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Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom?

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom?

by Becky Parker

Sole charge groom positions can be sole charge for just some of the time when other team members are away, or the job can be fully sole charge 100% of the time, but both scenarios require specific skills and qualities to perform to expectation and the satisfaction of all involved. This can be a hugely rewarding, career-enhancing experience, but it can also be somewhat challenging on occasions. Becky looks at some of the pros and cons to consider.

One aspect we often see and must remark on, is that not uncommonly, the intensity of a sole charge position by definition, can cause employers and grooms alike to cross professional and personal lines. This can come back and bite you both in the proverbial, so care does needs to be taken and all parties should consider this and avoid crossing that line. Start as you mean to go on in this regard!

Also, when the time comes to move on from a particular sole charge position, it can be a truly heart-wrenching, emotional experience for grooms and employers (and their fur and non-fur families) alike. We have to handle this scenario regularly with extreme tact and diplomacy as often there is an understandable, heightened level of sensitivity at this time.

It’s important when applying for such a position that you are suitably equipped in all respects to fulfil the obligations that go with the territory which are sometimes apparent but, in our experience, often are not.

Is being a Sole Charge Groom right for me?

Being a sole charge groom is probably the closest thing many of us experience to having your own yard. As a professional, experienced groom you organise your own day and take care of the yard and horses as though they are your own. Sounds idyllic, and one of the reasons sole charge positions are so often described as “a job for life”.

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - a job with a lot of responsibilityHowever, with this job comes a considerable weight of responsibility. As a sole charge groom it is up to YOU to ensure everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – is kept in top-notch condition at all times. You need to be on the ball with all ordering and appointments, and when things go wrong you need to be knowledgeable, competent and capable of dealing with it in an appropriate and timely manner. You simply cannot get any of this wrong, as there will often be no one else for you to fall back on for help.

All equine grooms have a big responsibility in their daily job, but the scale of responsibility on a sole charge groom’s shoulders is undoubtedly heavier on many occasions. It will be YOU alone the boss comes to looking for answers – no team members to liaise with, fall back on or hide behind! If you are not ready for such a position a DREAM job can quickly become a NIGHTMARE when you find yourself in way over your head with such responsibility, so even if you can, you never should blag your way into a position for which you are not suitably qualified or experienced.

If you’re not already put off taking a job as a sole charge groom, before you start applying away for what might seem like the perfect job, take a moment to have a read through our whistle-stop tour of the sole charge groom’s job, to see if you have the knowledge and experience to deal with all this job might throw at you…

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1. Will you care for the animals in your charge like they are your own?

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - care for animals

Many sole charge groom roles involve looking after more than just horses – at times you may be asked to feed and tend to any other type of animal the employer keeps, from the yard cats to a small flock of sheep or llamas (true story), and you need to treat all animals with the same level of care you would give your own beloved pets. While this may mean you sometimes get attached to the animals in your care and shed a tear or two when one is sold on or heads over the rainbow bridge, it means the standard of care you provide for them can be second to none. When your boss goes away they will get great reassurance from this and understandably like to believe know that their animals will be in the best hands possible, and you need to prove that those hands are yours.

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - Know what is and is not in your contractIt is worth mentioning at this point that you do really need to establish early on what your exact responsibilities will be when taking on such a role. I say that not to encourage you to be “jobsworth” about it, but because to meet expectations, you have to know and understand expectations. It is always better to avoid any potential conflict than wait for misunderstanding to present themselves with the resultant drama than occasionally ensues. It is very important to have your roles and responsibilities clearly stated in your Written Statement of Employment so do bear that in mind at your interview and the subsequent offer stages of the recruitment process. Our unambiguous advice,  ALWAYS GET THIS SORTED UP FRONT!

 

 

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - feeding regimes2. Can you set up and manage a feeding regime?

