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

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 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.


Where has it all gone wrong?

1. Look again at your job vacancy advert…


Are you ‘selling’ your vacancy or just putting together a list of ‘demands’?  

Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - Dont make your job vacancy advert a list of demands

Is your advert attractive or off-putting? Seriously, have you simply “mind-dumped” your requirements or wish-list without considering what a prospective employee would be interested in seeing? Is it simply a list of “must-do’s” and “must-have’s”? Does it really present a balance between your requirements versus what you can offer, for example, the lifestyle the candidate will be living as your employee? The prospective employee is going to be spending the greater proportion of their daily life at your yard (especially if they live in), so it’s in your interests to ensure that it sounds like an inviting, nice place to be!

Read more about writing an effective job vacancy advert here.


Is your job competitive?

Ask yourself, why should the best job seekers want your job above all the others? A good candidate will find your job less attractive if they can take someone else’s job with better remuneration and/or greater benefits, for example, a 5 day week, the freedom to bring a horse or dog, the opportunity to ride, or gain qualifications…

Caroline talks in more depth about making your job vacancy and corresponding advert competitive in her article How to Recruit an Everyday Super Groom here. It’s an interesting read from a seasoned equine recruiter!

If you’re not sure how to make your vacancy more attractive then get in touch with us! We’re experienced at this – we know things you possibly won’t even think of and have many employers who return to us as when they need to simply because we have provided ‘pointers’ in this regard! 🙂


Have you added some photos?

Again, your yard is your prospective employee’s future home/second home (whether live in or out!) so give job seekers a little insight to where they would be working and living (if applicable).


Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - be competitive with your vacancy

Have you “featured” your job vacancy on The Grooms List?

Are you trying to fill an equine job vacancy for a specific type of employee? Do you want to cast your net as wide as possible?

From as little as £12 inc VAT your vacancy will appear on our homepage and on featured spots on various pages and articles on The Grooms List website. Plus it will also give your vacancy extended targeted coverage via our social media channels, giving you a reach of well over 50,000 potential candidates (March 2019).

You can upgrade your vacancy to a featured job at any time throughout your subscription here. 


2. Review your recruiting activity

Are you doing your bit?

Not all job seekers are out of work or have time on their hands to regularly search and apply for jobs, or contact potential employers!

Many, if not most, are busy in their current jobs and working for long hours each day and, arguably, are often less desperate for your job than you are for a groom! Therefore it’s important to make time to search The Grooms List for possible candidates, and, if you think any might be suitable for your vacancy, call them! Text them! Email them! Send them a private message on The Grooms List! Do all of this! Let them know you are interested in speaking to them! We have filled many jobs over the years with job seekers who many employers would have disregarded simply because they didn’t respond quickly enough to a single call or email. You can make a substantial difference to this outcome just by calling at random times eg: early evening, weekends  etc. and contacting  via a variety of routes. “Why should I? If they were interested they would get back to me!” we hear you say… Not so! That was then and this is now; it’s what it takes these days. If you are really having difficulty contacting a job seeker on The Grooms List get in touch with us! and we will do our bit to help. We will investigate to find out why and take a tough line with time-wasters.

Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - Contact CandidatesNeed help using the search filters on The Grooms List? Contact us for advice – we can even send you a preset search link to help you drill down to the candidate’s who are most likely to be suitable for your job vacancy. In fact, you don’t even need a subscription for us to do this – we can still give you a custom link, you just won’t see full Job seekers Profiles and contact details.  Happy to offer  “try before you buy!”

Whether you’re a subscribed employer or not, search and filter job seekers on The Grooms List here any time. 🙂


Are you making assumptions on candidates’ behalf?

A big mistake recruiting employers make when filling an equine job vacancy is to assume certain things about job seekers without finding out facts.

The number one example of this is a candidate’s start date – the “earliest start date” is exactly that – their earliest start date, not their only start date! A considerable number of employers miss out on their ideal employee because they have noted the candidate’s start date is 6 weeks past, assume they must have a job now and disregard them (sometimes even when the candidate has just applied for their job!) Never, ever do this! If a candidate is visible on The Grooms List, contact them! Even if their start date is 6 months past!

