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About Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs

What are Freelance Grooms and how do I become one?

by Kelly Wallace Horne

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?  Here I will attempt to give you an overview of freelance grooming – the ins and outs and pros and cons in a nutshell…

 

What’s the difference between Freelance Grooms and other Grooms?

As discussed in our article The difference between employed, self-employed and Freelance Grooms, the legal difference between Freelance Grooms and other Grooms is their employment status – Freelance Grooms are self-employed, and self-employed grooms are referred to as being “freelance” – other Grooms are employed (on the payroll). Freelance Grooms work as independent service providers, in the same respect as a Farrier, and Equine Dentist or an Equine Massage Therapist. This means that Freelance Grooms don’t have employers and don’t have a job per se – they are their own boss. Instead, the person who would ordinarily be a Groom’s employer is a Freelance Groom’s customer/client.

 

How do Freelance Grooms Work?

Freelance Grooms can work in a variety of scenarios and quite often will have regular clients, however it is important to note that if they regularly work for the same person the relationship must be one of “client” and “freelancer” – not employer and employee. For example the freelancer should have more than one client, and therefore would tell a client that they were not available to attend on a certain day rather than ask for a day off.

Freelance Grooms advertise their services and their availability locally, and they also register with an agency like The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment to advertise their services and find work opportunities. Register as a Freelance Groom now.

 

Freelance Grooms can offer a range of equine services to all sorts of equestrian establishments, from private horse owners to commercial yards. To give you an idea of what this might include:

  • Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - Helping during busy timesHoliday cover for a private horse owner or yard owner.
  • Replacing a groom on holiday leave or sick leave from a professional or commercial yard.
  • “Extra pair of hands” cover for random busy periods that don’t require an additional member of staff full time permanently.
  • Competition grooming at big shows which require an extra pair of hands or a specialist show groom.
  • Emergency cover when a permanent groom injures themselves and needs down-time to recover.
  • Emergency cover to assist with taking a horse to the veterinary hospital
  • To cover a permanent groom’s days off.
  • To clip horses or prepare horses for shows
  • To train up a novice member of staff.
  • Lunging, long reining, schooling, hacking/general exercising horses.

If a Freelance Groom is good and a client appreciates their demeanour, work ethic, and abilities they will, more often than not, hire that Freelance Groom again in future and recommend them to their friends and associates.

 

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What equipment and provisions do Freelance Grooms use?

On the whole, Freelance Grooms will use the same items as any other groom. However, Freelance Grooms have to think outside of the box when it comes to getting and maintaining work and a regular income, and freelance work comes with added responsibilities.

Things to consider:

 

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - A horse person's carA car

Usually Freelance Grooms will work at a variety of yards over a week or month and, owing to the typically rural location of equestrian establishments, public transport is not a viable option. Having a car, or small van, will be essential for you to be available to a broad client base, to be able to turn up on time, and to be able to take the items you need to perform your duties (spare sets of clean, dry clothes and boots, your riding hat and spare gloves, plaiting kits etc). Using a moped or motorbike may be possible, but probably wouldn’t be ideal.

 

Branded clothing

If you are presenting yourself and your services as a professional business you may wish to consider having clothing that displays your name/business name and, if you have one, your logo. These needn’t cost a lot – if you are buying a new jacket/fleece/beanie you can often buy them directly from suppliers who will embroider/apply your name/logo for a small fee. You’ll feel the bees knees when you rock up to client’s yards with your clean, colour co-ordinated outfit, clearly displaying who you are to yard members and other potential clients.

 

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - Lots of clean clothesSpare sets of clothes…LOTS of spare sets of clothes!

