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Horse characters that make you laugh, cry….and scream!

Why we love our four-footed friends (or not).

I am often moved by the stories I hear of grooms and the relationships they develop with horses in their care over time. I have chatted to grooms who have let loose tears of pride over a particular horses achievements and also those inconsolably distraught at the loss of their beloved “yard favourite”.

Horse Characters Every Groom Works With

It is sobering to hear how many grooms stay in jobs they might otherwise choose to leave, just because they so value their special relationships with “their” horses; some finally having to move on for various reasons, call me in an almost bereaved state to have to leave a favourite behind. I totally get it.

It really isn’t uncommon either for employers and grooms to bond together over their horses, this is lovely for all concerned and it is an unbreakable triangle that can last a lifetime. More common than popular press would have us believe these days!

In this week’s blog, Becky takes a light-hearted trot through just some of her special memories over the years, and am sure we can all relate to at least one if not all of those personalities described. We’d love to hear about those that stick in your mind – which of these do you work with?

Caroline

 

 


Horse characters that make you laugh, cry….and scream!

By Becky Parker

 

There are many perks to being a groom, the healthy outdoorsy lifestyle, travelling to top events at home and abroad, learning from incredibly talented professional athletes, eating almost as much as the horses knowing you will burn it all off. Yet none of this is what really gets you out of bed on a cold winters morning.

The greatest perk is the horses themselves. When you work with an animal day in day out it’s not just their beauty, their power or the thrill of going for a good gallop that keeps you hooked. It’s discovering their individual unique characters. The way they amuse us with their antics and the satisfaction we get from watching them learn and progress in their careers, as personalities we have a bond with, not just machines. That’s what makes the job so rewarding.

A vital part of a groom’s skill-set is the ability to recognise the different personality types and adapt the way they handle each horse to suit the individual. Of course, some horses make our job easier than others. Here are a few examples of the more ‘quirky’ horses characters you might come across as a groom or employer!

 

 

Horse Characters - Raging Bull1. THE RAGING BULL

 

It’s unlikely you can manage to work within a competition yard for longer than 2 minutes without meeting one of these characters. Many fit, highly strung, hot-blooded competition horses have a tendency to like to go everywhere at warp speed. Easily wound up and precious as they are, their turn out time is often limited so when it does come round it is a VERY exciting event. Consequently, getting them to the field can be challenging to say the least.

 

CASE STUDY – Retro

Retro was a lunatic to turn out, prone to airs above the ground followed by bolting into the distance before we were quite at the gateway. Consequently, we used to lead him to the field with a scoop of horse treats or polos (more desirable than pony nuts apparently) to distract him. You had to unclip him as smoothly as possible while he was distracted and step back quick sharp, NEVER let the clip make a sound!

 

 

 

Horse Characters - Rupert in Stable

Rupert in a less spatially challenged moment!

2. THE SPATIALLY CHALLENGED

 

Some horses are simply more sensitive (read neurotic) than others. It is unlikely we will ever manage to rationalise their fears. Without knowing their full history and learning to speak ‘horse’ we can never truly always understand why they are scared.

 

CASE STUDY – Rupert

Dear Rupert had many odd quirks but chief amongst these was his immense fear of doorways. All doors had to be pulled completely back and he had to walk through them with a run-up, aiming exactly for the middle in a straight line. You must NEVER walk through them at the same time as him or have any contact on the rope.

 

 

 

Horse Characters - The Escape Artist3. THE ESCAPE ARTIST

 

These crafty characters present themselves in a variety of different ways. There is the stable escape artist, who will undo latches or limbo under stable guards to craftily sneak off for a pick of tasty grass in the night. There is the opportunist, who will take any slack moment of carelessness from you to nudge open a pushed too door or wiggle past a wheelbarrow and gallop off with a spray of sparks, tail over the back causing total havoc. But worst of all is the Jumper.

 

CASE STUDY – Ted

Ted took his job of field masters top mount very seriously. As a rather talented and bold hedge jumper he spent the summer keeping his eye in by perusing the choice grasses all-round the estate where he was turned out. Come Autumn when his pilot came to collect him he was keen to show off what good form he’d kept with a 3-day display of hedge hopping whenever they came into sight. He was only eventually recaptured with the use of several extra tall cattle gates penning him and a docile friend in a corner.

 

 

 

4. THE ALPHA FEMALE

 

The Alpha female requires careful handling as she is often one smart cookie and extremely adept at outmanoeuvring her humans. She cannot be bullied, rather she must be persuaded into co-operation. A useful saying to remember is –

 

Geldings you tell, Mares you ask, Stallions you make a suggestion

 

Horse Characters - The Alpha Female

Jose now, enjoying a leisurely retirement and looking like butter wouldn’t melt!

