January 2019

Horse Careers


How to Start a Career Working with Horses

In Australia, the equestrian industry brings in more than 1.143 billion dollars per year, and that’s not even counting income from horse sports, according to a report from Equestrian Australia (EA). Since the equestrian industry is currently robust, and likely to remain so in the future, there are plenty of exciting career opportunities for people who love horses. Examples of jobs that are horse-centered include Barn Manager, Bloodstock Agent, Broodmare Manager and Dude Ranch Wrangler. Most jobs don’t require formal degrees. To get hired, an applicant should have a lot of experience with horses, in addition to a professional and polished resume and a strong work ethic.

How to gain experience with horses

Kids who want to get on this fulfilling career pathway should get used to being around horses as soon as they can. Summer horse camps are great places to become comfortable with horses and learn how to ride them. These camps are fun and very educational.

Adults with the same career ambitions should gather experience which makes them stand out. Employers will want to know that applicants understand the fundamentals of horse care, know how to ride horses and have some understanding of equine behaviour and equine psychology. Adults should shoot for a mixture of book learning and real-life experience. Online courses are convenient ways to learn , according to Any courses that you complete will also look great on your resume.

How to create an impressive resume

Once you’ve gathered experience and education, you’ll need to show it off. This happens on a resume. The easiest way to create a professional and polished resume is to find a CV template that looks great and has room for information about your career objective, education, work experience and achievements. Fill out the sections of the resume template carefully online – save it both to your computer and online to keep it safe. Double-check names and dates, as well as grammar and spelling – any good word processor will have a good program for this. Then, boost your chances of getting the job you want by creating a cover letter, which should be sent out alongside your CV. A good cover letter should be directed at a company hiring manager and it should include your contact information.

How to develop a strong work ethic

Kids who want to work with horses should build their physical fitness by riding horses regularly and caring for horses regularly. Working with horses does require physical endurance, as it’s often very hard work. The stronger and fitter a child is, the easier the work will be. When a child gets used to doing typical horse chores, such as mucking out stables and grooming horses, he or she will develop the right work ethic. People who genuinely love horses find it easier to spend long periods of time around them, while performing chores. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you’ll find that having a passion for horses is the key to maintaining the motivation to take care of horse-related tasks, day in and day out.

Plan an Equestrian career today

The equestrian industry in Australia is a billion-dollar industry. If you love horses, you will find that many career opportunities are open to you, provided you have the right blend of experience and education, along with an impressive resume and strong work ethic. Now that you know how to get started working with horses, you’ll be ready to put together a smart career plan.

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June 2018

Horse Rides – What To Pack For A Horse Riding Adventure


 KIAH PARK HORSE RIDING You ought to have a cowboy hat. You have to have leather chaps, right? Who would go horse riding without the chaps? Chaps and spurs. The spurs have to cling right you know, because you’ll just look ludicrous walking inside the bar, swinging the half-doors open when the spurs do not cling, right? Cowboy scenes and adventurous galloping always come to mind when you think of riding a horse. The riding essentials need not be solely made out of leather, and you can definitely have a galloping fun time without the spurs. Here are some really useful things to pack for your horse riding adventure.

1. Sunscreen and lip balm. Very important, commonly forgotten. You need to protect your skin from the harsh sun while riding and your lips from wind burn as you canter through the countryside.

2. Insect Repellent. Horse riding will bring you to some of the most secluded locations that are only accessible on horses. Apply insect repellent on your clothing to ward off mosquito and tick bites that may ruin your experience.

3. Long sleeved top preferably with a collar to protect your arms and neck from the sun’s rays. Comfortable jeans with smooth seams to avoid chafing most especially on the inner thigh that gets the most friction from the saddle while riding. It’s also advisable to wear lycra leggings under your jeans for added protection. Make sure you bring a spare or two of these pieces of clothing.

4. Riding boots. Contact the provider of your horse ride or an expert for the best affordable brands suitable for riding.

5. Wide brimmed hat preferably with a tie-down string to keep it secure when riding a horse.

6. Personal stash of necessary medication, first aid kit, water and in between snacks. Horse rides usually entail long trails under weather conditions that can wear you out easily. Never rely on the food and beverage provided as part of the adventure package. It is best to be prepared with some munchies if you feel like nibbling.

7. Cotton sweat absorbers or bandanas for your head.

8. Camera. Horse riding will take you to some amazing places, immortalize the experience and relive it by capturing it on film.

9. If you are planning to go on an overnight riding expedition, you may need to bring a sleeping bag. It is best to inquire from the outfitter if they provide some and even if they do, you just might prefer to use one of your own.

