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Articles relating to employment law in the equine industry

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

In April every year, at the end of one Tax Year and the start of the next, the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage increases. This is important for everyone in the equine industry – employers and employees alike. Equestrianism is a notoriously low-pay industry in terms of hourly salary, and salaries are frequently, if not always, topped up with extras, bonuses and tidbits. But in reality, how lawful are we in doing this without the advice and guidance of accountants and tax specialists? And what are the consequences of getting it wrong? The UK Government has strict laws regarding the minimum sum of money any individual can receive in return for work done and it can be confusing at least, a minefield at worst, when remunerating staff not just fairly, but legally too.  In this article, we take a timely look, and research answers to basic questions for both employers and employees regarding the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage and to highlight common misconceptions within the equine industry regarding wages, remuneration packages and the law.

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Equine Jobs with Accommodation

The provision of accommodation with an equine job can be a grey area for both employers and employees, with so many varying arrangements from yard to yard and job role to job role. Get it wrong and at the very least an employer struggles to find and keep staff, the employee loses out on their salary entitlement and, worst case scenario, the employer and employee find themselves in very hot water. Here we attempt to put a complex matter into as simple terms as possible, regarding the provision of accommodation with a job, based on situations regularly seen within the equine industry.

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What is a Workplace Pension?

Since April 2017, it’s compulsory that all eligible employees receive a Workplace Pension as part of their employment contract, and this applies to grooms working in the equine industry. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding Workplace Pensions, who is eligible for one and who should be paying into one. So, what is a workplace pension? What does this mean? Who should expect to receive one? We have put together a simple guide to answer 10 common questions regarding Workplace Pensions in the equine industry

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Equestrian Employers Association Employer Conference 2020

Caroline Carter Recruitment is delighted to support the Equestrian Employers Association Employer Conference, on 25th February 2020.

Caroline Carter is a guest speaker at the conference, answering your questions on the staffing challenges with the equine workplace in the session, How to attract, recruit and retain excellent staff.

Caroline says, “I am really looking forward to this conference. It represents a groundbreaking opportunity to eyeball the ‘issues of the day’ surrounding attracting, recruiting and retaining staff. With a recruitment industry ‘in crisis,’ we must all grasp these opportunities to look at strategies which could positively impact change.”

Read on to find out more about this interesting event and its aims…

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Brexit – Information for Employers and Grooms in the Equine Industry

As Great Britain leaves the European Union at 11pm on 31st January 2020 and “Brexit” dominates our news headlines, what can we expect within the equine industry? As an international recruitment agency, we place many British Grooms in jobs within the EU, and many EU citizens into jobs within Great Britain, so… what about information for Employers and Grooms in the equine industry?

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Avoiding Discrimination in the Recruitment Process

Never before has society been more aware of discrimination and the negative impact it has on all aspects of life. Quite rightly, the law takes acts of discrimination very seriously and, as with all matters pertaining to employment law, ignorance is no defence when it comes to the crunch! If upheld, a claim can result in a hefty fine! This blog is aimed to raise awareness and avoid not uncommon pitfalls.

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Salaries in the Horse Racing Industry

Not a lot of people realise that salaries in the horse racing industry are different to those of any other equine sector. Certain Minimum Wage and employment standards are agreed between the National Trainers Federation and the National Association of Racing Staff (Also known as “NARS”), and these set the horse racing industry apart from any other equine industry sector. Read on to find out more about working in the horse racing industry.

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Making and accepting a job offer – the do’s and don’ts!

