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Which Equine Disciplines Reflect Your Character?

Which Equine Discipline Reflects Your Character?

It is undeniable that if you work within an equine discipline that actually interests you and suits your personality traits and experience levels, then your working life will be much more fun and you will thrive in that role for longer periods of time and to a good level, everything else being equal! I can spot a square peg in a round hole at 1000 paces and, it has to be said, this forms the basis of many discussions I have with both grooms/riders and indeed, employers. This is one of the benefits of using a recruitment agency like ours, as discussed in our recent article Why Use a Recruitment Agency.

What is true is that grooming within any discipline requires reliability, consistency, hard work, and initiative. But this week, we take a characteristical tongue in cheek, whistle-stop tour through just a handful of popular disciplines. Becky Parker will ponder the various discipline-specific characteristics and it will remind you of why you suit a specific discipline, or it might help you to finally decide which of the horsey disciplines suit you, or even some of the people you know.

See if you can guess which one Becky seems to have a bias towards?!

Caroline

 

DISCLAIMER – For the purposes of this article we have made a few sweeping generalisations, and apologise in advance for any unfair stereotyping. We don’t mean to offend and, of course, recognise that no two people/yards are ever the same and there are many yards that absolutely do not adhere to the stereotypes. The blend of personalities at the yard and the ethos and approach of the owner/person in charge will be the greatest deciding factor in your role and the culture within the workplace.

 


Horses for Courses

by Becky Parker

The age old saying ‘Horses for Courses’ originates from the racing world as an abbreviation to imply that some horses run better at certain racecourses. In the context of this article, meaning some people are better suited to one discipline vs others just because their experience, skill set or personality suits that role better.

It would be beneficial for job seekers to keep this in mind when choosing which discipline to work in next. The actual practical role of a groom can be similar in many roles but what can vary greatly, depending on the sport but also, depending on the “culture,” and lifestyle that surrounds the discipline. Here, as ever, we take a light-hearted look at just some of the key differences you can expect to find for just some of the more common disciplines.

 

Picture credit – Blackheart Imagery - Vittoria Panizzon and Pennyz

 

EVENTING

Eventing yards tend to be busy, bustling, hives of activity. The sport demands a great deal of versatility and common sense from both horse and rider and it is these traits you see reflected in all who are drawn to it. The people involved are a bold, cheery, uber-positive, level-headed, practical bunch with a very “kick on and get by” attitude.

In terms of stable management, the horses will usually get a turnout time and have a very varied work schedule. For the groom’s role, this means lots of riding, usually predominantly hacking and some fast work if your riding is up to a good standard. Unless you are a home Groom, expect many days out, mainly UK based, even through the winter off-season when the horses will be taken out to Dressage and Showjumping as training. Competition days are long and the facilities, even at 3 day events, are basic (think a field with portaloos or sports club shower facilities and a marquee). However, there is a great ‘all in this together’ helpful attitude in Eventing. Event riders often adopt a hands-on approach, commonly seen chipping in on the yard and at competitions.

Required Expertise

  • The Event groom must possess a minimum of 3 sets of hands and a turbo warp speed button. This allows them to achieve the seemingly impossible task of single-handedly preparing four horses, in the right place, at the right time, in the right tack, for 3 different disciplines at a 1-day event!
  • Prepare yourself for copious (ridiculous!) amounts of mud! Scraping actual layers off so many horses every day, when all the horses come in at night, will soon have you reassessing your opinion on horses living as naturally as possible! Hand washing cross-country boots is the event grooms particularly favourite delight.
  • The Event groom needs to be the human equivalent of a stud application and removal machine. The skinned, swollen knuckles of a bare knuckled boxer that identify the rookie groom are soon replaced by farrier like equine leg handling skills and quads of steel from extensive squatting.

 

 

Equine Disciplines - Dressage  

 

DRESSAGE

The Dressage yard tends to be a quiet and calm place, usually boasting a beautifully built set of stables and barns, kept immaculately, with fantastic facilities often constructed to allow for high levels of individual equine attention. It is not uncommon to travel to shows, even in the UK and stay away with only one horse. Of course it’s a given that general horse care and well being is paramount, but additionally, a key part of the grooms role in this discipline will be centred around presentation. Exceptional turn out skills (yard/horse/self/rider/riders dogs/yard cat/yard mouse etc) and a fastidious attention to detail are a must for any groom aspiring to work on a serious Dressage yard.

