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Which Equine Disciplines Reflect Your Character?

Horses for Courses

It is undeniable that if you work within an equestrian 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.

 


Which Equine Discipline Reflects Your Character?

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.

Equine Disciplines - Dressage Pit Crew

Photo Credit – Morgane Schmidt

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.

Equine - Disciplines - Show Jumping Grooms Social LifeSimilar 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.

Equine Disciplines - Fresh for Hunting

Photo credit – Thelwell

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!

 

 

Equine Disciplines - Family Yard

 

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.

Equine Disciplines - Praising Your Pony

Photo credit – Thelwell

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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We are looking for an enthusiastic hard-working individual to start at the yard near Swindon in September.  Rider will be attending University and needs a strong back up for riding and grooming. Must have initiative and be a strong team player, with relevant previous experience and great references for working on a yard, and the confidence to handle 5 competition horses. This is a wonderful opportunity to further your experience and work for a  young and  successful international eventer and have the chance to travel over Europe and to groom in the U.K. and at International Events.   Duties to include: Mucking out, all general yard duties, lunging, hacking and galloping (if competent rider). High standard of turning out for competitions (plaiting, bathing, studding and washing down) HGV a real Bonus Accommodation provided. Salary to reflect experience 5.5/6 days a week We look forward to meeting you!
*Partner welcomed * Dog and own horse welcomed *Accommodation available Live in or out Country Person required for very well known Hunt. Must have chain saw qualifications and be capable of hanging gates building fences and laying hedges and coverts. Also be prepared to work in kennels when required. CV & references essential.  
🙂 Previous Groom employed for  27 years! 🙂 *Accommodation available or live out *Very competitive and negotiable remuneration from £400/£450PW Advanced Dressage Rider in training and livery with internationally renowned Rider/Coach at top yard in Oxfordshire needs an experienced Groom to care for her 6 dressage horses and help with the day to day :Rider/horse/stable duties. There could be exercise riding/more for the right person or not. Client is German and is planning to stay in the UK long term (Brexit allowing) but a position would be available at the current yard for the right applicant should this not go according to plan! or they could go to work at the family yard in Germany if open to that. Must be able to care for competition horses at the highest level, plait clip etc and should be happy to attend competitions at least once a month. Ideal but optionally it would be great if you were able to drive an 18t/Left hand Drive lorry. Good people skills required as well as horse skills as you will need to work on the trainer’s yard harmoniously with other staff employed there, although the horses will be sole charge responsibility. Lovely friendly yard with great team.   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fantastic opportunity to work in one of the United Kingdom’s most professional Dressage training yards along side  a legendary Rider/Trainer and his Team but sole charge for one of his valued clients. Amazing career opportunity! Please apply directly to Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description Looking for a team member to join or small friendly team, preparing event horses and scurry ponies on a private competition yard, to include all yard duties, no carriage driving experience needed an interest in driving would be preferable. Minimum Requirements Previous experience on a yard Able to work as a team and occasionally take sole charge       Accommodation details Shared accommodation with own bedroom 3 bed property shared with 1 other     Benefits Good rate of pay All food/laundry/cleaning products paid for WiFi and bills included 28 days paid holiday Close to local shops/ amenities and town center        
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 You can be from any discipline but must be confident in handling and riding TB’s. Confident and  previous experience riding out would be preferred but if plenty of riding experience in other disciplines this would also have its advantages. 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. Great opportunity to experience another discipline or to put your existing experience into good use.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@thegroomslist.co.uk      
Job Description *Accommodation on site and competitive wage * Historic and traditional environment *Pets and own horse possible Capable enthusiastic person required to join our busy team in large yard of mainly hunters and a few liveries. Competent in all aspects able to plait clip and trim and turn out horses to a high professional standard. A ideal position for someone wanting to step up. Able to take instruction but at times take responsibility and team lead. Effective and confident rider able to school on the flat and over fences. This is a position that can grow according to applicant. Accommodation on site and competitive wage. Minimum Requirements Some experience in a large busy yard. Used to working to deadlines. Experience riding large fit horses in their roadwork and on grass.     Accommodation details A large shared flat on the stable yard provided inclusive of bills.   Benefits This is a job for someone who enjoys putting 100% into the horses in their care. Whilst working in a historic and traditional environment where all the team have a work hard play hard attitude.  
