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Finding Suitable Candidates

Tips and advice on how to find suitable candidates for your equine job vacancy

New Years Resolutions for Equine Employers: How to ensure a strong start to 2022

The early part of the year can be one of the busiest times in equine recruitment. The blank canvass of the new year stretches ahead, full of potential, promise but let’s face it, sometimes dread to as finding good staff these days can be somewhat…er…challenging, to say the very, very least! The current Covid 19 crisis brings a whole other set of additional challenges, which are different by region and over time with the ever evolving situation, making it very difficult to know what to expect and when. Having the right team around you to fulfil that potential is paramount to any person’s (or business’s) success.  As equine workers resolve to move on at the start of the year, January is a prime time to assemble that team. To help you make the most of this busy period we’ve put together a quick guide to the key points – if you like, some New Years’ Resolutions for equine employers!

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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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Tips for Employers on Managing Job Applications

There is more to managing job applications than you might think. The whole point in advertising a job vacancy is to receive applications from job seekers yet, once they start to come in, many employers lose out on their ideal candidate by making simple, easy to make errors when managing them. As seasoned recruiters, we regularly see or receive feedback from employers on the way they approach their job applications and, in turn, we see what works for them and what doesn’t. Here, we put together the do’s and don’ts of managing job applications.

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HELP! Why can’t I fill my equine job vacancy?!

Sometimes your recruitment drive gets stuck in a rut and needs a shove in the right direction to get things moving and pick up the momentum needed to fill an equine job vacancy. This is where The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment can help. The Grooms List seems to be the ‘go to’ equestrian recruitment agency these days for the majority of savvy employers and little wonder with over 20 years experience in FILLING EQUINE JOBS which is at your disposal when you subscribe to one of our recruitment packages, either our DIY website package or our bespoke equine recruitment services. This article is written specifically for employers using a DIY website recruiting route who, sometimes, can find themselves at an impasse finding suitable candidates and receiving applicants from appropriate job seekers.

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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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Pre Employment checks – Understanding a Driving Licence

Many employers need their prospective employee to drive a car, tow a trailer, drive a tractor, a horse box or HGV lorry and, rather like reference checks, don’t always bother checking an individual’s licence for what they are legally able to drive, or even if they have any points or disqualifications. You need to know who is going to be doing the odd school run for you, transporting your horses, driving your tractor etc. Do yourself a favour, grab a strong coffee, take the phone off the hook for 10 minutes and have a read of this!

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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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How an Apprentice Groom can benefit YOUR yard

In so many of the blogs and articles we write for equine employers, we find ourselves referring to common difficulties when sourcing, securing and retaining good equine career grooms. It’s reasonable to conclude the pool of experienced grooms wanting to remain working with horses and available to yards is diminishing as the years pass. Trainee grooms, including apprentices, are a lifeblood of the equine industry and the ins and outs of employing them need much more consideration than they currently get.

Taking anyone on as an employee is a big responsibility with plenty of legislation to adhere to along associated pitfalls, so it’s very tempting to aim to keep things simple by seeking to only take on employees with experience and a solid employment history. Not only could you find this attempt to keep things simple actually complicates your recruitment drive, as you struggle to attract and secure established, experienced career grooms in what is undeniably a very competitive recruitment market for employers, but by shunning the notion of taking on an apprentice, quite simply, you could be missing out!

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A Sneak Peek at an equine Grooms Wishlist…

Last week we took a sneaky peek at an equine employers ‘wish list’, this week we thought we would do the same (only fair!) to give those employers who might need it, a gentle nudge towards a better understanding of what grooms are looking for when they make a job move. It is surprising how often we come across bewildered employers wondering why they are still groom-less months down the line. Apart from the fact that the reality is that good grooms are in really short supply, often on further investigation into the job vacancy details the reasons can be somewhat closer to home….

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5 tips for a successful equestrian recruitment employer:agency relationship

In my experience, most employers want to find an equestrian recruitment agency with whom they can form an enduring relationship to weather the storm we all find ourselves in currently. But this isn’t always that straightforward. Following are five tips to building a strong relationship from the moment you have decided to entrust your job vacancy with Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd and our services, including The Grooms List.

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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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5 Top Tips for Finding a Good Groom

Finding decent equine staff in this very tough equestrian recruitment market is not easy, it can be very time-consuming, costly and not least of all incredibly frustrating. Trust me, after 15 years as a professional equine recruitment specialist, I know! Follow my 5 simple tips to get the best out of your equestrian recruitment drive – save yourself time, a considerable amount of money, and an awful lot of headaches!

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10 steps to successfully recruiting a Super Groom!

