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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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*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      
JL5700 Oxfordshire – Live In or Out Sole Charge Groom/Rider Required (Family Yard RC Eventing/happy hacks/broodmares and youngstock) *IRO £400PW * Riding (schooling & exercising)*Own horse & dog possible *5 day week, flexible start/finish times 🙂 Mature, self sufficient, sole charge family Groom required for this lovely family yard. Mixed yard of Amateur Eventers, Happy hackers, Children’s ponies, Broodmares and youngstock. Some of the horses are big 17’2 so need to be comfortable with that and happy handling yearlings and 2yos daily. Chance to start youngsters if interested but not at all essential, but must be happy handling and training from the ground Lorry license useful but not a deal breaker if you don’t have it. Yard has lots of sheep around so only well trained dogs allowed and careful control of their free-ranging required! Also have 2x ridgebacks who need to be catered for with Grooms choice of dog. Cats and chickens also kept. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Horse welcome (free livery) *Opportunity to do some Dressage competing *Must be used to teaching formally and informally * £28,090.40 pa plus free livery *5 day week Would consider a Working Couple with job JL33970. This is a role for a true animal lover where complete ridden and on the ground horse care is provided by two people so clear lines of responsibility are required but also an ability to work in harmony with others. You will have sole charge of the yard and work alongside the families Groom/Exercise Rider when they are on duty with you. 🙂 The Family are very sociable so you will need to be sociable with people as well as good with the horses and families friends/relatives and the farms other animals . This beautiful farm based family yard is looking for a Rider/Instructor to be responsible for all general yard duties, caring for 6 horses/2 dogs and cats/donkeys.  The family compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season also. Looking for someone who can ride and teach daughter and help them do better at competition and teach friends as/when. Qualifications not required but ideal. Do not need to be an advanced Dressage Rider just a good level and able to ‘coach’ in a useful and friendly manner. 1.5 days a week off but could arrange odd weekends to alternate a weekend off once in a while. The Rider is in charge of the well-being and general state of all horses and donkeys. The Rider is responsible for the general state of all equestrian facilities, for example the stables, metal barn, arena, paddocks etc. The Rider supervises and plans the work with the Groom. The Rider is responsible for assisting and training/teaching the family, as long as all riders that are ‘approved’ by family. Trailer license ideal. DUTIES Stables and Tack Run the yard, make sure that everything is in working order, if not, inform and get it repaired As/when required and time allows Muck out stables and clean water drinkers Tidy tack room, rug room, staff walkways, wash stable walls, de-cobweb, clean drains Clean tack & wash rugs, boots and bandages –      Caring for animals : Groom, feed, bathe and worm them Administer necessary supplements and medications Transport them Provide routine and emergency healthcare when necessary Clean hoofs, clip withers and legs, trim whiskers and clip the donkey’s hair –      Working with horses Prepare the horses for work and exercise them Train and exercise the horses through organised training plans Give horse riding lessons to family and friends when required Compete selected horses in accordance to plans –      Arena, fields and muck heap: Arena: harrow once a week, clean arena mirrors, and pick up droppings Paddocks and fields: maintain, pick up droppings, clean water troughs, check fields making them safe for animals Maintain muck heap, pile, keep in working order and dispose of when necessary –      Administration: Manage health records of all animals Manage work and training records of all animals Order supplies
*Horse welcome (free livery) *Lovely accommodation (no charge) *Exercise riding *Weekend time off will have to be negotiated with in the team Would consider a Working Couple with job JL33973. This is a role for a true animal lover where complete ridden and on the ground horse care is provided by two people so clear lines of responsibility are required but also an ability to work in harmony with others. You will have sole charge of the yard and work alongside the families Rider when they are on duty with you. 