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Become a professional groom – 6 Simple Steps

Become a professional groom – 6 Simple Steps

Speaking with grooms day in day out I am often struck that so many start their career based on dreams but then leave on some of the realities.

I have pondered this many times over the years. We all know being a groom is hard work, it takes dedication above and beyond sometimes and that much is still to be done to get terms and conditions to where they need to be.

In my opinion, the best of grooms are the ones who really stick at it despite some of the inevitable realities (not condoning any illegal ones of course). These grooms are consistently the most employable and they all have one thing in common – for them the job and the lifestyle is a VOCATION, not unlike many of the caring professions.

I am lucky enough to have the most wonderful team around me at The Grooms List and Emily Taylor, a key team member, talks to grooms regularly about their hopes and dreams, their ambitions and disappointments and sometimes even their tragedies. She feels strongly about what it takes to become and most importantly remain a professional groom in a very turbulent equestrian world.

The floor is yours Emily…

Caroline

 

 


Winning at Horses! How to become a professional groom

by Emily Taylor

At any stage in your life, deciding on or changing a career pathway is a very tall order. We have to identify a working life that is enjoyable, that we are not only capable of but are likely to be good at, and that will sustain us financially and provide for our retirement. It’s hardly surprising that so many of us passionate horse lovers opt for a career with horses! So many young horse lovers stand on the threshold of their adult life envisaging a long future of playing with ponies every day and being paid to do it. What’s not to love?! Well, quite a lot actually – living the dream can soon become very disenchanting… unless you do it right!

Just as good grooms have the pick of the best jobs, good employers have the pick of the best grooms. So the burning question is, how can you be that groom?

 

 

1. Build and preserve your CV

Become a Professional Grooms in 6 Simple Steps - don't job-hop

For many, if not the majority of equine grooms, their first paid experience of working with horses will involve taking the first or only opportunity that presents itself, then going where the tide takes them from there on in. This potluck approach to getting jobs isn’t necessarily wrong, but it isn’t likely to bring you the best the equine industry has to offer you. There are plenty of good grooms jobs out there – The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment regularly recruit for well-paid jobs with generous salary packages and they nearly always go quickly, often with very little advertising! How? Because when we know who the good grooms are and what they are looking for we can start “matchmaking” pretty much from the get-go. So to be in with a good chance, first and foremost we need to know you are looking so you need to be registered with us, and we need details of what you’ve done previously and your future requirements and desires. When we have this information we know to contact you as soon as a suitable job becomes available (and you need to answer your phone or call us back, and quickly!) This is how potluck grooms miss out, because they would need to be in the right place at the right time to even know about the best jobs – you would be extremely lucky to repeatedly stumble across good jobs by chance.

Professional grooms DON’T leap into new jobs willy-nilly. By taking the potluck route you are jeopardising your equine CV. Each job that turns out to be a wrong move for you means you will probably be moving on again within no time. Your CV will soon resemble a chequerboard of short-lived jobs, telling future prospective employers that you’re probably not going to be with them long, and you probably aren’t worth their time-investment in settling you into their yard, let alone training you up, and your aspirations of being a successful, professional groom will be pushed out of your reach.

Become a Professional Grooms in 6 Simple Steps - don't leave your career to luckProfessional grooms DO discuss having a job trial before deciding to accept or reject a prospective job. A job trial could prove to you that you would not enjoy the job after all. You also must understand the importance of job longevity. When you take a new job you really need to remain in that job for at least 12-18 months. Anything less than that risks spoiling (and ultimately destroying) your CV. Always closely examine why you are leaving your job, when you are leaving it and what can be done to rectify or improve your situation within your current role.

