The Working Student Life interview is brought to us by Carly Wulf, who has been volunteering with hoofbeats since #EIS2017. This time, in casual conversation with her roommate and fellow working student for Tom Dvorak. Known as one of Canada's top international dressage riders, he has developed a number of horses through to the Grand Prix level, and has represented Canada at Pan American Games, World Cups and World Championships. With over two decades of experience at the top level of equine sport. The working student interviewed was a part of the Young Riders program, and has competed Prix St Georges, which is the beginning of the international levels of dressage. This level is governed by the FEI and continues pirouette, 8m voltes and flying change work. Furthermore, rider’s are expected to show distinct differences within the gaits from collection to extension.
We also hear another BBRM Alumni presentation, recorded at a U of G Equine Event - Sasha, transfer student, science background who did the Kemptville program for 2 yrs. She had background as a dressage rider at the 3rd and 4th level, and was schooling Prix St. Georges, before an injury. Her advice is to get actual experience. Hers has run from stallion handling during collections for breeding, to working at sales barns. She also raves about Guelph with all its agriculture resources and opportunities and various livestock production agriculture. She is no longer just a "Crazy horse girl," with just a "horse show background" with no understanding of actual farming. She has taken up Sheep herding, with dogs, as a hobby and sideline endeavour to completing her masters with an Animal Bio Sciences project. She is enjoying her evolution as she continues to diversify into other areas of agriculture.