Saddle up for summer

Get ready to teach kids aged 5-17 how to horseback ride, trek through the mountains and care for their horses. You'll also be responsible for stable management and making sure the horses are given some well-deserved TLC.

We work with specialist horse riding camps, where campers hone existing equine skills, and with general camps, where horse riding is an option. In these cases campers will have very different levels of experience... so no two lessons are the same!

Am I the right fit for this job?

This is the perfect summer job for anyone who loves horses and who wants to share that love with others. From exploring the surrounding areas by horseback with the kids, to helping them progress on their skills, to caring for the horses, equestrian roles at summer camp are incredibly fun. Plus, horse riding instructors are always in demand, so your chances of getting hired are pretty high.

You need to be

Experienced riding horses

Confident teaching the basics of one riding style



Bonus points for

HSI Level 1 Apprentice qualification

Irish Pony Club B test

British Horse Society Assistant

Instructor (BHSAI)

What does a horse riding instructor do at camp?

Weather-permitting, counselors usually run lessons throughout the day. Specialised horse riding camps want to show campers what it’s like to own a horse – so daily chores and care are expected from each camper, for you to oversee. You’ll also lead a daily ‘barn lesson’, in which campers learn about breeds, disciplines, training techniques, equine management and first aid. And you’ll help to organise a horse show at the end of week, where campers can show off what they’ve learned.

In general camps, where horse riding is one of several activities, you’ll use a simpler approach – like teaching kids how to approach and mount a horse. Since most campers won’t have any experience, the lessons will start off slow to ensure they get the basics right. You’ll be responsible for the kids and the horses throughout the day… so pay attention!

Horse Riding

What you get for your money

  • Freedom to book flights
  • J1 Camp Counselor Visa
  • SEVIS & Insurance
  • Up to $2,000 salary
  • Food & Accommodation at camp
  • Inclusion in the Camp USA Hiring Pool
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Job with Summer Camp
  • 30 days in USA

The summer of a lifetime

You'll spend your day teaching horse riding and keeping an eye on anyone near horses.

Why Camp USA?

The summer of a lifetime

Two months working in the sunny outdoors, plus a month of US travel to go wherever the wind takes you. #livingthedream

A job that never feels like work

Get the role you're born to do - where you're appreciated, where you have fun and where your loud voice/ embarrassing laugh is actually encouraged!

The chance to learn new skills

And to remember ones you've forgotten you had. Remember when you were convinced you'd be a world-class actress? You've got the green light to wow on that stage.

Lifelong friends from all over the world

Meet your fellow counselors from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more... handy if you ever need a place to crash while travelling!

Craic on tap

We mean banter. Of course. It's an experience fuelled by silliness, by acting like a big kid yourself and by having the time of your life. And actually getting paid for it!

No cash woes

We’ll cover your Insurance & Sevis fee. You have the freedom to book your own flights so that you can find the best deal for you. Plus we’ll give you a parting gift of up to $2,000 to fund that epic road trip.

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