 

2. Be honest and stay safe

Become a professional groom in 6 Simple Steps - Be honest about your skills and experience

You don’t need equine qualifications to build a career in the equine industry, but they certainly are a benefit. Whether you choose to gain qualifications or not, when you start working with horses and especially if you are a school leaver, please don’t be under the illusion that you will be able to walk into a top equine job based on your years in the Pony Club, or how many horses/ponies you’ve owned throughout your life. No matter how much you’ve done or what great experience you’ve got, having your own horses and ponies is in no way comparable to working for someone else. An employer is going to want to see evidence, or at least have reassurance on how well you perform within a team, how you time-manage and prioritise your daily tasks, how you apply initiative when things go off-schedule and how you perform under pressure etc. Professional grooms with an established equine CV will be able to give prospective employers references from previous equine employers as evidence of their skills and abilities that are required to do the job. When starting out you need to be mindful of this and be prepared to agree to legal compromises regarding your salary expectations and the responsibilities you will hold within your job.

Building your equine career inevitably involves stepping outside of your comfort zone at times. “Punching above your weight” may seem necessary for progression, but ensure you do this in a realistic, sensible way. When considering what appears to be a dream job move that offers real career progression, make sure your potential employer is aware of your limitations and lack of experience in certain areas. Whilst there are many job vacancies that require someone who can just get on with the job, there are plenty of employers who are quite happy to help you broaden your skills set and progress your equine career. Make sure you discuss this at your enquiry/interview stage, strongly consider arranging a job trial before committing to a career move, and ensure both you and your prospective employer are clear on both party’s expectation and requirements and that this is laid out in writing before your start date. Don’t wing it, you have too much to lose.

Become a Professional Grooms in 6 Simple Steps - Career PlanningProfessional grooms DON’T big up their experience and ability in order to get a chance at career development. By doing this you are not only gambling with your equine career but quite possibly yours, and other people and horses’ safety too, if you are not prepared for all aspects of the new job.

For example, if you’ve previously worked at a Riding School or Livery Yard where you have plaited a horse up for a local show, you can’t big this up in order to get a job as a competition groom for a professional, international competition rider. You will most likely be a huge hindrance to the team on show days and you could come unstuck when handling big, fit, powerful, excitable competition horses. Your lack of skill and experience will be painfully obvious AFTER you’ve moved to your new job and you risk finding yourself back job hunting in no time and in turn you risk your CV becoming the chequerboard described in point 1, with all the associated consequences. Rather than your bold job move furthering your equine career, your aspiration of being a successful professional groom will be pushed further from your grasp.

Professional grooms DO discuss honestly their limitations, strengths and weaknesses, the skills they need to improve and the elements of the job they enjoy and excel at. When considering a new job do discuss having a job trial before deciding to accept or reject a prospective job. A job trial could prove to you that you would not enjoy the job after all, or prove to your potential new employer that you are a good fit for their yard, and they will be more accepting of any shortfallings as you take your step up the career ladder with them.

 

3. Be sensible in your life choices

Professional grooms DON’T bite off more than they can chew and are realistic in fitting their job around everything else in their life. This goes back to the potluck approach outlined earlier in this article. If you take on more than you can realistically manage on a daily basis you risk over-stretching yourself, you will not achieve a sensible work:life balance, and you will probably not get the best the equine industry has to offer. Full-time jobs in the equine industry are notorious for being long hours and hard work, so taking on more than you can fit in and manage it is not going to work.

Professional grooms DO consider the potential consequences of everything they do. Here are a few key examples:

  • Become a professional groom in 6 Simple Steps - the consequences of having pets and horsesGenerally speaking, the further afield you’re prepared to go to take the perfect equine job for you, the more perfect equine jobs you will have to choose from. The more you limit the geographical radius for your job hunt the more you limit your possibilities and job opportunities.
  • Having horses/dogs/pets of your own has both positive and negative effects on the job opportunities open to you. Ensure you take these consequences on board BEFORE jumping in and taking on another fur-friend. You can read more about taking a horse and pets to a new job here.
  • Never jump ship when you could, by discussing issues with your employer, make things work where you are. Whatever you do today will affect lots of tomorrows when it comes to getting the best jobs in the equine industry. Getting the best jobs in the equine industry is not simply a matter of a good job hunt, it’s about everything you’ve done in each and every job you’ve had leading up to your current situation.