Whether you opt to build up a wardrobe of personalise, branded clothing or not, you need to present yourself well every day. If you are popular and have a regular set of clients who call on you regularly, and especially if you offer emergency cover/services, you need to be prepared at all times. When you are booked to plait or clip a yard-full of horses after a morning mucking out session elsewhere, you don’t want to turn up looking like a scarecrow and wreaking of amonia. If you can quickly change into fresh, clean, dry clothes before travelling to your next yard you will look and feel (and smell) much better. Whilst as a Freelance Groom you may get away with wearing tracky bottoms, an old t-shirt and a pair of trainers, it doesn’t look professional, it doesn’t give the right impression and a lot of clients would find it off-putting.

 

Insurance

As tempting as it is to wing it (“I’ve been around horses for 20 years and not killed anyone yet!“) it really is very important that you get yourself insurance – your clients will expect you to have your own insurance cover. You will need cover for:

  • Loss of income if you are injured or suffer illness – you will not get sick pay as a self-employed person.
  • Medical bills in case you need to seek private medical care.
  • A financial payout in the event that injury or illness prevents you from working with horses again.
  • 3rd party and Indemnity – this is VERY important when you are taking responsibility for other people’s horses. Should you NOT be able to prove that an accident was not your fault you could find yourself liable for huge expenses, in vets fees, lorry/vehicle repair, someone else’s health care, compensation etc.
  • It is crucial as a Freelance Groom that you have an insurance policy that covers you for Temporary Total Disablement.

When you can advertise and tell potential clients that you are fully insured it shows maturity and responsibility, which most potential clients will find reassuring.

British Grooms Association (BGA) insurance memberships (Silver and Platinum) offers affordable and bespoke personal accident insurance which covers you for your loss of earnings.

 

A service agreement

When you are self-employed and performing services for someone else it is highly advisable that you have a written service agreement with each of your clients. This should detail:

  • Your understanding of the task/s in hand
  • Your hourly rate
  • If applicable, anything that is excluded from your hourly rate (e.g. you may charge a flat fee for clipping)
  • Start and finish times each day
  • The start of the period of service and, if applicable, the end of the period of service
  • Who is covering you with insurance (you or your client) and the insurance company’s name.

Speak to the British Grooms Association about drawing up a contract template and everything it should include.

 

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - clipping servicesClippers and plaiting kits etc

If you are good at clipping and/or turning out for shows you may wish to offer these in your list of services, in which case it is a good idea to equip yourself with everything you need for the task. Many clients will have their own clippers, plaiting kits, shampoos and coats glosses etc., but this isn’t a given. If you come fully equipped with good quality products that you are practised with, you will be able to work quickly, efficiently, and produce a finish to the best of your ability. Of course with this comes additional responsibility:

  • Ensure your clippers are kept scrupulously clean, regularly serviced, your blades are sharp, you have spare sets of sharp blades, and that your model of clippers is up to the job. You can’t clip 4 horses in one day with clippers designed for a leisure owner of 1 or 2 horses. Do your homework before investing.
  • Ensure you have bands and thread in all colours, and keep any combs and clips scrupulously clean to prevent cross-contamination between yards (you don’t want the spread of some unpleasant disease being traced back to your show turnout services!)
  • Always ask horse owners before using your chosen brand of clipper oil, or applying any shampoos or coat sprays – they may not think to tell you their horse breaks out in urticaria at the mere mention of baby oil or [brandname] clipper oil, so play it safe and always make a point of telling the owner which products you will be using and gain their express agreement to it.

 

References and Testimonials

Freelance Grooms do need references and testimonials. If a potential client wants to hire your services for, let’s say holiday cover, it’s not unreasonable for them to want to see some evidence of your ability, suitability and reliability beforehand.

 

A Facebook Page

You will need to have somewhere to showcase your services, photographs and testimonials and a Facebook Page is ideal for this. It also gives a point of contact for potential clients to find you and contact you, and serves as useful advertising.

 

A DBS check (formally a “CRB check”)

DBS stands for “Disclosure and Barring Service” and is basically a copy of your criminal record. This is called ‘basic disclosure’, and it’s available for people living or working in England and Wales. It costs £25 to obtain and you can request one here. As with your CV, references and testimonials, this is extremely benificial to have and show prospective clients.

