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Competition Grooms and Competition Groom Jobs

Competition Grooms – A life on the go

A good Competition Groom/Travelling Groom is an indispensable part of a competing team, without whom most top riders would not be able to achieve what they achieve in the showring. When a good groom is secured (no need to name names here!) they are undoubtedly the glue that holds things together in the moments that really count, and the moments that aren’t often counted too yet are equally critical to top performances! For those of you considering competition grooming as a career option, or for those of you who have elements of competition grooming within your everyday grooming role, we can help you up your game to big league level, or even assist in getting you “interview ready” for this exciting career move. The earning potential that comes with such a role also has its attractions… A fully experienced elite Competition Groom can earn upwards of £500 a week! Read on…

Caroline

 


Competition Grooms and Competition Groom Jobs

by Becky Parker

We say it time and time again but really THE most important ingredient in finding a sustainable long-term job is finding a role you will truly enjoy. The frequently heard saying, ‘Working with horses is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle’ is true, but when it comes to working as a Competition Groom this REALLY is taken to the extreme. Yet, it is a lifestyle full of suspense, excitement and busyness that many a groom will thrive on. If you get a real kick from watching your horses and others perform, following all the action and getting involved in that buzzy atmosphere, then becoming a Competition Groom could be just the career path for you.

 

What is a Competition Groom?

Competition Grooms - A life choiceA Competition Groom, often referred to as a “Show Groom” or a “Travelling Groom”, is the member of the team whose main responsibility is accompanying the rider to horse shows. You can be a Competition Groom in any competitive equine discipline.

A Competition Groom may work exclusively preparing for and grooming at shows, either as a permanent groom at a big competition yard, or as a freelance Competition Groom.

In yards that don’t require a permanent exclusive Competition Groom, a member of the permanent team will often be a designated Competition Groom, or all the team members will take turns to groom at shows.

 

What do Competition Grooms do?

The specific role of the Competition Groom will, of course, vary from yard to yard and depending on the discipline but in general, you can expect to be responsible for these duties;

  • Ensuring the lorry is at all times kept well stocked with its own equipment e.g. first aid kits, grooming kit, show rugs, discipline-specific competition boots and bandages, lunging kit, bit box etc.
  • Travelling with the horses by aeroplane or ferry when attending overseas shows.
  • Packing fresh supplies for competitions e.g. tack, hay, water etc.
  • Preparing the horses for events ensuring they are clipped, bathed, pulled, trimmed and then dressed and loaded, in the correct order, ready to leave on time on the day.
  • During travel, it will be your duty to ensure the horses travel safely, comfortably and are well settled on arrival. For multi-day shows, this would include setting up base and ensuring the horses are comfortable and happy in their temporary stabling.
  • Ensuring your horses are presented clean and tidy for any exercise riding or lunging you/the rider may do. You are in the public eye here a good standard must be kept at all times when on show.
  • Turning your horses out immaculately for the competition.
  • Washing off and ensuring the horses are kept comfortable and is well checked over for injuries after the event to ensure maximum rate of recovery.
  • Fetching, carrying and thinking of EVERYTHING whilst the rider is preparing and warming up.
  • A calm disposition, with the ability to remain calm and quiet in manic and stressful situations, so as to maintain as calm an environment as possible for the horses, preventing unnecessary stress and disruption for them.
  • Keeping track of the running order/start times, time remaining before call-time, final preparations in the minutes before the horse enters the competition arena.

Dependant on the role some Competition Grooms may also be responsible for driving the lorry and organising the travel and stabling logistics for each event.

 

 

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What skills do Competition Grooms have?

Competition Grooms - Having to think of everythingGood Competition Grooms possess a variety of skills, some of which are common to all grooms…

  • First and foremost you must take pride in your job and enjoy turning out to an exceptionally high standard. Going the extra mile with quarter marks, chalking, perfect plaits, baby oil and gleaming tack will make you into a ‘Super Groom’.
  • A dab hand at pulling manes and tails, with an eye for when it needs doing way before their rider needs to mention it.
  • Organisational skills that could put Buckingham palace to shame.
  • The initiative to think of absolutely everything. A competition supergroom will pre-empt a need and fulfill it before the need even arises.
  • First aid skills and a good knowledge of each horses’ vital signs – it is primarily the Competition Groom’s responsibility to ensure happy, healthy horses throughout, and be the first to spot and deal with any injuries or health issues that may arise.
  • Excellent time keeping skills to keep the day running smoothly and allow the rider to concentrate without worry.
  • Feel confident mixing with new people or happy in their own company for long periods away from home.
  • A happy, smiley disposition for dealing with owners and providing a professional front for their rider.
  • In an ideal world, a lorry licence – their HGV Class 1 or at least HGV Class 2 licence.
  • The ability to multitask, at high speed, like a ninja.

