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Equine Apprenticeship Myths – BUSTED!

This week The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd is really excited to announce our partnership with Educ8 Training. There is much more to come, but let’s make a start with an article from Linda Hudson, Head of Business Development at Educ8 Training, setting the scene for us at launch by busting some common myths that often stop employers, would-be apprentices, and even parents from considering an equine apprenticeship.

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The Grooms List teams up with Educ8 Equine

The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd is proud to join forces with Educ8 Equine to blend decades of solid recruitment experience with world-class apprenticeship schemes to facilitate and deliver excellence in equestrian workplace training. Via this trailblazing venture, we will be able to make a truly positive impact on the future of equestrian employment nationwide. We will jointly empower and inspire the GROOMS OF THE FUTURE via
Apprenticeships, to achieve their true potential across a wide range of equestrian career options; thus safeguarding our industry for the future.

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So, you want to become a professional rider?

We regularly see young job seekers registering with us alight with dreams of finding the opportunity to become a professional rider. They think being paid to ride other people’s horses full time, minimal to no mucking out… the PERFECT job!!! BUT  is that truly realistic and attainable for everyone just because they want it, and is it always all it’s cracked up to be? Take a look at this week’s insight into the ups and downs of this much sought after dream job and let us show you how you might achieve it, either fully or to varying degrees which might bring you greater job satisfaction when looking for your next move…

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Have you got what it takes to become a Horse Riding Instructor?

The qualities required to be an excellent Horse Riding Instructor are both obvious and subtle. The truly gifted ones seem to remain etched in our memories forever – I could reel off a shortish list right now in a heartbeat. They weren’t all perfect, some far from it, but the ones that really influenced me all had one thing in common, insight; they changed me and my relationship with my horse and as a consequence my riding forever. This week Becky Parker looks at the traditional Horse Riding Instructor role and gives you an opportunity to see if it is a career pathway that might suit you.

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The Ultimate Guide to County Shows

County shows are an integral part of rural life and a real opportunity for the wider agricultural community to come together and showcase their talents, produce and passion for what they do. For the equine world, county shows provide something for all levels and a huge variety of disciplines. For the amateur rider, just qualifying for a county show is a big deal and something they will work towards and see as a highlight of the season. For professional/competitive riders county shows are the all-important qualifiers for their bigger classes at HOYS/RI (Horse Of The Year Show/Royal International) and an equally vital part of the season. Whether a competitor, groom or spectator, there really is something for everyone at these charming local events, as Becky Parker explains…

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Understanding Holiday Entitlement in the Equine Industry

We all know horses don’t look after themselves, and it appears that this may lead to some confusion at times regarding holiday entitlement in the equine industry. I have been sent a lot of employment contracts from equestrian employers and employees over the years and sometimes they seem on point but occasionally are varying degrees of well, wide of the mark. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, don’t make assumptions about holiday entitlement, make sure you know the law!

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What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs?

For most of us, certain horse sports are of particular interest whether we have competed ourselves or merely enjoy following the sport at shows and on TV, but for career grooms it often provides a career pathway in which the groom can become specialised. But in order to become a successful, professional groom you must genuinely appreciate, if not love the discipline you are devoting your working life to. In this article we take a look at the role of the dressage groom…

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Are you ready to be a Sole Charge Groom?

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 challenging. 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 my experience, often are not and can be unspoken until all goes pear-shaped. Do read on.

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5 tips for a successful equestrian recruitment agency:client (employers) relationship.

In my experience, most employers want to find an equestrian recruitment agency with whom they can form an enduring relationship to weather the storm we all find ourselves in currently. But this isn’t always that straightforward. Following are five tips to building a strong relationship from the moment you have decided to entrust your job vacancy with Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd and our services, including The Grooms List.

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Equine Apprenticeships: Course Options – Grooms of the Future Part 2

Anyone who keeps up to date our blogs and articles or follows our various social media posts will know, here at The Grooms list by Caroline Carter Recruitment, we believe that equine apprenticeships are a GOOD thing for employers, grooms and the industry. In this article, we explore the course options available to equine grooms who want a structured training program and formal qualifications in the equine industry.

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Writing an Equine CV

Writing an equine CV doesn’t have to be daunting, long-winded or time-consuming. Yes, all the bells and whistles are great for demonstrating some less relevant skills, but actually, a lot of that stuff isn’t necessary when working with horses. Recruiting is a very inexact science, often after all these years, I just have an instinct with who might fit with who, it’s a “nose” gained from many years of talking with you all but that knowledge usually started out being assessed via a good basic CV and a completed Jobseeker Profile. The Grooms List even offers you FREE OF CHARGE a template to drop all this information into… #thegiftthatkeepsongiving #whatareyouwaitingfor #onaplate

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Looking for Work with Horses: Getting Started – your Jobseekers Profile

The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment has grown like crazy over the last year or so. We are told we have the best, the easiest to use website & the best service to grooms etc and of course, we are delighted by that…, but we want to do more for you.

It looks like many of you are choosing to register solely with us and not everywhere else so now you don’t have to maintain multiple profiles all over the place, to get the very best from this choice, you need to put the time in if you haven’t already, to get the very best results. Let’s face it, it’s fundamentally what we are all here for, (that and our blogs and the fun on our social media pages of course too we are told).

