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So, you want to become a professional rider?

So, you want to become a professional rider?

by Becky Parker

Become a Professional Rider - successTo become a professional rider, charging around Badminton, sailing over the impossibly high Puissance wall at Olympia or dancing majestically across the Dressage arena in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the sole dream of any pony mad child. I don’t think I will be alone in fondly remembering riding my imaginary horse around a course of sticks on upturned buckets in the garden, commentating on my own prowess as a child. It is a grand, lofty ambition that, while by no means impossible, alas will in all reality remain a just a dream for most of us. Luckily, there are more ways to be a full time paid ‘Rider’ than just 4* success.

Behind the scenes of almost every top horse, there is a string of people that helped to get there. The home groom/rider who keeps the horses ticking over when the rider is off at International Events, the young horse producer (independently, at home or at a stud), and not forgetting the ever dynamic dealing yard rider. For every top-level rider, there are so many more riders chipping away at the lower levels, often satisfied at that! They might never get that lucky break with a top horse but will still get enormous job satisfaction and make a respectable living running their own yards as competition riders. This is still ‘Living the Dream’ in many instances.

Become a Professional Rider - living the dream

Achievable though these positions may be, an easy path it is not. To gain even the bottom tier of the ‘professional rider’ ladder requires no small amount of hard work, sacrifice, determination, a degree of luck and well yes, bluntly… talent! It is SUCH a competitive marketplace and requires a big leap of faith for any owner/employer to entrust their prized animals into your care as a relatively unknown person. Whether it is to start them out on their ridden path or to fulfil the superstar career they believe their horses are capable of, most owners will have invested financially and/or emotionally in these horses. In order to stand out from the crowd and gain that opportunity to prove yourself, you need to be able to WOW the people that count. For most, your career will at least begin under an employer who deals with the owners and it is them you initially need to win round. Here are the top 5 things we find employers are looking for in a professional rider.

 

5 Traits a Professional Rider must have

 

Become a Professional Rider - experience

1. Experience

IF you are applying for a competition rider role you will need to have a competition record in this discipline and current affiliation to the relevant society. Any professional rider will need to have several years’ experience riding a variety of breeds/ages/sex. Being able to jump your one horse you have produced over 4 years round a 1.3m course is one thing,  but you will soon find getting on a fresh, hot-headed warm blood and jumping around even just a 1.0m course when it’s only the 2nd time you’ve sat on him (if you’re lucky,) is a whole other ball game! In some cases, such as if you are applying to be a rider for an Arabian stud for example, experience of that specific breed and it’s all its quirks would be necessary.

 

2. Professionalism

As a professional rider, you will have a great responsibility to show a mature, respectable and professional persona when out and about. The way you dress, communicate with showground staff and your grooms, the way you ride and treat your horses will all reflect, either good or bad, on the yard you represent so be mindful, you are always in the public eye. You will frequently need to liaise with owners, either for yourself or on behalf of an employer, so giving a good impression is vital. If you are able to turn on a degree of charm, this will always help!

 

3. Bravery

When you are starting out you will sometimes find yourself as either the sole rider or the junior rider. In either position you will almost certainly be the “dummy jockey”, as some refer to – the one lumbered with the ‘quirky’ rides. Needless to say, unless it is literally doing back-flips, saying ‘No’ to riding this horse can negatively impact the view your employers may have of you. As a rider, you are expected to be brave. If you genuinely are the competent, experienced rider you have sold yourself as you should have the ability and knowledge to deal in the right way and safely with said horse and the belief in yourself to do so. Be brutally honest with yourself about the context of your riding experience and ability. A rider needs to be truly confident in their ability and themselves not just talk the talk like they are!

Disclaimer – While this point about being brave enough to do your job stands, there does come a point when bravery crosses over into foolishness. If you truly believe you would be putting yourself in danger by getting on talk to your employer to see if a reasonable solution can be found to make the horse more manageable. Honesty is always the best policy, whatever your reason. 

