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The Ultimate Guide to County Shows

County Shows explained…

 

County Shows explained - Anyone for Pimm's?

 

 

Well, County Show season is here, resplendent in all its quintessential British finery!  Becky Parker digs deep with another of her informative, yet amusing takes on the whole affair. Enjoy!

 

Caroline

 

 


The Ultimate Guide to County Shows

by Becky Parker

County shows are an integral part of rural life and a real opportunity for the wider agricultural community to come together and showcase their talents, produce and passion for what they do. County shows are where children can become inspired, townies can gain a greater appreciation for where their food and clothes come from and young farmers can have a jolly good get together!

For the equine world, county shows provide something for all levels and a huge variety of disciplines. For the amateur rider, just qualifying for a county show is a big deal and something they will work towards and see as a highlight of the season. For professional/competitive riders county shows are the all-important qualifiers for their bigger classes at HOYS/RI (Horse Of The Year Show/Royal International) and an equally vital part of the season. For spectators, county shows are a fabulous family day out and an amazing chance to see an incredibly diverse display of what that area has to offer.

 

What to expect

County Shows explained - equine classesFrom an equine perspective, you would be hard pushed to find a greater mismatch of equine and rider age/ability and type. This is the kind of place where John Whittaker can be jumping in a ring next to Harriet and Bob the Cob from over yonder hill, a simple much loved happy hacker on his yearly outing. It is precisely this diversity that gives county shows their special charm.

 

In the equine sector, depending on the individual show, you can expect to see some or all of these classes;

County Shows explained - carriage driving

  • Showjumping
  • Breed Specific Flat and In Hand Showing
  • Working Hunter classes
  • Scurry Driving
  • Hunt Relays
  • Mounted Games
  • Heavy horse displays

 

 

The variety in the non-equine sector is hard to comprehend but here is our best attempt to show the huge diversity on offer with one humongous list;

  • Pig, Cattle, Sheep, Goat and Chicken showing classes
  • Horticulture
  • Homecraft
  • County Shows explained - prize cattleSheep Shearing
  • Farrier competitions
  • Fairground rides
  • Food & Drink market
  • Local artisan product shopping
  • Freestyle Motocross stunt displays
  • Hound Parades
  • Dog agility
  • Terrier racing
  • Falconry displays
  • Demo classes from local colleges
  • Farm machinery reps showing the latest products
  • Cookery demos
  • Archery
  • Young Farmer tug-o-war competitions

 

 

County Shows explained - showing farm animalsHow to prepare as a Groom/Rider

As a Groom or Rider County shows with their slightly more relaxed event management practices, unique carnival-like atmosphere and eclectic range of farmyard participants can provide a whole new challenge in terms of preparation. Here we will look at how best to prepare physically, mentally, emotionally 🙂 (just joking, well sort of) and well, practically for the experience…

 

 

Your horse

County Shows explained - funfair

TIP 1: Where possible try to acclimatize your horse to all the mad situations he is likely to encounter e.g farmyard animals, random noises, screaming children, barking dogs

TIP 2: Ensure your horse had a good “stand” and will stand still for various periods of time. For showing this is an important part of demonstrating manners and also makes up a large percentage of your time in the actual ring. Show jumpers –  I’m sure you all have this covered, waiting around outside a class is simply standard!

County Shows explained - be well prepared

TIP 3: This is a special one for the Grey and Coloured owners. Start pre-washing early! Summer is a dammable time where you feel compelled out of kindness to let the mud monsters out naked. When it comes to the week before the show their very skin seems to have turned brown! A few days out from the show get to work on those stains and invest in a summer sheet, thick fly rug or better yet one of those ridiculous looking but very practical jump suits. Several days of elbow grease with a brush not sponge work wonders on stubborn stains.

 

Your kit

TIP 1: Prepare for all weathers. Don’t let the recent hot weather fool you, this is British summer time and it is not uncommon for 1 day to see all 4 seasons, especially at a county show!

County Shows explained - patient poniesTIP 2: Pack a well kitted out show bag for those last minute finishing touches. Prepare for potentially muddy warm ups, or alternatively, dripping sweaty horses. We would recommend packing a damp sponge or cloth, chalk, hoof oil, baby oil, wet wipes, spare vary sizes of spurs, bands, a brush and an energy bar and water for the rider and yourself!