Job Description Experienced, capable sole charge groom required for family yard with 2 horses and 3 ponies. This is a genuine sole charge position so you will be running and managing the yard yourself on a day-to-day basis. The employer used to compete at dressage but now just rides for pleasure, but there is nothing to stop you from competing if you want to. Possible to bring own horse. The employer also has llamas which you will need to be happy to feed when the employer is away. 🙂 There is plenty of grazing and nice facilities for you and the horses.   Minimum Requirement 7.5 lorry drive preferred Must have references and looking for a long-term position. Must be able to lunge and ride   Accommodation details Shared three bedroom cottage with the housekeeper. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate a couple!   Benefits Statutory holiday leave You can bring your own horse and the employer has a horse you can ride as well. If you wish to compete your own horse there will be plenty of time for this, and you are welcome to compete one of the employer’s horses as well.
Job Description *Bonuses *Pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Top wages provided *pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated NH yard looking to recruit stable staff for upcoming season Minimum Requirements Must be confident in handling TB’s, reliable and hardworking.   Accommodation details On site accommodation   Benefits Frequent perks, pension, pool money, good friendly working atmosphere and top wages provided  
Job Description 🙂 Situated in the thoroughbred heartland of Ireland, with easy access to all the main stallion farms, leading veterinary support, as well as road, air and ferry transport routes. 🙂 Yearling Sales Prep opportunity at a well established Irish Stud for a hard-working person with a good level of horsemanship. Previous experience of sales prep an advantage, but not essential. The successful candidate will be able to handle yearling colts and work well in a busy industrious team. 350 acres of prime stud land with top class facilities such as the modern American Barns, Horse Walker, Lunge Rings and Stud Railing throughout.   Accommodation details Accommodation is available if required.   Benefits Salary will vary depending on experience.  
We are looking for a committed, knowledgable groom to manage the livery part of our yard.  High standard of turnout and stable management required.  You must have a thorough knowledge of equine first aid.  Competent rider essential as you will have to ride and lead and assist the pro with young horses.  HGV license a bonues but not essential. You will be part of a highly motivated team, working in a relaxed, friendly yard.  This job is very rewarding but will be hard work. Minimum Requirements Minimum of 5 years grooming experience.  Experience far more important than qualifications.   Accommodation details Accommodation is provided in a mobile home if needed.     Benefits There is a great atmosphere at the yard You will have the opportunity to learn and play Polo    
Job Description Sole charge/Groom/Rider A family run yard with daughter competing on youngsters and up to 4*. Need a capable jockey who is happy to work on their own initiative and turn out to a high standard. We hunt during the winter as well as keeping the eventers ticking over doing dressage and showjumping. Must be confident riding young and fit horses. Basic knowledge of schooling would be beneficial and also looking after basic wounds. Looking for someone enthusiastic with a good sense of humour.   Minimum Requirements -Must be a confident rider. -Would prefer a non smoker but not essential -Could be beneficial if you can drive a trailer/HGV but again not essential.   Accommodation details Accommodation available if needed.   Benefits Stabling of one horse available. Can potentially consider a small dog. Good facilities available, with large turn out paddocks. Small indoor and large outdoor school with jumps and mirrors as well as a washroom and feed room.
*Accommodation available  (apartment) *Competitive salary *Pets and own horse a possibility A fantastic opportunity to learn about how a busy, medium sized and ambitious stud operates and progress your horsemanship skills as part of a professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred, but not essential. Paid holiday and pension scheme. 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 & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Accomplished 3 star level eventer who competes home and abroad is looking for a permanent, full time new Team member to attend all shows/events . Outside the eventing season yard based duties are required along with the rest of the Team but more often than not, there are things going on which would require your expertise. The Rider also pre-trains, (specializing in the breaking and preparing of thoroughbreds for Flat and National Hunt race training). There maybe exercise riding but this is not essential . You will need to have excellent levels of turnout and some experience of competitions to a good  standard. 🙂 Ideally you will be used to transporting horses in a 7.5t lorry and/ or willing to take your HGV license:) Situated in Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes and orchards .Superb transport links to all areas of the UK :Quiet but easily accessible location. Very good facilities:60m x 35m All weather arena/5 horse walker/Hot water wash /Full set of show jumps/Ideally located for major equestrian facilities and events/Enclosed, high fenced 35m x 60m arena/turnout and schooling pens/Small individually post and rail fenced turnout/Excellent quiet lanes and orchards for hacking. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This could be a great opportunity to step up into a competition Groom’s role from a position in a sport horse/performance horse yard, or you will already be doing this job. Varied and active this is a professional Team who move at a fast pace and to a high professional level.  