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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 wellbeing 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. 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 showjumpers 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 Showjumping 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 Showjumping 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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*Own horse & dog welcomed *£350 PW plus foc accommodation/no utility bills. This is an excellent opportunity for a competent No 2 from any discipline to step up and become an Eventing Head Groom. Our Client is a talented Event Rider looking for a talented person with team player attitudes capable of overseeing juniors as/when. All usual duties (turnout, yard management.horse management,home and away grooming, overseing apprentices, plus training etc. Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@thegroomslist.co.uk
🙂 Opportunity for stud hand level person 🙂 *£20,000-£23K neg. on experience &  1% of sales*Roomy 2 bed house *5 day week outside of season TB stud looking for one person or possibly 1.5 🙂 to run a small, successful but low key family operation sole charge. 4 mares kept and generally 3 foals in the season. Some yearling prep  but consigned, so no need to attend sales. Must have or want to acquire TB foaling/aftercare stud experience. All usual duties plus helping with vet/stud duties/tractor work/maintenance/tractor driving/field maintenance etc. This position requires a flexible individual who must like dogs as owners dogs will be left in your care on a not infrequent basis! Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Excellent opportunity for a top quality head groom. Based at a stud in Cheshire, we have superb facilities and some fantastic horses. A regular member of the Brazilian team we are aiming for the Pan American Games in Peru and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. This is a role where you will take full responsibility to the day to day running of the yard at home and also travel to competitions both at home and abroad. It is not a 9 – 5 role but you will have great opportunities and hopefully be an integral part of our success over the next couple of years. You will need to have experience of handling fit competition horses, be able to turn out to a very high standard and have a professional manner as dealing with owners is also part of the role. HGV licence would be a big advantage but not essential. What is essential is reliability and a flexible approach. Most important is a real passion for what you do as we have big plans and we need a great team to make them happen.
*Up to £25K/£480pw  *Based near a large equestrian centre so lots going on! *Live in or out *1.5 bed cottage 🙂 *Own horse and dog welcomed Experienced, reliable, flexible and self-motivated child friendly groom required for a private family yard with ménage and excellent hacking. Lots of riding including opportunity to hunt. (Lightweight rider 10 stones max). HGV preferred but not essential – you could be put through test for those without. Working as part of a bigger household team in a busy and intimate household (but not a ‘formal’ house), you will have TOTAL responsibility for 2 horses and 3 ponies with back up from a part time groom. Employer very hands off so you will need to manage children and their pc activities etc. so must be experienced in this area. Duties include  : Mucking out and all general yard duties Riding, schooling to include jumping, lunging Turning out horses to a high standard clipping, plaiting and tack cleaning for hunting, competitions and PC rallies Liaising directly with vets, farriers and physio, feed and bedding suppliers etc. 2 dogs/1 cat/sheep/chickens all kept so must have relaxed approach to helping with these too. In the summer it’s all about the kids (only 2 out of 4 now ride) so you must actually like working with kids for this one! Focus is on all being in a safe, cheerful, fun atmosphere. Accommodation is a cottage which is roomy and light 1.5 beds and best for a single person but plenty of space for guests etc. Local live out fine too. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.co.uk      
JL5700 Oxfordshire – Live In or Out Sole Charge Groom/Rider Required (Family Yard RC Eventing/happy hacks/broodmares and youngstock) *IRO £400PW * Riding (schooling & exercising)*Own horse & dog possible *5 day week, flexible start/finish times 🙂 Mature, self sufficient, sole charge family Groom required for this lovely family yard. Mixed yard of Amateur Eventers, Happy hackers, Children’s ponies, Broodmares and youngstock. Some of the horses are big 17’2 so need to be comfortable with that and happy handling yearlings and 2yos daily. Chance to start youngsters if interested but not at all essential, but must be happy handling and training from the ground Lorry license useful but not a deal breaker if you don’t have it. Yard has lots of sheep around so only well trained dogs allowed and careful control of their free-ranging required! Also have 2x ridgebacks who need to be catered for with Grooms choice of dog. Cats and chickens also kept. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Horse welcome (free livery) *Opportunity to do some Dressage competing *Must be used to teaching formally and informally * £28,090.40 pa plus free livery *5 day week Would consider a Working Couple with job JL33970. This is a role for a true animal lover where complete ridden and on the ground horse care is provided by two people so clear lines of responsibility are required but also an ability to work in harmony with others. You will have sole charge of the yard and work alongside the families Groom/Exercise Rider when they are on duty with you. 🙂 The Family are very sociable so you will need to be sociable with people as well as good with the horses and families friends/relatives and the farms other animals . This beautiful farm based family yard is looking for a Rider/Instructor to be responsible for all general yard duties, caring for 6 horses/2 dogs and cats/donkeys.  