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How to recruit an everyday Super Groom

How to recruit an everyday Super Groom

by Caroline Carter

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. I would like to preface the article (to minimise any social media bashing I might otherwise get!) by saying that I am 100% behind grooms:

  • being paid a legal wage
  • working legal hours
  • being accommodated in civilised and comfortable digs etc.

We sponsor the British Grooms Association in all they do on behalf of the grooms and we often work closely them on certain issues but independently, we have published a lot of articles/blogs which are being shared far and wide and which promote change and offer well-researched advice and views on current issues.

In this article we turn our attentions to the other side of this equestrian employment equation, the employer. 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 summarise 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 2018, 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 >44,000 potential jobseekers

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

Whether it’s via our easy to use website with affordable subscriptions starting at £60 or our hands on,deal directly with Caroline Carter 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

Give some serious forethought to your vacancy – consider sustainable compromises

It can only pay dividends if you spend time really analysing 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.

Consider compromise

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?


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.

How to recruit an everyday Super Groom in 2018 - recruiting a good groom

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 jobseekers who immediately will query your integrity not least because most know that it’s illegal to employ someone in a full time, permanent & 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

Give some serious thought to your job vacancy advert

“Sell” your vacancy. Look online at all the various jobs on 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 by that comparison. Our traffic is unparalleled and we are, hands-down the best in the business for drawing job seekers to our vacancies. Play to your strengths and consider that in your own job advert. 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.


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?


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 an not insignificant amount of Employers who don’t post an ad 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, if they are any good, they will be able to offer advice on what to do to maximise applications for your vacancy.  Get more details about our services here.


Be transparent about the wage and salary package – don’t seem furtive in your advertising!

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, unfortunately, perception can be reality to many, so remove that elephant in the room from the outset. We all use the terms IRO/Circa/depending on experience etc. but consider publishing your upper and lower limits so 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.


Don’t change the job spec too frequently

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.


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 crystallise 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!


Interview people yourself

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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 uninvested, 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 rightWork 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 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, professional advice pick up the phone 07747 686118  or send me a message anytime