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Own horse considered *Live in or out *Fabulous career opportunity for someone wanting to step up *Package IRO £400 neg Accomplished 3 star level eventer who competes home and abroad is looking for a key new Team member. Outside the eventing season the Rider also pre-trains, (specializing in the breaking and preparing of thoroughbreds for Flat and National Hunt race training). There maybe exercise riding but this is not essential . You will need to be an experienced and capable Groom able to manage the Team when the Rider is away and manage ‘the dynamic’ between the Team and the Rider and his clients maturely . You should be hands on by nature able able to pitch in with all usual daily duties to a high and professional standard. Situated in Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes and orchards .Superb transport links to all areas of the UK :Quiet but easily accessible location. Very good facilities:60m x 35m All weather arena/5 horse walker/Hot water wash /Full set of show jumps/Ideally located for major equestrian facilities and events/Enclosed, high fenced 35m x 60m arena/turnout and schooling pens/Small individually post and rail fenced turnout/Excellent quiet lanes and orchards for hacking. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This could be a great opportunity to step up into from a no 2 position in a sport horse/performance horse yard into a yard management role or you will already be doing this job. Varied and active this is a professional Team who move at a fast pace and to a high professional level.  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description groom/Rider required for private hunting yard in Rutland a competent capable person to work with quality homebred horses . A varied job , mares foals , youngsters /compition horses in the summer  and hunters in the winter. Applicant to be a good rider and capable of plaiting clipping and turning out to a high standard . driver of a 7.5 tonne lorry a bonus , excellent facilities  , school walker and fantastic riding. cosy flat and a good wage  .   Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details     Benefits    
Job Description We require a groom to help for the forth coming Hunt season. A exciting job as the applicant would be joining a new young and enthusiastic hunt team. A six day a week from August The applicant capable of exercising , and plaiting clipping and turning out to a very high standard. excellent facilities and working conditions.
*Salary £350/£375 pw for PT hours (3/4 hours a day)  * Nice accommodation *Partner/horse (s) and dog welcomed (free stabling/bedding and sponsor provided forage). * 7.5t  lorry driver please. 🙂 Part time role for a full time wage 🙂 Fantastic opportunity for a switched on Groom and Rider (capable on the flat but no jumping required) to look after a small number of horses, on a beautiful family yard run to professional standards for an ambitious young Rider currently active at 3* Eventing level. All usual duties required you MUST be a capable and confident  jockey able to safely hack out very fit performance horses plus some useful schooling required! This would suit a regular capable, experienced Eventing Groom/Rider just looking to work with a nice family considerate to your needs but obviously expecting you to combine theirs or alternatively someone with a few horses who can be flexible enough to provide the work the owners/Rider needs. Please do get in touch with Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.co.uk  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
*IRO £420pw +accomm & utilities * Dog welcomed * Chance to shine in your career. Home Yard manager/Groom required to run an International show jumping yard very close to Hickstead required would suit those wanting to step up to the very top level or someone wanting to step sideways and not travel too much any more or just someone who wants to be Home Yard based You will be required to provide top-level home support for two well-known Riders who produce and sell top quality horses, as well as train and mentor all levels of riders. Competing on the National and International circuit as well as sourcing, producing and selling some top international horses both for the company and for clients and investors, this is a busy and highly professional environment. You will need to be charming with horses and people! 😉 The successful applicant will have performance horse yard/horse management experience at a med/high level. You will need to be able to demonstrate initiative, reliability and team leadership skills as well as to be able to work within the Team to support a positive and constructive environment. Ideally, you would be interested in the show jumping as a discipline too. New build international SJ stables VERY close to Hickstead. Only 20 minutes away from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. Facilities include: 22 large stables (12×12) with rubber matting and automatic water drinkers and windows in brand new purpose build brick stabled barn. Waterproof lighting made to measure rubber matting in each stable. International sized all weather jumping arena with sand and fibre with an underfloor watering system to give the horses the BEST footing available. Full set of show jumps including open water All weather lunge arena again with the same surface Horse walker with anti-slip paving that is undercover Grass jumping paddock with derby style fences, three purpose built banks. Fitness fields- 10 acres 17 acres of all year round turnout split into larger and smaller paddocks, including x6 stallion paddocks 3 x rubber matted Wash bays with solariums/ cross ties/ all with hot and cold water Alarmed tack room x 2 Feed room Office with kitchen with hot and cold water and bathroom/ cloakroom Boot/ hat room with heating Rug Room Tack trunk/ storage area Horsebox parking area with hook up On-site accommodation for staff and pupils wishing to stay and train- self-contained apartments with bathroom, kitchen, living area 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit a professional capable of managing the day to day goings on a top-level competition yard and happy not to be travelling with the riders. Best of everything for clients, you, the horses and the Team  To apply please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*First class, dog-friendly, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *Competitive remuneration Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who also enjoys other non-horse duties. This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Ideally, you will have had at least 5 years experience in the industry and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, dog and house sitting etc.You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. You should also be able to take sole charge and manage a small team when required. Excellent 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. