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HELP! Why can’t I fill my equine job vacancy?!

Sometimes your recruitment drive gets stuck in a rut and needs a shove in the right direction to get things moving and pick up the momentum needed to fill an equine job vacancy. This is where The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment can help. The Grooms List seems to be the 'go to' equestrian recruitment agency these days for the majority of savvy employers and little wonder with over 20 years experience in FILLING EQUINE JOBS which is at your disposal when you subscribe to one of our recruitment packages, either our DIY website package or our bespoke equine recruitment services. This article is written specifically for employers using a DIY website recruiting route who, sometimes, can find themselves at an impasse finding suitable candidates and receiving applicants from appropriate job seekers.

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Location! Location! Job Location!

Truly, the matter of job location can be a difficult subject to broach as a recruitment consultant. A huge part of me screams to write an extremely persuasive article urging you to broaden your horizons and keep an open mind to jobs anywhere in the UK, or even abroad. The opportunities this opens up to you are tenfold to those restricted by job location. So, how important is it that your next job is in the 'right' location? Is it worth being flexible for that DREAM job? We take a look at when you should be flexible and when you should hold out for your ideal.

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Pre Employment checks – Understanding a Driving Licence

Many employers need their prospective employee to drive a car, tow a trailer, drive a tractor, a horse box or HGV lorry and, rather like reference checks, don’t always bother checking an individual’s licence for what they are legally able to drive, or even if they have any points or disqualifications. You need to know who is going to be doing the odd school run for you, transporting your horses, driving your tractor etc. Do yourself a favour, grab a strong coffee, take the phone off the hook for 10 minutes and have a read of this!

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Pre-Employment Checks – References

As we all know, recruitment is an inexact science and pre-employment checks such as securing valid and recent references gives us important information that helps us to decide if a candidate is suitable for a particular role. Over the years I have taken references on behalf of thousands of employers and prospective employees as part of delivering bespoke recruitment services. This has lead me to have many positive, long-term placements and via the same established processes of due diligence, I have also diverted my clients away from certain disaster on more than one occasion! Interestingly these days many grooms, having known me through their careers, give me as a reference to their 'journey.'  Similarly, and not infrequently, employers will ask me for information about a particular prospective employee and of course, where I can fairly and legally comment, I do. Over the years, more especially in the equestrian recruitment environment, I have been struck by how many employers who recruit for themselves or via other routes don’t seem to bother taking up references, opting instead to completely ignore these critical pre-employment checks just hoping for the best; many seem to live to regret this omission sooner or later...

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Are you winter ready?

Apologies in advance to all of you who still have your mind set to happy, sunny, long summer days but the time has now come to start turning our thoughts to the fast approaching winter season. Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, the show season is drawing to a close and the Hunters are out for their early morning jaunts revving up to full steam ahead for the opening meet. Much as we all jest about the delights of the British weather in winter, there is plenty to enjoy too; think frosty early morning hacks, days out at the races, having some downtime if you’re in Eventing/Showing, hunt balls, escaping to the sun for the Showjumpers and dare I say it...Christmas! As with all things in life the key to avoiding stress is good organisation.  So here we are again with another dispenser load of wise words, silly opinions and ridiculous pictures that may or may not help you prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for the slightly more challenging season ahead.

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How an Apprenticeship can benefit your equine career

As specialist equine recruitment consultants, we see the good and bad outcomes of unstructured career pathways and the results of the "rooky errors" grooms make without correct guidance. We're passionate about the part we can play in improving the role of an equine groom as a credible career pathway. Many equestrians join the equine industry by making a blind leap into it, accepting the first job available to them. Needless to say, this isn't a constructive foundation for a fruitful career in the equine industry. Many grooms resort to "job-hopping" in search of the training and opportunities they crave, without realising the damaging effect this has on their CV and future career prospects. By contrast, an Equine Apprenticeship makes the you focus on what you would like to achieve within your career and how you can achieve it. You can then source meaningful employment as an Apprentice Groom, enabling you to earn while you learn, laying the foundation of a promising career - and ultimately become one of the best professional grooms in the equine industry.

