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Job Description *21,450-25,350 pa *Training and costs towards further BHS exams Vacancy for an Instructor/yard supervisor. This is a full time post (37.5) hours per week in an inner City Riding School and Childrens Project located in Newcastle upon Tyne. We are a BHS, ABRS and Pony Club approved centre.  We are looking for highly motivated team player able to oversee our busy team. In order to apply for this role you must be able to ride in a confident and sympathetic way and enjoy coaching a variety of levels of client and staff .You will be able to demonstrate and delegate all aspects of teaching and yard work.   Minimum Requirements  A teaching and care qualification to  BHS Stage 3 or equivalent (ABRS UKCC ) is essential, supported by commercial experience would be an advantage.     Accommodation details   Help with accommodation can be given if necessary.     Benefits  Training and costs towards further BHS exams    
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility *Live in or out Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Caroline’s Comments 🙂 Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Chance to work within a happy and motivated Team  would suit someone who loves all things Dressage and with some experience. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description We are looking for an experienced groom to help 2 other full time live in grooms with our 10 horses at our private yard in Surrey . Must be able to work 5 or 6 days a week to include most weekends, although this can probably be flexible by prior arrangement outside the busier show months. Must at least be able to drive a 3.5t horse box (HGV licence and HGV experience would be a bonus). Must also be prepared to do housework, (ideally cook basic, healthy food) help look after 4 labradors, be a Personal assistant/Secretary to the family ( general filing, entering shows, keeping show plan up to date, ordering of horse feed etc.) drive the family as and when required and help on the property generally. Our two daughters are show jumpers competing regularly, both nationally and internationally. Live in but could consider live out if person was local. Verifiable references are essential.   Minimum Requirements Will occasionally be required to travel to shows and stay overnight. To be able to ride is not essential, but a basic level (e.g. hacking) would be a bonus           See Job description     Accommodation details Large, bright, well equipped, separate one bedroom accommodation away from the yard, with modern bathroom, large living room and large modern kitchen. Wifi available         Benefits Negotiable (dependant on experience and skills)    
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Stunning Cotswold location *IRO £350pw *Flat with no bills! *5 day week Our client events her horses at all levels (BE90 – 4*)and has some fabulous advanced horses as well as some “up and coming” youngsters.This role is suitable for an experienced Groom who enjoys the competition environment but prefers mostly home grooming. Relevant experience ideal including yard/stable/performance horse management. Young stock experience also as a few young horses brought in from time to time to bring on. Must be able to turnout to a good basic level. Must be passionate about horses and their care. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a nice job for a real Team player who enjoys the world of eventing. High standards and busy event yard where everyone pulls together and enjoys themselves. Considerate employer who looks after her staff. Would consider someone slightly more junior and train up but should have eventing/performance horse experience. Please call Caroline & the Team  on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job PRIVATE COMPETITION YARD  – Looking for an experienced, dedicated competition groom for professional, friendly yard with top facilities.   Must have sense of humour, be able to clip/plait and turn out to the highest standard and take exceptional pride in the job. Good work rider as role offers plenty of hills/hacking  in beautiful surroundings. To care for SJ horses at home and travel to Nat/Intshows.  Would suit a self-starter with a high level of responsibility as our emphasis is on quality with low horse/groom ratio. HGV a bonus, but not essential. Excellent working conditions with a fun and committed team. Live in or out in fabulous environment. All enquiries first hand please to Wendy Minimum Requirements Competition experience at high level   Accommodation details New modern self contained accommodation   Benefits Super role for responsible experienced competition groom to make the job their own, fantastic yard where you are well looked after. Low horse to groom ratio as emphasis is on quality care and standards  
Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who also enjoys other non horse duties . This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Ideally you will have had at least 5 years experience in the industry and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, dog and house sitting, some light gardening duties when time allows etc. You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping) , happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. You should also be able to take sole charge and manage a small team when required. Excellent first aid skills also essential. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a bonus Dogs are very welcome but can not come to the yard as existing dogs are a little territorial. Accommodation/own garden is dog friendly & secure and is at the end of the drive so lots of opportunities for returning home during ‘your shift’. There is no room for own horse but there are yards close by and you will be welcome to use the facilities at the employers yard as/when. Owners have a very well trained young German Shepherd who will need some care when owners are away so you need to be comfortable with the breed, but she is very people friendly. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person who is looking for a role which combines horsey/doggy/some ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Owners want to spend more time away from their home and are really looking for someone who can seamlessly keep an eye on things and manage their home and beloved animals until their return.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Up to £450pw plus accommodation *Own horse, dog and partner are welcome. Beautiful family Estate situated 5 miles west of Morpeth is looking for an experienced Yard Manager/Head Groom to lead and work in a small team providing top level care for beloved hunters and pointers. Must be happy to handle and exercise young fit TB’s.An ability to school on the flat and produce young horses would be helpful with the possibility of schooling the pointers if competent. Must be reliable and responsible with a can-do attitude Must be able to turn out to high standard and be competent at clipping. Previous experience in a similar role . The ability to drive a 7.5t lorry would be beneficial but not compulsory. A driving license is essential due to rural location Accommodation details A spacious 1-2 bedroom flat with biomass heating (so lovely and warm) is included. Only bill is electricity Benefits Own horse, dog and partner are welcome 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a fabulous opportunity to work on a friendly, family yard in a beautiful estate setting. You will need to have loads of initiative to runs things and take decisions to make sure it all works as it should including keeping the Team on board . Great remuneration package and lovely, homely accommodation. This would be a great long term position for someone. Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Full time Groom required for busy and expanding Stud Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh   Minimum Requirements General stable management Ability to handle Mares, foals and older horses Assist with coverings, Farrier and Vet Willing to learn and work well as a team   Stud services include Boarding of both permanent and visiting mares and their followers,Walk-in facilities for mares visiting stallions, Foaling, Fostering.   Accommodation details Single accommodation can be made available locally if required   Benefits Good rate of pay Paid overtime Company Pension Scheme  
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
*Pets welcomed *Own horse considered *Excellent package*Fantastic location and facilities Small, private yard in a very beautiful part of Scotland now has a wonderful long-term opportunity available for one lucky person! Owners enjoy looking after their horses for life and train from scratch for racing and eventing from their family yard. They are looking to find an experienced,long term  ‘anchor person’ with all the requisite yard/horse/people management skills and hands-on grooming experience to help run things alongside the owners and seamlessly when they are not around. Initiative, maturity and ability to take sole charge and lead when necessary are important as is the ability to fit in and work with the Team. Duties include full responsibility day to day and all administration too eg: vaccinations/work schedules records for worming etc. There are riding and local competing opportunities if someone has the talent but to be suitable for this position, at the very least you must have a proven track record of being able to safely and competently exercise TB’s. Young horse experience of course essential. If candidates were capable of helping the trainer in schooling/flat work this is ideal but not essential. There is access to top-level trainers in the disciplines. 3 fulltime and 2 PT staff employed. 2* competing. Opportunity to be put through  HGV/could train for BHS exams /assistant trainer exams. Superb riding country with 100 acres of privately-owned land. Grass Gallops, outdoor school, schooling lake, x country, beside hills. Schooling fences for racing and XC all on site. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This position is an amazing opportunity and can be as big or small as a person’s talent and experience will allow. Horses have a home for life and the best possible chances – youngsters become racehorses and retired racehorses become eventers! Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Sole charge of 3 retired ex racehorses when we have to travel away – usually 3 -5 days maximum cover required.   Usual stabled routine, with walker exercise and pen turnout.  Small yard with good facilities.  Due to the age of the horses very good veterinary knowledge required, the understanding of older horses needs.  The ability and knowledge to access any minor veterinary issues, mild colic symptoms, be able to take temperature access a horses state of health. Minimum Requirements This vacancy would suit an experienced, mature person and this is an ongoing adhoc arangement to suit all parties as owner has to travel abroad quite frequently. .   Accommodation details 2 bedroom cottage, clean tidy and well equipped.  
Job Description We are seeking a reliable Groom, Yard Hand and/or Apprentice Grooms for our busy Livery yard set within a large Estate in Surrey Minimum Requirements This is a mixed yard who participate in Variety of activities – Competitions, Dressage, Eventing, Livery, Riding Club, Rehabilitation, Showjumping, Team Chase. Grooms/Yard Hands/Trainees may be current yard hands OR currently in junior grooms positions OR those that have trained at college seeking their first professional role. You should provide a minimum of 1 references and have a minimum of 1 year experience on a busy yard/equestrian college.You should have background demonstrating experience with horses and be keen to work in a a busy professional yard environment.   Apprentices will require at least one reference from an equestrian business/college. You should have good background experience with horses and be keen to work in a a busy professional Eventing & Livery yard environment.If you are an apprentice permanent position possible once training is completed.     Accommodation details We have secured a wonderful newly refurbished 18th century cottage (with a garden) at the edge of the estate where our three new staff will each have their own room and share the property. Each will pay a share of the rent (inclusive). If you are selected after the second  interview you will have the opportunity to meet the other candidates and are then able to have an introductory live-in trial of 2-3 days if you wish before final decisions are made.   Benefits The location is a stunning historic Parkland estate which is family owned. One Director is a BHSI (SM) who oversees the development of the Livery Stables and the manager is a is highly experienced manager (currently competing) Where required you will be advised and trained you towards your next level. Wages are commensurate with age and experience.  
Job Description To provide care for the horses at home and assist with competition preparation to ensure the smooth running of the yard and facilities. Minimum Requirements ABLE TO: Follow feeding, cleaning and water schedules set by Head/Competition Groom. Cleaning and maintenance of tack/leatherwork and other items including rugs, boots, bandages, etc. Other day to day tasks such as mucking out, feeding, turning out/in, lunging and preparing horses for exercise including knowledge of tack requirements for each horse. Communicate with vet, farrier, dentist, physio in absence of Head/Competition Groom or Owner. Assist in preparation for competitions, training and events. To cover specific tasks agreed when other staff absent. Ensure all tack and consumable repairs and requirements are noted and reported to Head/Competition Groom including bedding, feed, veterinary supplies. Report any maintenance issues to Head/Competition Groom/Owner. Assist in horse care and yard maintenance as required for all BOS horses. Ensure all fields are kept clear of droppings and poisonous plants and facing safe and effective. Lunging and Horse Walker familiarity for all horses. Act professionally, with discretion, courteously and effectively at all times To maintain effective and positive working relationships with staff, consultants, partner organisations, external organisations, sponsors and clients   DESIRABLE: Experience of handling youngstock and broodmares Experience of managing (unwell) horses and rehabilitation techniques and programmes   PERSONAL QUALITIES: Good communication skills Team Player who is also able to work in isolation on occasions Willing to undertake relevant additional training as required An eye for attention to detail Flexible and responds positively to new challenges   Accommodation details Shared Flat   Benefits 5 1/2 days per week Salary £18/20k per annum (dependant on experience) NEST Pension 28 days holiday per annum Sickness cover in line with Statutory Requirements Great Location Superb Facilities Fantastic Horses      
Full time groom required in Warwickshire Fantastic Opportunity We are offering the right person a full time live in position to work at our private yard caring for our horses and join our existing long term team. This position has become available due to our grooms pregnancy and her wish to move back home. Our facilities are second to none and the horses and their welfare are our priority, we have hunters and dressage horses. The accommodation is a barn conversion set in its own grounds, partners and well behaved dog welcome. The successful applicant must have previous industry experience with good references, be capable of sole charge and managing a small team,  driving license and own car due to location. All normal yard duties to be undertaken and a good knowledge of equine first aid is a must. Trailer test and 7.5 tonne a bonus. 🙂  ‘Person Friday duties when we are away also required from time to time eg:care for our lovely dogs etc. and of course all extra hours would be paid for accordingly 🙂    
Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working and motivated individual who has high standards of turnout to care for a variety of horses from competition to livery and sales horses. Job to include all yard duties, trimming, clipping, tacking up, grooming at competitions, liaising with clients, exercising, plaiting etc. The candidate must have previous experience on a professional yard and must enjoy caring for horses. Good people skills are essential and the applicant must be happy to work alone or with others as part of a team. Opportunities for training and riding for the right person are available   Minimum Requirements Previous yard experience   Accommodation details 2 bedroom static home next to the yard which all facilities.   Benefits    
*Up to £25k pa depending on experience * Pets & horse considered*Variety of accommodation options Small, boutique stud where everyone pitches in with all duties, is now looking for an experienced and Senior Stud Hand. There are 24 horses 0n the stud in/out of training etc including mares and followers . The Stud sells colts at sales and race fillies so  yearling prep know how important as are good turnout skills. Some foaling experience ideal. Must be able to step up and cover Stud Manager’s days off/holidays. Out of season Stud management/maintenance is a key part of role so candidates should be happy with all aspects of that and the various items of machinery used including tractors/mowers/hedge-cutters etc. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This would be a fab opportunity for an experienced TB Stud Hand who likes working with smaller numbers on a stud able to focus on producing quality stock. Also perfect for someone looking for an opportunity to take that step up and work alongside some seasoned and very knowledgeable professionals. Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com          
*IRO £24K pa plus no accommodation or utilities charge * s/c 2 bed flat available *5day week (mostly Mon-Friday) * Dog welcomed. Experienced Groom/Rider required to care for 2 horses and 3 ponies and 2 lovely children (under 10 years old) etc. You should be capable of sole charge to manage family horses and ponies but able to be a team player to help out on Stud as/when (if time and other duties allow). Must like children! Whole family hunts and you would be welcome to go along if required but at the least you should be capable of all hunt groom fittening/letting down. Flexibility is paramount in this role but you will not be overworked; these Employers are very keen to keep their Grooms for the long term so show consideration on that front! Busy but fun family environment on a family yard based within a larger, world class TB Stud. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real family orientated position but set in a very professional environment with one of the most renowned TB professionals in the country! It is a busy role but the employer seems mindful of this and will work hard with you to get the balance right for all concerned.  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Enthusiastic, dedicated, adaptable person with a caring attitude needed for Riding Centre & Highland Pony Stud on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. To take out treks, teach lessons, handle Highland pony stallions, brood mares and foals.  Back, break and school. Must have leadership skills and work as part of a team.  Good Rider with a friendly personality and a good communicator.  Showing experience would be an advantage. *Salary negotiable according to experience * Delightful 3 bedroom cottage with garden as part of the package. Driver & non smoker essential. CV & 2 references must be provided. Minimum Requirements Teaching qualifications BHS Riding & Road Safety Certificate     Accommodation details Delightful 3 bedroom cottage with garden as part of the package.   Benefits    
FANCY A CHALLENGE & WANT TO DEVELOP YOUR CAREER?   😊 APPLICANTS FROM THE BEDFORDSHIRE/HERTFORDSHIRE ONLY PLEASE😊  The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment LTD is the No 1 and fastest growing Equestrian Recruitment Agency in 2017/2018/2019 and this seems set to continue! We are ready to expand again, we are looking to add to our Team with someone who is a true self-starter with initiative. If you are able to work part of the day (flexi hours to suit both parties), we need someone with the following: Equestrian knowledge ideally gained from working as a Groom or an Employer,Recruitment and or Sales experience, IT skills (Microsoft office, Word website etc) , Good written and verbal communication skills, Engaging, polite and confident telephone manner, Attention to detail and logical, meticulous admin skills and an ability to work well within an established Team. In return, you will have the opportunity for some work from home, full training and a competitive hourly rate. Please email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com in the first instance with a CV and covering letter saying why you are interested in this vacancy and why you think you would be good at the job. If you make the short list, we will contact you soonest. 🙂
  *IRO £400pw + *2-bed cottage *Partner welcome *Pets and horse welcome*Profit share in horses brought on and sold * 7.5t lorry and trailer (can use transport for own outings). Experienced Yard Manager/Rider required for a business of 2 parts but both of which operate harmoniously on the same yard. Self-starter ideal, capable and experienced enough to run all aspects. Ideally looking for someone with a SJ competition record who can produce up to 1.20/1.40 m ideally and manage a small Team 7 Liveries kept  – 5 day pw full livery/2 days DIY liveries. Mixed jumping riders (SJ/working hunter.) 3 horses for employer’s daughters (both amateur Show Jumpers) and the Employer who rides and jumps himself >1.10m but will buy horses who can jump up to 1.40 m so needs someone to assist with all that. 1/2 youngsters/older in at a time to produce and to sellfor SJ/Eventing Teaching quals. not necessary but if you want to teach/run clinics you could supplement income and  use facilities. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Huge scope to personalize this role for the right applicant. Owner a busy and successful business man, is ambitious and prepared to support professional development and keen to be involved with the production of talented horses for a useful career as quality horses for Show Jumping. Pleas call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
All usual yard duties, feeding, turning out, mucking out, poo picking, grooming, some basic equine first aid, administering routine medications.  We are looking for an Animal Care Attendant with equine experience.  Lungeing, long reining, handling all types of horses from youngsters to OAPs.  Must be willing to muck in on any part of the Sanctuary. Must have a real empathy for animals and a good work ethic.  Hours are 8am til 5pm, 5 days a week on a rolling rota. We have a permanent full time position available, live in and a full time 12 month FTC maternity cover, live out.         Animal Care minimum of level 2 or equivalent experience     Accommodation details Self contained, single accommodation.  £110 per month contribution towards council tax, no other bills or rent.     Benefits Accommodation on site.  28 days paid holiday, 10 days sick, pension, uniform provided, boot allowance.    
Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working and motivated individual who has high standards of turnout to care for a variety of horses from competition to livery and sales horses. Job to include all yard duties, trimming, clipping, tacking up, grooming at competitions, liaising with clients, exercising, plaiting etc. The candidate must have previous experience on a professional yard and must enjoy caring for horses. Good people skills are essential and the applicant must be happy to work alone or with others as part of a team. Opportunities for training and riding for the right person are available   Minimum Requirements Previous yard experience   Accommodation details 2 bedroom static home next to the yard which all facilities.   Benefits    
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56A) *Riding available with good hacking and indooor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
Job Description Enthusiastic, dedicated, adaptable person with a caring attitude needed for Riding Centre & Highland Pony Stud on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. To take out treks, teach lessons, handle Highland pony stallions, brood mares and foals.  Back, break and school. Must have leadership skills and work as part of a team.  Good Rider with a friendly personality and a good communicator.  Showing experience would be an advantage. *Salary negotiable according to experience * Delightful 3 bedroom cottage with garden as part of the package. Driver & non smoker essential. CV & 2 references must be provided. Minimum Requirements Teaching qualifications BHS Riding & Road Safety Certificate     Accommodation details Delightful 3 bedroom cottage with garden as part of the package.   Benefits    
