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Job Description We are looking for a Level 2 Apprentice Groom to join our team. The role will include all normal yard duties, some travelling and lunging / riding. Attitude is more important than experience but you will need to be comfortable handling big, fit competition horses. The Apprenticeship Course is a non-riding course, but you will be required to exercise ride and hack out. As an Apprentice Groom you will have a full employment contract, salary and paid holiday etc.   Minimum Requirements Ability and experience handling large fit competition horses Confident rider preferably with some basic dressage training You will need to be able to drive because we are quite remote with no public transport.   Accommodation details Fully furnished and brand new sole occupancy flat with bedroom, shower room, kitchen, living room and a shared garden.   Benefits Gain formal, nationally recognised qualifications in an international dressage yard with lovely facilities and horses.
Job Description *Salary negotiable * Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses. Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required Minimum Requirements Ride Safe Certificate Horse Care Teaching experience Able to train young ponies Driver Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
Job Description Live in trainer required for an up and coming yard in Knowle, Solihull. The yard has great facilities and we currently have four horses at varying stages in their careers, with the capacity for more based upon the trainer’s performance. The applicant must be self motivated, hard working and capable of working in a team. Responsibilities to include: – Setting and overseeing the care, feeding and horse health policies for the organisation. – Managing staff, including hiring staff and adhering to employment legislation. – Planning and implementing a training and fitness programme for each horse, including riding them    yourself wen required. – Overseeing each horse’s fitness work on the gallops and schooling through starting stalls or over          hurdles and fences. – Assessing horses’ ability for potential races. – Planning race entries, pre-and post procedures and selecting and appointing suitable jockeys to   runners. – Completing racing documentation including passports, licences, stable passes, entries and   declarations. – Accompanying horses to races. – Liasing with owners and connections. Minimum Requirements Skills and personal qualities required: – Excellent horse management skills. – A natural flair and a thorough knowledge of training racehorses. – Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. – A sound knowledge of business and financial management. – An understanding of employment legislation. – A full understanding of the British Horseracing Authority’s orders, instructions and rules of racing.   Accommodation details To be advised upon expression of interest   Benefits Package negotiable for the right person  
*5 day week *Negotiable package depending on experience *Accommodation available and no bills Experienced couple required to manage a beautiful Yard and Home at a small, private thoroughbred stud farm for busy owner in Hampshire. The Stud Manager should be  an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via a responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in their career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position on a small stud so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained. Would probably suit someone who is happy at a slower, quieter pace.This small family stud breeds small numbers. Sensible working hours facilitate a peaceful and happy lifestyle. The Housekeeper must be animal friendly and would be required to look after  dogs , as well as the main the house (cleaning the house/shopping/some gardening). The owner is away frequently during the week so some care taking/supervision of an empty house required. Small professional and happy team so must be a team players. Owner has 2 large rescue dogs that are not dog friendly with other canines, so no other dogs allowed on property . Lovely cottage, all mod cons. Do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Accommodation possible *Yard located close to Bath and Badminton *Riders compete from the Stud under the guidance Olympic Gold Medallist and winner of Badminton and Burghley. Well known International Stud is looking for an Experienced Stud Groom & Stallion Handler To work primarily with stallions in a busy DEFRA approved semen collection centre.   Duties include stallion handling, semen collection, exercising and yard work.  There will also the opportunity to work with mares, foals & youngstock.   You must be competent, reliable and able to exercise initiative.  AI Technician’s Certificate desirable.  **Extensive stallion handling experience essential.** Minimum Requirements Extensive stallion handling experience essential.** Foaling/Foal Watch experience would be useful.   Accommodation details Accommodation can be provided if required.
*Horse/dog/partner welcomed * IRO 2000 euros pcm and accommodation included in the package. Fixed period contract available (reviewed at the end of first season) for an experienced Groom/yard manager/Rider (Knowledge of hunting/show jumping ), who is required to assist with 4 Irish and French hunt & SJ horses, (one a former steeple chase champion) on a beautiful 18th century french yard in the Loire valley. The Loire valley and its chateaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration, and lavishly planted gardens, were designed to impress. You would need to enjoy a family atmosphere – there are other people working on the farm and on the estate and numerous English people living in the surrounding area. Duties required: Riding each horse every day.Riding is mostly exercise work but you should be capable of keeping a horse going well. No jumping required. Grooming including plaiting and clipping & tack cleaning Cleaning the tack room, maintaining the stables (some painting from time to time), polishing hunting boots, cleaning truck or trailer, etc Driving to the hunt (twice a week during season) and taking care of the horses after the day. Must be able to drive a 3.5t lorry to the meet and back which on some occasions involves a rather long day. Time off in lieu given on non hunting days . The same requirement for show jumping shows  (from May till end of June) CSI 1* and National shows Working Hours/days. 5/5.5/6 days optional.  35 hour week neg. Non hunting days Yard starts at 7.30am/break from 12:30 – 3:30 pm General  Smoker OK Facilities: 18th century estate with stables from the same period several meadows on the estate and the horses are given turnout No menage available so all ridden work out and about. Remuneration IRO 2,000 € / month max. depending on experience. Accommodation is included in the package. Accommodation There is some choice on accommodation – on site (an apartment over the stables) or in town 2-bedroom flat in the little town of Loches (a nice medieval city just 5 km away which has shops and bars etc). 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great job for the genuine Francophile and promises variety and interest. Probably worth investigating prior to application for those who don’t know, the types of hunting that go on in the region, as may not suit everyone. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Your position will require you to take over from owner for at least six weeks, sole charge of 3  horses ( stabled)  after initial six weeks   Supporting  role would be required for recovery time   Owner requires hospitalisation, position would commence  23rd of September Minimum Requirements Worked with horses before  Capable of riding To a high standard. Exercise of thoroughbred and Westfalen required   Accommodation details No accommodation offered   Benefits *Sole Charge *Own horse welcomed * Salary IRO £19.2Kpa neg *Length of contract negotiable min 3 months  
*Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Morning or afternoon neg. some flexibility on occasions ideal. This employer is looking for a PT right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks to work one half of the day with one other providing the other half day! You must be able to tow a trailer and have a full and clean license plus take full care and responsibility for yard/horses etc on the ground and under saddle/lunge. Person Friday duties by the same person  would include some looking after 12 year old , light house keeping,  care of guinea pigs and fish tanks, family dog, etc. All PC activities done by children and employer rides too. Must be good with children and a people person as well as an animal person Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Looking for a full time junior groom Looking for a Groom to work as part of our existing team. You will be working on a friendly, professionally run private livery yard that caters for all, from retired to competition horses and all horses are given the 5 star treatment that we pride ourselves on. You will be expected to be professional at all times, maintain high standards that we have worked hard to achieve. You will also need to be reliable, hardworking, flexible, punctual, friendly and happy to work in a team. Opportunities will be available to prepare horses and attend competitions. We are also offering a Horse Care Apprenticeship for candidates who are interested, which will train you towards a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care. This qualification, which is a work-based, offers a higher commercial and professional standard than College based Diplomas, due to the learning happening within the work place. You will be expected to cover all daily yard duties: Mucking out, turning out and bringing in, changing rugs, filling hay nets  as well as assisting farriers, vets, dentist and other professionals on behalf of our owners. 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.  
*Salary up to £26k pa (depending on experience) *Accommodation provided *5-6 day week negotiable *Pets a possibility *Plenty of riding *Opportunities to hunt/compete! Seeking an experienced Groom/Rider to head the team caring for 6 top-class performance horses, who regularly compete in a variety of disciplines. Some sole charge required. Excellent, top-level show turnout skills are a must! 🙂 Trailer or lorry licence an advantage. 🚛 ✔ Super facilities to work in, with every mod con you could imagine to ensure the very best for the horses in your care. ✔   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A fantastic job for someone experienced with at least 3* competition horses. Plenty of riding, although this is secondary to the yard management aspect. Naturally, the employer expects high standards, and in return you receive excellent pay and opportunities to compete and hunt as well.  Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting job reference JL40845, on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description International Event Yard and Stud. We are looking for a confident and reliable groom to join our young, fun, hardworking team. Must be confident hacking and galloping fit competition horses. Able to clip, plait (with thread), pull manes and tails (although training and the opportunity to practice can be provided) An HGV licence is preferred but happy to consider someone with lorry driving experience and a desire to obtain an HGV licence in the future. An interest in stud work an advantage as the job will involve the handling of mares, foals and stallions. Purpose built accommodation, own bedroom with large shared kitchen, 2 bathrooms and living room. Owner/manager and family on site. This is a fun and varied role, with lots of opportunity to learn and progress in the industry for the right person.    
Job Description Looking for a keen, hard working person who wants to learn and become part of a team. We have horses ranging from 5* event horses to foals, and also have stallions who stand at Caunton Manor Stud. We have a friendly, hard working team and are looking for a new member of staff to join them whilst we continue to expand. Opportunities to travel to events, learn and progress.     Ideal candidate will have previous experience around horses, but further training can be given. Would be prefer an applicant who has some idea of plaiting, clipping and general horse care. Doesn’t necessarily need to be able to ride.     Accommodation can be provided for the right person, but would prefer somebody who could commute.     Good Salary, fully employed on Payroll with Pension Scheme and Sick Pay. Full contract provided, Job is 5 Days a week (this does include some weekend days).    
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary up to £24K pa  *Dog welcome A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Stud Hand to work on a busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred. Paid holiday and pension scheme. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*5 day week * Up to £400pw neg. depending on experience Private household based on a small 20-acre country Thoroughbred Stud now seeking a Housekeeper who must be animal-friendly. You would be required to look after 2 dogs, as well as the main the house when the owner is away frequently during the week so some caretaking/supervision of an empty house required.  You must, of course, be reliable and honest and be happy to be in a country location with periods on your own. (Subject to DBS checks) You will have some knowledge of and experience in cleaning and sanitising rooms to varying levels to meet requirements, willingness to learn new cleaning methods and how to use various pieces of equipment, ability to adapt to different situations (owner and extended family in residence/not) and be able to  change work processes to accommodate employer needs etc. Example of Housekeeper Job Duties Dusting and polishing furniture and fixtures Cleaning and sanitising toilets, showers/bathtubs, countertops, and sinks Maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen area Making beds and changing linens Washing windows Vacuuming and cleaning carpets and rugs Sweeping/vacuuming, polishing, and mopping hard floors Sorting, washing, loading, and unloading laundry Ironing clothing items Using any cleaning equipment such as vacuums, mops, and other cleaning tools Keeping bathrooms stocked with clean linens, toiletries, and other supplies Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces Emptying trash receptacles and disposing of waste Steaming and cleaning draperies Tidying up rooms Monitoring cleaning supplies and ordering more as needed Reporting any necessary repairs or replacements   Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55773 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Salary negotiable *Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses and helping a person who uses a wheelchair, (some personal care).  Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required   Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
