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What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs?

What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs?

Equine Careers - Curriculum Vitae or CVWith career experience comes increased job options. Who doesn’t want to:

  • Have more jobs to choose from
  • Maximise earning potential

A breadth of experience, especially when you combine this with a logical “career story”, longevity in your roles and good references from each of your jobs is fab for your shop window which is your CV or your advertising if you are a freelance Groom.

When you work “inside” the equestrian industry there is jargon (terms, job titles and job content etc) which we inherently understand and therefore take for granted that others will know what it all means too. If you are starting out, or you are considering a different discipline within the industry as one of your career options, sometimes it is good to have a more in-depth insight to help with your choices and to demystify some of this jargon.

 

What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs - grooming at dressage competitionsFor most of us, certain horse sports are of particular interest whether we have competed ourselves or merely enjoy following the sport at shows and on TV, but for career grooms it often provides a career pathway in which the groom can become specialised. As we light-heartedly discuss in our article Which Equine Disciplines Reflect Your Character?, working in equestrian sport (as opposed to a riding school or livery yard) is very much dependant on personal choice  – “horses for courses”, you might say. In order to become a successful, professional groom you must genuinely appreciate, if not love the discipline you are devoting your working life to. If you don’t, it inevitably shows sooner rather than later and really guys, isn’t life too short to do something you don’t truly enjoy, at least some of the time?

Those of us lucky enough to have had the opportunity to partake in our favourite equine disciplines will have a fairly good idea of what the role of dressage grooms might entail, if only the basics and not at top level, but for others less fortunate who are confined to the porthole view provided by TV, magazines and the internet, in this article we take a look at the role of the dressage groom…

 

What do Dressage Grooms do?

Dressage grooms know and cater for the specific needs of horses and riders who train and compete at pure dressage (not as part of 1 or 3 day eventing). The physical and mental requirements of sport horses training and competing at various disciplines do differ, so dressage grooms must know and understand those specific to the dressage horse. In addition to the usual daily yard duties dressage grooms will:

  • What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs - performance horsesunderstand the mental pressures and needs of dressage horses and riders/owners (most of us have heard it referred to as “stressage”!) and be capable of handling high powered performance horses
  • more often than not be able to exercise dressage horses from the ground, for example, lunging, long-reining and/or free schooling
  • understand feeding regimes
  • have reasonable-good knowledge of the horse’s anatomy and know basic first aid, especially in relation to injuries common to dressage horses
  • know how to warm up and cool off dressage horses to maintain their health and fitness before and after performing physically challenging gymnastic movements
  • know the daily routine and understand the reasons behind the management of dressage horses
  • understand the purpose of equipment commonly used by dressage horses and riders, for example, “dressage legal” bits, reins, popular training aids etc
  • perform regular maintenance of tack and equipment commonly used by dressage horses and riders
  • be able to turn horses out for shows to an exceptionally high standard
  • be fastidiously tidy!
  • in some yards you may be required to drive a trailer, a 3.5t horsebox or HGV horse lorry
  • if doing a spot of competition grooming, know the routine of a trip out to a dressage competition and the assistance and support your horse/s and rider/s require at the show
  • sometimes stay away for several nights or longer, and even travel abroad for training and competitions

 

Who do dressage grooms work with?

What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs - working with riders and ownersDressage grooms work with the same equine professionals as most other disciplines, which will include but is not limited to:

  • Head Groom/Manager
  • The horses’ riders
  • The horses’ owners
  • Resident and visiting trainers
  • Veterinarians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Farriers

 

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Who can become a Dressage Groom?

As with all equine jobs, dressage groom jobs will differ depending on the size and performance level of the individual dressage yard. In most cases, anyone with experience of general grooming can join an established team as on a dressage yard, and you may find job openings for trainees and apprentice dressage grooms. Set up Job Alerts on The Grooms List and receive notification when dressage groom jobs are available in your chosen location.

 

What equipment do Dressage Grooms use?