A sole charge groom will probably have between 2 and 5 stabled horses to look after each day, and they are highly unlikely to thrive on a “one size fits all” feeding regime. You need to be able to take the feeding regime that each horse is on when you start the job and adjust it as and when appropriate. You need to be able to assess accurately when each horse’s weight fluctuates, their exercise levels change, the seasons change and more. No more simply following the yard’s feed board – this time it’s YOUR feed board! You can read more about the link between feeding and body heat in our Basic Guide to Rugging Horses. It has to be said, these areas seem to be the topics that can be real bones of contention when things go wrong between a yard owner and a sole charge groom. Feeding and rugging can be both an art and a science and most experienced equestrians will have strong views on this, so do always bear that in mind when “treating the place as your own” and consult with the actual owner on a regular basis to keep things amicable between you.

 

 

3. Do you understand the basic principles of pasture management?

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - Pasture Management

This is often something that team grooms do not have to worry about, or at least they simply follow the instructions issued by the powers that be. However, for a sole charge groom, pasture management is more often than not on their list of responsibilities,  not only do, but know when to do it!

Pasture management includes but is not limited to:

  • poo picking
  • a good system for paddock rotation
  • harrowing, and rolling
  • fertilising and weed-killing
  • recognising, clearing and appropriately disposing of ragwort and other persistent, toxic weeds
  • basic fence, gate and water trough maintenance, including getting professional help in

 

 

This is something you ideally need to have some knowledge and previous experience of, as it isn’t something that you can manage effectively by ‘winging it’. You may also have to use tractors and/or farm machinery in order to continue the existing programme, so if you have not already had experience of using such machinery you need to be prepared to learn there are some great books and on line videos you can watch on the subject – the long winter evenings will simply fly past! 🤣

 

 

4. Can you diagnose simple common equine injuries and illnesses?

Over years of experience working in the industry most horse keepers develop a keen eye and feel for a variety of health conditions, swelling/heat and lameness. Without having anyone to discuss it with, you must be able to recognise and act appropriately when a horse needs medical intervention, including but not limited to:

  • laminitis
  • colic
  • pus in the foot
  • cuts, grazes, and other physical injuries
  • conjunctivitis and other eye problems

A useful reference point for all grooms, but especially sole charge grooms bearing so much responsibility alone, is a horses vital signs – making a note of these for each horse in your care will be something you’ll be glad you did when you’re next trying to decide if and what is wrong with one of your horses.

 

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - dealing with emergenciesThis requires a measured response – you don’t want to be calling the Vet out for anything and everything but equally, you cannot let your ego prevent you from calling on the experts when needed. It can be a fine balance between wasting the horse owner’s money on unnecessary Vet bills and saving the horse’s health and well being. You must be 100% confident in your ability to know what, when, where, who and how when it comes to dealing with these things, and not think you’ll cross that bridge if you come to it. You know what horses are like – you WILL encounter these situations time and time again! You must be able to listen closely, follow instructions and work with the vet and the horse’s owner towards the horse’s recovery, and try to keep panicked nighttime calls to your boss and the vet to a minimum where possible!

 

 

 

5. Can you turn out for Competition/Hunting?

There is a strong possibility that you will be required to clip, plait and turn out for shows in your sole charge groom role, and possibly competition grooming now and then. A good number of sole charge groom jobs are for employers who enjoy competing or hunting in their leisure time and need your assistance with the preparations for trips out to shows. You may even be lucky enough to be competing one of the horses yourself, and whilst you may look after the horses as though they are your own, when you take them off-site you are showing someone else’s horses, and you need to try to present them to the highest standard.

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - preparing for outings

From the children’s ponies to the father’s hunter to the mother’s advanced dressage horse they are all likely to be kept regularly clipped, bathed, groomed and with their manes and tails pulled/trimmed smartly. As a professional sole charge groom, being able to plait after a fashion is not be adequate for most  employers and shouldn’t be adequate for you either- there’ll be no getting your team-mate to do the forelock or the tail, it’s all down to you! You will need to enjoy seeing the horses in your care showing themselves off regardless of who will be riding them, and like to look on proudly at what all your hard work has produced.