TIP 3: Prepare Stud Holes at home! All county showgrounds are in a field, usually not a particularly flat one either, the season of skinned knuckles is upon us – oh joys! As we have mentioned more than once, there is a lot going on at County showgrounds so save yourself at least some of the battle by getting your horses stud holes cleaned out and “tapped” at home. If you’re not a fan of blanks, stuffing them with baby oil soaked cotton wool is another neat trick to save time, stress, bruises and “knuckle skin” pre class. Read expert tips on using studs here.

 

Yourself!

TIP 1: Have a plan! Know exactly when your class is and work back from there allowing generous time for everything from the warm-up, to the journey, to getting yards done and the horse plaited in the morning. The No1 cause of stress on show days is, without doubt, running late!

TIP 2: Dress Appropriately – Unless you are going in the ring yourself wear something that is smart enough to reflect professionally on yourself and your employer but comfortable enough for running around in all day. Most importantly, wear sensible footwear. You will likely be hiking miles round the showground and you will likely get stood on more than once by hyped up horses.

TIP 3: Whether you are Rider or Groom focus on your horse and their performance solely until after their class. Block out the sounds, say Hi to people you know but don’t let this distract or worry you. As a Rider, County shows being local events can be a great chance to catch up but also add extra pressure from so many people you know watching. Try to factor in a little quiet time before your class whether this is in the lorry while you dress, whilst tacking up or during your horses walk warm up. Allow yourself 5 minutes to run through what you need to do in the ring and take a few deep calming breaths.

 

 

How to prepare as a spectator

There are just a few vital ingredients to a successful day out at a County Show, their order of importance is a subjective matter, free for debate…

County Shows explained - Scrummy food

  • A pre-capped amount of money you are allowed to spend
  • An empty belly ready for the scrummy local produce
  • A sense of humour for the renegade farmyard animals and main ring displays
  • A designated driver for when you accidentally wander into the Cider/Ale/Pimms tent!

 

Above all else what a County Show is really about is having FUN. They are such a great celebration of Agricultural and Rural Life and an important part of what summer means to all of us from that world. As an Equine community, they are something we should wholeheartedly support as a fantastic positive representation of the diversity within the equine community those who aren’t part of it often fail to see.

You could go for that reason or if you’re like me, you could just go for the funky rare breed chickens and the beer tent! 🙂

 

See a handy list of 156 shows across 86 counties in the UK here.

 

