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Doubletree Horse Farm is now accepting Apprenticeship Applications for 2016.

 This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for somebody who wants a real hands-on experience in the equine industry.  Accepted applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in every aspect of a working cowhorse and reining horse facility. Apprentices at Doubletree are given the opportunity to ride horses of every ability level, from starting their very own Project Colts to riding finished show horses. They will have the opportunity to assist in a full-service equine breeding program. They will have the opportunity to participate in collecting stallions, shipping semen, ultra sounding and artificially inseminating mares, as well as the always exciting foaling season. Apprentices at Doubletree are given the opportunity to participate in the working cowhorse and reining show season as well as the clinics and events we host here at Doubletree. If you’re looking for an apprenticeship that allows you real experience riding and training and doesn’t just expect you to clean stalls and groom, this is a great chance for you.

Apprenticeships (3 month minimum commitment) 

We have been fortunate that all our apprentices became like
just one of the family and we were sad to see them go. Hopefully we have
provided them with the tools to make their carrier choice more rewarding. They
came from all over the United States and even from Sweden , Norway,Canada, Israel, and
Holland as well. 

For a person that wants to make a career in the horse
industry in my opinion the best education is not in a college or university but
in the actual world. You will start at the bottom and work up as with any
profession in order to learn all aspects of the business. This is the true way
to success. We here at Doubletree offer this rare hands on opportunity to those
willing to pay for the education they get here with blood, sweat, and
tears. Your only other costs will be for
your food and spending money.

If you are interested in the position: We will need a video
of your riding a horse about 5 minutes in length. You will also need to stand
in front of the camera and tell us things like: your goals, educational
background, accomplishments, family, future plans, hobbies other than horses,
where you live, and anything else that you think we might like to hear about.
This part should be less than four minutes. You should post these videos to
youtube or send them to us on a cd. You must be 21 years of age and only
non-smokers will be considered.

 Thanks for your interest, 

Carl Wood


Apprenticeships are available year round.

Make your
applications at least 6 months in advance as many positions are filled quickly. 

A few comments from our previous apprentices:

Syneva Peters from Colorado


"Working at Doubletree was one of the best times of my
life. I learned so much diverse
knowledge about horses and I feel that my riding has really improved. I really appreciated how much we actually got
to ride the horses. The best thing about working with project horses five days
a week is seeing the improvement you are making with them. I also really enjoyed learning about and
working with the breeding. With Carl
being such a great teacher I was able to learn so much so quickly, and then I
got to apply what I learned immediately. 
Now I will have that knowledge and those skills for life. I am just very grateful I got to learn all
this in such a welcoming environment. 
Working at Doubletree makes you feel like part of the family. Thanks so much!"





Lindy Savelkoul from South Dakota


"My experience at the Doubletree was absolutely
amazing. I could not have asked for a better place to do an apprenticeship. The
greatest experience I had was working with my project horses. I felt so great
accomplishing nice stops, decent spins, or just having a good ride. I had to
figure out what worked for each horse, and sometimes it took a lot of
tries. Dot was always willing to test me
on everything I asked her. At the end of the summer I could ride her ten times
better than my first ride. We were the first lucky apprentices to move into the
bunkhouse where we had some pretty good times. I had the opportunity to live
with two other girls and create memories painting the bunkhouse sign,
water-fights when it was so extremely hot out, rides out into the adobes, and
night after night of That 70’s show. The atmosphere around the barn was always
fun and light-hearted even when we were working our butts off to set-up for the
dressage camp, or getting ready for a show. I was involved in many different
activities such as, saddling, bathing, braiding, riding, vaccinating, breeding
mares, giving lessons, traveling to shows, and so much more. Carl, Jodi, and
Pat are absolutely amazing; always willing to answer questions, give ideas to
help my riding, or just give me a hard time. 
They believed in me and were willing to help with my future career in
any way they could. It was a great summer!"







Carrie Rogers from Montana


"My summer at Doubletree was an unforgettable experience. I met new people that will be friends for
life, I learned more than I ever thought possible. I got to be a part of something bigger than
myself, it was great. There’s so much
hands on experience that it’s hard not to love it. There are lots of places to ride on in the
area; going back in the adobes was one of my favorite pastimes. I was never afraid to ask questions and
everyone was more than willing to answer them. 
I look forward to going back for a visit soon!"



Michal Smadar from Israel




October 3, 2010


I arrived at

Doubletree in July 2009, by almost an accident. For years I had desperately

searched for a place to work for and learn from a good trainer. I’ve had some

bad experiences during that process and just before giving up, Google showed me

the Doubletree website, and looking back that was probably the best result

Google has ever made for me.




The only thing I was sure of before coming here was that I

wanted to learn as much as possible about training horses. All the rest- if I

would like it here, if I would last here for 3 months or not or if Carl was a

good trainer to learn from- those were questions waiting to be answered.


Shortly after

arriving I realized that this place is the best place to be if you are

interested in training horses, not afraid to work for it and willing to listen.


I worked here for 15

months, and that time was one of the best in my life.






The people I met here

during my stay were all really nice and I have made some really good friends

here. The town of Delta is conveniently located between Montrose and Grand

Junction and is close to hiking places and national parks that are a must-see

while you are here.






