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10 steps to successfully recruiting a Super Groom!

10 steps to successfully recruiting a Super Groom!

by Caroline Carter

I am 100% behind putting good Grooms in touch with good Employers and we walk that particular  talk every day . This article is designed to share just a few useful hints and tips if you are about to embark on filling an equine job vacancy, or for those who have been looking for a time and don’t feel they are making the progress they should be.

Employers get tired of hearing “it’s a groom’s market” right now, I know I seem to say it several times daily, but really, it is. I think on reflection though, what I should be saying is that it is “it’s a good groom’s market” – there is a world of difference and we all have stories to tell on that front!

It’s probably worth taking a moment to summarize what makes a good groom (not exhaustive by any means). The first two points, I wouldn’t have dreamed of needing to include, even just 5 years ago! I do this in the somewhat innocent hope that the not so Super Grooms, might read and reconsider their ways :

What makes an everyday Super Groom?

  • Someone who does what they say they will do, when they say they will do it!
  • Someone who responds within a reasonable time frame to phone calls/emails/texts during the recruitment process with yourself and the agency
  • Enthusiasm and ability to communicate with horses and ideally people too!
  • Skills and experience relevant to the job being applied for
  • Longevity in former jobs for at least 18 months to 2 years in most cases and sound reasons for moving on
  • An easy to follow CV
  • Relevant references

It is a sad fact that, in 2019, grooms who fit this description are not plentiful and you could be forgiven for thinking they are in decline. I believe I am somewhat qualified to make such a statement. That being said, I see visible ripples of positive change as I am told that at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment, we have:

  • The best overall recruitment solutions which are great value for money!
  • The best jobs
  • The best “complete” service to grooms and employers
  • The best track record of filling vacancies with quality people, faster than any other recruitment agency out there.
  • The largest reach to over 55,000 potential job seekers

You won’t find any agency more committed to getting it right than us!

Whether it’s via our easy to use website www.thegroomslist.co.uk with affordable subscriptions starting at £60 or our hands on, or you prefer to deal directly with Caroline Carter by using our Assisted and Bespoke Recruitment services (find out more here), we certainly have a constant stream of decent grooms and reputable employers registering who we regularly talk with and where necessary, advise accordingly for the benefit of everyone involved in the recruitment process, with good results and fab feedback.

 

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That being said, as an experienced recruitment consultant even I am having to look through 20 times more candidates these days than in previous years in order to fill one job. Even though we have many loyal returning customers who wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else, I also get new employers who are often at their wits end when I speak to them. It’s tough out there finding good staff and don’t we all know it?! Grooms who tick all the aforementioned boxes are snapped up fast and can negotiate the very best deals. They are the ones we all want, but they find their new jobs as fast as the grey hairs are appearing on my seasoned recruiters head. Many of them come directly to me to ask about my vacancies not wanting to be on the ‘open market’!

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the benefits of my experience gained through the years I have been recruiting grooms on your behalf. This should help to ensure better outcomes when you are lucky enough to have those coveted everyday Super Grooms cross your threshold.

Finding the right everyday Super Groom for your vacancy

1. Give some serious forethought to your vacancy and consider what you can compromise.

It can only pay dividends if you spend time really analyzing what you/your team need vs what you want – they can actually be two different things! It’s probably worth having a wish list of the “must haves” and “nice to haves” so you can know what is negotiable yourself, at least before you start. Be tough on yourself though, I am afraid to say that these days, just because you can afford to have it doesn’t mean you will get it, unless of course you are prepared to pay “silly money” and even then it’s not a foregone conclusion.

If you are struggling to find your everyday Super Groom consider, for instance, is it really worth holding out for a groom that will do every “late night check” vs a little give and take with a rota system? If you won’t compromise, someone else will and you may well find yourself constantly losing out. Grooms won’t often tell you why they REALLY didn’t take your job and it may not always be obvious to the employer, but they do tell us and often in no uncertain terms. 9/10 times when I speak to an employer, within the first few sentences I have pinpointed why they may be having difficulty filling their vacancy, it really is worth having that chat if you are getting stuck or not making the progress you think you should be. Do contact me if you would like to discuss your search for staff.

