*Accommodation available with lovely views. *Sought-after Cotswolds village location *Unlimited riding for experienced riders if you are interested and capable enough. *Pets welcomed Job Description Basic care of our 5 easy-to-handle, natural-trained, Trakehner herd. Usual groom stuff including: Bring in. Turn out. Skip out (no straw/shavings). Pick hooves. Feed, hay, clean tack, etc. Around 1.5 hrs/per day/5 days per week. Plus seasonal yard-clearing projects to be negotiated: autumn leaves, apples, strimming, round-up-ing, etc. Various additional paid opportunities available for the right person. Minimum Requirements You’ll need to be reliable, security-conscious, horse-loving, non-smoking, self-sufficient, and have your own car. Horse care experience is important but less so than an authentic, positive attitude and enthusiasm for doing the best you can for our horses. Accommodation details You’ll have your own, self-contained, modern, 2-bedroom, mobile home in the garden next to the house. It has central heating and gas cooker. You’ll be responsible for your own energy bills, telephone, and wi-fi. Benefits Sought-after Cotswolds village location 5 mins Shipston on Stour and Moreton-in-Marsh, 10 mins from Chipping Campden, 20 mins Stratford-on-Avon. Private accommodation with lovely views. Unlimited free riding for experienced riders. Ideal for single person wanting a nice home and plenty of free time for studying, pursuing your own business, or writing a best-selling novel! Fantastic opportunity to learn Natural Horsemanship and/or get involved with our unique ‘horse-assisted leadership’ and executive coaching business.
Experience with Horses I’ve had my own horse for 4 years and worked at the yard Saturday and Sundays dealing and riding with the stallions and youngsters. I have completed in low level showjumping and showing and I have also been to cross open days. I have also hunted with the bloodhounds. Key Skills I’m happy to work as part of a team or by myself, I have handled stallions, handled and rode young horses and I partake in competitions regularly. I am in the process of completing my GCSE’s. Strengths and Weaknesses • I enjoy working with horses and seeing the difference I can make to them. • I would like to broaden my skills and develop on the basics I know • I love working with horses and always try to complete everything to the best of my ability. I am reliable and eager to learn more. Requirements • I would like to broaden and refine my skills • I have two horses of my own • July 6-13
Experience with Horses I’ve been riding and caring for horses since I was very young, starting out at a riding school and eventually going to racing college for 3 months. After college I got a job working for racehorse trainer Philip Kirby. I worked there for 3 years, looking after 60+ horses, riding out every day, clipping, taking horses to the races, doing medicals and taking charge of the feeding. My current job is working for an event rider, looking after the horses, riding a couple now and again and travelling to events with the rider. Key Skills What are you particularly good at? I would say I am particularly good at turning out horses, I can plait mane and tail to a high standard and take pride in the horses looking smart. I can also clip to a high standard as I had a lot of practice with 60+ racehorses! I’m confident handling strong or fresh horses. I’m usually very organised and have been able to take charge of the running of a yard. Strengths and Weaknesses • What do you most enjoy about working with horses? Horses are just part of my life, they always have been and I couldn’t see it any other way. I love bathing, plaiting, clipping and turning out to a high standard. Obviously I love to ride too, there’s no better feeling. • Is there anything you’d like to improve? I would love to improve my riding skills, I can ride to a decent standard but don’t have a lot of confidence jumping as I haven’t done much of this. • Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker? I’m a hard worker and if I love the job I will give it my all. I don’t mind doing the overtime or the last late night checks, I would sometimes say I care too much! I take pride in what I do and always aim to please and improve myself wherever I can. Requirements • What would you like to do or gain in your next job? At the moment, I don’t have a plan for my career so I am trying different things and hoping to find something that I love and want to stick with. • Do you need accommodation? If the job is nearby then I do not need accommodation, but if the right job came along and was a bit out of range I would consider moving closer. • Do you have any ongoing commitments? Other than my current jobs, no. • Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of? None.
