentations, writing, and networking
- Research, present, and apply training material to improve skills, knowledge, and the program
- Assist with the general welfare of Via Nova’s horses, including exercise, administering medication, participating in night check on a rotating basis, and other barn duties as needed.
Job Requirements
You are an equestrian:

1. Committed to, or already pursuing, a professional career in the equine field

2. Riding experience in a traditional equestrian discipline
- Five or more years of riding experience preferred*
- Work with inexperienced horses, helpful
- Competition record a plus but not mandatory
- Ability to groom, tack, and ride at least three horses for up to an hour each per day

3. High level of horsemanship
- At least two years of experience riding, training, or working at a professional barn or in a collegiate program preferred
- Certification by a formal equestrian training program (USHJA, USDF, USEA, CHA, BHS, etc.) or equivalent is a plus but not required

*Note: Video or in-person assessment of riding skills will be part of the hiring

You are also:
- Innovative, open, and a team player
- Attentive, collaborative, supportive
- Self-motivated and a self-starter
- Excited to participate and would thrive in a start-up atmosphere outside your typical barn experience.
- Comfortable with a research and development environment with shifting priorities and unknowns
- Inspired to research, problem-solve, and test new approaches
- Open to learning and discussing new training concepts on the ground and in the saddle
- Composed in stressful situations
And you love being at the barn and outdoors

Physical Requirements:
- Ability to fill a physically active, athletic position.
- Lift up to 40 lbs
- Walk up to 8 miles per day
- Work outside for up to seven hours a day in all weather conditions
- Compensation based on experience
- Health Insurance
- Board for one horse, provided permission is given for the horse to participate in Via Nova’s training program
- Time permitting, weekly dressage or jumping lessons and coaching
- Potential to compete in local shows and events
- Expenses paid for development opportunities, including educational seminars, workshops, events, and conferences related to Via Nova’s vision
Description of Housing Provided
On-site shared housing may be available