As stated in point 2, a good number of job seekers will already be in work and may be casually keeping an eye out for a new opportunity to move onto or step up to. If you think the opportunity they’re looking for could be your job vacancy, ignore their start date, find out for sure by contacting them and drawing their attention to your job vacancy.

Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - Don't disregard candidates without contacting themSounds counter-intuitive but…don’t be too discerning when reviewing Jobseekers Profiles – In our experience a lot of  job seekers don’t help themselves when completing their profile or writing a CV. Don’t miss out, make time to engage with job seekers and find out the facts before disregarding them or rejecting their application. More often than not it will pay off!If a candidate’s profile mostly matches your requirements it’s worthwhile engaging with the candidate regarding your vacancy. There have been numerous occasions where the appointed candidate’s Jobseekers Profile doesn’t align with the requirements of the job they end up happily taking, and often staying a long time in!



Simple solutions!

Make use of an equine recruitment agency like The Grooms List

Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - The Grooms List can helpSocial media may appear to present a wealth of opportunity to recruiting employers but, in reality, this can be an absolute minefield, fraught with problems and pitfalls. Also, unless you are a social media whizz who can deftly target your social media posts at a relevant audience, advertising on social media can waste a fair bit of your recruiting time. The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment has the largest social media coverage of any equestrian recruitment agency (March 2019) with a following of well over 50,000 potential candidates, which is extended at least threefold if you choose to feature your job vacancy on The Grooms List. Furthermore you have direct access to:

  • A database of current equine job seekers, not just avid horse lovers browsing posts in their leisure time.
  • The facilities to construct an effective job vacancy advert that is targeted directly to current equine job seekers.
  • The benefit of social media channels that are 100% targeted
  • Knowledgeable, professional equine recruiters who know things you may not even think of to help you find your perfect candidate! The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment has the most knowledgeable, experienced recruiters in the equine industry today and are available to you, along with a modern, user-friendly equine recruitment website from just £60 including VAT.

Read more on why you should use an equine recruitment agency here.


Make sure you’re using the facilities available to you…


Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - Mobile WebsiteDon’t let things drift

You’d be surprised at the number of busy employers who take out a subscription on a recruitment website, turn around three times and find that their subscription has expired! Buy a subscription when you are ready to recruit in earnest, then ensure you log into The Grooms List website regularly.

  • Add a job vacancy advert as soon as possible! We advertise all jobs on our social media channels, so it’s imperative that you add a job vacancy advert so we, our job seekers and everyone on social media know to apply to you/contact you about your job vacancy! We check all job vacancy adverts before they are published. This protects you from inadvertently stumbling into difficult territory with anti-discrimination laws and employment laws (such as legal salary packages or providing accommodation for an employee or their horse). Read more on writing an effective job vacancy advert here.
  • Feature your job vacancy to broaden your audience to well over 50,000 (October 2019) potential candidates
  • Regularly check your applications
  • Regularly check your Private Messages
  • Regularly search the latest candidates who have joined The Grooms List since your last visit
  • The Grooms List website works on any device so you can keep up with your recruitment drive from anywhere that you have an internet connection.


Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - APPROVE AND REJECT APPLICATIONSReply to ALL applications

Even the unsuitable ones – no one likes to be left hanging!

  • Let good candidates know that you’d like speak to them by approving their application on The Grooms List. Yours won’t be the only job they’ll have applied for, and you could easily miss out if another employer has engaged with them before you do.
  • Let unsuccessful applicants know that your job is not for them – this time. They’ve taken the time to read your job vacancy advert and apply to you – it’s only fair that you let them know that they need to keep looking. Do bear in mind that an applicant who is too inexperienced for your yard now could be your perfect employee a year or more down the line, so it’s worthwhile politely letting the candidate know that on this occasion their application has not been successful, rather than simply let them slowly draw the conclusion that you’re not interested to speak to them as time passes and you don’t reply to their application.
  • We appreciate that it can be difficult to know what to say, especially when rejecting a candidate’s application, therefore we have created editable preset replies for you to use to quickly go through your applicants letting candidates know if their application has been successful or not. Remember, either way it is in your interest to respond to your applicants.

