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How Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment

How Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment

As the wheels of the equestrian industry start to slowly grind into motion again with “lockdown” easing, many people are unsure or confused as to how these restrictions affect their equestrian pursuits and, in particular, those who work or employ staff in the equine industry. As the no.1 equestrian recruitment agency, we’re keen that everyone understands how coronavirus affects equine recruitment, in order that disruption may be kept to a minimum while keeping everyone safe. We are receiving lots of calls and emails asking should I stay put or change my job? Can I go for interviews? Is it wise to recruit for a new Groom? etc etc

We felt it vital we took advice directly from the Government on how yards can cope with their staffing needs throughout this surreal and unprecedented time.

We have taken advice relating to recruitment and employment matters directly from a Government body. All other information is taken from respectable bodies and sources are clearly stated. We are not legal experts or experts on coronavirus – you must exercise caution and common sense at all times, and seek personal advice directly.

 

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How Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment

The Government advises that recruitment activities may continue where necessary.

Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment - When not to hold an job interviewAcas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service provided by the Government, advises us today (24th March 2020) that recruitment activities within the equine industry may continue where necessary. As we all know, horses don’t care for themselves so, as with all animal care professions, healthy Grooms, Stud Hands etc can to continue working throughout the “lockdown”. By association, recruitment activities within the equine industry may continue as long as everyone adheres strongly to social distancing measures laid out by the Government, see here.

Advertising a job vacancy and sourcing suitable candidates via The Grooms List is not an activity that puts anyone at risk. Coronavirus affects equine recruitment at the job interview stage, which poses a threat of spreading Coronavius.

Who should hold/attend job interviews and who should postpone them?

Yes, go ahead with your job interviews

  • If you are an employer and were already recruiting for a much-needed team member to care for the horses in your yard.
  • If you are an employer and you have Grooms off sick or self-isolating you can go ahead and recruit a Freelance or Short Term Groom to help cover your yard.
  • If you are a fit and healthy, non-vulnerable Groom you may apply for jobs and work as usual, while adherely strongly to social distancing guidelines.

 

No! Please postpone your job interviews!

  • If you are recruiting or job hunting for a Competition Groom role, this isn’t essential and should be put on hold.
  • If you are a Riding School recruiting Instructors and Trainers, this is not essential as leisure and pleasure activities are included in the “lockdown”. Please put your job interviews for these individuals on hold. You can, however, still recruit Grooms.
  • If you are classed as a vulnerable person, or you are displaying any symptons of coronavirus, you must put your job interviews on hold.

 

Holding and Attending Job Interviews

Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment - Skype Job InterviewBefore arranging an interview:

  • Make the most of a thorough telephone conversation in the first instance.
  • Use photographs and videos of show turnout, riding, yard facilities, horses etc. as much as possible to set the scene before anyone makes any travel arrangements to visit the yard.
  • Use Skype, Facetime or any other video calling facility before anyone makes any travel arrangements to visit the yard.
  • Only make arrangements for a candidate to visit an employer when you’ve exhausted all non-travel options of getting to know each other.
  • Don’t make arrangements for job interviews that are too far to drive to and from the candidate’s home. There will be no where for anyone to stay locally, and you must not accommodate an interviewee in your home.
  • Please do not make arrangements for an interview if the candidate has to use public transport to attend.
  • Shared accommodation: both employers and employees, please consult with and respect each other, and the risks, when considering introducing a new person to shared accommodation. Please avoid introducing a new recruit to any form of shared accommodation while Britain is in “lockdown”.

 

Travelling to an interview:

  • When travelling to a job interview, print out emails detailing your arrangement for the job interview as a Groom and carry it with you. Should you be stopped and asked where you’re going and why, you’ll have this to show.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before you leave and ask to wash your hands when you arrive.
  • Keep hand sanitiser, hand wash, antiseptic hand wipes in your car, and remember to use them on your steering wheel, handles, buttons, handbrake, gear stick etc as well as your hands!

 

Attending an interview:

Ensure you maintain a minimum of 2 metres distance from anyone else at ALL times!

  • Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment - Job InterviewsDo not shake hands!
  • Employers must offer an interviewee the facilities to wash their hands when they arrive and throughout their time with you. Likewise, interviewees must ask and ensure they use the facilities available.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Try to hold the entirety of your interview outside, but please do not think that being outside will give you any degree of immunity! Being outside will simply afford you more space to maintain a good distance from each other.
  • Where possible, save introducing the interviewee to other team members until you are certain they are joining you, and then please do so while adhering to social distancing rules.
  • We always advise employers to interview candidates themselves – if an employer is self isolating or believes they may be showing symptoms of coronavirus, please postpone the interview or, if necessary, delegate interviewing to a healthy, non-vulnerable friend or yard worker (not another member of your household).
  • Keep job trials to one day, the same day the candidate attends the interview.
  • Take care not to risk anything that could lead to placing additional strain on the emergency services and medical profession. If it isn’t essential, don’t do it.

 

Before starting or continuing your recruitment drive or job hunt, please read our advice on the following topics. There will be useful information you can apply throughout this time:


Advice for Employers

Grooms are essential workers and can continue to work throughout the “lockdown”.

  • If someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to stay at home.
  • Employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products.
  • Those who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work.
  • Employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients.
  • If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website.
  • employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible.

Source: www.gov.uk

See full information on all of the above on the government website here.

 

It’s good practice for employers to:

  • Be especially careful and take extra steps for vulnerable groups, including those who are pregnant, aged 70 or over, or who have a long-term health condition.
  • Hold meetings as remote calls and avoid travel as much as possible.
  • Make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace shows symptoms of the virus.
  • Make sure there are clean places to wash hands with hot water and soap, and encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly.
  • Provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them.
  • Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date.
  • Keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace.

Source: ACAS

 

If an employee does not want to go to work

  • Some people might feel they do not want to go to work if they’re afraid of catching coronavirus. This could particularly be the case for those who are at higher risk.
  • An employer should listen to any concerns staff may have and should take steps to protect everyone.
  • If an employee still does not want to go in, they may be able to arrange with their employer to take the time off as holiday or unpaid leave. The employer does not have to agree to this.
  • If an employee refuses to attend work without a valid reason, it could result in disciplinary action.

Source: ACAS

 

Help for employers and businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – please seek advice before making workers redundant.
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • A Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Source: www.gov.uk

See full information on all of the above on the government website here.

***It’s important that Employers prepare in advance a plan of action to take in the event that they, or a member of their team, should become ill and be unable to work. The CIPD offers advice on this within this article***

 


Advice for Workers

Grooms are essential workers and can continue to work throughout the “lockdown”.

Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment - Grooms

Financial Support for Workers

When workers hours are cut or they are “furloughed”

The government have announced that they are proposing a “furlough “of employees who would be out of a job but still be registered with their employer and therefore receiving 80% of their wage.

• It applies to all businesses
• Employees who would otherwise be made redundant can be designated a “furloughed employee” by the employer
• It is the employer’s decision, but the employee will have to agree (why wouldn’t you as otherwise going to be redundant)
• It is max 3 months to 1st June when it will be reviewed for extension
• You will get 80% of wages
• The employee must not do any work for the employer whilst on furlough
• The employer does not have to top it up to full wages
• Likely to be based on February’s wages
• It does not apply to those who have already agreed to reduce their hours

Source: the British Grooms Association

 

If you do not want to go to work

  • Some people might feel they do not want to go to work if they’re afraid of catching coronavirus. This could particularly be the case for those who are at higher risk.
  • An employer should listen to any concerns staff may have and should take steps to protect everyone.
  • If an employee still does not want to go in, they may be able to arrange with their employer to take the time off as holiday or unpaid leave. The employer does not have to agree to this.
  • If an employee refuses to attend work without a valid reason, it could result in disciplinary action.

Source: ACAS

 


Advice for Self-Employed Grooms

The Chancellor has just announced financial assistance for self-employed workers

Financial Support for Freelance and Self Employed Peopl

Statutory freelance/self-employment pay

Today, the Chancellor announced new financial support for people working on a self-employed or freelance basis.