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
*Stunning Cotswold location *IRO £350pw *Flat with no bills! *5 day week Our client events her horses at all levels (BE90 – 4*)and has some fabulous advanced horses as well as some “up and coming” youngsters.This role is suitable for an experienced Groom who enjoys the competition environment but prefers mostly home grooming. Relevant experience ideal including yard/stable/performance horse management. Young stock experience also as a few young horses brought in from time to time to bring on. Must be able to turnout to a good basic level. Must be passionate about horses and their care. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a nice job for a real Team player who enjoys the world of eventing. High standards and busy event yard where everyone pulls together and enjoys themselves. Considerate employer who looks after her staff. Would consider someone slightly more junior and train up but should have eventing/performance horse experience. Please call Caroline & the Team  on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
***UNDER OFFER****   *£19.2K PA plus 1 or 2 bed accommodation *:) Same pay, less hours outside season 🙂 *Dog welcomed *Alternate weekend off out side season. Lovely position available on a well established, traditional family yard within a beautiful estate. The position involves riding  5/6 day (Hunt staffs horses/field staff horses/family horses etc ranging from 15.2-18.2HH). You should be a good schooling rider able to restart horses on the flat and over jumps and bring on younger horses. 4/5 other staff employed to do most of the yard work, but you will need to be willing to pitch in on quieter days. Lots of hunting 4 days a week during the season and 2nd horse. Great facilities/menage/lunge pen/500 acres/hunt fences. 🙂 Caroline’s Comments:) Fantastic role for the hunt enthusiasts! Professional and friendly Team who enjoy their work and an enviable, stunning location. Yard Manager very popular and straightforward. Staff treated very well.  Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Work riders with previous experience of working in a racing yard.   Minimum Requirements Experienced Work Riders   Accommodation details This is a full time position and we have single accommodation available – sorry no pets allowed. We offer a Full Pension with Royal London. Benefits Pool Money (Stable Percentage) and regular opportunities to go racing. As per NTF Scales – age related https://www.naors.co.uk/help/pay-and-expenses/  
Job Description *21,450-25,350 pa *Training and costs towards further BHS exams Vacancy for an Instructor/yard supervisor. This is a full time post (37.5) hours per week in an inner City Riding School and Childrens Project located in Newcastle upon Tyne. We are a BHS, ABRS and Pony Club approved centre.  We are looking for highly motivated team player able to oversee our busy team. In order to apply for this role you must be able to ride in a confident and sympathetic way and enjoy coaching a variety of levels of client and staff .You will be able to demonstrate and delegate all aspects of teaching and yard work.   Minimum Requirements  A teaching and care qualification to  BHS Stage 3 or equivalent (ABRS UKCC ) is essential, supported by commercial experience would be an advantage.     Accommodation details   Help with accommodation can be given if necessary.     Benefits  Training and costs towards further BHS exams    
Job PRIVATE COMPETITION YARD  – Looking for an experienced, dedicated competition groom for professional, friendly yard with top facilities.   Must have sense of humour, be able to clip/plait and turn out to the highest standard and take exceptional pride in the job. Good work rider as role offers plenty of hills/hacking  in beautiful surroundings. To care for SJ horses at home and travel to Nat/Intshows.  Would suit a self-starter with a high level of responsibility as our emphasis is on quality with low horse/groom ratio. HGV a bonus, but not essential. Excellent working conditions with a fun and committed team. Live in or out in fabulous environment. All enquiries first hand please to Wendy Minimum Requirements Competition experience at high level   Accommodation details New modern self contained accommodation   Benefits Super role for responsible experienced competition groom to make the job their own, fantastic yard where you are well looked after. Low horse to groom ratio as emphasis is on quality care and standards  
Job Description We are looking for an experienced self motivated International  groom/rider to join our happy, busy and valued team. We have a mixed yard of event / dressage / para competition horses. A cheerful and enthusiastic team player essential to work with our lovely Para Dressage horses. All normal yard duties to include mucking out, feeding, turning in- and out-of field, tacking up, washing off, clipping, plaiting and show preparation. Must be able to turn out to a very high standard and have experience travelling horses Internationally. A confident rider who can help with fitness work and warm up and cool down work in the arena. Previous experience with Para dressage/pure dressage an advantage. We are focused on a tour of Europe in June with four horses travelling to Holland, Italy and Austria. Minimum Requirements Previous international travel and competition experience. HGV Licence an advantage   Accommodation details: Possibly   Benefits Full time employment with accommodation. 28 days paid holiday. Additional 8% contribution to stakeholder pension. Travel to national and international competitions.  
Job Description Taking Charge of daily running of the yard. Travel to National/ International Events Managing junior staff – training Riding at home Potential to compete if wish to do so   Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Double en-suite room, in shared house.   Benefits All utilities covered for accommodation.  
Apprentice groom sought for busy professional eventing & jumping yard. 10-16 boxes, with a mixture of competing horses up to 4* & 1.30, rehabilitation liveries, spa services, competition liveries and young horses being produced. We are looking for an enthusiastic person, keen to gain experience in all aspects of our business.  You should have a calm professional outlook, an eye for detail and take pride in your work.  You will develop strong groundwork skills with all levels of horses, from foal to 4* eventers. You will also work alongside us with spa and rehabilitation horses. You must have a sound basic knowledge of handling horses and all yard duties, and be over 16. We are committed to ensuring that you will gain excellent all-round training to equip you for a career in any equestrian field. Riding is not necessary, and sadly we cannot accommodate another horse or a dog. Superb American barn yard with indoor, outdoor and gallops on site.  Regular coaching offered. Driving licence / own transport needed as we are located 1 mile from the nearest village. No onsite accommodation. See www.stonehillsporthorses.com for more information about us.
Job Description Sole charge of 3 retired ex racehorses when we have to travel away – usually 3 -5 days maximum cover required.   Usual stabled routine, with walker exercise and pen turnout.  Small yard with good facilities.  Due to the age of the horses very good veterinary knowledge required, the understanding of older horses needs.  The ability and knowledge to access any minor veterinary issues, mild colic symptoms, be able to take temperature access a horses state of health. Minimum Requirements This vacancy would suit an experienced, mature person and this is an ongoing adhoc arangement to suit all parties as owner has to travel abroad quite frequently. .   Accommodation details 2 bedroom cottage, clean tidy and well equipped.  
  Family PC/Eventing/Hunting family looking for a senior Groom/Rider for a small family hunting yard within an estate. 8 horses kept. * £25K neg *Lovely cottage accommodation*Partner welcomed *Pets welcomed * Own horse welcomed *FOC council tax/water rates paid/horse if applicable *Vehicle available for company business.   The successful applicant should have longevity in past roles please as we are replacing someone who has been in situ for 6 years. You must be happy to work sole charge in a rural location but with help/support when required. The role includes: ordering and organising feed, bedding and hay, keeping the yard immaculate, maintaining the highest standard of turnout of horses. A thorough understanding of the day to day care of the hunting /event horse is essential including the ability to bring 2nd horses. Candidates must be able to do all fitness and basic schooling of all horses to a high level plus be able to hunt or ride around a hunter trial,further training available if interested. You must be able to lunge and school young horses. Communication and people skills essential as liasing with other Estate staff to run this lovely small yard in an estate environment is essential. Also there will be a necessity to manage other PT staff. Hours Oct-March are full on but halved April-Sept with pay and all Terms remaining the same year round! Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a really super job for someone who works in a very professional manner but in a super friendly environment. If that describes you and you are looking for the long term then this would be a great opportunity for you. Very generous and somewhat negotiable remuneration if you are a really decent rider too!  Please contact Caroline& the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com                  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
***UNDER OFFER****   *£19.2K PA plus 1 or 2 bed accommodation *:) Same pay, less hours outside season 🙂 *Dog welcomed *Alternate weekend off out side season. Lovely position available on a well established, traditional family yard within a beautiful estate. The position involves riding  5/6 day (Hunt staffs horses/field staff horses/family horses etc ranging from 15.2-18.2HH). You should be a good schooling rider able to restart horses on the flat and over jumps and bring on younger horses. 4/5 other staff employed to do most of the yard work, but you will need to be willing to pitch in on quieter days. Lots of hunting 4 days a week during the season and 2nd horse. Great facilities/menage/lunge pen/500 acres/hunt fences. 🙂 Caroline’s Comments:) Fantastic role for the hunt enthusiasts! Professional and friendly Team who enjoy their work and an enviable, stunning location. Yard Manager very popular and straightforward. Staff treated very well.  Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
*Up to £450pw plus accommodation *Own horse, dog and partner are welcome. Beautiful family Estate situated 5 miles west of Morpeth is looking for an experienced Yard Manager/Head Groom to lead and work in a small team providing top level care for beloved hunters and pointers. Must be happy to handle and exercise young fit TB’s.An ability to school on the flat and produce young horses would be helpful with the possibility of schooling the pointers if competent. Must be reliable and responsible with a can-do attitude Must be able to turn out to high standard and be competent at clipping. Previous experience in a similar role . The ability to drive a 7.5t lorry would be beneficial but not compulsory. A driving license is essential due to rural location Accommodation details A spacious 1-2 bedroom flat with biomass heating (so lovely and warm) is included. Only bill is electricity Benefits Own horse, dog and partner are welcome 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a fabulous opportunity to work on a friendly, family yard in a beautiful estate setting. You will need to have loads of initiative to runs things and take decisions to make sure it all works as it should including keeping the Team on board . Great remuneration package and lovely, homely accommodation. This would be a great long term position for someone. Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Taking Charge of daily running of the yard. Travel to National/ International Events Managing junior staff – training Riding at home Potential to compete if wish to do so   Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Double en-suite room, in shared house.   Benefits All utilities covered for accommodation.  
Job Description Sole charge of 3 retired ex racehorses when we have to travel away – usually 3 -5 days maximum cover required.   Usual stabled routine, with walker exercise and pen turnout.  Small yard with good facilities.  Due to the age of the horses very good veterinary knowledge required, the understanding of older horses needs.  The ability and knowledge to access any minor veterinary issues, mild colic symptoms, be able to take temperature access a horses state of health. Minimum Requirements This vacancy would suit an experienced, mature person and this is an ongoing adhoc arangement to suit all parties as owner has to travel abroad quite frequently. .   Accommodation details 2 bedroom cottage, clean tidy and well equipped.  
Job Description Full time Groom required for busy and expanding Stud Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh   Minimum Requirements General stable management Ability to handle Mares, foals and older horses Assist with coverings, Farrier and Vet Willing to learn and work well as a team   Stud services include Boarding of both permanent and visiting mares and their followers,Walk-in facilities for mares visiting stallions, Foaling, Fostering.   Accommodation details Single accommodation can be made available locally if required   Benefits Good rate of pay Paid overtime Company Pension Scheme  
Job PRIVATE COMPETITION YARD  – Looking for an experienced, dedicated competition groom for professional, friendly yard with top facilities.   Must have sense of humour, be able to clip/plait and turn out to the highest standard and take exceptional pride in the job. Good work rider as role offers plenty of hills/hacking  in beautiful surroundings. To care for SJ horses at home and travel to Nat/Intshows.  Would suit a self-starter with a high level of responsibility as our emphasis is on quality with low horse/groom ratio. HGV a bonus, but not essential. Excellent working conditions with a fun and committed team. Live in or out in fabulous environment. All enquiries first hand please to Wendy Minimum Requirements Competition experience at high level   Accommodation details New modern self contained accommodation   Benefits Super role for responsible experienced competition groom to make the job their own, fantastic yard where you are well looked after. Low horse to groom ratio as emphasis is on quality care and standards  
Job Description We are looking for an experienced self motivated International  groom/rider to join our happy, busy and valued team. We have a mixed yard of event / dressage / para competition horses. A cheerful and enthusiastic team player essential to work with our lovely Para Dressage horses. All normal yard duties to include mucking out, feeding, turning in- and out-of field, tacking up, washing off, clipping, plaiting and show preparation. Must be able to turn out to a very high standard and have experience travelling horses Internationally. A confident rider who can help with fitness work and warm up and cool down work in the arena. Previous experience with Para dressage/pure dressage an advantage. We are focused on a tour of Europe in June with four horses travelling to Holland, Italy and Austria. Minimum Requirements Previous international travel and competition experience. HGV Licence an advantage   Accommodation details: Possibly   Benefits Full time employment with accommodation. 28 days paid holiday. Additional 8% contribution to stakeholder pension. Travel to national and international competitions.  
  *Salary £350-£400 pa * Friendly & professional environment *Live out Lovely family who run a professional yard with 2 young riders who compete 3/4* ( now looking for a competent Groom/Rider capable of sole charge. All the mod cons and fantastic rehab facilities on site. Applicants must have sound knowledge, be able to handle fit competition horses and have enthusiasm for the job . Strong organisational skills required plus ability to turn out for shows (must clip, plait, trim and pull).  7.5t horsebox driver required . Mix of experienced horses and youngsters. MUST be able to hack at least. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely, popular family yard opportunity You will need to be confident and with experience but this is a real chance to manage a small string of event horses to a good standard with lots of support if/when needed. There is also an equine business on site so other Grooms are on hand, sociable and recommend. Happy, buzzy atmosphere. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description We are a busy competition yard looking for a self-motivated team player who enjoys working to a high standard as part of our small professional team. Lots of varied riding available with the opportunity to school and compete for the right person. Minimum Requirements We are looking for an efficient, hard working yard person sought to assist with the day to day running of our busy yard. You will be primarily involved in all daily yard activities and maintenance. Riding ability a bonus but not essential. Accommodation details Shared accommodation available. Benefits 5-day week of 42.5 hours, including some weekend days on a rota, with an hour for lunch. 28 days paid holiday.    
Apprentice groom sought for busy professional eventing & jumping yard. 10-16 boxes, with a mixture of competing horses up to 4* & 1.30, rehabilitation liveries, spa services, competition liveries and young horses being produced. We are looking for an enthusiastic person, keen to gain experience in all aspects of our business.  You should have a calm professional outlook, an eye for detail and take pride in your work.  You will develop strong groundwork skills with all levels of horses, from foal to 4* eventers. You will also work alongside us with spa and rehabilitation horses. You must have a sound basic knowledge of handling horses and all yard duties, and be over 16. We are committed to ensuring that you will gain excellent all-round training to equip you for a career in any equestrian field. Riding is not necessary, and sadly we cannot accommodate another horse or a dog. Superb American barn yard with indoor, outdoor and gallops on site.  Regular coaching offered. Driving licence / own transport needed as we are located 1 mile from the nearest village. No onsite accommodation. See www.stonehillsporthorses.com for more information about us.
High end livery yard is looking for a full time groom/rider to join existing professional team in North London . You must be able to ride and ideally have previous livery yard experience .  If you haven’t worked on a livery yard before you will need to be able to demonstrate good people skills and be happy to liase with livery clients as a routine part of the job. You will have responsiblity for 6-7 horses on a daily basis, (3 Full Liveries and 3-4 Part). Excellent facilities based within 250 acres of beautiful private countryside to ride over. Exceptionally friendly yard close to local amenities and public transport with central London being just 30 minutes away, (only 10 miles from Marble Arch in central London.). Regular social events organised for whole team to enjoy. All year turnout and staff who manage the paddocks and all forms of maintenance. Accommodation either own room in cottage with one other groom (overlooking fields :)), or own 2 bedroom new mobile static home with full central heating, bathroom, kitchen, lounge and diner.   Either option all utility bills are paid for . 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely position for someone who enjoys a high end livery environment working as part of a Team but also solely responsible for assigned livery horses. Some riding included and lots of fun too! Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Work with very experienced head groom looking after horses for a very nice family. Fabulous opportunity for junior groom to develop their skills and add to their CV. Yard of 16 very smart horses: mix of top quality hunters, P2P, team-chasers and ponies. Enthusiasm is a “must” for this role; training available. Excellent facilities available: Modern barn, menage, 2 and a half furlong circular gallop.   Minimum Requirements Able to ride – lots of riding & opportunity dependant on ability   Accommodation details N/A   Benefits Chance to gain experience if you have good basic skills and are a capable rider.  Lovely horses – working with family – some Autumn hunting if capable.    
FANCY A CHALLENGE & WANT TO DEVELOP YOUR CAREER?   😊 APPLICANTS FROM THE BEDFORDSHIRE/HERTFORDSHIRE ONLY PLEASE😊  The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment LTD is the No 1 and fastest growing Equestrian Recruitment Agency in 2017/2018/2019 and this seems set to continue! We are ready to expand again, we are looking to add to our Team with someone who is a true self-starter with initiative. If you are able to work part of the day (flexi hours to suit both parties), we need someone with the following: Equestrian knowledge ideally gained from working as a Groom or an Employer,Recruitment and or Sales experience, IT skills (Microsoft office, Word website etc) , Good written and verbal communication skills, Engaging, polite and confident telephone manner, Attention to detail and logical, meticulous admin skills and an ability to work well within an established Team. In return, you will have the opportunity for some work from home, full training and a competitive hourly rate. Please email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com in the first instance with a CV and covering letter saying why you are interested in this vacancy and why you think you would be good at the job. If you make the short list, we will contact you soonest. 🙂
Job Description To manage and work alongside our team of 30 horses and 5 staff We would also consider someone who does not have the experience but would like to develop into the role Minimum Requirements Experience in the equine industry, preferably (but not essential) on a large yard. Strong organisation and people skills as well as a natural work ethic. Someone who is near and tidy would be a bonus   Accommodation details We have a number of accommodation options available both onsite or offsite. All are A grade quality (no caravans here!)   Benefits Beautiful yard with nice and successful horses Great accommodation options Fun team environment Great location with many like minded people in the area  
Job Description To provide care for the horses at home and assist with competition preparation to ensure the smooth running of the yard and facilities. Minimum Requirements ABLE TO: Follow feeding, cleaning and water schedules set by Head/Competition Groom. Cleaning and maintenance of tack/leatherwork and other items including rugs, boots, bandages, etc. Other day to day tasks such as mucking out, feeding, turning out/in, lunging and preparing horses for exercise including knowledge of tack requirements for each horse. Communicate with vet, farrier, dentist, physio in absence of Head/Competition Groom or Owner. Assist in preparation for competitions, training and events. To cover specific tasks agreed when other staff absent. Ensure all tack and consumable repairs and requirements are noted and reported to Head/Competition Groom including bedding, feed, veterinary supplies. Report any maintenance issues to Head/Competition Groom/Owner. Assist in horse care and yard maintenance as required for all BOS horses. Ensure all fields are kept clear of droppings and poisonous plants and facing safe and effective. Lunging and Horse Walker familiarity for all horses. Act professionally, with discretion, courteously and effectively at all times To maintain effective and positive working relationships with staff, consultants, partner organisations, external organisations, sponsors and clients   DESIRABLE: Experience of handling youngstock and broodmares Experience of managing (unwell) horses and rehabilitation techniques and programmes   PERSONAL QUALITIES: Good communication skills Team Player who is also able to work in isolation on occasions Willing to undertake relevant additional training as required An eye for attention to detail Flexible and responds positively to new challenges   Accommodation details Shared Flat   Benefits 5 1/2 days per week Salary £18/20k per annum (dependant on experience) NEST Pension 28 days holiday per annum Sickness cover in line with Statutory Requirements Great Location Superb Facilities Fantastic Horses      