Review and accept/reject your applications here.


Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - get expert adviceGet professional advice

Through The Grooms List, a wealth of valuable equine recruitment knowledge and experience is only a phone call, email or social media message away – make use of that!

  • The Grooms List has an ever-growing catalogue of articles offering recruiting employers information and advice on the recruiting process – have a browse through them here and benefit from key advice on finding, employing and retaining your Super Grooms!
  • Contact us if you would like to have a chat about your vacancy and requirements, or you would like any tips on getting the best out of your subscription to The Grooms List website.


But it’s all so time-consuming!

Help - Why cant I fill my equine job vacancy - stressed outDon’t have time for all this? Ask yourself how much money you have spent trying to fill an equine job vacancy, renewing various website subscriptions over the last few weeks or months – years, even?! Add up how long you’ve spent chasing unsuitable candidates. Time = money, so you can’t afford to let your website subscription pass without using the services you’ve paid for.

  • Get ahead by reading our advice on writing your job vacancy advert here.
  • Contact us: to discuss your job vacancy advert.
  • Contact us: to discuss any candidates, whether they’re in your applicant’s list or a search results list. We can even provide you with a custom link to a list of candidates that match your requirement. Just tell us your requirements and we’ll do it.
  • Be assured that you’re adhering to employment law – read our articles on equine recruitment and employment here.

Need more help? Do contact us and discuss our Assisted and Bespoke services – it may be cheaper than you think!

Do feel free to contact Caroline for a professional, impartial, no-obligation chat here.


Key facilities on The Grooms List

Advertise your job vacancy here.

Edit your job vacancy here.

Feature your Job Vacancy here.

Manage your applications here.

Search candidates on The Grooms List here.

Your Private Messages here.

Manage your subscription here.