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*Professional but fun environment *Beautiful yard *IRO £350pw negotiable An experienced live out Groom/Rider is required to join a happy team at a private family yard in the Stow-on-the-Wold / Moreton in the Marsh area. The family enjoy Hunting, Show Jumping, and Riding/Pony Club activities. The family children and grandchildren ride and spend time at the yard and there are a few select liveries stabled at the yard too. The ideal applicant will be a team-player with previous experience working as a Groom/Rider, be light enough to ride the smaller horses/ponies and will need to be capable of sole charge when necessary. You will be working under a very experienced, friendly Yard Manager to help maintain the high standards of the yard. Lots of ‘fun and frolics’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline Carter and The Grooms List Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description The ideal candidate will enjoy being around horses, have a good sense of humour but also be hard working. Polo experience is NOT essential as we can provide all your training. We are a fun, professional yard based in the heart of the Berkshire downs with well behaved horses to handle. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their knowledge in a different field and enjoys travelling. Accommodation, utilities and free WIFI are all included along with a good wage. Duties include; exercising horses, stable management and assisting at polo.      
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on “foal watch” – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Senior Dressage Travelling Groom and Home Groom/Exercise rider required, Surrey *Salary up to £30.5K pa plus accommodation *Dog considered *Exercise riding *Accommodation and food all covered when away from base. Fabulous opportunity to be sole charge Groom for 6 lovely Dressage horses who are competed to Intermediate 1 level. Role includes all general yard duties plus organising event entries, getting the horses and lorry ready for competitions, and attending events. Should be confident and capable of exercising and lunging. Travel to shows nationally and internationally. All food and accommodation expenses met whilst away. You should be a team player, with good communication skills and of course,  have experience of handling fit competition horses. 🙂 HGV license preferred but must drive 7.5t at least and training to drive bigger lorries may be offered Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary up to £26,940 – £30,500 pa + Accommodation  *Dog a possibility Experienced Stud Hand & Stud Groom required to work within a growing team to manage a performance horse stud reporting to the Stud manager and the ridden yard manager. Immaculate, high end yard with 80 – 100 horses, boasting the best bloodlines in Europe. The yard has their own breeding programme, handling young stock through to international showjumping and dressage competition horses. You should be comfortable working with TB’s within a team but capable of using your initiative where required. Foaling experienced a must for the Stud Groom position but would like as much prior experience as possible of the Stud environment for both roles.  Duties include : Handling young stock, mares and foals Mucking out and general yard duties Hand walking Holding horses for farrier as required, including help with youngsters Treating minor wounds, changing dressings and giving some medications as required Monitoring condition of horses in fields, checking water, fencing etc Basic first aid and care Experience in foaling down and lactating and pregnant mares essential for Stud Groom position 6 days per week (on rota). 8am to 5pm and as required during the foaling season. 28 days holiday (including bank holidays). Initial one year contract. Experienced Stud Hand salary IRO £30,500 pa + accommodation. Stud Groom salary from £26,940 pa + accommodation. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**Salary up to £30.5K pa plus accommodation* Pets welcomed Immaculate, high end yard in Surrey with up to 100 WB horses, boasting the best bloodlines in Europe, their own breeding programme and where the focus is on handling young stock through to international showjumping and a few dressage competition horses is now looking for someone experienced handling young stock and who enjoys helping riders get things off to the best possible start from the ground. You will need to be quiet and confident with a good eye to assist an experience rider starting the horses before turning them away and then bringing them back after 6 months  to further their education and their careers. Experience handling all ages and mares/colts/gelding essential and you will need to demonstrate this with your previous roles. Mut be able to lunge and long rein. Very rewarding position for someone who knows what they are doing and enjoys playing a part in horses becoming the best they can be, started in a considered and proper way! Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Up to £25K/£480pw  *Based near a large equestrian centre so lots going on! *Live in or out *1.5 bed cottage 🙂 *Own horse and dog welcomed Experienced, reliable, flexible and self-motivated child friendly groom required for a private family yard with ménage and excellent hacking. Lots of riding including opportunity to hunt. (Lightweight rider 10 stones max). HGV preferred but not essential – you could be put through test for those without. Working as part of a bigger household team in a busy and intimate household (but not a ‘formal’ house), you will have TOTAL responsibility for 2 horses and 3 ponies with back up from a part time groom. Employer very hands off so you will need to manage children and their pc activities etc. so must be experienced in this area. Duties include  : Mucking out and all general yard duties Riding, schooling to include jumping, lunging Turning out horses to a high standard clipping, plaiting and tack cleaning for hunting, competitions and PC rallies Liaising directly with vets, farriers and physio, feed and bedding suppliers etc. 2 dogs/1 cat/sheep/chickens all kept so must have relaxed approach to helping with these too. In the summer it’s all about the kids (only 2 out of 4 now ride) so you must actually like working with kids for this one! Focus is on all being in a safe, cheerful, fun atmosphere. Accommodation is a cottage which is roomy and light 1.5 beds and best for a single person but plenty of space for guests etc. Local live out fine too. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.co.uk