 

What are the Highs and Lows of working as a Competition Groom?

Ironically many of the things that make this job a good one are also what makes it’s a challenge at times. The best bet is to consider both sides carefully and decide what weighs in favour for you.

Competition Grooms - the highsThe High’s

  • The chance to travel extensively around the UK, Europe and often even further. The added bonus of this being the opportunity to escape the British Winter!
  • Being able to create a stronger bond with just one or a few horses, giving the individual care we all wish we could bestow on them all, all the time.
  • Free entry to all the big shows! Hobnobbing with names you used to idolise as a horse mad teen.
  • The social life, big multi day events notoriously have great parties and grooms will often form close friendships quickly. Going to shows soon becomes a chance to catch up with all your friends.
  • Following your horses progress and being part of their journey as they ride up the ranks.
  • The opportunity to win grooms’ awards and best turned out awards at shows.
  • The incredible high of being part of the winning team.

 

Competition Grooms - what skill must you have

The Lows

  • Spending most of your life living out of a suitcase far away from your family, partner and home friends.
  • Often copping the bad end of your rider’s temper when their day goes badly or they are simply stressed/nervous and on edge – thick skin needed!
  • The disappointment you feel yourself when the horse and rider don’t perform to their full potential.
  • Spending long hours bored sat on motorways, particularly if you are the driver.
  • The days are often long and tiring. It’s nothing to be bedding down and settling horses in, or packing everything up to leave in the early hours of the morning.
  • Days off can become irregular or even distant memories if you are away for long stretches at International events.
  • It can be a high pressured job having sole responsibility for often very valuable horses at high profile events – there really is no room for error. Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right kit suddenly becomes of extreme importance when your horse is lined up to win Badminton!

 

Getting an insight

“I find being a Competition Groom so rewarding! It’s awesome seeing the horses at their best and I feel so proud watching them do their thing. I’ve just spent 4 weeks in Spain at the Sunshine Tour and what an experience it was, surrounded by amazing horses, riders and grooms. What a way to travel the world!”
by Samantha Ritchie, Eventing Groom currently on the Sunshine Tour in Spain

 

“The benefits of being a Competition Groom are many but I particularly enjoy being able to see the finished product – the horse in the ring, doing the job you prepared him for. Plus it’s always nice to have a day out with the horses away from home and catch up with friends on the circuit.”
by Tom Gawler, Dressage Groom

 

Multi-discipline Competition Groom Lizzy Newsome shared some specific highlights, talking about how the pride comes not only from watching the horse do well but the rider too when you have developed a good relationship with the whole of the partnership…
My highlights would be watching Darcy do his music test in Holland with Susanna knowing all the hours that had gone into preparing for that moment, the memory still brings a tear to my eye. Watching a young rider I worked for bossing the first two phases in Portugal to win a sliver medal for the team. At London 2012 watching Anthony Dawson and Marion Milne of the SA team I was the groom for trot down the centre line, being there when Rio and Sophie Christiansen (Grade 1a Para Dressage rider who we shared a UK base with) won triple Gold for GB.”

 

Finally some ever helpful words of advice from former Eventing Groom Beth Kearn…
“Always invest in some jeans that have back pockets…. you can never have enough pockets. Also SMILE, even if it’s raining!”

 

For an additional insight, watch an exclusive interview with Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Shanghai champion show jumper Harrie Smolders’ Competition Groom Alex Tyler-Morris, before Harrie’s emphatic win in China. By Global Champions Tour.

 

 

How much do Competition Grooms Earn?

There is no set rule on this as of course it will always depend on the experience and salary package required of each individual applicant. For an experienced groom you can confidently expect a wage of at least £350-£400 per week inc accommodation. A fully experienced elite Competition Groom can earn upwards of £500 a week.

In more recent years we have seen a rise in popularity of Freelance Show Grooms, particularly in Showjumping where a rider and groom can be on the road for weeks or even months at a time. For a very experienced show groom with a good name and references behind them this can certainly be a fun and lucrative lifestyle.

In some instances, competition groom jobs may provide a daily allowance for buying snacks and refreshments when away at shows. This isn’t to be expected and must be treated as a bonus.

 

Competition Grooms - Life on the goSo, is this the job for you?

The lives of full time Competition Grooms are varied and exciting. If you love getting out and about on the road, bonding closely with a few horses, busy days and the hustle and bustle of big shows then this really is the job for you. Nobody can deny this can be a life of immense lows when the horses and riders you inevitably form an emotional attachment too have bad days but these are always more than made up for by the immense highs of success when they come out on top! We have all seen the footage from the Olympics and the likes, of the tearful groom with the Cheshire cat grin watching from the sidelines as her pride and joy completes their lap of honour. Moments like that, no matter how big or small the competition will always make the job worthwhile.