Don’t offer an unsustainable compromise

 

 

Many employers these days are getting pushed to this under the pressure of securing what seems to be the right candidate for the job. If you really don’t want to be mucking out the grooms’ horses on their days off, don’t sign up for that to secure them, knowing within weeks that will all be too much for you on top of your other life commitments. But if you think laterally there are other solutions:

  • You could discuss someone else doing this service and the groom paying them for it.
  • You could offer slightly more on the wages to contribute to livery at a local yard.

It is my experience that 99% of the time grooms with a horse will want to keep their horse at their place of work, and being unable to do so can be a deal breaker for them. Some will attend an interview only breaking the news they have a horse/dog/boa constrictor etc. when they get there thinking an employer might relent. Think before you speak, if you sign up to an arrangement that is destined to break down you are setting yourself up for failure. On the other hand, if you consistently find it difficult to secure staff because they all seem to want to bring a dog/horse to the job, maybe it’s time to reconsider how you can compromise a little and accommodate this?

2. Work out your salary package in advance

Make this simple, clear, affordable and sustainable for both parties. As an agency we only ever quote gross salary figures, so do consider talking with your accountant (if you have one) and make sure you are clear on what the wage might equate to after tax, especially if you are considering offsetting the accommodation (learn more about accommodation offset rates here). If you get an everyday Super Groom through your doors the chances are they will know their worth and be interviewing for a good few other jobs too.

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If you are at all “fluffy” or non-competitive, you almost certainly will lose out to other employers who are on top of this information and know their upper and lower wage ranges in advance,  and so can have confident discussions about it and make a firm offer of a salary and total package there and then. Even better, discuss it with the applicant before any interview so neither party is wasting their time. See my advice on negotiating a salary package here.

I am frequently surprised when grooms have, let’s say, 3 interviews planned but take the first one offered which ticks the boxes even though they haven’t visited the other yards. The reality is that many grooms site not having the time to attend lots of interviews, and not wanting to drive around the country, so they take a not necessarily wise but pragmatic “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” approach. If you are at all indecisive or vague in any respect at this point the likely outcome will be a disappointment and you may never know why!

Finally a word to the not so wise! More often than you think, employers advertise a full-time permanent role and when a jobseeker attends an interview they are presented with an offer of self-employment within that role. Not only is this a complete turnoff to many job seekers who immediately will query your integrity not least because most know that it’s illegal to employ someone in a full time, permanent and exclusive role as self-employed and if they don’t know, it is usually just a matter of time before they or the HMRC will get to know and you will be in some hot water. If aren’t up to speed on this employment legislation please, don’ delay & check out https://www.gov.uk/employment-status/selfemployed-

3. Review your job vacancy advert from an employees viewpoint

Do “Sell” your vacancy, play to your strengths don’t just put together a list of ‘demands’. Look online at all the various jobs for examples the good the bad and the all too often ugly!  Then look on  www.thegroomslist.co.uk or on our No.1/most popular equestrian recruitment social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram) and see what the jobs listed seem to have going for them, or not. Look at how we advertise and the types of pictures we use and plan your own advert consider using that template. Our traffic is unparalleled and we are unarguably and hands-down the best in the business for drawing job seekers to our vacancies. See our handy guide to writing an effective job vacancy advert here or again, call Caroline Carter directly for advice on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118.

 

4. Promote your assets

How to recruit an everyday Super Groom in 2018 - accommodation

For example, accommodation. I am amazed by how many employers with lovely accommodation don’t post pictures of it in their job vacancy adverts. I am equally amazed that many of those, like the one in our picture (!!) with rather less attractive accommodation, do post pictures not seeming to see the reality of their offering. This is a major feature of your job advert which must be sold if it is part of the deal and it can really make a difference between an everyday Super Groom choosing your job over someone else’s. If you don’t have the nicest accommodation it is a total turn off, especially if you don’t make any effort to make it nicer and more welcoming. You have to ask yourself, would you live in it? Would you expect a friend or family member to live in it?

5. Don’t advertise your vacancy all over the place – This can lead the everyday Super Groom to think there is actually something wrong with the job!