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*Up to £500pw depending on experience *5/5.5/6 day week negotiable *Accommodation available *Pets considered We are looking for someone who enjoys working with top class performance horses and enjoys running a yard to 3* level. You would be required to look after and help with the riding of  6 top class performance horses who regularly compete at a high level and partake in varied disciplines all year round on a private yard. There could be opportunities to hunt/compete yourself if you have the ability and interest to do so. Working alongside the owners and other yard staff (but you will often be in charge of things and expected to organise, so experience of sole charge essential) you ideally will be someone who is used to working to 3* level. Turnout ability should be excellent and you should be able to plait both manes and tails. Some of these horses compete to HOYS level so someone who actually enjoys the ‘spic and span’ approach would thrive in this role! The yard has all the mod cons you would wish for to make your life easy! Walker/ Hot wash/Washing machine/ Tumble dryer/ infra Red. Someone who can drive a lorry/tow a trailer would be ideal but not essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great pay on this one. This job is one where the employer operates at top level in her disciplines and expects a Groom to match her standards so you need to actually enjoy turnout and always be striving for perfection. Lots of sole charge but when about the employer will ‘quality control’ if required so you need to be someone who sees that as a good thing . If you are a good rider, there will be opportunities but obviously those will be secondary to the grooming/yard manangement role Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
Partner welcomed*Dog welcomed *Live in or out *Standard stud hours, with alternate weekends being worked *Four weeks holiday plus bank holidays *Negotiable,competitive salary & discretionary bonus scheme. Beautiful yard adjoining the Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border  is seeking a full time thoroughbred Stud Hand. You would be required to work alongside an experienced stud manager at a small family owned commercial stud farm foaling at home and prepping foals for sale. 🙂 Less experienced candidates who are keen to learn or experienced people who can slot into the role would be considered 🙂 Stud has around ten permanent broodmares, their foals, a couple of yearlings etc. also have some resting racehorses which come for their holidays once or twice a year. The family also have two ponies that they may need occasional assistance with. Helpful if you are qualified and able to drive a small box but not essential, training can be arranged. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit someone who understands life on a small TB stud – ie very busy times with foal prep etc and very quiet times when all the horses are turned out and staff have to be handy with a strimmer/mower instead!  Best of facilities and a very professional but relaxed family environment. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email      
  Family PC/Eventing/Hunting family looking for a senior Groom/Rider for a small family hunting yard within an estate. 8 horses kept. * £25K neg *Lovely cottage accommodation*Partner welcomed *Pets welcomed * Own horse welcomed *FOC council tax/water rates paid/horse if applicable *Vehicle available for company business.   The successful applicant should have longevity in past roles please as we are replacing someone who has been in situ for 6 years. You must be happy to work sole charge in a rural location but with help/support when required. The role includes: ordering and organising feed, bedding and hay, keeping the yard immaculate, maintaining the highest standard of turnout of horses. A thorough understanding of the day to day care of the hunting /event horse is essential including the ability to bring 2nd horses. Candidates must be able to do all fitness and basic schooling of all horses to a high level plus be able to hunt or ride around a hunter trial,further training available if interested. You must be able to lunge and school young horses. Communication and people skills essential as liasing with other Estate staff to run this lovely small yard in an estate environment is essential. Also there will be a necessity to manage other PT staff. Hours Oct-March are full on but halved April-Sept with pay and all Terms remaining the same year round! Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a really super job for someone who works in a very professional manner but in a super friendly environment. If that describes you and you are looking for the long term then this would be a great opportunity for you. Very generous and somewhat negotiable remuneration if you are a really decent rider too!  Please contact Caroline& the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email                  
Job Description Work riders with previous experience of working in a racing yard.   Minimum Requirements Experienced Work Riders   Accommodation details This is a full time position and we have single accommodation available – sorry no pets allowed. We offer a Full Pension with Royal London. Benefits Pool Money (Stable Percentage) and regular opportunities to go racing. As per NTF Scales – age related  
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56A) *Riding available with good hacking and indooor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Job Description To provide care for the horses at home and assist with competition preparation to ensure the smooth running of the yard and facilities.   Minimum Requirements ABLE TO: Follow feeding, cleaning and water schedules set by Head/Competition Groom. Cleaning and maintenance of tack/leatherwork and other items including rugs, boots, bandages, etc. Other day to day tasks such as mucking out, feeding, turning out/in, lunging and preparing horses for exercise including knowledge of tack requirements for each horse. Communicate with vet, farrier, dentist, physio in absence of Head/Competition Groom or Owner. Assist in preparation for competitions, training and events. To cover specific tasks agreed when other staff absent. Ensure all tack and consumable repairs and requirements are noted and reported to Head/Competition Groom including bedding, feed, veterinary supplies. Report any maintenance issues to Head/Competition Groom/Owner. Assist in horse care and yard maintenance as required for all BOS horses. Ensure all fields are kept clear of droppings and poisonous plants and facing safe and effective. Lunging and Horse Walker familiarity for all horses. Act professionally, with discretion, courteously and effectively at all times To maintain effective and positive working relationships with staff, consultants, partner organisations, external organisations, sponsors and clients   DESIRABLE: Experience of handling youngstock and broodmares Experience of managing (unwell) horses and rehabilitation techniques and programmes   PERSONAL QUALITIES: Good communication skills Team Player who is also able to work in isolation on occasions Willing to undertake relevant additional training as required An eye for attention to detail Flexible and responds positively to new challenges   Accommodation details Shared Flat   Benefits 5 1/2 days per week Salary £18/20k per annum (dependant on experience) NEST Pension 28 days holiday per annum Sickness cover in line with Statutory Requirements Great Location Superb Facilities Fantastic Horses      
