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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‚Äôt 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 ‚Äúinterview ready‚ÄĚ for this exciting career move. The earning potential that comes with such a role also has its attractions‚Ķ 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, ‚ÄėWorking with horses is not just a job, it‚Äôs a lifestyle‚Äô 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 ‚ÄėSuper Groom‚Äô.
  • 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‚Äôs temper when their day goes badly or they are simply stressed/nervous and on edge ‚Äď thick skin needed!
  • The disappointment you feel yourself when the horse and rider don‚Äôt 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 Assistant Yard manager required for Pre Training yard in Newmarket, Suffolk. Must be capable of lunging, long reining, pulling manes, clipping, bandaging, Good veterinary knowledge and attention to detail important. Must be polite, well mannered and reliable! Riding thoroughbreds in Pre Training and or being able to drive a horsebox an advantage. Good wages and excellent working environment. Must be capable of working in a team. Start 1st October. Please apply in confidence Minimum Requirements Must have had experience with racehorses.   Accommodation details Can help source accommodation if required.   Benefits Pension  
Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working, flexible, friendly person to join our Private and family run Livery yard. The right person needs to be confident and competent around all types of horses, including mares and foals and young stock. Must have knowledge of equine first aid, lunging, bandaging, plaiting etc and will have people skills, must be able to work alone and take sole charge but work as a team also. Equine qualifications desired, over 18 but not limited! Yard hours may vary week to week depending on days needed and there will be at least one weekend day every week. We are a Part and Full time livery, experience in working on livery yards is a bonus. Including mucking out, all yard duties and exercising for the right person. Also extra hours available on competition days would be required on an as and when. Also happy to house sit when owners away and be confident around big dogs. Own horse/ horses able to kept on site. Driving license required as no access to public transport. Competitive rates of pay based on experience. Based Northallerton, DL6 For further details and more information please email your CV                
  *Salary IRO ¬£25k + accomm (Neg.)¬† *Horse and pets considered *Live in or out ¬† Exciting and fun professional yard set up at the end of 2019 and having much success, is now searching for a talented 2nd Rider (for a variety of young and mature thoroughbreds/sports horses) and a Business Manager to work alongside a motivated and successful team, (including a well-known, experienced 4* eventer with a string of notable successes under their belt and who manages the yard day to day). You would need to be experienced and skilled enough to be ‚Äúsecond in command‚Ä̬† balancing the role with all aspects. You will have demonstrable practical skills, energy, enthusiasm and maturity to help in the day to day riding and running of this large, busy yard. Knowing when to step up and when to step back will be important, as will be good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a high energy team. You would need to be able to demonstrate that you are a competent rider (min 5¬† years competitive riding in eventing or showjumping and you may have a variety of experience with young horses, sport horses and thoroughbreds at all levels). This is a unique chance to ride and produce horses at various stages in their careers with the opportunity to compete whilst balancing Business Manager responsibilities. The successful applicant will have both management skills and be tech-savvy enough to¬† deal with the administrative side of equine business, including basic IT/PC skills, accounting software etc. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com ¬†¬†  
  *Salary IRO ¬£360 to ¬£450 + accomm (Neg.) *Accommodation available if required * *Pets and own horse considered ¬† Exciting and fun professional yard set up at the end of 2019 and having much success, is now searching for a new person to work alongside a motivated and successful team including a well-known, experienced 4* eventer with a string of notable successes under their belt. ¬† The fun, work hard/play hard yard requires an enthusiastic and capable individual to join this vibrant and ambitious new business. You must be a competent rider along with the practical skills to help in the day to day riding at and running of a large yard specialising in pre-training, rehabilitation, eventing and sales. All usual duties required, to a high standard – this is an organisation going places! ¬† The business currently, is almost fully staffed with full and part-time members who look after and compete a variety of young and mature thoroughbreds/sports horses. This opportunity includes travel to shows, plenty of riding including some lessons at home with training and support for the successful applicant. ¬† Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Groom/Rider wanted to join our friendly team. We are a small international event yard with a lovely team of exciting horses from 4yr to 5star. Must be a confident experienced rider able to ride fit competition horses and capable of all yard duties with a high standard of turn out. Plenty of opportunities to travel to events at home and abroad and the opportunity to bring your own horse with plenty of guidance and lessons.   Minimum Requirements Must be capable of riding fit competition horses and able to take sole charge of all yard duties.   Accommodation details Lovely spacious shared flat with two really friendly girls.   Benefits Opportunity to bring own horses and receive plenty of help and training and plenty of opportunities to travel to events at home and abroad.
