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Van Hargis Horsemanship Intern Program

For those seeking to further their horsemanship journey beyond the ABC’s (Absolute Basic Criteria) and gain more
education and experience in Horsemanship and “Humanship” Van Hargis Horsemanship offers extensions of the
Top Hand Horsemanship Academy. The VanHargis Horsemanship Intern and Apprentice Program.

Top Hand Intern Program- After successfully completing the Top Hand Academy, students may wish to apply for intern opportunities limited to select students. Internships are temporary work opportunities to learn general job responsibilities at a company. The internships are temporary work programs consisting of a continuation of the training and principles taught in the Top Hand Academy with several added value features and benefits. For example, interns get opportunities to earn bonuses based on the generation of business. Interns will be afforded the opportunity to attend clinics, seminars and shows with Van Hargis staff.. The positions typically last 4 months to a year.

Many colleges encourage students, specifically seniors, to have an internship for at least a semester in exchange for college credit. Van Hargis Horsemanship gladly works with colleges and universities to assist their students in fulfilling the internship requirements. Although a student does not need to be a college student to further their horsemanship journey in the Van Hargis Horsemanship Intern and Apprentice Program.  Completing an internship prepares the intern to handle job responsibilities in the horse industry. And, interns might receive full-time job offers either at the Van Hargis Horsemanship facility or VanHargis Horsemanship will assist in job placement with reputable employers.


Top Hand Apprentice Program- Student successfully completing the Top Hand Intern Program may be invited to join the Van Hargis Horsemanship team as a paid apprentice. An apprenticeship is a job training program that teaches skills required for a particular industry. Apprenticeships are full-time, paid positions. At the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is prepared to work in their trade. Apprenticeships are typically necessary for skilled occupations within the horse industry, such as an assistant trainer or entry level trainer. The completion of a reputable Apprentice Program establishes tremendous credibility.


Students or other applicants pursuing an apprenticeship with Van Hargis Horsemanship signs a contract and is brought on board for at least a year. Apprenticeships involve both work experience and classroom learning. An apprentice trains under Master Horseman Van Hargis skilled in performance horse training and may be offered a job when they complete the program.


Hands on experience with real life situations. 


Character building life lessons 


Hours counted towards college work hours, training. and resume experience


Work hand and hand with a 30+ year experienced horseman

If interested in Applying or for Scholarship opportunities, contact us below 

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