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
High end livery yard is looking for a full time groom/rider to join existing professional team in North London . You must be able to ride and ideally have previous livery yard experience .  If you haven’t worked on a livery yard before you will need to be able to demonstrate good people skills and be happy to liase with livery clients as a routine part of the job. You will have responsiblity for 6-7 horses on a daily basis, (3 Full Liveries and 3-4 Part). Excellent facilities based within 250 acres of beautiful private countryside to ride over. Exceptionally friendly yard close to local amenities and public transport with central London being just 30 minutes away, (only 10 miles from Marble Arch in central London.). Regular social events organised for whole team to enjoy. All year turnout and staff who manage the paddocks and all forms of maintenance. Accommodation either own room in cottage with one other groom (overlooking fields :)), or own 2 bedroom new mobile static home with full central heating, bathroom, kitchen, lounge and diner.   Either option all utility bills are paid for . 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely position for someone who enjoys a high end livery environment working as part of a Team but also solely responsible for assigned livery horses. Some riding included and lots of fun too! Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    
Job Description all general yard duties beautiful indoor barn with walker lunge pen arena 30×50 possible riding for the right person must have a good attitude and willingness to learn and be honest. Able to take charge if necessary     Minimum Requirements Have experience with handling fit competition horses.   Accommodation details   Benefits    
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description We are a busy competition yard looking for a self-motivated team player who enjoys working to a high standard as part of our small professional team. Lots of varied riding available with the opportunity to school and compete for the right person. Minimum Requirements We are looking for an efficient, hard working yard person sought to assist with the day to day running of our busy yard. You will be primarily involved in all daily yard activities and maintenance. Riding ability a bonus but not essential. Accommodation details Shared accommodation available. Benefits 5-day week of 42.5 hours, including some weekend days on a rota, with an hour for lunch. 28 days paid holiday.    
Job Description We are seeking a reliable Groom, Yard Hand and/or Apprentice Grooms for our busy Livery yard set within a large Estate in Surrey Minimum Requirements This is a mixed yard who participate in Variety of activities – Competitions, Dressage, Eventing, Livery, Riding Club, Rehabilitation, Showjumping, Team Chase. Grooms/Yard Hands/Trainees may be current yard hands OR currently in junior grooms positions OR those that have trained at college seeking their first professional role. You should provide a minimum of 1 references and have a minimum of 1 year experience on a busy yard/equestrian college.You should have background demonstrating experience with horses and be keen to work in a a busy professional yard environment.   Apprentices will require at least one reference from an equestrian business/college. You should have good background experience with horses and be keen to work in a a busy professional Eventing & Livery yard environment.If you are an apprentice permanent position possible once training is completed.     Accommodation details We have secured a wonderful newly refurbished 18th century cottage (with a garden) at the edge of the estate where our three new staff will each have their own room and share the property. Each will pay a share of the rent (inclusive). If you are selected after the second  interview you will have the opportunity to meet the other candidates and are then able to have an introductory live-in trial of 2-3 days if you wish before final decisions are made.   Benefits The location is a stunning historic Parkland estate which is family owned. One Director is a BHSI (SM) who oversees the development of the Livery Stables and the manager is a is highly experienced manager (currently competing) Where required you will be advised and trained you towards your next level. Wages are commensurate with age and experience.  
Job Description To provide care for the horses at home and assist with competition preparation to ensure the smooth running of the yard and facilities. Minimum Requirements ABLE TO: Follow feeding, cleaning and water schedules set by Head/Competition Groom. Cleaning and maintenance of tack/leatherwork and other items including rugs, boots, bandages, etc. Other day to day tasks such as mucking out, feeding, turning out/in, lunging and preparing horses for exercise including knowledge of tack requirements for each horse. Communicate with vet, farrier, dentist, physio in absence of Head/Competition Groom or Owner. Assist in preparation for competitions, training and events. To cover specific tasks agreed when other staff absent. Ensure all tack and consumable repairs and requirements are noted and reported to Head/Competition Groom including bedding, feed, veterinary supplies. Report any maintenance issues to Head/Competition Groom/Owner. Assist in horse care and yard maintenance as required for all BOS horses. Ensure all fields are kept clear of droppings and poisonous plants and facing safe and effective. Lunging and Horse Walker familiarity for all horses. Act professionally, with discretion, courteously and effectively at all times To maintain effective and positive working relationships with staff, consultants, partner organisations, external organisations, sponsors and clients   DESIRABLE: Experience of handling youngstock and broodmares Experience of managing (unwell) horses and rehabilitation techniques and programmes   PERSONAL QUALITIES: Good communication skills Team Player who is also able to work in isolation on occasions Willing to undertake relevant additional training as required An eye for attention to detail Flexible and responds positively to new challenges   Accommodation details Shared Flat   Benefits 5 1/2 days per week Salary £18/20k per annum (dependant on experience) NEST Pension 28 days holiday per annum Sickness cover in line with Statutory Requirements Great Location Superb Facilities Fantastic Horses      
All usual yard duties, feeding, turning out, mucking out, poo picking, grooming, some basic equine first aid, administering routine medications.  We are looking for an Animal Care Attendant with equine experience.  Lungeing, long reining, handling all types of horses from youngsters to OAPs.  Must be willing to muck in on any part of the Sanctuary. Must have a real empathy for animals and a good work ethic.  Hours are 8am til 5pm, 5 days a week on a rolling rota. We have a permanent full time position available, live in and a full time 12 month FTC maternity cover, live out.         Animal Care minimum of level 2 or equivalent experience     Accommodation details Self contained, single accommodation.  £110 per month contribution towards council tax, no other bills or rent.     Benefits Accommodation on site.  28 days paid holiday, 10 days sick, pension, uniform provided, boot allowance.    
Job Description We are looking for an experienced groom to help 2 other full time live in grooms with our 10 horses at our private yard in Surrey . Must be able to work 5 or 6 days a week to include most weekends, although this can probably be flexible by prior arrangement outside the busier show months. Must at least be able to drive a 3.5t horse box (HGV licence and HGV experience would be a bonus). Must also be prepared to do housework, (ideally cook basic, healthy food) help look after 4 labradors, be a Personal assistant/Secretary to the family ( general filing, entering shows, keeping show plan up to date, ordering of horse feed etc.) drive the family as and when required and help on the property generally. Our two daughters are show jumpers competing regularly, both nationally and internationally. Live in but could consider live out if person was local. Verifiable references are essential.   Minimum Requirements Will occasionally be required to travel to shows and stay overnight. To be able to ride is not essential, but a basic level (e.g. hacking) would be a bonus           See Job description     Accommodation details Large, bright, well equipped, separate one bedroom accommodation away from the yard, with modern bathroom, large living room and large modern kitchen. Wifi available         Benefits Negotiable (dependant on experience and skills)    
Live out, part time, permanent Family Groom required for a Yard with some fabulous horses who are produced in a slow and consistent fashion so they can achieve their potential, remaining with the same owner throughout their career and probably beyond 🙂 AFTERNOON SHIFT PLEASE 🙂 This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Groom to work within a small and friendly Team to help manage 7 horses. 2 well bred yearlings (with a future in Dressage) 1 ridden horse, (11 years old mare ) hacking and basic schooling & confidence giver) 3 year old very well behaved and well bred stallion (His future direction tbc) welsh x pony companion 4 years old Mare 4 years old who may be an eventer/show jumper depending on how she develops. You need to be a decent exercise rider/able to lunge minimum and if you are capable of more that would be fabulous! Employer has a busy life with 5 children and 4 still at home (15 year old son / 17 year old daughter/11 year old daughter/7 year old son). You  MUST be comfortable around children. Owner does a bit of most things and enjoys being an owner and the fun that will come with that. Daughter (11 yo) enjoys showing and general riding. 7 year old son may or may not ride.  You must be capable of all aspects of stable work/horse management etc and sole charge when necessary, but also relaxed and happy to work with others. Please do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description Freelance  Show Groom required to look after 2 horses at Chepstow International show Wales 2-6 May. Ideally able to drive 7.5 tonne lorry but not essential. Minimum Requirements Turnout horses to good standard.  Groom for 2 horses at show     Accommodation details   7.5 Tonne lorry at show     Benefits    
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility *Live in or out Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Caroline’s Comments 🙂 Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Chance to work within a happy and motivated Team  would suit someone who loves all things Dressage and with some experience. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Up to £25k pa depending on experience * Pets & horse considered*Variety of accommodation options Small, boutique stud where everyone pitches in with all duties, is now looking for an experienced and Senior Stud Hand. There are 24 horses 0n the stud in/out of training etc including mares and followers . The Stud sells colts at sales and race fillies so  yearling prep know how important as are good turnout skills. Some foaling experience ideal. Must be able to step up and cover Stud Manager’s days off/holidays. Out of season Stud management/maintenance is a key part of role so candidates should be happy with all aspects of that and the various items of machinery used including tractors/mowers/hedge-cutters etc. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This would be a fab opportunity for an experienced TB Stud Hand who likes working with smaller numbers on a stud able to focus on producing quality stock. Also perfect for someone looking for an opportunity to take that step up and work alongside some seasoned and very knowledgeable professionals. Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com          
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Very well known Dorset Hunt Hunt requires a Stud Groom/Rider. Full care of approx 10 hunters, hunting on average 3 days a week throughout the season Minimum Requirements High standards of turnout, attention to detail and dedicated care to all horses on the yard. Accommodation details On site accommodation is available Benefits Possible hunting for the right applicant Own Horse, including stabling, time available  
Job PRIVATE COMPETITION YARD  – Looking for an experienced, dedicated competition groom for professional, friendly yard with top facilities.   Must have sense of humour, be able to clip/plait and turn out to the highest standard and take exceptional pride in the job. Good work rider as role offers plenty of hills/hacking  in beautiful surroundings. To care for SJ horses at home and travel to Nat/Intshows.  Would suit a self-starter with a high level of responsibility as our emphasis is on quality with low horse/groom ratio. HGV a bonus, but not essential. Excellent working conditions with a fun and committed team. Live in or out in fabulous environment. All enquiries first hand please to Wendy Minimum Requirements Competition experience at high level   Accommodation details New modern self contained accommodation   Benefits Super role for responsible experienced competition groom to make the job their own, fantastic yard where you are well looked after. Low horse to groom ratio as emphasis is on quality care and standards  
*Pets welcomed *Own horse considered *Excellent package*Fantastic location and facilities Small, private yard in a very beautiful part of Scotland now has a wonderful long-term opportunity available for one lucky person! Owners enjoy looking after their horses for life and train from scratch for racing and eventing from their family yard. They are looking to find an experienced,long term  ‘anchor person’ with all the requisite yard/horse/people management skills and hands-on grooming experience to help run things alongside the owners and seamlessly when they are not around. Initiative, maturity and ability to take sole charge and lead when necessary are important as is the ability to fit in and work with the Team. Duties include full responsibility day to day and all administration too eg: vaccinations/work schedules records for worming etc. There are riding and local competing opportunities if someone has the talent but to be suitable for this position, at the very least you must have a proven track record of being able to safely and competently exercise TB’s. Young horse experience of course essential. If candidates were capable of helping the trainer in schooling/flat work this is ideal but not essential. There is access to top-level trainers in the disciplines. 3 fulltime and 2 PT staff employed. 2* competing. Opportunity to be put through  HGV/could train for BHS exams /assistant trainer exams. Superb riding country with 100 acres of privately-owned land. Grass Gallops, outdoor school, schooling lake, x country, beside hills. Schooling fences for racing and XC all on site. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This position is an amazing opportunity and can be as big or small as a person’s talent and experience will allow. Horses have a home for life and the best possible chances – youngsters become racehorses and retired racehorses become eventers! Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working and motivated individual who has high standards of turnout to care for a variety of horses from competition to livery and sales horses. Job to include all yard duties, trimming, clipping, tacking up, grooming at competitions, liaising with clients, exercising, plaiting etc. The candidate must have previous experience on a professional yard and must enjoy caring for horses. Good people skills are essential and the applicant must be happy to work alone or with others as part of a team. Opportunities for training and riding for the right person are available   Minimum Requirements Previous yard experience   Accommodation details 2 bedroom static home next to the yard which all facilities.   Benefits    
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job PRIVATE COMPETITION YARD  – Looking for an experienced, dedicated competition groom for professional, friendly yard with top facilities.   Must have sense of humour, be able to clip/plait and turn out to the highest standard and take exceptional pride in the job. Good work rider as role offers plenty of hills/hacking  in beautiful surroundings. To care for SJ horses at home and travel to Nat/Intshows.  Would suit a self-starter with a high level of responsibility as our emphasis is on quality with low horse/groom ratio. HGV a bonus, but not essential. Excellent working conditions with a fun and committed team. Live in or out in fabulous environment. All enquiries first hand please to Wendy Minimum Requirements Competition experience at high level   Accommodation details New modern self contained accommodation   Benefits Super role for responsible experienced competition groom to make the job their own, fantastic yard where you are well looked after. Low horse to groom ratio as emphasis is on quality care and standards  
  *IRO £400pw + *2-bed cottage *Partner welcome *Pets and horse welcome*Profit share in horses brought on and sold * 7.5t lorry and trailer (can use transport for own outings). Experienced Yard Manager/Rider required for a business of 2 parts but both of which operate harmoniously on the same yard. Self-starter ideal, capable and experienced enough to run all aspects. Ideally looking for someone with a SJ competition record who can produce up to 1.20/1.40 m ideally and manage a small Team 7 Liveries kept  – 5 day pw full livery/2 days DIY liveries. Mixed jumping riders (SJ/working hunter.) 3 horses for employer’s daughters (both amateur Show Jumpers) and the Employer who rides and jumps himself >1.10m but will buy horses who can jump up to 1.40 m so needs someone to assist with all that. 1/2 youngsters/older in at a time to produce and to sellfor SJ/Eventing Teaching quals. not necessary but if you want to teach/run clinics you could supplement income and  use facilities. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Huge scope to personalize this role for the right applicant. Owner a busy and successful business man, is ambitious and prepared to support professional development and keen to be involved with the production of talented horses for a useful career as quality horses for Show Jumping. Pleas call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description We are looking for an experienced groom to help 2 other full time live in grooms with our 10 horses at our private yard in Surrey . Must be able to work 5 or 6 days a week to include most weekends, although this can probably be flexible by prior arrangement outside the busier show months. Must at least be able to drive a 3.5t horse box (HGV licence and HGV experience would be a bonus). Must also be prepared to do housework, (ideally cook basic, healthy food) help look after 4 labradors, be a Personal assistant/Secretary to the family ( general filing, entering shows, keeping show plan up to date, ordering of horse feed etc.) drive the family as and when required and help on the property generally. Our two daughters are show jumpers competing regularly, both nationally and internationally. Live in but could consider live out if person was local. Verifiable references are essential.   Minimum Requirements Will occasionally be required to travel to shows and stay overnight. To be able to ride is not essential, but a basic level (e.g. hacking) would be a bonus           See Job description     Accommodation details Large, bright, well equipped, separate one bedroom accommodation away from the yard, with modern bathroom, large living room and large modern kitchen. Wifi available         Benefits Negotiable (dependant on experience and skills)    
Job Description To manage and work alongside our team of 30 horses and 5 staff We would also consider someone who does not have the experience but would like to develop into the role Minimum Requirements Experience in the equine industry, preferably (but not essential) on a large yard. Strong organisation and people skills as well as a natural work ethic. Someone who is near and tidy would be a bonus   Accommodation details We have a number of accommodation options available both onsite or offsite. All are A grade quality (no caravans here!)   Benefits Beautiful yard with nice and successful horses Great accommodation options Fun team environment Great location with many like minded people in the area  
Job Description We are seeking a reliable Groom, Yard Hand and/or Apprentice Grooms for our busy Livery yard set within a large Estate in Surrey Minimum Requirements This is a mixed yard who participate in Variety of activities – Competitions, Dressage, Eventing, Livery, Riding Club, Rehabilitation, Showjumping, Team Chase. Grooms/Yard Hands/Trainees may be current yard hands OR currently in junior grooms positions OR those that have trained at college seeking their first professional role. You should provide a minimum of 1 references and have a minimum of 1 year experience on a busy yard/equestrian college.You should have background demonstrating experience with horses and be keen to work in a a busy professional yard environment.   Apprentices will require at least one reference from an equestrian business/college. You should have good background experience with horses and be keen to work in a a busy professional Eventing & Livery yard environment.If you are an apprentice permanent position possible once training is completed.     Accommodation details We have secured a wonderful newly refurbished 18th century cottage (with a garden) at the edge of the estate where our three new staff will each have their own room and share the property. Each will pay a share of the rent (inclusive). If you are selected after the second  interview you will have the opportunity to meet the other candidates and are then able to have an introductory live-in trial of 2-3 days if you wish before final decisions are made.   Benefits The location is a stunning historic Parkland estate which is family owned. One Director is a BHSI (SM) who oversees the development of the Livery Stables and the manager is a is highly experienced manager (currently competing) Where required you will be advised and trained you towards your next level. Wages are commensurate with age and experience.  
*IRO £24K pa plus no accommodation or utilities charge * s/c 2 bed flat available *5day week (mostly Mon-Friday) * Dog welcomed. Experienced Groom/Rider required to care for 2 horses and 3 ponies and 2 lovely children (under 10 years old) etc. You should be capable of sole charge to manage family horses and ponies but able to be a team player to help out on Stud as/when (if time and other duties allow). Must like children! Whole family hunts and you would be welcome to go along if required but at the least you should be capable of all hunt groom fittening/letting down. Flexibility is paramount in this role but you will not be overworked; these Employers are very keen to keep their Grooms for the long term so show consideration on that front! Busy but fun family environment on a family yard based within a larger, world class TB Stud. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real family orientated position but set in a very professional environment with one of the most renowned TB professionals in the country! It is a busy role but the employer seems mindful of this and will work hard with you to get the balance right for all concerned.  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Work with very experienced head groom looking after horses for a very nice family. Fabulous opportunity for junior groom to develop their skills and add to their CV. Yard of 16 very smart horses: mix of top quality hunters, P2P, team-chasers and ponies. Enthusiasm is a “must” for this role; training available. Excellent facilities available: Modern barn, menage, 2 and a half furlong circular gallop.   Minimum Requirements Able to ride – lots of riding & opportunity dependant on ability   Accommodation details N/A   Benefits Chance to gain experience if you have good basic skills and are a capable rider.  Lovely horses – working with family – some Autumn hunting if capable.    
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