Avoid that tumbleweed experience! It is human nature to do something, everything once you have made a decision to actively recruit for a vacancy. This gives us a feeling progress is being made. Tempting though it is, you really don’t need it on every agency website (you are just wasting your hard earned money), or in every Facebook group etc. You just need to pick the right agency, and here at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment we know what we are doing, take a pride in filling your vacancy and we have the social media coverage you need anyway so we can target your approach and whether you are a DIY website user or using our Assisted or Bespoke Recruitment service, no need to mess around anywhere else! 

I am constantly surprised that in this market there are still a not insignificant amount of Employers who don’t post a job vacancy advert at all, or do and then sit back expecting to be swamped by applications – this rarely happens anywhere. These days you have to work with your chosen agency and, if they are any good, they will be able to offer advice on what to do to maximize applications for your vacancy. Get more details about our services here.

6. Be transparent about the wage and salary package

I recommend stating this in your ads and at interview, or at the very least an upper and lower range otherwise job seekers will often assume the pay will be below par.

The seasoned everyday Super Groom has his/her antennae finely tuned to all attempts to fudge the details of wage and salary package. Let’s face it, there is so much in the popular press these days, they could be forgiven for thinking that every employer is trying to bypass paying as they should. We know that is a minority issue but why not deal with that elephant in the room from the outset rather than risk losing a potentially great employee by being unnecessarily coy on the matter. We all use the terms IRO/Circa/depending on experience etc. but let applicants know what is and isn’t on the table, and again no one is wasting their time. As I have said, grooms are hypersensitive these days to employers paying less than the National Minimum Wage and whenever they see terms like “working pupil”, “on application”, “by negotiation” they will often give that job a wide berth. If you mean to charge for other things like accommodation, utilities, livery say so, for all the reasons stated.

7. Don’t keep changing the job spec in your advertising

Nothing says “Nightmare to work for!” or “No one is interested in this job!” more than a job ad that is posted every week or so with constantly shifting parameters. As already stated, if you research, consider, plan and carefully construct your job vacancy advert, and you are with an agency that knows what they are doing and have advised up front on how hard or easy this might be, there should be no need for you to keep updating your advert.

8.Fully disclose all duties

It is well worth preparing a job description ahead of time, which is then made available to all potential applicants pre-interview. Along with providing a contract, it is an excellent “framework” for both sides that sets things out in a professional manner, and then there can be no misunderstandings which can lead to the breakdown of working arrangements down the line. It gives applicants time to prepare and consider before an interview and it will help you crystallize your thoughts and approach the whole thing with a more confident proposition and a better chance of success. Again, do share this with your agency – a good working relationship between you should mean the recruiter themselves can be a useful sounding board. We recently had an everyday Super Groom turn up to an interview where the employer hadn’t told her a routine part of the job was an expectation that she would go in and feed ostriches every day! The employer waited until 2 hours into their interview to mention it, the interview continued to the end but the would-be everyday Super Groom was not best impressed and took another role, leaving the employer wondering why the groom had wasted her time, and feeding her own ostriches – say no more!

9. Interview people yourself

Unless you are a large organisation who employs many grooms and have someone dedicated to recruitment on your behalf, don’t delegate this vital part of the process. I know it can be hard when you are very busy, away a lot and need a position filled or if you have an outgoing groom more than happy to pitch in, but trust me, it rarely works. You and your incoming everyday Super Groom need to see the whites of each other’s eyes. Finding a new member of staff who may be with you for a long period of time, in and around your home and yard and caring for some of your most precious things, deserves to meet YOU and you will regret it down the line when characteristics emerge that you would possibly have picked up on at the interview. It can also make the candidate feel that you don’t care too much, or that you are uninterested, can’t be bothered etc. If they go to their next interview and meet that prospective employer who is cheerful, involved and friendly, you have lost them. It is great for team members to meet but I often hear stories of overstretched grooms moaning to potential new recruits, whose only trace of being at the interview is the dust from their boots as they turned tail and ran in the opposite direction as fast as they could, or genuine everyday Super Grooms who have been scared off with the “you will never fill my shoes” subtext to discussions!

 

How to recruit an everyday Super Groom in 2018 - getting your job vacancy advert right10. Work out when you want someone to start and give yourself time!

