Horse Riding Jobs In Canada


Frequently asked questions


What happens if I get multiple offers?

One of our experts will be available to help you make your choice, we have a good foundational knowledge of each guest ranch, how they operate, and what to expect based on the experiences of past cadets working at those locations. From there you will be given a defined period of time to make your choice.

What happens if I don’t get any offers?

If you complete your profile and don’t receive any offers within the allotted time period you will be given the option of a refund, or to try again the following season.

What happens if I decide not to take an offer and don’t get any more offers before the cut off date?

Depending on the circumstances pertaining to why you turned down the offer you may or may not be entitled to a full or partial refund. This is up to the discretion of our team. You may also have the offer to remain in the pool for the following season.

What do I get for my money (programme fee)?


  • A process of interview and interacting with one of our equine programme experts we will develop a professional and effective profile to present to our employers.
  • We take that profile and put it in directly in front of our employers in Canada, giving special note to those we think best suits your abilities, personality, and what you want to get out of the experience.
  • 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, we will receive a full refund. See “How does the money-back guarantee work?” below)


What other costs do I need to keep in mind?

There are several other costs to keep in mind outside of our programme fee ($2449 NZD). See below for a detailed outline of all the additional costs that you need to be aware of before you commit a job in Canada.

Other costs:

  • We provide a visa service to help you secure your visa, this is included in your programme fee, however, you will still need to pay Canadian immigration for your physical visa. The cost of this is $250 CAD plus a Biometrics Processing fee of $85 CAD (total of $335 CAD).
  • To be allowed to enter Canada on a 23 month Working Holiday Visa you must show proof of funds of $2,500 CAD with a return flight or $3,500 CAD without a return flight. This means that you have access to this amount in a bank account or credit card.
  • Flights – you will need to buy return flights to Canada. These range from $1800 NZD to $2500 NZD depending on the airline and route chosen to Vancouver. (you can buy one-way, it just affects the total amount of Canadian funds you need to have access too – see above)
  • Medical insurance – you will need to buy “comprehensive” medical travel insurance for the time you’re in Canada. This will vary depending on the length of your stay and the level of coverage you choose but budget for between $800 NZD and $1500 NZD.
  • Internal travel and accommodation – depending on where your job is located in Canada you will need to get from Vancouver (normal port of entry) to where your ranch is located. This can be anything from a bus ride to a domestic flight depending on where the ranch is located in Canada.
  • Additionally, we suggest all of our cadets traveling spend 1 or 2 days in Vancouver to secure bank account, tax number and drivers license (we provide simple details of how to do this in your arrival package), so there will be a cost of accommodation while in Vancouver. We get discounts on local and safe backpacker locations so this cost shouldn’t be more than $200 NZD depending on how long you stay.


How much can I expect to get paid?

This varies depending on the guest ranch you’re working at. Each location has a different breakdown and system depending on a range of factors such as; accommodation, food/meals, hours and roster setup, location of the ranch, job description, and how good you are at your job. However while in Canada you are protected by the various provincial labor laws so that you will receive the relevant legal minimum wage based on the ranches location.

Is accommodation provided and does it cost me anything?

In some cases yes it’s included, in some cases, it’s subsidized, in some cases, it’s calculated and gleaned from your wages, and in the odd case, it’s not covered at all. This is obviously ranch specific and we suggest you make sure you understand the details around accommodation location and costs before you accept any job offer.

What happens with food and meals?

Live accommodation it varies depending on the specific ranch that hires you. In most cases, you will be expected to buy your own groceries and cook for yourself. A small number of guest ranches do provide food or meals while working. Remember to ask your employer what the situation is before you accept any job offer.

Why do guest ranches to hire UOE cadets?

UOE cadets have an inside advantage based on existing long-standing relationships we have with employers. Because we have a clear understanding of what ranches are looking for, what type of person has excelled there in the past, and what you want to get out of the experience, we’re able to put your profile in front of multiple suitable guest ranches. We also make sure that we get our profiles in front of our guest ranches before they look at any others that season. We have a direct line to those making hiring decisions and we get in first with the best ranches in Canada.

Is there any training available?

No, traditionally (for the first 10 years) we provided in-person training for all of our cadets but we have recently modified the format. These modifications have made the programme both more accessible to those not able to attend in-person training in Waimate and more affordable to a wider range of people looking for an adventure in Canada.

How does the money-back guarantee work? How do I get my money back?

You’re eligible for a FULL refund if:

  • You don’t get a formal job offer within the allotted time for the relevant season.
  • You develop a serious medical condition or injury that prevents you from traveling to Canada.

You’re NOT eligible for a refund if:

  • You simply change your mind
  • You fail to provide the requested information to complete your profile then your programme
  • You receive a job offer but decide not to accept it, however you can choose to stay in the pool until you get a job or for the following season.

You MAY be eligible for a partial refund if:

  • You are offered a job, 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 circumstances, this is up to the sole discretion of Ultimate OE and its staff.

Please be sure you are serious about traveling and working in Canada before you apply! If you would like to request a refund or you think you’re eligible for a refund and have not received one – please contact us at [email protected]

Are flights included?

No – your flights are not included in our programme fee. Refer to “what other costs do I need to keep in mind?” above for more information.

Am I eligible for the work visa?

You need to be 18-35 years of age, have no criminal convictions or criminal record, and have not participated in the IEP in Canada before. We provide a visa service that is included in your programme fee, this makes this process as simple and streamlined as possible!

Will you help me get organized before I leave?

Yes – we will provide a comprehensive “Departure Guide” that will cover everything from flights, medical insurance suggestions, booking domestic travel within Canada, gear lists, and much more. Everything you can imagine – a result of sending cadets to Canada to work in the guest ranch industry for a decade… bet you can’t think of a question we haven’t had before! We’re also available to answer any questions you might have in the process.

What happens when I arrive in Canada?

We will provide you with a comprehensive and handy “Arrival Guide” that will detail everything you need to know about arriving in Canada and the first couple of days you spend here. It covers a large amount of information including (but not limited too): customs and immigration arrival process, airport transfers, discounted accommodation recommendations, how to get your IRD number, opening a bank account, cell phone set up, drivers licenses, and getting to your guest ranch. It will also include a guest ranch specific set of instructions depending on where you get a job.

I have another question that’s not covered here?

Please get in touch! Flick us an email and ask any questions you might have or to set up a time for a quick chat about the programme, how it works, and what to expect! [email protected]