 

A passport

It may seem an unlikely one, but you never know when you might get the opportunity to travel to an overseas competition, or with a client going abroad for training with a top trainer.

 

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - You have to do paperworkStationary and “office equipment”

Just because you don’t work in a physical office does not mean you are exempt from office duties! You will need to think of your car as your mobile office, and have a space at home to keep your important paperwork. If you are going to be working as a Freelance Groom you need to ensure you are fully aware of your legal responsibilities regarding your income tax and National Insurance contributions. This means doing paperwork!

To give you a basic idea of some of the things will need:

  • Folders and pockets – for keeping your monthly client invoices, and purchase receipts for clothing, equipment, insurance, lunch receipts and even the stationary you’re using to organise your paperwork.
  • You may benefit from having a home printer to print out invoices, agreements and even adverts to put in local equestrian shops and venues.
  • Crisp, clean paper to write or print invoices and agreements on to give to clients.
  • A notebook and pen to keep in your car/bag so you can make notes about any tasks, information, names, numbers, addresses etc.
  • Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - Mobile Phone HolderA phone holder that goes on your belt, so you are always contactable and have your phone at hand in case of emergency. I find the horizontal belt holders good because they don’t bounce about, especially when you’re riding.
  • It might be a good idea to sort yourself out a decent hands free kit for your phone. You don’t want to fail at your freelance venture through clients giving up on you because you never answer your phone, and you also don’t want to get a reputation of always being glued to your phone!

 

Freelance Groom - First Aid Training

A First Aid Kit

Although the majority of yards/horse owners will have their own medical kit there is never any guarantee of it being well stocked. If you are independently looking after other people’s horses you may want to consider carrying some first aid provisions of your own, so you know that you are prepared should you find yourself tackling an illness or injury. It is advisable that you ensure you are knowledgeable about the basics at least. If you are offering your services as a Freelance Groom you need to be confident and competent at recognising common symptoms of an unwell horse and understand the correct course of action to take and when. Our article Understanding a Horse’s Vital Signs will help you understand the very basics.

 

A First Aid Certificate

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An HGV Licence

An HGV licence really gives your employment and salary prospects an uplift – a real uplift! You may even have your own horse lorry, BUT you need to ENSURE you are genned up on insurance and any additional licences you might need to legally transport other people’s horses in the owner’s or your own horsebox or trailer. We recommend you speak to Specialised HGV Training to learn the ins and outs of HGV horsebox licensing and driving. While you’re speaking to them, mention The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment and get 20% off any HGV or trailer driving training.

 

What are Freelance Groom Jobs?

Technically there is no such thing as Freelance Groom jobs because Freelance Grooms aren’t employed and don’t have employers. However, sometimes horse owners and yard owners will advertise that they need emergency, holiday or sickness cover so it’s a good idea to set up a Job Alert so you receive an email each time such an opportunity opens your area and is added to The Grooms List.

 

What are the highs and lows of working as a Freelance Groom?

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - Offering plaiting and clipping Services

As with all equine jobs, working as a Freelance Groom has its share of highs and lows and you need to be mindful of these when making this choice of career pathway:

Highs

  • You can have a varied working life, doing lots of different things, gaining new experience and meeting new people.
  • You are your own agent. You are free to accept or reject work with no one to answer to but yourself.
  • You can focus your attention on a specific industry sector, or specialist area (e.g. clipping and competition grooming, riding, or dressage yards).
  • You will earn a higher hourly rate as a Freelance Groom.