The family compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season also. Looking for someone who can ride and teach daughter and help them do better at competition and teach friends as/when. Qualifications not required but ideal. Do not need to be an advanced Dressage Rider just a good level and able to ‘coach’ in a useful and friendly manner. 1.5 days a week off but could arrange odd weekends to alternate a weekend off once in a while. The Rider is in charge of the well-being and general state of all horses and donkeys. The Rider is responsible for the general state of all equestrian facilities, for example the stables, metal barn, arena, paddocks etc. The Rider supervises and plans the work with the Groom. The Rider is responsible for assisting and training/teaching the family, as long as all riders that are ‘approved’ by family. Trailer license ideal. DUTIES Stables and Tack Run the yard, make sure that everything is in working order, if not, inform and get it repaired As/when required and time allows Muck out stables and clean water drinkers Tidy tack room, rug room, staff walkways, wash stable walls, de-cobweb, clean drains Clean tack & wash rugs, boots and bandages –      Caring for animals : Groom, feed, bathe and worm them Administer necessary supplements and medications Transport them Provide routine and emergency healthcare when necessary Clean hoofs, clip withers and legs, trim whiskers and clip the donkey’s hair –      Working with horses Prepare the horses for work and exercise them Train and exercise the horses through organised training plans Give horse riding lessons to family and friends when required Compete selected horses in accordance to plans –      Arena, fields and muck heap: Arena: harrow once a week, clean arena mirrors, and pick up droppings Paddocks and fields: maintain, pick up droppings, clean water troughs, check fields making them safe for animals Maintain muck heap, pile, keep in working order and dispose of when necessary –      Administration: Manage health records of all animals Manage work and training records of all animals Order supplies
*Horse welcome (free livery) *Lovely accommodation (no charge) *Exercise riding *Weekend time off will have to be negotiated with in the team Would consider a Working Couple with job JL33973. This is a role for a true animal lover where complete ridden and on the ground horse care is provided by two people so clear lines of responsibility are required but also an ability to work in harmony with others. You will have sole charge of the yard and work alongside the families Rider when they are on duty with you. 🙂 The Family are very sociable so you will need to be sociable with people as well as good with the horses and families friends/relatives and the farms other animals . This beautiful farm based family yard is looking for a Groom to be responsible for all general yard duties, caring for 6 horses/2 dogs and cats/donkeys. You will also be required to exercise the horses sometimes on your own, but also with others. Flexibility is important too as you may be required to feed the cows on the herdsman’s days off. Trailer license ideal. The family compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season also. Responsibilities include: – Stables and Tack : · Muck out stables and clean water drinkers · Tidy tack room and rug room, staff walkways, wash stables walls, de-cobweb and clean drains · Clean Tack & wash rugs, boots and bandages. · Take bins out – Caring for animals : · Groom, feed, bathe and worm them · Making feeds, administering necessary supplements and medication · Assist in transporting them · Provide routine and emergency healthcare when necessary . Two cats – their feed, health and well-being. · Clean hoofs, clip withers and legs, trim whiskers and clip the donkey’s hair – Working with horses : · Prepare horses for work and exercise them · Cool down horses and provide post-exercise care · Groom at competitions and outings · Ride and exercise horses when needed – Arena, fields and muck heap : · Arena: harrow once a week, clean arena mirrors, and pick up droppings · Paddocks and fields: maintain, pick up droppings, clean water troughs, check fields making them safe for animals · Maintain muck heap, pile, keep in working order and dispose of when necessary · Check fields and make them safe for horses, reporting to Rider · Clean water trough – Admin  · Check feed and hay deliveries · If the Rider is absent, assist with farrier, vet and osteopath · Develop own plan with Rider for days in sole charge · Weekly reports – Machinery and Tools : · Maintain in good working order the quad and its trailer, the poo vacuum and the horse trailer, repair when needed and service it when necessary · Fill up the quad when necessary and keep machinery clean. Please contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description This position is in a School Equestrian Centre in one of the most beautiful and inspiring environments in Britain today. They require someone to join the existing team to assist with day to day horse care tasks and  day to day exercise and training of the horses. The Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved livery yard and riding school exclusively for the use of School pupils and has twenty stables, an outdoor ménage, cross country course and 26 acres of grazing. Hours: Within a flexible working pattern – shifts are available to accommodate alternative commitments.  Could include early and late starts and lone working. An application form and job description can be downloaded below The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Minimum Requirements Applicants must have proven experience in the equine industry and the ability to ride horses and ponies.  You will have an enthusiastic and flexible approach and some industry experience is a must.  A recognised BHS qualification would be an advantage.    