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Become an Apprentice Groom – a Parents Guide

Everyone likes to keep things simple, and sometimes gathering all the information needed before making decisions and acting on them can be time-consuming. With this in mind, The Grooms List team have put together a simple step-by-step guide to walk you through the process of your son/daughter becoming an Apprentice Groom. From choosing an appropriate course, to finding ongoing employment, The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment will be with you every step of the way.

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How an Equine Apprenticeship can benefit your child

As specialist equine recruitment consultants, we see the good and bad outcomes of unstructured career pathways and the results of the "rooky errors" young people make without correct guidance. We're passionate about the part we can play in improving the role of an equine groom as a credible career pathway and we'll always do our utmost to encourage your child to make safe career decisions. Many young people wishing to work in the equine industry will make a blind leap into it by accepting the first job available to them. Needless to say, this isn't always a constructive foundation for a fruitful career in the equine industry. Many grooms resort to "job-hopping" in search of the training and opportunities they crave, without realising the damaging effect this has on their CV and future career prospects. By contrast, an Equine Apprenticeship makes the job seeker focus on what they would like to achieve within their career and how they can achieve it. The job seeker can then source meaningful employment as an Apprentice Groom, enabling them to earn while they learn, laying the foundation of a promising career - and ultimately become one of the best professional grooms in the equine industry.

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A step by step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom

Everyone likes to keep things simple, and sometimes gathering all the information needed before making decisions and acting on them can be time-consuming. With this in mind, The Grooms List team have put together a simple step-by-step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom, from writing your advert to retaining your fully trained Apprentice Groom beyond their final qualification.

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How an Apprentice Groom can benefit YOUR yard

In so many of the blogs and articles we write for equine employers, we find ourselves referring to common difficulties when sourcing, securing and retaining good equine career grooms. It’s reasonable to conclude the pool of experienced grooms wanting to remain working with horses and available to yards is diminishing as the years pass. Trainee grooms, including apprentices, are a lifeblood of the equine industry and the ins and outs of employing them need much more consideration than they currently get. Taking anyone on as an employee is a big responsibility with plenty of legislation to adhere to along associated pitfalls, so it's very tempting to aim to keep things simple by seeking to only take on employees with experience and a solid employment history. Not only could you find this attempt to keep things simple actually complicates your recruitment drive, as you struggle to attract and secure established, experienced career grooms in what is undeniably a very competitive recruitment market for employers, but by shunning the notion of taking on an apprentice, quite simply, you could be missing out!