🙂 The Family are very sociable so you will need to be sociable with people as well as good with the horses and families friends/relatives and the farms other animals . This beautiful farm based family yard is looking for a Groom to be responsible for all general yard duties, caring for 6 horses/2 dogs and cats/donkeys. You will also be required to exercise the horses sometimes on your own, but also with others. Flexibility is important too as you may be required to feed the cows on the herdsman’s days off. Trailer license ideal. The family compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season also. Responsibilities include: – Stables and Tack : · Muck out stables and clean water drinkers · Tidy tack room and rug room, staff walkways, wash stables walls, de-cobweb and clean drains · Clean Tack & wash rugs, boots and bandages. · Take bins out – Caring for animals : · Groom, feed, bathe and worm them · Making feeds, administering necessary supplements and medication · Assist in transporting them · Provide routine and emergency healthcare when necessary . Two cats – their feed, health and well-being. · Clean hoofs, clip withers and legs, trim whiskers and clip the donkey’s hair – Working with horses : · Prepare horses for work and exercise them · Cool down horses and provide post-exercise care · Groom at competitions and outings · Ride and exercise horses when needed – Arena, fields and muck heap : · Arena: harrow once a week, clean arena mirrors, and pick up droppings · Paddocks and fields: maintain, pick up droppings, clean water troughs, check fields making them safe for animals · Maintain muck heap, pile, keep in working order and dispose of when necessary · Check fields and make them safe for horses, reporting to Rider · Clean water trough – Admin  · Check feed and hay deliveries · If the Rider is absent, assist with farrier, vet and osteopath · Develop own plan with Rider for days in sole charge · Weekly reports – Machinery and Tools : · Maintain in good working order the quad and its trailer, the poo vacuum and the horse trailer, repair when needed and service it when necessary · Fill up the quad when necessary and keep machinery clean. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description This position is in a School Equestrian Centre in one of the most beautiful and inspiring environments in Britain today. They require someone to join the existing team to assist with day to day horse care tasks and  day to day exercise and training of the horses. The Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved livery yard and riding school exclusively for the use of School pupils and has twenty stables, an outdoor ménage, cross country course and 26 acres of grazing. Hours: Within a flexible working pattern – shifts are available to accommodate alternative commitments.  Could include early and late starts and lone working. An application form and job description can be downloaded below The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Minimum Requirements Applicants must have proven experience in the equine industry and the ability to ride horses and ponies.  You will have an enthusiastic and flexible approach and some industry experience is a must.  A recognised BHS qualification would be an advantage.    
*Beautiful Location *LIVE OUT * IRO £350 PW + accomm. Experienced Groom/Rider required to work alongside very experienced Yard manager on this beautiful family estate. Must be capable of sole charge on occasions but also capable of working well within the team and alongside the Yard Manager. Activities include Hunt/PC/RC/Eventing/SJ.  Personable individual who is child & VIP livery friendly is definitely high on the list of attributes along with  GSOH, ability to be enthusiastic, hardworking, happy to help maintain high standards of the yard. This is a Grooming/riding role which demands exceptionally high standards. Lightweight competent rider a must. Lots of ‘fun and frollicks’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com        
Job Description: Temporary position in top International Eventing Yard I am looking for someone to work full-time from the end of November until the middle of March. This position would suit someone looking for seasonal work, and can be live in or out as I have a single accommodation flat onsite, with the possibility of bringing a horse and/or dog. Some experience with top level horses is a must as the job will involve the daily management of a high class string of horses, alongside my current team. Aiming at 4star and Championships next year. Easy yard with lovely horses ranging from 4yrs to Advanced. Good pay. Opportunity to ride, though the candidate must be an experienced rider with a high skill level to do schooling, but otherwise there is some hacking. Equally, riding is not a requirement. Good attitude and ability to work well with others is essential!! Minimum requirements Good positive attitude and ability to work well with others.  Clipping and trimming a bonus. Lunging and riding a bonus.   Accommodation details Single accommodation onsite.   Benefits Good pay, nice yard, very central, with lovely horses and opportunity to gain experience in a top level Eventing yard.  
