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Working pupil

rebecca_team_webWorking pupils

Working pupils train alongside Canadian high-performance event rider Rebecca Howard at her UK-base, set within an established, world-class equestrian facility at the foot of Salisbury Plain, 10 miles from Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK.

Working pupils gain insight into the operations of a professional event yard, learning how top horses are managed and produced. Working pupils are involved in every aspect of the program, taking part in general yard duties and helping to prepare horses for training and competition – increasing their hands-on experience with eventers at all levels, from four-year-olds to 4* level. There are also opportunities to travel and experience competitions as part of the team. Working pupils are encouraged to bring their own horse and intensive training is provided.

Working pupils live on-site in clean, purpose-built accommodation with an international young, fun and hardworking team.

To apply or discuss working pupil placements, contact rebeccahowardequestrian @gmail.com UK 07776 483147

Working pupil graduates

emy_workingpupilEmy Burgaud

French engineering university student Emy Burgaud joined Rebecca Howard Equestrian as a working pupil for the summer eventing season in 2016.

Q: Why did you want to be a working pupil?

Before starting my engineering program, I was very involved in showjumping and I have always had an interest in eventing. For my summer term, I decided to try and develop my understanding of eventing and practice working in English. I found details online and sent an email to introduce myself.

Q: What was the interview process like?

I came to visit Rebecca and meet the team in May and to get an idea what the working pupil placement might be like. On the very first day I went to an event with Rebecca and it was really exciting. I groomed for the day the competition. It was a big learning curve, learning about the timings of a one-day-event and the English terms for all of the equipment.

Q: What sort of things did you learn during your placement?

I learned so many things during my placement! Working in a professional yard was a great experience and there were things to discover every day. My favourite part was preparing the horses for an event and then grooming at the event. I had no experience of cross-country and to be involved was a real thrill. I was also happy to receive Rebecca’s training and advice on my riding and feel that I improved in a short space of time.

Q: What was the best thing about your time as a working pupil?

I loved devoting myself to learning more about the world of professional eventing and caring for event horses. Living and working with an English-speaking team was also a challenge, I learned a lot about personal relationships, different culture and about myself.

But the best thing about my time with Rebecca was when she was not at the yard… but when she and Rupert were at the Olympic Games! We were all supporting her and she did so well, finishing 10th as individual. It was an emotional day for the home team, we were so proud watching on tv at the farm.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

My main focus for the time being is to complete my degree in engineering. But my working pupil placement confirmed my passion for horses and as soon as I can I will return to riding in competition – maybe even as an event rider!

I’ll never forget my summer as a working pupil with Rebecca Howard Equestrian. I learned a lot and I strongly recommend someone considering spending time as a working pupil to apply.