Annually we offer a limited number of equine/ranching internships here at The DX Ranch for those 18 years and older. At this time, we do not have volunteer opportunities available.
What makes Interning with The DX Ranch unique, is that from the first day, you will be involved in advancing your horsemanship while helping horses get better as well. You are not simply a go-fer and a groom. Rest assured, there will be chores to do, however none of those is a job we won’t do right alongside you at some point. We will work closely with your Universities to make sure that the curriculum meets the needs of each student.
The internship program is not free as we provide room and board, as well as our decades of experience. Interns are allowed to bring, at their own transportation expense, one riding horse. Board for the horse is on us.
Length of Program:
Tuition MAY prices vary based on experience and weeks attended.
Returning Interns may receive a reduced tuition rate based on their “try” from the previous year.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to reserve your spot upon approval of your application. The balance is due one month prior to your arrival.
To ensure that you gain the most from your equine internship experience, these positions are typically offered to those with some previous horse experience. During your Internship you will gain experience in applying our philosophies in the following activities, among others:
- Halter Breaking
- Animal Husbandry
- Colt Starting
- Horseback cattle handling
- Ranch Roping
- Branding and doctoring cattle
- 4H/Youth Activities
Upon arrival we will work through fundamentals with you to determine your experience and course of study. We’ve found that every human and every horse have their own pace at which they learn the best, and we make it a point to try to identify yours early on. The horses you will handle during your stay will be chosen to suit your evolving abilities. We will not overwhelm any student (horse or Intern) with a highly intensive activity in order to complete an agenda. The Internship program runs from May through September each year. Currently, we can take up to 4 interns at a time for which we will provide food and (shared) lodging in the bunkhouse. We will provide no-cost transportation to and from the airport in Pierre, SD. Other arrangements can be made on a case by case basis.
While the deadline is March 15, 2020 for the 2020 program, submission, selection and offering of positions is an ongoing process so the spots could fill by deadline, however we will maintain a waiting list should those spots fill.
We require a video of you catching, saddling, bridling and riding a horse at all gaits. Video may be shared via YouTube, or Facebook, emailed or mailed via DVD. You may also provide additional material you feel you’d like to include for consideration at the time of submission. Completed Applications for the 2019 season are due by Midnight, March 15, and to be considered complete, must include a video. The form and video do not have to come together, but you do need to notify us when you’ve uploaded/mailed/emailed your video.
Click here (You should receive an email with your responses. If you do not, please let us know and we will send you a direct link to fill out the application.)