Pat conducting training Dressage Student Pat in Competition

Working Student Program

Being a Working Student at Broad Meadow Farm is a unique opportunity to learn work on a small active farm specializing in dressage and jumpers. Unlike other frams when it's mostly "working" and not so much "student" we really understand and respect the need to provide opportunities for instruction and competition opportunities consistent with the goals and objectives of the student.

Participating in our Working Student Program creates many opportunity for the student to immerse themselves in every aspect of the equestrian experience. Working students are active participants in the full range of equine care including but not limited to: riding, competing, show preparation, horse transport, grooming, feeding, tacking, nutrition, maintenance, wellness procedures, assisting with care of young horses, and assisting with training in hand and ground work. All of this But never at the expenses of daily, one-on-one instruction in riding.

Current & Past Working Students

Heather Kelley (2012)

I valued my experience working with Pat because she filled in the gaps in my training and provided me with so many new experiences that I had never been exposed to at my previous barns. The way Pat teaches truly supports each rider and helps them get to their best riding as well as gets the horses to work in their best form. Through Pat’s training, I was able to ride a wide variety of of horses and learn how to handle different problems that come up during training. Along with riding, Pat taught me so much about caring for horses. This was a very important part of the training I received as it has helped me care for my own horse even when she is not under Pat’s care. Pat’s patience and support have brought both my riding and horse care skills up beyond any level that they were in my previous riding experience. I appreciated that Pat sought out unique and interesting opportunities for us to learn from, whether it was volunteering at a horse rescue, going to clinics, riding at different farms, driving the truck and trailer, and many others! Pat always took the time and the thought to make sure we were learning as much as we could in our time with her. I wish I had more time to spend at Pat’s farm but I visit (and squeeze in some work for her!) as often as I possibly can.

Sage Cooney (2013-2015)

Pat Eidle is one of the most competent and dedicated horsewomen I have ever met. She takes an interest in the individual needs of her clients and horses. The care is outstanding and clients are treated with the utmost respect. In training and lessons, Pat takes descipline and makes it fun. Every ride is purposeful and as a a student,I ended each day with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Averi Fredrickson (2012-2013)


Hannah Casebolt (2014-2015)


Emily Smith (2014-2015)

Emily has been riding since 2004.  She started out riding hunters, but after two years of riding Emily got her first pony, Perfect Day. Perfect Day was found on the side of the road in Florida, and nursed back to health by Pat Eidel Schmoll and Gary Smith. Since Perfect Day could only do dressage, Emily decided to switch to dressage. For their last show they did the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational in 2008, receiving Reserve Champion. Emily then continued to go through the years with the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational and finished in 2010 winning the freestyle with a 72% on her recent mount, Augustus.

Emily hopes that when she is older she can help support other Junior/Young riders in the sport of dressage, as well as go up the levels herself.

Highlights

  •    Real Working Student Program
  •    Daily One-On-One Instruction
  •    Equestrian Best Practices