This article is designed to share just a few useful hints and tips if you are about to embark on filling an equine job vacancy, or for those who have been looking for a time and don’t feel they are making the progress they should be. I have recently fulfilled a long-held ambition to sponsor the British Grooms Association in all they do on behalf of the grooms. We work closely with the BGA but independently we have published a lot of very supportive articles/blogs which are being shared far and wide and which promote change with well-researched advice and views on current issues. So, this week we start to turn our attention a little to the other side of this equation, the employer. Employers get tired of hearing “it’s a groom’s market” right now, I know I seem to say it several times daily, but really, it is. Here I will share with you some of the benefits of my many years as an equine recruitment consultant…

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About Freelance Grooms and Freelance Groom Jobs

Ever wondered who and what Freelance Grooms are, or are you considering setting yourself up as a Freelance Groom? The appeal of a working life flitting from yard to yard, meeting many, many new horses (and people of course!) is understandable but is this perception realistic? You know that according to British Grooms Association guidelines there is no such thing as Freelance Groom jobs? So how does that work? In this article, Kelly Wallace Horne has put together a go-to guide of facts and info, including some of the real considerations that Freelance Grooms or anyone wanting to become a Freelance Groom should be aware of, not to mention some of the semantics associated with this title which can really matter when it comes to employment law and the taxman…

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How to negotiate a salary in the equine industry

There are of course many factors which influence the longevity and success of any working relationship. Between grooms and employers, none of these are more hotly debated these days than that of grooms’ salary and the general package. You don’t have to look too hard on social media to see the disgruntled outpourings from all sides and every day I have conversations which clearly demonstrate much is still left to be done for this situation to become resolved. I don’t pretend to have an answer as to how we raise the income levels of this particular sector, (which is in many ways is similar to many of the “caring professions”) but I believe how and when the topic of salary and terms is covered within the whole interviewing process, if addressed, could have a positive impact on the longer term security of those involved.

In this article, I give both grooms and employers my advice on laying the foundations of long-term, happy, healthy and successful employment.

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Why use an Equestrian Recruitment Agency?

Finding your way through the minefield that is job hunting is a tricky task. Some may liken it to the proverbial hunt for a needle in a haystack, but No! let’s not bring that kind of negativity here. Undeniably there are many shady employers around but equally, there are still quite a few good, generous, kind-hearted and appreciative ones too. Becky Parker outlines the role we play in the recruitment process of both employers and jobseekers in the equestrian industry.

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How to attract interest and applications to your equine job vacancy advert

Finding and employing a new member of staff for your yard can be a daunting prospect, with so many possible routes to consider and potential pitfalls along the way. Whichever route you choose, to stand the best chance of success you are going to have to write an advert for your job vacancy. To help you out, Caroline Carter Recruitment has put together a suggestion for the recipe to a good job vacancy advert. This will not only help you not only attract equine jobseekers, but will help you to define your needs and your wishes regarding your next equine employee.