Job Description We currently have either 2 part time or one full time position available. Fridays and Saturdays need to be filled first, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be filled after. The 5th day will be added as and when the position becomes full time. We are a small, family run and friendly riding school and are looking for an honest, reliable, self-motivated and responsible individual to join the team. Duties would involve giving riding lessons to adults and children, taking out hacks, general yard and field duties, horse care and stable management, as well as taking telephone and email bookings. We are a growing business, so the job will become more varied and exciting as time goes on, and part time can will become full time for the right person, if you want it of course. We have recently begun two new ventures – carriage driving and a 24 hour horse riding and camping experience, and pub rides – I would like our new recruit(s) to be a part of this. We are professional and take our work seriously, although we do like to have fun as you can see from the photos. Experience of working with horses and riding to a suitable level is required, but training can be provided for all other duties. Must be honest, reliable and self-motivated.   Please get in touch with Frances via email to arrange an interview / trial day.   Minimum Requirements Qualifications and/or experience of working with horses plus riding to a suitable level. Experience of teaching riding lessons and taking out treks an advantage, but we can provide training. Must have own mode of transport. Towing license is a bonus but not essential. Carriage driving qualifications would be a huge bonus, but again, not essential.   Accommodation details No on-site accommodation currently available, although may be in future.   Benefits We are open to discuss flexible working arrangements. Opportunities for days out hunting, fun rides, show jumping etc. Training courses will be funded by ourselves for the right individual, such as towing license, HGV, pesticides license etc. Plenty of barbecues, summer and winter. Anything else can be discussed in person.  
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location Please call Caroline and The Team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Up to £30k pa depending on experience + accommodation  * 5-day week *Newly refurbished home (partner considered) Stud hand/Manager required for a small, private family stud. A very peaceful environment where the focus is on quality not quantity and is more of a passion for the owner without a strong commercial element. You should be an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via at least one responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in your career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained and looking for a final/near final long term move rather than a start to a career. Must be capable of looking after a mixture of retired horses, mares and foals. Sensible working hours facilitate this peaceful and happy lifestyle. You should also be happy to pitch in with other duties on the yard as/when with other staff. The owner has two beloved rescue dogs so you may need to help a little there when the owner is away etc. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com and quote job ref JL5569      
*Long term career opportunity *Salary IRO £24kpa depending on experience * Accommodation available or live out *Dog and horse considered. Established and leading equine hydrotherapy unit with a track record of treating almost 1000 horses from Olympic level to pony club and from every discipline and with over 25,000 treadmill sessions under their belts is now looking to add a key new, senior member to their Team. You will need to have the skills which enable you to step up and manage proceedings a required but also be able to know when to step back and to be sensitive to other longstanding Team members. Engaging, kind and caring you will need great people skills/communication skills/ to have a good grasp of the biomechanics of the horse etc.  You will need to be mature, sensitive and discrete also as you will be handling and treating a range of equines and dealing with their owners (from family ponies to Olympic athletes). Ideally, you will have reasonable administration/PC/Diary management skills too. The day starts at 7 am – 5 pm 5.5 days a week (sat pm/sun off). There is a yard of 12 quality family/visiting performance horses also kept which the Team pitch in to help with each day. Being the most experienced and professional operators of aqua treadmills in the UK and following expansion planned to include residential classes and stays for riders this is an exciting opportunity for the right, team playing individual! Set in 25 acres of old dairy pasture the location is especially peaceful. Facilities include individual turn out paddocks, pasture, walker, sand school, solarium, hot water wash bays, horse laundry, vitafloor, aqua treadmill, 15 boxes.  For residential guests, there is a swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court. For more information Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55775  on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Your position will require you to take over from owner for at least six weeks, sole charge of 3  horses ( stabled)  after initial six weeks   Supporting  role would be required for recovery time   Owner requires hospitalisation, position would commence  23rd of September Minimum Requirements Worked with horses before  Capable of riding To a high standard. Exercise of thoroughbred and Westfalen required   Accommodation details No accommodation offered   Benefits *Sole Charge *Own horse welcomed * Salary IRO £19.2Kpa neg *Length of contract negotiable min 3 months  
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56) *Riding available with good hacking and indoor 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
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary up to £24K pa  *Dog welcome A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Stud Hand to work on a busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred. Paid holiday and pension scheme. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. 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 etc optional)You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. Excellent equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus 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 and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person . 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,yard  and beloved animals until their return but be  mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 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 We are looking for a Level 2 Apprentice Groom to join our team. The role will include all normal yard duties, some travelling and lunging / riding. Attitude is more important than experience but you will need to be comfortable handling big, fit competition horses. The Apprenticeship Course is a non-riding course, but you will be required to exercise ride and hack out. As an Apprentice Groom you will have a full employment contract, salary and paid holiday etc.   Minimum Requirements Ability and experience handling large fit competition horses Confident rider preferably with some basic dressage training You will need to be able to drive because we are quite remote with no public transport.   Accommodation details Fully furnished and brand new sole occupancy flat with bedroom, shower room, kitchen, living room and a shared garden.   Benefits Gain formal, nationally recognised qualifications in an international dressage yard with lovely facilities and horses.
*Accommodation possible *Yard located close to Bath and Badminton *Riders compete from the Stud under the guidance Olympic Gold Medallist and winner of Badminton and Burghley. Well known International Stud is looking for an Experienced Stud Groom & Stallion Handler To work primarily with stallions in a busy DEFRA approved semen collection centre.   Duties include stallion handling, semen collection, exercising and yard work.  There will also the opportunity to work with mares, foals & youngstock.   You must be competent, reliable and able to exercise initiative.  AI Technician’s Certificate desirable.  **Extensive stallion handling experience essential.** Minimum Requirements Extensive stallion handling experience essential.** Foaling/Foal Watch experience would be useful.   Accommodation details Accommodation can be provided if required.
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 Near Hungerford. Due to expansion, we are looking for a live out Stud Hand with experience in handling mares, foals and yearlings and the usual maintenance work associated with a thoroughbred stud, working within a team of 4/5 people. Minimum Requirements Must be competent with horses and a tidy worker. As long as you are capable of Stud basics we can provide training for other aspects.   Accommodation details No accommodation available.   Benefits Competitive salary, attractive working environment, working with top class thoroughbreds.
*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 *Salary negotiable * Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses. Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required Minimum Requirements Ride Safe Certificate Horse Care Teaching experience Able to train young ponies Driver Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
**We are adding to our Team!** Lots of great changes have taken place here and we are now looking to add to the team! We are still busy with our work in the racing industry externally at trainers’ yards and at racecourses but we no longer take in racehorses on remedial / behavioural programmes.  So our work now  focusses on : Rehoming ex-racehorses Producing competition horses for showjumping, dressage, eventing Post operative rehabilitation, retirement livery and holiday grazing for racehorses Natural Horsemanship courses offering hands-on training for owners building on their relationship with young horses We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for this and riding our own horses!  This is an excellent opportunity to join our team! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  Additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not about crazy horses – some are young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence! This is a full time position from 07.30hrs – 17.00hrs Monday to Saturday each week.  During staff holidays or busy times the occasional Sunday may be required with an alternative day off as mutually convenient. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
Job Description US! We live just outside Colchester on the Essex/Suffolk border – my husband goes to London every day as it’s an easy commute. We have a daughter at Edinburgh University, another doing A levels (she’s the rider) and a 13 year old son, both at boarding school. We’ve been spoilt by 2 fabulous students, one after the other, who have looked after us since May but are now off to uni themselves. – 18 year old Harriet and 20 year old Alice have been absolutely superb, and you would be taking over from them. THE POST: To help with our 2 immaculately mannered but fit competition horses who deserve, and receive, the highest standards. Manage the yard, feed and tack rooms, Horsebox (Whittaker) and paddocks. We have a small yard with a horse-walker, rug drier, menage, fabulous hacking and dry paddocks close to the yard. Hens – let out, feed and clean when necessary. Airbnb changeover – a 2 bed cottage which needs cleaning and preparing beautifully for next guests. Helping with charity garden open days Some family cooking. Some housekeeping. Some driving. House-sit and look after our 2 dogs when we’re away.   Competitive wage – I’m not looking for cheap labour and only suggest students because I love their flexibility and vibe but ideally someone who was available for at least 12 months. We have a full-time gardener and other help but you also need to be happy to work alone. Minimum Requirements This post is for someone who has experience and a passion for horses but doesn’t necessarily want to be a full-time groom. We only have 2 horses but you would help with fitness work, hacking, using the walker, keeping the yard immaculate, bandaging, clipping etc – there may be scope for schooling and jumping for the right rider. Some competition grooming if that appeals to you, and if you were able to drive a 7.5 ton lorry, definitely! You will be tidy and organised, an excellent driver, and most of all, smiley and willing with COMMON SENSE and notice what needs doing. Able to cook simple family meals.  A non-smoker and someone utterly reliable and conscientious is essential. Accommodation details You would have your own charming self-contained flat with its own entrance. All household bills paid. Double bed but available for a single person. WiFi. Bath with shower over, television. Fully furnished, lovely views. Benefits Competitive wage – I’m not looking for cheap labour and only suggest students because I love their flexibility and vibe but someone who was available for at least 12 months.  5 weeks holiday to include bank holiday lieu days.  