Don’t be backed into a corner by leaving it until the last moment. If you find yourself understaffed or with an outgoing groom who has taken you by surprise, consider stopgaps such as freelance grooms or temporary staff. Don’t be pushed into a corner, give the planning process covered above insufficient time and then accept the first person that vaguely ticks the boxes, this rarely works. Furthermore, don’t place your ad on the website and sit back waiting for hundreds of everyday Super Grooms to apply, it won’t happen. Get involved from day one.

Be careful “out there”!

Register with our agency and be assured that you are dealing with an experienced recruiter who is invested in your recruitment drive. Anyone can take on a role as an equestrian recruiter when in fact they have never done the job before. I am the only person within my agency who routinely talks with employers about recruitment and employment issues and, even with my extensive experience, I will often refer employers to experts when venturing into uncharted waters e.g. employment & immigration law etc. There are no shortcuts to experience I am afraid. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to ascertain just how qualified and knowledgeable the individual you are speaking with is. Establish whether they actually have any real recruitment knowledge and experience, and that they are up to date with the current equine recruitment market and associated laws. We all want to talk to a friendly voice for sure, but that alone is not enough to ensure a safe and successful pair of hands to assist you.

When screening for interviewees, stay safe – go with your gut instinct. If you feel there is something “off” about anyone you speak to, do not invite them for an interview, no matter how pushed you are to fill that vacancy! Most times there are no issues, but once in a while, I do hear some real horror stories especially when employers set sail into the deep and sometimes choppy waters of social media. Also as alluded to, be careful when dealing with inexperienced recruiters who don’t know what to look for and don’t have the instincts developed by years of hardcore equestrian recruitment experience when setting up interviews for you. This requires a career history that brings with it a certain depth and breadth of knowledge that can’t be imitated.

We do hope you enjoyed and found this article useful. Knowing the difficult place we all find ourselves in whilst recruiting these days it was designed to share just a few useful hints and tips if you are about to embark on filling a vacancy, or for those who have been looking for a time and don’t feel they are making the progress they should be. If you would like any more free, friendly,  advice do pick up the phone 07747 686118  or send me a message anytime caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

 

