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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 *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Apprentice Groom required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment. Opportunity to groom at competitions, and learn about all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside experienced grooms and learn from them in a hands on way. College apprenticeship offered – Level 3 Advanced Apprentices preferred, but Level 2 Apprentices with good experience of working with fit event horses also welcome. Must be able to hack fit event horses.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking).   Minimum Requirements Must have experience of working with for competition horses and have a good knowledge of basic safe practice.   Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat.   Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.  
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Groom/Exercise Rider required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from at all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment.  Competitions also possible on own horse as part of our competition schedule Must be experienced grooming at competitions, as well as comfortable with all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside another experienced groom/rider. Must be able to hack fit event horses, and ideally be fine to do some faster canter fitness work with them.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking). Good wage and benefits. Minimum Requirements Candidates must be able to perform full stable duties and horse care, hack well and safely, lunge, and have a high standard of competition turn-out. Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat. Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to local and international events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.
*Package totally negotiable for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Well appointed house available for couples Lovely, long term job for a single person or a working couple. Position (s) suited to experienced and competent person(s) for a position on a family yard with top competition standards and where they are used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard in Warwickshire needs an experienced Groom(s)/Exercise Rider(s) to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children’s ponies. All usual duties. Youngstock and retired horses also kept in the field so will need to be used to handling young stock. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. The role includes some all usual yard work home but away at shows too to professional standards. HGV license ideal. Team player essential. Some weekends so flexibility required. On-site accommodation provided (not shared, could be a house for a couple or a flat). Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE AN HGV LICENSE (able to drive a 26t lorry)  *Salary IRO £400/£450+ top, top wage for previous competition grooming experience depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment to work as a competition Groom or would suit someone already experienced in Competition grooming. This family of young riders are very active most weekends and therefore you will need to be prepared to cover this, although some weekends off are available by prior arrangement and exception. You will need to be flexible to work 5.5 sometimes 6 days a week Must be prepared to cover weekends and stay away You will need to be flexible enough to handle an environment where things change regularly as it is a fast-paced, rapidly expanding scenario. You would need to take this in your stride and it would be ideal if you saw this as invigorating and exciting rather than a nuisance! The family have 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  on a second yard, an assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.)  The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
   * Salary starting at £30,000K negotiable upwards plus accommodation depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed No 1 Experienced Show Jumping Competition Groom required for a vacancy with a very ambitious & competitive family. Good references ESSENTIAL & confidentiality assured. You should be currently working as a Competition Groom on a Show Jumping yard or have done so within the last 2 years. You should be willing to travel home and abroad and experienced driving a 26t+ lorries transporting horses to training and shows. 18 quality jumping horses on the main yard and homebred/ other young stock destined for a career in SJ/jumping all kept in top accommodation to the highest standards. Start date negotiable.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email Caroline @carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* Negotiable depending on experience but very competitive*Shared accommodation on site(would consider live-out) Experienced stud hand required to work with the rest of the team. This would be during yearling prep initially and then general stud duties after the sales season and is a year-round position, not seasonal. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season. Tractor/lorry driving is welcomed but not essential Mares and foals/young stock/ racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Please note call Caroline & the Team will be ‘screening’ suitable applicants between 9-2pm . Pls could call us during those times on 0203 006 573. Please make sure your job seeker profile is up to date and that you have a current CV attached. We look forward to speaking with you then about this super opportunity 🙂 C x