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*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 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
Private Show-jumping Yard looking for a General Home / Show groom (Will consider less experienced for Training/Apprenticeship for the right applicant) We are looking for an organised, conscientious individual who uses their own initiative and works to a high standard. You would need to be able to work as part of a small team, be confident in handling fit competition horses. The position is to groom at home, day shows and stay away shows both National and International shows in the UK and possibly Europe. On occasions you may need to be in sole charge.  The role involves all general horse care and yard duties such as stables, nets, feeds, keeping the yard clean, tidy, presentable, and the cleaning of tack. Ensure the Truck is packed with all equipment for both day and away shows The daily care and grooming of the horses, tacking / untacking of the horses, finishing them off after work and turning them out to a high standard. Ideally you will be competent at clipping, lungjng and plaiting etc. We have a Horse Walker, Vitafloor machine and a dry treadmill to which training will be given as these are used on a daily basis.  Riding is available for the right person  This is a full-time role which will be 5.5 days per week where one of those days must be a weekend  Salary will be paid weekly and is dependent upon experience with 28 days holiday per annum (including Bank Holidays) Live in is available to the right person and an option for your own horse to be stabled with us sorry no Pets. There is the opportunity to receive training and coaching, the rider is UKCC level 2 BSJA coach, was selected on Step Up to Gold Programme 2017/18 and recently selected on to Young Professionals Programme 2018/2019 with BEF and Sport England    
*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  
Job Description We currently have a vacancy for a full-time Stud Hand Your role will include all aspects of stud work including assisting with mares and foals, foaling, racehorse rehabilitation and sales prep in friendly well equipped yard. 5 day week with 8 am start (40hrs per week). Fantastic on-site accommodation available if required. Minimum Requirements Previous experience handling youngstock would be beneficial but not essential as full training can be given. Accommodation details Ensuite double bedroom with shared kitchen (shared with one other) Benefits 40 hr week with 8 am start. Relaxed yard environment with small friendly team.    
Job Description Stud Head lad/lass required – 5 day week We require a permanent, full-time Head Lad/Lass to join our private Thoroughbred Stud. You will answer directly to the Stud Manager/Assistant Manager and will be responsible for the overall management of the yard in their absence as well as taking an active role in the day to day running of the stud. The role will include all aspects of stud work including assisting with mares and foals, foaling, racehorse rehabilitation and sales preparation in a friendly well equipped yard. Previous experience in a Thoroughbred stud would be beneficial, including foaling and yearling sales prep. Salary depending on experience Minimum Requirements Pervious foaling and sales prep experience would be beneficial.   Accommodation details This is a live in position with a self contained 1 bedroom, new build flat.   Benefits 5 day week (This role could potentially be a 6 day week for a higher salary) with an 8 am start.  
IRO £20-£25K Lovely accommodation Lots of time to do 3/4 horses to the best standards Some hacking (optional) This is a lovely opportunity for the right person. If you are an experienced Groom wanting to give the best care to 3/4 beautiful and well-behaved Dressage geldings who belong to a friendly but busy owner then you will love this! Total care and management of these top-level Dressage horses in Germany/France/Wellington Florida required. These horses travel well and enjoy their lives, so you too should enjoy the variety and top-level treatment you will receive as their Groom. You must be able to turn out well for international competitions and husbandry must be of a very high standard day to day. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Job Description Interesting role available on a part time basis to help with diverse yard, working alongside Head Person. Would suit an experienced and capable person happy to muck in and out where required 🙂 Duties to include: -feeding, mucking out and grooming of hunting horses, brood mares and polo ponies (some stabled and some at grass depending on the season) -preparing horses for hunting and polo, under supervision -helping with the exercise of horses -feeding/cleaning duties for other animals ( dogs, wallabies, rheas and fowl)     Minimum Requirements -experience of working with horses -physically fit and strong -driving licence and own transport -willing to work early mornings -positive attitude, flexible approach, and willingness to learn -likes animals and people   Accommodation details live out   Benefits Riding and hunting. Opportunity to learn about polo and a variety of other animals  
Job Description Temporary Head Person to take sole care of  mixed yard with 19 horses and an extensive collection of animals. Duties to include: -preparation and care of hunting horses ( 5 in work and stabled) -care of  three thoroughbred brood mares -feeding and oversight of remaining horses at grass. -feeding wallabies, rheas and fowl -care of five large good-natured dogs -dealing with vet, farrier and deliveries as needed Minimum Requirements -mature person with extensive experience of horses and taking sole charge, -physically strong and fit -driving licence and familiar with driving a mule -comfortable with dealing with dogs and other animals as above -self-reliant and personable, flexible and versatile approach -sense of humour   Accommodation details Standalone chalet suitable for sole occupancy close to the yard. Live out candidates also considered.   Benefits Use of a car if required Riding and hunting available      