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PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE Job Description *Upwards of £500pw depending on experience + pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated National Hunt  yard looking to recruit Riders and or Rider:Grooms for upcoming season. Friendly working atmosphere and fabulous location with the best of facilities. Minimum Requirements Friendly working atmosphere and a fabulous location with the best of facilities awaits. You must be confident and experienced in handling and riding TB’s. This would suit a professional NH/Flat Racing Groom & Rider with excellent references. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Accommodation details On site accommodation options single/shared/with partner 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a fabulous opportunity for competent and capable riders to get a lot of saddle time on a professional yard with quality horses and be very well remunerated and looked after as part of a professional Team.    Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Apprentice Groom required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment. Opportunity to groom at competitions, and learn about all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside experienced grooms and learn from them in a hands on way. College apprenticeship offered – Level 3 Advanced Apprentices preferred, but Level 2 Apprentices with good experience of working with fit event horses also welcome. Must be able to hack fit event horses.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking).   Minimum Requirements Must have experience of working with for competition horses and have a good knowledge of basic safe practice.   Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat.   Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.  
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Groom/Exercise Rider required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from at all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment.  Competitions also possible on own horse as part of our competition schedule Must be experienced grooming at competitions, as well as comfortable with all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside another experienced groom/rider. Must be able to hack fit event horses, and ideally be fine to do some faster canter fitness work with them.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking). Good wage and benefits. Minimum Requirements Candidates must be able to perform full stable duties and horse care, hack well and safely, lunge, and have a high standard of competition turn-out. Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat. Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to local and international events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.
*Package totally negotiable for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Well appointed house available for couples Lovely, long term job for a single person or a working couple. Position (s) suited to experienced and competent person(s) for a position on a family yard with top competition standards and where they are used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard in Warwickshire needs an experienced Groom(s)/Exercise Rider(s) to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children’s ponies. All usual duties. Youngstock and retired horses also kept in the field so will need to be used to handling young stock. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. The role includes some all usual yard work home but away at shows too to professional standards. HGV license ideal. Team player essential. Some weekends so flexibility required. On-site accommodation provided (not shared, could be a house for a couple or a flat). Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE AN HGV LICENSE (able to drive a 26t lorry)  *Salary IRO £400/£450+ top, top wage for previous competition grooming experience depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment to work as a competition Groom or would suit someone already experienced in Competition grooming. This family of young riders are very active most weekends and therefore you will need to be prepared to cover this, although some weekends off are available by prior arrangement and exception. You will need to be flexible to work 5.5 sometimes 6 days a week Must be prepared to cover weekends and stay away You will need to be flexible enough to handle an environment where things change regularly as it is a fast-paced, rapidly expanding scenario. You would need to take this in your stride and it would be ideal if you saw this as invigorating and exciting rather than a nuisance! The family have 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  on a second yard, an assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.)  The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
   * Salary starting at £30,000K negotiable upwards plus accommodation depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed No 1 Experienced Show Jumping Competition Groom required for a vacancy with a very ambitious & competitive family. Good references ESSENTIAL & confidentiality assured. You should be currently working as a Competition Groom on a Show Jumping yard or have done so within the last 2 years. You should be willing to travel home and abroad and experienced driving a 26t+ lorries transporting horses to training and shows. 18 quality jumping horses on the main yard and homebred/ other young stock destined for a career in SJ/jumping all kept in top accommodation to the highest standards. Start date negotiable.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email Caroline @carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Pets welcome *Own horse welcome *Training on own horse/opportunities to go to shows on own horse *Relaxed but professional yard I’m looking for someone who is genuinely keen to learn how to look after horses in their  home Environment and how to prepare them for competition.  This person must be responsible enough to take sole charge on occasion whilst working closely with other staff members most of the time   We have a smallish yard of 17 stables. We offer full and part livery with or without exercise/schooling. Most of my customers are professional people with an interest in competing. My yard and services are based around helping them to achieve their goals. As well as the yard I also run a small B&B which means I need a person who is genuinely happy to work alone. I also compete with my home bred horses who are just coming on. Mostly in dressage at the moment and hopefully show jumping later on. I jump with an older horse that I have, at the moment. Alongside this I also do Retirement livery and youngsters in fields. This is normally small herds of horses living in fields 24/7 but obviously they still need caring for. They are checked twice a day all year round. They are fed in the winter and also sometimes have rug changes. The person that looks after them must be attentive to these needs and be capable of noticing and reporting back when one is injured, behaving oddly or appears unsettled.   So ideally I’m looking for someone who loves horses and is going to be happy to spend their time at home caring for them with their different needs, and supporting training liveries by giving their horses top level care in their absence. All my Liveries are lovely and enjoy their horses and the social yard environment. In my mind, I’m looking for someone who is cheerful, kind, hard-working, keen to learn about the care of the competition horse from foals through to their senior years. It would also help if candidates were confident, tidy, reliable and self-motivated. There are horses to have lessons on but own horse would probably be beneficial. Minimum Requirements This is a small yard so the person that takes this job must be happy to share holiday time yard cover. ie: Christmas, Easter, bank holidays. Live out Good clean mucking out abilities and tidy yard ethics.   Accommodation My full time groom lives in a small flat within the yard. The kitchen also has a small lounge area which is used as the coffee room by the liveries and other staff members. There is a separate laundry room with a designated washer dryer for staff use.   Benefits FOR THE RIGHT PERSON: Opportunity to bring their horse. Grass kept. Training available and opportunities to come competing with your own horse. Well behaved cat and hen friendly dog could be welcome. Preferably smaller size. Regular days/time off Paid on the books Regular
