My wife and I are retired teachers with extensive travel experience. Over the years we have raised our own horses and as an amateur I now have time to train and show our own horses in cutting horse competitions. I train and show between 4 -5 of my own cutting horses. As my herd has grown I now require assistance with this activity which will include riding, grooming, barn chores, and travelling to cutting horse shows during the show season later in 2020. In the past we have hosted many school aged international exchange students in the and enjoy including them in our family. We also get great satisfaction learning about culture, foods, lifestyles etc from other countries. Exposure and experience with horses on our little personal training program will be extensive.
A traveler here will gain extensive experience on the training, grooming, caring for, and the showing of cutting horses. The work away traveler will be provided a horse to ride and learn how to train, show, groom, etc. The work away traveler will also get cutting horse rising lessons. And, eventually travel to cutting horse shows in British Columbia and Alberta later in 2020 will expose someone to interesting areas of Western Canada. When travelling to cutting horse shows, all expenses for the work away traveler are covered. Also, the work away traveler will receive an allowance while helping on the show trips. The host family has cared for many international students from Korea, Germany, Denmark, Japan, and Sweden and enjoy meeting and learning about other cultures with horses being the medium.
Ability and experience with riding horses is required and any experience riding in western style is a bonus. The traveler will get lots of instruction on western riding and riding cutting horses specifically. The traveler will learn how to assist with training, exercising, grooming, feeding, barn chores,and showing cutting horses in various competitions in Western Canada later in 2020. Ideally the traveler will be between 19 and 24 years old. I compete in cutting horse shows in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan with my horses competes in cutting horse competitions. The work away person will also travel to the various shows in western Canada and get a chance to experience and see a variety of Western Canadian locations. Also included will be some farm chores and farm sitting. Generally the time commitment per day is about 4 hours and 4 - 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. Weekends are usually free and a rest time for the family. We like to learn from the work away people who come to our place and also willing to assist with language and culture difficulties. We also love to learn about the home country etc of the work away person. Preference to start is May 2020. The small farm is located 15 km from town in a pleasant safe rural setting.
The host home is a classic log home structure with 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms, a den, kitchen, and living room. The traveler will have their own bedroom and bathroom. The work away traveler will be a part of the family and eat meals with the family, as well as participate in family events and celebrations. The farm occupies 6.3 hectars and has a large barn, indoor riding arena, outdoor riding arena and numerous corrals, as well as cattle.
Quesnel metro area has 20,000 plus people. It is a full service community with many recreation and culture events. The community is based on forestry, mining and agriculture. There are extensive outdoor recreational activities in both summer and fall. The host family has traveled extensively and also has experience hosting many international exchange students. Opportunities for regional travel and tourist exploration are available.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4-5 days a week