 

How can I become a Competition Groom?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to get your foot in the door and learn on the job. For those perhaps already a little further up the ladder in many competition yards there will be the chance to accompany a more experienced Competition Groom to one day shows when multiple horses are entered. Always show yourself to be keen and ask to be involved, and never be afraid to ask questions. Use any opportunity at events or whilst at home to practice the skills you may need to work on e.g. plaiting, clipping, bandaging, packing. Helpfulness and an eagerness to learn never goes unnoticed.

If you would like the opportunity to become a Competition Groom, you really do need to make sure you understand what is involved and can demonstrate from your existing role , all the skills and competencies we describe. Your references will need to reflect that too, and don’t be afraid to demonstrate some of them at an interview/trial or just take pictures with you of horses you have prepared for competitions/clipped etc. that is sure to impress! Or you could even add them to your CV/covering letter.

If you are currently a competition Groom and looking to change but worry that the competition world is so small. You really don’t want to end up in hot water so don’t be afraid to join the many that contact us at The Grooms List by  Caroline Carter Recruitment direct for equine careers advice. We often have unadvertised competition groom jobs and rooms who can only be accessed via Caroline Carter herself and these are not in the public domain. Another reason for choosing a recruitment Agency with a wealth of experience and Career Recruiters at the front end of things! Check out The Grooms List or contact Caroline 0203 0065730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com.

 

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Job Description Friendly enthusiastic reliable groom to work with a small number of competition horses on a private yard in the Scottish Borders. Opportunity to groom at competitions. Willing to take on a less experienced person with the right attitude as training will be given. Private Yard with 4-6 horses. Primary interest is Eventing. Horses have a varied routine with hacking, training, competing and daily turnout. American Barn style stabling, 10 acres of turnout, 30x60m outdoor arena.   Minimum Requirements Ability to handle, look after and turn out competition horses on a small private yard and work as part of a friendly team.  Must be capable of exercising horses with owners and taking sole charge.   Accommodation details Must live out.     Benefits Excellent salary depending on age and experience.
Family showjumping stud and producing yard is now looking for a key new member to add to their team where you will have an extremely varied role – no two days the same! We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year three of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.   Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales  in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing.   Overview We are looking for a new member of the team to share equal responsibility on a rota basis. Reporting to the Yard Manager. The position is a live in or out role. Operational Hours between Monday to Sunday on a rota shift bases. Normal shifts are 8-5pm  5 days per week alternate weekend work is inclusive [ however this can change due to foaling and various activities]   Yard duties including mucking out, feeding, watering and sweeping. Grooming and general daily health care of the horses Tack cleaning Schooling and hacking Lunging/double line lunging Liaising with yard manager on any issues routines and actions needed for horses care Maintaining a tidy feed room Preparing horses for competitions including plaiting Assisting with stud duties, foaling and care Clipping   Requirements High attention to detail Competent riding ability understanding of how a horse works and what could be done to improve its way of going Good horsemanship with kind nature Clipping/bandaging/plaiting to a high standard   Other Skills/Abilities Good communication skills Ability to think on feet and be flexible Team player to fit in and respect current working practices and other team members Confidence to handle youngsters and stallions Show Jumping experience   Wage Negotiable dependant on experience statutory holiday entitlement Pension Scheme in operation with an opt out period Extremely varied role – no two days the same! Full time contract with 28 days holiday, pension and statutory sick pay. 5 days per week which includes alternate weekends ie 40 hour week. Days are usually  8-5pm this can vary during foaling season or out to competitions etc Possible place  for own horse but no pets Driving Licence essential as rural location 
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel that has been COVID 19  Looking forward now and  planning to our future we are now looking for an experienced competition rider to join our team. This Warmblood Stud is the home of Stallions and Broodmares. We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year four  of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.  Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales near Tregaron in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing. This full time, live in or out role will include riding at BSJA shows you must have a strong competition record ideally or the ability to compete to a high level . Our competition horses have all been out affiliated to varying levels.  We need a competent rider. We would require  you to gain good understanding of all the horses to maximise their potential and understand their individual personalities and abilities and be able to work with the team in tailoring their exercise and work plans moving forward. Most importantly to work with our team,  getting the best from our horses. This will include general yard duties as well as guiding and nurturing the team.   The role is 5 days per week and flexibility if we go out to shows at the week days and weekends. We are a mixed yard competition horses (stallions), youngstock, broodmares and general riding horses. We have some very well bred, exciting youngsters for the future.   We are a very busy yard this could be a hugely rewarding role for the right person. Accommodation details – Live in is available  own horse considered        
Job Description Full time experienced Hunt groom to take charge of 6 quality hunters Minimum Requirements A cheerful helpful person who loves the job & understands horses hunting and hunting people. 7.5t licence would be an advantage.   Accommodation details A nice converted barn with lounge dinner,  bedroom, shower fully fitted furniture with parking outside
Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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