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The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show

By Emily Taylor, Becky Parker, Carly Baker & Kelly Wallace Horne

For most of the grooms out there, you may have a chosen discipline or two that sets your heart racing and is your main point of interest. (I’m fairly sure more than a few of you are currently following the Badminton Horse Trials scores from your place of work right now, or possibly even be lucky enough to be soaking up the atmosphere and available shopping there!) However, what about a show where you can see the great and good of the horse world, from a huge array of equine disciplines, all in one place? Of course, we can only mean one thing, the imminent Royal Windsor Horse Show!

 

What is the Royal Windsor Horse Show?

Wednesday 8th May sees Winsdor Castle, Berkshire, open its private grounds to host the UK’s largest outdoor premier equine event, the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Now in it’s 76th year, the show hosts 5* International Show Jumping (which is the highest level possible) 4* International dressage and 4* International Carriage Driving as well as exciting and impressive displays such as The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and, a favourite of The Grooms List team…….. the Shetland Pony Grand National!

The site itself includes an extensive shopping village which hosts over 250 stands (for those of us with any money left after Badminton Horse Trials!) and plenty of food stands to keep us fueled for the day. As an added bonus the event is the only time of the year members of the public are allowed access to this private part of the Castle for a sneak peak at life behind, well, ‘walls.’

Speaking of which, competitors, owners and spectators alike at Royal Windsor Horse Show will be in good company. HRH The Queen is a regular at this event as she often has several horses of her own entered in the showing classes. Some say she can even be spotted sauntering round the showground and having a little spectate!

 

What to see at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

 

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - Showjumping

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Showjumping

This is the third year Windsor hosts 5* show jumping. It has a large prize fund which should attract top riders. There are four days of 5* Jumping including the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday. Such is the prestige of this event that it was here Olympic champions Nick Skelton and Big Star made their retirement in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - Dressage

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Dressage

On Thursday evening all competitors will ride set dressage tests. The top competitors go through to Friday’s freestyle where they ride their own test to their choice of music. This is a CDI4* FEI competition (Grand Prix).

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - In-Hand Showing

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Showing

Windsor is one of the UK’s premier events for Showing and there are many different ridden and in-hand championships which take place across the week and it has become the event that starts the season of Showing, with potential champions out for the first time of the year.  A  high point of the week is the Supreme Ridden Show Champion. Other highlights include the Mountain and Moorland Supreme Championship and the Hunter, Cob and Hack championships.

 

 

 


The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - Driving

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Driving

The Land Rover International Grand Prix takes place over 4 days and teams of horses and rivers compete in different areas. On Thursday and Friday driven dressage takes place, Saturday is the marathon (a real highlight where obstacles around the park are tackled), and finishes on Sunday with the obstacle driving (through pairs of cones against the clock). This is a great opportunity for those of us involved in the mainstream equine disciplines to discover, learn and appreciate the skill and excitement of these more ‘fringe’ sports.

 


 

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - The Household Cavalry

“It wouldn’t be Windsor without The Household Cavalry.” © Crispin Mould

The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

A display which is renowned worldwide.  Most people would recognise them from Horse Guards Parade in London where horse and rider stand in ceremonial dress.  The Musical Ride consists of high speed, precise moves set to beautiful music.

 

The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery

An adrenaline filled, fast-paced display where teams of horses fly around the arena pulling traditional wheeled guns at full tilt. For extra laughs just picture trying this with your own or employers horses – now feel even more impressed at level headed these horses really are!

Few displays can match the drama and thrill of The King’s Troop. Watch their powerful horses pull their field guns in high speed cross overs and prepare yourself for their deafening gun salute. It is a display not to be missed.

 


 

 

DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games

Thrilling top level “gymkhana” racing on ponies! Five teams representing England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland take place in qualifiers throughout the week with the final taking place in the afternoon of Sun.


The Shetland Pony Grand National

In the unlikely event that you’ve never seen or heard of this before, it is exactly what it sounds like it is – Shetland Ponies racing over miniature Grand National style fences! Always great fun to see!

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - Shetland Pony Grand National

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The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - Horse Endurance

 

Horse Endurance

CEI2* Endurance is taking place on the Friday of the Show. Competitors ride a set course around 120km of beautiful countryside taking in parts of Windsor Great Park and Ascot. It is a test of skill and stamina for both horse and rider. A CEI1* 80k  and a National 40k endurance ride also takes place on the Friday 10th.