What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs - specialist equipmentDressage grooms use much of the equipment used within other equestrian disciplines:

  • solariums
  • horse walkers
  • massage pads (e.g. Equissage equipment)
  • training aids
  • wash boxes
  • equipment for show turnout, e.g plaiting kits, chalk, quarter markers etc.

 

Depending on the size and type of dressage yard, dressage grooms may also use machinery and less common equipment as part of their daily/weekly job. These might include:

  • quad bikes
  • tractors and trailers
  • dumper trucks
  • harrows and rollers
  • paddock vacuum cleaners or sweepers (poo-picking machines)
  • leaf blowers/vacuums
  • equine spa
  • equine treadmill

 

What are the highs and lows of working as a dressage groom?

As with all equine jobs, dressage groom jobs have their share of highs and lows and you need to be mindful of these when making this choice of career pathway:

Highs

  • What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs - dressage yardYou could  find yourself working sole charge or within a close-knit team
  • Dressage yards are typically very neat and tidy, and form a nice environment to work within
  • Dressage horses are usually very well trained and mannered in their demeanour these days.
  • If you are lucky you may get the chance to ride some really super, highly trained horses that you wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to experience
  • Although the opportunity to ride can never be taken as a given, quite often you will get training on well-schooled dressage horses, as it is in the rider’s/owner’s best interest to have you exercising and riding their horses as close as possible to their high standards
  • Seeing the horses you care for perform and compete with such power and grace is something that simply never gets old!

 

Lows

  • Dressage yards are typically very neat and tidy, so at first you may find it a lot of pressure to maintain the high standards of the more experienced dressage grooms
  • Due to the highly tuned training of top dressage competition horses you may find that you DON’T get the chance to ride much, if at all.
  • In some dressage yards, but by no means all, the horses can be kept in quite a contained environment, with limited turnout and a lot of confinement in order to preserve the soundness of the performance horses. The dressage industry is seeing an increasing number of yards allowing their performance horses to live out, hack out and play with some jumps in the school, but you do need to take each dressage yard as it comes. It’s a very good idea to arrange a job trial before comitting to a long term job, as you will not enjoy working for someone whose methods do not align with your own. If you start and promptly leave permanent jobs you will not be able to maintain job longevity and you risk harming your equine CV.
  • What are Dressage Grooms and Dressage Groom Jobs - knowledgeableAs is the case when working in any high performance yard, things can get a little heated at times and you may find yourself feeling that you’re in the firing line, particularly at shows. Unfortunately, this is,to a certain extent part and parcel of working in such environments, but no one needs to feel abused. If you do, there is a way to professionally tackle this and we are happy to advise so do contact us but of course, that’s a whole other subject!
  • As with any competition horse (or any horse for that matter), accidents and injuries do happen, and you may find yourself looking after fractious, frustrated performance horses who are “out of action” at various times throughout your career.

 

How much do Dressage Grooms earn?

When starting out it isn’t unreasonable to expect the National Minimum Wage, with or without accommodation, but experienced dressage grooms can earn up to £24k-£26k pa or more, plus accommodation. Of course having your HGV license will seriously increase your earning potential.

 

Getting an insight

At the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 EquestrianTeamGBR chatted to Claire Hinton, groom to dressage rider Spencer Wilton, about her role as an Olympic level dressage groom…

 

 

 

Gaining Qualifications

You don’t need qualifications to work as a dressage groom, but when starting out in your first dressage job it is a very good idea to ensure you receive structured training and are not left to simply learn from your mistakes over the first few weeks and months. If you would rather gain formal qualifications you can do so via an appropriate local college, or even become an apprentice dressage groom so you can learn and gain qualifications “on the job”. You can complete the Sporting Excellence Study Programme through British Dressage (BD) and complete an equine apprenticeship course specialising in dressage performance horses. As you can imagine, the course focusses on grooms becoming specialised in top-level dressage competition. You can read more about equine apprenticeships here and you can read more about a career as a competition groom here.

If you would like assistance and/or advice regarding finding staff or work in the equine stud industry please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are specialists in equine careers and equine recruitment.

 

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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
* 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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0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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