*Beautiful Location *LIVE OUT * IRO £350 PW + accomm. Experienced Groom/Rider required to work alongside very experienced Yard manager on this beautiful family estate. Must be capable of sole charge on occasions but also capable of working well within the team and alongside the Yard Manager. Activities include Hunt/PC/RC/Eventing/SJ.  Personable individual who is child & VIP livery friendly is definitely high on the list of attributes along with  GSOH, ability to be enthusiastic, hardworking, happy to help maintain high standards of the yard. This is a Grooming/riding role which demands exceptionally high standards. Lightweight competent rider a must. Lots of ‘fun and frollicks’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com        
Job Description: Temporary position in top International Eventing Yard I am looking for someone to work full-time from the end of November until the middle of March. This position would suit someone looking for seasonal work, and can be live in or out as I have a single accommodation flat onsite, with the possibility of bringing a horse and/or dog. Some experience with top level horses is a must as the job will involve the daily management of a high class string of horses, alongside my current team. Aiming at 4star and Championships next year. Easy yard with lovely horses ranging from 4yrs to Advanced. Good pay. Opportunity to ride, though the candidate must be an experienced rider with a high skill level to do schooling, but otherwise there is some hacking. Equally, riding is not a requirement. Good attitude and ability to work well with others is essential!! Minimum requirements Good positive attitude and ability to work well with others.  Clipping and trimming a bonus. Lunging and riding a bonus.   Accommodation details Single accommodation onsite.   Benefits Good pay, nice yard, very central, with lovely horses and opportunity to gain experience in a top level Eventing yard.  
*Dog and horse considered * Package negotiable for right person up to £400pw * No utilities to pay *5.5 day week *2 bed s/c flat available (not shared). Our client has completed many four-star Eventing competitions with wins & several top 10 placings and six national Dressage titles to their name. A capable head of a small but elite team of Event and Dressage Horses with an excellent reputation and public profile is now required. If you are a passionate, conscientious, capable professional capable of sole charge with dedication and attention to detail to the highest standards we want to hear from you! This amazing opportunity would best suit someone who at least has Eventing experience but  Dressage experience welcome also. Experience in a professional yard and at competitions ideal. Organisational skills key to be able to combine the highest standards of horse care along with the ability to organise the daily logistics with the horses. Great facilities 62m x 23m Outdoor arena with full length mirrors 11 – 18’ x 12’ brick stables in a court yard Monarch covered Walker Monarch lunge pen Plenty of turn out paddocks plus 6 acres dedicated for riding / jumping! Good hacking . Great location. Brand new accommodation on site modern heated tack room and wash bays with solarium Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@thegroomslist.com    
Job Description We are looking for a full time Senior groom to work on our fun and friendly dressage yard based between Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross, South Bucks. A normal day consists of all usual yard duties, possibly some riding, mainly hacking but could be some light schooling for the right person. There is the opportunity to groom at competitions and training. Minimum Requirements Some experience with fit competition horses would be great. Dedication, high standards and reliability will always be taken over experience.     Accommodation details No accommodation   Benefits A great place to learn and train to improve your skills. Good rates of pay. Fun & friendly atmosphere to work in. Possibility to travel to competitions & training. The possibility of own horse for the right person.    