 

4. Know there are no shortcuts to becoming a knowledgeable and experienced groom

Become a professional groom in 6 Simple Steps - Be honest about your skills and experienceProfessional grooms DON’T cram as many different types of jobs in various disciplines in as short a space of time as possible. This doesn’t convince future potential employers that you’re a very experienced, diverse groom, but it probably will convince them that you will not stick around long (check back at point 1: preserve your CV!)

Professional grooms DO 
choose a realistic career pathway. For example, if you’ve quite enjoyed working as a dressage groom don’t simply jump to being a polo groom for 6 months because the opportunity has arisen and you fancy a change. Stick at your job for at least 12-18 months THEN consider your next career move, not whether you fancy a change or not. If you wish to dip your toe in the water of other sectors of the equine industry consider short-term/temporary/seasonal positions as a legitimate way to build up more diverse experience without damaging you CV by job-hopping. You may have more diverse career options available to you than you think, so it is always worth having a chat with one of our knowledgeable and approachable recruitment consultants. Do contact us for a friendly, no-obligation chat.

Become a Professional Grooms in 6 Simple Steps - flag up the need for change5. Nudge things along where necessary and appropriate

Professional grooms DON’T let things drift. For instance, don’t be afraid to remind your employer that it is your 18th/21st/25th birthday next month and, if you are paid the National Minimum Wage, you require a pay rise to meet legal requirements.

Professional grooms DO keep up with adjustments to the National Minimum and Living Wage rates and the accommodation offset rate, any agreements made between themselves and their employer (this works both ways), and how progression within their existing job can benefit both them and their employer. If you feel something is lacking or wrong in your current job role or the flow within your team, or that there is room for you to develop within your existing place of employment, don’t be afraid to broach the subject with your employer. Don’t wait for your employer to notice, or offer you new opportunities. Showing keen and expressing a desire for success is rarely, if ever, a bad thing!

 

Become a Professional Grooms in 6 Simple Steps - keep things business-like

6. Understand that no one “owes” anyone anything

OK, I heard you just say “No professional groom works for nothing!” and you are correct. What I mean is, no one owes you anything and you don’t owe your employer anything beyond your terms of employment and honourable and decent behaviour. Neither an offer to work, or of employment is a favour, it is a business-like transaction between employer and employee.

Professional grooms DON’T agree to work for someone cash in hand/for less than the National Minimum or Living Wage/in return for accommodation, training, or favours.

Professional grooms DO bear in mind that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been working for someone, how pally you may have become with them and/or their team or family, it doesn’t matter how much out on a limb you may have gone, or what your friends think, in simple terms your association with your employer is a lawful contractual arrangement.

Become a professional groom in 6 Simple Steps - working your way up the career ladder

Ensure you have EVERYTHING laid out in a Written Statement of Employment BEFORE your start working for anyone, even if you consider them to be a friend. You wouldn’t buy or rent a car without knowing what you’re getting and the price of it, so why should employers and employees? Again, this cuts both ways. Taking on a new groom is as much an investment to the employer as the groom. You are stepping into their corner of the world and they are welcoming you into it. A potential employer will be assessing the pros and cons of hiring you as a groom, just as much as you are assessing the pros and cons of taking their job.

 

OK, so whatever stage you’re at in your equine career, you’ve made it as far as an equine recruitment website, which is great. This actually is a very good place to start and/or revisit throughout your career, no matter what age you are when you start out working with horses.

Although it may not appear so at first look, these 6 steps really are simple. You don’t need lots of qualifications, tons of experience or any special skills to become a professional groom, you just need to ensure being a groom is the right profession for you and your circumstances, build a good employment history and keep your eye on the ball as you go.