In terms of the riding within a Dressage yard, of course, by definition, there is a much greater emphasis on schooling, although most riders these days seem to be balancing this with some turnout, hacking and even a little jumping etc. Dressage Grooms can expect to spend most of their time preparing the horses for the riders and managing them afterwards. In some yards, such as Carl Hester’s, (allegedly) some of the grooms will warm up and cool off the horses in walk after they have been ridden.

Required Expertise

  • The Dressage groom must possess a strong similarity to a magpie with a powerful attraction to all things that glitter and shine. The desire to burnish such objects until they are almost blinding in their brilliance, be they diamante browbands, stirrup irons or just the bolt on the stable door is considered normal and acceptable behaviour.
  • The Dressage groom must understand the overriding importance of the needs of their top charge above all else. He must be treated like Royalty. Unrolling a red carpet to shield his precious hooves from contact with unsanitary items whilst travelling to the arena would be met with approval.
  • The Dressage groom may often (but not always) find themselves surrounded by an awful lot of well… to put it bluntly… money. Extortionate price tags balanced by direct access to enjoying the nicer things in life in terms of facilities, equipment and outstandingly well-bred beautiful horses help one not to judge too harshly whilst amongst the other daily chores, the routine day to day gravel sweeping and bolt polishing duties will ensure both feet remain planted firmly on the ground.

 

Equine Disciplines - Show Jumping

 

SHOWJUMPING

Showjumping yards can vary hugely in size from young riders just starting out with a small string and 1 or 2 grooms, to huge jumping yards on the continent that can have 50 + horses in training at one time and a whole team of staff. It is a sport with huge highs when horses jump well and miserable lows when all is lost with one tapped pole. At top level there can be a lot of travelling involved as many show jumpers will pack up all their top horses and head abroad to Europe or even America for months at a time. There are several different ‘Sunshine tours’ in Southern Europe, to which many of the rider’s head off to after Christmas to escape the cold. As with all disciplines you can be the one who heads off with the rider some/all of the time, or the one who stays home some/all of the time.

Similar to dressage, most days are spent preparing horses for the riders and can involve a lot of building/adjusting jumps. Riders will often have 8+ horses to ride and your main aim is to make it as quick as possible for them to jump from one horse to another. Lunging tends to be popular so expect to spend a considerable amount of time spinning in circles and hanging onto fresh horses drunk on freedom! Organisation is most important for all show Grooms. Having an efficient turnaround method at home ensures nothing gets forgotten and saves a lot of stress. There is A LOT of standing around at ringside holding horses so don’t forget to pack layers for yourself (or sunscreen if you’re lucky enough to be abroad) and many pocket sized snacks!

Required Expertise

  • For the Show Jumping groom management of the rider is often the most challenging part of their job. With multiple rides in a day, course walks and the schmoozing of owners required, ensuring they are on the right horse at the right time with all the right gear they need takes some tactful nudging in the right direction.
  • For the riders and the horses, fashion is of great importance. Brands must be clearly on show, braided “bonnets” must be donned by horses, riders jackets must be fitted and flattering, manes must be plaited into 1 million tiny perfect balls or cut in a ruler-straight line and numnahs must have the riders name on. For the grooms however, looking a lot like a dishevelled scarecrow is standard.
  • The Show Jumping groom must possess a liver of steel and a strong understanding of banter. What might appear to be a lonely existence on the road at shows for much of the year is, in fact, a very sociable lifestyle, as the lorry park at any showground after a day of big classes would pay testament too. This lot work hard and party harder. The ability to function with a horrendous hangover is a definite plus.

 

Equine Disciplines - Hunting

Photo credit – Crispin Mould

 

HUNTING

Hunt staff seem to be an “as tough as old boots” sort of bunch. Seemingly impervious to the cold they will stoically battle on through wind, rain and sleet to keep the cogs of the hunting machine turning. Whilst facilities sometimes can be pretty basic, the hacking is often fantastic and there’s lots of it for everyone. Opportunities to hunt can be a fun perk of the job too. Similar to their grooms, and riders for that matter, the horses are a hardy, level-headed, sensible sort who are easy to do and not fazed by much.