10. Always have a map of your the trail or route, and a compass. You never know when it may come in handy. After all, horse riding locations are not like anything you have been to before, it’s nice to be familiar with the place and have some navigational tools in case you need them.

Horse riding is a laid back relaxed activity that does not demand much equipment as compared to other outdoor activities. Most riding gear can come from your closet and be rented out from the outfitter. Apart from the basic skill and knowledge of riding a horse which will be taught to you as soon as you hit the stables, all you really need to remember to pack will be personal items essential to an outdoor activity. Pack lightly, bring only what you need to ensure that the horse will be less tired since you have not added much to its load.

Hannah McEwen is an experienced writer that is also a massive fan of horse riding. She has enjoyed the sport from the moment she learned to ride a horse through to her many horse riding adventures across Australia. Hannah McEwen thinks everyone can participate in horse riding and hopes that more people participate in the sport. If you are interested in horse riding you should find out more today and before you know it you’ll be enjoying your very own riding a horse lessons.

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February 2015

Winter Riding Camps 2015


Hi Horse Lovers,

The freshness of a Queensland winter is a beautiful time to enjoy lots of active outdoor fun as well as happy rugged up nights with a warm circle of friends.
Will your child be part of this amazing adventure these holidays? 

20 – 27 June
27 June – 4 July
4 – 11 July

5 – 8 June (Queen’s Birthday w/end)

Every Monday & Tuesday during the school holidays, or Sunday over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Call Tilana or Samantha on (07) 5486 6166 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Gift vouchers are available.

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August 2015

Wet Weather Fun


This is week 3 of our Winter horse riding camps at Kiah Park.   What a wonderful, fun time we are having with children from all over Queensland. Despite the wet weather on the Sunshine Coast at the moment we are still horse riding and doing fun activities – just getting a little muddy at the moment!  We will update soon with feedback from our camp kids.

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December 2014

Horse Riding Activities


Front-of-brochure_smallerWhat do you get when you add horses, trail rides, children and a seven-day outdoor holiday camp? The answer is lots and lots of fun! Kiah Park is nestled in the beautiful hills of the Beenam Valley, just north of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. We offer an amazing horse-riding holiday for children, full of well-supervised activities and safe learning experiences from dawn to dusk. Each child is given the privilege of caring for, riding, and getting to know their very own horse. We go out on twice-daily trail rides over a large variety of scenic routes, complete with designated spots for our confident riders to feel the wind and break into a canter! Whether your child is new to horses or is a competitive rider, every holiday at Kiah Park is bound to be full of wonderful adventures and lasting friendships.

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November 2014

Riding Ability


With the summer horse riding camps starting in December we have had a few questions about which riding ability category your child fits into when you are completing the registration form. We hope this very basic outline is helpful.

NEVER RIDDEN – Total beginners.  May have been on a pony lead but have never ridden independently.
BEGINNER – Little experience with horses.  This rider knows how to ask the horse to move forward, turn and stop and can mount and walk off unassisted.
NOVICE – Basic experience with horses. A novice rider is able to rise to the trot.
INTERMEDIATE – The intermediate rider has taken lessons.  Their seat is secure and they can canter.
ADVANCED – Advanced riders have several years intense riding instruction.  They have competed successfully in recognised shows and are able to ride most horses.

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June 2014

Horse Riding in June-July holidays 2014


Come horse riding at Kiah Park these winter holidays.  Horse riding camps are a great way for children to enjoy a healthy, happy week of outdoor fun!  Children are given their own horse to love and ride for the week and enjoy arena lessons and trail rides twice a day.
This holiday activity is on:
28 June – 5 July
5 – 12 July
12 – 19 July
We hope to see you there!

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Horse riding on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend


Horse riding camp on the Queen’s Birthday weekend – we have a jam packed long weekend of horse riding and fun coming up on 6 – 9 June 2014. Kids arrive on Friday after school for dinner together and get-to-know-you games. Saturday is arena assessments where everyone is given a horse to suit their riding ability and arena lessons. Sunday we enjoy trail rides and camp fire lunch and Monday is the gymkhana, a fun opportunity to use all the learned skills from the weekend.
Hope to see you at Kiah Park over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend!

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April 2014

Horse riding for kids Easter 2014


School holiday activities for kids this Easter holidays.


5 – 12 April 2014

12 – 19 April 2014

Camp includes full accommodation and each child is given their own pony/horse to love, care for and ride twice a day. There are arena lessons, trail rides and a gymkhana.

Fun night activities include a night walk, camp fire with marshmallow roasting and stories, talent show, bingo/line dancing and movie night.

Children enjoy real outdoor fun, feeding the animals, collecting chicken eggs and milking the house cow……. a very happy, healthy holiday and an amazing opportunity to develop independence and create lifelong friendships and memories.

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