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person who is looking for a role which combines horsey/doggy/some ‘country living’ job responsibilities. 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.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 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. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
*Up to £500pw depending on experience *5/5.5/6 day week negotiable *Lovely accommodation available close by on a fram*Pets considered We are looking for someone who enjoys working with top class performance horses and enjoys running a yard to 3* level. You would be required to look after and help with the riding of  6 top class performance horses who regularly compete at a high level and partake in varied disciplines all year round on a private yard. There could be opportunities to hunt/compete yourself if you have the ability and interest to do so. Working alongside the owners and other yard staff (but you will often be in charge of things and expected to organise, so experience of sole charge essential) you ideally will be someone who is used to working to 3* level. Turnout ability should be excellent and you should be able to plait both manes and tails. Some of these horses compete to HOYS level so someone who actually enjoys the ‘spic and span’ approach would thrive in this role! Some Polo going on in the season so would be helpful if you have an interest in this discipline too. The yard has all the mod cons you would wish for to make your life easy! Walker/ Hot wash/Washing machine/ Tumble dryer/ infra Red. Someone who can drive a lorry/tow a trailer would be ideal but not essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great pay on this one. This job is one where the employer operates at top level in her disciplines and expects a Groom to match her standards so you need to actually enjoy turnout and always be striving for perfection. Lots of sole charge but when about the employer will ‘quality control’ if required so you need to be someone who sees that as a good thing . If you are a good rider, there will be opportunities but obviously those will be secondary to the grooming/yard manangement role Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Partner welcomed*Dog welcomed *Live in or out *Standard stud hours, with alternate weekends being worked *Four weeks holiday plus bank holidays *Negotiable,competitive salary & discretionary bonus scheme. Beautiful yard adjoining the Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border  is seeking a full time thoroughbred Stud Hand. You would be required to work alongside an experienced stud manager at a small family owned commercial stud farm foaling at home and prepping foals for sale. 🙂 Thoroughbred Stud experience essential but less experienced candidates who are keen to learn or experienced people who can slot into the role would be considered 🙂 Stud has around ten permanent broodmares, their foals, a couple of yearlings etc. also have some resting racehorses which come for their holidays once or twice a year. The family also have two ponies that they may need occasional assistance with. Helpful if you are qualified and able to drive a small box but not essential, training can be arranged. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit someone who understands life on a small TB stud – ie very busy times with foal prep etc and very quiet times when all the horses are turned out and staff have to be handy with a strimmer/mower instead!  Best of facilities and a very professional but relaxed family environment. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56A) *Riding available with good hacking and indooor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility *Live in or out Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Caroline’s Comments 🙂 Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Chance to work within a happy and motivated Team  would suit someone who loves all things Dressage and with some experience. 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. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
*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  
*2 bed cottage with garden available *Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Partner welcomed This employer is looking for a right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks. You must be able to take full care and responsibility for yard/horses etc on the ground and under saddle/lunge. Person Friday duties by the same person  would include some lookimg after 12 year old , light house keeping, , care of guinea pigs and fish tanks, family dog, etc. All PC activities done by children and employer rides too. Must be good with children and a people person as well as an animal person Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@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
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location Please call Caroline and The Team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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

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0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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