  *Salary £350-£400 pa * Friendly & professional environment *Live out Lovely family who run a professional yard with 2 young riders who compete 3/4* ( now looking for a competent Groom/Rider capable of sole charge. All the mod cons and fantastic rehab facilities on site. Applicants must have sound knowledge, be able to handle fit competition horses and have enthusiasm for the job . Strong organisational skills required plus ability to turn out for shows (must clip, plait, trim and pull).  7.5t horsebox driver required . Mix of experienced horses and youngsters. MUST be able to hack at least. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely, popular family yard opportunity You will need to be confident and with experience but this is a real chance to manage a small string of event horses to a good standard with lots of support if/when needed. There is also an equine business on site so other Grooms are on hand, sociable and recommend. Happy, buzzy atmosphere. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Permanent full time post (37.5 hours per week) in a friendly busy BHS and ABRS approved riding school. This role will include teaching, general yard work and schooling of horses. The ideal candidate will hold a BHSAI qualification have experience and enjoy teaching a range of ages, abilities and disciplines.  A comprehensive knowledge of horse care and stable management is desirable.  Working hours to include evenings and one weekend day. We offer a competitive wage, holidays, pension and training towards further exams.     Minimum Requirements  BHSAI or good sound knowledge and willing to take relevant exams     Accommodation details none     Benefits  training towards exams    
Job Description Freelance  Show Groom required to look after 2 horses at Chepstow International show Wales 2-6 May. Ideally able to drive 7.5 tonne lorry but not essential. Minimum Requirements Turnout horses to good standard.  Groom for 2 horses at show     Accommodation details   7.5 Tonne lorry at show     Benefits    
Job Description Following the departure of one of our team who has gone to explore places far, an opportunity for an enthusiastic individual on a professional but fun hunting yard has become available.  Job to evolve according to your skills and interests.  You will need to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.   All yard duties including muck out, turn out and riding.  Opportunity to school and hunt for the right person.  Training can be given and the opportunity to study towards a qualification or HGV licence.  Yard is located near Badminton with good facilities and hacking.  You will be part of a team of three others.  Would suit someone who is motivated, good at time keeping and working to a schedule. A good sense of humor helps! Minimum Requirements A positive can do attitude and willingness to learn.  Team player who takes pride in their work and loves horses, children and keeping things tidy.   Accommodation details Shared cottage with central heating and WiFi.   Benefits Salary in line with NMW according to age and experience. Accommodation and utilities funded.  
Live out, part time, permanent Family Groom required for a Yard with some fabulous horses who are produced in a slow and consistent fashion so they can achieve their potential, remaining with the same owner throughout their career and probably beyond 🙂 AFTERNOON SHIFT PLEASE 🙂 This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Groom to work within a small and friendly Team to help manage 7 horses. 2 well bred yearlings (with a future in Dressage) 1 ridden horse, (11 years old mare ) hacking and basic schooling & confidence giver) 3 year old very well behaved and well bred stallion (His future direction tbc) welsh x pony companion 4 years old Mare 4 years old who may be an eventer/show jumper depending on how she develops. You need to be a decent exercise rider/able to lunge minimum and if you are capable of more that would be fabulous! Employer has a busy life with 5 children and 4 still at home (15 year old son / 17 year old daughter/11 year old daughter/7 year old son). You  MUST be comfortable around children. Owner does a bit of most things and enjoys being an owner and the fun that will come with that. Daughter (11 yo) enjoys showing and general riding. 7 year old son may or may not ride.  You must be capable of all aspects of stable work/horse management etc and sole charge when necessary, but also relaxed and happy to work with others. Please do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description all general yard duties beautiful indoor barn with walker lunge pen arena 30×50 possible riding for the right person must have a good attitude and willingness to learn and be honest. Able to take charge if necessary     Minimum Requirements Have experience with handling fit competition horses.   Accommodation details   Benefits    
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56A) *Riding available with good hacking and indooor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Sole charge of 3 retired ex racehorses when we have to travel away – usually 3 -5 days maximum cover required.   Usual stabled routine, with walker exercise and pen turnout.  Small yard with good facilities.  Due to the age of the horses very good veterinary knowledge required, the understanding of older horses needs.  The ability and knowledge to access any minor veterinary issues, mild colic symptoms, be able to take temperature access a horses state of health. Minimum Requirements This vacancy would suit an experienced, mature person and this is an ongoing adhoc arangement to suit all parties as owner has to travel abroad quite frequently. .   Accommodation details 2 bedroom cottage, clean tidy and well equipped.  
  *IRO £400pw + *2-bed cottage *Partner welcome *Pets and horse welcome*Profit share in horses brought on and sold * 7.5t lorry and trailer (can use transport for own outings). Experienced Yard Manager/Rider required for a business of 2 parts but both of which operate harmoniously on the same yard. Self-starter ideal, capable and experienced enough to run all aspects. Ideally looking for someone with a SJ competition record who can produce up to 1.20/1.40 m ideally and manage a small Team 7 Liveries kept  – 5 day pw full livery/2 days DIY liveries. Mixed jumping riders (SJ/working hunter.) 3 horses for employer’s daughters (both amateur Show Jumpers) and the Employer who rides and jumps himself >1.10m but will buy horses who can jump up to 1.40 m so needs someone to assist with all that. 1/2 youngsters/older in at a time to produce and to sellfor SJ/Eventing Teaching quals. not necessary but if you want to teach/run clinics you could supplement income and  use facilities. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Huge scope to personalize this role for the right applicant. Owner a busy and successful business man, is ambitious and prepared to support professional development and keen to be involved with the production of talented horses for a useful career as quality horses for Show Jumping. Pleas call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Work riders with previous experience of working in a racing yard.   Minimum Requirements Experienced Work Riders   Accommodation details This is a full time position and we have single accommodation available – sorry no pets allowed. We offer a Full Pension with Royal London. Benefits Pool Money (Stable Percentage) and regular opportunities to go racing. As per NTF Scales – age related https://www.naors.co.uk/help/pay-and-expenses/  
Job Description Freelance  Show Groom required to look after 2 horses at Chepstow International show Wales 2-6 May. Ideally able to drive 7.5 tonne lorry but not essential. Minimum Requirements Turnout horses to good standard.  Groom for 2 horses at show     Accommodation details   7.5 Tonne lorry at show     Benefits    
Job Description Full time Groom required for busy and expanding Stud Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh   Minimum Requirements General stable management Ability to handle Mares, foals and older horses Assist with coverings, Farrier and Vet Willing to learn and work well as a team   Stud services include Boarding of both permanent and visiting mares and their followers,Walk-in facilities for mares visiting stallions, Foaling, Fostering.   Accommodation details Single accommodation can be made available locally if required   Benefits Good rate of pay Paid overtime Company Pension Scheme  
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
Job Description Show groom at private showjumping stables. Minimum Requirements Must be competent at turning out/clipping/plaiting. Truck license preferable   Accommodation details Nice room in beautiful guest house next to yard   Benefits Shows to 3* including spring and autumn tours to Spain and Portugal. Nice horses!  
*5 day week *Accommodation available *Horse welcomed foc *Regular teaching and guidance from internationally qualified trainers *Transport to Events Job Description : 4*Eventing situated in West Somerset would like to employ a young rider to join our team, to event at BE level on their own horse whilst participating in all yard work including grooming and riding out   Minimum Requirements We would prefer someone who wishes to compete, is a good rider and who is willing to accept the responsibilities and duties of working within a team but who is also capable of working independently. Must demonstrate a willingness to actively learn Must have a sound basic knowledge of handling horses and all yard duties Minimum age 16 years     Accommodation details Accommodation provided   Benefits Good rate of pay (dependent on experience) Accommodation provided 28 days holiday per annum Pension scheme available if required Accommodation and keep for one horse Regular teaching and guidance from internationally qualified trainers Transport to Events    
*IRO £24K pa plus no accommodation or utilities charge * s/c 2 bed flat available *5day week (mostly Mon-Friday) * Dog welcomed. Experienced Groom/Rider required to care for 2 horses and 3 ponies and 2 lovely children (under 10 years old) etc. You should be capable of sole charge to manage family horses and ponies but able to be a team player to help out on Stud as/when (if time and other duties allow). Must like children! Whole family hunts and you would be welcome to go along if required but at the least you should be capable of all hunt groom fittening/letting down. Flexibility is paramount in this role but you will not be overworked; these Employers are very keen to keep their Grooms for the long term so show consideration on that front! Busy but fun family environment on a family yard based within a larger, world class TB Stud. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real family orientated position but set in a very professional environment with one of the most renowned TB professionals in the country! It is a busy role but the employer seems mindful of this and will work hard with you to get the balance right for all concerned.  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Sole charge groom wanted for a small private family yard near Wantage in Oxfordshire. We are looking for someone who is experienced self-motivated, reliable and able to manage their own time. We estimate 3-6 hours per day Monday to Saturday depending on exercise, farrier and the time of year etc, but you are responsible for ensuring the job is done. This would be suitable for an experienced person who also wants to do freelance or other part time flexible work, but we expect priority to our horses. Previous job holders have almost all done this. Must be a competent and sympathetic rider to help exercise /bring on 2 dressage horses. You will have responsibility for all aspects of care of 4 stabled horses including 2 dressage horses requiring excersing/schooling generally 3 to 4 days per week. The other 2 horses are semi retired and do not generally need regular execise other than turn out. Duties include but not limited to, turnout, rugs, mucking out, tack maintenance, grooming, worming schedule. We also have three retired horses permanently at grass which need checking and sometimes feeding in winter as appropriate (car provided for this as 4×4 required for access). Responsibilities  also include ordering feed and bedding, arranging farrier, vet, etc as necessary as well as help with prep for competions, clipping and all activities necessary for the proper care of the horses, harrowing the school and ensuring paddocks are safe. Some general duties include putting out waste and recycling, feeding the cat and being available for workmen coming to the house. Own transport essential as we are not within easy walking distance of shops or other local amenities (2-3 miles). Being able and licensed to drive 7.5 ton horsebox would be an advantage.   Minimum Requirements Own transport and car license. Capable rider with dressage training/experience Responsible and reliable and well organised Accommodation details Self-contained with a separate entrance but attached to the main house. Large bed-sitting room with short corridor to bathroom upstairs and a small kitchen downstairs. Access to and use of the house utility room with washer and drier. Benefits Employee benefits including paid holiday, pension etc. Free accommodation including all household bills, own horse(s) welcome (including bedding and  feed) as we have spare stables. Well behaved pets also welcome. May be opportunities to compete, and if you bring your own horse and are able to drive a 7.5t horsebox then this may also be available for your use (subject to availability and if over 25 yrs only).
High end livery yard is looking for a full time groom/rider to join existing professional team in North London . You must be able to ride and ideally have previous livery yard experience .  If you haven’t worked on a livery yard before you will need to be able to demonstrate good people skills and be happy to liase with livery clients as a routine part of the job. You will have responsiblity for 6-7 horses on a daily basis, (3 Full Liveries and 3-4 Part). Excellent facilities based within 250 acres of beautiful private countryside to ride over. Exceptionally friendly yard close to local amenities and public transport with central London being just 30 minutes away, (only 10 miles from Marble Arch in central London.). Regular social events organised for whole team to enjoy. All year turnout and staff who manage the paddocks and all forms of maintenance. Accommodation either own room in cottage with one other groom (overlooking fields :)), or own 2 bedroom new mobile static home with full central heating, bathroom, kitchen, lounge and diner.   Either option all utility bills are paid for . 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely position for someone who enjoys a high end livery environment working as part of a Team but also solely responsible for assigned livery horses. Some riding included and lots of fun too! Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Taking Charge of daily running of the yard. Travel to National/ International Events Managing junior staff – training Riding at home Potential to compete if wish to do so   Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Double en-suite room, in shared house.   Benefits All utilities covered for accommodation.  
Job PRIVATE COMPETITION YARD  – Looking for an experienced, dedicated competition groom for professional, friendly yard with top facilities.   Must have sense of humour, be able to clip/plait and turn out to the highest standard and take exceptional pride in the job. Good work rider as role offers plenty of hills/hacking  in beautiful surroundings. To care for SJ horses at home and travel to Nat/Intshows.  Would suit a self-starter with a high level of responsibility as our emphasis is on quality with low horse/groom ratio. HGV a bonus, but not essential. Excellent working conditions with a fun and committed team. Live in or out in fabulous environment. All enquiries first hand please to Wendy Minimum Requirements Competition experience at high level   Accommodation details New modern self contained accommodation   Benefits Super role for responsible experienced competition groom to make the job their own, fantastic yard where you are well looked after. Low horse to groom ratio as emphasis is on quality care and standards  
Job Description Very well known Dorset Hunt Hunt requires a Stud Groom/Rider. Full care of approx 10 hunters, hunting on average 3 days a week throughout the season Minimum Requirements High standards of turnout, attention to detail and dedicated care to all horses on the yard. Accommodation details On site accommodation is available Benefits Possible hunting for the right applicant Own Horse, including stabling, time available  
*Pets welcomed *Own horse considered *Excellent package*Fantastic location and facilities Small, private yard in a very beautiful part of Scotland now has a wonderful long-term opportunity available for one lucky person! Owners enjoy looking after their horses for life and train from scratch for racing and eventing from their family yard. They are looking to find an experienced,long term  ‘anchor person’ with all the requisite yard/horse/people management skills and hands-on grooming experience to help run things alongside the owners and seamlessly when they are not around. Initiative, maturity and ability to take sole charge and lead when necessary are important as is the ability to fit in and work with the Team. Duties include full responsibility day to day and all administration too eg: vaccinations/work schedules records for worming etc. There are riding and local competing opportunities if someone has the talent but to be suitable for this position, at the very least you must have a proven track record of being able to safely and competently exercise TB’s. Young horse experience of course essential. If candidates were capable of helping the trainer in schooling/flat work this is ideal but not essential. There is access to top-level trainers in the disciplines. 3 fulltime and 2 PT staff employed. 2* competing. Opportunity to be put through  HGV/could train for BHS exams /assistant trainer exams. Superb riding country with 100 acres of privately-owned land. Grass Gallops, outdoor school, schooling lake, x country, beside hills. Schooling fences for racing and XC all on site. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This position is an amazing opportunity and can be as big or small as a person’s talent and experience will allow. Horses have a home for life and the best possible chances – youngsters become racehorses and retired racehorses become eventers! Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
  *Salary £350-£400 pa * Friendly & professional environment *Live out Lovely family who run a professional yard with 2 young riders who compete 3/4* ( now looking for a competent Groom/Rider capable of sole charge. All the mod cons and fantastic rehab facilities on site. Applicants must have sound knowledge, be able to handle fit competition horses and have enthusiasm for the job . Strong organisational skills required plus ability to turn out for shows (must clip, plait, trim and pull).  7.5t horsebox driver required . Mix of experienced horses and youngsters. MUST be able to hack at least. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely, popular family yard opportunity You will need to be confident and with experience but this is a real chance to manage a small string of event horses to a good standard with lots of support if/when needed. There is also an equine business on site so other Grooms are on hand, sociable and recommend. Happy, buzzy atmosphere. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*£350pw *35 hours week  *5 day week *No accommodation or bills charged *wi fi available  * Contributions to riding training with top riders if interested *Own dog and horse welcomed. Friendly family who have 2 family horses, 1 pony club pony who hunts & 2 event horses are looking for someone to join them who has worked with performance horses and is a capable rider (with good hands and an independent seat) for exercising the sharper event horses. Should also be able to lunge. All duties are required to a high standard and whilst the owner & family are hands on,  you must be capable of sole charge. Horses well being a priority so whilst performance horse experience and very high standards essential, you must be keen to manage much loved equines in a relaxed family environment. You should be licensed and able to drive a small 2 horse 3.5t lorry. Employer enjoys lower level Dressage and Daughter (17) currently does Eventing BE100. You should be therefore capable of show turnout and willing to go to competitions etc as/when. Good facilities : 20×40 Dressage arena, hot walker all mod cons. On chalk so turnout ideal for variety of weathers. Small studio flat available, nicely done with a terrace. Extra living room available for warmer months. Accommodation may not be big enough for live in partner unfortunately. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a role which would suit someone who does not mind time on their own and who has had enough of the pressure of a competition yard. You will need to be happy to do family hacking with the employer and help prepare a pony for hunting. They are networked with some really good yards so have taken on the standards required in those environments.  If you are not from the area, although you will be on their own quite, this is  a busy household and there are many opportunities through hunting and yards close by to make friends and the owner is very personable and would facilitate introductions if  required.    Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description To manage and work alongside our team of 30 horses and 5 staff We would also consider someone who does not have the experience but would like to develop into the role Minimum Requirements Experience in the equine industry, preferably (but not essential) on a large yard. Strong organisation and people skills as well as a natural work ethic. Someone who is near and tidy would be a bonus   Accommodation details We have a number of accommodation options available both onsite or offsite. All are A grade quality (no caravans here!)   Benefits Beautiful yard with nice and successful horses Great accommodation options Fun team environment Great location with many like minded people in the area  
Job Description Following the departure of one of our team who has gone to explore places far, an opportunity for an enthusiastic individual on a professional but fun hunting yard has become available.  Job to evolve according to your skills and interests.  You will need to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.   All yard duties including muck out, turn out and riding.  Opportunity to school and hunt for the right person.  Training can be given and the opportunity to study towards a qualification or HGV licence.  Yard is located near Badminton with good facilities and hacking.  You will be part of a team of three others.  Would suit someone who is motivated, good at time keeping and working to a schedule. A good sense of humor helps! Minimum Requirements A positive can do attitude and willingness to learn.  Team player who takes pride in their work and loves horses, children and keeping things tidy.   Accommodation details Shared cottage with central heating and WiFi.   Benefits Salary in line with NMW according to age and experience. Accommodation and utilities funded.  
***UNDER OFFER****   *£19.2K PA plus 1 or 2 bed accommodation *:) Same pay, less hours outside season 🙂 *Dog welcomed *Alternate weekend off out side season. Lovely position available on a well established, traditional family yard within a beautiful estate. The position involves riding  5/6 day (Hunt staffs horses/field staff horses/family horses etc ranging from 15.2-18.2HH). You should be a good schooling rider able to restart horses on the flat and over jumps and bring on younger horses. 4/5 other staff employed to do most of the yard work, but you will need to be willing to pitch in on quieter days. Lots of hunting 4 days a week during the season and 2nd horse. Great facilities/menage/lunge pen/500 acres/hunt fences. 🙂 Caroline’s Comments:) Fantastic role for the hunt enthusiasts! Professional and friendly Team who enjoy their work and an enviable, stunning location. Yard Manager very popular and straightforward. Staff treated very well.  Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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In the last 15 years, Caroline has run her own yard alongside specialising in equine recruitment within the equine careers industry and has a real “nose” for the business. During that time, Caroline has built a loyal client base of both employers and jobseekers within the equestrian community, and is the first port of call for those looking to fill a vacancy, searching for a rewarding job move, or to just have a chat about the ups and downs of the unique environment of recruitment and job seeking within the world of equine careers!