 

6. Can you ride a variety of horses unsupervised confidently and safely?

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - riding alone

You need not be the next William Fox-Pitt but more than likely you will need to be happy to jump on most horses and hack out alone. You may need to deal with the odd bit of spooky silliness, carry out canter work with some semblance of control on a fit hunter/eventer, ride and lead without getting in a complete tangle, and lunge a horse for exercise and/or improvement. You can’t palm any of the larey horses off on your sticky-bummed team-mate!

You may need to know at least the basic principles of how to get a horse fit for purpose or brought back into work from injury, and be able to set and adjust an exercise regime for a variety of goals. Walking work might be a bit low octane but box rest is much more painful for horse and carer!

 

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - stressed out

7. Can you keep your cool and problem solve when it all goes spectacularly wrong?

It helps all grooms to understand the horses crafty way of testing the patience, sanity and bravery of even the best of us, but as a sole charge groom this is a particularly important attribute. Many’s a sole charge groom has faced a selection of near disastrous situations alone and kept their calm to find solutions when under pressure.  For example:

  • When one lone ranger gallops through all 5 neighbouring electric fences so all 12 horses are now galloping down the drive together…
  • When the new heavyweight cob fresh over from Ireland and a life living on the hill decides stable life isn’t for him and goes THROUGH the stable door to inform you he would prefer to live out…
  • When the fox kills all the chickens but takes only one and the kids are due on the yard in 5 minutes…
  • When the yard diva decides she will NOT be caught…
  • When you’re unceremoniously dumped whilst out riding and leading, and both horses disappear across the common…

No team-mates to call on, delegate to, or  fall back on – yup, it’s ALL on YOU!

 

8. Would you be happy living and working on your own?

Before considering your first sole charge groom position have a think out the reality of that – SOLE charge. How much do you like your own company? Things to consider:

  • Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - living and working alone

    Long days/periods of time on the yard with no one to talk to other than the four-footers.

  • If you take a sole charge groom role outside of your home region you will have no friends or family in the area, and you’re unlikely to be making new friends in your job if you are truly sole charge!
  • If your employer is away all week or for long periods at a time you will need to find your own way around a new area, so it’s very important to consider this if you don’t have your own car.

 

9. Are you prepared for the random and varied ‘Person Friday’ duties?

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - varietyAs a sole charge groom, especially in a family yard situation,  it’s handy if you welcome the variation that supporting the family wherever possible brings to the job. It helps if you’re not just a horse lover, but a general animal lover so will enjoy dog sitting/walking, feeding chickens, pigs, rabbits, cats, goats and even the odd alpaca!

If the family have children you need to know the involvement you’ll be expected to have with them – it’s no good taking a job where you are going to be teaching and assisting the family children if you dislike or are uncomfortable around children.

Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom - family children

Person Friday duties are often part and parcel of the role and, provided the expectations are within reason, you must be happy to get stuck in within the parameters of the expectations outlined in your contract as previously mentioned.

 

It’s fair to say that the small private yards can have their fair share, of the whacky eccentric horse characters. It is also true that in these roles you do end up having to work more closely with them than might be good for your sanity. Do make the most of your job interview, not only sell yourself to the employer, but to assess for yourself the suitability of the job for you. It’s a very good idea to attend a job trial before committing to a long term sole charge groom job. When this goes to plan we have seen many a groom stay for 10 plus years watching the children, puppies, foals all grow up to have careers, children of their own and become an incredibly valued part of this close knit unit along the way. More than one groom I have spoken to has even been gifted a much loved horse or dog when they come to move on.

So if you have answered ‘Yes that’s me – I have so got this – Obviously’ to all the above you are probably ready to start applying for sole charge groom jobs.

If you would like assistance and/or advice regarding finding sole charge job vacancies or ascertaining if you are in fact, ready for this please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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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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