*Dog and horse considered * Package negotiable for right person up to £400pw * No utilities to pay *5.5 day week *2 bed s/c flat available (not shared). Our client has completed many four-star Eventing competitions with wins & several top 10 placings and six national Dressage titles to their name. A capable head of a small but elite team of Event and Dressage Horses with an excellent reputation and public profile is now required. If you are a passionate, conscientious, capable professional capable of sole charge with dedication and attention to detail to the highest standards we want to hear from you! This amazing opportunity would best suit someone who at least has Eventing experience but  Dressage experience welcome also. Experience in a professional yard and at competitions ideal. Organisational skills key to be able to combine the highest standards of horse care along with the ability to organise the daily logistics with the horses. Great facilities 62m x 23m Outdoor arena with full length mirrors 11 – 18’ x 12’ brick stables in a court yard Monarch covered Walker Monarch lunge pen Plenty of turn out paddocks plus 6 acres dedicated for riding / jumping! Good hacking . Great location. Brand new accommodation on site modern heated tack room and wash bays with solarium Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@thegroomslist.com    
Job Description We are looking for a full time Senior groom to work on our fun and friendly dressage yard based between Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross, South Bucks. A normal day consists of all usual yard duties, possibly some riding, mainly hacking but could be some light schooling for the right person. There is the opportunity to groom at competitions and training. Minimum Requirements Some experience with fit competition horses would be great. Dedication, high standards and reliability will always be taken over experience.     Accommodation details No accommodation   Benefits A great place to learn and train to improve your skills. Good rates of pay. Fun & friendly atmosphere to work in. Possibility to travel to competitions & training. The possibility of own horse for the right person.    
Job Description These roles (2) are on a busy professional dealing yard and would suit keen and enthusiastic apprentices who want the opportunity to develop their horse care knowledge and riding skills.  There will be lots of opportunity to ride different horses and ponies and the yard is very well equipped with an outdoor arena, a full set of show jumps . There are around 20 horses on the yard at any one time of which 14 – 15 are for sale or being produced for sale.  There are others which are here to be backed and/or schooled. The employer has had horses all her life and worked in a large dealing yard where she learnt her skills.  There are two vacancies and these could be either riding or non-riding.  Ideally one would be a lightweight rider capable of riding ponies. Minimum Requirements GCSE grades A – D /9-3 (strong applicants with lower grades will be considered so long as they are committed to working to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects during the apprenticeship). The main requirement is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.  Basic horse skills would be very useful     Accommodation details No accommodation at the moment although this is a possibility in the future.     Benefits Opportunity to bring your own horse (a modest livery charge will apply) Lots of opportunity to ride. Visits to clinics with external professionals in the area, hunting and jumping the horses (subject to ability) This is a job which almost always finishes on time at 5.00pm      
Job Description This is an amazing position for a show jumping rider to work learn and train on an Educ8 Apprenticeship with an international show jumper and producer on his yard in Kent.  The ideal candidate will already have experience of jumping at a minimum of 1.10 competitively with British Showjumping and must have video available to view. The role is primarily a riding groom role but will also involve all the usual yard duties.  Opportunity to travel to Vilamoura Sunshine Tour and lots of major UK shows throughout the year (subject to ability). This employer has become the south east’s leading provider of both British bred, Irish bred and continental horses for both pleasure riding through to performance horses for eventing and show jumping. They have invested in a brand new 50m by 21m school, made from top quality sand and fibre mix, along with a new 18m lunge circle and upgrades to their cross country course so there are excellent facilities here. Applicants must be jumping 1.10 minimum and have a minimum of 2 years competition experience with British Showjumping. Ideally should have GCSE maths and English Grade A – C/9 – 4 (strong applicants with slightly lower grades will be considered if prepared to work hard on continued maths and English study to Level 2) Accommodation details Static caravan, fully heated etc.   Benefits Subject to ability, there is lots of opportunity to ride and travel the UK and abroad competing  with this very busy show jumper.  