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JL5700 Oxfordshire – Live In or Out Sole Charge Groom/Rider Required (Family Yard RC Eventing/happy hacks/broodmares and youngstock) *IRO £400PW * Riding (schooling & exercising)*Own horse & dog possible *5 day week, flexible start/finish times 🙂 Mature, self sufficient, sole charge family Groom required for this lovely family yard. Mixed yard of Amateur Eventers, Happy hackers, Children’s ponies, Broodmares and youngstock. Some of the horses are big 17’2 so need to be comfortable with that and happy handling yearlings and 2yos daily. Chance to start youngsters if interested but not at all essential, but must be happy handling and training from the ground Lorry license useful but not a deal breaker if you don’t have it. Yard has lots of sheep around so only well trained dogs allowed and careful control of their free-ranging required! Also have 2x ridgebacks who need to be catered for with Grooms choice of dog. Cats and chickens also kept. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Horse welcome (free livery) *Opportunity to do some Dressage competing *Must be used to teaching formally and informally * £28,090.40 pa plus free livery *5 day week Would consider a Working Couple with job JL33970. This is a role for a true animal lover where complete ridden and on the ground horse care is provided by two people so clear lines of responsibility are required but also an ability to work in harmony with others. You will have sole charge of the yard and work alongside the families Groom/Exercise Rider when they are on duty with you. 🙂 The Family are very sociable so you will need to be sociable with people as well as good with the horses and families friends/relatives and the farms other animals . This beautiful farm based family yard is looking for a Rider/Instructor to be responsible for all general yard duties, caring for 6 horses/2 dogs and cats/donkeys.  The family compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season also. Looking for someone who can ride and teach daughter and help them do better at competition and teach friends as/when. Qualifications not required but ideal. Do not need to be an advanced Dressage Rider just a good level and able to ‘coach’ in a useful and friendly manner. 1.5 days a week off but could arrange odd weekends to alternate a weekend off once in a while. The Rider is in charge of the well-being and general state of all horses and donkeys. The Rider is responsible for the general state of all equestrian facilities, for example the stables, metal barn, arena, paddocks etc. The Rider supervises and plans the work with the Groom. The Rider is responsible for assisting and training/teaching the family, as long as all riders that are ‘approved’ by family. Trailer license ideal. DUTIES Stables and Tack Run the yard, make sure that everything is in working order, if not, inform and get it repaired As/when required and time allows Muck out stables and clean water drinkers Tidy tack room, rug room, staff walkways, wash stable walls, de-cobweb, clean drains Clean tack & wash rugs, boots and bandages –      Caring for animals : Groom, feed, bathe and worm them Administer necessary supplements and medications Transport them Provide routine and emergency healthcare when necessary Clean hoofs, clip withers and legs, trim whiskers and clip the donkey’s hair –      Working with horses Prepare the horses for work and exercise them Train and exercise the horses through organised training plans Give horse riding lessons to family and friends when required Compete selected horses in accordance to plans –      Arena, fields and muck heap: Arena: harrow once a week, clean arena mirrors, and pick up droppings Paddocks and fields: maintain, pick up droppings, clean water troughs, check fields making them safe for animals Maintain muck heap, pile, keep in working order and dispose of when necessary –      Administration: Manage health records of all animals Manage work and training records of all animals Order supplies
*Horse welcome (free livery) *Lovely accommodation (no charge) *Exercise riding *Weekend time off will have to be negotiated with in the team Would consider a Working Couple with job JL33973. This is a role for a true animal lover where complete ridden and on the ground horse care is provided by two people so clear lines of responsibility are required but also an ability to work in harmony with others. You will have sole charge of the yard and work alongside the families Rider when they are on duty with you. 🙂 The Family are very sociable so you will need to be sociable with people as well as good with the horses and families friends/relatives and the farms other animals . This beautiful farm based family yard is looking for a Groom to be responsible for all general yard duties, caring for 6 horses/2 dogs and cats/donkeys. You will also be required to exercise the horses sometimes on your own, but also with others. Flexibility is important too as you may be required to feed the cows on the herdsman’s days off. Trailer license ideal. The family compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season also. Responsibilities include: – Stables and Tack : · Muck out stables and clean water drinkers · Tidy tack room and rug room, staff walkways, wash stables walls, de-cobweb and clean drains · Clean Tack & wash rugs, boots and bandages. · Take bins out – Caring for animals : · Groom, feed, bathe and worm them · Making feeds, administering necessary supplements and medication · Assist in transporting them · Provide routine and emergency healthcare when necessary . Two cats – their feed, health and well-being. · Clean hoofs, clip withers and legs, trim whiskers and clip the donkey’s hair – Working with horses : · Prepare horses for work and exercise them · Cool down horses and provide post-exercise care · Groom at competitions and outings · Ride and exercise horses when needed – Arena, fields and muck heap : · Arena: harrow once a week, clean arena mirrors, and pick up droppings · Paddocks and fields: maintain, pick up droppings, clean water troughs, check fields making them safe for animals · Maintain muck heap, pile, keep in working order and dispose of when necessary · Check fields and make them safe for horses, reporting to Rider · Clean water trough – Admin  · Check feed and hay deliveries · If the Rider is absent, assist with farrier, vet and osteopath · Develop own plan with Rider for days in sole charge · Weekly reports – Machinery and Tools : · Maintain in good working order the quad and its trailer, the poo vacuum and the horse trailer, repair when needed and service it when necessary · Fill up the quad when necessary and keep machinery clean. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email    
Job Description This position is in a School Equestrian Centre in one of the most beautiful and inspiring environments in Britain today. They require someone to join the existing team to assist with day to day horse care tasks and  day to day exercise and training of the horses. The Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved livery yard and riding school exclusively for the use of School pupils and has twenty stables, an outdoor ménage, cross country course and 26 acres of grazing. Hours: Within a flexible working pattern – shifts are available to accommodate alternative commitments.  Could include early and late starts and lone working. An application form and job description can be downloaded below The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Minimum Requirements Applicants must have proven experience in the equine industry and the ability to ride horses and ponies.  You will have an enthusiastic and flexible approach and some industry experience is a must.  A recognised BHS qualification would be an advantage.    
*Beautiful Location *LIVE OUT * IRO £350 PW + accomm. Experienced Groom/Rider required to work alongside very experienced Yard manager on this beautiful family estate. Must be capable of sole charge on occasions but also capable of working well within the team and alongside the Yard Manager. Activities include Hunt/PC/RC/Eventing/SJ.  Personable individual who is child & VIP livery friendly is definitely high on the list of attributes along with  GSOH, ability to be enthusiastic, hardworking, happy to help maintain high standards of the yard. This is a Grooming/riding role which demands exceptionally high standards. Lightweight competent rider a must. Lots of ‘fun and frollicks’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email        
Job Description: Temporary position in top International Eventing Yard I am looking for someone to work full-time from the end of November until the middle of March. This position would suit someone looking for seasonal work, and can be live in or out as I have a single accommodation flat onsite, with the possibility of bringing a horse and/or dog. Some experience with top level horses is a must as the job will involve the daily management of a high class string of horses, alongside my current team. Aiming at 4star and Championships next year. Easy yard with lovely horses ranging from 4yrs to Advanced. Good pay. Opportunity to ride, though the candidate must be an experienced rider with a high skill level to do schooling, but otherwise there is some hacking. Equally, riding is not a requirement. Good attitude and ability to work well with others is essential!! Minimum requirements Good positive attitude and ability to work well with others.  Clipping and trimming a bonus. Lunging and riding a bonus.   Accommodation details Single accommodation onsite.   Benefits Good pay, nice yard, very central, with lovely horses and opportunity to gain experience in a top level Eventing yard.  
*Dog and horse considered * Package negotiable for right person up to £400pw * No utilities to pay *5.5 day week *2 bed s/c flat available (not shared). Our client has completed many four-star Eventing competitions with wins & several top 10 placings and six national Dressage titles to their name. A capable head of a small but elite team of Event and Dressage Horses with an excellent reputation and public profile is now required. If you are a passionate, conscientious, capable professional capable of sole charge with dedication and attention to detail to the highest standards we want to hear from you! This amazing opportunity would best suit someone who at least has Eventing experience but  Dressage experience welcome also. Experience in a professional yard and at competitions ideal. Organisational skills key to be able to combine the highest standards of horse care along with the ability to organise the daily logistics with the horses. Great facilities 62m x 23m Outdoor arena with full length mirrors 11 – 18’ x 12’ brick stables in a court yard Monarch covered Walker Monarch lunge pen Plenty of turn out paddocks plus 6 acres dedicated for riding / jumping! Good hacking . Great location. Brand new accommodation on site modern heated tack room and wash bays with solarium Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email    
Job Description We are looking for a full time Senior groom to work on our fun and friendly dressage yard based between Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross, South Bucks. A normal day consists of all usual yard duties, possibly some riding, mainly hacking but could be some light schooling for the right person. There is the opportunity to groom at competitions and training. Minimum Requirements Some experience with fit competition horses would be great. Dedication, high standards and reliability will always be taken over experience.     Accommodation details No accommodation   Benefits A great place to learn and train to improve your skills. Good rates of pay. Fun & friendly atmosphere to work in. Possibility to travel to competitions & training. The possibility of own horse for the right person.    
