If you would like to improve your dressage riding, learn more about working with dressage horses at all levels, and experience horse-keeping in the USA, our program might be for you. Our staff speaks French, and some Spanish, so we welcome students from many countries other than the USA.

At Hearthstone Farm, we accept two resident working students at a time for our three month international program. For students from the United States and those international students willing to obtain a visa for a longer stay, a six to twelve month program is recommended to obtain significant educational benefits in riding and stable management. Students must provide references and have health insurance to be considered.

The students are in the barn five days per week, from at 7:00 AM until approximately 4:00 PM, with a short lunch break. Students join our team to help with feeding, turning out horses, tacking up, cleaning tack, grooming and keeping the barn neat. They assist in the training of our young horses, as well as hold horses for the farrier and veterinarians. They participate in the de-worming and vaccinations of the horses, and help with medical treatments.

In addition to frequent tips about stable management and horse training, students receive four scheduled lessons per week. These include lessons on the lunge line and group lessons in dressage. The fourth lesson could be another riding lesson or a class in horse management at the local college. Classes in theory of dressage and video sessions can also be arranged. An allowance for groceries and social expenses is also provided, and is paid in a lump sum at the end of the three months, and bi-weekly thereafter.

We have several school horses available for lessons and we encourage students to practice further when horses are available. Depending on riding skills, some students are asked to ride horses in training or sales horses, with staff supervision. Riders at any level are accepted for the program, since we have horses suitable for all levels. Some prior experience in caring for horses is required, however.

The two working students share the “soutterain” apartment that is part of the main house. It consists of a double bedroom, sitting room with TV, DVD, and VCR, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom.

On days off, students may choose to do extra riding, relax, or visit the sights and shopping in the area. The lovely rural area where the farm is located provides easy access to hiking, biking, swimming, skating, skiing, and other recreational activities. The city of Milwaukee offers opportunities for a wide variety of entertainment, cultural events, and tourism.

Because of great interest in our program, we often have a waiting list for places. If you would like further information, or would like to reserve a time to be part of our program, please send a letter or e-mail explaining your interest and when you are available.
Because of great interest in our program, we often have a waiting list for places.  If you would like further information or an application, or would like to reserve a time to come, please send a letter or e-mail explaining your interest and when you are available. 

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Short Term Working Student Programs


Jayne Ayers
W381 S5225 Hwy ZC
Dousman, WI 53118

Phone:  262-965-2066
Fax:  262-965-2164