Sometimes, making and accepting a job offer can be somewhat rushed and not treated with the formality it really does require. Whilst it’s a huge relief to have reached this stage, it is by no means the end of the process! There is still time for things to unravel and go wrong, and sometimes badly wrong, which it’s why it’s so important for both employers and job seekers to approach this stage with care and to put aside a little quality time to get it spot-on! Read our guidance on making and accepting a formal job offer…

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A Basic Guide to Payslips

Understanding payslips is easier than you might think. From the 6th April 2019, it is an employee’s statutory right to receive a payslip, so it’s important that everyone understands them! Unless you are genned up on the ins and outs of gross salary, income tax, allowances, Workplace Pensions and National Insurance it may look like a confusing bunch of numbers, especially if you’re a worker receiving payslips for the first time. In this article we give you a basic guide to payslips, from who should be given payslips and why, through to understanding the various codes and figures.

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Pre-Employment Checks – References

As we all know, recruitment is an inexact science and pre-employment checks such as securing valid and recent references gives us important information that helps us to decide if a candidate is suitable for a particular role.

Over the years I have taken references on behalf of thousands of employers and prospective employees as part of delivering bespoke recruitment services. This has lead me to have many positive, long-term placements and via the same established processes of due diligence, I have also diverted my clients away from certain disaster on more than one occasion!

Interestingly these days many grooms, having known me through their careers, give me as a reference to their ‘journey.’  Similarly, and not infrequently, employers will ask me for information about a particular prospective employee and of course, where I can fairly and legally comment, I do.

Over the years, more especially in the equestrian recruitment environment, I have been struck by how many employers who recruit for themselves or via other routes don’t seem to bother taking up references, opting instead to completely ignore these critical pre-employment checks just hoping for the best; many seem to live to regret this omission sooner or later…

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4 common pitfalls when employing staff and how to avoid them!

This week’s blog is for all those interested in knowing more about the facts concerning employee wages, accommodation charges, holiday entitlements and finally sick pay, income tax, national insurance and pensions.

Linda Hudson, Head of Business Development at Educ8 Training, has in the last 10 years worked in both college and private training organisations and rather usefully, has also studied employment law. Linda now kindly offers us all a short review with some handy hints, tips and links for good measure!

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Employing an Apprentice Groom – Grooms of the Future Part 1

Trainee grooms, including apprentices, are a lifeblood of our industry and the ins and outs of employing them needs much more consideration than they currently get – the yard junior, the trainee and of course the official and safeguarded version of the working pupil, the apprentice groom, are the future. What we all invest today could reverse the sometimes depressing current trends in the industry for tomorrow. If you are sitting comfortably with a large glass/cup of whatever keeps you awake and concentrating, please do read on. We hope you will be glad you did and that you will share this info to anyone you think might benefit from it –  THE EQUESTRIAN INDUSTRY DESPERATELY NEEDS PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

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The difference between employed, self-employed and freelance grooms

The legal requirements which underpin being self-employed vs employed are vast but not as complicated as you might originally have thought. Here at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd, we don’t pretend to be legal, tax or HR experts on the nuances that surround this subject, but we know people who are and with their expert guidance, Becky Parker our brilliant blog writer has researched that for your information this week. We proudly support Grooms who are looking for full-time employment, those self-employed/freelancing and looking to add clients to their portfolio, or indeed just starting out on either road and wondering how best to proceed. We really can and regularly do help and have many success stories that attest to that. We wouldn’t direct anyone to go one way or another specifically as it is a very personal to each individual.