*5 day week (with weekend work through the hunting season) *£420-£450 pw, +accommodation  *Dog welcomed and own horse considered. Lovely, long term family position available looking after Point-to-Pointers when they return to the yard (currently at livery), Hunters and Ponies on a private estate in the Wye Valley which would suit an experienced Groom/Rider capable of sole charge but able to work with others. 7-horses with 4 in main work. Successful candidate will be supported by additional stable hands and riders. Must be capable of sole charge and high standards in all regards. HGV ideal or at least willingness to take the test soon after start. Menage outdoor/good facilities/excellent hacking/gallop track/all-weather lunge/round pen,  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*2 bed flat *5 day week *Dog considered *£320-£350pw per role + accommodation Working couple Required ( Groom/Rider + general maintenance/Person Friday duties)  or one Person to be Groom/Rider but willing to do ‘other’ animal duties. Lovely lifestyle role for a suitable single or a couple to help manage a private home and yard for a large family who split their week between London and the country and sometimes are abroad for a few weeks at a time. Must be experienced and have good people and communication skills. Groom Role(s) involves working with one other and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Working couple Role(s) involves working with another and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Maintenance for the yard, the house and the garden:  fence mending, taking care of the pool, helping keep vehicles maintained and clean, etc Keen gardener to do mowing, weeding, raking, hedge trimming, and minor tree surgery, planning and planting the borders and walled vegetable garden· Housekeeper/cleaning duties including organising & cooking healthy interesting meals mostly at the weekend.  🙂A dog welcome but must get on with other dogs and be friendly with the cat, chickens, geese, ducks, etc 🙂 Pls call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description Lovely Permanent or short term position taking care of CSI5* horses at home and at shows for a competitive Olympian  Rider. Minimum Requirements Looking for a passionate, dedicated, meticulous  individual with experience. HGV license , managerial skills , team player must be calm and organised 🙂 Italian or french speaking a bonus .   Accommodation details Is provided on site . free wifi , comfortable  and close to town so all convenient .   Benefits depending on qulification and experience  
*£10/£12Ph neg *Fun, busy family yard with lots of animals  🙂  *18-25 hours pw Live out  Groom/Rider  needed to cover full time groom’s 1.5 days off (and holidays if possible). To include some weekend work ideally a Sunday.  Between 18-25 hours per week routinely, some flexibility ideal. Must be an experienced rider to ride out fit, well-mannered horses. Should be willing to do usual mucking out, tack cleaning duties etc. Self-reliant, self-motivated, capable of sole charge a must. A very animal orientated family so essential that you are happy to be around and help care for dogs, chickens, geese and a cat as owner away from home regularly. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Full time groom and Riding position available…. We are looking for a full time groom who is keen to ride, produce and compete horses alongside a supportive yard position. The applicant must be knowledegable and competent, we have a variety of horses educated in a variety of disciplines based with us but they are primarily working stallions. As a stud we have homebred youngsters so the ability to produced newly backed youngsters also necessary. The opportunity to compete is certainly available and encouraged. This is a full time position and some yard work is necessary. I am looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated member of staff who is looking to support the development of both horses and a business. Minimum Requirements Full driving  licence/7.5 tonne bonus competition record and experience Experience with young horses, backing and breaking. Accommodation details Live out position at present Benefits Own horse possible Opportunity to compete Percentage commission on sales  
Job Description Lovely friendly international Event Yard seeks groom to work with youngsters to 4 star horses. Plenty of opportunities to travel to events at home and abroad. A good amount of riding involved. Minimum Requirements Applicants must be an experienced confident rider capable or working for competition horses in an outline and capable of all yard duties with a high standard of turnout. Ability to work on your own is a bonus. If not providing you have the prerequisite skills, some training can be given. Accommodation details Lovely accommodation provided with the job in a spacious flat shared with a couple of other girls.   Benefits Opportunities to bring your own horse and get training on and off your horse. Opportunity to travel to events at home and abroad.