 

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Job Description We are looking for an experienced groom/rider to join our happy, busy and valued team. We have a mixed yard of event / dressage / para competition horses. A cheerful and enthusiastic team player essential to work with lovely horses. All normal yard duties to include mucking out, feeding, turning in- and out-of field, tacking up, washing off, clipping, plaiting and show preparation. Must be able to turn out to a high standard and enjoy the variety of staying at home and/or travelling to shows nationally and internationally. A confident rider who can help with fitness work and warm up and cool down work in the arena. Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Lovely shared cottage on site. All bills included.   Benefits Full time employment with accommodation. 28 days paid holiday. Additional 8% contribution to stakeholder pension. Travel to national and international competitions.  
    **Please Note: This Employer is Out of Office until the 6th March and will respond to your application at the earliest opportunity upon their return 🙂 **   We are adding to our Team! This is an excellent opportunity to join our team to assist in looking after racehorses and our own bloodstock! Duties will include morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. Minimum Requirements Riding not essential but applications from riders welcome as there is the possibility of riding lead horses and quiet racehorses according to skill & experience. Accommodation details We can offer accommodation on site if required – double room for single occupancy only please and unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates with dogs or cats. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider, Haddon Training.     **Please Note: This Employer is Out of Office until the 6th March and will respond to your application at the earliest opportunity upon their return 🙂 **  
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Enthusiastic, dedicated, adaptable person with a caring attitude needed for Riding Centre & Highland Pony Stud. Must have leadership skills and work as part of a team.  Good Rider with a friendly personality and a good communicator.  Showing experience would be an advantage. *Salary negotiable according to experience * 3 bedroom cottage with small garden as part of the package,  partner and dog welcome, own horse considered. Driver & non smoker essential. CV & 2 references must be provided. Minimum Requirements Teaching qualifications BHS Riding & Road Safety Certificate     Accommodation details House provided.   Benefits    
Applicants MUST have experience in the the following areas : Handling broodmares, foals & stallions Assisting with foaling Clipping, trimming, grooming etc to a very high standard. Be able to drive a 3.5t horsebox Be a competent rider able to hack out fit horses and youngsters, do fast work and assist with breaking and backing of our homebred youngstock. Working as part of a small and dedicated team you will be expected to help keep the Stud to the very highest of standards. In return we offer a super working environment, and excellent working hours. Experience in polo a bonus. start March/April2019
Job Description T0 help run small private Arabian stud / show yard. Very close to Windsor Great Park. Close to village.   Minimum Requirements Competent in all stable duties, able to work in small team (2 other full time staff, plus part time staff). Enthusiastic, a willingness to learn, sense of humour, Able to take charge in managers absence. Stud work experience not essential, but competent handling skills needed.     Accommodation details Small cosy, self contained flat on private estate, 200yards from the stables. All bills paid     Benefits Good wage dependent on experience. Top class Arabian horses, opportunity to learn and progress in a small happy team. Beautiful private estate, very well situated close to village, and larger towns. London 40 mins by train. Opportunity to ride in Windsor Great Park.    
*£22-24K pa +accommodation *Live in or out *Riding * Small dog considered *Some competition Grooming (to accompany main competition groom to tours and when main comp Groom unavailable) *   Located in North Yorkshire, near York, with some of the finest facilities to allow the highest level of equine care this professional yard produces show jumping horses from talented youngsters to those competing up to 5* international level. Several of the horses are also used as breeding stallions around their competition schedule.   You must be prepared to international competitions and stay away when required. Must have competition horse experience, ideally show jumping. You will be a competent rider, capable of exercising both young horses and experienced competition horses on the flat). HGV ideal but must at least have clean licence and experience transporting horses. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description We are looking for a motivated reliable person to join our full livery yard team. You will be working on our 5* full livery yard, taking on all daily duties of looking after the horses in our care along side our existing members of staff. The succesful applicant will ideally be at BHS stage 2 level /a confident rider with high standards would be also ideal. Minimum Requirements Working at BHS stage 2 level   Accommodation details available on disscusion   Benefits Further staff training towards BHS examination, work place pension if applicable, weekly pay, cafe on site, excellent facilites  
