1064 19 1/2 Road 
Fruita Colorado



 3 full & 4 part time working students, & lots of volunteer positions for the 2018 season


Shamrock Sport Horses is a complete training facility geared toward producing successful riders and horses, owned and operated by Sheila Johnson.  We have an excellent working student program.  Activities here at SSH include competition horses, a boarding stable, horses in training, instruction for riders,  and more.   The facility is in a lovely location on the western slope of Colorado with easy access from I-70.  It includes lovely facility for 16 horses outdoor arena with excellent footing

      Sheila's working student program offers instruction, riding experience and learning opportunities in exchange for working in and around the stable.  Our program is designed to allow everyone the chance to fulfill their own goals with their riding, including ample opportunities to compete their own horse.  Lessons on an almost daily basis offer the riders individual attention on a variety of horses.  

     Whether you are interested in a career with horses or just wanting to spend some time pursuing your riding before college or career, if you are serious about learning, there is no better way to receive an education in riding, training, events, horse care, and stable management.    

SSH has multiple positions available - as of 05/01/2018
Please contact Sheila if you are interested in applying for a position. 

      SSH offers a variety of opportunities to gain experience; there is always something going on.  With horses competing and being shown for sale, youngsters being started under saddle, horses sent in for training,  students can gain experience in all aspects of the horse business.  Our program is designed to help everyone fulfill their own goals with their riding and gain as much experience as possible.  Working Students at SSH get the opportunity to work and ride in the presence of top veterinarians, farriers, riders and trainers.  They gain exposure to the all levels of training and competitions , and to many other facets of the horse industry.  With our excellent facilities and top-level instruction, we offer the ideal situation to help you attain your goals.

       Working Students are required be at least 10 years old, and make a written commitment to stay for a minimum of six months for full time student and 3 months for part time students.  Applicants are not expected to be competent riders, or to have experience caring for horses and working in stables, but must be willing to learn and be taught. Our program is definitely geared toward a solid foundation in horsemanship specializing in Eventing, dressage,  and ranch versatility and developing horses that have a good all-around manner; although competition experience is not necessary, a commitment toward professionalism & a specific discipline is important.  A desire to learn and a willingness to work hard and do things the SSH way are essential.  I am looking for working students who really love horses, farm life, and are very interested in learning, improving their riding and becoming part of the SSH family.

      This position includes but is not limited to feeding, mucking, turn out/in, cleaning tack, grooming, tacking & untacking, bathing, basic vet care, clipping, mane pulling/trimming, facility maintenance, cooling out, and lunging & riding for those with horse experience.  Students that have experience riding can ride several horses a day.  SSH requires a responsible standard of horse care.  There is plenty of hard work to be done, but a good group of people in a friendly atmosphere and an emphasis on learning makes for pleasant working conditions.  You are expected to work hard, and in return you will learn a tremendous amount.  In return for their hard work, students receive  instruction and riding lessons on a daily basis, free board for their horse (as long as they make a commitment of at least six months) and plenty of opportunities to ride, learn and gain experience.

    I can accept students without a horse if they are willing to work hard and learn.  Students who bring their own horse will also get lessons on other horses here at the stable. 

      Applicants for working student positions will need to plan to come to SSH for a personal interview/trial. You should plan to spend at least two full days at the farm; this gives you a chance to really observe our program and see what it entails, and it gives us a chance to get to know you a little and see if you seem like you would fit in well.  It is usually best to make arrangements for coming to interview in advance of when you would like a position.  With proper references, overseas students may be interviewed by phone.  E-mail me if you wish to arrange an interview, and I will send you a short questionnaire to fill out preceding arranging an interview date. 

As we all know, equine activities are dangerous and there is bound to be injuries or accidents. Working Students are required to have their own health insurance on top of what we have. Students are responsible for their own meals, and of course costs such as shoeing, vet fees and competition expenses for their horse when spots are open.  No alcohol or drugs are allowed on the property or during events. Sorry, working students are not allowed to bring dogs.

      I require a commitment of six, or twelve months, though once in awhile we have a short-term spot available. A three month seasonal-only or weekly short term position may be possible.  Occasionally there are also part-time positions available for students that are not in for serious training. At this time we are not set up for housing. If you are committed to working and learning we can certainly assist you in finding affordable housing during your stay. 

      If you are interested in more information, or would like to come see our farm, please contact Sheila Johnson via email or phone. 
[email protected] or 970.424.7073