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Job Description Show groom required for top class dressage and para dressage horses. Must be personable and upbeat and enjoy stay away shows. Opportunity for national and international travel to both Dressage and Para dressage shows at international level with super quality horses in fantastic facilities. Minimum Requirements Plaiting, clipping and generally great standards of turnout required, some experience preferred, but training can be given, attitude and attention to detail most important. Some riding would be a bonus, but not essential, plenty for the right candidate if wanted. Super organisational skills, taking care of kit and packing for shows, getting to know each horse’s individual needs and requirements and catering for those needs. Car driver a must Accommodation details No on-site accommodation, but local accommodation can be sought   Benefits Competitive salary and pension, lovely working environment with fabulous facilities, with opportunity to travel    
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 Looking for a groom to join our hard working team that cares deeply about the horses in their care. If you thrive on your horses’ success, progress and can work with efficiency, initiative and attention to detail, keep reading. We are a family owned competition yard competing in high level dressage and eventing. We are looking for someone who shares our philosophy to join us. We have been breeding our own horses for 14 years; our grooms are a massive part of each horses career, from the first event, to their debut at 4 star eventing / PSG and small tour dressage. We run an equestrian centre and livery yard so that we can produce our horses solely to bring on, not to sell, so their welfare and progress is our priority. Day to day care for each individual horse is carried out to the highest attention to detail with a particular emphasis on veterinary management and care. Your job would involve the yard duties that determine every aspect of each horses welfare on a day to day basis; from foals to 30 year olds! If you are looking for a job where you spend most of your time riding this is not for you. EVERYONE mucks out, EVERYONE walks in the rain to the field, usually laughing. There will be hacking, lunging, occasional fast work opportunities but these are limited until taught to a high standard due to massive impact these activities can have on a horses way of going. 5 day week 8am-5pm, always 1 hour for lunch, alternating weekends, accommodation available, all on PAYE roll with allocated holidays and sick days. Possible space for a horses on site, amazing facilities. Very sociable yard with a positive atmosphere. Minimum Requirements Must have a passion for the care and welfare of our horses, like they were your own! Good work ethic and ability to work in a team Ability to learn or adapt skills to our approach Accommodation details Recently furbished one bed bedsit Also 3 bedroom static caravan, sole use. Benefits Great atmosphere to work in, with a very social group. Amazing facilities on site if bringing own horse Small yard so lots of individual time for each horse. Would suit someone interested in veterinary aspect of horse care and how it impacts performance.
*Excellent yard *Very good rent free accommodation *2 months paid holiday* Partner Welcome* Hunting for the right applicant* Job Description This managerial level job involves full care of 7 Quality Hunters throughout the season. The individual has to be self motivated and able to turn out horses to a high standard which will be Hunting on average three days a week.  You will be responsible for all aspects of stable management and dedicated care to the horses.  Good communication skills will be necessary to ensure flexibility and a smooth running operation on hunting days. A part-time groom will cover Sundays and allow for time off to reduce the work load. The yard is an exceptional facility boasting an indoor walker, round lunge pen and a double sized arena in the heart of stunning Shropshire. Minimum Requirements Feed/Plait/Clip/Turn out Bandage/Poultice/Dress wounds Muck out/Exercise/School Confident driving a trailer to deliver second horses. Manage the booking of the farrier and the vet when necessary.   Accommodation details Good rent free accommodation is available. Benefits High level of independence Beautiful scenery and excellent riding out Can bring a dog Can hunt, work permitting 2 months paid holiday Exceptional facilities to work in
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *£400pw Our client enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P  alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed previous staff all giving excellent feedback we are now looking for someone to work alongside an experienced Yard Manager in all duties, including riding, horse and stable management. You would need to be at a level where you could step up and take charge on Yard managers days off/holidays etc. You should be someone who is a competent and confident rider (flat/jumper) for their 7/8 top-quality horses. Salary on offer will reflect skills and expertise of course but IRO £400pw. 🙂 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
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.    
Job Description We are looking for someone to join the Team who can help cleaning stables, but who can also ride well. They should be able to train novice horses. Minimum Requirements Rider who can clean stables. Must be able to speak English, the ability to speak Spanish would also help but not essential.   Accommodation details Live in, in private 2 bedroom mobile home   Benefits Food and tips  
