Sombrero Stables Seeking Summer Interns

Sombrero is one of the largest guest horse operations in the country, currently running about 1500 head of horses. Sombrero has been around for over 50 years and is still owned by the same family. Each year, several stables hire people from around the country to come spend a summer in Colorado working with horses. Each stable takes guests on trail rides in the Rocky Mountains and maintains a herd of up to 150 horses at a time. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a summer job or an internship. 

Most wranglers stay for about a 90 day period over the summer months. There is an opportunity for a few wranglers to stay for a year. Additionally, wranglers are need for the spring semester to start working right away. 

This job requires horse knowledge and solid experience, and a love of working with people. It is hard work and long hours, but it is very rewarding. If you are someone who loves horses, people, and working outside you should consider applying. 
Spring and summer 2018 season applications are currently being accepted. 
  • Employees of the company are involved with all aspects of a stable operation. Including, but not limited to: 
  • Leading trail rides
  • Riding horses of different levels of difficulty
  • All maintenance and cleaning duties associated with a stable
  • Grooming and feeding procedures
  • Saddling and unsaddling of horses
  • Full range of daily customer contact

  • The pay includes a monthly salary plus your room and board
  • If you complete your contract you receive a season bonus
  • The other form of income is “tips” from the guests on the trail rides
  • The total income from this obviously hinges a great deal on your performance and abilities to take care of the guests
  • Tips are not put into a “general fund,” so if you and the other wranglers on your trail ride keep the guests happy and safe you will do well with tips

  • Housing in some of the most beautiful places in the state of Colorado is provided free of charge
  • Most locations provide a free washer and dryer for your use
  • Breakfast and lunch and often dinner are provided to employees
  • Working outdoors in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
  • Continuous contact with horses
  • Meeting new people and making new contacts in the horse industry
  • Seasonal employees are housed in ranch style bunk houses with inside bathrooms
  • All employees share a room with fellow employees; no coed quarters
  • Employees are required to live where assigned
  • A personal vehicle is not necessary for employment, but is a nice luxury for your days off
  • The cost of round trip transportation is the responsibility of the employee, and should be considered before applying 

  • A minimum age of 18 is required for all employees
  • Various starting and ending dates can be accommodated. Applicants who are able to stay until early September may be given preference
  • If you are offered a work agreement, please do not accept unless you plan on fulfilling all aspects of the job including: the position designated, the stated wage, and the employment dates
  • All employees must be willing to perform duties as assigned and accept changes in position and location as required
  • Applicants should be aware that these jobs are physically demanding and require lifting, bending, standing and kneeling, as well as use of tools and exposure to the risks of being in contact with horses
  • Applicant must be able to mount and dismount a horse from the ground
  • Applicants are required to participate in activities involving heavy lifting and horseback riding
  • Applicants must have a valid CPR & First Aid card upon arrival (not at time of application) 


If you would like to be considered for any location, please send complete application to the Estes Park address. Download the application here:

Please include:
  • Short biographical statement about yourself highlighting any special skills or life experiences that are horse related and that you feel would make you a better employee
    • Let us know if you have spent any time teaching children or adults how to ride
    • Let us know how long you have ridden, what kind of riding you have done, what kind of work you have done with horses, and if you have ever owned horses.
  • Full-length photo of yourself
  • References and their contact information is strongly encoruaged
If we are able to offer you employment, you will receive a work agreement indicating your position, salary, beginning and ending employment dates, terms and conditions of employment, and other information. 
There is no deadline for applications, but we will begin going over applications and hiring as we receive them, so get yours in as soon as you can! 
Please send applications directly to our stable address in Estes Park: 

Sombrero Stables 
1895 Big Thompson Ave 
Estes Park CO, 80517 
re: Job Application 

For questions regarding Sombrero or the internship, please contact:

Kristyn Day

For more information on Sombrero Stables, please visit:


Posted: March 12, 2018


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