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.  
* £400 negotiable +accommodation plus bills paid. *Very pretty 1 bed cottage (barn conversion) *Dog and horse possible *5 day week *Chance to take HGV license if required Experienced Eventing yard manager with some hunting know how required to work alongside 2 other staff to run a really friendly and fun family yard. You should be totally capable of stepping up and running all aspects but also a team player with good people and horse skills! You will of course be required to do all usual duties to a high standard home and away. HGV ideal but could put through a test so you must have some experience of driving a lorry. Rider very considerately does most of late night checks herself (!) but this role will involve total care and management of her 7 event horses (youngest is 6 years old). They are all 3 & 4 * plus the family hunters. There is something going on for the event horses all year around so never a dull season!  There is always about 8-15 horses to do between the Team Great facilities close in a beautiful Nort Yorkshire location : Full size menage/x country training course/decent hacking. Fairly close to A1 so easy to get out and about. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real fun, long term role working for a fun and friendly family who care about their horses and their staff. Good remuneration,cracking location and considerate employers what’s not to like!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description To work alongside our existing team with all aspects of the competition yard and stud. We actively encourage our apprentices to get involved, ask questions and make the most of their time with us. Family run yard and stud with everyone living on site. Minimum Requirements Competent handling competition horses, riding on roads and open spaces and a desire to progress though the levels at BE. A cheery disposition and a ‘can do’ attitude as important as ability. Accommodation details Room in a shared purpose built flat, large kitchen, lounge area, two bathrooms and wifi. Benefits The opportunity to learn from a wide range of industry professionals.    
*Horse/dog/partner welcomed * IRO 2000 euros pcm and accommodation included in the package. Fixed period contract available (reviewed at the end of first season) for an experienced Groom/yard manager/Rider (Knowledge of hunting/show jumping ), who is required to assist with 4 Irish and French hunt & SJ horses, (one a former steeple chase champion) on a beautiful 18th century french yard in the Loire valley. The Loire valley and its chateaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration, and lavishly planted gardens, were designed to impress. You would need to enjoy a family atmosphere – there are other people working on the farm and on the estate and numerous English people living in the surrounding area. Duties required: Riding each horse every day.Riding is mostly exercise work but you should be capable of keeping a horse going well. No jumping required. Grooming including plaiting and clipping & tack cleaning Cleaning the tack room, maintaining the stables (some painting from time to time), polishing hunting boots, cleaning truck or trailer, etc Driving to the hunt (twice a week during season) and taking care of the horses after the day. Must be able to drive a 3.5t lorry to the meet and back which on some occasions involves a rather long day. Time off in lieu given on non hunting days . The same requirement for show jumping shows  (from May till end of June) CSI 1* and National shows Working Hours/days. 5/5.5/6 days optional.  35 hour week neg. Non hunting days Yard starts at 7.30am/break from 12:30 – 3:30 pm General  Smoker OK Facilities: 18th century estate with stables from the same period several meadows on the estate and the horses are given turnout No menage available so all ridden work out and about. Remuneration IRO 2,000 € / month max. depending on experience. Accommodation is included in the package. Accommodation There is some choice on accommodation – on site (an apartment over the stables) or in town 2-bedroom flat in the little town of Loches (a nice medieval city just 5 km away which has shops and bars etc). 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great job for the genuine Francophile and promises variety and interest. Probably worth investigating prior to application for those who don’t know, the types of hunting that go on in the region, as may not suit everyone. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
  * 5/5.5 or 6 day week optional *Salary IRO £400/£450 depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom/Rider who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment. You will need to be a capable and confident Rider on the flat and over jumps and able to keep the family horses all going well.  There could be an opportunity to compete and/or bring on younger horses if you are capable and interested but this is optional. The family have a home yard, which houses 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  another close by with a various assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.) The family are looking for someone flexible to be home/away and you must be looking to join them for the long term, on an exciting equestrian journey with 3 young, ambitious daughters and supportive parents who will facilitate these ambitions. The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman but now prefers just to hack/school a little and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Working alongside the FT trainer and yard manager you will enjoy working with a fellow talented Rider and old school horsewoman with very high standards. You will be mature and confident enough to know when to step up when needed and know also, when to step back. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fabulous chance to join a family on their exciting journey through the levels. This could also be your opportunity to prove what you can do as a Rider  whilst being an integral Team member. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description We currently have either 2 part time or one full time position available. Fridays and Saturdays need to be filled first, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be filled after. The 5th day will be added as and when the position becomes full time. We are a small, family run and friendly riding school and are looking for an honest, reliable, self-motivated and responsible individual to join the team. Duties would involve giving riding lessons to adults and children, taking out hacks, general yard and field duties, horse care and stable management, as well as taking telephone and email bookings. We are a growing business, so the job will become more varied and exciting as time goes on, and part time can will become full time for the right person, if you want it of course. We have recently begun two new ventures – carriage driving and a 24 hour horse riding and camping experience, and pub rides – I would like our new recruit(s) to be a part of this. We are professional and take our work seriously, although we do like to have fun as you can see from the photos. Experience of working with horses and riding to a suitable level is required, but training can be provided for all other duties. Must be honest, reliable and self-motivated.   Please get in touch with Frances via email to arrange an interview / trial day.   Minimum Requirements Qualifications and/or experience of working with horses plus riding to a suitable level. Experience of teaching riding lessons and taking out treks an advantage, but we can provide training. Must have own mode of transport. Towing license is a bonus but not essential. Carriage driving qualifications would be a huge bonus, but again, not essential.   Accommodation details No on-site accommodation currently available, although may be in future.   Benefits We are open to discuss flexible working arrangements. Opportunities for days out hunting, fun rides, show jumping etc. Training courses will be funded by ourselves for the right individual, such as towing license, HGV, pesticides license etc. Plenty of barbecues, summer and winter. Anything else can be discussed in person.  
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location 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.    
*Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Morning or afternoon neg. some flexibility on occasions ideal. This employer is looking for a PT right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks to work one half of the day with one other providing the other half day! You must be able to tow a trailer and have a full and clean license plus take full care and responsibility for yard/horses etc on the ground and under saddle/lunge. Person Friday duties by the same person  would include some looking after 12 year old , light house keeping,  care of guinea pigs and fish tanks, family dog, etc. All PC activities done by children and employer rides too. Must be good with children and a people person as well as an animal person Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Assistant to trainer for up and coming yard in Knowle, Solihull All necessary racing yard experience required Riding out included Live-in luxurious house with owner Some domestic duties required Minimum Requirements All necessary racing yard qualifications required Must have at least five years experience working in a racing yard Mature attitude, looking for long term position Must be able to work on own initiative but as part of a small team too   Accommodation details En-suite room in owner’s luxurious home. Shared living space with owner.   Benefits Remuneration package to be agreed but proposed salary circa £20k
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
*Up to £30k pa depending on experience + accommodation  * 5-day week *Newly refurbished home (partner considered) Stud hand/Manager required for a small, private family stud. A very peaceful environment where the focus is on quality not quantity and is more of a passion for the owner without a strong commercial element. You should be an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via at least one responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in your career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained and looking for a final/near final long term move rather than a start to a career. Must be capable of looking after a mixture of retired horses, mares and foals. Sensible working hours facilitate this peaceful and happy lifestyle. You should also be happy to pitch in with other duties on the yard as/when with other staff. The owner has two beloved rescue dogs so you may need to help a little there when the owner is away etc. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com and quote job ref JL5569      
Job Description International Event Yard and Stud. We are looking for a confident and reliable groom to join our young, fun, hardworking team. Must be confident hacking and galloping fit competition horses. Able to clip, plait (with thread), pull manes and tails (although training and the opportunity to practice can be provided) An HGV licence is preferred but happy to consider someone with lorry driving experience and a desire to obtain an HGV licence in the future. An interest in stud work an advantage as the job will involve the handling of mares, foals and stallions. Purpose built accommodation, own bedroom with large shared kitchen, 2 bathrooms and living room. Owner/manager and family on site. This is a fun and varied role, with lots of opportunity to learn and progress in the industry for the right person.    
Job Description Own horse welcomed Accommodation available NTF Stable staff rates apply Racehorse trainer based in the beautiful rolling hills of Devon is looking for a competent rider and yard worker capable of all duties. You will need to be experienced handling fit thoroughbred horses and a very confident, capable rider. Some experience of the disciplines ideal but not essential for good Rider and capable Groom.   Minimum Requirements Must be competent rider.   Accommodation details Accommodation would be available for suitable applicant.
*Horse/dog/partner welcomed * IRO 2000 euros pcm and accommodation included in the package. Fixed period contract available (reviewed at the end of first season) for an experienced Groom/yard manager/Rider (Knowledge of hunting/show jumping ), who is required to assist with 4 Irish and French hunt & SJ horses, (one a former steeple chase champion) on a beautiful 18th century french yard in the Loire valley. The Loire valley and its chateaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration, and lavishly planted gardens, were designed to impress. You would need to enjoy a family atmosphere – there are other people working on the farm and on the estate and numerous English people living in the surrounding area. Duties required: Riding each horse every day.Riding is mostly exercise work but you should be capable of keeping a horse going well. No jumping required. Grooming including plaiting and clipping & tack cleaning Cleaning the tack room, maintaining the stables (some painting from time to time), polishing hunting boots, cleaning truck or trailer, etc Driving to the hunt (twice a week during season) and taking care of the horses after the day. Must be able to drive a 3.5t lorry to the meet and back which on some occasions involves a rather long day. Time off in lieu given on non hunting days . The same requirement for show jumping shows  (from May till end of June) CSI 1* and National shows Working Hours/days. 5/5.5/6 days optional.  35 hour week neg. Non hunting days Yard starts at 7.30am/break from 12:30 – 3:30 pm General  Smoker OK Facilities: 18th century estate with stables from the same period several meadows on the estate and the horses are given turnout No menage available so all ridden work out and about. Remuneration IRO 2,000 € / month max. depending on experience. Accommodation is included in the package. Accommodation There is some choice on accommodation – on site (an apartment over the stables) or in town 2-bedroom flat in the little town of Loches (a nice medieval city just 5 km away which has shops and bars etc). 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great job for the genuine Francophile and promises variety and interest. Probably worth investigating prior to application for those who don’t know, the types of hunting that go on in the region, as may not suit everyone. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*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.