CASE STUDY – Jose

Jose lived her life by an large on her own terms. She was at one point a Grade A showjumper until she decided she’d had enough of that and quit entering arenas. She then went on to become a very good Field masters horse covering any country with great panache. Daily management of Jose was also a challenge. All newcomers would be pointedly tested for their alertness as she would very intentionally stamp on their toes should they not be paying attention at any point. Asking her to move when mucking out would be rewarded with intentional foot placement in the nearest dropping. Hacking was a touch and go business as when Jose decided she was done with roadwork you were done. Inventive exercising became the norm as if there were hunt jumps and cantering involved then she was game.

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Characters - The Grumpy One5. THE GRUMPY SOD

 

For whatever reason, there are many theories, some horses have anger issues. Be it bad early experience, frustration, they may be protective of their own space, sensitive to grooming/rugging or it could just be habit. Curing such horses is usually not possible for the average person and so we must do our best to manage them. The trick, I have found, is to always be aware of where said horse is.

 

CASE STUDY – WALLY

Old Wally was one of the sharpest teeth happy horses I have ever had the pleasure of caring for. To ride he was, in fact lovely and one of my favourites but to handle he was a savage, he didn’t just nip you, he took a whole chunk, as I soon found out to my own detriment. One morning I was merrily sweeping the yard joking away with a fellow groom dancing to the radio. As I bust a particularly swanky backwards dance move I unwittingly put myself right into Wally’s personal private outside his door space and nudged his chest with the end of my broom. VERY bad move! Wally promptly corrected my unruly behaviour removing a nice chunk of skin from my back and thoroughly bruising my ribs. Lesson learnt – look where you are going and respect grumpy sods space!

 

 

 

Horse Characters - The Joker6. THE JOKER

 

If these types were human, they would be the class clown that grows into a comedian. Often a yard favourite they are always up to something and bring daily amusement to the yard with their cheeky nature. Classically pictured sweeping outside their stable nothing is safe from a good chewing. They always want to help often untying themselves, removing their own bandages, other horse’s rugs, burying items of your clothing in their bed and emptying the wheelbarrow for you – outside their stable. There are many such characters that spring to mind but my personal favourite has to be this one.

 

 

CASE STUDY – Carlou AKA the dog

Carlou was a particularly loveable big lanky 6yo I looked after on the Sunshine tour in Spain. He was your usual mouthy youngster but he took things to another level when he found his new best friend in my dog Berra. Berra was a young, playful Rottweiler always causing trouble herself, when she ended up tied outside his stable one day the pair hit it off and would literally mouth each other’s necks like 2 dogs would. She would roll around on her back outside his door while he nuzzled and mouthed her. The cutest, most amusing thing I’ve ever seen.

 

 

 

7. THE SIMPLY BIZARRE

 

Nine times out of ten we can predict or anticipate a horse’s reaction. Particularly when we know them well. A lazy horse will calmly pass most things obliviously. A highly strung, hot horse will spook at anything that moves seeing monsters everywhere and flee. Horses are flight animals, we can understand this. How then to react when a horse goes completely against the norm and does something truly bizarre?

 

Horse Characters - The Simply Bizarre Safira

An on form Safira is a wonderful thing!

CASE STUDY – Safira

From day one Safira registered herself as an opinionated sort. She stunned us all with her flashy free-floating movement and firmly established herself as a dressage diva demanding special treatment. She showed off her special athletic ability further going through a particularly delightful bucking backwards phase. Eventually coming through this she began her dressage career. However, problems arose when Safira developed a particularly strong disliking for areas where the surface changed, not just in type but puddles, shadows, rays of light, colour. Not so unheard of but rather than spook and flee Safira likes to skid to halt, yank the reigns out of her rider’s hand and not just sniff but bury her nose in said suspicious substance. She could not be moved under any circumstance until she felt good and satisfied the area was safe.

 

 

 

8. TEACHERS PET

 

An honourable mention must be included here to the yard angel. The perfect gentleman or schoolmistress. A stand out character because they always try so hard to please, doing everything you want almost before you’ve even asked. You yearn to protect them from anything and everyone, you want to take them home at night and it is not unknown for many a Groom to stay in a job a whole lot longer just because they can’t bear to be parted from this one. Everyone has their own version of the superstar, he’s not always the most stunning or the most talented, he’s the one with the biggest heart.

 

Horse Characters - Teachers PetCASE STUDY – Donte

During my time at college, there was a particularly legendary character called Donte. He was no superstar, I hesitate to even put a breed label on him, often he was used as an example of bad conformation. Yet Donte was one of the most loved characters there because he was such a sweetheart. He was the horse you prayed you got for your BHS exams because being able to ride was practically surplus to requirements with Donners. If you had shown him the course map, he probably could have gone round by himself. There was a huge problem with riders having confidence crises at college and Donte was the one that picked them all up. Without him, I don’t think half of these grooms would still be riding now. While he might not have been everyone’s idea of a fun and exciting ride, we all need a Donte at some point in our lives.