The everyday work

here mostly consists of riding your project horses, which are your

responsibility to ride and train. Because of that you get the chance to see and

feel what works for each horse and the improvements that you’re making with



Also part of the job

is helping with the feeding, clean stalls once a week, help carry out the shows

here and do whatever needs to be done.


Most of the work is

independent and most of the time you’re on your own.




Learning from Carl:


As mentioned earlier,

learning was my wish. I think that in order to really learn and enjoy this

long, never ending process, you should have good communication with your

teacher and generally have good atmosphere in your place of work. The way Carl

teaches his equine and human students is very relaxed, step-by-step based, and

much understandable.


His professional

knowledge is unquestionable (although questions are always welcome) and unlike

a lot of trainers in this business he will let you in and show you his methods.


I always felt free to

approach Carl with questions and other things that were on my mind, and always

found a person that was willing to listen and reply.


The environment at

Doubletree is very welcoming and tolerant, and I think it’s a very comfortable

place to get educated in and work for.




I can’t begin telling about all the things I’ve learned and

got exposed to while working here but I can say that coming here was one of the

best decisions I’ve ever made in my life and after 15 months I feel that I have

a good foundation and for that I’m very grateful.  


Michal Smadar






Trine Boehnsdalen from Norway




Apprentice at Doubletree Horse Farms


Summer 2006


I arrived at Doubletree Horse Farms in the middle of May
2006. I was one of three apprentices that were going to work and learn at the
great facility for that summer. Little did I know that I was going to end up
staying twice as long as the normal three months length.


I arrived with an open mind and eagerness after learning as
much as possible about horse training during my stay. Now I realize that I have
also learned so much more.


Project horses


I was given two project horses to work with at the start;
one young horse and one older, well trained reining horse. As I improved and
learned Carl’s program of exercises, I soon advanced to riding even better
horses and starting young ones. With every horse Carl was there to help and
guide, and I was given lessons whenever there was time for it.


This summer we were fortunate to have our own young horses
to start from scratch. These horses had not had much handling and the process
we went through with them was very learning and rewarding. Nothing beats
starting a horse of your own and finding out that he is doing well and shows




Carl is a true horseman and is capable of getting his horses
to perform their very best by consistent and correct training. He is also a
very good teacher, with a willingness to share his knowledge with those who
wants to learn and has the desire to work for it.


He gives a lot of himself and got me to feel welcome from
the very first day.


His knowledge about horses, riding, training, breeding and
showing is amazing, and whenever I had a question, Carl could always give me a
good answer to it.


Hard Work


A complete training- and breeding facility like Doubletree
Horse Farms, I soon found, does not run itself. It takes dedication and work to
keep the wheels turning.


One has to help wherever help is needed, and also take
responsibility to see what needs to be done without supervision - and then do
it. To be an apprentice does not mean you ride horses all day. There is a lot
more to learn about running such a big facility, and we all had to take our
responsibility in keeping the place clean, helping during shows and clinics,
feed, weed, clean tack, saddle horses, stack hay, cool down horses etc. Credit
was given to those of us who did take this responsibility.


Some days were long and hard, and didn't really quit until
you were in bed at night - exhausted. Other days, when everybody was helping
and the work was done efficiently - was nice. Especially during the breading
season there is a lot to do all the time and we had to be alert and ready to
help with whatever.


The Bunkhouse


The apprentices live in the Bunkhouse, which is good, ok or
bad after what standards you have. To me, this was not a bad place to live at
all. At one time we were four girls living there at once - and we had a lot of


Be prepared to share some of the facilities with a couple of
mice and spiders - but there is a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, living room
with TV, three separate bedrooms and a big dining room, so there is plenty of
space for all. ;)


The aspects of horse training


These six months has gone very fast and I have enjoyed every
day of my stay. I have learned very much about horse training in general,
starting young horses and training horses for reining and working cow horse.
But the learning did not stop there. I have learned a lot about how much
dedication and effort it takes to keep such a big facility running. There are a
lot of small bricks that needs to be put down to build a solid foundation - and
even then it never stops. There are always more bricks to put on and to run
such a big facility takes a lot of responsibility, effort and organizing.


In working with horses, there are also aspects that are not
so nice, but which has to be dealt with. The loss of good horses to sickness or
age, the decision to put a horse down, the realization that a horse for
training will not make what the owners want, or reach the potential set by
humans. This is not what we want to learn about, coming as apprentices to learn
horse training and riding. But being able to become a successful trainer, these
are aspects we need to be aware of and I am thankful for all of these




I am very grateful that I was welcome to Doubletree and
think this has been an excellent place to stay, work, learn and mature.


It has been a memorable and fun summer, full of new learning,
acquaintances, happenings, horses, riding, clinics, friends, training, fun,
shows, roping and lots more. I have met wonderful people, and found good
friends I will miss a lot. I have been fortunate to be under the wings of a
great horseman the last six months, and I couldn't have asked for any more than
what he has helped me to accomplish in this time. I am very thankful for the
time I could be here, and hope I will return someday to work and learn even




Trine Boehnsdalen, Norway