Experience with Horses From a young age, I have been played an active role in the care of horses. I got my first pony when I was 3 years old and assisted my aunt throughout the years with her stallion, mares and foals. Due to this, I realised I wanted to pursue a career in equine, so I worked towards college education and I am now a full-time FdSc degree student in Equine Studies. This shall be my final year and I plan to graduate mid-June 2019. Key Skills Independent working Time management Organisational Team-work Plait Bandage Turnout to a high standard Handling youngstock Riding youngstock Handling stallions Administering medication Strengths and Weaknesses • What do you most enjoy about working with horses? I like how every day is different, there is no day that is the same. This makes it more enjoyable because you never know what to expect. • Is there anything you’d like to improve? I would like to develop my time management skills further. I am too cautious about completing tasks to the best of my ability that it sometimes takes longer than it should. • Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker? I am a hard-working, capable individual that can work independantly or in a team without compromising my work efficiency and quality. Requirements • What would you like to do or gain in your next job? I would like to gain more experience taking sole charge of a yard and have more responsibility when it came down to administrative work, such as organising farrier and dentist and ordering feed and forage. • Do you need accommodation? Yes I will. • Do you have any special requirements for any animals you wish to bring with you? I would like to bring my 15hh gelding with me. I also own 4 pet sheep that I would like to stay with me however I understand that not everyone has the facilities to keep sheep. • Do you have any ongoing commitments? I currently have a part-time job in a pub and I would need to give them at least 4 weeks notice. • Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of? 31st July to the 6th August
Experience with Horses I have grown up around horses and worked professionally in the equine industry for over 5 years. Over 4 years at a tb stud so experienced in handling young stock, pregnant mares, yearling prep, turn out. I have ridden everything from children’s ponies to fit hunters and eventers. Backing and breaking experience, children’s riding lessons, schooling, jumping, fast work. Key Skills Happy sole charge or as part of a team, I love all horses and enjoy a challenge. I have run a yard of hunters and familiar with all aspects of horse care. Happy to ride any horse. Strengths and Weaknesses I’m pretty good at staying on. Love making sure every horse I look after gets the very best care and attention. Need to work on my dressage. Always looking to learn new skills and improve technique. Requirements Currently working a number of part time jobs, I would like to settle into one permanent one. Happy to Live in or out but I do have children aged 9 and 11, both experienced with horses and great riders but if live in, accomadation needs to be suitable. I would love opportunities to compete, either with my own horses or those I am working with.
Back Pain and Yard Work: They don’t have to go hand in hand! by Seonaidh Jamieson 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. “I work with horses, of course my back hurts!” Yard work is heavy on your body, there is no doubt about that. Twisting, turning, lifting, on-your-feet, come-hell-or-high-water hard work. I remember getting home from my first day on the job, laying down on top of my duvet… and waking up to my alarm the next day. I ached all over. I got up and went to my second day at the yard. Over the coming months, I got fitter and the 12hrs sleeps and day after aching stopped. This made my colleague’s back pain (and acceptance of it) all the more puzzling. Over time I’ve come across more and more people who think pain is an unavoidable part of life with horses. It will always be physically demanding but it doesn’t have to be physically damaging. Our bodies are clever. They work to find the easiest option in the short term. To avoid effort our bodies will choose to place pressure on ligaments and joints instead of load-bearing with muscles. It will follow its ingrained habits and pick muscles that are easy to use, instead of ones that move joints effectively. It does this to reduce the mental and physical effort in the moment, at the expense of our long-term comfort. Bad habits creep in and risky movement patterns become ingrained. At the yard, these ingrained habits can place excess strain on our vulnerable lower back. By moving with care and consideration we can protect our back, and wake up the muscles we need to keep us moving smoothly in the longer term. This might sound like a big ask, but there are two main principles that will help you protect your back at the yard: Core Engagement Hip Hinges Let’s take a look at each of these in turn, and how we can use them to protect our back at the yard. A note on shoulders: If you have a strong core and are familiar with good lifting techniques then your lower back may not be an issue, but your shoulders may cause you pain or discomfort. I won’t go into too much detail just now (I could write a book on shoulders!) but as a general rule, you will want to use the muscles in your back and shoulders to do most of the work. Instead of pulling with your arms, you will want to pull with your back, not
Opportunity to Join a Dressage Competition and Training Yard Located in Rudgwick, near Horsham, West Sussex We are seeking a Full Time Groom to work a five or six day week alongside two others. The successful candidate must have high working standards and be willing to work within a experienced and friendly team A rewarding role for a reliable, hardworking and responsible person Someone local is preferable but not essential 19 stables with horses ranging from foals up to Grand Prix Plaiting, Clipping and good Turn Out skills are essential Regrettably NO pets
Job Description Top, professionally run Eventing Yard who runs a team of talented horses, from four-year-olds through to 5* is now looking for an additional and key member to add to the team from July or earlier if convenient. it is a combined groom/ rider role. You will need to be a confident and competent rider able to handle international event horses under saddle. You will be expected to keep horses fit while Tom is away. In addition you should be able to assist Tom in backing young horses and furthering their education. As part of the team you will also be involved in all usual yard duties. You will work a six day week. Pay will reflect your age and experience. Based near Cirencester in a purpose built yard with a large outdoor school, an American barn with stacking for twenty horses, a horsewalker etc. Minimum Requirements Experience riding fit horses is essential Accommodation details Accommodation is available if required Benefits It will be possible to bring your own horse. Tom is an experienced trainer and there will be regular training sessions if required.