Hunt yards tend to have a fairly set routine with certain days being hunt days and everything else revolving around that. The day before will be a manic whirlwind of exercising, bathing and tack cleaning. Hunt days are busy but with periods of calm for the staff at home. The day after hunting is usually an easy day of recuperating and re-organisation for staff and horses. From roughly April-July most hunters (but not all) are turned out 24/7 for a holiday, so sometimes staff are only employed seasonally or may be expected to chip in with other jobs such as farm work, point-2-pointers, painting or kennel work during this time.

Required Expertise

  • The Hunt groom must possess an almost Witchdoctor-like ability to turn a horse that returns home from hunting after a big Saturday looking like it has demolished every hunt rail, and ploughed through several hedges back, into a sprightly bold jumping machine again by Wednesday.
  • Hunting is possibly the only ‘sport’ where it is considered entirely acceptable for all involved to start consuming alcohol at 11 in the morning. This works remarkably well as Dutch courage when faced with a double of hunt rails straight out the meet on a green as grass youngster you’ve been nominated to test pilot.

 

 

 

Equine Disciplines - Racing 

 

RACING

Equine Disciplines - working in racing

Picture credit – Nat Halkyard

Horse racing is known as the sport of kings, whether it is this royal support (UK or otherwise) or the billions spent on betting every year behind it, the financial backing the sport benefits from is clear. The facilities in racing are second to none. The big yards of successful trainers are entirely self-sufficient with their own vets, farriers, therapists, breeding operations, solarium, swimming pools and any other conceivable fancy facility you can think up. The benefits trickle through to the stable staff too as this is the only equestrian sport where grooms have their own union. The National Association of Racing Staff who ensure staff are paid overtime, a nightly allowance for staying away, Sunday racing bonuses, foreign travel bonuses and best of all Pool money!

Racing yards are quite unique in their daily routine. Stable staff can start as early as 5.30am to get the horses fed and mucked out ready for the first lot at 7.15am. Almost everybody rides out up the gallop and occasionally round the roads for strengthening work. Staff take a long lunch break from around 11am until evening stables at around 3.30pm. Racing yards have an excellent system where each stable hand will be allocated 4-5 horses that they are responsible for the care of. He/She may ride out different horses but in all other stable management areas, they are solely responsible for these set charges. In such a big operation this is a great way of ensuring each horse receives individual care.

Here is a nice little video to learn what life in racing is like.

Equine Disciplines - Working in Racing

Picture credit – Nat Halkyard

Required Expertise

  • The racing groom must come equipped with a good sense of humour and a high tolerance for childish pranks. My sources report antics such as – hoof oil in riding hats and on wheelbarrow handles, birthday/last day swimming pool dunking (winter or not) heavy mockery of anyone foolish enough to fall off an easy horse.
  • To hop up onto a fit and fresh racehorse, some of them recently (and only vaguely at that) backed you have to be either a good deal braver than most or very foolhardy. I sense it is the thrill of danger that the experience of flying at such eye-watering speeds these finely tuned thoroughbreds reach is what this mad bunch do it for. The questionable control often apparent, merely adds to the excitement. Lucky that most of the fast work is in straight lines with a clear start and finish point!

 

 

 

PRIVATE FAMILY YARDS

The eclectic and often eccentric mix of disciplines and definitions this title covers are probably what best describes the role itself. It is also one of its greatest selling points. Most will feature a range of horses from Dads trusty bombproof hunter to Mums quirky spoilt rotten eventer, a couple of do-it-all pony club ponies and a rebellious laminitic Shetland that is impossible to keep in or catch! The unique nature of each yard is characterised by the family themselves. As the kids grow older their ponies and interests change keeping the job fresh and fun.

This type of yard will usually have no more than 1 or 2 grooms so it is often a yard manager role requiring the groom to be confident in sole charge with the experience to manage and run a yard with little guidance. The days will be fitted around the family and when or whether they would like to ride. Usually, the groom will work with the parents to agree a work plan for the horses and/or simply season aims leaving it down to you to have them fit and schooled for purpose.

