The apprenticeship program seeks to reward and encourage those who want more.... What does that mean?  The following is the "job description," if you will, of the apprenticeship program...


Apprenticeship description:

Current apprentices are required to attend a one-week clinic each summer in which we will push participant skills as far as we possibly can in one week.  There will be monthly requirements throughout the year which apprentices will be expected to complete over 5 areas--

*Teaching-- because we are all mentors to someone else

*Training-- because we must apply the skills we are learning to real-life situations

*Events-- because we must learn to speak knowledgeably and professionally about what matters to us

*Observing-- because we learn from watching others

*Self-directed-- we should not need to be spoon-fed the things that compose our priorities. 

Apprentices are more than students; they will show through their commitment a heightened desire and ability to train, ride, and teach.  Participants should not commit to be an apprentice unless they are serious about going deeper and are willing to commit time each month to that end.  Apprentices are expected to attend events, take part in planning, teach under supervision, work on training projects, and show a self-directed desire to represent Herds of Hooves. 

Apprenticeship is a one year commitment open by invitation or application to enthusiastic youth and adult students of a minimum of one year and 13 years old plus.  There is a yearly option to "renew" or excuse oneself each year without any negative results.  An HOH Apprenticeship is something that can be put on a job resume or a college application-- a positive evaluation of one's work ethic, commitment, self-direction, and growth can go a long way.

Do not be overwhelmed if you are interested in this program, but do understand that there will be a clear difference between students and apprentices, both in responsibility and priveledge.


Our current apprentice roster includes....

Ashley Farmer

Student since 2003 and

apprentice since 2012


As a longtime student (over 10 years!) and volunteer with Herds of Hooves, I am excited this year to finally get a chance to be more directly involved with the program as an apprentice. I graduated in December 2012 from Furman University with a B.S. in psychology where I also rode on the Intercollegiate Dressage team. While on the team, I learned a lot about horsemanship and enjoyed my experience, but it also gave me a renewed appreciation for and desire to further my education in Progressive Horsemanship. I will be attending GRU College of Dental Medicine in Augusta in the fall of 2013, but until then I am excited about the opportunities ahead of me here at HOH! I have always wanted to be an apprentice and I am so glad that I finally get a chance to be more involved with and learn from the great teachers - human and horse - in this program!

Updates coming soon!