Looking to move to USA

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Hi I am looking to move to USA for a few months at first, to work and travel a little bit and if I like it stay long term. I was wondering if anyone would be able to advise me on how to start the process. Which state to move to? Where to look for equestrian jobs in US? What websites? I am looking to work as a groom/rider. I have experience working in riding schools, stud yards, livery yards, racing and eventing. I completed HNC, HND equine studies courses as well as Equine Business Management Degree and I have additional horse care qualifications. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 

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If you're looking to be employed during your time in the US rather than just as a tourist you will need a working Visa and these are very difficult to get as you will need to be sponsored by your employer and they will have to prove how a US citizen couldn't do that job in you place. More details here https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/temporary-employment/

Otherwise Ocala in Florida is a really big horse area.
 

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Working in a tb stud sill get you into America. Coolmore have a big farm in Kentucky, I can't remember where Godolphins is. Then obviously you have Lanes End, Tailor Made etc to look into. Racing itself in America is very, very different though.
 
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Racing itself in America is very, very different though.
The whole equestrian scene is very, very different.
The culture is very, very different.

OP, if you haven't, it would be worth joining the Chronicle of the Horse forum and getting a feel for what areas of US equestrianism interest you. They of course have things that do not exist here eg Hunter/Jumper (and the whole dependance on a trainer and being in their 'program'), Saddleseat (american saddlebreds etc with 'set' tails which would be illegal here) and so on and so on... this doesn't even get to the whole ship horses to Mexico or Canada in appalling conditions situation.

There will of course be top horsemen/women who have excellent welfare standards. You need to go with your eyes open though so you don't end up going to the wrong place and end up having to care for big lick TWH for example... I'm not sure that any normal UK horsey person could deal with that.

Read this as well before you go, it does help explain some US ways to a non-american. https://www.waterstones.com/book/if-only-they-didnt-speak-english/jon-sopel/9781785942273
 
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The whole equestrian scene is very, very different.
The culture is very, very different.

OP, if you haven't, it would be worth joining the Chronicle of the Horse forum and getting a feel for what areas of US equestrianism interest you. They of course have things that do not exist here eg Hunter/Jumper (and the whole dependance on a trainer and being in their 'program'), Saddleseat (american saddlebreds etc with 'set' tails which would be illegal here) and so on and so on... this doesn't even get to the whole ship horses to Mexico or Canada in appalling conditions situation.

There will of course be top horsemen/women who have excellent welfare standards. You need to go with your eyes open though so you don't end up going to the wrong place and end up having to care for big lick TWH for example... I'm not sure that any normal UK horsey person could deal with that.

Read this as well before you go, it does help explain some US ways to a non-american. https://www.waterstones.com/book/if-only-they-didnt-speak-english/jon-sopel/9781785942273
I worked with horses in Poland as well before I moved to UK. I’ve worked on a few yards but of course still a lot to see and learn. I just thought if it is possible I want more experience and see other countries and places. Hence my post I just want to learn more :)
 

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Hi I am looking to move to USA for a few months at first, to work and travel a little bit and if I like it stay long term. I was wondering if anyone would be able to advise me on how to start the process. Which state to move to? Where to look for equestrian jobs in US? What websites? I am looking to work as a groom/rider. I have experience working in riding schools, stud yards, livery yards, racing and eventing. I completed HNC, HND equine studies courses as well as Equine Business Management Degree and I have additional horse care qualifications. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
As someone mentioned previously, a work visa is a very difficult thing to come by these days in the US, so defintely do some research on that before seriously trying to jump into anything!

As for where to go in the US, there are many horsey areas! I'm from the western US originally (but now call the UK my home) and if you're into western riding/endurance/ranching (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho are best) it's a great place to try. There are also a fair number of jumping/eventing stables throughout the west (which is what I used to do), so you could still ride English while having access to other kinds of riding easily. East coast/Ocala is really the mecca for English riding disciplines in the US, although I've known people from that scene and according to them it can be very toxic and welfare standard for the horses aren't as high.

In general, the west is more laid back and friendly. California also has some top riding schools/trainers (you'll find it's much more trainer oriented there rather than riding schools) and I really loved riding in Oregon. As noted by previous posters, culture is just very very different there in general, but if you're game for it then that can be a good thing. I've found compared to the UK, and this is just my opinion, horsey people are friendlier and quicker to open up to you in the US, which is nice. They'll love that you're from England, so soak that up lol :p
 
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