Job Description We are looking for a new member of staff to join our riding school team as a junior instructor/groom. Working in our BHS approved riding school with wonderful faciliteis and horses. Working with us will allow for you to further your knowledge and to progress with your BHS examinations and carrer. You will be part of our exsiting team with a mixture of teaching a wide range of clients and also working on the yard including some riding. Minimum Requirements BHS Stage 2 teach   Accommodation details Available on disscusion   Benefits Further weekly staff training, work place pension if appicable, weekly pay, cafe on site, excellent facilities  
*Professional but fun environment *Beautiful yard *IRO £350pw negotiable An experienced live out Groom/Rider is required to join a happy team at a private family yard in the Stow-on-the-Wold / Moreton in the Marsh area. The family enjoy Hunting, Show Jumping, and Riding/Pony Club activities. The family children and grandchildren ride and spend time at the yard and there are a few select liveries stabled at the yard too. The ideal applicant will be a team-player with previous experience working as a Groom/Rider, be light enough to ride the smaller horses/ponies and will need to be capable of sole charge when necessary. You will be working under a very experienced, friendly Yard Manager to help maintain the high standards of the yard. Lots of ‘fun and frolics’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline Carter and The Grooms List Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description The ideal candidate will enjoy being around horses, have a good sense of humour but also be hard working. Polo experience is NOT essential as we can provide all your training. We are a fun, professional yard based in the heart of the Berkshire downs with well behaved horses to handle. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their knowledge in a different field and enjoys travelling. Accommodation, utilities and free WIFI are all included along with a good wage. Duties include; exercising horses, stable management and assisting at polo.      
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
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. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   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.  
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.  
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. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. 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 second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. 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. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   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 and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
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. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   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.  
Senior Dressage Travelling Groom and Home Groom/Exercise rider required, Surrey *Salary up to £30.5K pa plus accommodation *Dog considered *Exercise riding *Accommodation and food all covered when away from base. Fabulous opportunity to be sole charge Groom for 6 lovely Dressage horses who are competed to Intermediate 1 level. Role includes all general yard duties plus organising event entries, getting the horses and lorry ready for competitions, and attending events. Should be confident and capable of exercising and lunging. Travel to shows nationally and internationally. All food and accommodation expenses met whilst away. You should be a team player, with good communication skills and of course,  have experience of handling fit competition horses. 🙂 HGV license preferred but must drive 7.5t at least and training to drive bigger lorries may be offered Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary up to £26,940 – £30,500 pa + Accommodation  *Dog a possibility Experienced Stud Hand & Stud Groom required to work within a growing team to manage a performance horse stud reporting to the Stud manager and the ridden yard manager. Immaculate, high end yard with 80 – 100 horses, boasting the best bloodlines in Europe. The yard has their own breeding programme, handling young stock through to international showjumping and dressage competition horses. You should be comfortable working with TB’s within a team but capable of using your initiative where required. Foaling experienced a must for the Stud Groom position but would like as much prior experience as possible of the Stud environment for both roles.  Duties include : Handling young stock, mares and foals Mucking out and general yard duties Hand walking Holding horses for farrier as required, including help with youngsters Treating minor wounds, changing dressings and giving some medications as required Monitoring condition of horses in fields, checking water, fencing etc Basic first aid and care Experience in foaling down and lactating and pregnant mares essential for Stud Groom position 6 days per week (on rota). 8am to 5pm and as required during the foaling season. 