Job Description Team Heritage Equestrian are looking for an additional Home Groom / Yard Manager to work alongside our existing team withing our busy yard. Immediate Start Available for the right candidate, and also accommodation is available/included if required. We are looking for someone to work alongside the existing team looking after 18 Showjumping horses. Its a very busy yard with always plenty to do, so would suit ambitious and hard working individuals. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with current international standard staff and a successful showjumping team. (No Liveries) Groom wanted to work alongside the existing team on a vibrant, purpose built yard. The successful candidate should be able to: – Work alongside the existing team on a day to day basis – Have good communication skills liaising with staff, owners, vets, farriers, clients, etc. – Have knowledge of the care and welfare of horses, and a basic veterinary knowledge would be of benefit. – Be competent to develop in to taking take sole charge when necessary in the future. – Be diligent and prepared to work hard and to carry out a variety of tasks – An eye for detail and work to industry standards and speed – Ability to think on their feet and to be flexible – All normal yard duties on day to day basis Good wage for right candidate relevant to experience. Position is 6 days a week. Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Accommodation is available on site if required and can be included in the remuneration package   Benefits Working with a high level International Showjumping Team  
Job Description Private family dressage yard looking for an experienced freelance groom to take sole charge 2 days a week. Approximately 5/6 hours a weekend. 5 – 7 horses ranging from Shetland, through retired to young horses and FEI. Looking for someone who has good knowledge and horsemanship skills. The position entails all usual yard, stable and field duties. You should be confident handling all types of horses of any age with the ability to cater for sensitive horses and young horses. This is not a schooling position but confident hacking exercise riding, ground work and lunging may be required. Great new facilities. Looking for a kind, knowledgeable, organised and hardworking person who is flexible, fun, works well with others and has a can do attitude. We have a very busy life both working extensively full time so common sense and previous experience are essential. It will suit someone who is a self starter and takes pride in their work. Must enjoy being around children. Must be able to turn out well and prep for shows/competitions. Must be a driver with own transport as we are not on public transport route, ability to drive 7.5 Ton an advantage. No accommodation.   please do read the description fully, if you do not have transport, dont currently already live within 30 minutes of GU8 4, are a smoker, or have Previous references this is not the role for you. Minimum Requirements   Previous experience of sole charge Accommodation details   None Benefits    
Job Description Full time live in experieced groom required to take sole charge of family competition yard.   Minimum Requirements Experienced full time groom required to manage family competition yard close to Forest of Dean. You should have enough experience to take sole charge of the day to day running of the yard, will include general stable duties.together with being a competent rider. You will need to have previous experience¬† within eventing , dressage and show jumping, so a high level of turnout in neccasary including plaiting, bandaging etc. You should have your own transport and hold licence for HGV2.     Accommodation details Excellent onsite accomodation, completly self contained, all utility bills are covered.     Benefits Good salary and working conditions for the right person, 20 dys holiday a year, purpose built self contained accomodation.    