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 
***** WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAY COVER ***** This  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 starting out . 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. Saturday / Sunday shifts are 8-5pm 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 a bonus but not essential 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!   Driving Licence essential as rural location  WEEKEND POST / HOLIDAY COVER  Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm  **HOLIDAY COVER AS NEEDED   
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        
*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
*Euros 33-35K neg + accommodation subsidy (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 Yard Manager required to run a progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry in a beautiful location.   The role of the Yard Manager is suited to those who have a strong background in equestrian yard management and with a third level qualification in equine management or other relevant and appropriate qualification together with BHSAI.   In all operations, you must be capable of and willing, to carry out each and every task in the yard yourself, and will be expected to lead by example. You must also be able to delegate and to inspire all members of the team. It is also your responsibility to ensure that all the required jobs are done timeously and professionally by smart, courteous, staff.   GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: You will assist the Estate Manager on the day to day management of the yard and operation of the Equestrian Centre on the Estate.   Your main objectives will be:   To maintain high standards of teaching in the yard Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. (Keep updated records on tack repairs and tack checks and report to the Equestrian Manager on any replacements required. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Ensure that the horses’ health, nutrition and medical treatments are up to date. Be responsible for the training of all staff and ensure that all training records are upto date Assist with the Estate Manager on staff issues and requirements. Supervision of Equestrian Centre staff in managing the day to day activities of the Equestrian Centre Report to the Estate Manager and the Hotel Manager, all incidents, accidents and near misses that occur to staff or clients at the equestrian centre. To personally carry out teaching duties and escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner. To assist and ensure assessments of riders and horses are completed. Supporting the coaches through the smooth running of the yard in relation to lessons, pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist with the teaching of tourism and any other courses the centre may be responsible for eg ETB course. Assist the Estate Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. React quickly and decisively to all customer enquiries and problems 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
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    
* Fab career/CV opportunity *Live in or out *Salary £21,700pa negotiable plus beautiful cottage accommodation (without charges) Groom with more than 18 months performance horse experience required to work within an established team to a very high standard on an international dressage yard. Competent Grooms from any discipline considered but must have operated at a high level. You must be a team player and as this is essentially a non-riding position (maybe some hacking), it would suit someone who enjoys the Dressage environment and working with the best of horses and facilities at home. This is a world-class establishment – ideally, you will be able to step up with the home team when the Rider and competition Grooms are away for periods of time. Some competition outings if you have the skills and enthusiasm. 🙂 Please note, you must be prepared to work a 5.5 day week (sensible hours and weekend days on rota) 🙂 Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description This job generally requires the ability to perform the following tasks: Has coaching certificate and past experiences  to show competence of teaching riders of all levels how to properly and safely learn how to ride a horse, how to care for a horse, etc. preferably has past experience training horses for show events. Prepares horses for events. Feed horses.Muck out stalls. Turn out horses to paddocks. Wrap horses’ legs. Assist with veterinary treatments. Supervise employees. Order supplies, equipment, and feed. Pay bills and maintain records. Arrange transportation to shows or races. Handle the scheduling of routine veterinary visits and farrier visits. Barn managers must be highly skilled in all aspects of horsemanship and possess a solid working knowledge of basic medical treatments, equine nutritional needs, and equine behavioral management techniques. Minimum Requirements Show jumping accreditation. Friendly approach to teaching. Experience managing a barn.   Accommodation details You have a choice to either live within the farm, the accommodation has everything you’ll need and it’s spacious, clean and fully furnished. Otherwise, accommodations could be arranged at an apartment within the city, 15/20 minutes away.   Benefits Health, food and travel benefits.  