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description We are currently seeking a new groom for the 2019 polo season from March to October. The ideal candidate will enjoy being around horses, have a good sense of humour but also be hard working. Polo experience is NOT essential as we can provide all your training. We are a fun, professional yard based in the heart of the Berkshire downs with well behaved horses to handle. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their knowledge in a different field and enjoys traveling. Accommodation, utilities and free WIFI are all included along with a good wage. Duties include; exercising horses, stable management and assisting at polo. Minimum Requirements Confident and competent rider.   Accommodation details Free accommodation, utilities and WIFI. Benefits Opportunity to learn how to play polo.    
Job Description We are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Instructor with a progressive approach to teaching to join our friendly team at a popular riding school/BHS exam centre and Where To Train Centre.  Applicants must enjoy teaching all ages and standards. During times when teaching is not required the applicant will be involved in other activities at the centre. We hold regular shows, affiliated and unaffiliated, and clinics. As we are a pony club centre there is also the opportunity for the right candidate to coordinate & take responsibility of the day to day management of the Pony Club activities; ie camps, rallies etc. Applicants must be confident riders and provide suitable references. Minimum Requirements BHS AI/Stage 3 coach in complete horsemanship   Accommodation details Live-In option available (To be discussed)   Benefits Further training available, Cafe on site  
* £25-£30,000+ accommodation *Live in * 5 day week *Riding available if good enough but non riding considered. *Dog considered 🙂 Hands on Yard Manager required for one of the finest Show Jumping yards in Europe 🙂 Located in North Yorkshire, near York, with some of the finest facilities to allow the highest level of equine care this professional yard produces showjumping horses from talented youngsters to those competing up to 5* international level. Several of the horses are also used as breeding stallions around their competition schedule. You will be used to working hands on within a team, including all aspects of equine care, but also able to take a ‘helicopter’ view of the yard on a day to day basis to ensure all tasks are completed to a high standard and in a timely fashion. Stallion handling experience essential You will be used to working hands on within a team, having responsibility in a similar managerial role or at the least been operating as a no 2 and looking now for that opportunity to step up. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*5 day week *Accommodation available *Horse welcomed foc *Regular teaching and guidance from internationally qualified trainers *Transport to Events Job Description : 4*Eventing situated in West Somerset would like to employ a young rider to join our team, to event at BE level on their own horse whilst participating in all yard work including grooming and riding out   Minimum Requirements We would prefer someone who wishes to compete, is a good rider and who is willing to accept the responsibilities and duties of working within a team but who is also capable of working independently. Must demonstrate a willingness to actively learn Must have a sound basic knowledge of handling horses and all yard duties Minimum age 16 years     Accommodation details Accommodation provided   Benefits Good rate of pay (dependent on experience) Accommodation provided 28 days holiday per annum Pension scheme available if required Accommodation and keep for one horse Regular teaching and guidance from internationally qualified trainers Transport to Events    
Job Description Trainee groom’s position available on private TB stud farm with Broodmares and youngstock. Minimum Requirements Basic horse care and a willingness to learn.     Accommodation details Shared cottage (with one other) with all mod cons.   Benefits Training will be given Accomodation and utilities Possibility of own horse Other extras  
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. Please call Caroline or Beckie on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Full Time Grooms required Salary range £17,000-£19,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience Potential career development and training available Working on a rota system to include weekends General daily yard duties and horse care Excellent working conditions, pension scheme and health plan Own transport necessary as remote location No riding and no accommodation We are seeking hardworking, committed and enthusiastic people, willing to work as part of a team. Horse care knowledge is desirable however this is not essential as full training can be provided.  Candidates should be physically fit as this is a manual/outdoor role. Apply in writing enclosing your current CV, including details of your horse care experience or explaining why you would like to work for us.  Candidates will only be given feedback if selected for interview.  Previous applicants need not apply. Send your application to Mark Avison at our address. Closing Date: Monday 28th January 2019.
 Weekend Grooms required  Salary from £8.00 per hour depending on qualifications and experience Potential career development and training available General daily yard duties and horse care Excellent working conditions Own transport necessary as remote location No riding and no accommodation We are seeking hardworking, committed and enthusiastic people, willing to work as part of a team. Horse care knowledge is desirable however this is not essential as full training can be provided.  Candidates should be physically fit as this is a manual/outdoor role. Apply in writing enclosing your current CV, including details of your horse care experience or explaining why you would like to work for us. Send your application to Mark Avison at our address. Closing Date: Monday 28th January 2019