 Full Time Groom Salary range £17,000-£19,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience Potential career development and training available Working on a rota system to include weekends General daily yard duties and horse care Excellent working conditions, pension scheme and health plan Own transport necessary as remote location No riding and no accommodation We are seeking hardworking, committed and enthusiastic people, willing to work as part of a team. Horse care knowledge is desirable however this is not essential as full training can be provided.  Candidates should be physically fit as this is a manual/outdoor role.   Apply in writing enclosing your current CV, including details of your horse care experience or explaining why you would like to work for us.  Candidates will only be given feedback if selected for interview. Send your application for the attention of Mark. Closing Date: Friday 2nd November 2018
Training Officer Due to an increase in demand this well-known horse charity is seeking to recruit a Training Officer to join their Knowledge and Skills team. You will be responsible for training a wide range of audiences, including the emergency services, be responsible for developing training materials and have a large role in training and qualification administration. You will assist the Training Manager in all aspects of creating and delivering the charity’s internal and external training programmes, which may be on or off-site, field or classroom-based, or online. You will also be responsible for assisting other members of the charity team as and when required, which may include some yard work. Ideally the successful candidate could have a Level 3 (or above) equine qualification or similar. A recognised teaching and/or assessing qualification is desirable or the candidate will be prepared to work towards this once in post. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate practical competence and experience in handling horses. You will be keen to work in an environment where the focus for the Training Officer is to continuously learn and implement new best practice as it is identified. We are looking forward to hearing from candidates that are effective communicators, and who use innovative techniques to motivate and inspire learners. Salary circa: £19,000.00 – £22,000.00 per annum dependent on experience Hours: 37.5 Hours per week (8.30am-4.30pm) Annual Leave: 25 days per year Currently no accommodation is available for this post For an application form and detailed job description please contact us and ask to speak to Charlotte. Closing date for applications is: 1st November 2018
Job Description Sadly after two years, one of my guys is moving on so I am going to need to find a replacement to work with us for this season. I know the person leaving will highly recommend the job and would be here for anyone to ask questions to, the position needs to be filled by the Second week of November. I need either a rider/groom or a yard person. If applying for the rider position then I would like the person be able to use their seat and ride leg long as well as riding a racehorse, showjumping/eventing/hunting experience would be great… Ideally be able to ride youngsters, ride work, school and adapt to the horse they are on. I am happy to give training to the right person. There will be some yard duties and chance to go racing etc. The horses are all well schooled, sensible and are generally very good rides. The yard person would be instead of a rider, to work alongside Nicky, getting our horses tacked up, putting on and off the walker, grooming and generally helping to make sure everything runs smoothly as part of a team. The hours are 6-12 and 3.30 to 5, 5.5 days a week, with one weekend in 3 to work. If you work the sunday then you get Thursday off and an afternoon to suit everyone. If you are off on the sunday, again you take an afternoon to suit too. Accommodation details Lovely self contained one bed flat for the right person. Benefits Great wages, 5.5 day week, 26 days paid holiday, percentage money.  
Job Description We are looking for someone to help run our family yard and look after the day to day welfare of 2/3  family ponies; the successful candidate must be child-friendly. This is not a ridden role but the candidate must be able to help with show preparation and tow a 2 horse trailer (with a Range Rover) on a weekly basis. The role will also require occasional help to assist a team of gardeners on an ad hoc basis. No knowledge of gardening needed, but a willingness to “muck in” & help out is essential.   Minimum Requirements Must be able to tow a 2 horse trailer. Prior grooming experience required.   Accommodation details Live out position   Benefits    
Job Description *Six competition horses. (Eventing and Showjumping) *The job will include general yard duties, mucking out stables, horses in and out fields and the walker, clipping, pulling manes and tails, turn out to a high showing standard. *The riding aspect will include hacking, fitness work and lunging. *6 days a week, 7 hours a day. *7.5 tonne license would be useful but not essential   Accommodation details Own two bedroom cottage on yard. Including 1 double room, 1 twin room, kitchen, sitting room, 1 bathroom, 1 downstairs loo and a utility room.   Benefits Salary dependent on experience.  
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.  
