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A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wishlist…

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wishlist…

We’ve previously taken a sneaky peek at an equine employers ‘wish list’, in this article 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 an equine grooms wishlist; exactly what they are looking for when they make a job move. New Years Resolutions for Equestrian Jobseekers - caravan

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 good grooms are in really short supply, often on further investigation into the job vacancy details, the reasons can be somewhat closer to home.

Most employers these days understand that no matter how beautiful your yard is and lovely the horses are, if your accommodation is a shoe-boxed sized mice-infested caravan with no central heating (dramatic emphasis!) you are unlikely to attract the kind of groom you are looking for, or indeed any groom, with or without 3 horses, 4 dogs and a magpie (yes, really) in tow!

Our team compilation of an equine grooms ‘wishlist’ is not designed to be an exhaustive list by any means, but it does pretty much cover the spectrum of what myself and my experienced team have heard over the years, I hope it helps.

Caroline

 

 


What an equine Groom wants!

by The Grooms List team

 

A Sneak Peak at an equine Grooms Wish List - A Positive Work EnvironmentA positive work environment…

Any experienced groom knows that the make or break of a dream job is how well they are likely to get on with their boss and the team they are working with.  At an interview, a potential new employee should be keen to chat to any existing staff you have to learn the most about how the day works, the horses and what you are like as an employer etc. Amongst other deal-making or deal-breaking points, they should want to see that this is a happy yard, with smiley people who enjoy working together and chat easily and openly with each other, with no tense undercurrent or atmosphere.

They will also want to spend time with you so, if possible, don’t delegate the interview process – please do try your level best to meet any potential new employee and ideally spend time with them before you offer them a job. We always advise job seekers not to accept a job without this opportunity, otherwise, in our experience, it rarely ends well. Of course, if you are a larger organisation this is less practical but as much meet and greet time, and time spent getting to know everyone, is never time badly spent.

 

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wish List - Work Life BalanceWork : Life balance

‘Reasonable’ working hours, accommodating requests with regards to time off within statutory holiday entitlement, at least and enough staff for the number of horses on the yard can make a real difference to the appeal of a job.

These days, the obvious preference will always be for a 5 day week. This is especially the case if the job seeker has responsibilities outside of work or, understandably, just wants to take life a little easier. 5 day weeks and as regular as possible hours are hugely desirable and can really make a difference to the number of applicants you will receive for your vacancy. A 5.5  day week is a compromise for sure and not uncommon, but a real ‘job filling attribute’ is always the 5 day week!

Now don’t shoot the messenger but, it has to be said, many employers still insist on a 6 day week and some, not infrequently, expect their staff to work every weekend, and every Bank Holiday including Christmas and New Year ad infinitum! In the days of Downton Abbey, this was generally accepted but not so much these days. Job seekers will often ‘swerve’ such an all-consuming commitment in favour of a position which offers time away, to keep fresh and healthy, and to be free at least sometimes at the same time as friends and relatives.  Now, we know in certain disciplines eg: hunting and some of the more full-on competitive yards, 6 day weeks are ‘de rigueur’ during the season. However, there is often flexibility and downtime out of season and that needs to be highlighted to applicants in your job vacancy adverts, discussions and borne out when they speak to other employees on your yard.

Some employers still want all-year-round 6 day, full-on weeks, which will inevitably take a toll on employees and will make a lot of grooms reluctant to get involved, in favour of jobs offering some respite and flexibility.  ‘All work and no play’  seems to result, all too often, in physically and mentally exhausted individuals who cannot always give their best in the medium and longer term.  We see time and time again the consequences of this arrangement, which negatively affects the Groom, the employer and their family, the horses, visiting farriers, vets, liveries etc.

Some employers tell me they have no choice other than to offer a 6 day week as getting day off cover can be difficult. We have a good selection of Freelance Grooms only too happy to step in and help their fellow grooms under such circumstances!  When you buy a subscription to The Grooms List don’t forget you can add up to 3 vacancies at once – why not advertise for both at the same time? Why not also take a look at our comprehensive list of Freelance Grooms that could bridge that critical gap for days off/holidays etc.

Cautionary note: Increasing numbers of grooms seem to come out of permanent employment in favour of working as a Freelance Groom citing one of the main reasons being to be able to dictate their days/hours. The writing might be on the wall if we don’t, as an industry, address this sooner rather than later.