Caroline says “I took the decision to set up Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd and to construct THE GROOMS LIST primarily because it was becoming increasingly clear to me that traditional equine recruitment agencies/job boards were not serving the needs of both employers and jobseekers in a way which would improve the future of our industry. I am passionate about ensuring reputable employers are put in touch with jobseekers who are hard-working professionals. Only then can things improve. Making such connections takes hard work, dedication, real instinct and years of practical experience.

 

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Caroline and her team of friendly, knowledgeable, well-trained recruiters are experienced in all aspects of grooming and employment, and consequently, are able to offer sound and pragmatic advice. With unrivalled knowledge of the industry and decades of successful placements, we have now built the most cutting-edge website within equestrian recruitment. This is linked to an unrivalled social media presence, making us the place to be for employers and jobseekers alike.

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10 interesting, funny and simply ridiculous facts about Easter

Easter means many different things to many people, according to a person’s origin, faith, creed and (in my case) a love of chocolate (OK, OK! I’m not afraid to admit it!)Right, let’s get the serious bit out of the way first – have you ever wondered why, unlike Christmas, the date for Easter changes every year? Well, the fact is, in Christianity, it is known to be the Sunday that marks the end of the Holy Week, an event that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and this is what dictates when Easter is each year according to when the full moon falls in relation to other events in the Christian calendar. BUT! Easter is NOT just about Christianity, there is much more to it than that! So, whatever your beliefs, to celebrate here are 10 interesting, funny and simply ridiculous facts about Easter…

How to balance owning AND working with horses!

