Intern with Friends of Ferdinand
We are now accepting applications for 1-2 interns in 2016.


Lots of Saddle Time on a variety of Off-Track Thoroughbreds that are in Re-training

Over $500 Per Month in Lessons Focused on Bringing Along Green Horses

Work with a team of vets, farriers, trainers and support staff

Includes on-farm housing, utilities, and a small monthly stipend

About The Internship

We have an opening for a working student/intern position at Greenstone Stables/Friends of Ferdinand. This is an opportunity to live and work with off-track thoroughbreds that are in re-training and preparing for adoption.

Unlike most working student positions, you will be more than just a groom/caretaker. You will be an important member of a team of vets, farriers, trainers and support staff that works together to re-train and adopt retired racehorses into the most suitable second careers.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the daily care of horses transitioning from the racetrack and in-retraining, coordinating and assisting with vets for intake exams and follow-up exams, coordinating and assisting farrier, coordinating and assisting with the photographer visits, assisting with adopter visits, assisting the Executive Director with maintaining complete files on each horse in the program, and tons of saddle time working with horses in-retraining and preparing for adoption. Opportunities to ride FFI horses in shows and off-farm schooling outings to Twin Towers and KY Horse Park may be available. Interns will participate in Friends of Ferdinand board meetings, learn about non-profit operations and equine welfare issues. Successful candidates will also develop leadership skills, promote the organization and its horses and will be expected to voice their ideas, opinions, suggestions and concerns.

The intern will also be required to draft a internship report that will be submitted to the Tony Stewart Foundation that describes what you have learned about equine welfare and how the experience has impacted you. This opportunity will also count towards volunteer/non-profit work required for college, vet school and equestrian program applications.


Ideal Candidate

  • 18 years or older preferred
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Considering a career in the horse industry
  • At least 3-6 months availability
  • Eager to ride and motivated to learn
  • Reliable, organized and able to take direction
  • Can ride and is not afraid of green horses. We will make you a better rider and teach you how to bring along a very green off-track thoroughbred, but you have to have a good riding foundation. This is not an opportunity for beginner riders.
  • Located in Dayton, Ohio area or willing to relocate temporarily to Dayton, OH (housing/utilities are included).
  • Upon request, be able to send a video of you riding: walk/trot/canter
  • Be willing to potentially travel Dayton Ohio for a riding interview

Intern with Friends of Ferdinand
We are now accepting applications for 1-2 interns in 2016.