 

 


 

Meet of the Hounds

Sunday sees the Meet of Hounds – a chance to see these historic dogs at their finest. Dating back as far as 2500 years ago, the modern bloodlines can be traced as far back as 1830. Here we get the chance to see a parade of some of the finest examples in Britain today.

 

 


The highlights of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

  • With such a variety of equestrian activities, there’s something for every horse lover to enjoy at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
  • Around 250 shopping stands, both equestrian and non-equestrian, so plenty to see and do for non-horsey friends and family!
  • The Food Festival! Need we say more?!
  • The Royal Warrant Holders shopping marquee.
  • A chance to enjoy the private grounds of Royal Windsor Castle.
  • Rubbing shoulders with Royalty/big names of the sport and trying to pretend like you’re ultra cool about it – probably failing. Before you ask – no you cannot ask the Queen for a selfie! 😉

 

The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - FOOD

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The lows of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

  • The ultimate guide to the Royal Windsor Horse Show - NO DOGS ALLOWEDPrepare yourselves…Dogs are not allowed at the Royal Windsor Horse Show – what? An equine event with no dog? Not even hounds? Sorry folks, but Fido MUST stay at home!
  • The parking is fairly limited and you need to pay £8-£10 to park your car (Parking for blue badge holders is £4). If the car park is full you need to find your own local parking via this link. All the car parks are at least a 5-10 minute walk from the showground.
  • The showground gets incredibly busy, particularly on the weekend days, prepare to feel somewhat like a sardine in a tin at times
  • Expect to spend some time parked on local roads as you creep your way into the showground plan for it to take AGES to get in and find somewhere to park.

NB: A good sneaky alternative (but don’t tell everyone!) is using the incredibly close train stations – many a visitor to the Royal Windsor Horse Show has been known to park up a few stops away, leave the car there an hop on a train the last few stops, which will leave you less than a 5 minute walk from the showground!

 

What is the best day to go to the Royal Windsor Horse Show?

There really is so much to see and do at the Royal Windsor Horse Show – too much to detail here, so the best thing to do is to head over to the Royal Windsor Horse Show website and take a look at their calendar here.

 

How much are tickets to the Royal Windsor Horse Show and where can I buy them?

Ticket prices alter depending on which day you wish to go, with Wednesday daytime or Thursday evening being the cheapest options with tickets from £9/£8 + admin fees. There are options to book seating, access to hospitality enclosures, or even to just visit for the evening show events (from 4pm). To give you a general idea:

Wednesday – £7-£25 plus admin fees (no evening only option)

Thursday – £14-£48 plus admin fees

Friday – £17-£48 plus admin fees

Saturday – £17-£59 plus admin fees

Sunday – £24.50-£56 plus admin fees (no evening only option)

 

General admission includes:

  • Access to Royal Windsor Showground which includes all five arenas as well as the Windsor Shopping which hosts more than 200 shops.
  • Limited unreserved grandstand or bench seating at all five arenas.
  • Access to the Showground from half an hour before the start of the first class to the end of the final class.

 

General Admission with reserved seating includes:

  • A reserved seat in the Castle Arena grandstand in a central location
  • Access to the Showground and all five arenas
  • Access to Windsor Shopping
  • General Entry Ticket includes access for the daytime and evening performances.
  • Reserved seating available for the daytime and / or evening performances.

 

Windsor Enclosure Daytime Entry

  • Reserved seat in The Queen’s Stand at the Castle Arena until 5pm
  • Access to the Windsor Enclosure
  • Lawn with views onto the arena
  • Bar and deli
  • Access to the Showground, all five arenas and Windsor Shopping

 

You can select and buy your ticket to the Royal Windsor Horse Show here.

 

Are you grooming or competing at the Royal Windsor Horse Show?!

If you’re a rider or a competition groom at Royal Windsor this year let us know! Send us your pictures and stories and we’ll add them to our Royal Windsor Horse Show 2018 gallery!

 

 

This show certainly deserves a place in the “day trip” calendar. The one time a year that we avid horse folk are welcomed into the Queen’s back garden with open arms to enjoy an array of equine disciplines rarely seen in one place. (Also, where else will you be watching a showing class, turn to your left and notice the person stood just a few yards up, equally enraptured, is the Queen herself?! She is well known to go out and about, taking in the atmosphere and watching some top class horses, all with very little fuss or ceremony!)