**We are adding to our Team!** Lots of great changes have taken place here and we are now looking to add to the team! We are still busy with our work in the racing industry externally at trainers’ yards and at racecourses but we no longer take in racehorses on remedial / behavioural programmes.  So our work now  focusses on : Rehoming ex-racehorses Producing competition horses for showjumping, dressage, eventing Post operative rehabilitation, retirement livery and holiday grazing for racehorses Natural Horsemanship courses offering hands-on training for owners building on their relationship with young horses We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for this and riding our own horses!  This is an excellent opportunity to join our team! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  Additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not about crazy horses – some are young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence! This is a full time position from 07.30hrs – 17.00hrs Monday to Saturday each week.  During staff holidays or busy times the occasional Sunday may be required with an alternative day off as mutually convenient. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
Job Description To work alongside our existing team with all aspects of the competition yard and stud. We actively encourage our apprentices to get involved, ask questions and make the most of their time with us. Family run yard and stud with everyone living on site. Minimum Requirements Competent handling competition horses, riding on roads and open spaces and a desire to progress though the levels at BE. A cheery disposition and a ‘can do’ attitude as important as ability. Accommodation details Room in a shared purpose built flat, large kitchen, lounge area, two bathrooms and wifi. Benefits The opportunity to learn from a wide range of industry professionals.    
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.  
*Good facilities * Nice off-road hacking *Competitive rates of pay Job Description Part-time groom to work 2 full days per week.  Two weekend per month will be required as part of these hours. Small private yard near Stratford upon Avon with 4-6 horses maximum.  All aspects of stable management.  May be riding depending on experience. Minimum Requirements Must be able to work unsupervised to a high standard.  Applicants should be experienced in handling big horses and young horses.  You do not have to ride, but riding may be available if wanted. Accommodation details None Benefits Very good rates of pay for right person  
Job Description *Salary negotiable * Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses. Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required Minimum Requirements Ride Safe Certificate Horse Care Teaching experience Able to train young ponies Driver Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
Job Description We currently have either 2 part time or one full time position available. Fridays and Saturdays need to be filled first, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be filled after. The 5th day will be added as and when the position becomes full time. We are a small, family run and friendly riding school and are looking for an honest, reliable, self-motivated and responsible individual to join the team. Duties would involve giving riding lessons to adults and children, taking out hacks, general yard and field duties, horse care and stable management, as well as taking telephone and email bookings. We are a growing business, so the job will become more varied and exciting as time goes on, and part time can will become full time for the right person, if you want it of course. We have recently begun two new ventures – carriage driving and a 24 hour horse riding and camping experience, and pub rides – I would like our new recruit(s) to be a part of this. We are professional and take our work seriously, although we do like to have fun as you can see from the photos. Experience of working with horses and riding to a suitable level is required, but training can be provided for all other duties. Must be honest, reliable and self-motivated.   Please get in touch with Frances via email to arrange an interview / trial day.   Minimum Requirements Qualifications and/or experience of working with horses plus riding to a suitable level. Experience of teaching riding lessons and taking out treks an advantage, but we can provide training. Must have own mode of transport. Towing license is a bonus but not essential. Carriage driving qualifications would be a huge bonus, but again, not essential.   Accommodation details No on-site accommodation currently available, although may be in future.   Benefits We are open to discuss flexible working arrangements. Opportunities for days out hunting, fun rides, show jumping etc. Training courses will be funded by ourselves for the right individual, such as towing license, HGV, pesticides license etc. Plenty of barbecues, summer and winter. Anything else can be discussed in person.  
*5 day week *Negotiable package depending on experience *Accommodation available and no bills Experienced couple required to manage a beautiful Yard and Home at a small, private thoroughbred stud farm for busy owner in Hampshire. The Stud Manager should be  an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via a responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in their career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position on a small stud so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained. Would probably suit someone who is happy at a slower, quieter pace.This small family stud breeds small numbers. Sensible working hours facilitate a peaceful and happy lifestyle. The Housekeeper must be animal friendly and would be required to look after  dogs , as well as the main the house (cleaning the house/shopping/some gardening). The owner is away frequently during the week so some care taking/supervision of an empty house required. Small professional and happy team so must be a team players. Owner has 2 large rescue dogs that are not dog friendly with other canines, so no other dogs allowed on property . Lovely cottage, all mod cons. Do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Near Hungerford. Due to expansion, we are looking for a live out Stud Hand with experience in handling mares, foals and yearlings and the usual maintenance work associated with a thoroughbred stud, working within a team of 4/5 people. Minimum Requirements Must be competent with horses and a tidy worker. As long as you are capable of Stud basics we can provide training for other aspects.   Accommodation details No accommodation available.   Benefits Competitive salary, attractive working environment, working with top class thoroughbreds.
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location Please call Caroline and The Team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Your position will require you to take over from owner for at least six weeks, sole charge of 3  horses ( stabled)  after initial six weeks   Supporting  role would be required for recovery time   Owner requires hospitalisation, position would commence  23rd of September Minimum Requirements Worked with horses before  Capable of riding To a high standard. Exercise of thoroughbred and Westfalen required   Accommodation details No accommodation offered   Benefits *Sole Charge *Own horse welcomed * Salary IRO £19.2Kpa neg *Length of contract negotiable min 3 months  
Job Description Experienced and hard-working groom/rider required for the Hampshire yard of international breeding, producing and competition team Vardags Equestrian. Mucking out, daily exercise, grooming, day-to-day maintenance and cleaning of tack and yard, preparing horses for competitions and grooming for riders there, administrative tasks, some care of dogs and cats at farm for holiday cover, some overnight travel and possibly some international travel. Six days per week. Minimum Requirements Full, clean, English driver’s licence, fluent spoken and written English, right to work in the UK, quality equestrian experience with good references. Accommodation details Newly equipped, modern studio apartment in stable yard.   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.
*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      
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location Please call Caroline and 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
*Good facilities * Nice off-road hacking *Competitive rates of pay Job Description Part-time groom to work 2 full days per week.  Two weekend per month will be required as part of these hours. Small private yard near Stratford upon Avon with 4-6 horses maximum.  All aspects of stable management.  May be riding depending on experience. Minimum Requirements Must be able to work unsupervised to a high standard.  Applicants should be experienced in handling big horses and young horses.  You do not have to ride, but riding may be available if wanted. Accommodation details None Benefits Very good rates of pay for right person  
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. 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 etc optional)You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. Excellent equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus 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 and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person . 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,yard  and beloved animals until their return but be  mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 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. 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 International Event Yard and Stud. We are looking for a confident and reliable groom to join our young, fun, hardworking team. Must be confident hacking and galloping fit competition horses. Able to clip, plait (with thread), pull manes and tails (although training and the opportunity to practice can be provided) An HGV licence is preferred but happy to consider someone with lorry driving experience and a desire to obtain an HGV licence in the future. An interest in stud work an advantage as the job will involve the handling of mares, foals and stallions. Purpose built accommodation, own bedroom with large shared kitchen, 2 bathrooms and living room. Owner/manager and family on site. This is a fun and varied role, with lots of opportunity to learn and progress in the industry for the right person.    
Job Description Sole charge 15 horse livery yard of happy hackers. Routine yard work and capable person required to help keep all liveries and horses happy. No riding/grooming/tack cleaning required. Literally mucking out/feeding/turning out and bringing in again! Easy yard to do, 6 strides to muck heap and hay and straw all close by! About 5 hours work a day available. Minimum Requirements mucking out, turn out, rug change feeding, keeping yard tidy     Accommodation details Mobile home available.     Benefits    
*5 day week *Negotiable package depending on experience *Accommodation available and no bills Experienced couple required to manage a beautiful Yard and Home at a small, private thoroughbred stud farm for busy owner in Hampshire. The Stud Manager should be  an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via a responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in their career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position on a small stud so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained. Would probably suit someone who is happy at a slower, quieter pace.This small family stud breeds small numbers. Sensible working hours facilitate a peaceful and happy lifestyle. The Housekeeper must be animal friendly and would be required to look after  dogs , as well as the main the house (cleaning the house/shopping/some gardening). The owner is away frequently during the week so some care taking/supervision of an empty house required. Small professional and happy team so must be a team players. Owner has 2 large rescue dogs that are not dog friendly with other canines, so no other dogs allowed on property . Lovely cottage, all mod cons. Do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary up to £24K pa  *Dog welcome A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Stud Hand to work on a busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred. Paid holiday and pension scheme. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56) *Riding available with good hacking and indoor 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 US! We live just outside Colchester on the Essex/Suffolk border – my husband goes to London every day as it’s an easy commute. We have a daughter at Edinburgh University, another doing A levels (she’s the rider) and a 13 year old son, both at boarding school. We’ve been spoilt by 2 fabulous students, one after the other, who have looked after us since May but are now off to uni themselves. – 18 year old Harriet and 20 year old Alice have been absolutely superb, and you would be taking over from them. THE POST: To help with our 2 immaculately mannered but fit competition horses who deserve, and receive, the highest standards. Manage the yard, feed and tack rooms, Horsebox (Whittaker) and paddocks. We have a small yard with a horse-walker, rug drier, menage, fabulous hacking and dry paddocks close to the yard. Hens – let out, feed and clean when necessary. Airbnb changeover – a 2 bed cottage which needs cleaning and preparing beautifully for next guests. Helping with charity garden open days Some family cooking. Some housekeeping. Some driving. House-sit and look after our 2 dogs when we’re away.   Competitive wage – I’m not looking for cheap labour and only suggest students because I love their flexibility and vibe but ideally someone who was available for at least 12 months. We have a full-time gardener and other help but you also need to be happy to work alone. Minimum Requirements This post is for someone who has experience and a passion for horses but doesn’t necessarily want to be a full-time groom. We only have 2 horses but you would help with fitness work, hacking, using the walker, keeping the yard immaculate, bandaging, clipping etc – there may be scope for schooling and jumping for the right rider. Some competition grooming if that appeals to you, and if you were able to drive a 7.5 ton lorry, definitely! You will be tidy and organised, an excellent driver, and most of all, smiley and willing with COMMON SENSE and notice what needs doing. Able to cook simple family meals.  A non-smoker and someone utterly reliable and conscientious is essential. Accommodation details You would have your own charming self-contained flat with its own entrance. All household bills paid. Double bed but available for a single person. WiFi. Bath with shower over, television. Fully furnished, lovely views. Benefits Competitive wage – I’m not looking for cheap labour and only suggest students because I love their flexibility and vibe but someone who was available for at least 12 months.  5 weeks holiday to include bank holiday lieu days.  