28 days holiday (including bank holidays). Initial one year contract. Experienced Stud Hand salary IRO £30,500 pa + accommodation. Stud Groom salary from £26,940 pa + accommodation. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**Salary up to £30.5K pa plus accommodation* Pets welcomed Immaculate, high end yard in Surrey with up to 100 WB horses, boasting the best bloodlines in Europe, their own breeding programme and where the focus is on handling young stock through to international showjumping and a few dressage competition horses is now looking for someone experienced handling young stock and who enjoys helping riders get things off to the best possible start from the ground. You will need to be quiet and confident with a good eye to assist an experience rider starting the horses before turning them away and then bringing them back after 6 months  to further their education and their careers. Experience handling all ages and mares/colts/gelding essential and you will need to demonstrate this with your previous roles. Mut be able to lunge and long rein. Very rewarding position for someone who knows what they are doing and enjoys playing a part in horses becoming the best they can be, started in a considered and proper way! Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Up to £25K/£480pw  *Based near a large equestrian centre so lots going on! *Live in or out *1.5 bed cottage 🙂 *Own horse and dog welcomed Experienced, reliable, flexible and self-motivated child friendly groom required for a private family yard with ménage and excellent hacking. Lots of riding including opportunity to hunt. (Lightweight rider 10 stones max). HGV preferred but not essential – you could be put through test for those without. Working as part of a bigger household team in a busy and intimate household (but not a ‘formal’ house), you will have TOTAL responsibility for 2 horses and 3 ponies with back up from a part time groom. Employer very hands off so you will need to manage children and their pc activities etc. so must be experienced in this area. Duties include  : Mucking out and all general yard duties Riding, schooling to include jumping, lunging Turning out horses to a high standard clipping, plaiting and tack cleaning for hunting, competitions and PC rallies Liaising directly with vets, farriers and physio, feed and bedding suppliers etc. 2 dogs/1 cat/sheep/chickens all kept so must have relaxed approach to helping with these too. In the summer it’s all about the kids (only 2 out of 4 now ride) so you must actually like working with kids for this one! Focus is on all being in a safe, cheerful, fun atmosphere. Accommodation is a cottage which is roomy and light 1.5 beds and best for a single person but plenty of space for guests etc. Local live out fine too. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.co.uk
*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! 🙂 Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description We are currently seeking a new groom for the 2019 polo season from March to October. The ideal candidate will enjoy being around horses, have a good sense of humour but also be hard working. Polo experience is NOT essential as we can provide all your training. We are a fun, professional yard based in the heart of the Berkshire downs with well behaved horses to handle. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their knowledge in a different field and enjoys traveling. Accommodation, utilities and free WIFI are all included along with a good wage. Duties include; exercising horses, stable management and assisting at polo. Minimum Requirements Confident and competent rider.   Accommodation details Free accommodation, utilities and WIFI. Benefits Opportunity to learn how to play polo.    
Job Description We are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Instructor with a progressive approach to teaching to join our friendly team at a popular riding school/BHS exam centre and Where To Train Centre.  Applicants must enjoy teaching all ages and standards. During times when teaching is not required the applicant will be involved in other activities at the centre. We hold regular shows, affiliated and unaffiliated, and clinics. As we are a pony club centre there is also the opportunity for the right candidate to coordinate & take responsibility of the day to day management of the Pony Club activities; ie camps, rallies etc. Applicants must be confident riders and provide suitable references. Minimum Requirements BHS AI/Stage 3 coach in complete horsemanship   Accommodation details Live-In option available (To be discussed)   Benefits Further training available, Cafe on site  