Opportunity for groom at BHSI’s friendly Eventing focused livery yard in Sarratt, Herts. Tuition, training and help towards exams available. Fun, active yard hosting clinics and travelling to train and compete throughout the year. Responsible, competent, organised person with previous experience required. Happy to work with busy team and to take sole charge when needed. Riding opportunities available but not essential. Full time or part time positions possible depending on the candidate. Driving licence helpful (great if you have towing or HGV licence but not essential).    
Job Description International Event Rider seeks a committed, competent groom for fun Competition Yard in Dorset. This is an exciting opportunity to join this small friendly team looking after a string of horses from Pre-novice to Advanced. Minimum Requirements Fab opportunity! Experience in Eventing not essential but a positive attitude to the care and welfare of the horses is. Working at home and at competitions, turning out horses to a high standard with care and attention to detail. The skills below would be helpful: Plaiting Clipping Equine First Aid Lunging Bandaging     Accommodation details Live in or out   Benefits Competitive salary Own horse a possibility  
If you want to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected horses and help them flourish over time, if you love riding, and want to experience ranch life, you will not regret applying for this position in Larnaka, Cyprus! This position will suit you if you have a “can do” attitude and are looking for a truly amazing life experience. Cyprus is NOT  an easy place to live, the culture is alien, the daily temperatures are exhausting, and you are far from friends and family. We are a small private horse sanctuary with 14 rescued horses and ponies in various stages of rehabilitation. Our 14 acres farm is located in a rural valley with few facilities. We do vital work – all hands on care with field surgery, medical and rehabilitation work. There are few equine facilities available in Cyprus and only 2″ equine ” vets on island. We are looking for a Groom who really cares about horse welfare and rehabilitation to join us in our work. Duties are feeding, mucking out, stable cleaning, horse care and riding. Accommodation is the main farmhouse in an en suite room with a private terrace. Flight to Cyprus, all meals and drinks, and personal toiletries etc included, plus use of car by arrangement. Salary Euro 800 tax free salary per month (in line with Cyprus equivalent of NMW) and medical insurance is provided. The successful applicant will live as one of the family and will be expected to help out with light chores such as washing up!
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.    
*Riding opportunities exercising possibly some schooling *Beautiful environment   🙂 COUPLES OR SINGLES WELCOMED:)   Beautiful, high end livery and dressage yard close to London requires live in or out grooms/riders to join existing team.   The job will include all normal yard duties, caring for around 5 horses per day. Ideal candidate should be a confident rider. Riding is mainly exercising and lunging with some schooling. The candidate should be good at dealing with clients and have very high standards of care.   A range of horses to be managed from fit competing dressage horses and eventers to hacking horses. Some well behaved stallions on the yard too.  Good communication skills and ability to get along with liveries and team essential to join this efficient but relaxed yard.   Please apply via  
*5 day week * Some riding possible  *Dog a possibility Interesting role! Experienced Dressage Groom required for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for GP and 5/6 liveries. Home and competition grooming required. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful too. Must be able to work within a team but also to step up as/when required. 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
*Salary IRO £27,000-£32,000 plus accommodation & pension.  *Dog considered Experienced person required for an expanding SJ team within a large, prestigious yard in Surrey with the very best of facilities. Role includes all general yard duties: Mucking out, Lunging and hand walking, Grooming and clipping, holding horses for farrier,treating minor wounds, changing dressings and giving some medications as required, general exercise, Monitoring condition of horses in fields, checking water, fencing,tack cleaning, plaiting and show preparation. Also preparing horses for competitions, travel to some shows and training events, handling young stock, fit competition horses, stallions & newly backed horses etc Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email   Salary IRO £21,800 to £24K plus pension. An initial 1 year contract is offered after a mutually satisfactory trial period.
*Salary IRO £27,000-£32,000 plus accommodation & pension.  *Dog considered *Exercise riding required for a dressage team within a large, prestigious yard in Surrey with the best of facilities. Role includes all general yard duties plus organising event entries, getting the horses and lorry ready for competitions, and attending events. Should be confident and capable of exercising and lunging. Travel to shows nationally and internationally. All food and accommodation expenses met whilst away. You should be a team player, with good communication skills and of course,  have experience of handling fit competition horses. HGV essential. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email   Salary IRO £21,800 to £24K plus pension. An initial 1 year contract is offered after a mutually satisfactory trial period.
*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        