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Featured Job Vacancies

Job Description Successful Thoroughbred Stud seeks experienced staff to our our friendly team for yearling preparation.  Known for breeding and selling top class  thoroughbreds worldwide this is an excellent opportunity to work with a professional team. Minimum Requirements Previous experience of sales preparation an advantage but applicants must be confident in handling youngstock. Sales Preparation general yard duties, working with mares and foals   Accommodation details Free shared accommodation including CH WIFI etc available if required   Benefits Excellent salary and conditions    
Job Description General Duties include Sales Preparation guided by management Grooming Hand walking Yearlings General Mare and foal care Some tractor work. Minimum Requirements Proficient levels of horsemanship handling Yearlings Mares and Foals. With particular experience working in a small team   Accommodation details Rented Accommodation will be found locally for the right candidate   Benefits Usual Satutaory  Pension Accommodation with out utilities  
Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic dressage groom, our groom is leaving after 5 years, to help look after competition dressage horses. Friendly environment in a beautiful setting. Working alongside 2 full time grooms – there is lots of time spent caring for the horses. Ability to work to a high standard and be part of a team. We have top facilities including indoor and outdoor schools, spa, horse walker, sand and grass turnout paddocks. Must be confident in handling and leading fit competition horses. This is a non-riding role. HGV license a bonus. Excellent accommodation on site. We are located between Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth.   Minimum Requirements 5 years grooming experience  
A Team Player Enthusiastic person required to work on a newly built private yard in Rutland with 4-6 eventing/hunting horses to care for. Very little pressure, flexible working and fantastic facilities and horses. Some Pointers for the type of Person that may like the Position 1 A proven track record in working on a professional hunting/eventing yard 2 Positive/personable with a can do attitude to life 3 Honest/trustworthy 4 Reliable/dependable/good time management 5 Flexible approach to hours/days of work and other tasks 6 Able to work independently, with initiative and without the need for constant supervision 7 Highly proficient with a high attention to detail in all aspects of stable/field management and horse care including basic first aid 8 Confident & competent in handling, riding and caring for competition horses 9 Very high standards including hygiene/turnout/clipping/plaiting/tack cleaning 10 Calm under pressure, methodical & organised 11 Able to drive/transport horses for training and shows Accommodation details New bespoke onsite 650 sq ft apartment with separate lounge, kitchen, shower room and bedroom if required. Option to bring a horse. Benefits Competitive salary plus employment benefits  
*Negotiable + competitive +warm, cosy 1 bed apartment *Dog welcomed *Chance to get some proper Hunt Yard experience on your CV!  * 🙂 Possibility of going back in future seasons and retaining accommodation out of season 🙂 Lovely seasonal position available on a well-established, traditional family hunt yard within a beautiful estate. Fun, professional team renowned for being great at what they do. You will work hard but you will be treated well and have a very rewarding season. The position involves riding but you must be a capable jockey able to sit astride fit hunt horses with confidence! (Horses ranging from 15.2-18.2HH). No jumping required unless you are truly able. All grooming duties to a good standard Great facilities/menage/lunge pen/500 acres/excellent hacking. Call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description Jumping stable in Belgium is looking for a new member to join our young, friendly and dynamic team. Job missions : must know the basic duties ( clipping , making braids , lunging) assist rider with young ones 6 days a week Muck out 7 boxes in the morning Feeding 7 horses in the morning and evening Minimum Requirements experience with young horses be able to handle young stallions being an horse loving person speaking French or English   Accommodation details We prove a studio for your own. Own horse is possible    
Job Description Sole charge groom for small family stud. Several stallions, along with youngstock. Good turnout skills essential, as well as handling and production/breaking of horses. Very little mucking out! Shows on occasion but not constantly. Also help with admin side of a timber harvesting business. Possibly so household chores Riding available if wanted. Live in/out or help finding accommodation locally. Own horse a possibility. Excellent transport links as 2 miles from m74.  Hours can be flexible. Can come to shows or stay at home, whatever is preferred. 1000s of acres of off road hacking, and indoor arena. Minimum Requirements Must be experienced with you youngstock and stallions. Must drive as no public transport. Admin experience would be helpful. Good turnout out skills, and able to work independently   Accommodation details Double bedroom with ensuite in family home. Has own staircase to room.     Benefits Own horse a possibility. Dog possible but would have to get on with our own dogs.  
*Excellent yard *Cracking Horses* Great Team* Very good rent free accommodation *2 months paid holiday* Hunting for the right applicant* Job Description This 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
Job Description Live in – own en suite room but shared living room/kitchen/rest of house. Live as part of the family with accommodation and food provided. Car provided inc fuel Car driver essential. North oxfordshire/south northants Border Au Pair (Uk national or EU with UK pre settlement status), Person Friday/Home yard & animals role. 4 horses/ponies, 4 dogs, chicken, sheep to care for all on family property feed horses/turn out/bring in/muck out Feed and exercise dogs take 15 year old to and from school Make sure dogs are let out and have exercise during the day at regular intervals Feed/water/clean chickens If rider and can hack out that’s an advantage Yard duties  – poo pick fields  – clean tack  – keep yard clean/tidy – take rugs to be cleaned/do washing  – Order feeds as needed  – Lunge horses  – attend when vet/farrier/dentist/physio come  – able to drive 3.5t an advantage Help with riding when mum is not available Keep kitchen area of house clean/tidy Approx. 30 – 35 hours a week (6-7 per day but that will vary by day and we need flexibility) Minimum Requirements Experience with horses and yard duties Positive attitude and willingness to live as part of the family really important. MUST DRIVE MANUAL CAR Accommodation details En suite room. Live as part of the family with accommodation and food provided. Car provided inc fuel Benefits Car & fuel provided. All accomodation and food provided Pay dependent on age and experience.  