* £25-£30,000+ accommodation *Live in * 5 day week *Riding available if good enough but non riding considered. *Dog considered 🙂 Hands on Yard Manager required for one of the finest Show Jumping yards in Europe 🙂 Located in North Yorkshire, near York, with some of the finest facilities to allow the highest level of equine care this professional yard produces showjumping horses from talented youngsters to those competing up to 5* international level. Several of the horses are also used as breeding stallions around their competition schedule. You will be used to working hands on within a team, including all aspects of equine care, but also able to take a ‘helicopter’ view of the yard on a day to day basis to ensure all tasks are completed to a high standard and in a timely fashion. Stallion handling experience essential You will be used to working hands on within a team, having responsibility in a similar managerial role or at the least been operating as a no 2 and looking now for that opportunity to step up. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*5 day week *Accommodation available *Horse welcomed foc *Regular teaching and guidance from internationally qualified trainers *Transport to Events Job Description : 4*Eventing situated in West Somerset would like to employ a young rider to join our team, to event at BE level on their own horse whilst participating in all yard work including grooming and riding out   Minimum Requirements We would prefer someone who wishes to compete, is a good rider and who is willing to accept the responsibilities and duties of working within a team but who is also capable of working independently. Must demonstrate a willingness to actively learn Must have a sound basic knowledge of handling horses and all yard duties Minimum age 16 years     Accommodation details Accommodation provided   Benefits Good rate of pay (dependent on experience) Accommodation provided 28 days holiday per annum Pension scheme available if required Accommodation and keep for one horse Regular teaching and guidance from internationally qualified trainers Transport to Events    
Job Description Trainee groom’s position available on private TB stud farm with Broodmares and youngstock. Minimum Requirements Basic horse care and a willingness to learn.     Accommodation details Shared cottage (with one other) with all mod cons.   Benefits Training will be given Accomodation and utilities Possibility of own horse Other extras  
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. Please call Caroline or Beckie on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Full Time Grooms required Salary range £17,000-£19,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience Potential career development and training available Working on a rota system to include weekends General daily yard duties and horse care Excellent working conditions, pension scheme and health plan Own transport necessary as remote location No riding and no accommodation We are seeking hardworking, committed and enthusiastic people, willing to work as part of a team. Horse care knowledge is desirable however this is not essential as full training can be provided.  Candidates should be physically fit as this is a manual/outdoor role. Apply in writing enclosing your current CV, including details of your horse care experience or explaining why you would like to work for us.  Candidates will only be given feedback if selected for interview.  Previous applicants need not apply. Send your application to Mark Avison at our address. Closing Date: Monday 28th January 2019.
 Weekend Grooms required  Salary from £8.00 per hour depending on qualifications and experience Potential career development and training available General daily yard duties and horse care Excellent working conditions Own transport necessary as remote location No riding and no accommodation We are seeking hardworking, committed and enthusiastic people, willing to work as part of a team. Horse care knowledge is desirable however this is not essential as full training can be provided.  Candidates should be physically fit as this is a manual/outdoor role. Apply in writing enclosing your current CV, including details of your horse care experience or explaining why you would like to work for us. Send your application to Mark Avison at our address. Closing Date: Monday 28th January 2019
*Riding *Homely, warm accommodation *Family, fun atmosphere  Groom compulsory (!) /Rider (optional)/Instructors (optional).  Salary range up to £366 pw plus accomm. High level, pretty, family run livery yard is looking for a few more team members. Friendly, fun & inclusive environment with staff members and clients staying in touch for years! 14 miles North of central London, this friendly, fun, high level & family run livery yard is looking for a team player who enjoys the world of high end livery. Very inclusive environment.  Some riding available type/amount depending upon your riding experience. Attention to detail is paramount. Staff will need to be capable of treating clients’ horses as their own. A good level of care and focus with a “no problem” attitude is desirable. All usual duties required. Accommodation is shared with others in purpose built houses and all bills/accommodation costs absorbed by the yard. 5 day 6 day alternate weeks Facilities include: 2 – 60 metre by 20metre arenas 2 – 40metre by 20 metre areanas x country course covered horse walker 64 stables all automatic water drinkers in each box all stables with rubber flooring 2 standard size arenas x-country course horse-walker Please apply and call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*5 day week *£350pw plus s/c accommodation with no bills *Pets welcomed *Low level competing opportunities available if interested and capable Live in or out Groom/Rider position available on a yard with interests in Dressage and breeding quality Event horses. Working alongside one other,  you will need to be capable of all duties to a good level and happy to work on your own and with others. 