How to Apply as a RDF Trainee in the U.S.

The Rama Dressage Foundation (RDF) offers exciting opportunities for international equestrians to gain valuable experience in the United States through its various Trainee programs. These Trainees provide hands-on training and professional development in different areas of the equestrian industry, such as breeding, young horse development, farrier skills, grooming, and overall equestrian training. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for an RDF Trainee in the U.S.

Step 1: Understand the Trainee Programs

RDF offers several specialized training programs designed to meet the needs of different sectors within the equestrian industry:

  • Breeding Farm Training Program
  • Young Horse Development Training Program
  • Equine Farrier Training Program
  • Equestrian Groom Training Program
  • Young Equestrian Training Program

Each program is designed to provide comprehensive training and hands-on experience in its respective field.

Step 2: Check Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Experience: Applicants must have at least 5 years of training or experience related to the equestrian industry.
  • Education: Relevant educational background or certifications in equestrian studies are preferred.
  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is required to ensure effective communication and training.
  • Physical Fitness: Applicants should be physically fit to perform demanding equestrian activities.
  • Visa Requirements: Applicants must be eligible to apply for a J-1 visa.
Step 3: Gather Required Documents

Prepare the necessary documents for your application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Certificates of equestrian training and accomplishments
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
Step 4: Complete the Application Form

Visit the RDF website and fill out the Trainee application form. The form will ask for basic information, equestrian experience, education, program objectives, health and safety details, visa and legal information, references, and additional information.

Step 5: Indicate Interest in Open Positions

As part of your application, you will have the opportunity to indicate which open positions are of interest to you. Review the available positions on the RDF website and select those that align with your skills and goals. Provide an explanation of why each selected position is of interest and any additional preferences or considerations.

Step 6: Submit the Application

After completing the application form and gathering all required documents, submit your application through the RDF website. Ensure that all information is accurate and complete to avoid any delays in the processing of your application.

Step 7: Interview and Selection Process

Once your application is submitted, RDF will review it and match you with suitable positions based on your qualifications and interests. You may be contacted for an interview to further discuss your experience and goals. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance and provided with instructions for the next steps, including the visa application process.

Step 8: Pay the Application Fee

There is a small application fee required once you are matched with a Partner Organization. Ensure you submit this fee promptly to secure your placement. Details on how to pay the fee will be provided upon matching.

Step 9: Prepare for Your Trainee

If accepted, you will receive detailed information about your Trainee, including your training program, accommodation, and other logistics. Ensure that you complete all necessary preparations, including obtaining your J-1 visa, before traveling to the U.S.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Rama Dressage Foundation website.

By following these steps, you can embark on an enriching and transformative equestrian experience in the United States through the RDF Trainee program.

How to Apply as a RDF Trainee in the U.S.