Job Description Experienced and hard-working groom/rider required for the Hampshire yard of international breeding, producing and competition team Vardags Equestrian. Mucking out, daily exercise, grooming, day-to-day maintenance and cleaning of tack and yard, preparing horses for competitions and grooming for riders there, administrative tasks, some care of dogs and cats at farm for holiday cover, some overnight travel and possibly some international travel. Six days per week. Minimum Requirements Full, clean, English driver’s licence, fluent spoken and written English, right to work in the UK, quality equestrian experience with good references. Accommodation details Newly equipped, modern studio apartment in stable yard.   Benefits    
*Horse/dog/partner welcomed * IRO 2000 euros pcm and accommodation included in the package. Fixed period contract available (reviewed at the end of first season) for an experienced Groom/yard manager/Rider (Knowledge of hunting/show jumping ), who is required to assist with 4 Irish and French hunt & SJ horses, (one a former steeple chase champion) on a beautiful 18th century french yard in the Loire valley. The Loire valley and its chateaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration, and lavishly planted gardens, were designed to impress. You would need to enjoy a family atmosphere – there are other people working on the farm and on the estate and numerous English people living in the surrounding area. Duties required: Riding each horse every day.Riding is mostly exercise work but you should be capable of keeping a horse going well. No jumping required. Grooming including plaiting and clipping & tack cleaning Cleaning the tack room, maintaining the stables (some painting from time to time), polishing hunting boots, cleaning truck or trailer, etc Driving to the hunt (twice a week during season) and taking care of the horses after the day. Must be able to drive a 3.5t lorry to the meet and back which on some occasions involves a rather long day. Time off in lieu given on non hunting days . The same requirement for show jumping shows  (from May till end of June) CSI 1* and National shows Working Hours/days. 5/5.5/6 days optional.  35 hour week neg. Non hunting days Yard starts at 7.30am/break from 12:30 – 3:30 pm General  Smoker OK Facilities: 18th century estate with stables from the same period several meadows on the estate and the horses are given turnout No menage available so all ridden work out and about. Remuneration IRO 2,000 € / month max. depending on experience. Accommodation is included in the package. Accommodation There is some choice on accommodation – on site (an apartment over the stables) or in town 2-bedroom flat in the little town of Loches (a nice medieval city just 5 km away which has shops and bars etc). 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great job for the genuine Francophile and promises variety and interest. Probably worth investigating prior to application for those who don’t know, the types of hunting that go on in the region, as may not suit everyone. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
🙂 Previous Groom employed for  27 years! 🙂 *Accommodation available or live out *Very competitive and negotiable remuneration from £400/£450PW Advanced Dressage Rider in training and livery with internationally renowned Rider/Coach at top yard in Oxfordshire needs an experienced Groom to care for her 6 dressage horses and help with the day to day :Rider/horse/stable duties. There could be exercise riding/more for the right person or not. Client is German and is planning to stay in the UK long term (Brexit allowing) but a position would be available at the current yard for the right applicant should this not go according to plan! or they could go to work at the family yard in Germany if open to that. Must be able to care for competition horses at the highest level, plait clip etc and should be happy to attend competitions at least once a month. Ideal but optionally it would be great if you were able to drive an 18t/Left hand Drive lorry. Good people skills required as well as horse skills as you will need to work on the trainer’s yard harmoniously with other staff employed there, although the horses will be sole charge responsibility. Lovely friendly yard with great team.   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fantastic opportunity to work in one of the United Kingdom’s most professional Dressage training yards along side  a legendary Rider/Trainer and his Team but sole charge for one of his valued clients. Amazing career opportunity! Please apply directly to Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*Long term career opportunity *Salary IRO £24kpa depending on experience * Accommodation available or live out *Dog and horse considered. Established and leading equine hydrotherapy unit with a track record of treating almost 1000 horses from Olympic level to pony club and from every discipline and with over 25,000 treadmill sessions under their belts is now looking to add a key new, senior member to their Team. You will need to have the skills which enable you to step up and manage proceedings a required but also be able to know when to step back and to be sensitive to other longstanding Team members. Engaging, kind and caring you will need great people skills/communication skills/ to have a good grasp of the biomechanics of the horse etc.  You will need to be mature, sensitive and discrete also as you will be handling and treating a range of equines and dealing with their owners (from family ponies to Olympic athletes). Ideally, you will have reasonable administration/PC/Diary management skills too. The day starts at 7 am – 5 pm 5.5 days a week (sat pm/sun off). There is a yard of 12 quality family/visiting performance horses also kept which the Team pitch in to help with each day. Being the most experienced and professional operators of aqua treadmills in the UK and following expansion planned to include residential classes and stays for riders this is an exciting opportunity for the right, team playing individual! Set in 25 acres of old dairy pasture the location is especially peaceful. Facilities include individual turn out paddocks, pasture, walker, sand school, solarium, hot water wash bays, horse laundry, vitafloor, aqua treadmill, 15 boxes.  For residential guests, there is a swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court. For more information Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55775  on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description *Salary negotiable *Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses and helping a person who uses a wheelchair, (some personal care).  Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required   Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
*Up to £30k pa depending on experience + accommodation  * 5-day week *Newly refurbished home (partner considered) Stud hand/Manager required for a small, private family stud. A very peaceful environment where the focus is on quality not quantity and is more of a passion for the owner without a strong commercial element. You should be an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via at least one responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in your career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained and looking for a final/near final long term move rather than a start to a career. Must be capable of looking after a mixture of retired horses, mares and foals. Sensible working hours facilitate this peaceful and happy lifestyle. You should also be happy to pitch in with other duties on the yard as/when with other staff. The owner has two beloved rescue dogs so you may need to help a little there when the owner is away etc. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com and quote job ref JL5569      
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 Looking for a keen, hard working person who wants to learn and become part of a team. We have horses ranging from 5* event horses to foals, and also have stallions who stand at Caunton Manor Stud. We have a friendly, hard working team and are looking for a new member of staff to join them whilst we continue to expand. Opportunities to travel to events, learn and progress.     Ideal candidate will have previous experience around horses, but further training can be given. Would be prefer an applicant who has some idea of plaiting, clipping and general horse care. Doesn’t necessarily need to be able to ride.     Accommodation can be provided for the right person, but would prefer somebody who could commute.     Good Salary, fully employed on Payroll with Pension Scheme and Sick Pay. Full contract provided, Job is 5 Days a week (this does include some weekend days).    
Job Description Near Hungerford. Due to expansion, we are looking for a live out Stud Hand with experience in handling mares, foals and yearlings and the usual maintenance work associated with a thoroughbred stud, working within a team of 4/5 people. Minimum Requirements Must be competent with horses and a tidy worker. As long as you are capable of Stud basics we can provide training for other aspects.   Accommodation details No accommodation available.   Benefits Competitive salary, attractive working environment, working with top class thoroughbreds.
Job Description To work alongside our existing team with all aspects of the competition yard and stud. We actively encourage our apprentices to get involved, ask questions and make the most of their time with us. Family run yard and stud with everyone living on site. Minimum Requirements Competent handling competition horses, riding on roads and open spaces and a desire to progress though the levels at BE. A cheery disposition and a ‘can do’ attitude as important as ability. Accommodation details Room in a shared purpose built flat, large kitchen, lounge area, two bathrooms and wifi. Benefits The opportunity to learn from a wide range of industry professionals.    
*Long term career opportunity *Salary IRO £24kpa depending on experience * Accommodation available or live out *Dog and horse considered. Established and leading equine hydrotherapy unit with a track record of treating almost 1000 horses from Olympic level to pony club and from every discipline and with over 25,000 treadmill sessions under their belts is now looking to add a key new, senior member to their Team. You will need to have the skills which enable you to step up and manage proceedings a required but also be able to know when to step back and to be sensitive to other longstanding Team members. Engaging, kind and caring you will need great people skills/communication skills/ to have a good grasp of the biomechanics of the horse etc.  You will need to be mature, sensitive and discrete also as you will be handling and treating a range of equines and dealing with their owners (from family ponies to Olympic athletes). Ideally, you will have reasonable administration/PC/Diary management skills too. The day starts at 7 am – 5 pm 5.5 days a week (sat pm/sun off). There is a yard of 12 quality family/visiting performance horses also kept which the Team pitch in to help with each day. Being the most experienced and professional operators of aqua treadmills in the UK and following expansion planned to include residential classes and stays for riders this is an exciting opportunity for the right, team playing individual! Set in 25 acres of old dairy pasture the location is especially peaceful. Facilities include individual turn out paddocks, pasture, walker, sand school, solarium, hot water wash bays, horse laundry, vitafloor, aqua treadmill, 15 boxes.  For residential guests, there is a swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court. For more information Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55775  on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**We are adding to our Team!** Lots of great changes have taken place here and we are now looking to add to the team! We are still busy with our work in the racing industry externally at trainers’ yards and at racecourses but we no longer take in racehorses on remedial / behavioural programmes.  So our work now  focusses on : Rehoming ex-racehorses Producing competition horses for showjumping, dressage, eventing Post operative rehabilitation, retirement livery and holiday grazing for racehorses Natural Horsemanship courses offering hands-on training for owners building on their relationship with young horses We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for this and riding our own horses!  This is an excellent opportunity to join our team! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  Additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not about crazy horses – some are young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence! This is a full time position from 07.30hrs – 17.00hrs Monday to Saturday each week.  During staff holidays or busy times the occasional Sunday may be required with an alternative day off as mutually convenient. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary up to £24K pa  *Dog welcome A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Stud Hand to work on a busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred. Paid holiday and pension scheme. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Salary negotiable * Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses. Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required Minimum Requirements Ride Safe Certificate Horse Care Teaching experience Able to train young ponies Driver Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