 

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - Highs and LowsLows

  • You may earn a higher hourly rate as a Freelance Groom, but you need to source and secure every one of those working hours, every day/week/month.
  • You may earn a higher hourly rate as a Freelance Groom, but you need to account for Income Tax and National Insurance, plus other expenditures that don’t necessarily come with employed groom’s work, so your take-home wage is not all yours to spend!
  • You have no guarantee of work or income. Your income will fluctuate throughout the seasons.
  • You have a big responsibilty regarding bookkeeping, tax and other associated paperwork.
  • You are likely to be more disposable as a Freelance Groom than an employed Groom, so you need to be vigilant with keeping up high standards and presenting a professional image.
  • As you are not an “employee” you are not protected by employment laws and you cannot escalate unresolved issues to an employment tribunal. Instead, your unresolved issues are a “civil matter” and you must take legal action against your client via a solicitor.

 

How much do Freelance Grooms earn?

As a self-employed Freelance Groom the National Minimum Wage laws that apply to employed staff do not apply to you, so the law does not dictate that you must be paid any minimum amount per hour. Your hourly rate is your responsibility alone. However, you need to be very realistic when working out an hourly rate, and the National Minimum Wage for your age is a good place to calculate from. You need to factor in Income Tax, National Insurance contributions, insurance, fuel for travelling to various yards, any expenses associated with additional services you offer (plaiting bands, shampoos and lotions, clipper servicing etc), and not least of all the fact that you are not earning a guaranteed regular income. It is not uncommon for Freelance Grooms to charge between £10 and £20 an hour, depending on their age, experience and the type of equine services they offer.

 

Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs - Who can be a Freelance GroomWho can become a Freelance Groom?

Anyone who is over 18 years old and is competent and capable of caring for horses can be a Freelance Groom. And by competent and capable we mean you must have had plenty of experience caring for horses. Freelance grooming is often a favoured route for established grooms who wish to settle in one area, have their own home and work on a live out basis. These Freelance Grooms are often the most successful and sought after, as their previous experience working as a groom means they are well prepared for working in unfamiliar yards and dealing with unfamiliar horses with no introduction to their characters and foibles.

It is not a viable work option for someone who has simply been for riding lessons as a child, or had loan-a-pony days when they were young, and anyone fitting this description will be better to look for a trainee role in an equestrian establishment and start a career with horses via that route.

When you start accepting contracts from horse/yard owners you must register for income tax with HMRC. You can find yourself in very hot water if you neglect to do this!

 

If you would like assistance and/or advice regarding finding freelance grooms or freelance grooms work opportunities in the equine industry please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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*Amazing opportunity to earn IRO £26k pa for a  4 day week outside of the competition season/training days  (Friday-Monday + negotiable additional flexible days) *Two bedroom cottage available *Own horse & pets possible *Partner considered This is a unique opportunity for a live-in or out person to look after 5 ponies ( 3 x 148cm & 1x 138cm + 1 retired) for 2 keen children (14 & 9 years old). The older child is keen as mustard and loves to compete (20cm classes. Aiming for top-level with pony SJ –  all big national shows attended and hoping to go to a few internationals at the end of the year).  The younger child is keen too but very young so the groom will need to be kind and knowledgeable around young children. This employer is looking for someone who is lightweight IRO 9 stones max to be able to hack out with the children and exercise ride as/when. You will be used to grooming home and away with a license that allows you to transport the ponies to shows in an 18t lorry  (Class 2/Cat C HGV license). All usual duties working in conjunction with the existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday so there will be some cross over but essentially aside from that, this will be a sole charge position. Please call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Fantastic job Riding and Teaching in London. Exciting opportunity to join a highly respected, BHS Approved, Award Winning Riding Club. We offer a friendly and unique approach to horse riding in London, as well as having a huge community spirit amongst our staff, our horse owners and our Members. We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced instructor to join our team of professionals. Enjoy daily teaching and riding with our predominantly adult riders, over Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, some of the best riding country in England. We offer excellent working conditions, pension, paid holiday, further training, and staff uniform. If you are a confident horse rider, with high standards of stable management, have experience in teaching, and are a team player with excellent people skills – contact us!   Accommodation details Live-out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions. * Paid holiday * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country    
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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