10 horses kept including Grand Prix Dressage horses and young stock Eventers being prepared to go to professional rider. Youngster to compete (4/5 yrs), but this isn’t compulsory. Young stock handling experience useful. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Live out position *Professional but fun environment *Absolutely beautiful yard  with fab hacking Due to maternity leave and an increased number of horses, an Apprentice or trainee Groom/Rider with horse experience (on the ground and ridden) is now required to take on a rare opportunity to work with a very experienced horse person and multi discipline mentor on a lovely family yard who focus on Hunting, Livery, Pony Club Activities & Showjumping.). You would be part of a happy,motivated team on this very private yard who work to the highest of standards. permanent employment at the end of the Apprenticeship is a real option too! The ideal applicant will be a team-player and light enough to ride the smaller horses/ponies . The family enjoy Hunting, Show Jumping, and Riding/Pony Club activities. The ideal applicant will be a team-player with previous experience working as a Groom/Rider, be light enough to ride the smaller horses/ponies . Lots of ‘fun and frolics’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline Carter and The Grooms List Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*£19.2K PA plus 1 or 2 bed accommodation *:) Same pay, less hours outside season 🙂 *Dog welcomed *Alternate weekend off out side season. Lovely position available on a well established, traditional family yard within a beautiful estate. The position involves riding  5/6 day (Hunt staffs horses/field staff horses/family horses etc ranging from 15.2-18.2HH). You should be a good schooling rider able to restart horses on the flat and over jumps and bring on younger horses. 4/5 other staff employed to do most of the yard work, but you will need to be willing to pitch in on quieter days. Lots of hunting 4 days a week during the season and 2nd horse. Great facilities/menage/lunge pen/500 acres/hunt fences. Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Euros 33-35K neg + accommodation subsidy 5 day week Own horse welcomed Full-time Equestrian Centre Yard Manager required to join a progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry in a beautiful location. The main duties are those of teaching and running the yard. The role of the Yard Manager is suited to those who have a strong background in equestrian yard management and ideally with a third level qualification in equine management or other relevant and appropriate qualification together with BHSAI. The Yard Managers key role is to support the variety of equine related activities that are offered through supporting the yard staff, coaches and equestrian training programme staff. This position is suitable for a person with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in supervising, managing and motivating staff in a previous similar role. Duties & Responsibilities of this position include : • Supervision of Equestrian Centre staff in managing the day to day activities of the Equestrian Centre • Supporting the coaches through the smooth running of the yard in relation to lessons, pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine assisted programmes • Dealing with clients with an emphasis on professionalism and hospitality • Application of horse welfare management in line with best practice and available research • Working within a team structure and a strong ability to self-manage in a dynamic environment • Liaising with coaches and equestrian training programme staff in relation to day to day timetable related activities • Ordering of supplies, feed, etc., • Liaising with vets, dentist, etc., • Regular meetings with staff approx 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside.1,000 acres of private estate* 300 new cross-country jumps  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 metre indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Euros 23k pa negotiable plus accommodation 5 day week Own horse welcomed Full-time Instructor required for fabulous Equestrian Centre. Opportunity to be part of  a progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry in a beautiful location. The main duties are those of teaching and and duties within the team. This role is suited to those who have a background in equestrian teaching  with BHSAI or equivalent. Duties & Responsibilities of this position include : • Day to day activities of the Equestrian Centre • Supporting the smooth running of the yard in relation to lessons, pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine assisted programmes • Dealing with clients with an emphasis on professionalism and hospitality • Application of horse welfare management in line with best practice and available research • Working within a team structure and a strong ability to self-manage in a dynamic environment Approx 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside.1,000 acres of private estate* 300 new cross-country jumps  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 metre 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

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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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