Job Description Mature, experienced Competition Groom required for mixed yard of dressage and event horses. We are looking for someone who is able to travel to and groom at BD and BE for horses from 4 year olds upwards, at national and international competitions. Candidates will have extremely high standards of turn out both at home and away, be super organised and able to manage their time effectively. You will need to be a competent rider, able to hack large, fit horses, including stallions plus help with fast work on the gallops and assist with the backing and educating of young horses in the arena. All usual yard duties are included when at home from mucking out to clipping. We are a small team and all muck in (and out!) together so you must be happy to work as part of the team and have a good sense of humour! The yard and horses are kept to the very highest of standards so attention to detail is a must, and as we hold clinics from time to time candidates must be tidy, happy and comfortable communicating with the public.   MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS At least 2 years experience in a similar role. References will be required Must drive up to a 7.5t horsebox, HGV would be an advantage. Accommodation details Shared cottage available on site.   Benefits Top class facilities, lovely horses and a super working environment. Travelling to competitions up to FEI level  
Job Description These roles (2) are on a busy professional dealing yard and would suit keen and enthusiastic apprentices who want the opportunity to develop their horse care knowledge and riding skills.  There will be lots of opportunity to ride different horses and ponies and the yard is very well equipped with an outdoor arena, a full set of show jumps . There are around 20 horses on the yard at any one time of which 14 – 15 are for sale or being produced for sale.  There are others which are here to be backed and/or schooled. The employer has had horses all her life and worked in a large dealing yard where she learnt her skills.  There are two vacancies and these could be either riding or non-riding.  Ideally one would be a lightweight rider capable of riding ponies. Minimum Requirements GCSE grades A – D /9-3 (strong applicants with lower grades will be considered so long as they are committed to working to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects during the apprenticeship). The main requirement is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.  Basic horse skills would be very useful     Accommodation details No accommodation at the moment although this is a possibility in the future.     Benefits Opportunity to bring your own horse (a modest livery charge will apply) Lots of opportunity to ride. Visits to clinics with external professionals in the area, hunting and jumping the horses (subject to ability) This is a job which almost always finishes on time at 5.00pm      
Job Description This is an amazing position for a show jumping rider to work learn and train on an Educ8 Apprenticeship with an international show jumper and producer on his yard in Kent.  The ideal candidate will already have experience of jumping at a minimum of 1.10 competitively with British Showjumping and must have video available to view. The role is primarily a riding groom role but will also involve all the usual yard duties.  Opportunity to travel to Vilamoura Sunshine Tour and lots of major UK shows throughout the year (subject to ability). This employer has become the south east’s leading provider of both British bred, Irish bred and continental horses for both pleasure riding through to performance horses for eventing and show jumping. They have invested in a brand new 50m by 21m school, made from top quality sand and fibre mix, along with a new 18m lunge circle and upgrades to their cross country course so there are excellent facilities here. Applicants must be jumping 1.10 minimum and have a minimum of 2 years competition experience with British Showjumping. Ideally should have GCSE maths and English Grade A – C/9 – 4 (strong applicants with slightly lower grades will be considered if prepared to work hard on continued maths and English study to Level 2) Accommodation details Static caravan, fully heated etc.   Benefits Subject to ability, there is lots of opportunity to ride and travel the UK and abroad competing  with this very busy show jumper.  
*Stunning countryside location alongside the River Wye *5 day week *£420-£450 pw negotiable +accommodation (scope for negotiation for HGV driver). *Flat or family accommodation available *Dog welcomed and own horse considered. Lovely, long term family position available which would suit an experienced Groom/Rider capable of sole charge but able to work with others. Must be used to fit performance horses on the ground and in the saddle. Sociable environment but private and discrete family.  