- Age 27 years
- Date of Birth 15th October 1993
- Had previous paid employment within the equine industry? Locked
- Preferred Countries United Kingdom
- County/State/Region Devon, UK
- Job Category Full Time
- Earliest start date 1st July 2020
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- Notice period 1 month
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- Live in or out Live out
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- Expected Job Level Trainee, Groom, Part of a Team, Sole Charge, Assistant Head Person, Head Person, Manager, Riding Instructor, Stud Groom, Stud Hand, Admin/Office-based
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- Can drive Car, 3.5t
- Own car? Car
- Height 5’10” / 177cm
- Approximate weight 15.5st / 98.4kg / 217lb
- Total years experience with horses Locked
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- Future disciplines Artificial Insemination (AI), College, Dressage, Eventing, Family Yard, Foaling, Horse Transport, Hunting, Livery, Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Rescue, Rehabilitation, Riding School, Show Jumping, Stud, Therapeutic Riding
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- Nationality British
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- Equine Skills Back/Break, Broodmares, Compete, Equine First Aid, Exercise/Hack Out, Lunging, Management Skills, Muck Out, Plait, Ride, School, Show Turnout, Stallion Handling, Supervisory Skills, Work with children, Young Stock Handler
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Experience with Horses
Since I started riding twenty two years ago, my passion for equines has continuously grown. For nearly a decade, I have worked in a variety of locations, from groom through to managerial positions, all of which have allowed me to build up my practical experience. These locations included livery yards, riding schools and colleges. Working within these differing environments has enabled me to hone the way in which I work with a variety of people, including staff, volunteers and students.
I am qualified to degree level in animal behaviour and welfare (BSc). This degree involved a range of subjects including animal science, behaviour, advanced nutrition, ecology, welfare and conservation. During my studies I also completed a six-month voluntary project in Australia assisting a veterinarian with wild horse behaviour PhD research as well as working at a wild horse sanctuary focusing on behavioural training of rescued equines including both horses and donkeys.
I have gained extensive experience of animal assisted programmes both as an equine assistant and coach. From working individually with service users, I am able to build successful relationships. By establishing their learning style, I am able to plan a programme style to ensure that they get the very most out of their journey and coach them in a way that suits their unique learning style. Using my professional and organised manner, I ensure that sessions run to time and reflect exactly what life skills the service user is working on. I am able to prioritise jobs using both my experience and own initiative ensuring that jobs are completed within given time frames to a high standard.
I have experience at both supervisory and management level. During my supervisor role at Bicton College, I regularly assessed students on practical tasks, which they needed to complete for their college qualification. On a daily basis, I would work with a range of students of different abilities in groups ranging in numbers from two to thirty. I regularly created new worksheets in order to help the students gain more from their studies, based on their learning styles and personal development.
As both yard manager and supervisor in previous roles, I have adapted and created new strategic plans in order for the smooth running of daily tasks. This also includes updating individual risk assessments for each horse on the livery yard to ensure safety is paramount. At Bicton College, I regularly checked health and safety policies including fire drills, first aid kits and risk assessments to ensure health and safety was paramount. As well as this, ensuring both staff and volunteer rotas were up to date and easily understood by all was an important part of my role, to ensure individuals can follow a clear and well thought out daily plan.
During the summer of 2015, I lived in Texas, USA where I taught equine husbandry and riding at a children’s summer camp. During my university degree, I completed a six month placement studying and working with wild horses in New South Wales, Australia. This experience of working with wild horses gave me the drive to continue building my understanding of using scientific principles of behaviour to work with a variety of unique equine cases. This experience enabled me to gain a further understanding of different reinforcements used to shape behaviour.
I have over 20 years of experience working with horses at different levels. I have previously clipped both horses and donkeys, turned out horsea to a high standard for competitions and handled a variety of horses including stallions, youngstock and semi-wild rescue horses. I have travelled a variety of equines to competitions, veterinary clinics and to stud farms.
Working within a fast paced equine education environment, I strive to always maintain professionalism and remain composed under pressure. This was highlighted when working on competition days, as I was able to maintain my working pattern, educate students and be an ambassador of the college by assisting in any show queries and acting as first aider.
Customer service is extremely important to myself and I always strive to deliver high standards. I am always ready to answer the public’s queries and endeavour to facilitate a service that makes people feel valued. I have experience in preparing and delivering talks on enrichment to the general public as well as experience of presenting to a wider audience including students, volunteers and both academic and business professionals in my previous roles. I was selected to be the equine awards guest speaker at Bicton College for the class of 2018-2019.
I have experience of working with vulnerable people in both my current and previous job roles. I have previously been a safeguarding officer. In the past, I have dealt with and resolved work disputes as well as students disclosing a safeguarding issue with me. This has demonstrated my unconditionally towards others and my ability to allow others to confide in me by providing a safe and supportive and confidential environment.
On a weekly basis, I create the staff rota and have previously used technology to analyse data such as bedding use, vaccination records and shoeing logs in my previous role involving creating tables and graphs. I am efficient at conducting research and am able to pick up new forms of technology quickly; for example, using software to statistically analyse data for my dissertation project on the effects of social housing in domesticated horses involving questionnaire data, raw data from field observations and field size, location and quantity of horses involving breed and sex.
As part of my placement year at university, I analysed digital images, faecal samples and data on the effects of an immunocontraceptive programme in wild horses, which I then constructed into a scientific report. This research has made a difference to the lives of many wild horses in New South Wales, Australia by protecting them from being euthanaised. Recently, I have created a contingency plan for covid-19 here at the sanctuary for the DAT team, which included analysing multiple pieces of work and compiling it into one master document.
By using a variety of both verbal and written skills including the use of both paper and electronic diaries, emails, phone calls and verbal conversations, I have been able to communicate effectively to different audiences. The ability to communicate efficiently has enabled me to be a role model in the workplace, by leading by example in order to motivate and inspire colleagues, students and volunteers.
I make use of my IT skills with the ongoing practice of technology including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and the internet to conduct research, as well as the newly introduced Office 365 suite of Apps. Recently, this has included Microsoft teams which has allowed me to hold meetings with other team members and gain further coaching training. This has led me to actively undergo a new project I created regarding the volunteers and their ongoing training. Myself and a colleague are now working to a strict timeframe to produce weekly handouts for the volunteers to continue their training during lockdown.
I regularly utilise my excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively record observations. During my dissertation at university, I collected three months’ worth of qualitative and quantitative data to produce an accurate technical report on the benefits and suffrage between stable and live out management in equines. Whilst on placement in Australia, I assisted veterinarians in collecting faecal samples to run faecal egg counts as well as physically observing wild horse behaviour within the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. These experiences of preparing technical reports to statistically analyse data, enhanced my ability to work to a time scale effectively and ensure I prioritised pieces of work simultaneously. This also highlights my accuracy and attention to detail when working on a large project. In both my current and previous role, I have at times worked autonomously. In both roles, working alone for weekend duties highlights the importance of self-motivation to ensure all jobs are completed to a high standard
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