Job Description Looking for a full time junior groom Looking for a Groom to work as part of our existing team. You will be working on a friendly, professionally run private livery yard that caters for all, from retired to competition horses and all horses are given the 5 star treatment that we pride ourselves on. You will be expected to be professional at all times, maintain high standards that we have worked hard to achieve. You will also need to be reliable, hardworking, flexible, punctual, friendly and happy to work in a team. Opportunities will be available to prepare horses and attend competitions. We are also offering a Horse Care Apprenticeship for candidates who are interested, which will train you towards a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care. This qualification, which is a work-based, offers a higher commercial and professional standard than College based Diplomas, due to the learning happening within the work place. You will be expected to cover all daily yard duties: Mucking out, turning out and bringing in, changing rugs, filling hay nets  as well as assisting farriers, vets, dentist and other professionals on behalf of our owners. Accommodation details   Benefits    
Job Description Experienced and hard-working groom/rider required for the Hampshire yard of international breeding, producing and competition team Vardags Equestrian. Mucking out, daily exercise, grooming, day-to-day maintenance and cleaning of tack and yard, preparing horses for competitions and grooming for riders there, administrative tasks, some care of dogs and cats at farm for holiday cover, some overnight travel and possibly some international travel. Six days per week. Minimum Requirements Full, clean, English driver’s licence, fluent spoken and written English, right to work in the UK, quality equestrian experience with good references. Accommodation details Newly equipped, modern studio apartment in stable yard.   Benefits    
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.    
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. 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 etc optional)You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. Excellent equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus 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 and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person . 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,yard  and beloved animals until their return but be  mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description We are looking for a Level 2 Apprentice Groom to join our team. The role will include all normal yard duties, some travelling and lunging / riding. Attitude is more important than experience but you will need to be comfortable handling big, fit competition horses. The Apprenticeship Course is a non-riding course, but you will be required to exercise ride and hack out. As an Apprentice Groom you will have a full employment contract, salary and paid holiday etc.   Minimum Requirements Ability and experience handling large fit competition horses Confident rider preferably with some basic dressage training You will need to be able to drive because we are quite remote with no public transport.   Accommodation details Fully furnished and brand new sole occupancy flat with bedroom, shower room, kitchen, living room and a shared garden.   Benefits Gain formal, nationally recognised qualifications in an international dressage yard with lovely facilities and horses.
  * 5/5.5 or 6 day week optional *Salary IRO £400/£450 depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom/Rider who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment. You will need to be a capable and confident Rider on the flat and over jumps and able to keep the family horses all going well.  There could be an opportunity to compete and/or bring on younger horses if you are capable and interested but this is optional. The family have a home yard, which houses 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  another close by with a various assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.) The family are looking for someone flexible to be home/away and you must be looking to join them for the long term, on an exciting equestrian journey with 3 young, ambitious daughters and supportive parents who will facilitate these ambitions. The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman but now prefers just to hack/school a little and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Working alongside the FT trainer and yard manager you will enjoy working with a fellow talented Rider and old school horsewoman with very high standards. You will be mature and confident enough to know when to step up when needed and know also, when to step back. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fabulous chance to join a family on their exciting journey through the levels. This could also be your opportunity to prove what you can do as a Rider  whilst being an integral Team member. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
* £400 negotiable +accommodation plus bills paid. *Very pretty 1 bed cottage (barn conversion) *Dog and horse possible *5 day week *Chance to take HGV license if required Experienced Eventing yard manager with some hunting know how required to work alongside 2 other staff to run a really friendly and fun family yard. You should be totally capable of stepping up and running all aspects but also a team player with good people and horse skills! You will of course be required to do all usual duties to a high standard home and away. HGV ideal but could put through a test so you must have some experience of driving a lorry. Rider very considerately does most of late night checks herself (!) but this role will involve total care and management of her 7 event horses (youngest is 6 years old). They are all 3 & 4 * plus the family hunters. There is something going on for the event horses all year around so never a dull season!  There is always about 8-15 horses to do between the Team Great facilities close in a beautiful Nort Yorkshire location : Full size menage/x country training course/decent hacking. Fairly close to A1 so easy to get out and about. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real fun, long term role working for a fun and friendly family who care about their horses and their staff. Good remuneration,cracking location and considerate employers what’s not to like!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Good facilities * Nice off-road hacking *Competitive rates of pay Job Description Part-time groom to work 2 full days per week.  Two weekend per month will be required as part of these hours. Small private yard near Stratford upon Avon with 4-6 horses maximum.  All aspects of stable management.  May be riding depending on experience. Minimum Requirements Must be able to work unsupervised to a high standard.  Applicants should be experienced in handling big horses and young horses.  You do not have to ride, but riding may be available if wanted. Accommodation details None Benefits Very good rates of pay for right person  
Job Description The main aim of this role is to support our rehabilitation staff by carrying out a range of essential yard duties.  A typical day will include mucking out, strawing up crew yards, filling haynets along with general paddock/yard upkeep.  You will be expected to work to a high standard ensuring all yard, stable, crew yards and paddocks are kept clean and tidy at all times. Minimum Requirements Experience of working with horses or within an equine or agricultural yard Ability to work on own initiative Ability to work in a busy professional team Organised and flexible Hardworking, enthusiastic team player Accommodation details Shared on-site staff accommodation may be available.   Benefits Competitive salary Free accommodation Free parking    
*Up to £30k pa depending on experience + accommodation  * 5-day week *Newly refurbished home (partner considered) Stud hand/Manager required for a small, private family stud. A very peaceful environment where the focus is on quality not quantity and is more of a passion for the owner without a strong commercial element. You should be an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via at least one responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in your career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained and looking for a final/near final long term move rather than a start to a career. Must be capable of looking after a mixture of retired horses, mares and foals. Sensible working hours facilitate this peaceful and happy lifestyle. You should also be happy to pitch in with other duties on the yard as/when with other staff. The owner has two beloved rescue dogs so you may need to help a little there when the owner is away etc. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com and quote job ref JL5569      
*5 day week * Up to £400pw neg. depending on experience Private household based on a small 20-acre country Thoroughbred Stud now seeking a Housekeeper who must be animal-friendly. You would be required to look after 2 dogs, as well as the main the house when the owner is away frequently during the week so some caretaking/supervision of an empty house required.  You must, of course, be reliable and honest and be happy to be in a country location with periods on your own. (Subject to DBS checks) You will have some knowledge of and experience in cleaning and sanitising rooms to varying levels to meet requirements, willingness to learn new cleaning methods and how to use various pieces of equipment, ability to adapt to different situations (owner and extended family in residence/not) and be able to  change work processes to accommodate employer needs etc. Example of Housekeeper Job Duties Dusting and polishing furniture and fixtures Cleaning and sanitising toilets, showers/bathtubs, countertops, and sinks Maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen area Making beds and changing linens Washing windows Vacuuming and cleaning carpets and rugs Sweeping/vacuuming, polishing, and mopping hard floors Sorting, washing, loading, and unloading laundry Ironing clothing items Using any cleaning equipment such as vacuums, mops, and other cleaning tools Keeping bathrooms stocked with clean linens, toiletries, and other supplies Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces Emptying trash receptacles and disposing of waste Steaming and cleaning draperies Tidying up rooms Monitoring cleaning supplies and ordering more as needed Reporting any necessary repairs or replacements   Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55773 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Salary negotiable *Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses and helping a person who uses a wheelchair, (some personal care).  Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required   Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
*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      
**We are adding to our Team!** Lots of great changes have taken place here and we are now looking to add to the team! We are still busy with our work in the racing industry externally at trainers’ yards and at racecourses but we no longer take in racehorses on remedial / behavioural programmes.  So our work now  focusses on : Rehoming ex-racehorses Producing competition horses for showjumping, dressage, eventing Post operative rehabilitation, retirement livery and holiday grazing for racehorses Natural Horsemanship courses offering hands-on training for owners building on their relationship with young horses We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for this and riding our own horses!  This is an excellent opportunity to join our team! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  Additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not about crazy horses – some are young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence! This is a full time position from 07.30hrs – 17.00hrs Monday to Saturday each week.  During staff holidays or busy times the occasional Sunday may be required with an alternative day off as mutually convenient. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
Job Description We are looking for a Level 2 Apprentice Groom to join our team. The role will include all normal yard duties, some travelling and lunging / riding. Attitude is more important than experience but you will need to be comfortable handling big, fit competition horses. The Apprenticeship Course is a non-riding course, but you will be required to exercise ride and hack out. As an Apprentice Groom you will have a full employment contract, salary and paid holiday etc.   Minimum Requirements Ability and experience handling large fit competition horses Confident rider preferably with some basic dressage training You will need to be able to drive because we are quite remote with no public transport.   Accommodation details Fully furnished and brand new sole occupancy flat with bedroom, shower room, kitchen, living room and a shared garden.   Benefits Gain formal, nationally recognised qualifications in an international dressage yard with lovely facilities and horses.