 

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wish List - A fair wageA fair wage, a legal employment contract, pension and payroll.

It’s important for employers to be mindful of the difference between a legal wage and a FAIR wage, i.e. a wage that reflects the groom’s skill and experience.  For example, an experienced groom going into a Head Groom’s role these days can command a wage of £450+ per week including accommodation and bills. Anything less than that and you could find your job vacancy details are non-competitive for the top grooms, who rightly know their worth these days. That being said, there are a lot of less experienced, not so good job seekers trying to earn the same! Clearly, you need to be mindful of that in your interviewing processes. Most employers these days are well aware of the obligation to pay a legal wage but if you need a quick refresher please click here.

A contract of employment is an agreement which governs the employment relationship between an employer and employee and is a must these days. There is a legal requirement to issue a “written statement of particulars of employment”; the Principle Statement no later than the first day of employment and the Wider Written Statement within two months of the groom starting work. This non-negotiable document provides a legal framework so all parties understand and agree to their obligations. It provides security and peace of mind to all involved, and who doesn’t want that? Do check out these useful links:

https://www.gov.uk/employment-contracts-and-conditions

https://equestrianemployers.org.uk/membership-benefits/eea-contract-creator

As an employer, it pays in all the obvious ways to be on top of your obligations as an employer in all regards, and the regulation of this is becoming tighter each year. All employees these days are buoyed by an employer who is on board with this and increasingly swerve and highlight those who are not. If you need to know more or want a refresher do check out requirements concerning pensions and on payroll processes.

 

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wish List - Somewhere nice to liveAppropriate accommodation…

Most Head Grooms would be looking for 1 or 2 bed private cottage/house/flat with some form of garden space. Many want their own space away from, but near to the yard. Shared accommodation can work but it depends on who you are trying to attract to your vacancy. Some younger grooms seem to prefer to share accommodation but experience tells us you can’t always generalise. Not many grooms these days seem to want to live in the employers home or with shared facilities, it can be a real ‘turn off’ when it comes to maximising applications for a job vacancy.

If you are looking for a groom with some proper paid experience under his/her belt it is inevitable that your ideal candidate is not going to be a school leaver or college graduate, and that your candidate is going to come with additions, be they in the form of a partner, pets and sometimes, (shock, horror!) even children 😉. It cannot be expected that grooms remain “lone rangers” travelling light all their lives. Therefore, if you are looking for an established, experienced groom, if it’s at all possible it’s a very good idea to at least consider providing some flexibility with accommodation. We know it can be easier said than done in many, many instances but it really does help to give you the pick of the best available grooms. Providing a groom is in a stable long-term relationship and their partner will be able to find full-time work in the area, childcare covered etc., allowing them to live in your accommodation can, in fact, be a positive thing. It most likely suggests they are in a mature, secure place in their life where they are likely to want to settle long term. Some employers unexpectedly end up employing the partner too, and it can be a very useful and happy arrangement!

 

 

A Sneak Peak at an equine Grooms Wish List - to be able to bring their own horse and pets

Pets welcome!

At the end of the day, the reason most young people become grooms is that they are animal lovers. As the years go by it is inevitable they will begin to collect a few of their own, (yes we know some do go to extremes!) Many grooms like to make their new role their home and taking their fur-family with them is essential for security and/or companionship. Some job seekers travel a long way from friends and family, and we all need them to be happy; with ground rules and boundaries in place, it can work really well.

For many ambitious grooms, owning their own horse is also the only way they can fulfil their own competition aspirations and even have the opportunity to receive training on the job. Allowing an employee to keep their own pets and/or horse can really increase stickability in your job role and improve your relationship no end. We hear many employers reluctant to take a horse because they have experience of previous grooms neglecting the employer’s horses in favour of the groom’s own, or just skimping on the job generally for the same reason. However, we know lots of prospective grooms who absolutely do not do this and have a proven track record of getting that balance right. Again, ground rules need to be agreed upfront so expectations are clear, and so this issue need not arise at all.

In our experience, with the right individual, it is a case of “if you give a little, you get a lot back in return”. The grooms who seem to do the least amount of clock watching are those with employers who do not turn a blind eye to their groom’s needs and are empathic enough to structure legal win:win employment arrangements that payback in spades. If you do find issues arising despite clear communication and instruction then you have the wrong groom and it is probably time to have a rethink!