* Negotiable depending on experience but very competitive*Shared accommodation on site(would consider live-out) Experienced stud hand required to work with the rest of the team. This would be during yearling prep initially and then general stud duties after the sales season and is a year-round position, not seasonal. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season. Tractor/lorry driving is welcomed but not essential Mares and foals/young stock/ racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Please note call Caroline & the Team will be ‘screening’ suitable applicants between 9-2pm . Pls could call us during those times on 0203 006 573. Please make sure your job seeker profile is up to date and that you have a current CV attached. We look forward to speaking with you then about this super opportunity 🙂 C x
Job Description Jumping / Dealing stable We are looking for a jumping rider for our sales stable in the Lewitz. Your mainwork will be riding and a little stable work (feeding) together with your team. Showing young quality horses to our customers, under the saddle or in free jumping, is also one of your tasks.   If necessary you get help from our trainer and you gain a lot of experience in jumping. We offer regulated working hourses ( 8.00-17.00) and  the possibility to get breakfast and lunch at our farm. Our modern equipped accomodations we offer at a reduced rental price.   If you`re a cheerful and nice person, reliable and tidy, able to do a good flat work and you have experience in jumping, than we look forward to you! Minimum Requirements experience in  jumping young horses   Accommodation details You will be offered accommodation (single or double rooms) each equipped with a private shower, and in each house you find a washing machine and a dryer.There is free internet in the rooms. Rooms cost around 190 € per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 156 € per month. Of cource, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning. Provide you with translating assistance during the doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need.   Benefits    
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**14/7/20 Position under offer. Applications accepted for reserve list  CC *** *IRO £22,500K + accommodation *2 bed house with own garden *Dog, pets and horse welcomed *Partner welcomed     Senior position available at picturesque Hunt Kennels. Year-round position to manage the yard, Groom/Ride and to head a team of 2 other FT workers (in season). Previous Stud Groom did 4 seasons so this is a long term opportunity in a lovely environment with nice people to work with.   Opportunity for sole charge and to make the job what you want it to be (within certain parameters of course as the job is to manage a yard of hunt horses and all that goes with that but it doesn’t have to be a dull job 😉.)   Must have all usual skills, abilities and experience including good levels of turnout skills, ability to work well with others and a license to drive a 7.5t lorry.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
**23/6/20 Under offer subject to reference checks*** *Salaries negotiable depending on experience IRO £23-£29K pa per person + accommodation. * 1 or 2 bedroom cottage with parking available *Pets welcomed *Own horse considered (but difficult as all boxes currently occupied) *5 day week. This family require a flexible, country-loving, reliable, self-sufficient and proactive couple with good communication skills ready to welcome all guests in a polite and friendly manner. Previous estate management experience essential for a combination of duties. Experienced and knowledgeable horse care also required as a family are not very experienced. There are two children are 10 and 8 years old and they purely ride for leisure, no competition whatsoever at this point but would like some escorted/lead hacks & informal tuition. Odd weekend off by prior arrangement in advance but as family visit most weekends,  they will not be regular occurrences so need to be prepared for weekdays off (2 consecutive days possible) : Outline Job descriptions: Housekeeping/House duties include but are not limited to Cleaning, washing and ironing, food shopping, household provisioning, household maintenance, overseeing contractors. Whenever somebody is in the house; be it, family or guests, the housekeeper will prepare lunch and dinner, (fresh healthy home cooking, lots of fish, vegetables, a variety of salads mainly based on European style dishes). The housekeeper is not required to serve the family however they will be required to clear away after meals and weather permitting some outdoor dining will need to be facilitated. Although the family like to entertain family and friends, most entertaining is informal. For any formal entertaining outside caterers will be available so communication, liaising and management of this will be a feature of the role. Grooming/outdoor duties include but are not limited to: Day to day management and maintenance of the property, yard and grounds which will include the gardens, greenhouse, vegetable garden, lawns and flower beds, (alongside contracted gardeners). Looking after chickens and rabbits & possibly other small animals/pets. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills would be helpful. Management and maintenance of the estate car to fuel, clean and driving to the local station and airport for family and guests. The highest level of care to be provided for the family’s 4 horses 19-year-old 16HH owners horse who has recently developed allergies 17-year old small horses who need careful footcare and 2 x 10-year-old horses just short of 16HH and one has just recently had a bout of laminitis. Confident management and lightweight rider needed. All normal grooming duties will be required to a good standard ie: Feeding and watering, all aspects of yard work duties including; hay, muck out, turn out, groom, clip and bandage, recognising and acting on all animal ailments, cleaning the chicken coops/rabbit hutches etc. Keeping the yard, tack room and equipment immaculate at all times. Exercising the horses daily in menage or beautiful woodland which surrounds the property. Experience of trailer towing ideal. Light gardening, (FT gardener contracted) grounds, yard and property
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary depending on experience  *Dog welcome *Great opportunity to get a foot in the door of the TB Stud World! This is a fantastic opportunity for a Groom who wishes to gain experience and enter the professional world of the thoroughbred Stud as a Stud Hand on this busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team who we know well and who would all recommend. The role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience a bonus but not essential. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
SG17 5LU

caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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