The last 5 years we have offered
these trainer internships via word of mouth only . With all the interest
they have generated we felt it was time to put a page up publicly on just
what these trainer internships and entail.
The program is for those folks
interested in learning our training methods and applications here
on the ranch.
Note: We do not use production training
and/or mechanical manipulation techniques at this facility. We teach horses here, not break them,
but do fix them, it's more than just a figure of speech.
These internships are open to
folks that are professionals in that they currently train for clients,
for those training their personal horses , raising and training horses
in their own breeding programs or those seeking to become professional
trainers. It is for the serious students only. This is not a form
of entertainment but real work and hard work in teaching horses ,
running a ranch and this kind of business on a daily basis.
Participants in this program would be
working side by side with Elizabeth Graves on a daily basis with each horse,
not training horses alone.
We do get gaited and non-gaited breeds
in for training and utilize full array of disciplines at this facility.
You will not be expected to work with
horses that may be dangerous beyond your current capabilities as we do
a large number of varying level of rehabilitation horses here. We also
have limits on what we will take in with these type horses anymore. Participants
will be expected to be in an observation basis though receiving
explanations as to the work being applied to these types of
*Information on this can be found
on our training page.
This program not only entails the teaching
of horses but to a student trainers personal needs, such as marketing,
book keeping, client relations, human psychology in this business, horse
care and psychology, learning Bio-mechanics and equine locomotion,
saddles fitting , bitting/bitless applications, teaching applications for
the rider, horsemanship history's and philosophies.
All participant are required to
wear a safety helmet as Elizabeth does while astride any horse. You may bring your own or we also can
provide them for use. We also recommend bring writing material
for any notes taken, no fee for copy's of material provided to students.
No filming allowed, but still photos
$1000.00 dollars for 7 days, 7 day minimum
Maximum days limited to dates available.
$100.00 booking fee to hold reservation
This booking fee will be deducted from the
payment in full due upon arrival to facility.
Payments accepted with check , cash or credit
card via PayPal.
We now offer internships Year round.
We only accept 2 training interns at
are responsible for their own housing.
Camper hookups and tent sites are available on site free of charge.
Motels are available in town 2.4 miles from
the ranch and we can provide pick up and drop offs daily to and from motels.
*Spring Valley Super 8 : 507- 346-7788
Interns must also provide their own meals
, we do have a refrigerator/ freezer, microwave, and coffee pot available
in our heated barn office.
Many restaurants, bakery, butcher shop and
grocery store also in town.
Spring Valley is a small town with lots of
retailers being an active farm community.
Free unlimited long distance available within
the US from Barn office phone.
Free WI FI available for your own internet
We can pick up and drop off from Rochester
MN airport, which is 30 minutes from the ranch.
Airport code: RST
Many car rental companies available
at the airport for those needing or wanting a car
Personal Horse Program:
We also offer an option for interns
to bring their own horses to be added to their daily training
program working with Elizabeth.
Please call for fee's and accommodations
if this addition is desired.
All participants and visitors will be
required to sign a liability release to be on ranch premises.