4. Good health and fitness

Riding all day every day (quite probably between yard chores too!) is an extremely physically demanding job. Before even applying for any such job, ensure your health in terms of recurring injuries, ongoing conditions, back problems are all dealt with. You will also need to ensure you are physically fit for the job. It’s no good blowing everyone away with your enthusiasm on day one if you’re are crawling up the yard by lunchtime on day 3!

Equally, when you are in situ, though you are likely to stay fit for the job through doing the job, in order to perform your best be aware of any weaknesses you have such as straightness, tight hips or a feeble left arm/leg and put in place measures such as stretching/yoga/pilates/strength training if you want to stay on top of your game. Don’t give anyone reason to doubt your ability and toughness when it’s something you can be pro-active about.

As a continuation of Point 3 – As a professional rider, your risk of injury is increased and if the worst should happen you really will be unable to work. Even if you are employed full time on the books, I would strongly recommend taking out your own health insurance policy.

 

5. Proof

Being the one that’ll “get on anything” at your local livery yard rarely equates to the knowledge, ability and experience required of a professional rider. Videos are an integral part of any rider’s Jobseekers Profile and CV. You need to prove you can do what you say! Preferably not just on one horse and the better variety of age and type of horses you can show evidence of yourself schooling/jumping the better.

Become a Professional Rider - a proven track record

Think of what the job will require you to do and ‘show’ instead of ‘tell’ potential employers why you are the best person for the job. It goes without saying that you should be wearing professional attire in said videos e.g. hat and gloves at the minimum – jeans and wellies are a big NO NO! References from instructors and clients whose horses you have produced/schooled/competed are also a really strong plus. Maximise any contacts you have that may have backed you in the past through giving you rides, lessons or sponsorship.

 

The professional riders most likely to succeed are those who approach this plainly difficult career path with the right attitude. There is such a world of difference between being the brave kid who gets on all the naughty ponies and producing young sports horses in a world-famous yard such as several of our employers, home and abroad.

Approaching your ambitions with a realistic idea of your own ability and your eyes wide open to the challenges you are likely to face will go a long way towards getting that first foot in the door and impressing future employers. Here are a few of the not so glamorous points the young aspiring rider should bear in mind…

 

6 Real-life professional rider realities to come to terms with

 

Become a Professional Rider - you haven't escaped yard duties yet!

1. You haven’t escaped yard work yet!

I hate to break it to you, but the chances are high that you will still have to – shock horror – shovel poo! You’re HIGHLY unlikely to simply walk into a job solely as a rider, at ANY point in your equestrian career. We all know more than one very successful professional rider who still spends an hour or two in the morning on the end of a pitchfork. Think of it as a good upper body work out to warm up, or a right of passage if that appeals more!

 

 

2. You will have to ride breakers and yaks

Or a more sympathetic phrasing could be producing youngsters and re-schooling problem horses. Whether setting up on your own or as a 2nd rider, to begin with, you will start out with the dribs and drabs no one else wants. Jobs on breaking yards are also typically more easy to come by as it takes a certain kind, or brave and determined individual to stick at it. That said few jobs will teach you more, and quicker than working at a breaking and schooling yard! When poor riding has consequences you soon learn to iron out those issues quick-sharp. This is the No 1 way to learn to sit up and put your heels down.

 

3. Learn that money isn’t everything

While wages in the horse world are slowly improving (and The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment are all over that), when you first start out riding as part of your job it, will more than likely be in a Junior or Apprentice position where training and/or course fees will be factored in to what you have left to live on. If you are serious about making this work it can be a sacrifice worth making. A good start in this career particularly if it’s with a well-known name/stud can pay dividends in the long run. We have several articles that can help you with this –

Here is an article that will help you to ensure you are receiving a legal wage – The National Minimum wage and National Living Wage

Here is an article that will help you to ensure you end up with a deal both you and your employer are happy with for the long term How to negotiate a Salary in the Equine Industry

 

4. There will be Pressure on you to perform

Every professional yard has a purpose. When it all comes down to it you as the rider will be the one held most to account for achieving that purpose. Whether that be to win classes, sell horses, produce mannerly safe youngsters, fix a horse’s behavioural issues or simply to spot when and where once has gone wrong – physically or mentally. As a competition ride, in particular, you face extra pressure frequently being required to remember numerous courses and/or tests in a day for your multiple rides and perform at YOUR best in each. If or when it goes wrong answers will be demanded and not all bosses are as understanding as others of human error! (or even able to recognise horses aren’t all robotic angels!)