*Live in or out (nice accommodation on site )*Salary up to £28K pa *Racing hours *3 days off per fortnight *Will consider seasonal or permanent applications This rehabilitation and pre training yard with fantastic facilities requires several keen RIDERS with basic, correct flat work  but also proper experience gained in any discipline involving thoroughbreds along with rider fitness and confidence to site astride horses who have may well have been racing. You will have an opportunity to learn new skills and receive further training if required. Working with a dedicated team you will receive excellent pay and a warm welcome from enthusiastic professionals . A key part of any young thoroughbred’s education is when they are being backed. At this yard, the process is tailored to the individual needs of each horse.The facilities and peaceful setting ensure the best possible start, with lunging and long-reining integral to the young horse’s training programme, before progressing to faster paces and cantering on the grass or all weather gallops. Racehorses also enjoy a well earned rest from the rigours of training, to recover from injury, or for pre and post-operative care at the facility. There will be some yard work, time allowing and you would be expected to ‘pitch in’ but the yard has specific yard workers to do the bulk of this, so the priority for this role will be riding. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
🙂 Located West Gloucestershire/Wye Valley.Only 5 miles from Monmouth! 🙂 * 5 days a week + 35hrs a week *Should be capable of sole charge *Partner welcomed also ‘shoot friendly’ dog *Lovely location *IRO £300pw+foc accomm+utilities Our client is looking for a flexible, live in Groom/Rider to look after 3 horses and a pony for approx 35 hours a week. Horses are hunted twice a week throughout the hunting season and do other events through the summer. All usual grooming duties plus clipping ideally. Capable and experienced exercise rider necessary. Horses are kept to a high standard and someone fastidious and  observant essential . Some other general ‘person Friday’ duties (time allowing) included eg: house and dog sitting. Family has 4 dogs. Other duties include field maintenance, tidying up yard areas, occasional dog sitting etc. Family yard with nice facilities. Flat which is a two floor, one bedroom but very spacious and recently converted. Fully insulated with heating and a Wood burner . Depending on age and experience IRO £300 + accom.+ all electricity paid and all utilities apart from phone and wi fi. Wood burner in accommodation so wood available from log store. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description We have a vacancy for another member of staff to join us for 2019 Show Season in our Family run, Friendly Yard. This is a great opportunity for a hard working, enthusiastic, dedicated person to work with one of the top show producers and her highly successful team of show horses. Usual yard duties, ability to ride an advantage preferred but not necessary. Experienced person keen to work to a high standard. with the possibility of riding at some shows.  Will also consider Trainee seeking a career with horses. Successful candidate will  travel to  County Shows plus RIHS and HOYS Accommodation available. Minimum Requirements Honest, Reliable, Hard working, enthusiastic, person. Dedicated to the love of horses. Keen to accept responsibility, ability to work as part of  team     Accommodation details Shared accommodation in 2 bedroom cottage -5 mins   from yard.     Benefits Opportunity to travel to top County Shows, Royal International and HOYS. Highly rewarded in return for accomplished success    
Job Description Groom/rider required by renowned and long-established co-educational school and equestrian centre. Either full-time or part-time working throughout the year to cover maternity leave. We would also consider part-time during school hours. Weekend staff also required. This School/ Equestrian Centre is a vibrant yard, mainly dealing with children and is part of a School community.  It is a 35 box yard, set in the centre of thriving an bustling village with 2 sand schools, a training cross-country course and on-site hacking. Due to impending staff maternity leave, we are looking for a competent, friendly and reliable Groom who is energetic and motivated, to join the team working in our busy Livery Yard and Riding School. We would welcome applications from those looking for either full time or part time working. Please state your preference in your application. Full-time work involves a five-day working week which will include one weekend day. Experience is preferred but not essential and we are committed to the continued professional development of all its employees. Only applications submitted on the School’s Application Form will be considered. Please download the application form under ‘More Information’ below. Details of how to submit your completed application form can be found at the bottom of the application form. Applications will be considered as they are received. We are committed to the protection and safety of our pupils. The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check.  