 

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wish List - Perks of the jobJob perks…

This is a very individual thing for each equine grooms wishlist but it is essentially just the opportunity to do whichever part of the job they enjoy the most with some frequency. It can be a number of things, but most commonly this is riding, which could be a little exercise riding, schooling, lessons or often just hacking out, even if it is only a few times a week. It might also be Competition grooming, be it in the UK or abroad. This gives variation to the job and the chance to see what all the hard work at home is for, and a real sense of satisfaction when the horse and rider do well. The odd day out hunting for hunt grooms is also a major bonus and sure to keep team morale high.

When managing people and motivating them it is vital to find out what each individual values in terms of job perks upfront and to provide just that; if you can’t provide it, well, you have to ask yourself if is this is a sustainable and positive long-term arrangement for everyone. If not, it may be that you need a rethink to ensure a sustainable, long-term, positive working relationship. Job satisfaction is everything for the majority of grooms as, let’s face it, if they were a groom for the sake of just having a job and the money there are much easier options available. Also, it’s no fun having a dissatisfied, disgruntled employee knocking around the place, for you or your horses, team etc.!

 

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wish List - Career GrowthOpportunity to progress…

Linking to our last point, to motivate employees our job is to find out what each individual hopes to achieve, and provide just that. It isn’t a case of one-size-fits-all or indeed just offering what we feel they need to develop although, of course, that has to come into the equation.

For younger grooms, providing some opportunity to gain qualifications/move up the ranks within the team/receive riding tuition/space on the lorry to take their own horse to shows can really encourage them to stay with the team long term. If you are sure of their loyalty putting them through their HGV can benefit all parties. For all grooms, ensuring they stay on a competitive wage as the cost of living rises and/or considering yearly, seasonal and/or sales related bonuses can give your job role that added appeal.

Regular communication to ascertain what opportunities an individual will value, and checking in over time that everything is on the right lines avoids us making sweeping generalisations, which are dangerous because it allows us to think we’re doing the right things, when, in fact, we’re not. Look out for easy-to-spot signs of ‘disgruntlement’ for clues you might not be on the right lines!

 

A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wish List - Feeling ValuedFeeling valued…

While money and perks are all well and good, the day to day bread and butter that will entice grooms towards you and then keep them with you is the feeling of being a valued member of the team. Small things like remembering to say please and thank you, even when you are stressed, acknowledging birthdays and Christmas, or just a job well done if the yard is looking particularly smart, a horse is turned out immaculately or a horse a groom rides regularly is feeling extra well. Noticing and acknowledging hard work, even in just the smallest of ways, is always appreciated by all of us. That being said, again the one size fits all approach isn’t always appropriate! It has to be said, some people enjoy public praise, others cringe when made the centre of attention and might appreciate just a quiet word of thanks. When you are managing others your job is to find out what makes the greatest impact for each individual, and provide just that.

Communication is key – we all like to feel special once in a while. Do schedule in some quality time to give and receive feedback and to just, well – er – bond!

 

Before setting out on your search for a new groom, be clear in your mind what the most important points are for you. Know what you are willing to compromise on, by how much and at what point in proceedings. Be clear on what points are non-negotiable from the start but give that some really serious thought. We would always strongly recommend that potential employees go for, at minimum, a two day trial before anything is set in stone as this gives both parties a chance to see if the arrangement is likely to work out for them. For more information, see our article What is a job trial and why should I attend one?  

Final word: There is much bad press out there about the working relationship between grooms and employers and we don’t buy into the “them and us” approach as if we are from two different planets. We hear the good and the bad and there is still a great deal to be positive about! Quite often, the whole recruitment process could be simpler and quicker if both parties just took a step back and looked at things from the other sides point of view, and The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment do a lot on a day to day basis to facilitate that. Have a look at our article 5 Tips for a Successful Employer:Agency Relationship to see how we can work together for a successful recruitment drive.