  • The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 per month. Open for at least 3 months across the UK, and it will extend if necessary.
  • You’ll be able to claim these grants and continue to do business. It’s covering the same amount of income as we are for furloughed employees, who also get a grant worth 80%.
  • It’s only open to those with trading profits up to £50,000, who make a majority of their income from self-employment. To minimise fraud only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply.
  • HMRC are working urgently, we expect people to access it no later than the beginning of June. If eligible, HMRC will contact you with an online form, they pay the grant straight to your bank account.
  • To make sure no one who needs it misses out on support, anyone who missed the filing deadline in January, four weeks from today to submit their tax return.
  • You can access the business interruption loans.
  • Income tax payments due in July can be deferred to the end of Jan 2021.

Source: www.gov.uk

You can more about this in the full House of Commons publication here.

 


Advice for Freelance and Short Grooms

Horse care is essential, so you can still go about your work while adhering strongly to coronavirus safety rules

Coronavirus Affects Equine Recruitment - advice for freeland and short term GroomsThere is likely to be a growing need for Freelance Grooms and short term Grooms over the coming weeks and it’s important that you protect yourself and others around you at all times.

  • Do not shake hands with anyone!
  • Ensure you know where the facilities are to wash your hands and do it when you arrive at a yard and throughout your time with there.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Adhere to social distancing rules with everyone at all times – please do not think that being outside will give you any degree of immunity!
  • Take care not to risk anything that could lead to placing additional strain on the emergency services and medical profession. If it isn’t essential, don’t do it.
  • Keep hand sanitiser, hand wash, antisceptic hand wipes in your car, and remember to use them on your steering wheel, handles, buttons, handbrake, gear stick etc as well as your hands!

 

Financial Support for Freelance and Self Employed Peopl

Statutory freelance/self-employment pay

Today, the Chancellor announced new financial support for people working on a self-employed or freelance basis.

  • The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 per month. Open for at least 3 months across the UK, and it will extend if necessary.
  • You’ll be able to claim these grants and continue to do business. It’s covering the same amount of income as we are for furloughed employees, who also get a grant worth 80%.
  • It’s only open to those with trading profits up to £50,000, who make a majority of their income from self-employment. To minimise fraud only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply.
  • HMRC are working urgently, we expect people to access it no later than the beginning of June. If eligible, HMRC will contact you with an online form, they pay the grant straight to your bank account.
  • To make sure no one who needs it misses out on support, anyone who missed the filing deadline in January, four weeks from today to submit their tax return.
  • You can access the business interruption loans.
  • Income tax payments due in July can be deferred to the end of Jan 2021.

Source: www.gov.uk

You can more about this in the full House of Commons publication here.

 


Advice for Horse Owners

Currently, horse owners can still go to the yard each day to care for their horses.

  • Consider carrying your horses passport with you when travelling to and from doing him/her. It could be useful should you be asked where you are going and why.
  • Wherever possible, arrange with other horse owners to share the care of each other’s horses. For example, one person could do 2 or 3 horses in the morning, someone else do them in the evening and so on.
  • Farriers, Vets, Feed Merchants and Pet Shops remain open and operating as “essential services”.
  • ALWAYS observe the 2 metre+ social distancing rule everywhere you go and when dealing with service providers like Farriers, Vets, Delivery Drivers etc – please don’t think that being outdoors gives you any degree of immunity to coronavirus!
  • It’s VITAL that you make a plan for your horse’s care in the event that you should become ill and unable to care for him/her yourself.
  • Riding, hacking out, lunging and long-reining horses for exercise has, so far, not been restricted. Again, strongly adhere to the 2 metre+ social distancing rule while riding. However, the British Horse Society has issued the following advice:

“We are getting a lot of questions in relation to riding your horse, for which there are no specific government guidelines at present. We advise that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and everyone should make their own individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at this time.”

Follow statements and advice from the British Horse Society here.

 

What is “Social Distancing”?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the transmission of coronavirus

Corona Virus - What is Social Distancing?They are to:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

The Government strongly advises you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Source: www.gov.uk

Read more on Social Distancing on the Government website here.


