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“Just a Groom”

“Just a Groom”

by Lucy Blain

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My name is Lucy, I am 22 years old and live in central Scotland. I am former Head Girl and Event Groom  and I am now a Freelance Groom (recently moved to Fife). Working alongside the SSPCA, I am also a real-life vlogger and blogger! Having been a Groom for a while I am keen to support the industry in any way that I can by bringing the fantastic work that many grooms do both in and out of the spotlight.

Not too long ago, I went to an interview for an equine (plus other animals) role I was really set on, the interview was going swimmingly and I was feeling pretty damn good about it, right up until we started on employment history. When we made it to my role as Head Groom and Event Groom, a member of the panel turned to me and said ‘’so you were just a groom then?’’ with a vacant, almost unimpressed look stamped across his face. I smiled and shrugged the comment off but felt hurt and disappointed that this was the view people took of this role, a role that I poured my very being into every single day for three years.

That grooms’ job that he dismissed so readily taught me more than any other role I have had to date. That job taught me the meaning of hard work. I woke up before the sun every morning and never arrived late to work. Come rain, shine, sweltering heat or freezing snow the horses came first. It didn’t matter if there was no other staff available to work, the horses were still mucked out, bedded down, hayed, watered and fed, even if it did mean finishing at 9pm.

Just A Groom by Lucy Blain - Equine CareerThat job taught me the true meaning of organisation. It taught me how to handle pressure and deadlines without breaking a sweat, how to juggle ten tasks at once whilst making sure they are all completed to incomparable standards. It taught me how to plait, pack lorries, wash, bath, trim and pull whilst managing the yard, making sure all the other horses were also cared for.

The margin for error in an admin role or a customer service position is sometimes pretty wide, but when you’re ‘just a groom’ you often aren’t afforded that luxury. One slip up in medication, feeding or turnout can equate to a vet bill, a competition withdrawal or worse. You have to have your eye on the ball and be one step ahead all the time. You have to be able to spot lameness and colic from miles away and know your course of action before your hands even touch the horse.

Just A Groom by Lucy Blain - Supporting Professional Riders

This job taught me resilience, it taught me how to get back up when you have absolutely nothing left in the tank, how to battle through freezing rain and wind to make sure your horses were comfortable, happy and warm when every other member of staff had packed up and gone home.

Being ‘just a groom’ made me believe in myself, it gave me the confidence to trust my own instincts and make decisions based on facts, not emotions. This job opened doors in my life that, otherwise, would just not have been possible.

Being ‘just a groom’ wasn’t always about horses, it was about being a support team for your rider, being there when the training session didn’t go to plan, riding every stride along with them and wishing your rider and horse home safe from every run. It’s so much more than just the horse, it’s about being part of a team.

Just A Groom by Lucy Blain - KnowledgeSitting up with a sick horse or hand walking into the night wasn’t in ‘just a grooms’ job description, but I did it, because being ‘just a groom’ wasn’t a 9 to 5 job, it was a lifestyle that I made a commitment to and I refused to waiver on that just because I was tired or wanted to have a shower.

So, you see, in my case being ‘just a groom’ has given me skills that take people twice my age three times as long to acquire. You may look down and dismiss my role as ‘just a groom’ but I know this role was so much more than that and one day, when your sister, brother or best friend decides to follow a dream and work in a professional yard, you might just understand what it took to get there and the hard work involved.

Here’s the thing though, we can change the views of people like the one on the interview panel I referred to. Slowly but surely we are beginning to see a change in attitudes but we need to keep pushing forward and to keep up momentum on the changes that have been happening. There are two partner organisations specifically who speak with one, strong and united voice. If you are a groom or interested in supporting the Grooming industry you should join the British Grooms Association, (I am feeling extremely privileged to be an ambassador for the BGA) and if you want a great job or career advice then you should register free of charge with The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment. Together we can change these attitudes and ensure that people both in and outside of the equine industry really recognize and appreciate the fantastic work that most grooms over the UK and Northern Ireland are doing.