Job Description Jumping / Dealing stable We are looking for a jumping rider for our sales stable in the Lewitz. Your mainwork will be riding and a little stable work (feeding) together with your team. Showing young quality horses to our customers, under the saddle or in free jumping, is also one of your tasks.   If necessary you get help from our trainer and you gain a lot of experience in jumping. We offer regulated working hourses ( 8.00-17.00) and  the possibility to get breakfast and lunch at our farm. Our modern equipped accomodations we offer at a reduced rental price.   If you`re a cheerful and nice person, reliable and tidy, able to do a good flat work and you have experience in jumping, than we look forward to you! Minimum Requirements experience in  jumping young horses   Accommodation details You will be offered accommodation (single or double rooms) each equipped with a private shower, and in each house you find a washing machine and a dryer.There is free internet in the rooms. Rooms cost around 190 € per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 156 € per month. Of cource, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning. Provide you with translating assistance during the doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need.   Benefits    
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**14/7/20 Position under offer. Applications accepted for reserve list  CC *** *IRO £22,500K + accommodation *2 bed house with own garden *Dog, pets and horse welcomed *Partner welcomed     Senior position available at picturesque Hunt Kennels. Year-round position to manage the yard, Groom/Ride and to head a team of 2 other FT workers (in season). Previous Stud Groom did 4 seasons so this is a long term opportunity in a lovely environment with nice people to work with.   Opportunity for sole charge and to make the job what you want it to be (within certain parameters of course as the job is to manage a yard of hunt horses and all that goes with that but it doesn’t have to be a dull job 😉.)   Must have all usual skills, abilities and experience including good levels of turnout skills, ability to work well with others and a license to drive a 7.5t lorry.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
**23/6/20 Under offer subject to reference checks*** *Salaries negotiable depending on experience IRO £23-£29K pa per person + accommodation. * 1 or 2 bedroom cottage with parking available *Pets welcomed *Own horse considered (but difficult as all boxes currently occupied) *5 day week. This family require a flexible, country-loving, reliable, self-sufficient and proactive couple with good communication skills ready to welcome all guests in a polite and friendly manner. Previous estate management experience essential for a combination of duties. Experienced and knowledgeable horse care also required as a family are not very experienced. There are two children are 10 and 8 years old and they purely ride for leisure, no competition whatsoever at this point but would like some escorted/lead hacks & informal tuition. Odd weekend off by prior arrangement in advance but as family visit most weekends,  they will not be regular occurrences so need to be prepared for weekdays off (2 consecutive days possible) : Outline Job descriptions: Housekeeping/House duties include but are not limited to Cleaning, washing and ironing, food shopping, household provisioning, household maintenance, overseeing contractors. Whenever somebody is in the house; be it, family or guests, the housekeeper will prepare lunch and dinner, (fresh healthy home cooking, lots of fish, vegetables, a variety of salads mainly based on European style dishes). The housekeeper is not required to serve the family however they will be required to clear away after meals and weather permitting some outdoor dining will need to be facilitated. Although the family like to entertain family and friends, most entertaining is informal. For any formal entertaining outside caterers will be available so communication, liaising and management of this will be a feature of the role. Grooming/outdoor duties include but are not limited to: Day to day management and maintenance of the property, yard and grounds which will include the gardens, greenhouse, vegetable garden, lawns and flower beds, (alongside contracted gardeners). Looking after chickens and rabbits & possibly other small animals/pets. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills would be helpful. Management and maintenance of the estate car to fuel, clean and driving to the local station and airport for family and guests. The highest level of care to be provided for the family’s 4 horses 19-year-old 16HH owners horse who has recently developed allergies 17-year old small horses who need careful footcare and 2 x 10-year-old horses just short of 16HH and one has just recently had a bout of laminitis. Confident management and lightweight rider needed. All normal grooming duties will be required to a good standard ie: Feeding and watering, all aspects of yard work duties including; hay, muck out, turn out, groom, clip and bandage, recognising and acting on all animal ailments, cleaning the chicken coops/rabbit hutches etc. Keeping the yard, tack room and equipment immaculate at all times. Exercising the horses daily in menage or beautiful woodland which surrounds the property. Experience of trailer towing ideal. Light gardening, (FT gardener contracted) grounds, yard and property
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary depending on experience  *Dog welcome *Great opportunity to get a foot in the door of the TB Stud World! This is a fantastic opportunity for a Groom who wishes to gain experience and enter the professional world of the thoroughbred Stud as a Stud Hand on this busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team who we know well and who would all recommend. The role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience a bonus but not essential. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
SG17 5LU

caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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