Working Student Program

What to Expect

Les Bois Dressage runs a very successful Working Student Program which has produced many FEI riders and professionals.  Our working students work a full day (7AM - 4PM) in exchange for a lesson with Nadine, either on a part-time or full-time basis.  Full-time working students (5 days a week) receive additional perks such as increased riding and lesson opportunities, permission to ride client horses, as well as paid clinic and showing opportunities.  Our program is a fantastic way to learn about the competitive dressage industry and to increase your correct riding education as you move up the levels.

Daily Responsibilities Include:

  • Feeding
  • Turning horses in and out of paddocks/pastures
  • Blanketing
  • Mucking stalls
  • Sweeping
  • Grooming/handwalking Nadine's horses in preparation for schooling/showing
  • Stable and farm chores/maintenance
  • Opportunity to help Noel, our Young Horse Trainer, start our youngsters depending on skill level

Become a Working Student

If you are interested in joining our program or simply want to receive more information, don't hesitate to contact us.  No prior equine or dressage experience is necessary, only a driven work ethic and an open mind ready to learn!

Contact Us

Our Current Working Students

Ella Angelo


Idaho, USA


Dylan Mandolesi

"I joined the Les Bois Dressage team in March of 2016 as Nadine's full-time working student after completing an apprenticeship in the United Kingdom.  While I received a good education in the fundamentals of dressage during my time overseas, I had very little showing experience.  When Nadine took me under her wing, my riding career blossomed and I completed my USDF Bronze Medal in just over a year.  The very next show season, I began competing at FEI.  I am now fully employed by Nadine with my own managerial responsibilities and client horses that I train exclusively, under Nadine's tutelage.  The main goal for my riding had always been "simply to see how far I can go" without many expectations at all, but thanks to my time at Les Bois Dressage I think it is safe to say that I will be setting my sights much, much higher."