*1 bed cottage with own garden +£18-£20K PA* Partner dog and horse welcomed  *Pension plan *Chance to take HGV if required *Schooling and exercise riding * Professional Riders available for  training *Use of transport to go to competitions during time off if required Based on this family owned professional 120 acre TB breeding stud, a groom/Rider is required to work as part of a friendly team but also capable of sole charge. Role is care of successful eventers 2 hunters and all usual duties. The eventers range from a 4 star horse to a 5 yr old  just starting. Lovely job with very friendly people, working in a small team. 4 others living on site working on the farm /stud, so a cheerful, buzzy atmosphere.  You must be a decent rider for hacking out & schooling and clearly an experienced horse person is required. 7.5t lorry driver essential as you will be driving  the lorry to competitions this is a key and fun part of the job. Employer happy to put someone through their HGV if required. 3 separate yards ~(32 stables in total), grass gallops, horse walker, outdoor menage, waxed sand lunging pen,  all weather paddocks, xc jump area. A lovely spot and all very nice to work in. Please contact Caroline& the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Job Description Racing yard with many exciting horses to run for the 2018/2019 season is now looking for work riders and yard staff required to join their young and vibrant team. Yard staff will be required to muck out, put horses on and off the walker, brush horses over and carry out general yard duties. Full time work riders will ride 3/4 lots a day and come back in the afternoons to look after 4/5 horses. Minimum Requirements The successful yard staff applicant doesn’t necessarily need previous experience with racehorses but experience handling horses is essential. Successful work rider candidates need to have previous experience riding horses, preferably racehorses.     Accommodation details We have both individual and shared on and off site accommodation.     Benefits Competitive wages, pool money and many staff outings throughout the year.    
*Live in or out *IRO £350/£400 *Beautiful cottage accommodation (without charge) *friendly dog considered Groom required to work within a motivated, and energetic team to a very high standard on this international dressage yard. Of course you must be a team player and as this is essentially a non riding position (maybe some hacking), so really would suit someone who enjoys the Dressage environment and working with the best of horses and facilities. Training can be given for those keen and excited to learn all about this exciting discipline in a world class establishment. Purpose built International Dressage facilities:Indoor/outdoor schools, washdowns, walker, lots of well kept post and rail turnout paddocks etc Pls Call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
*5 day week * Some riding possible * On site accommodation available *Dog a possibility   Interesting role! Dressage Groom required for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for GP and 5/6 liveries. Home and competition grooming required. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful too   Team player keen a well as ability to work unsupervised to high standards.The position entails usual yard duties.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
🙂 Fantastic 3 bed estate cottage available with own garden 🙂 *5/5.5/6 day week neg.  * Excellent totally negotiable package from £400pw+ 3 bed estate accommodation * Lots of riding including opportunities to hunt  if interested *Dog/partner a possibility Experienced Groom/Rider required for family that hunts approx. 2 x pw in season (with Portman and other hunts) and events to BE90/100 . Must be capable of all usual duties to a very high standard. Must be meticulous in terms of attention to detail yard and horse management. others . Best Estate hacking, horsewalker. Fantastic facilities. Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730  or email    
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
*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  
*5 day week * £350pw plus s/c accommodation with no bills * Pets welcomed *Low level competing opportunities available if interested and capable Live in or out Groom/Rider position available on a yard with interests in Dressage and breeding quality Event horses. Working alongside one other,  you will need to be capable of all duties to a good level and happy to work on your own and with others. 10 horses kept including Grand Prix Dressage horses and young stock Eventers being prepared to go to professional rider. Youngster to compete (4/5 yrs), but this isn’t compulsory. Young stock handling experience useful. ***Interviews taking place after 21/9/2018** Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
*5/5.5/6 day week neg. * Excellent totally negotiable package from £350pw/£400 *live in or live out * Lots of riding including opportunities to hunt if interested *Dog/partner a possibility. Permanent/temporary or seasonal Grooms required soonest for a very smart, well situated family yard run to professional standards. During the season the horses hunted approx. 2 x pw (with Portman and other hunts) and outside the season also other RC/PC/Eventing activities. Must be capable of all usual duties to a very high standard. Must be meticulous in terms of attention to detail yard and horse management. Best Estate hacking, fantastic facilities. Please call Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