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*IRO £420pw +accomm & utilities *Dog welcomed *Chance to shine in your career! Home Yard manager/Groom required to run an International show jumping yard very close to Hickstead required would suit those wanting to step up to the very top level or someone wanting to step sideways and not travel too much any more or just someone who wants to be Home Yard based You will be required to provide top-level home support for two well-known Riders who produce and sell top quality horses, as well as train and mentor all levels of riders. Competing on the National and International circuit as well as sourcing, producing and selling some top international horses both for the company and for clients and investors, this is a busy and highly professional environment. You will need to be charming with horses and people! 😉 The successful applicant will have performance horse yard/horse management experience at a med/high level. You will need to be able to demonstrate initiative, reliability and team leadership skills as well as to be able to work within the Team to support a positive and constructive environment. Ideally, you would be interested in the show jumping as a discipline too. New build international SJ stables VERY close to Hickstead. Only 20 minutes away from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. Facilities include: 22 large stables (12×12) with rubber matting and automatic water drinkers and windows in brand new purpose build brick stabled barn. Waterproof lighting made to measure rubber matting in each stable. International sized all weather jumping arena with sand and fibre with an underfloor watering system to give the horses the BEST footing available. Full set of show jumps including open water All weather lunge arena again with the same surface Horse walker with anti-slip paving that is undercover Grass jumping paddock with derby style fences, three purpose built banks. Fitness fields- 10 acres 17 acres of all year round turnout split into larger and smaller paddocks, including x6 stallion paddocks 3 x rubber matted Wash bays with solariums/ cross ties/ all with hot and cold water Alarmed tack room x 2 Feed room Office with kitchen with hot and cold water and bathroom/ cloakroom Boot/ hat room with heating Rug Room Tack trunk/ storage area Horsebox parking area with hook up On-site accommodation for staff and pupils wishing to stay and train- self-contained apartments with bathroom, kitchen, living area 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit a professional capable of managing the day to day goings on a top-level competition yard and happy not to be travelling with the riders. Best of everything for clients, you, the horses and the Team  To apply please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary up to £24K pa  *Pets and own horse a possibility A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Stud Hand to work on a busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred, but not essential. Paid holiday and pension scheme. 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 & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Assistant to trainer for up and coming yard in Knowle, Solihull All necessary racing yard experience required Riding out included Live-in luxurious house with owner Some domestic duties required Minimum Requirements All necessary racing yard qualifications required Must have at least five years experience working in a racing yard Mature attitude, looking for long term position Must be able to work on own initiative but as part of a small team too   Accommodation details En-suite room in owner’s luxurious home. Shared living space with owner.   Benefits Remuneration package to be agreed but proposed salary circa £20k
*Salary up to £26k pa (depending on experience) *Accommodation provided *5-6 day week negotiable *Pets a possibility *Plenty of riding *Opportunities to hunt/compete! Seeking an experienced Groom/Rider to head the team caring for 6 top-class performance horses, who regularly compete in a variety of disciplines. Some sole charge required. Excellent, top-level show turnout skills are a must! 🙂 Trailer or lorry licence an advantage. 🚛 ✔ Super facilities to work in, with every mod con you could imagine to ensure the very best for the horses in your care. ✔   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A fantastic job for someone experienced with at least 3* competition horses. Plenty of riding, although this is secondary to the yard management aspect. Naturally, the employer expects high standards, and in return you receive excellent pay and opportunities to compete and hunt as well.  Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting job reference JL40845, on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Own horse considered *Live in or out *Fabulous career opportunity for someone wanting to step up *Package IRO £400 neg Accomplished 3 star level eventer who competes home and abroad is looking for a key new Team member. Outside the eventing season the Rider also pre-trains, (specializing in the breaking and preparing of thoroughbreds for Flat and National Hunt race training). There maybe exercise riding but this is not essential . You will need to be an experienced and capable Groom able to manage the Team when the Rider is away and manage ‘the dynamic’ between the Team and the Rider and his clients maturely . You should be hands on by nature able able to pitch in with all usual daily duties to a high and professional standard. Situated in Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes and orchards .Superb transport links to all areas of the UK :Quiet but easily accessible location. Very good facilities:60m x 35m All weather arena/5 horse walker/Hot water wash /Full set of show jumps/Ideally located for major equestrian facilities and events/Enclosed, high fenced 35m x 60m arena/turnout and schooling pens/Small individually post and rail fenced turnout/Excellent quiet lanes and orchards for hacking. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This could be a great opportunity to step up into from a no 2 position in a sport horse/performance horse yard into a yard management role or you will already be doing this job. Varied and active this is a professional Team who move at a fast pace and to a high professional level.  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Partner welcomed *Dog welcomed *Live in or out *Standard stud hours, with alternate weekends being worked *Four weeks holiday plus bank holidays *Negotiable, competitive salary & discretionary bonus scheme. Beautiful yard adjoining the Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border is seeking a full-time thoroughbred Stud Hand. You would be required to work alongside an experienced stud manager at a small family-owned commercial stud farm foaling at home and prepping foals for sale. 🙂 Thoroughbred Stud experience essential but less experienced candidates who are keen to learn or experienced people who can slot into the role would be considered 🙂 Stud has around ten permanent broodmares, their foals, a couple of yearlings etc. also have some resting racehorses which come for their holidays once or twice a year. The family also have two ponies that they may need occasional assistance with. Helpful if you are qualified and able to drive a small box but not essential, training can be arranged. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit someone who understands life on a small TB stud – ie very busy times with foal prep etc and very quiet times when all the horses are turned out and staff have to be handy with a strimmer/mower instead!  Best of facilities and a very professional but relaxed family environment. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description We are looking for a highly competent rider who has a real passion for developing young horses and keeping top level horses at their peak. The job mainly focuses on riding but the successful candidate will also need to have a good work ethic, perform all yard duties and be able to work in a large team Minimum Requirements Highly competent rider Able to perform all yard duties Work well in a large team   Accommodation details A range of on/offsite houses   Benefits Bring own horse Training and mentoring Training top level Event horses