With the right groom:employer mix you will be working alongside your team, sometimes quite literally, towards shared common goals.  The world we live in is constantly changing and so too is the equine industry. We should all do what we can to go with these changes and embrace them so we can all get what need to fully enjoy our lives with our horses in this modern age… if only job seekers would answer their phones to prospective employers, (that’s providing you are trying to call them outside of working hours of course!)😉

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Job Description A fantastic vacancy has arisen for a ride leader to join our team of qualified and professional staff at a BHS Approved Riding Club. This exciting position requires a confident rider and someone who can demonstrate common sense and good decision making in a position of responsibility. You need to be enthusiastic about your work and enjoy meeting and chatting to different people, as we run a Membership scheme and have over 200 friendly Members (predominantly adults) who ride with us on a weekly basis. We are looking for someone to join our team who has high standards of stable management, a real love for working in this industry and who would enjoy taking regular hacks in some of England’s best riding country across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, while enjoying our very special team of 23 horses and some great company from our owners and members. We are looking for a full time position to work 5 days, further training, pension scheme, great working conditions! Please do get in touch if you are ready to ride!   Minimum Requirements Confident rider   Accommodation details Live out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions.(finish around 4.30 p.m.) * 28 days paid holiday * Further training * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country
Job Description Friendly enthusiastic reliable groom to work with a small number of competition horses on a private yard in the Scottish Borders. Opportunity to groom at competitions. Willing to take on a less experienced person with the right attitude as training will be given. Private Yard with 4-6 horses. Primary interest is Eventing. Horses have a varied routine with hacking, training, competing and daily turnout. American Barn style stabling, 10 acres of turnout, 30x60m outdoor arena.   Minimum Requirements Ability to handle, look after and turn out competition horses on a small private yard and work as part of a friendly team.  Must be capable of exercising horses with owners and taking sole charge.   Accommodation details Must live out.     Benefits Excellent salary depending on age and experience.
Family showjumping stud and producing yard is now looking for a key new member to add to their team where you will have an extremely varied role – no two days the same! We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year three of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.   Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales  in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing.   Overview We are looking for a new member of the team to share equal responsibility on a rota basis. Reporting to the Yard Manager. The position is a live in or out role. Operational Hours between Monday to Sunday on a rota shift bases. Normal shifts are 8-5pm  5 days per week alternate weekend work is inclusive [ however this can change due to foaling and various activities]   Yard duties including mucking out, feeding, watering and sweeping. Grooming and general daily health care of the horses Tack cleaning Schooling and hacking Lunging/double line lunging Liaising with yard manager on any issues routines and actions needed for horses care Maintaining a tidy feed room Preparing horses for competitions including plaiting Assisting with stud duties, foaling and care Clipping   Requirements High attention to detail Competent riding ability understanding of how a horse works and what could be done to improve its way of going Good horsemanship with kind nature Clipping/bandaging/plaiting to a high standard   Other Skills/Abilities Good communication skills Ability to think on feet and be flexible Team player to fit in and respect current working practices and other team members Confidence to handle youngsters and stallions Show Jumping experience   Wage Negotiable dependant on experience statutory holiday entitlement Pension Scheme in operation with an opt out period Extremely varied role – no two days the same! Full time contract with 28 days holiday, pension and statutory sick pay. 5 days per week which includes alternate weekends ie 40 hour week. Days are usually  8-5pm this can vary during foaling season or out to competitions etc Possible place  for own horse but no pets Driving Licence essential as rural location 
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel that has been COVID 19  Looking forward now and  planning to our future we are now looking for an experienced competition rider to join our team. This Warmblood Stud is the home of Stallions and Broodmares. We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year four  of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.  Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales near Tregaron in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing. This full time, live in or out role will include riding at BSJA shows you must have a strong competition record ideally or the ability to compete to a high level . Our competition horses have all been out affiliated to varying levels.  We need a competent rider. We would require  you to gain good understanding of all the horses to maximise their potential and understand their individual personalities and abilities and be able to work with the team in tailoring their exercise and work plans moving forward. Most importantly to work with our team,  getting the best from our horses. This will include general yard duties as well as guiding and nurturing the team.   The role is 5 days per week and flexibility if we go out to shows at the week days and weekends. We are a mixed yard competition horses (stallions), youngstock, broodmares and general riding horses. We have some very well bred, exciting youngsters for the future.   We are a very busy yard this could be a hugely rewarding role for the right person. Accommodation details – Live in is available  own horse considered        
Job Description Full time experienced Hunt groom to take charge of 6 quality hunters Minimum Requirements A cheerful helpful person who loves the job & understands horses hunting and hunting people. 7.5t licence would be an advantage.   Accommodation details A nice converted barn with lounge dinner,  bedroom, shower fully fitted furniture with parking outside
Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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