 

5. Take on board constructive criticism

There is no greater tool in a riders work kit than a strong desire to always keep learning. Never think you know it all. Respect your employer’s opinion and likely far greater experience than your own. Develop a strong relationship with your employer AND your trainer, show keen, ask questions and take it on the chin when you have messed up, and learn from it.

Become a Professional Rider - take criticism and instruction

A good employer might have the odd hissy fit but they do (when they have calmed down) understand no one is perfect. Suck it up and move on to the next horse with a fresh start and a clean slate. Always remember that no two horses are the same and some you will find easier and/or more enjoyable than others, but your job is to get a good tune from all of them. Ask for help and know you will likely learn more from the harder ones you struggle with, so embrace that challenge with a positive attitude. As any rider worth their salt knows, horses will always be your greatest tutors.

 

6. Don’t expect loyalty

It happens to every professional rider and not just once, over and over again – even the biggest names have had their fair share of it! Just as you see the dizzy heights of your career within gasping distance – POOF! All gone in a puff of smoke as you watch another rider take the horse you’ve produced thus far into the arena. This is EXTREMELY common, and can be for a variety of reasons, many of them often fair enough:

  • you have produced the horse to a monetary value that entices the owner to sell your mount
  • another rider whom the owner believes is “a safer bet” than you to train/compete at a higher level
  • even that the owner decides the horse is trained well enough that they want to compete their horse themselves

Whilst riding may have started out as a hobby, you are in a professional industry now and, as with most industries, it can be cut-throat. You just have to shrug it off and look to your next project, as devastating as it may be to miss out, again and again… and again… And no matter how attached you get to the horses that you work with. There are some well documented heartbreaking stories, but this is the real world and, like it or not, £££ plays a real part in decisions that are made on a very regular basis.

 

How to become a professional rider

There are only a few options open to the aspiring rider. The first, of course, is to simply get a “lucky break” (The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment have several jobs that fit that criteria most of the time!) through family backing, sponsorship or word of mouth. If that opportunity is given to you – good on you, grab it with both hands and we wish you all the best of luck – The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment can even make it happen for you! For everybody else the options are….

  • Become a Professional Rider - take criticism and instructionApprenticeship roles will provide formal structured training, a set wage, hours and days off. We explain more about the options available in our Apprentice Zone.
  • The BHS Pathway now offers a Riding only option from Stage 3 onwards which would give you Industry recognised proof of your level as a rider. Here is a useful article with further info on BHS Qualifications
  • Junior/2nd Rider/Home Rider there can be multiple names for this type of role but here you will work under a main rider usually with their direction helping to exercise all the horses, covering when they are away competing and perhaps competing some of the younger or lower level horses. This is a great way to gain practical experience in a bigger well-recognised yard.
  • Scholarships/Equine Academies – Hartpury College and University Centre offer the opportunity for a limited number of students every year to join the elite equine team where they can continue to study in an equine or non-equine sphere whilst also receiving riding, nutritional and strength training for them and their own horse.
  • Competing your own horse. Most Riders will have gained their initial competitive experience on their own or a loaned horse as it can be very difficult to get the ride on others without it. The higher level you can reach the better!

 

Our aim here at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment, contrary to how it may seem at points in this article, is NOT to put you off following your dreams and ambitions. If becoming a professional rider is all you have ever wanted, all you can ever envisage yourself doing and you truly believe you have the talent, the confidence and the determination to make it work then we wholeheartedly encourage and support you to chase and fulfil that dream with everything you have. Our aim is simply to ensure you are heading down that road with your eyes wide open, realistic expectations and armed to the teeth with all the knowledge to give it your very best shot.