Job Description I am looking for a full time groom to come and look after our lovely horses who  Event and Hunt.  Set in the beautiful countryside near Badminton Horse Trials it is a private  family yard on the edge of a village  which has all amenities. Needs to be a competent rider and turn out to a high standard. For the right rider there is a chance to compete and hunt if interested. The job is 5.5 days a week and comes with a  lovely one bedroom flat with utility bills paid. ( Can live out )Present groom recommends and is sadly leaving after two and a half years to try something different. Can bring a well behaved dog and possibly a horse. Minimum Requirements Good rider who can turn out to high standard   Accommodation details One bedroom self contained flat with utilitys paid for   Benefits Can bring a dog and possibly a horse  
Job Description Full time senior groom/rider based on a private Hunting & Eventing yard to work alongside the existing stud groom caring for 7/8 quality hunters in a beautiful rural village location. There will be horses hunting twice a week through the winter with a couple of younger horses competing in the intervening summer months. The successful new member of the team will have high standards and a positive attitude, be reliable and confident handling fit horses. Own horse and a well behaved dog are welcome. Minimum Requirements Cheerful confident rider   Accommodation details A newly converted one bedroom flat in a former Granary (large enough to share with spouse/partner) is available on this quiet sporting estate, within ten minutes walking distance of the yard or a couple of minutes in a car.   Benefits Reasonable costs of accommodation covered Livery/grazing for own horse included
Job Description *Accommodation available * 5/6day working week  Due to how busy we have become and an increase in schooling livery’s we are looking for another groom to join our team on the yard. We are looking for an enthusiastic, competent Home Groom that’s confident with competition horses. You will need to be able to work as part of a team and be competent in all aspect of grooming and yard work. Jobs include: Preparing horses for exercise, Grooming the horses to a high standard, Cleaning tack, Mucking out. Immediate start.
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.    
* Accommodation costs & bills covered. * Salary IRO £26-28K+ pa negotiable depending on experience and qualifications *Discretionary, generous end of year bonus *Very interesting role 🙂 We have placed several staff with these employers during 2021 and most are still in situ with the feedback in all respects extremely positive. ‘Lovely family, a great place to work, nice people, more than fair remuneration, very nice accommodation’. 🙂 We are looking for a capable Rider/Groom/Instructor for the family. This must be someone who possesses a good level of basic flatwork and is without a’ hot seat’ to exercise Elite horses for a relatively inexperienced equestrian family who love to ride in their leisure time. The horses need to be kept as calm and rideable as possible for the family and their visitors and are chosen for quality and temperament with this in mind in the first instance. The horses themselves are very considerately managed, so you must be prepared to handle all aspects of their care and welfare as well as riding to cooldowns/ hacking/ assisting with some low-level carriage driving, tack cleaning and an ability to present the horses extremely well is a must. An ability to gauge the experience levels of horses & riders and match accordingly and then offer friendly, basic instruction is essential. This role would suit a team player with a friendly, can-do attitude. You should also be vigilant and knowledgeable on yard management basic veterinary care. The yard/estate houses some 200/300 staff and is a very sociable environment with an onsite gym/many running buddies & a real communal atmosphere. The family has some Covid vulnerable members so when in residence this year there will still be a Covid free bubble (June-early Autumn 2022); but this just adds to the close-knit nature of the estate community and after this season the bubbling is unlikely to be repeated. Accommodation is on-site this year but in the Autumn will be found elsewhere and be of a high standard. 6 day week,  (some days very quiet and some flexibility/others full on so flexibility essential) Call Caroline and The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730or email info@carolinecarterrecruiment.com
Job Description Fantastic job Riding and Teaching in London. Exciting opportunity to join a highly respected, BHS Approved, Award Winning Riding Club. We offer a friendly and unique approach to horse riding in London, as well as having a huge community spirit amongst our staff, our horse owners and our Members. We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced instructor to join our team of professionals. Enjoy daily teaching and riding with our predominantly adult riders, over Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, some of the best riding country in England. We offer excellent working conditions, pension, paid holiday, further training, and staff uniform. If you are a confident horse rider, with high standards of stable management, have experience in teaching, and are a team player with excellent people skills – contact us!   Accommodation details Live-out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions. * Paid holiday * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country    