Whatever your interest, you are sure to find it here, and will also probably go home full of enthusiasm to teach that horse of yours some skill at arms, or possibly turn the yard Shetland into a Grand National contender! With multiple rings showcasing the best the horse world has to offer, more shopping than you can shake a worried looking Visa card at and so many wonderful food options that a Slimming World membership may look like a good birthday present, it really is one to enjoy every moment of! After all, you’re certainly going to burn some calories when you get home & start practising your mounted games! 😉

 

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   * Salary starting at £30,000K negotiable upwards plus accommodation depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed No 1 Experienced Show Jumping Competition Groom required for a vacancy with a very ambitious & competitive family. Good references ESSENTIAL & confidentiality assured. You should be currently working as a Competition Groom on a Show Jumping yard or have done so within the last 2 years. You should be willing to travel home and abroad and experienced driving a 26t+ lorries transporting horses to training and shows. 18 quality jumping horses on the main yard and homebred/ other young stock destined for a career in SJ/jumping all kept in top accommodation to the highest standards. Start date negotiable.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email Caroline @carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Pets welcome *Own horse welcome *Training on own horse/opportunities to go to shows on own horse *Relaxed but professional yard I’m looking for someone who is genuinely keen to learn how to look after horses in their  home Environment and how to prepare them for competition.  This person must be responsible enough to take sole charge on occasion whilst working closely with other staff members most of the time   We have a smallish yard of 17 stables. We offer full and part livery with or without exercise/schooling. Most of my customers are professional people with an interest in competing. My yard and services are based around helping them to achieve their goals. As well as the yard I also run a small B&B which means I need a person who is genuinely happy to work alone. I also compete with my home bred horses who are just coming on. Mostly in dressage at the moment and hopefully show jumping later on. I jump with an older horse that I have, at the moment. Alongside this I also do Retirement livery and youngsters in fields. This is normally small herds of horses living in fields 24/7 but obviously they still need caring for. They are checked twice a day all year round. They are fed in the winter and also sometimes have rug changes. The person that looks after them must be attentive to these needs and be capable of noticing and reporting back when one is injured, behaving oddly or appears unsettled.   So ideally I’m looking for someone who loves horses and is going to be happy to spend their time at home caring for them with their different needs, and supporting training liveries by giving their horses top level care in their absence. All my Liveries are lovely and enjoy their horses and the social yard environment. In my mind, I’m looking for someone who is cheerful, kind, hard-working, keen to learn about the care of the competition horse from foals through to their senior years. It would also help if candidates were confident, tidy, reliable and self-motivated. There are horses to have lessons on but own horse would probably be beneficial. Minimum Requirements This is a small yard so the person that takes this job must be happy to share holiday time yard cover. ie: Christmas, Easter, bank holidays. Live out Good clean mucking out abilities and tidy yard ethics.   Accommodation My full time groom lives in a small flat within the yard. The kitchen also has a small lounge area which is used as the coffee room by the liveries and other staff members. There is a separate laundry room with a designated washer dryer for staff use.   Benefits FOR THE RIGHT PERSON: Opportunity to bring their horse. Grass kept. Training available and opportunities to come competing with your own horse. Well behaved cat and hen friendly dog could be welcome. Preferably smaller size. Regular days/time off Paid on the books Regular
Job Description Require experienced groom to tack, bandage, wash down six polo horses on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Groom can meet at my yard in Henley. Warm-up of horses at polo fields depending on experience. Job can evolve to full-time for good riders. Opportunity to learn polo, travel, receive HGV training and take on more responsibility. Minimum Requirements Experience handling young horses.   Accommodation details None   Benefits Good hourly wage for experience.  
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Ideally, you will have had at least a couple of horse jobs at least for a reasonable period of time and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, dog and house sitting, some light gardening duties when time allows etc. Equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus Owners have a very well trained young German Shepherd who will need some care when owners are away so you need to be comfortable with the breed, but she is very people friendly and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person. Owners want to spend more time away from their home and are really looking for someone who can seamlessly keep an eye on things and manage their home, yard  and beloved animals until their return but be mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* Negotiable depending on experience but very competitive*Shared accommodation on site(would consider live-out) Experienced stud hand required to work with the rest of the team. This would be during yearling prep initially and then general stud duties after the sales season and is a year-round position, not seasonal. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season. Tractor/lorry driving is welcomed but not essential Mares and foals/young stock/ racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Please note call Caroline & the Team will be ‘screening’ suitable applicants between 9-2pm . Pls could call us during those times on 0203 006 573. Please make sure your job seeker profile is up to date and that you have a current CV attached. We look forward to speaking with you then about this super opportunity 🙂 C x