*Salary IRO £20-25Kpa depending on experience. *Live out ideal but accommodation costs negotiable if required *Discretionary bonuses paid in addition. * Dog welcomed *No room for own horse but other good yards locally. Sole charge year-round position. Groom/Rider required soonest for a keen Hunting family. You should be capable of working as part of a small, cheery team as well as sole charge. The employer used to be Master of the Quorn but now he and his wife (and sometimes grown-up family), hunt only for recreation with various packs. This is a year-round position with more maintenance duties etc in the summer. House sitting will be a key feature of the role for family dogs (x3 an old beloved deer hound/2 x glen of Imaal young dogs Would suit a  cheery, proactive, and organised person. Must be able to clip and turnout. Other relevant backgrounds considered eg: Eventing/SJ/pointing/NH etc. If you do not have a 7.5t license, this could be facilitated by the family. Exercise riding is required and ideally someone keen to jump/hunt is a real bonus. The horses are well behaved generally but when fit can be quirky & sharp so need to a kind, competent and confident rider. Facilities include Horse walker/great hacking/indoor barn stables/wash box/heated tack room. Employer hire gallops and school as/when.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or emailinfo@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
  *Live in or out * Own dog & horse welcomed *£400-£475pw negotiable *5/5.5/6 day week negotiable *Equally open to live out applicants with children and can accommodate school runs/bring them to work during school holidays etc. if required. 🙂 This is a great opportunity to work for a really flexible employer and to show what you can do in a key Head Groom role for a large, busy yard with lots going on  🙂 The yard has a mix of livery, private competition horses, and essentially riding school horses/ponies but with a difference, they all go out to compete with the yard’s clients!  They each have a key rider but are cared for by the team. The owner currently has 2 broodmares and 2 foals with 2 foals due this season. The owner competes at British Showjumping – they are out training clients at both junior and senior shows weekly so the Head Person needs to be used to and capable of sole charge. There will be a full team to manage as this is a well-staffed yard but each will muck out 7-9 stables each morning and as you will be required to muck in and out with your team, a good level of working fitness will be required. The staff team are friendly, they help one another out and they enjoy being managed efficiently by a good leader. The yard is set across 4 American barns and the barns are split by purpose: Training, Livery, Livery & competition, and barn where horses are produced for clients/for the school. All usual duties include:  prep and turn out (or delegation of) the competition horses/ ponies, ordering hay, feed, bedding, etc. Accommodation is a one-bedroom maisonette but unfortunately, not suitable for a family with children but great for sole occupancy. Facilities: Set within acres of private parkland, fantastic range of indoor and outdoor riding facilities as well as access to local bridleways available to all clients. Indoor Arena with viewing area, dressage mirrors, lights, and a full set of show jumps Outdoor Arena with a mirror wall and lights 10-acre jumping field with show jumps, dressage letters, and canter tracks Lunge Pen  5 x horse walker  Wash Bays Turn Out Paddocks Club Room with Toilet/Shower/Kitchen Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description  Team Scott are looking for new members. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us at our family run yard on Exmoor, we are a hard working, ambitious team with plenty of opportunities to learn and improve. We are looking for an individual with a good sense of humour, willing to work in a team who is considerate and hardworking. No need for previous experience in racing although this is preferable. The job involves all stable duties including mucking out, putting horses on and off the walker, turning horses out and grooming as well as riding between 3 and 5 lots a day. We start at 7am and work until 1pm with half an hour for breakfast. Evening stables are between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. All overtime is paid above and beyond this. Every Wednesday and Saturday afternoons off unless you are racing when an alternative afternoon will be given off. One five hour Sunday in three. Competitive wages based on experience. Share of the pool money and owners money. Plenty of opportunities to learn and improve and training is provided including chances to complete your emergency first aid certificate. Opportunities to school for the right candidate. Team Scott is based on the edge of Exmoor, overlooking Wimbleball Lake about 45 minutes from the M5. We have around 40 horses in training plus a few broodmares, foals and youngsters as well as retired racehorses who are used as nanny’s. We are a family run yard with 360 acres of farmland which we use for hacking as well as an all weather gallop and circular canter ring. Our horses enjoy plenty of turn out and a varied routine of road work and hacking as well as on the gallops. The team delight in Cheltenham tipping competitions, go karting, Christmas parties and trips to the local pub.
*Amazing opportunity to earn IRO £26k pa for a  4 day week outside of the competition season/training days  (Friday-Monday + negotiable additional flexible days) *Two bedroom cottage available *Own horse & pets possible *Partner considered This is a unique opportunity for a live-in or out person to look after 5 ponies ( 3 x 148cm & 1x 138cm + 1 retired) for 2 keen children (14 & 9 years old). The older child is keen as mustard and loves to compete (20cm classes. Aiming for top-level with pony SJ –  all big national shows attended and hoping to go to a few internationals at the end of the year).  The younger child is keen too but very young so the groom will need to be kind and knowledgeable around young children. This employer is looking for someone who is lightweight IRO 9 stones max to be able to hack out with the children and exercise ride as/when. You will be used to grooming home and away with a license that allows you to transport the ponies to shows in an 18t lorry  (Class 2/Cat C HGV license). All usual duties working in conjunction with the existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday so there will be some cross over but essentially aside from that, this will be a sole charge position. Please call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.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 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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