Experience with Horses After working at a riding school for a number of years learning valuable skills and working on a busy yard that deals with a range of people and horses, I now work on a 5* event yard grooming regularly for an international event rider. Within this job I am completing a Level 2 apprenticeship with Haddon Training. Key Skills I can efficiently and effectively plait, pull and trim manes. I have slightly less experience clipping but have had a lot of practice with supervision last winter. I really enjoying turning horses out to a high standard for shows, both dressage and eventing, making sure the horses are looking their absolute best. I am a competent rider with plenty of experince riding young and green horses. However I am looking for a job that is willing to coach me to be the best rider/groom I can be. Strengths and Weaknesses • I enjoy most things on any yard. I especially enjoy working within a cheerful and upbeat team. • I would love to improve my riding skills and gain experience on a range of horses. •I approach all situations with a calm and confident attitude. I’m very willing to learn and am a very motivated member of any team. Requirements • I would like to gain more experience in the eventing world along side working at home and away with top horses with promising futures. • I will require accommodation if the job is more than 30mins outside of Stockport, Cheshire area. • I currently have no special requirements but it would be a bonus if pets were allowed. • I am currently in work and would be looking for the new job to start from August 2019
We are based in Buckinghamshire /Oxfordshire boarders close to Bicester and Thame. We have showjumping competition ponies that compete at BS shows across the UK. We have an Arena with a good section of show jumps and a small XC field. Plenty of grazing and currently 5 stables but are expanding to 10 stables.
Experience with Horses Outline your experience with horses here/the scope of your freelance services. I have owned horses and ponies since age 6. I was a member of the PC from 7-15 and passed my C+ exam. I have worked as a part-time groom on a competition livery yard since I was 14. I am currently a Level 3 Extended Horse Management Student at Reaseheath College and will complete my course in 2 weeks. I have passed my BHS Stage 1 and 2 in complete horsemanship and will be taking my Stage 2 Teach on May 29th. I am taking my Stage 3 Care and Lunge in the second week in June. Key Skills What are you particularly good at? For example: working alone, working with others, clipping, plaiting, turning out for shows, handling stallions, handling/riding young horses, non-equine skills etc I am happy of working alone or as part of a Team and regularly do both. I have covered plaiting, clipping, turning out etc at college and applied this practically in my part time job. I also have quite a lot of experience handling young stock and feisty types. As well as practical skills, as part of my college course, I have completed a 6,000 word Extended project looking at how stereotypies can be prevented, reduced and stopped on a livery yard. Strengths and Weaknesses • What do you most enjoy about working with horses? Seeing them improve and being happy under my care. • Is there anything you’d like to improve? I would like to gain more experience and take some more exams. • Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker? I am a hard worker, pleasant company and keen to learn. Requirements • What would you like to do or gain in your next job? More experience on a top class SJ or Eventing yard. • Do you need accommodation? Yes • Do you have any special requirements for any animals you wish to bring with you? Possibly bring my own horse to have training on. • Do you have any ongoing commitments? No • Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of? 1st-8th September 2019
Experience with Horses I have worked in a variety of equestrian jobs. My current role is Yard Manager on a private yard of reining horses. I have worked there for nearly two years looking after 7 horses with two other grooms. This is a varied role including maintaining the yard and arena to a very high standard and care of llamas, cats and dogs. I have also accompanied the owner to competitions for the last two seasons. Key Skills I am able to perform all yard duties to a very high standard. I am able to work as part of a team or on my own. Strengths and Weaknesses I enjoy all aspects of caring for horses. I would particularly like a job where I am able to develop and improve my turnout skills and gain more experience clipping. I am dedicated, hard working and reliable.