Incredibly, there are a remarkable number of admirable people who find working with horses all day, every day, isn’t quite enough. It is a truly a measure of a person’s dedication to an animal that, on top of what is widely considered a very demanding job, so many Grooms still choose to have their own horse(s) too. What does it take to successfully balance owning AND working with horses? How do Grooms do it?

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

In April every year, at the end of one Tax Year and the start of the next, the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage increases. This is important for everyone in the equine industry – employers and employees alike. Equestrianism is a notoriously low-pay industry in terms of hourly salary, and salaries are frequently, if not always, topped up with extras, bonuses and tidbits. But in reality, how lawful are we in doing this without the advice and guidance of accountants and tax specialists? And what are the consequences of getting it wrong? The UK Government has strict laws regarding the minimum sum of money any individual can receive in return for work done and it can be confusing at least, a minefield at worst, when remunerating staff not just fairly, but legally too.  In this article, I asked guest blogger Kelly Wallace Horne to take a timely look, and research answers to basic questions for both employers and employees regarding the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage and to highlight common misconceptions within the equine industry regarding wages, remuneration packages and the law.

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry

Is it just me or has this been an especially long winter this year? Anyway enough of all that, Spring is about to be sprung and we couldn’t be happier at the prospect of tiptoeing through the tulips in 2018! In amongst all the horsey loveliness of Spring, a real highlight for me is the arrival of our beloved Swallows with their “let’s get the party started” vibe. The uplift they provide as they arrive tired but jubilant never fails to lift my spirits. Guest Blogger Kelly Wallace Horne has seen many a horse through many a Winter:Spring season transitions both as a horse owner and professional Show Jumping groom. Following are just some of the seasonal ups and downs those of us who work with horses will know!

The Ultimate Equestrian Apprentice Startup Kit

My name is Olivia Alstad. I’m a Canadian rider who moved to the UK to train and learn more about the sport of eventing. With no plan or education on the apprenticeship scheme, I made all the rookie errors! I’ve written an article to help you in your pursuit of a suitable apprenticeship, avoiding all the major mistakes that I made!

5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always #winning

You may not realise it, but Apprentice Grooms are always winning! Whether you’re a school-leaver looking to forge a successful career in the equine industry or an established groom who would like formal recognition of your abilities with qualifications, an equine apprenticeship will be an almost surefire way of achieving your goals…

5 Major differences between horses as a hobby and as a career!

They say “choose a career you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, and for a lot of horse lovers a career in the equine industry would be a dream come true. But how different is working with horses to keeping them as a hobby?

5 reasons why the equine industry needs Apprentice Grooms!

It’s National Apprentice Week 4th March – 8th March 2019 – a perfect time for grooms to explore the possibilities of gaining nationally recognised qualifications without having to take time out from work, and employers to consider expanding their team by taking on an apprentice groom! Why is this so important to the equine industry? Because the equine industry NEEDS you to! Before dismissing the idea of becoming or employing an apprentice, read our 5 reasons why the equine industry needs Apprentice Grooms…

Choosing the RIGHT apprenticeship training provider

All apprenticeships are supported by a specialist training organisation and choosing the right apprenticeship training provider is hugely important to a success outcome for both the learner and the employer. Here we offer employers some tips and advice on finding and selecting the right apprenticeship training provider for your yard.

Why The Grooms List is THE GO-TO place for Equine Apprenticeships

It’s National Apprentice Week 4th March – 8th March 2019 – a perfect time for grooms to explore the possibilities of gaining nationally recognised qualifications without having to take time out from work, and employers to consider expanding their team by taking on an apprentice groom! Whether you’re an employer or a learner/would be apprentice The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment is THE GO-TO place to go for Equine Apprenticeships! Everything both employers and learners need is here, in one place, from choosing a Training Provider to finding your next groom or job and everything in between!

What’s it like to work on a Pre-Training Yard?

Every horse has the potential to become a success and just like athletes, it all comes down to training. One of the many great things about working with horses is the huge variety of jobs available to us. This week we look at the world of Pre-Training and what exactly a job on a yard like this involves. 

Brexit – Information for Employers and Grooms in the Equine Industry

As we fast approach 29th March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union, “Brexit” dominates our news headlines daily but it can be extremely hard to keep up with, let alone understand what is happening and what to expect. As an international recruitment agency, we place many British Grooms in jobs within the EU, and many EU citizens into jobs within the UK, so… what about information for Employers and Grooms in the equine industry?

A Basic Guide to Payslips

Understanding payslips is easier than you might think. From the 6th April 2019, it is an employee’s statutory right to receive a payslip, so it’s important that everyone understands them! Unless you are genned up on the ins and outs of gross salary, income tax, allowances, Workplace Pensions and National Insurance it may look like a confusing bunch of numbers, especially if you’re a worker receiving payslips for the first time. In this article we give you a basic guide to payslips, from who should be given payslips and why, through to understanding the various codes and figures.

Equine flu outbreak sees race meets cancelled

According to BBC news, all of today’s (Thursday 7th February 2019) British horse racing meetings have been cancelled due to an outbreak of equine flu.

What is a Workplace Pension?

Since April 2017, it’s compulsory that all eligible employees receive a Workplace Pension as part of their employment contract, and this applies to grooms working in the equine industry. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding Workplace Pensions, who is eligible for one and who should be paying into one. So, what is a workplace pension? What does this mean? Who should expect to receive one? We have put together a simple guide to answer 10 common questions regarding Workplace Pensions in the equine industry

Is the Equestrian Industry Getting Tougher? A Groom’s Perspective

So often these days you hear of employers looking for grooms, and saying there are no ‘good grooms’ anymore, or that a ‘good groom’ is hard to find, or that grooms are getting lazier. So it begs the questions; IS it because they are lazy? Are the next generation of grooms coming through miss-educated or misinformed about what’s its really like to work in the equestrian industry? Do they have unrealistic expectations? Do employers have unrealistic expectations? Is the equestrian industry or job as a groom getting tougher? Guest blogger and professional groom Kate Harley gives her perspective.

Equine career planning in 4 simple steps

Most young people entering the equine industry as a career pathway dream of grooming at the Olympia Horse Show or exercise riding international sport horses or something similar, but due to lack of any real structured planning and implementation of said plan, many give up on their dreams or leave on the reality sooner or later. Equine career planning is the key to achieving dreams, trust us! What gets written down, reviewed and even measured, gets done! Here’s how it couldn’t be simpler in 4 simple steps…

Maintaining Yard Boots – How To Ensure Your Boots Last Longer!

One of the most disheartening things is to spend your hard earned money on gorgeous new pair of yard boots for work and riding, only to find that your full-on work schedule has all but annihilated them a few weeks later! This week we are delighted to introduce guest blogger Eada Hudes, to give some invaluable tips on getting the absolute best out of what is arguably one of the most valuable work tools an equestrian person owns – as the song goes “These boots were made for walking” (and riding, and wading through mud, and walking the course…)

New Years Resolutions for Equestrian Jobseekers

New Year seems like a natural time to press the “refresh” button on our personal and professional lives, or even just a chance to take stock and stay as and where we are, but in a better way. We have all heard the cliché (which is a cliché for good reason), “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”. I read with interest that about 70% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% will be kept beyond February/March! It’s not surprising to learn that the top resolutions will include things like losing weight, quitting smoking, managing debt etc. but, also importantly, resolutions focussing on careers and job choices are right up there too.

Get into Dressage to Music

Ever wonder how to get started in dressage to music? I took part in an Equivisions Dressage to Music clinic at Bishop Burton College and afterwards couldn’t wait to get out out competing! But if you can’t find a dressage to music clinic near you or you’re unable to get your horse there, it’s quite possible to devise your own music and floor plan at home. If you’re curious to get into dressage to music, it’s well worth having a go!

Tips for Grooms Working with Horses at Christmas

For the vast majority of ‘normal’ people, Christmas means a nice relaxing few days off, spending time with family and lounging around over a long boozy lunch. For the vast majority of employers and grooms working with horses at Christmas, it just means business as usual. In hunting and racing yards Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, as boxing day meets are one of the most popular days out for owners. Though it may be hard to fully convince yourself that shovelling poo is the first most ideal thing you would like to do on Christmas Day, there are plenty of ways to keep the festive spirit alive and still enjoy Christmas. Here are our top suggestions for how to survive the holiday season.

15 Christmas Gift Ideas for Horse Lovers

The run-up to Christmas should be a time of excitement and anticipation.  Bonus boxes of chocolates in the tack room and singing along to cheesy Christmas carols on the yard. The problems arise when you find yourself stuck for Christmas gift ideas. How to find something that is the right mix of thoughtful, useful, appealing to that person and within budget. Well never fear, we are here to help. We have pulled together a list of our 15 favourite gift ideas specifically for people working in the equine industry, suitable for your employer, employee or college (or even yourself!).

A Job Seekers Guide to Reference Checks

When applying for a new job it’s easy to assume that reference checks are the responsibility of the prospective employer, or the recruitment agency if applicable. But you want that job, right? Then help to secure it for yourself by being savvy when it comes to employment references and associated checks! Reference checks are not incidental to an employer selecting YOU as their new recruit, they are critical! Read on to find out how neglecting  employment references can kill any chance of you getting a new job.

Hacking Safely by Kate Harley

Now the clocks have changed and the evenings are darker and unfortunately the weather is only going to worse. With this in mind I thought I’d just take a look at and talk about hacking safely throughout the year. I personally have encountered many rude and disrespectful drivers, walkers, dog walkers and even other horse riders. I’m sure many of you reading this will also have encountered this or know someone that has. So what can we do as horse riders to make our hacking experiences as positive and enjoyable as possible?

Yard Dog Etiquette – Taking a dog to work

It is a fair assumption to say the majority of those who choose to dedicate their career to caring for horses will have also succumbed to the charm of four legged canine companions too. When it comes down to taking a dog to work with you, many employers are very open to this idea providing the dog is well trained and fit in with the resident yard dog/s. Sounds a simple request but, just like a proud mother, we can all be more than a little blind to our own child’s faults. This week we ask the question – Is your faithful friend a joyful addition or an accident waiting to happen?

Keeping Your Equine Athletes Warm

We are delighted to welcome a guest blog by Lancashire-based Grand Prix Dressage Rider Hannah Doggett. Hannah is an up-and-coming young dressage rider who has her own yard where she breeds, produces and competes dressage horses, with a special love of PRE (Andalusian) horses. She is 100% dedicated to producing happy, comfortable, successful horses and here we benefit from Hannah’s sage advice on keeping your equine athletes warm at all times through the cold winter months.

Top tips for grooms caring for horses through the firework period!

It’s the time of year many animal owners dread – firework night! Although, especially when the 5th November falls on a weeknight, fireworks are let off most nights of the week for 2-3 weeks! Not only a stressful time for animals and their owners, but for grooms caring for horses through the firework period, too. Keeping everyone (both four and two footed) safe throughout this period is a concern for everyone, so we’ve gathered some top tips for grooms caring for horses and other animals through this time of year.

Could you be a Work Rider?

Many young equestrian enthusiasts dream of a job riding horses – no mucking out, just days in the saddle of various horses, then being paid for it! In this article, we turn our attention to the role of a Work Rider. Becky Parker gives us the lowdown of life as a Work Rider, the pay, how to train and become one and details what it REALLY takes to make a successful career as a Work Rider.

HELP! Why can’t I fill my equine job vacancy?!

Sometimes your recruitment drive gets stuck in a rut and needs a shove in the right direction to get things moving and pick up the momentum needed to fill an equine job vacancy. This is where The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment can help. The Grooms List seems to be the ‘go to’ equestrian recruitment agency these days for the majority of savvy employers and little wonder with over 20 years experience in FILLING EQUINE JOBS which is at your disposal when you subscribe to one of our recruitment packages, either our DIY website package or our bespoke equine recruitment services. This article is written specifically for employers using a DIY website recruiting route who, sometimes, can find themselves at an impasse finding suitable candidates and receiving applicants from appropriate job seekers.

Location! Location! Job Location!

Truly, the matter of job location can be a difficult subject to broach as a recruitment consultant. A huge part of me screams to write an extremely persuasive article urging you to broaden your horizons and keep an open mind to jobs anywhere in the UK, or even abroad. The opportunities this opens up to you are tenfold to those restricted by job location. So, how important is it that your next job is in the ‘right’ location? Is it worth being flexible for that DREAM job? We take a look at when you should be flexible and when you should hold out for your ideal.

Pre Employment checks – Understanding a Driving Licence

Many employers need their prospective employee to drive a car, tow a trailer, drive a tractor, a horse box or HGV lorry and, rather like reference checks, don’t always bother checking an individual’s licence for what they are legally able to drive, or even if they have any points or disqualifications. You need to know who is going to be doing the odd school run for you, transporting your horses, driving your tractor etc. Do yourself a favour, grab a strong coffee, take the phone off the hook for 10 minutes and have a read of this!

Pre-Employment Checks – References

As we all know, recruitment is an inexact science and pre-employment checks such as securing valid and recent references gives us important information that helps us to decide if a candidate is suitable for a particular role.

Over the years I have taken references on behalf of thousands of employers and prospective employees as part of delivering bespoke recruitment services. This has lead me to have many positive, long-term placements and via the same established processes of due diligence, I have also diverted my clients away from certain disaster on more than one occasion!

Interestingly these days many grooms, having known me through their careers, give me as a reference to their ‘journey.’  Similarly, and not infrequently, employers will ask me for information about a particular prospective employee and of course, where I can fairly and legally comment, I do.