Who are “Vulnerable People”

Vulnerable people have serious underlying health conditions which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

Coronavirus - Vulnerable PeoplePeople falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with specific cancers.
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Shielding is for your personal protection. It is your choice to decide whether to follow the measures we advise. Individuals who have been given a prognosis of less than 6 months to live, and some others in special circumstances, could decide not to undertake shielding. This will be a deeply personal decision. We advise calling your GP or specialist to discuss this.

The NHS in England is directly contacting people with these conditions to provide further advice.

If you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed above and you have not received a letter by Sunday 29 March 2020 or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.

Source: www.gov.uk

Read more on this on the government website here.


Further Help and Advice

Check the NHS website if you think you have symptoms – click here.

Download the Public Health England Coronavirus awareness poster for your workplace here.

Full guidance from the Government on staying safe and “social distancing” can be found here.

For advice from ACAS regarding coronavirus click here.

For information on Business Support from the Government click here.

The FEI have a news page on the latest coronavirus updates here.

For advice on how coronavirus is affective equestrian competition, visit the FEI website here.

Follow statements and advice on coronavirus from the British Horse Society here.

Follow statements and advice from the British Grooms Association here.

Follow statements and advice from the Equestrian Employers Association here.

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*Salary IRO £20-25Kpa depending on experience. *Live out ideal but accommodation costs negotiable if required *Discretionary bonuses paid in addition. * Dog welcomed *No room for own horse but other good yards locally. Sole charge year-round position. Groom/Rider required soonest for a keen Hunting family. You should be capable of working as part of a small, cheery team as well as sole charge. The employer used to be Master of the Quorn but now he and his wife (and sometimes grown-up family), hunt only for recreation with various packs. This is a year-round position with more maintenance duties etc in the summer. House sitting will be a key feature of the role for family dogs (x3 an old beloved deer hound/2 x glen of Imaal young dogs Would suit a  cheery, proactive, and organised person. Must be able to clip and turnout. Other relevant backgrounds considered eg: Eventing/SJ/pointing/NH etc. If you do not have a 7.5t license, this could be facilitated by the family. Exercise riding is required and ideally someone keen to jump/hunt is a real bonus. The horses are well behaved generally but when fit can be quirky & sharp so need to a kind, competent and confident rider. Facilities include Horse walker/great hacking/indoor barn stables/wash box/heated tack room. Employer hire gallops and school as/when.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or emailinfo@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
  *Live in or out * Own dog & horse welcomed *£400-£475pw negotiable *5/5.5/6 day week negotiable *Equally open to live out applicants with children and can accommodate school runs/bring them to work during school holidays etc. if required. 🙂 This is a great opportunity to work for a really flexible employer and to show what you can do in a key Head Groom role for a large, busy yard with lots going on  🙂 The yard has a mix of livery, private competition horses, and essentially riding school horses/ponies but with a difference, they all go out to compete with the yard’s clients!  They each have a key rider but are cared for by the team. The owner currently has 2 broodmares and 2 foals with 2 foals due this season. The owner competes at British Showjumping – they are out training clients at both junior and senior shows weekly so the Head Person needs to be used to and capable of sole charge. There will be a full team to manage as this is a well-staffed yard but each will muck out 7-9 stables each morning and as you will be required to muck in and out with your team, a good level of working fitness will be required. The staff team are friendly, they help one another out and they enjoy being managed efficiently by a good leader. The yard is set across 4 American barns and the barns are split by purpose: Training, Livery, Livery & competition, and barn where horses are produced for clients/for the school. All usual duties include:  prep and turn out (or delegation of) the competition horses/ ponies, ordering hay, feed, bedding, etc. Accommodation is a one-bedroom maisonette but unfortunately, not suitable for a family with children but great for sole occupancy. Facilities: Set within acres of private parkland, fantastic range of indoor and outdoor riding facilities as well as access to local bridleways available to all clients. Indoor Arena with viewing area, dressage mirrors, lights, and a full set of show jumps Outdoor Arena with a mirror wall and lights 10-acre jumping field with show jumps, dressage letters, and canter tracks Lunge Pen  5 x horse walker  Wash Bays Turn Out Paddocks Club Room with Toilet/Shower/Kitchen Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description  Team Scott are looking for new members. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us at our family run yard on Exmoor, we are a hard working, ambitious team with plenty of opportunities to learn and improve. We are looking for an individual with a good sense of humour, willing to work in a team who is considerate and hardworking. No need for previous experience in racing although this is preferable. The job involves all stable duties including mucking out, putting horses on and off the walker, turning horses out and grooming as well as riding between 3 and 5 lots a day. We start at 7am and work until 1pm with half an hour for breakfast. Evening stables are between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. All overtime is paid above and beyond this. Every Wednesday and Saturday afternoons off unless you are racing when an alternative afternoon will be given off. One five hour Sunday in three. Competitive wages based on experience. Share of the pool money and owners money. Plenty of opportunities to learn and improve and training is provided including chances to complete your emergency first aid certificate. Opportunities to school for the right candidate. Team Scott is based on the edge of Exmoor, overlooking Wimbleball Lake about 45 minutes from the M5. We have around 40 horses in training plus a few broodmares, foals and youngsters as well as retired racehorses who are used as nanny’s. We are a family run yard with 360 acres of farmland which we use for hacking as well as an all weather gallop and circular canter ring. Our horses enjoy plenty of turn out and a varied routine of road work and hacking as well as on the gallops. The team delight in Cheltenham tipping competitions, go karting, Christmas parties and trips to the local pub.
*Amazing opportunity to earn IRO £26k pa for a  4 day week outside of the competition season/training days  (Friday-Monday + negotiable additional flexible days) *Two bedroom cottage available *Own horse & pets possible *Partner considered This is a unique opportunity for a live-in or out person to look after 5 ponies ( 3 x 148cm & 1x 138cm + 1 retired) for 2 keen children (14 & 9 years old). The older child is keen as mustard and loves to compete (20cm classes. Aiming for top-level with pony SJ –  all big national shows attended and hoping to go to a few internationals at the end of the year).  The younger child is keen too but very young so the groom will need to be kind and knowledgeable around young children. This employer is looking for someone who is lightweight IRO 9 stones max to be able to hack out with the children and exercise ride as/when. You will be used to grooming home and away with a license that allows you to transport the ponies to shows in an 18t lorry  (Class 2/Cat C HGV license). All usual duties working in conjunction with the existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday so there will be some cross over but essentially aside from that, this will be a sole charge position. Please call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Fantastic job Riding and Teaching in London. Exciting opportunity to join a highly respected, BHS Approved, Award Winning Riding Club. We offer a friendly and unique approach to horse riding in London, as well as having a huge community spirit amongst our staff, our horse owners and our Members. We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced instructor to join our team of professionals. Enjoy daily teaching and riding with our predominantly adult riders, over Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, some of the best riding country in England. We offer excellent working conditions, pension, paid holiday, further training, and staff uniform. If you are a confident horse rider, with high standards of stable management, have experience in teaching, and are a team player with excellent people skills – contact us!   Accommodation details Live-out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions. * Paid holiday * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country    
Job Description A fantastic vacancy has arisen for a ride leader to join our team of qualified and professional staff at a BHS Approved Riding Club. This exciting position requires a confident rider and someone who can demonstrate common sense and good decision making in a position of responsibility. You need to be enthusiastic about your work and enjoy meeting and chatting to different people, as we run a Membership scheme and have over 200 friendly Members (predominantly adults) who ride with us on a weekly basis. We are looking for someone to join our team who has high standards of stable management, a real love for working in this industry and who would enjoy taking regular hacks in some of England’s best riding country across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, while enjoying our very special team of 23 horses and some great company from our owners and members. We are looking for a full time position to work 5 days, further training, pension scheme, great working conditions! Please do get in touch if you are ready to ride!   Minimum Requirements Confident rider   Accommodation details Live out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions.(finish around 4.30 p.m.) * 28 days paid holiday * Further training * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country
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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