Working Students

Home base is Balsam Hall, 811 Gore Rd. Kingston ON Canada.  We also have a facebook page you can follow to see what daily life at an eventing barn  feels like.  Like us to find out!  We look forward to hearing from every applicant for our working student program.  Email us at 

The working students work with Selena and Morag at Balsam Hall.  The barn houses 25-27 horses at any given time.  The farm is an eclectic mix of boarders, young horses, schoolmasters and competition horses, including Selena’s international horses.

The students do normal barn chores in the morning and afternoon, feeding  hay four times a day and skip the stalls three times a day, so chores tend to slip into all the gaps between rides.  Most students work two or more horses a day.  There is a working student lesson most days.

The barn is busy at all levels of competition with competition horses covering a range from Olympic to the local ‘walk trot’ test.  O’Hanlon Eventing has an enthusiastic and tight knit community of clients and staff who work together to make Balsalm Hall an interesting and enjoyable learning environment.  Most of the student teaching is done by either Morag or Selena and the lessons are an intense part of the day.

Once a student is accepted, we suggest a trial period.  Financial arrangements depend on whether or not the student has a horse and/or wishes to apply to ‘live in’.



Past Working Students 



Anne Marie Duarte groom, in Guadalajara, Mexico 2011.  AM is holding Foxwood High (far right). “This was an amazing experience, I’m thrilled to part of the O’Hanlon Team” she laughs and continues “You want to be your best around them, it’s contagious.”  Anne-Marie was also interviewed when grooming for Selena at Badminton in 2011.





Emma Rafuse, barn manager and part of the O’Hanlon North team when OCALA fever hits,  shown here with her wonderful home-bred Irish Sport horse Oliver, competing at Oliver’s first training level show as a four year old.  Sired by RID Steeped in Luck, Emma is now bringing along Oliver’s full sibling Abbey, who’s already been featured as an excellent example of a baby horse at her first season in Kingston Short Course Event Series 2012!




At the Fork 2012, Angie Huber, 17, Canton New York,  shows her moxie with her fabulous OTTB mare Wisher.  Fairhill  was Angie’s debut at CIC*.  Wisher is a x-country/jumping machine! Angie spent the winter in Florida with O’Hanlon South as a working student and is gearing for Bromont CIC* 2012 which is a NAJYRC qualifier!  Go Angie!!!