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56) *Riding available with good hacking and indoor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email 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.  
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. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. 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 second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. 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. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   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 and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
**We are adding to our Team!** Lots of great changes have taken place here and we are now looking to add to the team! We are still busy with our work in the racing industry externally at trainers’ yards and at racecourses but we no longer take in racehorses on remedial / behavioural programmes.  So our work now  focusses on : Rehoming ex-racehorses Producing competition horses for showjumping, dressage, eventing Post operative rehabilitation, retirement livery and holiday grazing for racehorses Natural Horsemanship courses offering hands-on training for owners building on their relationship with young horses We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for this and riding our own horses!  This is an excellent opportunity to join our team! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  Additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not about crazy horses – some are young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence! This is a full time position from 07.30hrs – 17.00hrs Monday to Saturday each week.  During staff holidays or busy times the occasional Sunday may be required with an alternative day off as mutually convenient. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
*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  
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Ideally, you will have had at least 5 years experience in the industry and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, (dog and house sitting etc optional)You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. Excellent equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus Owners have a very well trained young German Shepherd who will need some care when owners are away so you need to be comfortable with the breed, but she is very people friendly and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person . Owners want to spend more time away from their home and are really looking for someone who can seamlessly keep an eye on things and manage their home,yard  and beloved animals until their return but be  mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location Please call Caroline and The Team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Groom or Groom/Rider with HGV required for professional Show Jumping yard on the Bucks/Oxon borders   Flexible days and hours – would suit someone who wanted some free time eg to study Excellent single accommodation provided 3 bed cottage available for a couple Good salary according to age and ability Dog and own horse a possibility Competition Grooming if you want to Riding is optional HGV licence is required (to drive a 6 horse + living)   A fantastic opportunity for a cheerful, enthusiastic person to join an experienced professional team looking after 10 horses in work, including Grade A showjumpers, young racehorses and 5 retired horses. This is a relaxed but professional team, with horses competing at top national and international shows. You have the opportunity to ride if you want to, and bringing your own horse/dog is a possibility. Excellent single accommodation is provided and couples accommodation is available. Bringing your own horse/pet is a possibility. HGV licence is required! (to drive a 6 horse + living). CV and references essential.  
Job Description *Full time position five day week plus alternate weekends.  *Competitive package *Good facilities We are looking for live out full time and part time experienced stud hands to work on a lovely family run thoroughbred Stud near Chelmsford. All usual stud duties including turn out, mucking out, vet, farrier and sales prep etc. You should of course be capable of all duties to a good standard and be a confident handler of foals and yearlings.    
Job Description Live in trainer required for an up and coming yard in Knowle, Solihull. The yard has great facilities and we currently have four horses at varying stages in their careers, with the capacity for more based upon the trainer’s performance. The applicant must be self motivated, hard working and capable of working in a team. Responsibilities to include: – Setting and overseeing the care, feeding and horse health policies for the organisation. – Managing staff, including hiring staff and adhering to employment legislation. – Planning and implementing a training and fitness programme for each horse, including riding them    yourself wen required. – Overseeing each horse’s fitness work on the gallops and schooling through starting stalls or over          hurdles and fences. – Assessing horses’ ability for potential races. – Planning race entries, pre-and post procedures and selecting and appointing suitable jockeys to   runners. – Completing racing documentation including passports, licences, stable passes, entries and   declarations. – Accompanying horses to races. – Liasing with owners and connections. Minimum Requirements Skills and personal qualities required: – Excellent horse management skills. – A natural flair and a thorough knowledge of training racehorses. – Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. – A sound knowledge of business and financial management. – An understanding of employment legislation. – A full understanding of the British Horseracing Authority’s orders, instructions and rules of racing.   Accommodation details To be advised upon expression of interest   Benefits Package negotiable for the right person  
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. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   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.  
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) *Fair remuneration Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