 North Shropshire/Cheshire location JL29027 Shropshire Cheshire Borders – Experienced Part Time Groom/Rider Required. (Hunting Family yard).   *Part time,flexible days and hours *Freelance Grooms welcomed *Generous hourly rates based on experience   Farm based, friendly,family hunting yard with 8 horses who are hunted 3-4 days pw in season require a part time Groom to assist Yard Manager (who is keener on ground based duties these days).   Duties will include riding out horses and general yard work. Good facilities with a horse walker and menage and well equipped yard.   Please call Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*Own horse & dog welcomed *£350 PW plus foc accommodation/no utility bills.   This is an excellent opportunity for a competent No 2 from any discipline to step up and become an Eventing Head Groom.   Our Client is a talented Event Rider looking for a talented person with team player attitudes capable of overseeing juniors as/when. All usual duties (turnout, yard management,home and away grooming, overseing apprentices, plus training etc.   Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Position available for a knowledgeable senior Groom and Rider on this Beautiful family Estate situated 5 miles west of Morpeth Senior Groom required to head up this small and happy team top level care provided for beloved hunters and pointers. Would consider someone “stepping up” but you will need to be ready to do so! Must ride very well and be confident handling exercising well behaved , but nevertheless young fit TB’s. Previous performance horse management and riding experience is vital. Must be capable of all duties on and off the horse to obviously include a high standard of turnout and competency clipping. Previous experience in a similar role would be preferable. The ability to drive a 7.5t lorry would be beneficial but not compulsory. Accommodation details A beautiful, spacious 1-2 bedroom flat with biomass heating (so lovely and warm) is included. Benefits Own horse, dog and partner are welcome for this lifestyle opportunity. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email    
*Salary range from IRO £18-£23K * shared apartment *Dog welcomed Professional Stud with impeccable track record breeding Arab horses is looking for a  Stud hand , ideally with some experience and love of the breed. You will work within a friendly and positive team to enjoy all  of what they do, keep happy horses and to help achieve the vision of driving the stud  forward to achieve good results in a proper way for the future. Small family stud 27 acres & 21 stables in  a lovely part of North Yorkshire. Experience with broodmares, Equine First Aid, Foaling/Foal Watch, Stallion Handling, Veterinary Experience, Young Stock Handler all ideal . Please call Caroline and the team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
Intermediate event rider/Hunting client is looking for a live out, experienced 2nd in command Groom and ideally a decent rider (flat/jumper).  7 quality horses. Grooms work alternate Sundays and have Thursdays off, but of course there is flexibility. Top location and facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Salary very negotiable IRO £350/£370 * 5 or 5.5 day week neg *Live in or out *Dog can be accommodated Experienced and capable temporary grooms required. Must be willing and capable of high standards for all usual duties. Mucking out straw/shavings beds , grooming, clipping and turnout, tacking up, cleaning tack, keeping yard tidy and handling sometimes highly strung competition horses. Experience of working around stallions and young stock would be an advantage. Team player a must. Care of some field kept horses as required. Experience of sole charge and show grooming a real bonus but not essential. If live in, own bedroom and bathroom with a kitchen and living room that is shared with the 2 other grooms. There is sky TV and wifi.  Lovely convenient location, great for shopping and small villages, and transport up to London or city of Winchester and Southampton and Portsmouth all within 15 min drive. Please call Caroline & the Team 0203 006 5730 or email  
🙂 Opportunity for stud hand to step up 🙂 *£20,000-£23K and 1% of sales*Roomy 2 bed house *5 day week outside of season TB stud looking for one person or possibly 1.5 🙂 to run a small, successful but low key family operation sole charge. 4 mares kept and generally 3 foals in the season. Some yearling prep required but consigned, so no need to attend sales. Must have genuine TB foaling/aftercare stud experience. All usual duties plus helping with vet/stud duties/tractor work/maintenance/tractor driving/field maintenance etc. This position requires a flexible individual who must like dogs as owners dogs will be left in your care on a not infrequent basis! Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Top Remuneration IRO £40K+ according to experience*Annual bonus *Private healthcare *Pension *Lovely Family accommodation available if required *Successful commercial stud * Great career opportunity We have a position available that would suit someone who is currently a Stud Manager/Stud Groom or who has the ability to take that next step. This is a position which would suit someone with ambition as owners are commercially minded and run their operation as such. Good track records with much success at yearling sales etc. All the usual skills are required plus you must be willing and able to manage a small but capable team of  Stud professionals.  All previous Stud Managers have been in this position for very good periods of time so this would demonstrate a rewarding and happy environment . Willing to wait for the right person. Looking for someone to start after the Tattersall’s yearling sales in October as most likely applicants will be in the middle of yearling prep etc. until then. If you feel you are ready for that next move and interested in a totally confidential discussion then please do contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email with a full CV to  
*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        

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