Experience with Horses We are a working couple groom/groom & rider team that have 15 years experience between us. We have worked with event & dressage horses in Australia, Stud work in New Zealand & I have worked with race horses in the UK. We have both groomed at international level competitions. I enjoy grooming a competitions & my partner enjoys being a home groom. I can ride all differently types of horses. Key Skills • Taking care of horses to a high standard • Managing & maintenance of a yard • Managing feed orders, the farrier & vet • Grooming horses to a high level of turnout, plaiting etc • Clipping • Bandaging • Lunging • Riding all different types & ages of horses • Tractor driving • Administration of drugs through oral, iv & im Strengths and Weaknesses • We pride ourselves in taking care of the horses & keeping them happy & healthy, also making sure the rider is enjoying time with there horse. • We always want to learn & improve our skills • We have a strong passion for horses & it is our responsibility in life to care for them. Requirements • We would like to work in a good positive atmosphere, achieving goals & succeeding. • We require live in accommodation • No animals • We don’t have any commitments • No holidays booked
Experience with Horses We are a working couple groom/groom & rider team that have 15 years experience between us. We have worked with event & dressage horses in Australia, Stud work in New Zealand & I have worked with race horses in the UK. We have both groomed at international level competitions. I enjoy grooming a competitions & my partner enjoys being a home groom. I can ride all different types of horses. Key Skills • Taking care of horses to a high standard • Managing & maintenance of a yard • Managing feed orders, the farrier & vet • Grooming horses to a high level of turnout, plaiting etc • Clipping • Bandaging • Lunging • Riding all different types & ages of horses • Tractor driving • Administration of drugs through oral, iv & im Strengths and Weaknesses • We pride ourselves in taking care of the horses & keeping them happy & healthy, also making sure the rider is enjoying time with there horse. • We always want to learn & improve our skills • We have a strong passion for horses & it is our responsibility in life to care for them. Requirements • We would like to work in a good positive atmosphere, achieving goals & succeeding. • We require live in accommodation • No animals • We don’t have any commitments • No holidays booked
Experience with Horses For the past 4 years I’ve worked with a variety of horses from stallions to heavys. I served my apprenticeship at Sheffield riding school and continued to work their, whilst there I lead RDA:s, worked on the yard doing the mucking out, turning out,grooming, feeds,medications,tacking up, goal watch, basic yard duties From there I worked for 9mths on Katherine hills jumping yard. Here I worked with ex race horses and youngsters. for the past 6 months I’ve been employed at a livery stables. I’ve enjoyed my time here and gained experience with extremely strong willed horses, youngsters heavys. i enjoyed bringing one particular horse CASH round he use to rear up, not lunge, pull when turning out, but with time and patience he’s began to come round. Key Skills I would say my key skills are being able to dive straight in, I work well on my own but also enjoy a team atmosphere. I love brushing and plaiting up the horses ready-made for competition. I also like working with challenging young horses. Strengths and Weaknesses • I enjoy being out with the horses building up a bond and working with difficult challenging animals. • i would like to improve my riding • I’m hard working, reliable, honest, trustworthy and not afraid to get my hands dirty Requirements • I would like to gain more experience with riding and hopefully become an instructor • I would need accommodation if a job was outside Hampshire • I have no special requirements • I have no ongoing commitments • I have no holidays booked
Experience with Horses I have been involved with and had my own horses since I was a young child. During this time I have had a homebred and competed unaffiliated at a low level. I have also worked at a livery yard/ riding school alongside studies for over a year. Currently studying a degree in Equine Science at Hartpury University. Grooming for friends that are competing. Key Skills Sole charge and/ or working as part of a team, clipping, plaiting, turning out for shows, handling/riding green horses, customer skills, Equine first aid, competing. Strengths and Weaknesses • What do you most enjoy about working with horses? The reward of being a part of improving a horse and helping them achieve something, seeing them grow into themselves. • Is there anything you’d like to improve? My riding and general experience. • Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker? I am a kind and compassionate person doing horses for the love of them, with great understanding for the animals and sport. Requirements • What would you like to do or gain in your next job? Competition experience and possibly qualifications. • Do you need accommodation? Possibly. • Do you have any ongoing commitments? No • Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of? No