*Riding *Homely, warm accommodation *Family, fun atmosphere  Groom compulsory (!) /Rider (optional)/Instructors (optional).  Salary range up to £366 pw plus accomm. High level, pretty, family run livery yard is looking for a few more team members. Friendly, fun & inclusive environment with staff members and clients staying in touch for years! 14 miles North of central London, this friendly, fun, high level & family run livery yard is looking for a team player who enjoys the world of high end livery. Very inclusive environment.  Some riding available type/amount depending upon your riding experience. Attention to detail is paramount. Staff will need to be capable of treating clients’ horses as their own. A good level of care and focus with a “no problem” attitude is desirable. All usual duties required. Accommodation is shared with others in purpose built houses and all bills/accommodation costs absorbed by the yard. 5 day 6 day alternate weeks Facilities include: 2 – 60 metre by 20metre arenas 2 – 40metre by 20 metre areanas x country course covered horse walker 64 stables all automatic water drinkers in each box all stables with rubber flooring 2 standard size arenas x-country course horse-walker Please apply and call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*5 day week *£350pw plus s/c accommodation with no bills *Pets welcomed *Low level competing opportunities available if interested and capable Live in or out Groom/Rider position available on a yard with interests in Dressage and breeding quality Event horses. Working alongside one other,  you will need to be capable of all duties to a good level and happy to work on your own and with others. 10 horses kept including Grand Prix Dressage horses and young stock Eventers being prepared to go to professional rider. Youngster to compete (4/5 yrs), but this isn’t compulsory. Young stock handling experience useful. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Live out position *Professional but fun environment *Absolutely beautiful yard  with fab hacking Due to maternity leave and an increased number of horses, an Apprentice or trainee Groom/Rider with horse experience (on the ground and ridden) is now required to take on a rare opportunity to work with a very experienced horse person and multi discipline mentor on a lovely family yard who focus on Hunting, Livery, Pony Club Activities & Showjumping.). You would be part of a happy,motivated team on this very private yard who work to the highest of standards. permanent employment at the end of the Apprenticeship is a real option too! The ideal applicant will be a team-player and light enough to ride the smaller horses/ponies . The family enjoy Hunting, Show Jumping, and Riding/Pony Club activities. The ideal applicant will be a team-player with previous experience working as a Groom/Rider, be light enough to ride the smaller horses/ponies . Lots of ‘fun and frolics’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline Carter and The Grooms List Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*£19.2K PA plus 1 or 2 bed accommodation *:) Same pay, less hours outside season 🙂 *Dog welcomed *Alternate weekend off out side season. Lovely position available on a well established, traditional family yard within a beautiful estate. The position involves riding  5/6 day (Hunt staffs horses/field staff horses/family horses etc ranging from 15.2-18.2HH). You should be a good schooling rider able to restart horses on the flat and over jumps and bring on younger horses. 4/5 other staff employed to do most of the yard work, but you will need to be willing to pitch in on quieter days. Lots of hunting 4 days a week during the season and 2nd horse. Great facilities/menage/lunge pen/500 acres/hunt fences. Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Euros 33-35K neg + accommodation subsidy 5 day week Own horse welcomed Full-time Equestrian Centre Yard Manager required to join 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 main duties are those of teaching and running the yard. The role of the Yard Manager is suited to those who have a strong background in equestrian yard management and ideally with a third level qualification in equine management or other relevant and appropriate qualification together with BHSAI. The Yard Managers key role is to support the variety of equine related activities that are offered through supporting the yard staff, coaches and equestrian training programme staff. This position is suitable for a person with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in supervising, managing and motivating staff in a previous similar role. Duties & Responsibilities of this position include : • Supervision of Equestrian Centre staff in managing the day to day activities of the Equestrian Centre • Supporting the coaches through the smooth running of the yard in relation to lessons, pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine assisted programmes • Dealing with clients with an emphasis on professionalism and hospitality • Application of horse welfare management in line with best practice and available research • Working within a team structure and a strong ability to self-manage in a dynamic environment • Liaising with coaches and equestrian training programme staff in relation to day to day timetable related activities • Ordering of supplies, feed, etc., • Liaising with vets, dentist, etc., • Regular meetings with staff approx 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside.1,000 acres of private estate* 300 new cross-country jumps  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 metre indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Euros 23k pa negotiable plus accommodation 5 day week Own horse welcomed Full-time Instructor required for fabulous Equestrian Centre. Opportunity to be part of  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 main duties are those of teaching and and duties within the team. This role is suited to those who have a background in equestrian teaching  with BHSAI or equivalent. Duties & Responsibilities of this position include : • Day to day activities of the Equestrian Centre • Supporting the smooth running of the yard in relation to lessons, pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine assisted programmes • Dealing with clients with an emphasis on professionalism and hospitality • Application of horse welfare management in line with best practice and available research • Working within a team structure and a strong ability to self-manage in a dynamic environment Approx 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside.1,000 acres of private estate* 300 new cross-country jumps  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 metre 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

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
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