Live out, part time (IRO 3 hours a day) Family Groom required for a Yard with some fabulous horses who are produced in a slow and consistent fashion so they can achieve their potential, remaining with the same owner throughout their career and probably beyond 🙂 AFTERNOON SHIFT PLEASE 🙂 Maybe more hours in winter to suit both parties. This is an opportunity for a freelance Groom to fit in some work with other’assignments’  but will need to be  an experienced Groom rather than someone at the beginnning of their career. Small and friendly Team for 7 horses. 2 well bred yearlings (with a future in Dressage) 1 ridden horse, (11 years old mare ) hacking and basic schooling & confidence giver) 3 year old very well behaved and well bred stallion (His future direction tbc) welsh x pony companion 4 years old Mare 4 years old who may be an eventer/show jumper depending on how she develops. If you were a decent exercise rider/able to lunge minimum and if you are capable of more that would be fabulous! Employer has a busy life with 5 children and 4 still at home (15 year old son / 17 year old daughter/11 year old daughter/7 year old son). Owner does a bit of most things and enjoys being an owner and the fun that will come with that. Daughter (11 yo) enjoys showing and general riding. 7 year old son may or may not ride.  You must be capable of all aspects of stable work/horse management etc and sole charge when necessary, but also relaxed and happy to work with others. Please do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
Full Job Description can be downloaded (below under application form) Minimum Requirements We are looking for someone who is dedicated and enthusiastic!  Qualifications are not important to us, we are a small team and the candidate should be motivated, able to work alone or in a team and have a desire to ‘own it’! Ideally, candidates should be able to drive and have good general knowledge of basic equipment maintenance & repairs. The ability to self-manage and organise your daily work programme would be an advantage. Accommodation details Live out but accommodation might be available if necessary Benefits The opportunity to work in a beautiful environment & you will never be bored!  All the usual apply, good rates of pay, holiday pay, pension and all staff are issued with corporate uniform.
**We are adding to our Team!** This is an excellent opportunity to join our team!  We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for racehorses undergoing remedial programmes, competition horses from the private sector and pre-training for our own horses! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  From time to time additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. As well as riding horses at our Stables, there are times when we take our jockeys to trainers yards, to racecourses and other external locations so this is an great opportunity to join a busy team – you will not be bored! Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not all about crazy horses – some are just young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence!  We have other riders for lead horses and offer full support and training. We are able to offer a part time position if preferred, mornings only from 07.30hrs. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email      
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility *Live in or out Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Caroline’s Comments 🙂 Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Chance to work within a happy and motivated Team  would suit someone who loves all things Dressage and with some experience. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 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! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 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  
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. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 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
*Small dog welcome *Very fair wage negotiable Enthusiastic and experienced live out groom/rider sought for lovely family hunting yard in a beautiful part of the country. All usual groom and yard duties to work alongside two other cheerful members of staff who recommend the yard and themselves! Regular hunting in the season, and low level competing in the summer. Good rider essential to cope with large, fit horses, happy to take instruction, and able to turn horses out to the highest standard. Experience required in cleaning tack, plaiting, clipping. Friendly team but should be able to work on own initiative when required. Please call Caroline Carter & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*Stunning Cotswold location *IRO £350pw *Flat with no bills! *5 day week Our client events her horses at all levels (BE90 – 4*)and has some fabulous advanced horses as well as some “up and coming” youngsters.This role is suitable for an experienced Groom who enjoys the competition environment but prefers mostly home grooming. Relevant experience ideal including yard/stable/performance horse management. Young stock experience also as a few young horses brought in from time to time to bring on. Must be able to turnout to a good basic level. Must be passionate about horses and their care. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a nice job for a real Team player who enjoys the world of eventing. High standards and busy event yard where everyone pulls together and enjoys themselves. Considerate employer who looks after her staff. Would consider someone slightly more junior and train up but should have eventing/performance horse experience. Please call Caroline & the Team  on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*2 bed flat *5 day week *Dog considered *IRO £375 pw per role + accommodation (neg). Working couple Required ( Groom/Rider + general maintenance/Person Friday duties). Lovely lifestyle role for a suitable couple to help manage a private home and yard for a large family who split their week between London and the country and sometimes are abroad for a few weeks at a time. Must be experienced and have good people and communication skills. Would suit a friendly, relaxed but very responsible couple. Working couple Role(s) involves working with another and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Maintenance for the yard, the house and the garden:  fence mending, taking care of the pool, helping keep vehicles maintained and clean, etc Keen gardener to do mowing, weeding, raking, hedge trimming, and minor tree surgery, planning and planting the borders and walled vegetable garden· Housekeeper/cleaning duties including organising & cooking healthy interesting meals mostly at the weekend.  🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Nice opportunity for a couple who enjoy taking charge of a family home, yard and the animals and all facilities therein.  Pls call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email    

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
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