Cover Letter: Barn Manager

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Job seekers looking for an equine management position should design a well-written cover letter that highlights their accomplishments in the horse industry. Experienced managers can cite supervisory positions held previously, while those trying to break into their first management role can emphasize their horsemanship skills.

Example Cover Letter: Experienced Barn Manager

May 10, 2012

Mr. John Smith
Central Stables
123 Paddock Lane SE
Atlanta, GA 12345

Dear Mr. Smith,

I read in Southern Horse magazine this week that there was an opening for a barn manager at Central Stables, and I am glad to have the opportunity to submit my resume for consideration. I believe that my extensive experience in equine management, primarily gained from employment at major Atlanta equine centers, would allow me to contribute significantly to the Central Stables team.

I earned my B.S. degree in Equine Science from the State College program, where I was the captain of the intercollegiate equestrian team. I also worked as a show groom for Olympic equestrian Mitchell Marks each summer, where I was responsible for the care of his string of top show jumpers.

After graduation, I was hired as a broodmare manager at ABC Arabians, where I advanced to facility manager status in less than two years. I am currently the equine operations manager for Wellington Warmbloods, where I have worked for seven years. I am currently seeking employment at another Atlanta stable due to the impending relocation of the Wellington operation to Florida this fall.

I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this position with you, and I have included my resume and reference list for your review. Thank you for your consideration.



Sarah Sanders
555 East Chester Lane
Roswell, GA 12345
(123) 456-7890

Example Cover Letter: New Barn Manager

May 10, 2012

Dr. Mitchell Rossdale
Rossdale Thoroughbreds
123 South Dale Lane
Lexington, KY 12345

Dear Dr. Rossdale,

I saw your advertisement in the most recent edition of The Kentucky Horse News, and I would like to submit my resume for the barn manager position at Rossdale Thoroughbreds. While I am a recent graduate, I have gained extensive practical equine experience at internationally respected stables, and I am sure that my horsemanship skills would be an asset to the Rossdale team.

As a student at State College, I earned a Bachelors degree in the field of Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Management. I also worked as a veterinary assistant for equine veterinarian Dr. Mark Wilder during my college years, assisting with a variety of treatments and surgeries.

After graduation, I was selected to participate in the Irish National Stud internship, a program that allowed me to work with top Thoroughbred stallions, broodmares, and racehorses. After completing this internship, I was accepted to the highly competitive Darley Flying Start program, which afforded me the opportunity to work with Thoroughbreds in Ireland, England, Australia, Dubai, and the U.S.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this position with you in person at your convenience, and I have included my resume and reference list for your review. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to meet with you soon.


Sarah Ann Smith
100 North Main Street, Apt. A
Anytown, GA 12345
(123) 456-7890

Equine Cover Letter Tips:

1. Edit your cover letter to highlight the specific qualifications that you possess that are relevant to the particular position. Don’t forget to change the addressee information, the date, and the details such as the stable name and where you found the job posting.

2. Limit your cover letter to a single page. Longer letters tend to look cluttered and do not encourage the employer to search for relevant details. Most employers receive dozens of applications for each available position and don’t have time for wordiness.

3. Never use strange fonts, brightly colored paper, photos, clip art, designs, stickers, glitter, or any sort of gimmick in an attempt to make your cover letter “stand out.” It will certainly stand out, but not in a good way.

4. Be sure to highlight any specialized horsemanship skills, completion of well-known internships, or achievement of any industry certifications or licenses. Prior employment at major stables should also be emphasized.

5. If you are responding to an ad with a description of duties, try to mention how you have experience in those specific areas. If you don’t have direct experience with those duties, try to show how you have transferable skills from other equine industry employment.