Over the years, more especially in the equestrian recruitment environment, I have been struck by how many employers who recruit for themselves or via other routes don’t seem to bother taking up references, opting instead to completely ignore these critical pre-employment checks just hoping for the best; many seem to live to regret this omission sooner or later…

Are you winter ready?

Apologies in advance to all of you who still have your mind set to happy, sunny, long summer days but the time has now come to start turning our thoughts to the fast approaching winter season. Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, the show season is drawing to a close and the Hunters are out for their early morning jaunts revving up to full steam ahead for the opening meet. Much as we all jest about the delights of the British weather in winter, there is plenty to enjoy too; think frosty early morning hacks, days out at the races, having some downtime if you’re in Eventing/Showing, hunt balls, escaping to the sun for the Showjumpers and dare I say it…Christmas! As with all things in life the key to avoiding stress is good organisation.  So here we are again with another dispenser load of wise words, silly opinions and ridiculous pictures that may or may not help you prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for the slightly more challenging season ahead.

How an Apprenticeship can benefit your equine career

As specialist equine recruitment consultants, we see the good and bad outcomes of unstructured career pathways and the results of the “rooky errors” grooms make without correct guidance. We’re passionate about the part we can play in improving the role of an equine groom as a credible career pathway.

Many equestrians join the equine industry by making a blind leap into it, accepting the first job available to them. Needless to say, this isn’t a constructive foundation for a fruitful career in the equine industry. Many grooms resort to “job-hopping” in search of the training and opportunities they crave, without realising the damaging effect this has on their CV and future career prospects.

By contrast, an Equine Apprenticeship makes the you focus on what you would like to achieve within your career and how you can achieve it. You can then source meaningful employment as an Apprentice Groom, enabling you to earn while you learn, laying the foundation of a promising career – and ultimately become one of the best professional grooms in the equine industry.

Become an Apprentice Groom – a Parents Guide

Everyone likes to keep things simple, and sometimes gathering all the information needed before making decisions and acting on them can be time-consuming. With this in mind, The Grooms List team have put together a simple step-by-step guide to walk you through the process of your son/daughter becoming an Apprentice Groom. From choosing an appropriate course, to finding ongoing employment, The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment will be with you every step of the way.

How an Equine Apprenticeship can benefit your child

As specialist equine recruitment consultants, we see the good and bad outcomes of unstructured career pathways and the results of the “rooky errors” young people make without correct guidance. We’re passionate about the part we can play in improving the role of an equine groom as a credible career pathway and we’ll always do our utmost to encourage your child to make safe career decisions.

Many young people wishing to work in the equine industry will make a blind leap into it by accepting the first job available to them. Needless to say, this isn’t always a constructive foundation for a fruitful career in the equine industry. Many grooms resort to “job-hopping” in search of the training and opportunities they crave, without realising the damaging effect this has on their CV and future career prospects.

By contrast, an Equine Apprenticeship makes the job seeker focus on what they would like to achieve within their career and how they can achieve it. The job seeker can then source meaningful employment as an Apprentice Groom, enabling them to earn while they learn, laying the foundation of a promising career – and ultimately become one of the best professional grooms in the equine industry.

A step by step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom

Everyone likes to keep things simple, and sometimes gathering all the information needed before making decisions and acting on them can be time-consuming. With this in mind, The Grooms List team have put together a simple step-by-step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom, from writing your advert to retaining your fully trained Apprentice Groom beyond their final qualification.

How an Apprentice Groom can benefit YOUR yard

In so many of the blogs and articles we write for equine employers, we find ourselves referring to common difficulties when sourcing, securing and retaining good equine career grooms. It’s reasonable to conclude the pool of experienced grooms wanting to remain working with horses and available to yards is diminishing as the years pass. Trainee grooms, including apprentices, are a lifeblood of the equine industry and the ins and outs of employing them need much more consideration than they currently get.

Taking anyone on as an employee is a big responsibility with plenty of legislation to adhere to along associated pitfalls, so it’s very tempting to aim to keep things simple by seeking to only take on employees with experience and a solid employment history. Not only could you find this attempt to keep things simple actually complicates your recruitment drive, as you struggle to attract and secure established, experienced career grooms in what is undeniably a very competitive recruitment market for employers, but by shunning the notion of taking on an apprentice, quite simply, you could be missing out!

A step by step guide to becoming an Apprentice Groom

Everyone likes to keep things simple, and sometimes gathering all the information needed before making decisions and acting on them can be time-consuming. With this in mind, The Grooms List team have put together a simple step-by-step guide to becoming an Apprentice Groom, from finding your Apprentice Groom vacancy to your options once you’ve gained your qualification.

4 common pitfalls when employing staff and how to avoid them!

This week’s blog is for all those interested in knowing more about the facts concerning employee wages, accommodation charges, holiday entitlements and finally sick pay, income tax, national insurance and pensions.

Linda Hudson, Head of Business Development at Educ8 Training, (our Apprenticeship provider partners), has in the last 10 years worked in both college and private training organisations and rather usefully, has also studied employment law. Linda now kindly offers us all a short review with some handy hints, tips and links for good measure!

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wishlist…

Last week we took a sneaky peek at an equine employers ‘wish list’, this week we thought we would do the same (only fair!) to give those employers who might need it, a gentle nudge towards a better understanding of what grooms are looking for when they make a job move. It is surprising how often we come across bewildered employers wondering why they are still groom-less months down the line. Apart from the fact that the reality is that good grooms are in really short supply, often on further investigation into the job vacancy details the reasons can be somewhat closer to home….

A Sneak Peek at an equine Employers Wishlist…

It is surprising how often we come across bewildered job seekers wondering why they are struggling to secure their ideal job. Sometimes the reason is obvious, other times less so. No matter how incredibly experienced/qualified and talented a groom you are there can be many reasons things don’t happen as quickly as you might like. Clearly, 3 horses, 4 dogs and a magpie (yes really) won’t help, but the more subtle reasons usually take the eyes or ears of a genuine and interested recruitment expert! We often can quite quickly help you to identify what the blocks are. Our team compilation ’employers wishlist’ is not designed to be an exhaustive tick list by any means, but it does pretty much cover most of what we have heard over the years.

What are Eventing Grooms and Eventing Groom Jobs?

If you love cross-country and a fast-paced life maybe a career in eventing is for you? What do you know the role of Eventing Grooms and Eventing Groom jobs? Do you have the relevant skills and experience? Do you want to gain them? Becky Parker takes us through the typical duties of a professional Eventing Groom…

Equine Apprenticeship Myths – BUSTED!

The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd is delighted to publish this article by equine apprenticeship expert Linda Hudson, busting some common myths that often stop employers, would-be apprentices, and even parents from considering an equine apprenticeship.

So, you want to become a professional rider?

To become a professional rider, charging around Badminton, sailing over the impossibly high Puissance wall at Olympia or dancing majestically across the Dressage arena in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the sole dream of any pony mad child. But is this dream job REALLY what you imagine it to be? Have you got what it takes?

Have you got what it takes to become a Horse Riding Instructor?

What is it that makes a GREAT Riding Instructor? Here we take a look through a mixture of research, questioning and personal experience at the most important qualities a horse riding instructor must possess.

The Ultimate Guide to County Shows

County shows are an integral part of rural life and a real opportunity for the wider agricultural community to come together and showcase their talents, produce and passion for what they do. For the equine world, county shows provide something for all levels and a huge variety of disciplines. For the amateur rider, just qualifying for a county show is a big deal and something they will work towards and see as a highlight of the season. For professional/competitive riders county shows are the all-important qualifiers for their bigger classes at HOYS/RI (Horse Of The Year Show/Royal International) and an equally vital part of the season. Whether a competitor, groom or spectator, there really is something for everyone at these charming local events, as Becky Parker explains…

Understanding Holiday Entitlement in the Equine Industry

We all know horses don’t look after themselves, and it appears that this may lead to some confusion at times regarding holiday entitlement in the equine industry. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, don’t make assumptions about holiday entitlement, make sure you know the law!

What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs?

For most of us, certain horse sports are of particular interest whether we have competed ourselves or merely enjoy following the sport at shows and on TV, but for career grooms it often provides a career pathway in which the groom can become specialised. But in order to become a successful, professional groom you must genuinely appreciate, if not love the discipline you are devoting your working life to. In this article we take a look at the role of the dressage groom…

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom?

Sole charge groom positions can be sole charge for just some of the time when other team members are away, or the job can be fully sole charge 100% of the time, but both scenarios require specific skills and qualities to perform to expectation and the satisfaction of all involved. This can be a hugely rewarding, career-enhancing experience, but it can also challenging. It’s important when applying for such a position that you are suitably equipped in all respects to fulfil the obligations that go with the territory…

5 tips for a successful equestrian recruitment employer:agency relationship

In my experience, most employers want to find an equestrian recruitment agency with whom they can form an enduring relationship to weather the storm we all find ourselves in currently. But this isn’t always that straightforward. Following are five tips to building a strong relationship from the moment you have decided to entrust your job vacancy with Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd and our services, including The Grooms List.

Equine Apprenticeships: Course Options – Grooms of the Future Part 2

Looking to build a successful career in a particular discipline or sector of the equine industry? Find out about the course options available to learners via and equine apprenticeship.

Writing an Equine CV

Writing an equine CV doesn’t have to be daunting, long-winded or time-consuming, and it will make a HUGE difference to your job hunt. Find out more about the benefits of making a CV and documenting your work history as you go. The Grooms List even offers you FREE OF CHARGE a template to drop all this information into!

Looking for Work with Horses: Getting Started – your Jobseekers Profile

The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment has grown like crazy over the last year or so. We are told we have the best, the easiest to use website & the best service to grooms etc and of course, we are delighted by that…, but we want to do more for you.

It looks like many of you are choosing to register solely with us and not everywhere else so now you don’t have to maintain multiple profiles all over the place, to get the very best from this choice, you need to put the time in if you haven’t already, to get the very best results. Let’s face it, it’s fundamentally what we are all here for, (that and our blogs and the fun on our social media pages of course too we are told).

If you really are a serious job hunter and not just dawdling for your own reasons (?!)  don’t get disenchanted about the industry when the wrong things happen or things don’t happen at all – help us to help you and let’s make a start by looking at your Jobseekers Profile…

Mental Health in the Equine Industry

The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity that campaigns for good mental health for all.  As you may have noticed (!) this week (14th-20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week so naturally, we turn our attention to the matter of mental health in the equine industry. Taking the opportunity to reinforce our partnership with the BGA we are happy to support their initiatives where we can and as ever, to advise on issues which can arise within the yard environment, relating this directly to the employer : groom dynamic with which we are so familiar…

Employing an Apprentice Groom – Grooms of the Future Part 1

Trainee grooms, including apprentices, are a lifeblood of our industry and the ins and outs of employing them needs much more consideration than they currently get – the yard junior, the trainee and of course the official and safeguarded version of the working pupil, the apprentice groom, are the future. What we all invest today could reverse the sometimes depressing current trends in the industry for tomorrow. If you are sitting comfortably with a large glass/cup of whatever keeps you awake and concentrating, please do read on. We hope you will be glad you did and that you will share this info to anyone you think might benefit from it –  THE EQUESTRIAN INDUSTRY DESPERATELY NEEDS PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show

For most of the grooms out there, you may have a chosen discipline or two that sets your heart racing and is your main point of interest. (I’m fairly sure more than a few of you are currently following the Badminton Horse Trials scores from your place of work right now, or possibly even be lucky enough to be soaking up the atmosphere and available shopping there!) However, what about a show where you can see the great and good of the horse world, from a huge array of equine disciplines, all in one place? Of course, we can only mean one thing, the imminent Royal Windsor Horse Show!

The Ultimate Guide to Badminton Horse Trials

Springtime each year sees Badminton Horse Trials open its gates to hordes of eager horse lovers, shoppers, foodies, canine companions, screaming children and long-suffering family members! We bring you the ultimate guide to what to expect and what to look forward to at this wonderful annual equestrian event.

5 Facts about May Day and the Early May Bank Holiday

The May Day Bank Holiday is the first of two Bank Holiday weekends in May each year, but how much do we know about this annual holiday? All of us know that one person who is a mine of useful information, and guest blogger Kelly Wallace Horne is one such individual. For the more enquiring amongst you, do have a read…I certainly learned something!

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses

It’s an occupational hazzard that when you work with horses, sooner or later you will succumb to ailments and injuries of some sort which may have short, medium or even long term consequences and are specific to our industry. Working with horses + age = creaking gate syndrome, hard to avoid…or is it?

Become a professional groom – 6 Simple Steps

At any stage in your life, deciding on or changing a career pathway is a very tall order. We have to identify a working life that is enjoyable, that we are not only capable of but are likely to be good at, and that will sustain us financially and provide for our retirement. It’s hardly surprising that so many of us passionate horse lovers opt for a career with horses! So many young horse lovers stand on the threshold of their adult life envisaging a long future of playing with ponies every day and being paid to do it. What’s not to love?! Well, quite a lot actually – living the dream can soon become very disenchanting… unless you do it right!

What is a Job Trial and why should I attend one?

So you think you have found the job you have been looking for? That’s great, but WHOA just hold your horses a second… In my experience, interviewing alone can be a very inexact science. Before you shake hands on the deal, I strongly recommend all job seekers and all employers road test each other first with a job trial, at a pre-agreed paid rate of course. This might be the one thing that for you, secures your decision or it may be that you will look back and consider how you really dodged a bullet. Of course sometimes, for some people, a job trial is not always practical, but if it is, move heaven and earth, do yourself a favour and have one. There is nothing like a road test for really seeing first hand if something might be a fit; and you know we are all about job satisfaction and job longevity here at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Reruitment!  Becky has shared some of her thoughts about job trials and of course, I can’t resist chipping in here and there…

Feeding YOURSELF for performance – healthy eating for equine grooms!

Take a stroll around any yard at feed time and you will see grooms carefully measuring and allocating feeds for each individual horse. Usually, there will be a complex ever-changing board to ensure each horse has a diet relevant to their workload that allows them to reach their peak performance. By contrast, poke your head into the groom’s kitchen, take a peek in the tack room bin, glance in a grooms car passenger footwell and the chances are high there will be great evidence of a less thought out diet. For some reason when it comes to caring for ourselves the trend for living on Redbull and Mars bars still prevails for many grooms. Yet it makes no sense! If our end goal is to provide the best possible care for the horses in our charge, one of the first steps should be to ensure we are in our best possible form to do that job, and that begins with the fuel we use to power ourselves.

5 Top Tips for Finding a Good Groom

Finding decent equine staff in this very tough equestrian recruitment market is not easy, it can be very time-consuming, costly and not least of all incredibly frustrating. Trust me, after 15 years as a professional equine recruitment specialist, I know! Follow my 5 simple tips to get the best out of your equestrian recruitment drive – save yourself time, a considerable amount of money, and an awful lot of headaches!