Their main interests are hacking, hunting, P2P and PC activities for the grandchildren. The family live in London and the estate is their country retreat. Must be capable of sole charge and high standards in all regards. Must be people and child friendly as well as good with the 15-17 horses and ponies of course! The yard is ideally run by 2.5 people. The successful candidate will be capable of running all aspects the yard . Max weight ideally 10.5 /11 stones. HGV ideal or at least willingness to take the test soon after start. Menage outdoor/good facilities/excellent hacking/gallop track Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*2 bed flat *5 day week *Dog considered *£320-£350pw per role + accommodation Working couple Required ( Groom/Rider + general maintenance/Person Friday duties)  or one Person to be Groom/Rider but willing to do ‘other’ animal duties. Lovely lifestyle role for a suitable single or a couple to help manage a private home and yard for a large family who split their week between London and the country and sometimes are abroad for a few weeks at a time. Must be experienced and have good people and communication skills. Groom Role(s) involves working with one other and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Working couple Role(s) involves working with another and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Maintenance for the yard, the house and the garden:  fence mending, taking care of the pool, helping keep vehicles maintained and clean, etc Keen gardener to do mowing, weeding, raking, hedge trimming, and minor tree surgery, planning and planting the borders and walled vegetable garden· Housekeeper/cleaning duties including organising & cooking healthy interesting meals mostly at the weekend.  🙂A dog welcome but must get on with other dogs and be friendly with the cat, chickens, geese, ducks, etc 🙂 Pls call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email    
Job Description Lovely Permanent or short term position taking care of CSI5* horses at home and at shows for a competitive Olympian  Rider. Minimum Requirements Looking for a passionate, dedicated, meticulous  individual with experience. HGV license , managerial skills , team player must be calm and organised 🙂 Italian or french speaking a bonus .   Accommodation details Is provided on site . free wifi , comfortable  and close to town so all convenient .   Benefits depending on qulification and experience  
*£10/£12Ph neg *Fun, busy family yard with lots of animals  🙂  *18-25 hours pw Live out  Groom/Rider  needed to cover full time groom’s 1.5 days off (and holidays if possible). To include some weekend work ideally a Sunday.  Between 18-25 hours per week routinely, some flexibility ideal. Must be an experienced rider to ride out fit, well-mannered horses. Should be willing to do usual mucking out, tack cleaning duties etc. Self-reliant, self-motivated, capable of sole charge a must. A very animal orientated family so essential that you are happy to be around and help care for dogs, chickens, geese and a cat as owner away from home regularly. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203006 5730 or email
Job Description Full time groom and Riding position available…. We are looking for a full time groom who is keen to ride, produce and compete horses alongside a supportive yard position. The applicant must be knowledegable and competent, we have a variety of horses educated in a variety of disciplines based with us but they are primarily working stallions. As a stud we have homebred youngsters so the ability to produced newly backed youngsters also necessary. The opportunity to compete is certainly available and encouraged. This is a full time position and some yard work is necessary. I am looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated member of staff who is looking to support the development of both horses and a business. Minimum Requirements Full driving  licence/7.5 tonne bonus competition record and experience Experience with young horses, backing and breaking. Accommodation details Live out position at present Benefits Own horse possible Opportunity to compete Percentage commission on sales  
Job Description Lovely friendly international Event Yard seeks groom to work with youngsters to 4 star horses. Plenty of opportunities to travel to events at home and abroad. A good amount of riding involved. Minimum Requirements Applicants must be an experienced confident rider capable or working for competition horses in an outline and capable of all yard duties with a high standard of turnout. Ability to work on your own is a bonus. If not providing you have the prerequisite skills, some training can be given. Accommodation details Lovely accommodation provided with the job in a spacious flat shared with a couple of other girls.   Benefits Opportunities to bring your own horse and get training on and off your horse. Opportunity to travel to events at home and abroad.
*Live in or out (nice accommodation on site )*Salary up to £28K pa *Racing hours *3 days off per fortnight *Will consider seasonal or permanent applications This rehabilitation and pre training yard with fantastic facilities requires several keen RIDERS with basic, correct flat work  but also proper experience gained in any discipline involving thoroughbreds along with rider fitness and confidence to site astride horses who have may well have been racing. You will have an opportunity to learn new skills and receive further training if required. Working with a dedicated team you will receive excellent pay and a warm welcome from enthusiastic professionals . A key part of any young thoroughbred’s education is when they are being backed. At this yard, the process is tailored to the individual needs of each horse.The facilities and peaceful setting ensure the best possible start, with lunging and long-reining integral to the young horse’s training programme, before progressing to faster paces and cantering on the grass or all weather gallops. Racehorses also enjoy a well earned rest from the rigours of training, to recover from injury, or for pre and post-operative care at the facility. There will be some yard work, time allowing and you would be expected to ‘pitch in’ but the yard has specific yard workers to do the bulk of this, so the priority for this role will be riding. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