Job Description Own horse welcomed Accommodation available NTF Stable staff rates apply Racehorse trainer based in the beautiful rolling hills of Devon is looking for a competent rider and yard worker capable of all duties. You will need to be experienced handling fit thoroughbred horses and a very confident, capable rider. Some experience of the disciplines ideal but not essential for good Rider and capable Groom.   Minimum Requirements Must be competent rider.   Accommodation details Accommodation would be available for suitable applicant.
  * 5/5.5 or 6 day week optional *Salary IRO £400/£450 depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom/Rider who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment. You will need to be a capable and confident Rider on the flat and over jumps and able to keep the family horses all going well.  There could be an opportunity to compete and/or bring on younger horses if you are capable and interested but this is optional. The family have a home yard, which houses 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  another close by with a various assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.) The family are looking for someone flexible to be home/away and you must be looking to join them for the long term, on an exciting equestrian journey with 3 young, ambitious daughters and supportive parents who will facilitate these ambitions. The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman but now prefers just to hack/school a little and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Working alongside the FT trainer and yard manager you will enjoy working with a fellow talented Rider and old school horsewoman with very high standards. You will be mature and confident enough to know when to step up when needed and know also, when to step back. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fabulous chance to join a family on their exciting journey through the levels. This could also be your opportunity to prove what you can do as a Rider  whilst being an integral Team member. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*5 day week *Negotiable package depending on experience *Accommodation available and no bills Experienced couple required to manage a beautiful Yard and Home at a small, private thoroughbred stud farm for busy owner in Hampshire. The Stud Manager should be  an experienced TB Stud person having gained experience via a responsible position at a thoroughbred stud at some point in their career, but NB: this is a lifestyle position on a small stud so would be better for someone who is not overly ambitious with a solid career already gained. Would probably suit someone who is happy at a slower, quieter pace.This small family stud breeds small numbers. Sensible working hours facilitate a peaceful and happy lifestyle. The Housekeeper must be animal friendly and would be required to look after  dogs , as well as the main the house (cleaning the house/shopping/some gardening). The owner is away frequently during the week so some care taking/supervision of an empty house required. Small professional and happy team so must be a team players. Owner has 2 large rescue dogs that are not dog friendly with other canines, so no other dogs allowed on property . Lovely cottage, all mod cons. Do 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.    
*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.
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 Looking for a full time junior groom Looking for a Groom to work as part of our existing team. You will be working on a friendly, professionally run private livery yard that caters for all, from retired to competition horses and all horses are given the 5 star treatment that we pride ourselves on. You will be expected to be professional at all times, maintain high standards that we have worked hard to achieve. You will also need to be reliable, hardworking, flexible, punctual, friendly and happy to work in a team. Opportunities will be available to prepare horses and attend competitions. We are also offering a Horse Care Apprenticeship for candidates who are interested, which will train you towards a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care. This qualification, which is a work-based, offers a higher commercial and professional standard than College based Diplomas, due to the learning happening within the work place. You will be expected to cover all daily yard duties: Mucking out, turning out and bringing in, changing rugs, filling hay nets  as well as assisting farriers, vets, dentist and other professionals on behalf of our owners. Accommodation details   Benefits    
Job Description International Event Yard and Stud. We are looking for a confident and reliable groom to join our young, fun, hardworking team. Must be confident hacking and galloping fit competition horses. Able to clip, plait (with thread), pull manes and tails (although training and the opportunity to practice can be provided) An HGV licence is preferred but happy to consider someone with lorry driving experience and a desire to obtain an HGV licence in the future. An interest in stud work an advantage as the job will involve the handling of mares, foals and stallions. Purpose built accommodation, own bedroom with large shared kitchen, 2 bathrooms and living room. Owner/manager and family on site. This is a fun and varied role, with lots of opportunity to learn and progress in the industry for the right person.    
Job Description *Salary negotiable * Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses. Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required Minimum Requirements Ride Safe Certificate Horse Care Teaching experience Able to train young ponies Driver Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
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 US! We live just outside Colchester on the Essex/Suffolk border – my husband goes to London every day as it’s an easy commute. We have a daughter at Edinburgh University, another doing A levels (she’s the rider) and a 13 year old son, both at boarding school. We’ve been spoilt by 2 fabulous students, one after the other, who have looked after us since May but are now off to uni themselves. – 18 year old Harriet and 20 year old Alice have been absolutely superb, and you would be taking over from them. THE POST: To help with our 2 immaculately mannered but fit competition horses who deserve, and receive, the highest standards. Manage the yard, feed and tack rooms, Horsebox (Whittaker) and paddocks. We have a small yard with a horse-walker, rug drier, menage, fabulous hacking and dry paddocks close to the yard. Hens – let out, feed and clean when necessary. Airbnb changeover – a 2 bed cottage which needs cleaning and preparing beautifully for next guests. Helping with charity garden open days Some family cooking. Some housekeeping. Some driving. House-sit and look after our 2 dogs when we’re away.   Competitive wage – I’m not looking for cheap labour and only suggest students because I love their flexibility and vibe but ideally someone who was available for at least 12 months. We have a full-time gardener and other help but you also need to be happy to work alone. Minimum Requirements This post is for someone who has experience and a passion for horses but doesn’t necessarily want to be a full-time groom. We only have 2 horses but you would help with fitness work, hacking, using the walker, keeping the yard immaculate, bandaging, clipping etc – there may be scope for schooling and jumping for the right rider. Some competition grooming if that appeals to you, and if you were able to drive a 7.5 ton lorry, definitely! You will be tidy and organised, an excellent driver, and most of all, smiley and willing with COMMON SENSE and notice what needs doing. Able to cook simple family meals.  A non-smoker and someone utterly reliable and conscientious is essential. Accommodation details You would have your own charming self-contained flat with its own entrance. All household bills paid. Double bed but available for a single person. WiFi. Bath with shower over, television. Fully furnished, lovely views. Benefits Competitive wage – I’m not looking for cheap labour and only suggest students because I love their flexibility and vibe but someone who was available for at least 12 months.  5 weeks holiday to include bank holiday lieu days.  
*Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Morning or afternoon neg. some flexibility on occasions ideal. This employer is looking for a PT right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks to work one half of the day with one other providing the other half day! You must be able to tow a trailer and have a full and clean license plus take full care and responsibility for yard/horses etc on the ground and under saddle/lunge. Person Friday duties by the same person  would include some looking after 12 year old , light house keeping,  care of guinea pigs and fish tanks, family dog, etc. All PC activities done by children and employer rides too. Must be good with children and a people person as well as an animal person Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description To work alongside our existing team with all aspects of the competition yard and stud. We actively encourage our apprentices to get involved, ask questions and make the most of their time with us. Family run yard and stud with everyone living on site. Minimum Requirements Competent handling competition horses, riding on roads and open spaces and a desire to progress though the levels at BE. A cheery disposition and a ‘can do’ attitude as important as ability. Accommodation details Room in a shared purpose built flat, large kitchen, lounge area, two bathrooms and wifi. Benefits The opportunity to learn from a wide range of industry professionals.    
*Accommodation possible *Yard located close to Bath and Badminton *Riders compete from the Stud under the guidance Olympic Gold Medallist and winner of Badminton and Burghley. Well known International Stud is looking for an Experienced Stud Groom & Stallion Handler To work primarily with stallions in a busy DEFRA approved semen collection centre.   Duties include stallion handling, semen collection, exercising and yard work.  There will also the opportunity to work with mares, foals & youngstock.   You must be competent, reliable and able to exercise initiative.  AI Technician’s Certificate desirable.  **Extensive stallion handling experience essential.** Minimum Requirements Extensive stallion handling experience essential.** Foaling/Foal Watch experience would be useful.   Accommodation details Accommodation can be provided if required.
*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      
🙂 Previous Groom employed for  27 years! 🙂 *Accommodation available or live out *Very competitive and negotiable remuneration from £400/£450PW Advanced Dressage Rider in training and livery with internationally renowned Rider/Coach at top yard in Oxfordshire needs an experienced Groom to care for her 6 dressage horses and help with the day to day :Rider/horse/stable duties. There could be exercise riding/more for the right person or not. Client is German and is planning to stay in the UK long term (Brexit allowing) but a position would be available at the current yard for the right applicant should this not go according to plan! or they could go to work at the family yard in Germany if open to that. Must be able to care for competition horses at the highest level, plait clip etc and should be happy to attend competitions at least once a month. Ideal but optionally it would be great if you were able to drive an 18t/Left hand Drive lorry. Good people skills required as well as horse skills as you will need to work on the trainer’s yard harmoniously with other staff employed there, although the horses will be sole charge responsibility. Lovely friendly yard with great team.   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fantastic opportunity to work in one of the United Kingdom’s most professional Dressage training yards along side  a legendary Rider/Trainer and his Team but sole charge for one of his valued clients. Amazing career opportunity! Please apply directly to Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*Salary up to £26k pa (depending on experience) *Accommodation provided *5-6 day week negotiable *Pets a possibility *Plenty of riding *Opportunities to hunt/compete! Seeking an experienced Groom/Rider to head the team caring for 6 top-class performance horses, who regularly compete in a variety of disciplines. Some sole charge required. Excellent, top-level show turnout skills are a must! 🙂 Trailer or lorry licence an advantage. 🚛 ✔ Super facilities to work in, with every mod con you could imagine to ensure the very best for the horses in your care. ✔   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A fantastic job for someone experienced with at least 3* competition horses. Plenty of riding, although this is secondary to the yard management aspect. Naturally, the employer expects high standards, and in return you receive excellent pay and opportunities to compete and hunt as well.  Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting job reference JL40845, on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Looking for a keen, hard working person who wants to learn and become part of a team. We have horses ranging from 5* event horses to foals, and also have stallions who stand at Caunton Manor Stud. We have a friendly, hard working team and are looking for a new member of staff to join them whilst we continue to expand. Opportunities to travel to events, learn and progress.     Ideal candidate will have previous experience around horses, but further training can be given. Would be prefer an applicant who has some idea of plaiting, clipping and general horse care. Doesn’t necessarily need to be able to ride.     Accommodation can be provided for the right person, but would prefer somebody who could commute.     Good Salary, fully employed on Payroll with Pension Scheme and Sick Pay. Full contract provided, Job is 5 Days a week (this does include some weekend days).    