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Job Description A fantastic vacancy has arisen for a ride leader to join our team of qualified and professional staff at a BHS Approved Riding Club. This exciting position requires a confident rider and someone who can demonstrate common sense and good decision making in a position of responsibility. You need to be enthusiastic about your work and enjoy meeting and chatting to different people, as we run a Membership scheme and have over 200 friendly Members (predominantly adults) who ride with us on a weekly basis. We are looking for someone to join our team who has high standards of stable management, a real love for working in this industry and who would enjoy taking regular hacks in some of England’s best riding country across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, while enjoying our very special team of 23 horses and some great company from our owners and members. We are looking for a full time position to work 5 days, further training, pension scheme, great working conditions! Please do get in touch if you are ready to ride!   Minimum Requirements Confident rider   Accommodation details Live out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions.(finish around 4.30 p.m.) * 28 days paid holiday * Further training * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country
Job Description Friendly enthusiastic reliable groom to work with a small number of competition horses on a private yard in the Scottish Borders. Opportunity to groom at competitions. Willing to take on a less experienced person with the right attitude as training will be given. Private Yard with 4-6 horses. Primary interest is Eventing. Horses have a varied routine with hacking, training, competing and daily turnout. American Barn style stabling, 10 acres of turnout, 30x60m outdoor arena.   Minimum Requirements Ability to handle, look after and turn out competition horses on a small private yard and work as part of a friendly team.  Must be capable of exercising horses with owners and taking sole charge.   Accommodation details Must live out.     Benefits Excellent salary depending on age and experience.
Family showjumping stud and producing yard is now looking for a key new member to add to their team where you will have an extremely varied role – no two days the same! We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year three of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.   Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales  in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing.   Overview We are looking for a new member of the team to share equal responsibility on a rota basis. Reporting to the Yard Manager. The position is a live in or out role. Operational Hours between Monday to Sunday on a rota shift bases. Normal shifts are 8-5pm  5 days per week alternate weekend work is inclusive [ however this can change due to foaling and various activities]   Yard duties including mucking out, feeding, watering and sweeping. Grooming and general daily health care of the horses Tack cleaning Schooling and hacking Lunging/double line lunging Liaising with yard manager on any issues routines and actions needed for horses care Maintaining a tidy feed room Preparing horses for competitions including plaiting Assisting with stud duties, foaling and care Clipping   Requirements High attention to detail Competent riding ability understanding of how a horse works and what could be done to improve its way of going Good horsemanship with kind nature Clipping/bandaging/plaiting to a high standard   Other Skills/Abilities Good communication skills Ability to think on feet and be flexible Team player to fit in and respect current working practices and other team members Confidence to handle youngsters and stallions Show Jumping experience   Wage Negotiable dependant on experience statutory holiday entitlement Pension Scheme in operation with an opt out period Extremely varied role – no two days the same! Full time contract with 28 days holiday, pension and statutory sick pay. 5 days per week which includes alternate weekends ie 40 hour week. Days are usually  8-5pm this can vary during foaling season or out to competitions etc Possible place  for own horse but no pets Driving Licence essential as rural location 
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel that has been COVID 19  Looking forward now and  planning to our future we are now looking for an experienced competition rider to join our team. This Warmblood Stud is the home of Stallions and Broodmares. We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year four  of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.  Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales near Tregaron in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing. This full time, live in or out role will include riding at BSJA shows you must have a strong competition record ideally or the ability to compete to a high level . Our competition horses have all been out affiliated to varying levels.  We need a competent rider. We would require  you to gain good understanding of all the horses to maximise their potential and understand their individual personalities and abilities and be able to work with the team in tailoring their exercise and work plans moving forward. Most importantly to work with our team,  getting the best from our horses. This will include general yard duties as well as guiding and nurturing the team.   The role is 5 days per week and flexibility if we go out to shows at the week days and weekends. We are a mixed yard competition horses (stallions), youngstock, broodmares and general riding horses. We have some very well bred, exciting youngsters for the future.   We are a very busy yard this could be a hugely rewarding role for the right person. Accommodation details – Live in is available  own horse considered        
Job Description Full time experienced Hunt groom to take charge of 6 quality hunters Minimum Requirements A cheerful helpful person who loves the job & understands horses hunting and hunting people. 7.5t licence would be an advantage.   Accommodation details A nice converted barn with lounge dinner,  bedroom, shower fully fitted furniture with parking outside
Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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