Horse Based Working Holiday’s (NEW)

The Ultimate OE equine programme has been running since 2012 and since then we have placed over 300 young kiwis into outdoor-based employment in Canada.

Recently we have changed the format of our equine programme making it more accessible to a larger number of keen young travelers from New Zealand and around the world. The biggest change is that sucessful applicants will no longer be required to attend a pre-requisite training before being able to travel. 

If you are passionate about horses, the outdoors, adventure and have a great work ethic then working in the guest ranching industry in Canada could be your Ultimate OE. Taking people on guided treks through the mountains on horseback and being immersed in the world of western riding and culture in Canada.

What will I be doing?

The guest ranches who annually hire our cadets have a wide range of employment opportunities depending on what kind of experiences they offer to clients.

Job descriptions range from wrangler, horseback guide, packers, backcountry guide, backcountry cook, stable/barn hands, and more.

It is very important to understand that you are there to work. We arrange paid work placements so you will be expected to work. We have established longstanding relationships with guest ranch employers who offer everything from 2-hour trail rides to multi-day backcountry pack trips into the mountains, each ranch offers advanced riding experiences to basic trail rides catering for beginners.

Using our service ensures that you get your resume and profile in front of the right employers first so that you maximize the chance of getting your dream job and ensuring that you get the most out of your overseas horseback adventure. 

Depending on what job(s) you’re offered and  decide to accept in Canada, this will obviously affect what you do on a day-to-day basis; another advantage to our service is that one of our experts will be available to help, explain, and advise you on what different jobs will be like at different locations and what you can expect. You can make the best decision for you and what you want to get out of your Canadian adventure.

“We take all the worry, hassle and work out of finding the ultimate horse riding job in Canada. You will be surrounded by good people, new friends and LOTS of horses!”


Who should apply?

We’re looking for hard-working individuals between 18-35 years of age (due to visa restrictions) who LOVE horses, people, and riding.

You should be motivated by the experience and the opportunity to learn new skills and ways of doing things in Canada. Ideally, applicants seeking to be a horseback guide, packer, or wrangler should have a good foundation in horses/riding, experience or interest in customer service, an outgoing personality suited to interacting with guests and other staff, and a sense of adventure.

If you’re looking to secure a lodge or backcountry cooking position then a riding foundation is not as important but you should have skills that are relevant to cooking, the outdoors, and interacting with people/customers.

In both cases, it’s important to have a worth ethic that will handle the sometimes mentally and physically demanding nature of hard work conducted in remote environments.

What we provide:

 Canadian Guest Ranching Industry

Total Price $2449 NZD

What we provide for your investment:

  • Interview and interaction with one of our equine programme experts to develop a professional and effective resume profile that we will present to our employers. 
  • Advice and support when you get a job offer(s)
  • Visa support, we will provide a service to make getting your work visa in Canada as stress-free and easy as possible.
  • Departure guide – everything you need to know before you leave New Zealand
  • Arrival guide – everything you need to know about arriving in Canada and a ranch specific information pack.
  • Ongoing support and advice while you’re in Canada.
  • Job offer guarantee – if you don’t receive a formal job offer, you will receive a full refund. Make sure that you understand how it all works before you apply (see below). 

More Details:

The Programme Fee

Once you have had your interview we will make our final decision, if we think you have what it takes and we think that you have a great chance to get a job offer, we will formally accept you into the programme.

At that time your payment of $2449 (including GST) is due. If you need more time to pay or would like to set up a payment plan, we happy to work with you. We get started right away to will put together your employee profile and resume ready to go in front of our guest ranch employers.

We will ask you for specific details, additional information if required, and some specific videos to accompany your profile and increase the chances of you getting a great job offer.

Please keep in mind that costs outside of our service are not included in the programme fee – please see the full break down of other costs such as flights, insurance, domestic travel, etc in the FAQ section

Money-Back Guarantee

You ARE eligible for a FULL refund if:

  • You don’t get a formal job offer within the allotted time for the relevant season.

You’re NOT eligible for a refund if:

  • If you simply change your mind or fail to provide the requested information and material to complete your profile in time.
  • If you receive a job offer but decide not to accept it you can choose to stay in the pool until you get a job that season or for the following season.

You may be eligible for a partial refund if:

  • You are offered a job but decide not to take it, then do not receive a second job offer. At this time we may decide to give a portion of your fee back depending on the specific circumstances, this is up to the sole discretion of Ultimate OE and our staff. 

Please be sure about applying before you apply, we do everything we can to secure you a job offer in Canada.

Please note that if you develop a serious medical condition or injury that prevents you from traveling to Canada you may also be eligible for a full or partial refund. 


DEADLINES Applications for the 2020 season close on the 1st of January 2020. 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.

If you wish to travel in 2020 but you have missed the deadline – or you have any other questions please feel free to email us at [email protected]