Required Expertise

  • The Family Groom requires the patience of a saint and a fine understanding of the art of bribery in order to manage Mummy’s little darlings (Equine, Canine, Feline and Human). When you are left to supervise the kids riding session, simply rounding them up to tack up Snowy and Beauty is at times an Olympian test in anger management.
  • The Family Groom must possess a diverse set of skills and understand that their job title of Groom is only a loose description. They shall also be expected to serve as a babysitter, riding instructor, taxi driver, house sitter, cleaner, gardener, grounds maintenance, mechanic and occasional life counsellor when the kids come in crying or poor overrun Mum looks ready to have a mental breakdown.

 

 

As you will hear time and time again whenever a Grooms role is mentioned, the job is a whole lot of hard work. So no matter how good a package sounds in terms of wage, fancy accommodation and job perks, if it’s not in a discipline that interests you, it’s not going to work. Experimenting with different roles is a good idea but only if there is some prior knowledge or at least a desire to learn about that sport or if there is a genuine career enhancing rationale involved, BUT be very careful not to create a “job-hopping” record on your CV!

You are better engaged with the role if you understand what the different levels are, actively follow the top horses and riders, appreciate the relevance of top events and championships and enjoy standing ringside watching. In the right role work can be like a dream come true, travelling to big shows you have watched on TV as a child, mingling with or perhaps even working for riders who have always been your idols. Grooming is the fastest way to get truly behind the scenes of and contribute to the sport you love. Being passionate about horses is vital but working in a like-minded team focused on a discipline you enjoy multiplies an OK job to simply FABULOUS!

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PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE Job Description *Upwards of £500pw depending on experience + pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated National Hunt  yard looking to recruit Riders and or Rider:Grooms for upcoming season. Friendly working atmosphere and fabulous location with the best of facilities. Minimum Requirements Friendly working atmosphere and a fabulous location with the best of facilities awaits. You must be confident and experienced in handling and riding TB’s. This would suit a professional NH/Flat Racing Groom & Rider with excellent references. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Accommodation details On site accommodation options single/shared/with partner 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a fabulous opportunity for competent and capable riders to get a lot of saddle time on a professional yard with quality horses and be very well remunerated and looked after as part of a professional Team.    Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Apprentice Groom required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment. Opportunity to groom at competitions, and learn about all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside experienced grooms and learn from them in a hands on way. College apprenticeship offered – Level 3 Advanced Apprentices preferred, but Level 2 Apprentices with good experience of working with fit event horses also welcome. Must be able to hack fit event horses.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking).   Minimum Requirements Must have experience of working with for competition horses and have a good knowledge of basic safe practice.   Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat.   Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.  
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Groom/Exercise Rider required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from at all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment.  Competitions also possible on own horse as part of our competition schedule Must be experienced grooming at competitions, as well as comfortable with all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside another experienced groom/rider. Must be able to hack fit event horses, and ideally be fine to do some faster canter fitness work with them.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking). Good wage and benefits. Minimum Requirements Candidates must be able to perform full stable duties and horse care, hack well and safely, lunge, and have a high standard of competition turn-out. Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat. Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to local and international events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.
*Package totally negotiable for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Well appointed house available for couples Lovely, long term job for a single person or a working couple. Position (s) suited to experienced and competent person(s) for a position on a family yard with top competition standards and where they are used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard in Warwickshire needs an experienced Groom(s)/Exercise Rider(s) to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children’s ponies. All usual duties. Youngstock and retired horses also kept in the field so will need to be used to handling young stock. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. The role includes some all usual yard work home but away at shows too to professional standards. HGV license ideal. Team player essential. Some weekends so flexibility required. On-site accommodation provided (not shared, could be a house for a couple or a flat). Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE AN HGV LICENSE (able to drive a 26t lorry)  *Salary IRO £400/£450+ top, top wage for previous competition grooming experience depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment to work as a competition Groom or would suit someone already experienced in Competition grooming. This family of young riders are very active most weekends and therefore you will need to be prepared to cover this, although some weekends off are available by prior arrangement and exception. You will need to be flexible to work 5.5 sometimes 6 days a week Must be prepared to cover weekends and stay away You will need to be flexible enough to handle an environment where things change regularly as it is a fast-paced, rapidly expanding scenario. You would need to take this in your stride and it would be ideal if you saw this as invigorating and exciting rather than a nuisance! The family have 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  on a second yard, an assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.)  The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
   * 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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