🙂 Located West Gloucestershire/Wye Valley.Only 5 miles from Monmouth! 🙂 * 5 days a week + 35hrs a week *Should be capable of sole charge *Partner welcomed also ‘shoot friendly’ dog *Lovely location *IRO £300pw+foc accomm+utilities Our client is looking for a flexible, live in Groom/Rider to look after 3 horses and a pony for approx 35 hours a week. Horses are hunted twice a week throughout the hunting season and do other events through the summer. All usual grooming duties plus clipping ideally. Capable and experienced exercise rider necessary. Horses are kept to a high standard and someone fastidious and  observant essential . Some other general ‘person Friday’ duties (time allowing) included eg: house and dog sitting. Family has 4 dogs. Other duties include field maintenance, tidying up yard areas, occasional dog sitting etc. Family yard with nice facilities. Flat which is a two floor, one bedroom but very spacious and recently converted. Fully insulated with heating and a Wood burner . Depending on age and experience IRO £300 + accom.+ all electricity paid and all utilities apart from phone and wi fi. Wood burner in accommodation so wood available from log store. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email      
Job Description We have a vacancy for another member of staff to join us for 2019 Show Season in our Family run, Friendly Yard. This is a great opportunity for a hard working, enthusiastic, dedicated person to work with one of the top show producers and her highly successful team of show horses. Usual yard duties, ability to ride an advantage preferred but not necessary. Experienced person keen to work to a high standard. with the possibility of riding at some shows.  Will also consider Trainee seeking a career with horses. Successful candidate will  travel to  County Shows plus RIHS and HOYS Accommodation available. Minimum Requirements Honest, Reliable, Hard working, enthusiastic, person. Dedicated to the love of horses. Keen to accept responsibility, ability to work as part of  team     Accommodation details Shared accommodation in 2 bedroom cottage -5 mins   from yard.     Benefits Opportunity to travel to top County Shows, Royal International and HOYS. Highly rewarded in return for accomplished success    
Job Description Groom/rider required by renowned and long-established co-educational school and equestrian centre. Either full-time or part-time working throughout the year to cover maternity leave. We would also consider part-time during school hours. Weekend staff also required. This School/ Equestrian Centre is a vibrant yard, mainly dealing with children and is part of a School community.  It is a 35 box yard, set in the centre of thriving an bustling village with 2 sand schools, a training cross-country course and on-site hacking. Due to impending staff maternity leave, we are looking for a competent, friendly and reliable Groom who is energetic and motivated, to join the team working in our busy Livery Yard and Riding School. We would welcome applications from those looking for either full time or part time working. Please state your preference in your application. Full-time work involves a five-day working week which will include one weekend day. Experience is preferred but not essential and we are committed to the continued professional development of all its employees. Only applications submitted on the School’s Application Form will be considered. Please download the application form under ‘More Information’ below. Details of how to submit your completed application form can be found at the bottom of the application form. Applications will be considered as they are received. We are committed to the protection and safety of our pupils. The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check.  
*5 day week *Salary IRO £21,500-£25,000 neg.depending on experience *Dog a possible Experienced Groom to work within a growing team to manage a performance horse stud reporting to the Stud manager and the ridden yard manager. Immaculate, high end yard with 80 – 100 horses, boasting the best bloodlines in Europe. The yard has their own breeding programme, handling young stock through to international showjumping and dressage competition horses. You should be comfortable working with TB’s within a team but capable of using your initiative where required. Duties include : Handling young stock, mares and foals Mucking out and general yard duties Hand walking Holding horses for farrier as required, including help with youngsters Treating minor wounds, changing dressings and giving some medications as required Travel to other privately owned studs both nationally and internationally Monitoring condition of horses in fields, checking water, fencing etc Packing and unpacking lorry ready for travel Basic first aid and care Experience in foaling down and lactating and pregnant mares 5 days per week (on rota). 8am to 5pm and as required during the foaling season.28 days holiday (including bank holidays).Initial one year contract & probation period of 3 months. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*fantastic career development opportunity *Own horse welcome *Training on own horse available & time to compete if required *Super facilities *Salary up to £22.5K + no utility bills Lovely eventing yard which also offers rehabilitation, liveries, spa services and young horse producing is now looking for an experienced Groom used to performance horse management to work within the team as Head Person. Riding is not required, but you should be confident with handling and groundwork and lunging. Your own horse is very welcome and training is available if required from this top level eventer. If you wish to compete your own horse this can  also be accommodated within the schedule. Team working together to mange max.14 horses at any one time.Superb American barn yard with indoor, outdoor and gallops onsite. Lovely private accommodation (not shared) available on site. 🙂 Own horse done as part of the yard on reduced cost DIY livery – free weekly training, use of 3.5t lorry (if over 23), spaces on lorry for schooling / shows where there is one. Horse basics done on day off. Access to all facilities – indoor, outdoor, gallops, spa, solarium – no charge 🙂 Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
