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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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Job Description A fantastic vacancy has arisen for a ride leader to join our team of qualified and professional staff at a BHS Approved Riding Club. This exciting position requires a confident rider and someone who can demonstrate common sense and good decision making in a position of responsibility. You need to be enthusiastic about your work and enjoy meeting and chatting to different people, as we run a Membership scheme and have over 200 friendly Members (predominantly adults) who ride with us on a weekly basis. We are looking for someone to join our team who has high standards of stable management, a real love for working in this industry and who would enjoy taking regular hacks in some of England’s best riding country across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, while enjoying our very special team of 23 horses and some great company from our owners and members. We are looking for a full time position to work 5 days, further training, pension scheme, great working conditions! Please do get in touch if you are ready to ride!   Minimum Requirements Confident rider   Accommodation details Live out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions.(finish around 4.30 p.m.) * 28 days paid holiday * Further training * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country
Job Description Friendly enthusiastic reliable groom to work with a small number of competition horses on a private yard in the Scottish Borders. Opportunity to groom at competitions. Willing to take on a less experienced person with the right attitude as training will be given. Private Yard with 4-6 horses. Primary interest is Eventing. Horses have a varied routine with hacking, training, competing and daily turnout. American Barn style stabling, 10 acres of turnout, 30x60m outdoor arena.   Minimum Requirements Ability to handle, look after and turn out competition horses on a small private yard and work as part of a friendly team.  Must be capable of exercising horses with owners and taking sole charge.   Accommodation details Must live out.     Benefits Excellent salary depending on age and experience.
Family showjumping stud and producing yard is now looking for a key new member to add to their team where you will have an extremely varied role – no two days the same! We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year three of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.   Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales  in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing.   Overview We are looking for a new member of the team to share equal responsibility on a rota basis. Reporting to the Yard Manager. The position is a live in or out role. Operational Hours between Monday to Sunday on a rota shift bases. Normal shifts are 8-5pm  5 days per week alternate weekend work is inclusive [ however this can change due to foaling and various activities]   Yard duties including mucking out, feeding, watering and sweeping. Grooming and general daily health care of the horses Tack cleaning Schooling and hacking Lunging/double line lunging Liaising with yard manager on any issues routines and actions needed for horses care Maintaining a tidy feed room Preparing horses for competitions including plaiting Assisting with stud duties, foaling and care Clipping   Requirements High attention to detail Competent riding ability understanding of how a horse works and what could be done to improve its way of going Good horsemanship with kind nature Clipping/bandaging/plaiting to a high standard   Other Skills/Abilities Good communication skills Ability to think on feet and be flexible Team player to fit in and respect current working practices and other team members Confidence to handle youngsters and stallions Show Jumping experience   Wage Negotiable dependant on experience statutory holiday entitlement Pension Scheme in operation with an opt out period Extremely varied role – no two days the same! Full time contract with 28 days holiday, pension and statutory sick pay. 5 days per week which includes alternate weekends ie 40 hour week. Days are usually  8-5pm this can vary during foaling season or out to competitions etc Possible place  for own horse but no pets Driving Licence essential as rural location 
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel that has been COVID 19  Looking forward now and  planning to our future we are now looking for an experienced competition rider to join our team. This Warmblood Stud is the home of Stallions and Broodmares. We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year four  of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.  Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales near Tregaron in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing. This full time, live in or out role will include riding at BSJA shows you must have a strong competition record ideally or the ability to compete to a high level . Our competition horses have all been out affiliated to varying levels.  We need a competent rider. We would require  you to gain good understanding of all the horses to maximise their potential and understand their individual personalities and abilities and be able to work with the team in tailoring their exercise and work plans moving forward. Most importantly to work with our team,  getting the best from our horses. This will include general yard duties as well as guiding and nurturing the team.   The role is 5 days per week and flexibility if we go out to shows at the week days and weekends. We are a mixed yard competition horses (stallions), youngstock, broodmares and general riding horses. We have some very well bred, exciting youngsters for the future.   We are a very busy yard this could be a hugely rewarding role for the right person. Accommodation details – Live in is available  own horse considered        
Job Description Full time experienced Hunt groom to take charge of 6 quality hunters Minimum Requirements A cheerful helpful person who loves the job & understands horses hunting and hunting people. 7.5t licence would be an advantage.   Accommodation details A nice converted barn with lounge dinner,  bedroom, shower fully fitted furniture with parking outside
Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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