Job Description We need a groom to provide weekend cover for a few weeks and, on a longer term basis some holiday cover. We have a full time groom who has been with us for 5 years but I recently broke my hand and then my collar bone. Our groom has been working extra hours because of this and needs  more time off.  The job entails care for 3  stabled sports horses who are normally out all day at weekends for a few weeks.  We have excellent grazing in well drained paddocks and a purpose built yard  with muck trailer and hay barn very close to the stable barn. Help can be provided with turning out and catching in. Horses are extremely well behaved and cared for to the highest standards. Minimum Requirements Good experience working with large sports horses. Excellent stable management skills   Accommodation details Unfortunately accommodation is not available as this is a part time post.   Benefits Excellent working conditions including a fully equipped groom’s room with kitchen and bathroom as well as rest facilities.  Particular attention paid to health and safety and full training provided as necessary.  
* 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  
Groundsperson Scottish National Equestrian Centre SRUC Oatridge, West Lothian £21,778 – £24,891 per annum (under review) based on a 40 hour working week. REF: ACF/SNEC/081/21 Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors. The Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) based at our Oatridge Campus, is a modern venue for equestrian sports and activities. It currently boasts fantastic facilities, including 80m x 40m international 400-seater arena, 60m x 25m warm up arena, 110m x 80m outdoor turf arena. The centre is used both as an educational and training facility for SRUC students and as a commercial equestrian venue. SRUC is looking to recruit a Groundsperson to support the Equestrian Facilities Manager and Stable and Yard Supervisor in all ground operations associated with the equestrian facilities. The role will include maintenance of the arena surface, paddocks (grazing, fencing and water supplies), and stables (fodder, muck, cleanliness and hygiene). The areas of work will include but not be limited to: • Supporting the Equestrian Facilities Manager in the delivery equine education and training programmes and in the commercial equestrian hires and events at Oatridge • Undertaking all areas of arena, stables, yard and paddocks maintenance • Participating in and supporting the equestrian team at Oatridge in their delivery of commercial events and hires Candidates should possess a recognised qualification in groundswork/rural skills and should also have relevant first aid qualifications and certificates of competency for relevant vehicles and equipment. Proven groundswork experience is essential as is experience in machinery use including power tools, and agricultural vehicles such as tractor, quad bike, trailers, forklift and telehandler. Further details on the responsibilities and requirements for this role can be found in the Job Particulars document downloadable when you click the link below. Closing date: 28 February 2022 SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy. SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter. SRUC. A Charitable company limited by guarantee, SC003712. Registered in Scotland No SC103046  
Job Description Equestrian Facilities Manager £37,530 – £44,153 per annum (under review) REF: ACF/SNEC/080/21 Unique rural College in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors. The Scottish National Equestrian Centre based at our Campus, is a modern venue for equestrian sports and activities. It currently boasts fantastic facilities, including 80m x 40m international 400-seater arena, 60m x 25m warm up arena, 110m x 80m outdoor turf arena. The centre is used both as an educational and training facility for students and as a commercial equestrian venue. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, flexible and adaptable person for the role of Equestrian Facilities Manager. The purpose of this role is to manage all the equestrian facilities at the Oatridge campus which includes the Oatridge Stables and the Scottish National Equestrian Centre and to interface with the education and training programmes at Oatridge. The stables part of the role includes care and management of up to 30 horses. The role covers the management, operation and promotion . The post will include lead responsibility for the reputation of Oatridge equestrian facilities and positioning as a key education and training resource and a facility for the national equestrian sector. The post will also involve devolved budgetary responsibility and accountability for the Oatridge equestrian facilities. This role is a people facing activity and will require experience from a wide range of business processes with knowledge of the Equine industry. Applicants should have experience of managing a small but diverse (in terms to working patterns and level of ability) team and proven yard management experience. Candidates should possess a recognised education or training qualification equivalent to HN level or degree in the equestrian sector, or significant evidence or practical experience in the sector. A current full, clean driving license is required for this role as occasional driving may be necessary as well as first aid qualifications, certificates of competency for relevant vehicles and equipment. Further details on the responsibilities and requirements for this role can be found in the Job Particulars document downloadable when you click the link below. Closing date: 14 February 2022 To apply, please click here. Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy. Committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol.  
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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