Experience with Horses Horse rider for 17 years worked at a riding school grooming and instructing teaching and coaching at an established centre volunteered at an equine hydrotherapy centre working with the treadmills spa and pool grooming for competitions also acquired studying equine therapies degree worked on a high end dressage yard classic dressage, acting as a groom for all duties been sole charge head groom on a livery yard aiding the running of the establishment Worked on a stud yard for several months working with the mares and foals Key Skills I am strong at working alone, and working with others, plaiting I am good at but can improve more. turning out for shows is a strong point for me along side handling stallions, young and boisterous horses handling/riding young horses, good on the computer and formatting things Strengths and Weaknesses What do you most enjoy about working with horses? I enjoy the side of being able to spend everyday alongside the horses whether it be grooming or riding it’s the best place to be and my happiest place to be Is there anything you’d like to improve? I would like to improve on clipping and plaiting the horses up Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker? I have a wide range of knowledge and experience ranging from a equine therapy degree and from teaching children and adults to ride Requirements What would you like to do or gain in your next job? Some formal qualifications, a decent wage and a career worth pursuing Do you need accommodation? No Do you have any special requirements for any animals you wish to bring with you? A horse Do you have any ongoing commitments? University Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of? No
Experience with Horses I have been riding and around horses since an 8 year old (around 9 years). I own my own horse, as well as helping out at the yard i’m at, which includes a range of horses and characters. Which require different handling strategies I compete my pony in eventing, we are currently at 90 but have competed 100 in show jumping. Key Skills •time management •mucking out/turnout/bringing in/grooming/prepping for events/plaiting/bandages/rugging/organising farriers,physio,vet appointments/team work yet can be independent too/responsible in carrying out instructions/ likeable,friendly/ •Committed regardless the weather and have shown this commitment with my own horse consistently at home. Strengths and Weaknesses • What do you most enjoy about working with horses? Seeing all the hard work and dedication pay of when out competing • Is there anything you’d like to improve? I’m constantly working on my riding and always prepared to listen to advice and improve • Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker? I recognise this will be hard work and not glamorous yet I am prepared to work my hardest and enjoy the experience. My family have never been horsey meaning I have had to prove to them that I am capable of looking after my own horse, if I had not done this I would never have had the opportunity to own and compete my own pony. He’s a competition pony and we have grown together as a partnership over the last 3 years, it hasn’t been a straight forward journey but we have managed to over come any challenges thrown at us. I currently have a part time job cleaning holiday cottages to support my eventing plans. This year has been set out to do unaffiliated eventing however planning to compete affiliated BE next year. Ive got a track record of working/communicating with all age groups and find myself as someone easy to talk to and friendly. I recognise the high standard needed but have always wanted my horse to go out it’s best and I pay attention to detail. Requirements • What would you like to do or gain in your next job? Experience in working in a professional yard and team. • Do you need accommodation? Yes. • Do you have any special requirements for any animals you wish to bring with you? Horse must have available turnout. • Do you have any ongoing commitments? No. • Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of? No.
Experience with Horses Achieved BHS Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship. Achieved BHS Ride Safe. Achieved BHS Stage 2 (Foundation Groom/Rider). Casual Staff for BS and BD events at Summerhouse Equestrian Center (Arena Party, Score Collecting, etc). Worked at Winter Dressage Regionals 2018 and 2019. Have a horse on loan and regular riding lessons with a Stage 4 Coach. Completed BHS Safeguarding Course. Trainee Judge for BS. Key Skills I am a quick learner, work well as part of a team and willing to work independently. I enjoy being around horses but will do any job that needs completing (i.e – emptying bins, tidying, etc). I am polite, approachable and confident when speaking with others (clients, competitors, colleagues, etc). Strengths and Weaknesses I am currently learning the basics of lunging a horse, it is something I would like to practice to gain more experience and confidence in. I am currently training towards my BHS Stage 2 ride and jump exams. I am an observant learner and I catch on quickly when learning new skills. I have good organisation skills and will always aim to arrive to work on time. I have a driving license and my own car to travel to work. My riding has improved a lot over the last year, however there is always room for improvement and I am willing and keen to learn more to improve my riding ability. I am patient with horses and confident when handling them. Requirements I would like to gain more experience/knowledge, especially working with or around horses. Accommodation is not necessary, however it depends on the location of the job on offer. I am currently only committed to working on the BS events every Tuesday at Summerhouse Equestrian. I am very flexible with my time. I have a holiday booked with my family for one week at the end of August 2020, so would require time off for this.
Job Description Looking for a Head Groom to look after 10 horses on a small private event yard. Minimum Requirements Good grooming skills and horse management. Eventing passion and riding ability a plus. Accommodation details Lovely large two bedroom cottage located next door. Benefits Great facility and location. Small XC course on site. Lovely hacking and superb accomodation