We are a small, professional lesson and training barn in north-eastern British Columbia’s Robson Valley.
The ranch is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains to the north-east and the Cariboo Mountains to the south-west, farmland and endless wilderness with lots of wildlife.
We offer horse training, colt starting, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, 10-day intensive horsemanship courses based on Irwin Insights (Chris Irwin), workshops, short courses and demos on various topics, equine behaviour workshops, horse whispering demonstrations, mentorship programs, and working student programs/internships.
Owner Birgit, an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer, utilizes training methods based on Irwin Insight's non-resistance training principles, an evolutionary type of natural horsemanship.
Our facility has a beautiful, new indoor riding arena, an outdoor riding arena with a breathtaking view of the mountains, as well as an outdoor round pen.
All our horses as well as all client horses are housed in pens outdoors year-round in groups, with seasonal pasture turnout. We usually have between 15 and 25 horses on the ranch.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We offer two types of volunteer positions: ranch hand and groom.
Ranch hand: Duties include general maintenance of buildings and fences, cleaning pens and shelters, harrowing arenas and pastures, spraying weeds, assisting with feeding, watering and turnout of livestock, cleaning tack, general yard work, some housework, trail maintenance/building, gathering and stacking firewood, and depending on the season, snow clearing and haying. Carpentry and chainsaw skills are a bonus!
Groom: this is a position for horsey people. Duties include cleaning pens and shelters, feeding and watering livestock, turning horses in/out, doctoring animals, grooming horses, tacking horses, cleaning tack, and assisting with the handling of horses. Depending on your level of horsemanship and length of stay, you may also help exercise and train horses. Minimum stay for this position is three months. HORSE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED for this position! We will ask for a video of your horsemanship and riding skills. Please contact us for more information.
For either position, you must be physically fit, hard working, reliable, trustworthy, responsible, independent and self-motivated. You must be able to work well alone/unsupervised as well as as part of a team. A positive attitude is important!
We work hard in any weather conditions, but we also have a lot of fun doing what we are doing. The closest small town is 25 kilometres away, so a love of nature and a willingness to live in a remote area is also required. Longer stays are encouraged to make the most out of your stay.If you are "looking to find yourself", please do not apply! This is not a retreat!
Minimum age for either position is 18 years.
If your native language isn’t English, a stay at the ranch is a great way to improve your English. However, it is important that you already have a good working knowledge of the English language. You will also get to experience the Canadian way of life, attend and participate in local events, as well as meet locals. We are within half an hour’s drive of the world-famous Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, as well as an hour and a half drive from Jasper National Park. The recreational opportunities in this beautiful area are endless. Please be aware that there is no public transportation, but you are welcome to join us in any shopping trips and outings, and we also try to arrange for rides so you can participate in activities that we don’t attend. There are also two mountain bikes available for use.
You will share a simple, but clean and comfortable bedroom and a full bathroom in the basement of the ranch house with another volunteer. Kitchen, living room and dining area are on the main floor of the ranch house and are shared with the ranch owners (husband and wife team, no kids). Our house is kept clean and tidy, and we expect volunteers to help with all household chores. We have several cats as well as two dogs who live with us in the house, so it is important that you like pets and have no allergies (or are willing to take medication against them). Husband is a smoker, but only outside. No smoking in the house and around horses or duing work hours! We have WiFi (limited data, but you are welcome to bring your laptop, tablet, etc.), satellite TV, and there even is a TV with a DVD player in your room so you can watch DVDs (TV not hooked up to the satellite).
PLEASE CHECK OUR CALENDAR BEFORE INQUIRING! Thanks!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours maximum
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