Job Description Experienced groom with or without stud work experience wanted to come and join our small friendly dedicated team. We are currently looking for a permanent stud hand to assist with the daily care of mares, foals and young stock. This position includes all general yard work (mucking out, bringing in and turning out, groom, general yard maintenance) as well as your standard stud duties. A big part of this position is preparing yearlings and foals for the sales ( Tattersales & Goffs) therefore the candidate must be confident in handling young stock. We also have several foals on the ground each year so there is the chance to help and assist with foaling and to assist with weaning. Minimum Requirements Atleast 2 references from previous employers. Uk manual driving licence.   Accommodation details Purpose built shared accommodation with own private bedroom. All bills and utilities payed for by employer.   Benefits Accommodation provided free of charge. 22 days holiday per annum + bank holidays Overtime Every other full weekend off or every sunday off.  
Job Description Full time job available for soonest start from now till May 2019 with a very well known, prestigious hunt. Role involves working with hunt horses and their day to day care & well being from riding to mucking out, feeding and preparing them for the hunting field. These are Lovely well mannered horses. Working as part of a fun enthusiastic team. You will be allowed to go hunting if competent and time allows. This hunt is renowned as having one of the best packs of hounds in the country covering some of the most beautiful countryside! Minimum Requirements A 6 day week but with time off during the day, (so not always full on ;)! Accommodation details A 2 bed cottage is supplied with the job with Council tax and water paid for.    
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours * Some riding possible  *Dog a possibility Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Experienced Dressage Groom (home and competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. Please call Caroline or Beckie on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email
*Salary IRO 1800 euros * All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email  
Intermediate event rider/Hunting client is looking for a live out, experienced 2nd in command Groom and ideally a decent rider (flat/jumper).  7 quality horses. Grooms work alternate Sundays and have Thursdays off, but of course there is flexibility. Top location and facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Riding * Homely, warm accommodation *Family, fun atmosphere 🙂 Groom compulsory (!) /Rider (optional)/Instructors (optional). 🙂  Salary range up to £366 pw plus accomm. High level, pretty, family run livery yard is looking for a few more team members. Friendly, fun & inclusive environment with staff members and clients staying in touch for years! 14 miles North of central London, this friendly, fun, high level & family run livery yard is looking for a team player who enjoys the world of high end livery. Very inclusive environment.  Some riding available type/amount depending upon your riding experience. Attention to detail is paramount. Staff will need to be capable of treating clients’ horses as their own. A good level of care and focus with a “no problem” attitude is desirable. All usual duties required. Accommodation is shared with others in purpose built houses and all bills/accommodation costs absorbed by the yard. 5 day 6 day alternate weeks Facilities include: 2 – 60 metre by 20metre arenas 2 – 40metre by 20 metre areanas x country course covered horse walker 64 stables all automatic water drinkers in each box all stables with rubber flooring 2 standard size arenas x-country course horse-walker Please apply and call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*Own horse & dog & partner welcomed *Training and competing available on own horse or non rider fine also *3 bed cottage with garden available Eventing yard with Olympic aspirations is seeking missing cog in the wheel, which is a professional Head Groom. All levels of horses kept from babies to 3* Should be capable of sole charge and all aspects of Yard/horse management/competition grooming etc. Help available for daily chores as/when required but this is a responsible hands on position requiring someone looking for a long-term opportunity.Plenty of training on own horse if interested and opportunity to compete also but non- riders equally welcomed. Must be prepared to Groom at home and abroad when required so valid passport necessary. Very much a team effort so personable, professional essential. Beautiful setting, amazing facilities including ménage which is soon to have a cover! New cross-country schooling on site etc. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email        

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
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0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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