If you really are a serious job hunter and not just dawdling for your own reasons (?!)  don’t get disenchanted about the industry when the wrong things happen or things don’t happen at all – help us to help you and let’s make a start by looking at your Jobseekers Profile…

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Mental Health in the Equine Industry – Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity that campaigns for good mental health for all.  As you may have noticed (!) this week (14th-20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week so naturally, we turn our attention to the matter of mental health in the equine industry. Taking the opportunity to reinforce our partnership with the BGA we are happy to support their initiatives where we can and as ever, to advise on issues which can arise within the yard environment, relating this directly to the employer : groom dynamic with which we are so familiar…

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Employing an Apprentice Groom – Grooms of the Future Part 1

Trainee grooms, including apprentices, are a lifeblood of our industry and the ins and outs of employing them needs much more consideration than they currently get – the yard junior, the trainee and of course the official and safeguarded version of the working pupil, the apprentice groom, are the future. What we all invest today could reverse the sometimes depressing current trends in the industry for tomorrow. If you are sitting comfortably with a large glass/cup of whatever keeps you awake and concentrating, please do read on. We hope you will be glad you did and that you will share this info to anyone you think might benefit from it –  OUR EQUESTRIAN INDUSTRY DESPERATELY NEEDS PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

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The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show

For most of the grooms out there, you may have a chosen discipline or two that sets your heart racing and is your main point of interest. (I’m fairly sure more than a few of you are currently following the Badminton Horse Trials scores from your place of work right now, or possibly even be lucky enough to be soaking up the atmosphere and available shopping there!) However, what about a show where you can see the great and good of the horse world, from a huge array of equine disciplines, all in one place? Of course, we can only mean one thing, the imminent Royal Windsor Horse Show!

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Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses

It’s an occupational hazard that when you work with horses, sooner or later you will succumb to ailments and injuries of some sort which may have short, medium or even long-term consequences and are specific to our industry. Working with horses + age = creaking gate syndrome, hard to avoid…or is it? Me, I am off to a Pilates class, just have to muck out the horses first… Ooh, ouch – I’m fine…! 

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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. 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. Emily Taylor 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…

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Featured Job Vacancies

Job Description An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head Person at our yard in Newmarket. The applicant will need to be experienced and able
I am looking for a weekend freelance groom for lovely private yard at my home in Cobham, Surrey. – Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon
Job Description Racing yard with many exciting horses to run for the 2018/2019 season is now looking for work riders and yard staff required to
Job Description Internationally renowned consignor of quality bloodstock who has produced horses to the world’s top sales on behalf of the world’s leading breeders now
Job Description *Own horse and dog a possibility *Live in or out *Riding optional   Eventing training and competition yard with fantastic facilities set amongst
Urgently looking for a full/part time groom or trainee for a small professional event yard with horses ranging from 4 yo to 3*. Must be
Job Description Sole charge/Groom/Rider A family run yard with daughter competing on youngsters and up to 3*. Need a capable jockey who is happy to
*£17-£20K. * Huge accommodation in family home but separate space on top floor of 6 bed house or cottage a possibility *Dog and horse welcomed
*Salary range from IRO £18-£23K * shared apartment *Dog welcomed Professional Stud with impeccable track record breeding Arab horses is looking for a  Stud hand
*Salary range from £25-£40K pa entirely dependent and negotiable on experience * 2 bed cottage available *Dog welcomed *Double world champion heritage stock to foal
Job Description  OXON/BUCKS BORDERS FULL OR PART-TIME  Flexible position available for experienced groom/rider, or someone keen to learn. Excellent single accommodation if required.  Good salary
Overall responsibility for the on-going management of yard staff and a small team of International Show jumpers (to potentially include travel to shows in the
Intermediate event rider/Hunting client is looking for a live out, experienced 2nd in command Groom and ideally a decent rider (flat/jumper).  7 quality horses. Grooms
Job Description General assistant in busy, popular Cotswold riding School. All yard duties, and horse care. Working as part of a team. Lots of riding.
Job Description Experienced Groom required for cheerful family hunting/eventing yard in the Cotswolds. We are looking for someone that is motivated with a can do
Groom/Rider required for a Livery business with equestrian coaching for private individuals or equestrian clinics. Although minimal practical involvement with the liveries required, the role
Job Description Full Time Groom Wanted Groom required to join our 5 star family run Livery Yard based in Oxfordshire reporting to the Yard Manager
Job Description Full time groom job available in Colchester (Junc 28 A12). We are a small private dressage yard with 4-5 competition horses looking for
Beautiful family Estate situated 5 miles west of Morpeth is looking for an experienced, reliable groom to head a small team in providing top
Job Description You will have overall responsibility for all Estate matters, working directly with the owner in order to ensure smooth day to day running
Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic, cheerful and highly motivated live-in Au Pair/Groom with experience and high standards in working with children as
*3/4* Eventing * Own horse welcomed This is an excellent opportunity for a competent No 2 to step up. Our Client is a talented Event
*Superb hacking on farm * Opportunity to hunt & one horse to lightly compete if interested*£350-£400pw + accommodation *Dog and horse welcome and partner considered
*Salary very negotiable IRO £350/£370 * 5 or 5.5 day week neg *Live in or out *Dog can be accommodated Experienced and capable temporary grooms
*Beautiful yard *One bed barn conversion & own garden (dog & partner welcomed) *Exercise riding and hacking Small private yard is looking for someone FT
£400PW+ accommodation Riding or non riding Access to Badminton Park 🙂 Own accommodation. Lovely position for experienced Groom who loves the Hunting/Showing scene. Must be
Wonderful opportunity for a couple to work on a family farm. Positions are both full time and involve  Grooming/Riding a yard of hunters, racehorses, pointers
Wonderful opportunity for a couple to work on a family farm and within an equestrian home (hunters, racehorses, pointers and some young stock). Farm Work
* £18K -£23K  *Horse and dog welcomed (free livery and use of lorry possible) *Cottage on the estate with garden *Excellent facilities *Exercise riding These
*Horse and dog welcomed *Salary £23/£23.5K plus training,accommodation etc *Chance to go as far as your talent and the horsepower available can go plus all

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