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Looking After Horses Legs

There’s the age old saying ‘no foot no horse’ which is very true, I also think this is true for legs. If you really think about how fragile the horses legs are and the stresses we put them under its really quite scary, so its our job to do everything we can to help prevent injury, wear and tear on the limbs. Super Groom Kate Harley gives her advice on looking after the legs of the horses in your care.

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.

Salaries in the Horse Racing Industry

Not a lot of people realise that salaries in the horse racing industry are different to those of any other equine sector. Certain Minimum Wage and employment standards are agreed between the National Trainers Federation and the National Association of Racing Staff (Also known as “NARS”), and these set the horse racing industry apart from any other equine industry sector. Read on to find out more about working in the horse racing industry.

Employment contracts in the equine industry

There is often much confusion about employment contracts in the equine industry, and it’s very easy for both employers and grooms to make mistakes that, in the worst case scenario, can be devastating further on in time. Read our simple guide and make sure you’re in the know and on the right side of the law when it comes to employment contracts.

Making and accepting a job offer – the do’s and don’ts!

Sometimes, making and accepting a job offer can be somewhat rushed and not treated with the formality it really does require. Whilst it’s a huge relief to have reached this stage, it is by no means the end of the process! There is still time for things to unravel and go wrong, and sometimes badly wrong, which it’s why it’s so important for both employers and job seekers to approach this stage with care and to put aside a little quality time to get it spot-on! Read our guidance on making and accepting a formal job offer…

What happens when a job offer is withdrawn?

Offering and accepting a job offer can be a time of mixed emotions – happiness, relief, anxiety, and even confusion in some circumstances. But occasionally things go wrong when they’ve barely begun and the job offer is withdrawn. Where do employers and job seekers stand when a job offer/acceptance is withdrawn?

The “Written Statement of Employment Particulars” explained

A “Written Statement of Employment Particulars” is the part of an employment contract that has to be given in writing within two months of an employee starting work, and both employers and employees need to know what it must contain and what it can contain. Make sure you know where you stand!

The UK’s Most Prestigious Horse Racing Events

Recognised the world over as a quintessentially British pastime, a major horse race can cause people to flock to the tracks by the thousands. And the spectacle isn’t all about the sport; British horse racing has become synonymous with high fashion, haute-cuisine, A-list celebrities and even members of the Royal family, to say nothing of the incredibly impressive horses and the feats they accomplish. From the Royal Ascot to the Cheltenham festival, Britain leads the way when it comes to world-famous racing events. And with that in mind, we thought you’d a appreciate a summary of the UK’s main horse racing events, focussing on the best of them all!

Treating Minor Horse Wounds – the Essentials

Minor injuries occur far too commonly in every horse’s life, so Sean Whiting, Director of specialist country and equestrian store Houghton Country, offers his advice for treating small bumps and scrapes.

“Just a Groom”

Professional Groom Lucy Blain reflects on her role as a groom and considers the multi-faceted role she has played in the lives of her bosses and co-workers. Is anyone really “just a groom”?

Back Pain and Yard Work – They don’t have to go hand in hand!

Physical work and heavy lifting is an inevitable part of a life with horses, whether you’re a Home Groom, Competition Groom, or a leisure horse owner. Seonaidh Jamieson is a level 3 personal trainer and level 3 manual handling trainer. She has worked with riders across the world to improve their fitness for riding through her business, Cherry Tree Training. Here, Seonaidh gives invaluable advice on keeping ourselves pain-free when lifting and lugging in our daily lives on the yard.

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…

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!

A Groom’s guide to maintaining a good relationship with the yard Farrier

Teamwork makes the dream work with horses for sure, but one key member of that team you definitely need ‘onside’ is the farrier! A chatty farrier that is both good at their job and pleased to see you, rather than gritting their teeth and glaring at you with a resigned look of ‘let’s get this over with’, is also an awful lot more pleasant to have around. The question is… how to achieve this?

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.

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, 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.

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!

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…

10 steps to successfully recruiting a 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

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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