Competition Grooms and Competition Groom Jobs

A good Competition Groom/Travelling Groom is an indispensable part of a competing team, without whom most top riders would not be able to achieve what they achieve in the showring. When a good groom is secured (no need to name names here!) they are undoubtedly the glue that holds things together in the moments that really count, and the moments that aren’t often counted too yet are equally critical to top performances! For those of you considering competition grooming as a career option, or for those of you who have elements of competition grooming within your everyday grooming role, we can help you up your game to big league level, or even assist in getting you “interview ready” for this exciting career move. The earning potential that comes with such a role also has its attractions…read on…

How to recruit an everyday Super Groom

This article is designed to share just a few useful hints and tips if you are about to embark on filling an equine job vacancy, or for those who have been looking for a time and don’t feel they are making the progress they should be. I have recently fulfilled a long-held ambition to sponsor the British Grooms Association in all they do on behalf of the grooms. We work closely with the BGA but independently we have published a lot of very supportive articles/blogs which are being shared far and wide and which promote change with well-researched advice and views on current issues. So, this week we start to turn our attention a little to the other side of this equation, the employer. Employers get tired of hearing “it’s a groom’s market” right now, I know I seem to say it several times daily, but really, it is. Here I will share with you some of the benefits of my many years as an equine recruitment consultant…

About Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs

Ever wondered who and what Freelance Grooms are, or are you considering setting yourself up as a Freelance Groom? The appeal of a working life flitting from yard to yard, meeting many, many new horses (and people of course!) is understandable but is this perception realistic? You know that according to British Grooms Association guidelines there is no such thing as Freelance Groom jobs? So how does that work? In this article Emily Taylor has put together a go-to guide of facts and info, including some of the real considerations that Freelance Grooms or anyone wanting to become a Freelance Groom should be aware of, not to mention some of the semantics associated with this title which can really matter when it comes to employment law and the taxman…

What are Stud Hands and Stud Hand Jobs?

The horse breeding process, from planning lineage to seeing the youngsters you’ve worked with embarking on their careers, is fascinating and it’s easy to imagine that a career in the stud industry is very rewarding. Afterall, top quality international winners are not bred by chance. Whilst it is hard to imagine that any horse lover WOULDN’T want to work in an environment with foals, as Becky Parker outlines in her tongue-in-cheek look at which equine disciplines reflect your character, not every job within the equine industry suits every horse lover. There are a variety of job roles within the stud industry and this article will focus on that of the Stud Hand – what are Stud Hands and Stud Hand jobs, and who can become a Stud Hand.

Equine Jobs with Accommodation

The provision of accommodation with an equine job can be a grey area for both employers and employees, with so many varying arrangements from yard to yard and job role to job role. Get it wrong and at the very least an employer struggles to find and keep staff, the employee loses out on their salary entitlement and, worst case scenario, the employer and employee find themselves in very hot water. Here we attempt to put a complex matter into as simple terms as possible, regarding the provision of accommodation with a job, based on situations regularly seen within the equine industry.

Equine Apprenticeships – invaluable education or slave labour?

Fresh from the clutches of 11 years enforced education, drunk on your own freedom (honestly guv I’m just really happy), the prospect of earning a proper wage dangled in front of you tantalisingly, it can be tough persuading yourself to think long-term about career planning. The prospect of returning to a classroom for college courses or perhaps a degree holds no appeal for those who struggle with formal education or are just fed up with the confinement of a classroom. Apprenticeships provide an alternative way to achieve formal, industry recognised City and Guilds qualifications with minimum or possibly even no classroom time. Learners are able to ‘earn while they learn’ as the tagline goes. The equine industry is famously fast-paced and physical, and there is unanimous thinking when it comes to the verdict that there is really no substitute for practical, on the job training. An equine Apprenticeship allows you to gain this in an unexploited, structured and planned way whilst also gaining the piece of paper to prove it. Becky Parker discusses the pros, cons and alternative routes into a successful career with horses.

How to FAIL at your equine job hunt!

Job-hunting is not easy, believe us, we know this. Finding the perfect job that matches all your requirements in terms of preferred location, favourite discipline, nice accommodation, chances to ride, or not, welcoming your beloved menagerie of pets and/or significant other too. Sometimes it can truly feel like hunting for a needle in a haystack! So when your equine job hunt finally uncovers the ideal employment opportunity there are a few really silly mistakes you just don’t want to be making.

Here to help as always we bring you a simple guide on what NOT to do.

What does Job Longevity mean and why does it matter?

The most fruitful horsey careers are built on consideration and planning. Unless you understand some of the key things recruiting employers take seriously, you cannot structure your equine career development to your maximum benefit in terms of getting the best job choices, salary and associated benefits. Taking your first equine job and seeing where life takes you can be quite a ride, but if you stick to this as a strategy, it is unlikely to get the most the equine industry has to offer and it can lead you into some terrible situations too that can stop many a promising career in its tracks. Again social media is full of grooms with stories to tell on that front! In this article, we ask what job longevity means and how it might positively, and negatively, impact your equine career development.

We’re in partnership with the BGA and the EEA!

The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment is delighted to work in partnership with the British Grooms Association (BGA) and Equine Employers Association (EEA). As an equine recruitment agency, by joining forces with these invaluable organisations we believe we can strengthen the professional equine industry by making accurate advice and resources easily accessible to all employers and employees in the equestrian world, in the right way, at the right time…

How to negotiate a salary in the equine industry

There are of course many factors which influence the longevity and success of any working relationship. Between grooms and employers, none of these are more hotly debated these days than that of grooms’ salary and the general package. You don’t have to look too hard on social media to see the disgruntled outpourings from all sides and every day I have conversations which clearly demonstrate much is still left to be done for this situation to become resolved. I don’t pretend to have an answer as to how we raise the income levels of this particular sector, (which is in many ways is similar to many of the “caring professions”) but I believe how and when the topic of salary and terms is covered within the whole interviewing process, if addressed, could have a positive impact on the longer term security of those involved.

In this article, I give both grooms and employers my advice on laying the foundations of long-term, happy, healthy and successful employment.

Equine Careers: BHS Qualifications

So as we embark on a new year change and self-improvement comes on to the radar once more. Whether to gain qualifications is always a hotly debated topic and many have strong opinions on the subject. There is no doubt about it that the BHS qualifications are prized highly throughout the world and will, especially when combined with additional practical experience, make you more sought after in certain areas of the equestrian job market both at home and abroad. They can be a door opener and an income booster in many situations! We are delighted to have another guest blogger on board to start the review on this big subject….

Which Equine Disciplines Reflect Your Character?

It is undeniable that if you work within an equestrian discipline that actually interests you and suits your personality traits and experience levels, then your working life will be much more fun and you will thrive in that role for longer periods of time and to a good level, everything else being equal! I can spot a square peg in a round hole at 1000 paces and, it has to be said, this forms the basis of many discussions I have with both grooms/riders and indeed, employers. This is one of the benefits of using a recruitment agency like ours, as discussed in our recent article Why Use a Recruitment Agency. What is true is that grooming within any discipline requires reliability, consistency, hard work, and initiative. But this week, we take a characteristical tongue in cheek, whistle-stop tour through just a handful of popular disciplines. Becky Parker will ponder the various discipline-specific characteristics and it will remind you of why you suit a specific discipline, or it might help you to finally decide which of the horsey disciplines suit you, or even some of the people you know. See if you can guess which one Becky seems to have a bias towards?!

The difference between employed, self-employed and freelance grooms

The legal requirements which underpin being self-employed vs employed are vast but not as complicated as you might originally have thought. Here at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd, we don’t pretend to be legal, tax or HR experts on the nuances that surround this subject, but we know people who are and with their expert guidance, Becky Parker our brilliant blog writer has researched that for your information this week. We proudly support Grooms who are looking for full-time employment, those self-employed/freelancing and looking to add clients to their portfolio, or indeed just starting out on either road and wondering how best to proceed. We really can and regularly do help and have many success stories that attest to that. We wouldn’t direct anyone to go one way or another specifically as it is a very personal to each individual.

Get an HGV Licence – with 20% off!

By having a 7.5 tonne+/HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) license, and a certificate to legally transport horses (as part of your job, or as your job) you can add anything from circa £200 up to £1000 or more to your monthly wage. If you are a freelance groom to add this service to your skills repertoire can really improve your “offerings” to prospective clients. The outlay required to get these qualifications can be steep for many, but at The Grooms List we have many jobs that come in where the Employer is happy to fund this training in return for a contractual promise to remain in the role for which you were employed for a mutually agreed fair period of time. The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment has negotiated a cracking 20% discount for you or your employer to make this more affordable for you by partnering with a specialised HGV trainer who trains over 200 people per month. They are the UK’s largest specialist vehicle training company, training for some of the UK’s biggest organisations. Becky Parker has done some further research on the nuts and bolts of the subject. You need to read this…

Horse characters that make you laugh, cry….and scream!

There are many perks to being a groom, but the greatest perk is the horses themselves. When you work with an animal day in day out it’s not just their beauty, their power or the thrill of going for a good gallop that keeps you hooked. It’s discovering their individual unique characters. The way they amuse us with their antics and the satisfaction we get from watching them learn and progress in their careers, as personalities we have a bond with, not just machines. That’s what makes the job so rewarding. A vital part of a groom’s skillset is the ability to recognise the different personality types and adapt the way they handle each horse to suit the individual. Of course, some horses make our job easier than others. Here are a few examples of the more ‘quirky’ characters you might come across as a groom or employer!

Equine Careers: How Grooms can increase their salary

Several times, every day I am involved in discussions with grooms and employers about salaries. One of the most commonly asked question by grooms in what is considered a poorly paid profession is, “what can I do to get the top end of the salary ranges advertised in your jobs?”. There are some basics you can achieve fairly easily, and any investment in your career will undoubtedly pay back dividends, but you don’t want to make moves and spend money on qualifications and licences willy-nilly. Through a series of articles over the next few months, we will tell you how you could get some serious extra money in your pay packet each month. Bookmark this page to easily access the entire collection of articles as it grows…

Get 10% off a First Aid Certificate

When working with horses, whether as a groom or an employer, we do need to acknowledge the physical risks we put ourselves and others in, often in remote locations. We have all seen the gory pictures, we don’t need reminding and most of us have at least one story to tell. As the first in a series of articles about how grooms can increase their salary, let’s start with the simple, effective, inexpensive and possibly life-saving step – get a First Aid certificate PLUS get a 10% discount on the course fees via The Grooms List! But beyond financial considerations, let’s not forget that we need to look after ourselves and each other. Find out more about options available to you, the difference it makes to your business or career and, of course, claim your 10% discount here!

9 Types of Groom You DON’T Want to Be!

At the moment there are so many blogs and articles discussing the negatives that grooms face, I often wonder if we have the balance right. We are always hearing about the grooms perspective and the horror stories encountered, which undoubtedly do exist and need to be aired. BUT….whilst they need to be addressed properly, mature, reasonable grooms will know there are also stories on the other side of things which can range from funny to annoying, to toe-curlingly bad, and sometimes dangerous in the extreme. The following article exploring some groom stereotypes takes a slightly light-hearted look at the other side of employment within the equine industry, poking a bit of fun here and there but nevertheless, a very serious message is underlying. Make sure you AREN’T one of these…!

Keep Warm Working with Horses in Winter

There is definitely an art to not getting frozen toes, chilblains and a weather-beaten face by age 30 when you work in the equine industry. Wrapping up properly and staying dry (ish) can make the difference between a truly miserable winter and a busy one enjoying crisp winter mornings and long days out galloping around the countryside following the hunt. The trick lies in not just one method but successfully taking care of all the details. Let’s apply the same level of thorough, exemplary care we give to the horses, to ourselves… 

Why use an Equestrian Recruitment Agency?

Finding your way through the minefield that is job hunting is a tricky task. Some may liken it to the proverbial hunt for a needle in a haystack, but No! let’s not bring that kind of negativity here. Undeniably there are many shady employers around but equally, there are still quite a few good, generous, kind-hearted and appreciative ones too. Becky Parker outlines the role we play in the recruitment process of both employers and jobseekers in the equestrian industry.

How to write an effective equine job vacancy advert

Finding and employing a new member of staff for your yard can be a daunting prospect, with so many possible routes to consider and potential pitfalls along the way. Whichever route you choose, to stand the best chance of success you are going to have to write an advert for your job vacancy. To help you out, Caroline Carter Recruitment has put together a suggestion for the recipe to a good job vacancy advert. This will not only help you not only attract equine jobseekers, but will help you to define your needs and your wishes regarding your next equine employee.

A Grooms Guide to First Aid at Competitions

One of the most exciting things you can do as a groom is to take a horse you have been looking after and see it perform to its best at a competition. It’s a buzz and it’s a big responsibility. There is such a lot to of preparation required, so many things to remember to do and to bring, and so many places to be at certain times. Time to really showcase your skills and experience; oh and the chance for some cracking junk food at the show venue! All that being said, how would you cope if something went wrong with one of the horses in your care at a show? How prepared are you for a sick or injured horse?

A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

Rugging is both an art and a science. Sole charge groom positions are very popular these days and the owners and horses are reliant on you knowing your stuff and staying informed on the facts and latest thinking. Knowing where to start each Autumn is an annual dilemma for every groom, but this weeks guest blogger, Emily Taylor, gives us some useful reference points to help us take that first step into the winter season.

Understanding a Horse’s Vital Signs

Our first guest blogger reminds us of the importance of understanding the vital signs of the horses in your care. Would you know if your horse’s heart rate, pulse rate and/or respiratory rate is unusually high? Would you know if it is normal for him or her? Our guest blogger, who wishes to remain anonymous, talks us through the basic checks you can make to have a deeper understanding of how your horses may be feeling on any given day…

Taking a horse and pets to a new job

It’s true to say that horses are not a hobby but a way of life and for the majority, if not all of us, horses are in our blood. It’s a passion that can’t be ignored, resulting in many of us keeping horses, working with horses – or both. But how do our four-footed family impact our employability and career development?

Make an impression! Top tips for a successful equine job interview: Part 1

Going for a job interview is usually daunting, especially if you’ve never been to one before! You only get one chance to make a first impression, so it’s important you make the most of this first meeting. Here are some key considerations in the process leading up to a job interview…

Make an impression! Top tips for a successful equine job interview: Part 2

Keenness to impress your potential employer can lead to you to be nervous, shy, overly bold, and even inclined to do things you would not do under other circumstances. Here are some key points to consider about keeping yourself safe when preparing for, and attending an equine job interview…

Make an impression! Top tips for a successful job interview: Part 3

It’s the day of your interview and you’re bound to be feeling at least a little bit anxious about this potentially life changing appointment, especially if you have never been to a job interview before. As discussed in parts 1 and 2, there is a great deal you can do in advance to maintain a calm and controlled approach, and how you manage the day of your interview can have a big impact on the interview being successful. You’ve got this far in your mission to get that perfect equine job, so it’s vitally important you don’t make any avoidable errors when it comes to that all important first meeting with your potential employer. Here are some considerations to put you in good stead throughout the day, as well as at your all important interview.

5 top tips to get your equine job application ACCEPTED!

Don’t miss out! Read our 5 top tips to help you beat the rest to that perfect job! Make sure you are fully prepared and know what you need to do to secure your next career move.

Website How-To Guide for Jobseekers

Now you are registered with the equine industry’s newest and fastest growing recruitment agency, here are a few tips to help you get the best out of our website and services!

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