 

 

According to a recent study shared by the British Grooms Association, 70% of grooms who participated reported having been bullied in the workplace and 86% suffer from mental wellbeing issues. Perhaps it’s all these mighty peculiar characters rubbing off on us? While there is never any excuse for bullying, a job where you are combining half a dozen or more 1000 pound free-spirited animals with a mind of their own, too few staff and not enough daylight hours is going to occasionally become stressful. That’s before you add in a highly strung rider or two and a few of our aforementioned groom stereotypes! There has to be something that keeps on drawing us back, something that makes us wipe out the bad moments, tolerate the occasional idiocy and trudge back on outside into the sideways torrential downpour.

It can only be these quirky equine characters, the ones that make you laugh, cry and quietly scream to yourself in a corner. They are the lovely ones, super talents, the super freaks. On those occasions when the time comes to move on from a yard, some memories fade, for example, the bad boss and the annoying working student – but these ‘special cases’ will win a place in our hearts and minds forever. They are the reason we love horses.

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Job Description Friendly enthusiastic reliable groom to work with a small number of competition horses on a private yard in the Scottish Borders. Opportunity to groom at competitions. Willing to take on a less experienced person with the right attitude as training will be given. Private Yard with 4-6 horses. Primary interest is Eventing. Horses have a varied routine with hacking, training, competing and daily turnout. American Barn style stabling, 10 acres of turnout, 30x60m outdoor arena.   Minimum Requirements Ability to handle, look after and turn out competition horses on a small private yard and work as part of a friendly team.  Must be capable of exercising horses with owners and taking sole charge.   Accommodation details Must live out.     Benefits Excellent salary depending on age and experience.
Family showjumping stud and producing yard is now looking for a key new member to add to their team where you will have an extremely varied role – no two days the same! We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year three of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.   Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales  in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing.   Overview We are looking for a new member of the team to share equal responsibility on a rota basis. Reporting to the Yard Manager. The position is a live in or out role. Operational Hours between Monday to Sunday on a rota shift bases. Normal shifts are 8-5pm  5 days per week alternate weekend work is inclusive [ however this can change due to foaling and various activities]   Yard duties including mucking out, feeding, watering and sweeping. Grooming and general daily health care of the horses Tack cleaning Schooling and hacking Lunging/double line lunging Liaising with yard manager on any issues routines and actions needed for horses care Maintaining a tidy feed room Preparing horses for competitions including plaiting Assisting with stud duties, foaling and care Clipping   Requirements High attention to detail Competent riding ability understanding of how a horse works and what could be done to improve its way of going Good horsemanship with kind nature Clipping/bandaging/plaiting to a high standard   Other Skills/Abilities Good communication skills Ability to think on feet and be flexible Team player to fit in and respect current working practices and other team members Confidence to handle youngsters and stallions Show Jumping experience   Wage Negotiable dependant on experience statutory holiday entitlement Pension Scheme in operation with an opt out period Extremely varied role – no two days the same! Full time contract with 28 days holiday, pension and statutory sick pay. 5 days per week which includes alternate weekends ie 40 hour week. Days are usually  8-5pm this can vary during foaling season or out to competitions etc Possible place  for own horse but no pets Driving Licence essential as rural location 
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel that has been COVID 19  Looking forward now and  planning to our future we are now looking for an experienced competition rider to join our team. This Warmblood Stud is the home of Stallions and Broodmares. We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year four  of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.  Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales near Tregaron in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing. This full time, live in or out role will include riding at BSJA shows you must have a strong competition record ideally or the ability to compete to a high level . Our competition horses have all been out affiliated to varying levels.  We need a competent rider. We would require  you to gain good understanding of all the horses to maximise their potential and understand their individual personalities and abilities and be able to work with the team in tailoring their exercise and work plans moving forward. Most importantly to work with our team,  getting the best from our horses. This will include general yard duties as well as guiding and nurturing the team.   The role is 5 days per week and flexibility if we go out to shows at the week days and weekends. We are a mixed yard competition horses (stallions), youngstock, broodmares and general riding horses. We have some very well bred, exciting youngsters for the future.   We are a very busy yard this could be a hugely rewarding role for the right person. Accommodation details – Live in is available  own horse considered        
Job Description Full time experienced Hunt groom to take charge of 6 quality hunters Minimum Requirements A cheerful helpful person who loves the job & understands horses hunting and hunting people. 7.5t licence would be an advantage.   Accommodation details A nice converted barn with lounge dinner,  bedroom, shower fully fitted furniture with parking outside
Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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