Ultimate OE – Equine Programme

The Ultimate OE equine program has been running for 7 seasons and it is the only one of its kind in the world. Over the years we have placed over 200 young kiwis into hunting based employment in Canada. Our unique model of train before you go has allowed us to build close relationships with our employers in Canada who look forward to their new Ultimate OE cadet every season. If you are passionate about horses, the outdoors, adventure and have a good work ethic then the equine program is for you. Taking people on treks through the mountains on horseback and being immersed into the world of western riding and culture.

Please note in order to submit an application you must submit a short video of yourself riding (including a trot) as well as a recent photo of yourself on a horse.

What will I be doing?

Firstly you need to understand that you are there to work. This is a paid work placement so you will be expected to work for your pay cheque.

You will be involved in the equine industry in some capacity. Whether you start as a wrangler or a full-time trail guide or something in between, you will be working in for a respected guest ranch owner in Canada. Our employers offer everything from 2-hour trail rides to week long pack trips into the mountains. They offer everything from advanced riding to basic trail rides. Larger resorts have a range of different employment options if riding every day doesn’t suit you personally.

We also have some full time packing positions available for those who don’t think a trail guide or wrangling possition would suit them. This involves packing and trailing in strings of horses or mules with supplies in and out of back country camps. 

We customize each placement for each graduate. We are not going to place you in a situation where you are out of your depths or somewhere where you have no interest. Some applicants may be more suited to more of a working ranch type placement (farming) but still based around horses, we can discuss this option during the training course.

What will I learn during training?

Winter ski resort placement – Full time work at a Canadian ski resort. If you wish to remain living and working in Canada over the winter this additional placement is a great option. It fits particularly well with the end of the guest ranching season and will give cadets the opportunity to continue working though the Canadian winter. We have access to a huge range of jobs with a large number of popular ski resorts in Canada. Previous Ultimate OE cadets who have completed this placement have work in everything from ski patrol too driving snow making equipment on the mountain. These placements are a great way to see a different side of Canada – we describe this placement as more “social”. You don’t need to have any previous skiing/boarding experience. The cost of an additional ski resort placement is $850 + GST and will add 6 -7* months of paid employment to your OE in Canada.

 Guest Ranch Wrangler / Guide  Placement

$5500 +GST (option 1)

The standard package includes the 10-day course and a placement on a guest ranch in Canada This will give you approximately* 4 – 6 months paid work. We have a large range of different guest ranching jobs available. Where you are placed will be determined by your level of riding experience, your level of maturity and what you hope to gain out of the experience. We try to place the most suitable graduates with the most suitable employers in Canada. The standard package also includes a professional visa service to help streamline the process of obtaining your Canadian working visa.

We have placements to provide for the most experienced riders to those with limited riding experience. You should be prepared to work hard and have a passion for horses in both cases.

OR 

$4500 +GST (option 2) 

Includes everything you get in option 1 but excludes the NZQA chainsaw training portion. This also reduces the length of the training from 9 days to 7 days in duration. The result is a reduced rate for option 2. 

 – Wilderness Cook Equine –

$3750 + GST

Work in the guest ranching industry as a wilderness cook. Placements range from 3 – 5 months in duration and also includes our wilderness cooking training specifically tailored for the Canadian backcountry cooking industry. We have a range of placements available depending on how “remote” you feel comfortable with and how much riding you want to do while in Canada. 

Visit the wilderness cooking page 

 

Additional Plcements

Winter ski resort placement – Full time work at a Canadian ski resort. If you wish to remain living and working in Canada over the winter this additional placement is a great option. It fits particularly well with the end of the guest ranching season and will give cadets the opportunity to continue working though the Canadian winter. We have access to a huge range of jobs with a large number of popular ski resorts in Canada. Previous Ultimate OE cadets who have completed this placement have work in everything from ski patrol too driving snow making equipment on the mountain. These placements are a great way to see a different side of Canada – we describe this placement as more “social”. You don’t need to have any previous skiing/boarding experience. The cost of an additional ski resort placement is $850 + GST and will add 6 -7* months of paid employment to your OE in Canada.

Where and when is the training course?

The equine training course will start at 12 pm on the 12th of December 2017 and will finish on the 20th of December 2017. Our training will be based in the south island out of Gunn’s Bush Camp which is located ten minutes out of Waimate, New Zealand.

The wilderness cooking course will start at 12 pm on the 12th of December 2017 and will finish on the 18th of December 2017. Click here for more details on the wilderness cooking. 

Applications for 2018 are now open. Places in 2018 will are limited in number and applicants will be accepted as we receive suitable applications throughout the year.

DEADLINES

Applications for the 2018 season close on the 1st of December, 2017. Once we receive your application we will be in contact regarding the outcome. If you don’t hear from us advising you of the outcome of your application within two weeks please email us to confirm that we have received it.