Job Description Yard groom for a busy showing yard in Newport Shropshire hours flexible according to requirements both ways. Minimum Requirements Experience in mucking out and general yard duties. Reliable, hard-working and ability to work to high standards   Accommodation details NONE   Benefits    
Job Description *Own horse a possibility *Accommodation available (live-in preferred.) We are a prestigious equestrian club based in the Cotswolds with clients ranging from Elemetary to Grand Prix level.¬† Also based at the club is the lovely Spencer Wilton – our very own Olympian. We are currently looking for a passionate and professional team player, with experience, to join our ever expanding business and friendly team. A live in groom is preferred. Benefits 25 days holiday per year Good rates of pay Pension scheme offered Accomodation provided    
*5 day week *Pets & own horse welcomed *Weekly input from accomplished trainers Opportunities for training and competing Job Description We are looking for a dedicated groom/rider to join our existing team of 5 staff members. Although you will need to help with all yard duties, your main focus will be helping our senior rider with backing, breaking and riding the young horses. Experience with starting horses is not essential but you will still need to have very good riding skills. Quiet, soft hands are critical! You will need to be relaxed and confident around young sports horses and be able to remain calm when working with them. Minimum Requirements Very good riding skills, soft hands, good balance and a quiet seat are essential. We are a close team and appreciate people with a strong work ethic and good sense of humour. You will need to be able to take constructive feedback as part of your on-going training whilst working here.   Accommodation details On site accommodation is available.   Benefits We are members of the Equestrian Employers Association and strive to ensure all our employees are well looked after both professionally and personally Employment contracts provided by us, using the up to date EEA contract creator Opt-in pension plan Health and safety is supervised by an external H&S consultant and reviewed regularly Annual leave is 28 days including bank holidays Opportunities for training and competing  
Job Description *Pets welcomed *Own horse a possibility *Wage above NMW *Riding optional¬† on site accommodation available. ¬† National Hunt/Flat Racing Yard set in around 100 acres of fields and farmland, with fantastic facilities and around 40 horses is looking for a Yard Person for all on the ground duties. Riding optional. ¬† This friendly yard (regulars at the Grand Nationals and with many big wins under their belts), offers the opportunity to take the horses in your care racing. Centrally based and near to such racecourses as; Hereford, Worcester, Warwick, Chepstow and Cheltenham. You would need some prior relevant experience and of course and at the very least must be confident and capable around fit, young thoroughbred horses. You¬†would be expected to work 4 days (1 morning and one weekend every other week.)  
*Negotiable salary with accommodation provided & bills paid *Own horse welcome *1 Dog welcome We are looking for an experienced Groom/Exercise Rider to work alongside 3 other members of staff for a 3* event rider in a professional, fun but busy top level event yard, for the duration of approx 2-4 weeks. This is a role which would suit a hard-working, professional self-starter who ideally has done the job before and who wishes to excel in a professional eventing environment. You should be capable of both sole charge and teamwork, whichever is required on a day to day basis There are 24 horses in total, 12 of whom are ‚Äėhome‚Äô at the moment. A second farm has the mares, foals and young horses up to two years old. Experience with young stock is an asset. The role entails normal stable duties including professional management of competition horses, liaising with vet, farrier, massage and physiotherapy professionals etc. Candidates would be experienced in clipping, trimming, plaiting and turning out for competition, as well as handling fit (though sane!) event horses. Accommodation is very nice with a shared kitchen and lounge with en suite bedrooms. Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Hunting / Eventing groom required for family (with children¬†aged 10 – 25 years)¬†that regularly hunt with Portman, BV and other hunts and one family member that events during the British Eventing season. ¬† Must be capable of all usual duties to a very high standard, occasional sole charge (although mainly working with Head Groom and other employees), meticulous attention to detail with yard and horse management,¬†HGV would be a bonus.¬†Good people skills and enjoy working with children. Exercising, possible hunting, event groom at times, good turnout, clipping, plaiting. Previous experience is necessary. Hunt horses live out in summer – but some stay in and continue work. Eventing, maintenance work and horse care out of hunt season. QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS REQUIRED: Previous relevant experience. Longevity in suitable roles. Excellent references. Start date: November 2020 Holidays: Statutory No. of Horses: 12 horses/ponies Accommodation: 1 bed apartment for single occupancy Days/wk:¬† 5 Driver: Yes¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Own car: Yes HGV: Bonus Pets: Dog Horse: NO (local yard possible) SALARY PACKAGE & Pay Dates: Negotiable depending on experience. ¬£350 – ¬£420 per week FACILITIES: Horse walker/Excellent hacking/excellent equine facilities.    