*5 day week *Salary IRO £21,500-£25,000 neg.depending on experience *Dog a possible Experienced Groom 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. 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 Travel to other privately owned studs both nationally and internationally Monitoring condition of horses in fields, checking water, fencing etc Packing and unpacking lorry ready for travel Basic first aid and care Experience in foaling down and lactating and pregnant mares 5 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 & probation period of 3 months. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*fantastic career development opportunity *Own horse welcome *Training on own horse available & time to compete if required *Super facilities *Salary up to £22.5K + no utility bills Lovely eventing yard which also offers rehabilitation, liveries, spa services and young horse producing is now looking for an experienced Groom used to performance horse management to work within the team as Head Person. Riding is not required, but you should be confident with handling and groundwork and lunging. Your own horse is very welcome and training is available if required from this top level eventer. If you wish to compete your own horse this can  also be accommodated within the schedule. Team working together to mange max.14 horses at any one time.Superb American barn yard with indoor, outdoor and gallops onsite. Lovely private accommodation (not shared) available on site. 🙂 Own horse done as part of the yard on reduced cost DIY livery – free weekly training, use of 3.5t lorry (if over 23), spaces on lorry for schooling / shows where there is one. Horse basics done on day off. Access to all facilities – indoor, outdoor, gallops, spa, solarium – no charge 🙂 Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Experienced groom with or without stud work experience wanted to come and join our small friendly dedicated team. We are currently looking for a permanent stud hand to assist with the daily care of mares, foals and young stock. This position includes all general yard work (mucking out, bringing in and turning out, groom, general yard maintenance) as well as your standard stud duties. A big part of this position is preparing yearlings and foals for the sales ( Tattersales & Goffs) therefore the candidate must be confident in handling young stock. We also have several foals on the ground each year so there is the chance to help and assist with foaling and to assist with weaning. Minimum Requirements Atleast 2 references from previous employers. Uk manual driving licence.   Accommodation details Purpose built shared accommodation with own private bedroom. All bills and utilities payed for by employer.   Benefits Accommodation provided free of charge. 22 days holiday per annum + bank holidays Overtime Every other full weekend off or every sunday off.  
Job Description Full time job available for soonest start from now till May 2019 with a very well known, prestigious hunt. Role involves working with hunt horses and their day to day care & well being from riding to mucking out, feeding and preparing them for the hunting field. These are Lovely well mannered horses. Working as part of a fun enthusiastic team. You will be allowed to go hunting if competent and time allows. This hunt is renowned as having one of the best packs of hounds in the country covering some of the most beautiful countryside! Minimum Requirements A 6 day week but with time off during the day, (so not always full on ;)! Accommodation details A 2 bed cottage is supplied with the job with Council tax and water paid for.    
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours * Some riding possible  *Dog a possibility Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Experienced Dressage Groom (home and 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. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. Please call Caroline or Beckie on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*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  
*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  
*Own horse & dog & partner welcomed *Training and competing available on own horse or non rider fine also *3 bed cottage with garden available Eventing yard with Olympic aspirations is seeking missing cog in the wheel, which is a professional Head Groom. All levels of horses kept from babies to 3* Should be capable of sole charge and all aspects of Yard/horse management/competition grooming etc. Help available for daily chores as/when required but this is a responsible hands on position requiring someone looking for a long-term opportunity.Plenty of training on own horse if interested and opportunity to compete also but non- riders equally welcomed. Must be prepared to Groom at home and abroad when required so valid passport necessary. Very much a team effort so personable, professional essential. Beautiful setting, amazing facilities including ménage which is soon to have a cover! New cross-country schooling on site etc. 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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