If you love cross-country and a fast-paced life maybe a career in eventing is for you? What do you know the role of Eventing Grooms and Eventing Groom jobs? Do you have the relevant skills and experience? Do you want to gain them? Becky Parker takes us through the typical duties of a professional Eventing Groom…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
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…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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!Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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 #onaplateContinue reading
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…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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!Continue reading
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!Continue reading
Springtime each year sees Badminton Horse Trials open its gates to hordes of eager horse lovers, shoppers, foodies, canine companions, screaming children and long-suffering family members! We bring you the ultimate guide to what to expect and what to look forward to at this wonderful annual equestrian event.Continue reading
The May Day Bank Holiday is the first of two Bank Holiday weekends in May each year, but how much do we know about this annual holiday? All of us know that one person who is a mine of useful information, and guest blogger Kelly Wallace Horne is one such individual. For the more enquiring amongst you, do have a read…I certainly learned something!Continue reading
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…!Continue reading
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…Continue reading