¬†One of the world’s most successful show jumpers and trainers is now looking for an experienced Groom/Exercise Rider (optional) to add to his team. As an Olympic gold medallist, dual European champion, triple Hickstead Derby winner who has jumped on over 100 Nations Cup teams and won over 50 major Grand Prix this position requires a professional horse person, someone with prior, demonstrable experience of performance horse grooming to a very high level. Competency handling all ages of high-value horses is essential. The employer’s children are now following in their father’s footsteps showing exceptional talent and skill in pony classes (between them they have won several national titles and championships.) You will need to be comfortable in a professional but family situation knowing when to step up and when to step back. There could be exercise riding involved in the role (possibly more over time), but you will need to be a seriously competent rider. Would consider someone from another discipline but would need to be operating at the level described and willing to make the transition with enthusiasm. The Riders spend 90% of the year on the road at events across Europe and America, climbing the ranks and finding special horses to keep this talented family competing at the top level.¬† The yard trains a talented stable of 10 to 15 horses at any given time at the top level of showjumping sport. The support team at home consists of top grooms and managers ensuring the horses are cared for to the highest standard. Each rider and horse are mentored, trained and has shows planned for the development of the combination. A very exciting team to be a part of but would only suit someone happy to embrace the lifestyle and earn their part in the team for this top-level facility. Entirely dependent on experience but competitive and will not be a barrier for the right candidate Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Exciting opportunity to join a small boutique stud farm in the heart of the Cotswolds as a Second Person. This a full-time position and you will be required to work every second weekend. Suitable applicants should have experience with handling mares and foals, yearling prep, horses out of training and general maintenance of the stud. Excellent salary and accommodation is available. Start date November/December
*Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman and his team *Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre-training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3-star level eventer, (competes home and abroad), is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Ideally, you will have previous experience in this type of environment, however, attitudes and an interest in the sport are more important than heavyweight experience for this particular vacancy. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location. Please call Caroline and The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or¬† email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) *Fair remuneration Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockem√∂hle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect.
*Dog and own horse considered *Fabulous location and facilities *Opportunity to gain HGV license. Job Description We are looking for a hard working, enthusiastic groom to join our fun and successful team. The right applicant will be required to carry out all daily tasks involved with our horses – ranging from foals to 4*. The role will involve keeping the yard clean and tidy, turning out horses to a high standard, grooming at training/ competition outings, as well as hacking and fitness work. There is the opportunity to gain HGV license. Minimum Requirements Applicants much be confident dealing with big, fit horses and must be able to ride to a good standard. Experience with young horses would be desired but not essential. Full driving licence and car is needed for this job.
*up to ¬£20,000 per annum *Live in or out (2 bedroom 2 bathroom self-contained onsite with amazing views.) *All bills excluding food and phone included Job Description   We have decided to take on a Deputy Manager position to run alongside our new Yard Manager to assist her and to take charge on days off and holidays.   We are predominantly a dressage yard but also a stud as well, so someone who wants to learn more with us is the perfect candidate. Our horses welfare is of the upmost importance, so a keen eye for detail is necessary to keep our horses in the amazing condition they are. We would prefer live out but live in is also easily a possibility. Minimum Requirements A candidate with a positive can do attitude is a must.¬† Someone who is going to go the extra mile when needed.¬† Someone who has dealt with sport horses. Previous stallion handling is a bonus but by no means expected and we are more than happy to train someone to how we like things.¬† Plaiting for competitions is also a bonus.¬† Working as part of a team and being able to take over when the Yard Manager is away, so the yard runs as smoothly as possible. Also the possibility of coming to shows with us if wanted and capable,   Accommodation details 2 bedroom 2 bathroom self contained flat that has a shared living room and kitchen.¬† onsite with amazing Views and we pay all your household bills excluding food and phone.¬† This is all included in our package.   Benefits Accommodation and associated costs included, enrolment onto state pension scheme, 28 days paid holiday  
Job Description ūüôā Situated in the thoroughbred heartland of Ireland, with easy access to all the main stallion farms, leading veterinary support, as well as road, air and ferry transport routes. ūüôā Yearling Sales Prep opportunity at a well established Irish Stud for a hard-working person with a good level of horsemanship. Previous experience of sales prep an advantage, but not essential. The successful candidate will be able to handle yearling colts and work well in a busy industrious team. For less experienced Stud Hands this is an opportunity to gain experience. 350 acres of prime stud land with top-class facilities such as the modern American Barns, Horse Walker, Lunge Rings and Stud Railing throughout. Vehicles available for you to drive so own car isn’t essential. Immediate start possible (Covid-19 restrictions allowing).   Accommodation details Onsite accommodation is available if required. Utility bills paid.   Benefits Salary will vary depending on experience. Opportunity for further training. Car/s available to use if you don’t have a car. Free accommodation with utility bills paid. Competitive salary. Other employment opportunities are available. Permanent positions are also available.