Job Description Jumping / Dealing stable We are looking for a jumping rider for our sales stable in the Lewitz. Your mainwork will be riding and a little stable work (feeding) together with your team. Showing young quality horses to our customers, under the saddle or in free jumping, is also one of your tasks.   If necessary you get help from our trainer and you gain a lot of experience in jumping. We offer regulated working hourses ( 8.00-17.00) and  the possibility to get breakfast and lunch at our farm. Our modern equipped accomodations we offer at a reduced rental price.   If you`re a cheerful and nice person, reliable and tidy, able to do a good flat work and you have experience in jumping, than we look forward to you! Minimum Requirements experience in  jumping young horses   Accommodation details You will be offered accommodation (single or double rooms) each equipped with a private shower, and in each house you find a washing machine and a dryer.There is free internet in the rooms. Rooms cost around 190 € per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 156 € per month. Of cource, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning. Provide you with translating assistance during the doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need.   Benefits    
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**14/7/20 Position under offer. Applications accepted for reserve list  CC *** *IRO £22,500K + accommodation *2 bed house with own garden *Dog, pets and horse welcomed *Partner welcomed     Senior position available at picturesque Hunt Kennels. Year-round position to manage the yard, Groom/Ride and to head a team of 2 other FT workers (in season). Previous Stud Groom did 4 seasons so this is a long term opportunity in a lovely environment with nice people to work with.   Opportunity for sole charge and to make the job what you want it to be (within certain parameters of course as the job is to manage a yard of hunt horses and all that goes with that but it doesn’t have to be a dull job 😉.)   Must have all usual skills, abilities and experience including good levels of turnout skills, ability to work well with others and a license to drive a 7.5t lorry.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
**23/6/20 Under offer subject to reference checks*** *Salaries negotiable depending on experience IRO £23-£29K pa per person + accommodation. * 1 or 2 bedroom cottage with parking available *Pets welcomed *Own horse considered (but difficult as all boxes currently occupied) *5 day week. This family require a flexible, country-loving, reliable, self-sufficient and proactive couple with good communication skills ready to welcome all guests in a polite and friendly manner. Previous estate management experience essential for a combination of duties. Experienced and knowledgeable horse care also required as a family are not very experienced. There are two children are 10 and 8 years old and they purely ride for leisure, no competition whatsoever at this point but would like some escorted/lead hacks & informal tuition. Odd weekend off by prior arrangement in advance but as family visit most weekends,  they will not be regular occurrences so need to be prepared for weekdays off (2 consecutive days possible) : Outline Job descriptions: Housekeeping/House duties include but are not limited to Cleaning, washing and ironing, food shopping, household provisioning, household maintenance, overseeing contractors. Whenever somebody is in the house; be it, family or guests, the housekeeper will prepare lunch and dinner, (fresh healthy home cooking, lots of fish, vegetables, a variety of salads mainly based on European style dishes). The housekeeper is not required to serve the family however they will be required to clear away after meals and weather permitting some outdoor dining will need to be facilitated. Although the family like to entertain family and friends, most entertaining is informal. For any formal entertaining outside caterers will be available so communication, liaising and management of this will be a feature of the role. Grooming/outdoor duties include but are not limited to: Day to day management and maintenance of the property, yard and grounds which will include the gardens, greenhouse, vegetable garden, lawns and flower beds, (alongside contracted gardeners). Looking after chickens and rabbits & possibly other small animals/pets. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills would be helpful. Management and maintenance of the estate car to fuel, clean and driving to the local station and airport for family and guests. The highest level of care to be provided for the family’s 4 horses 19-year-old 16HH owners horse who has recently developed allergies 17-year old small horses who need careful footcare and 2 x 10-year-old horses just short of 16HH and one has just recently had a bout of laminitis. Confident management and lightweight rider needed. All normal grooming duties will be required to a good standard ie: Feeding and watering, all aspects of yard work duties including; hay, muck out, turn out, groom, clip and bandage, recognising and acting on all animal ailments, cleaning the chicken coops/rabbit hutches etc. Keeping the yard, tack room and equipment immaculate at all times. Exercising the horses daily in menage or beautiful woodland which surrounds the property. Experience of trailer towing ideal. Light gardening, (FT gardener contracted) grounds, yard and property
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary depending on experience  *Dog welcome *Great opportunity to get a foot in the door of the TB Stud World! This is a fantastic opportunity for a Groom who wishes to gain experience and enter the professional world of the thoroughbred Stud as a Stud Hand on this busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team who we know well and who would all recommend. The role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience a bonus but not essential. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
SG17 5LU

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