🙂 Previous Groom employed for  27 years! 🙂 *Accommodation available or live out *Very competitive and negotiable remuneration from £400/£450PW Advanced Dressage Rider in training and livery with internationally renowned Rider/Coach at top yard in Oxfordshire needs an experienced Groom to care for her 6 dressage horses and help with the day to day :Rider/horse/stable duties. There could be exercise riding/more for the right person or not. Client is German and is planning to stay in the UK long term (Brexit allowing) but a position would be available at the current yard for the right applicant should this not go according to plan! or they could go to work at the family yard in Germany if open to that. Must be able to care for competition horses at the highest level, plait clip etc and should be happy to attend competitions at least once a month. Ideal but optionally it would be great if you were able to drive an 18t/Left hand Drive lorry. Good people skills required as well as horse skills as you will need to work on the trainer’s yard harmoniously with other staff employed there, although the horses will be sole charge responsibility. Lovely friendly yard with great team.   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fantastic opportunity to work in one of the United Kingdom’s most professional Dressage training yards along side  a legendary Rider/Trainer and his Team but sole charge for one of his valued clients. Amazing career opportunity! Please apply directly to Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Looking for a team member to join or small friendly team, preparing event horses and scurry ponies on a private competition yard, to include all yard duties, no carriage driving experience needed an interest in driving would be preferable. Minimum Requirements Previous experience on a yard Able to work as a team and occasionally take sole charge       Accommodation details Shared accommodation with own bedroom 3 bed property shared with 1 other     Benefits Good rate of pay All food/laundry/cleaning products paid for WiFi and bills included 28 days paid holiday Close to local shops/ amenities and town center        
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 You can be from any discipline but must be confident in handling and riding TB’s. Confident and  previous experience riding out would be preferred but if plenty of riding experience in other disciplines this would also have its advantages. 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. Great opportunity to experience another discipline or to put your existing experience into good use.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@thegroomslist.co.uk      
Job Description *Bonuses *Pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Top wages provided *pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated NH yard looking to recruit stable staff for upcoming season Minimum Requirements Must be confident in handling TB’s, reliable and hardworking.   Accommodation details On site accommodation   Benefits Frequent perks, pension, pool money, good friendly working atmosphere and top wages provided  
Job Description 🙂 Situated in the thoroughbred heartland of Ireland, with easy access to all the main stallion farms, leading veterinary support, as well as road, air and ferry transport routes. 🙂 Yearling Sales Prep opportunity at a well established Irish Stud for a hard-working person with a good level of horsemanship. Previous experience of sales prep an advantage, but not essential. The successful candidate will be able to handle yearling colts and work well in a busy industrious team. 350 acres of prime stud land with top class facilities such as the modern American Barns, Horse Walker, Lunge Rings and Stud Railing throughout.   Accommodation details Accommodation is available if required.   Benefits Salary will vary depending on experience.  
Accomplished 3 star level eventer who competes home and abroad is looking for a permanent, full time new Team member to attend all shows/events . Outside the eventing season yard based duties are required along with the rest of the Team but more often than not, there are things going on which would require your expertise. The Rider also pre-trains, (specializing in the breaking and preparing of thoroughbreds for Flat and National Hunt race training). There maybe exercise riding but this is not essential . You will need to have excellent levels of turnout and some experience of competitions to a good  standard. 🙂 Ideally you will be used to transporting horses in a 7.5t lorry and/ or willing to take your HGV license:) Situated in Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes and orchards .Superb transport links to all areas of the UK :Quiet but easily accessible location. Very good facilities:60m x 35m All weather arena/5 horse walker/Hot water wash /Full set of show jumps/Ideally located for major equestrian facilities and events/Enclosed, high fenced 35m x 60m arena/turnout and schooling pens/Small individually post and rail fenced turnout/Excellent quiet lanes and orchards for hacking. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This could be a great opportunity to step up into a competition Groom’s role from a position in a sport horse/performance horse yard, or you will already be doing this job. Varied and active this is a professional Team who move at a fast pace and to a high professional level.  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    
*Live in or out *IRO £350/£400 neg *Beautiful cottage accommodation (without charge) *friendly dog considered *Opportunity for some competition Grooming Experienced Groom required to work within a team to a very high standard on this international dressage yard. Essentially a non riding position (maybe some hacking if capable), so really would suit someone who enjoys the Dressage environment and working with the best of horses and facilities. Keen Team player required who will be excited to work in a world class establishment. Purpose built International Dressage facilities:Indoor/outdoor schools, wash downs, walker, lots of well kept post and rail turnout paddocks etc Pls Call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Fun, friendly family yard looking for reliable live out Groom/Rider to share very manageable workload  with one other. Other staff also employed who have been with the family for many years. Should be capable of sole charge. Busy owner hunts with the Beaufort  2x a week during the season (for a couple of hours each time on average) and does various other activities with horses the remainder of the year. No summers off for these horses but all done in a relaxed manner with love of the horses at the forefront . Owner works away a lot so Grooms must be reliable, trustworthy and conscientious. Yard based on a 100 acre Organic farm with some mini pigs and mini donkeys also. Must be someone flexible to duties, willing to muck in and out and easy to get along with. Must be capable of all duties to a good standard. Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@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

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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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