Live and help on a horse ranch in the Rocky Mountains, Robson Valley, British Columbia, Canada



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  • Description


    We are a small 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, Working Equitation clinics and lessons, 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 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help


    We are looking for somebody to help with yard work, housework, some basic maintenance, gathering and stacking firewood, snow clearing, trail maintenance/clearing, etc. Carpentry and chainsaw skills are a bonus! You may also be asked to help stack hay for the winter season.
    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 our small team. A positive attitude is important!
    No horse experience necessary, but you must be comfortable around horses. This position doesn’t include any riding or horse work.

    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.
    If you are "looking to find yourself", please do not apply! This is not a retreat!
    Minimum age is 18 years. At this point we are only accepting females due to shared accommodation with our female assistant trainer.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will share a simple, but clean and comfortable bedroom and a full bathroom in the basement of the ranch house with our assistant trainer. 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 a young dog 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 while working! We have WiFi (limited data, but you are welcome to bring your laptop, tablet, etc.), TV, and there even is a TV with a DVD player in your room so you can watch DVDs (TV not hooked up).

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    25 hours, 5 days maximum

Host ref number: 245764696643