*¬£360-¬£450 depending on experience and qualifications plus accommodation & bills *Own horse welcomed *1 Dog welcomed We are looking for an experienced Groom/Exercise Rider to work alongside 3 other members of staff for a 3* event rider in a professional, fun but busy top level event yard. This is a role which would suit a hard-working, professional self-starter who ideally has done the job before and who wishes to excel in a professional eventing environment. You should be capable of both sole charge and teamwork, whichever is required on a day to day basis There are 24 horses in total, 12 of whom are ‚Äėhome‚Äô at the moment. A second farm has the mares, foals and young horses up to two years old. Experience (and interest) with young stock is an asset as the team, most years will back two or three young horses over the winter. The role entails normal stable duties including professional management of competition horses, liaising with vet, farrier, massage and physiotherapy professionals etc. Candidates would be experienced in clipping, trimming, plaiting and turning out for competition, as well as handling fit (though sane!) event horses. There will be travel to events at home and abroad planned when things return to normal so a lorry driver is ideal, although not essential. Accommodation is very nice with a shared kitchen and lounge with en suite bedrooms. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* Negotiable depending on experience but very competitive*Shared accommodation on site(would consider live-out) Experienced stud hand required to work with the rest of the team. This would be during yearling prep initially and then general stud duties after the sales season and is a year-round position, not seasonal. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season. Tractor/lorry driving is welcomed but not essential Mares and foals/young stock/ racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Please note call Caroline & the Team will be ‚Äėscreening‚Äô suitable applicants between 9-2pm . Pls could call us during those times on 0203 006 573. Please make sure your job seeker profile is up to date and that you have a current CV attached. We look forward to speaking with you then about this super opportunity 🙂 C x
*5-day week *¬£22 – ¬£24K pa depending on experience *Great career opportunity BD approved competition centre & Dressage yard requires a professional, motivated, team member to take responsibility for the care and management of a range of horses including dressage horses, mares & foals, yearlings and other young stock. We have excellent facilities including 2 arenas and private gallops. The yard aims to produce high-class horses and ponies for dressage. We have enjoyed numerous successes at Futurity, Young pony classes and elite foal tours. Several Windmill youngsters have qualified for the BEF Equine pathway. As a private family yard, someone with a sense of fun who enjoys dogs and horses and children would be most welcome! Minimum Requirements We are looking for someone who can offer the following, or is committed to learning aspects of the role. You MUST be an experienced groom as we require a high level of care for all our horses and participation in all yard duties is part of the job. Skilled management of fit competition horses Skilled management of mares and foals, including participating in stud duties during the breeding season Skilled management of colts Skilled lunging, bandaging and plaiting skills required. Equine first aid skills Confident to hack and ride gallops ‚Äď this is the minimum level of riding required. Experience in backing young horses, or a willingness to learn. Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with the team and professional visitors Ability to work 5 days per week including 1 weekend day Accommodation details regretfully we cannot offer accommodation or your own horse, but the job will involve riding. Benefits We offer you a competitive salary and 5 weeks A/L plus bank holidays. We will take your professional development seriously and you will be offered the opportunity to develop your skills through coaching, NVQ or equivalent.  
