Discover The 3 Tiers Of Access In Our International Student Program
Our Access Program is great for someone with horse experience but limited reining experience interested in learning all about the workings of a competitive horse training program, while being willing to work consistent hours in the barn in exchange for knowledge.
The Access Level includes room, board and access to learning directly from Jim and our team day in and day out.
Physical labour required.
“This summer, I stayed at Jim and Pauline’s home as a working student for one month. I felt immediately welcomed, Jim and Pauline making me feel like I was part of their family.
Pauline cooked fresh, delicious meals every evening and I enjoyed spending time with their three adorable kids.
I accompanied them on many family excursions, whether it be to barbeques or
The days in the barn were interesting and there were lots of different types of tasks to be done.
We worked hard and had a lot of fun. Even though the days in the barn were long, I enjoyed every moment I got to spend with Jim and his team.
I learned so much about how to train and take care of reining horses during my stay.
Jim always made sure to find the time to give me a lesson and answer all my questions. I had the possibility to work with lots of different horses, allowing
me to improve my skills a lot.
The atmosphere in the barn was always enjoyable and fun. No matter what, spirits were high and the team stayed positive. They are always fair to the horses and worked hard to make sure they get the best possible care.
Thank you for this lovely time at your place with wonderful people and horses. I will definitely come back here.”
~ Lisa Dolling
Hi my name is Lynn Troppenz. I stayed 6 months with Jim and his wife Pauline and family. Seriously, I could talk hours and hours about how amazing my stay was. Just contact Jim and you’ll have the best time you could ever imagine. The best part was I wasn’t just working for them. I was very much a part of their family. We had a great and funny time at the barn, I rode some very cool horses and we did some cool trips with the family and always had amazing dinners together. Literally, you will gain weight. I’ve learned a lot about horsemanship and how to run an equine training business. Jim gives his best effort to show and explain everything to you honestly. It is most important that you have skills to make coffee and to remember where Jim has left his last coffee up!! But, as I said, I could talk hours about my time in Canada with Jim and his family. I promise, it will be an amazing opportunity to go there.
A friend told me that Jim was looking for someone to help around the barn. At first I didn’t know what to expect and was pretty nervous about going there and staying with his family. But that feeling soon turned into pure joy and happiness. I was welcomed by their whole family, was allowed to tag along to wherever Jim and Pauline went and got to be a real part of their family. Working with Jim was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. Cracking jokes all the time and laughing a lot made working long hours at the barn a fun experience. I had never worked at a horse barn before, so there was a lot to learn – but Jim was very patient and was always there to help me whenever needed. We got along great and became a great team over the time. At first I was only planning on staying there for the winter but when spring came around and I was supposed to leave … I just didn’t want to. Being there just felt like home. That’s why I stayed there for the whole 9 months. I got to go to horse shows, special vet appointments at the clinic, the race track, other barns, a breeding barn across the border – wherever Jim went, I went. There were so many cool things to see that I would have never been able to experience if it wasn’t for Jim. Whenever we weren’t working, I got to hang out with Pauline and the kids (just Z and M at the time). Pauline and I became close friends and I loved to spend time with her. She always came up with fun stuff to do and didn’t judge me for the terrible singing I like to do when doing dishes (thanks again!). I could fill pages and pages talking about how special my time with the Greendyk’s was. What I really want to say is: thank you, Jim and Pauline, for letting me be a part of your family. If I had the chance to do it again – I wouldn’t even have to think twice about it, I’d be on a plane in a heartbeat.