Working alongside Caroline, who has approaching 20 years Equine sales and Marketing and Recruitment experience – This is a unique and fabulous career opportunity with chance to develop the role for the right person. Looking for a self-employed, enthusiastic, organised and ambitious individual to join the Grooms List Team. Previous sales and/or recruitment experience ideal but not essential (training provided) BUT what is essential is the following: Max 30 minutes from SG17, Bedfordshire Equestrian knowledge Written, verbal and telephone communication skills Social media awareness Own PC and general PC skills (word, excel, outlook etc) Results-driven, focussed personality Initial commitment after training of 20 hours pw. Possibility of some working from home. Please email your CV and a covering letter to caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com in the first instance. CLOSING DATE 21st August 2020
*Family with child welcome *Single people also welcomed (shared accomm)*Dogs and pets welcome *Room for one horse *Salaries totally negotiable from ¬£23,400pa plus 2-bed accomm. Fabulous and unusual opportunity for a lovely, long term lifestyle position. Kind, professional, country & animal-loving couple or 2 single people required for this unique position. This is a quiet and remote location so you will need to be self-sufficient and enjoy such circumstances and you will need to possess a flexible attitude to the role. These jobs entail sole charge of a smallholding/farm in a beautiful location with 5 heavy horses and various other farm animals ie: cows, sheep /goats/cats/poultry(rare breeds bred). You must be capable and experienced with using initiative and taking sole charge and experienced in carriage driving (min pairs or ploughing) and both able to ride also for hacking and showing. Capable and confident handler also essential as 18-month-old colt kept, (intended to become a stallion) as well as various other heavy horses mares/geldings of all ages…but all big. You will need to know what you are doing!¬† ūüôā Ideally licensed to drive an 11/12t lorry and used to transporting horses and all the paraphernalia required or you will be contracted to gain your HGV within a certain time period post-employment. See¬† https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/driving-goods-vehicles-car-driving-licence & https://thegroomslist.co.uk/get-an-hgv-licence/ ¬†¬†¬†¬† Day to day yard management required with no heavy maintenance duties, (others employed for that). Horses 80% ūüôā Other animals 15% ūüôā Maintenance 5%. Some showing and shows attended where you would be required to drive the horses to the venue, care for the horses at the venue, possibly show the horses if you are capable. Quiet, peaceful hacking available. Salary negotiable from ¬£400/¬£450pw pp depending on skills, qualifications and experience (including 2-bed accommodation).   Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com ¬† ¬†        
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockem√∂hle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver‚Äôs license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‚Äėodd-jobs‚Äô need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud‚Äôs own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor‚Äôs visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,¬† WE WILL¬†ONLY¬†ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE Job Description *Upwards of ¬£500pw depending on experience + pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated National Hunt¬† yard looking to recruit Riders and or Rider:Grooms for upcoming season. Friendly working atmosphere and fabulous location with the best of facilities. Minimum Requirements Friendly working atmosphere and a fabulous location with the best of facilities awaits. You must be confident and experienced in handling and riding TB’s. This would suit a professional NH/Flat Racing Groom & Rider with excellent references. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Accommodation details On site accommodation options single/shared/with partner ūüôā Caroline’s comments ūüôā This is a fabulous opportunity for competent and capable riders to get a lot of saddle time on a professional yard with quality horses and be very well remunerated and looked after as part of a professional Team.¬†   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Package totally negotiable for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Well appointed house available for couples *HGV essential Lovely, long term job for a single person or a working couple. Position (s) suited to experienced and competent person(s) for a position on a family yard with top competition standards and where they are used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard in Warwickshire needs an experienced Groom(s)/Exercise Rider(s) to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children‚Äôs ponies. All usual duties. Youngstock and retired horses also kept in the field so will need to be used to handling young stock. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. The role includes some all usual yard work home but away at shows too to professional standards. Team player essential. Some weekends so flexibility required. On-site accommodation provided (not shared, could be a house for a couple or a flat). Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@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. ūüôā Caroline’s comments ūüôā This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!¬†   Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@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‚Äôs prize money makes millions plus Sandro¬†Hit plus stallions F√ľrstenball, 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 M√ľhlen 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! 🙂 ūüôā Caroline’s comments ūüôā This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!¬†   Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockem√∂hle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The ‚ÄúStern-Buchholz‚ÄĚ site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brands√§tter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud‚Äôs own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor‚Äôs visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
*Major Career opportunity 🙂 *Lots of riding available * Training available on the ground and in the saddle from an exceptional horseman and his Head Rider*Soonest start *Package to ¬£360pw plus accommodation ¬† Great opportunity to develop your career in the exciting world of pro 3* Eventing, thoroughbred pretraining, showjumping and rehabilitation. This is a rare chance to work alongside and learn from a well-respected horseman established at the highest level and who is now looking for someone keen to learn and grow.¬† ¬† This is primarily a Riders role though you will be expected to pitch in with Grooming duties as and when required. Attitudes and an interest in the sport are more important than heavyweight experience, but you must be a capable rider willing to sit on younger TB horses who have been started and ‚Äėridden away‚Äô by others. Reliability, energy and interest in the sport essential. ¬† Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location. max 10 stones in weight/ability to handle/help back and break & ride youngstock essential (all done with care, time and intelligence) ¬† Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@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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