Job Description These roles (2) are on a busy professional dealing yard and would suit keen and enthusiastic apprentices who want the opportunity to develop their horse care knowledge and riding skills.  There will be lots of opportunity to ride different horses and ponies and the yard is very well equipped with an outdoor arena, a full set of show jumps . There are around 20 horses on the yard at any one time of which 14 – 15 are for sale or being produced for sale.  There are others which are here to be backed and/or schooled. The employer has had horses all her life and worked in a large dealing yard where she learnt her skills.  There are two vacancies and these could be either riding or non-riding.  Ideally one would be a lightweight rider capable of riding ponies. Minimum Requirements GCSE grades A – D /9-3 (strong applicants with lower grades will be considered so long as they are committed to working to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects during the apprenticeship). The main requirement is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.  Basic horse skills would be very useful     Accommodation details No accommodation at the moment although this is a possibility in the future.     Benefits Opportunity to bring your own horse (a modest livery charge will apply) Lots of opportunity to ride. Visits to clinics with external professionals in the area, hunting and jumping the horses (subject to ability) This is a job which almost always finishes on time at 5.00pm      
Job Description This is an amazing position for a show jumping rider to work learn and train on an Educ8 Apprenticeship with an international show jumper and producer on his yard in Kent.  The ideal candidate will already have experience of jumping at a minimum of 1.10 competitively with British Showjumping and must have video available to view. The role is primarily a riding groom role but will also involve all the usual yard duties.  Opportunity to travel to Vilamoura Sunshine Tour and lots of major UK shows throughout the year (subject to ability). This employer has become the south east’s leading provider of both British bred, Irish bred and continental horses for both pleasure riding through to performance horses for eventing and show jumping. They have invested in a brand new 50m by 21m school, made from top quality sand and fibre mix, along with a new 18m lunge circle and upgrades to their cross country course so there are excellent facilities here. Applicants must be jumping 1.10 minimum and have a minimum of 2 years competition experience with British Showjumping. Ideally should have GCSE maths and English Grade A – C/9 – 4 (strong applicants with slightly lower grades will be considered if prepared to work hard on continued maths and English study to Level 2) Accommodation details Static caravan, fully heated etc.   Benefits Subject to ability, there is lots of opportunity to ride and travel the UK and abroad competing  with this very busy show jumper.  
*5 day week (with weekend work through the hunting season) *£420-£450 pw, +accommodation  *Dog welcomed and own horse considered. Lovely, long term family position available looking after Point-to-Pointers when they return to the yard (currently at livery), Hunters and Ponies on a private estate in the Wye Valley which would suit an experienced Groom/Rider capable of sole charge but able to work with others. 7-horses with 4 in main work. Successful candidate will be supported by additional stable hands and riders. Must be capable of sole charge and high standards in all regards. HGV ideal or at least willingness to take the test soon after start. Menage outdoor/good facilities/excellent hacking/gallop track/all-weather lunge/round pen,  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*2 bed flat *5 day week *Dog considered *£320-£350pw per role + accommodation Working couple Required ( Groom/Rider + general maintenance/Person Friday duties)  or one Person to be Groom/Rider but willing to do ‘other’ animal duties. Lovely lifestyle role for a suitable single or a couple to help manage a private home and yard for a large family who split their week between London and the country and sometimes are abroad for a few weeks at a time. Must be experienced and have good people and communication skills. Groom Role(s) involves working with one other and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Working couple Role(s) involves working with another and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Maintenance for the yard, the house and the garden:  fence mending, taking care of the pool, helping keep vehicles maintained and clean, etc Keen gardener to do mowing, weeding, raking, hedge trimming, and minor tree surgery, planning and planting the borders and walled vegetable garden· Housekeeper/cleaning duties including organising & cooking healthy interesting meals mostly at the weekend.  🙂A dog welcome but must get on with other dogs and be friendly with the cat, chickens, geese, ducks, etc 🙂 Pls call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description Lovely Permanent or short term position taking care of CSI5* horses at home and at shows for a competitive Olympian  Rider. Minimum Requirements Looking for a passionate, dedicated, meticulous  individual with experience. HGV license , managerial skills , team player must be calm and organised 🙂 Italian or french speaking a bonus .   Accommodation details Is provided on site . free wifi , comfortable  and close to town so all convenient .   Benefits depending on qulification and experience  
*£10/£12Ph neg *Fun, busy family yard with lots of animals  🙂  *18-25 hours pw Live out  Groom/Rider  needed to cover full time groom’s 1.5 days off (and holidays if possible). To include some weekend work ideally a Sunday.  Between 18-25 hours per week routinely, some flexibility ideal. Must be an experienced rider to ride out fit, well-mannered horses. Should be willing to do usual mucking out, tack cleaning duties etc. Self-reliant, self-motivated, capable of sole charge a must. A very animal orientated family so essential that you are happy to be around and help care for dogs, chickens, geese and a cat as owner away from home regularly. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Full time groom and Riding position available…. We are looking for a full time groom who is keen to ride, produce and compete horses alongside a supportive yard position. The applicant must be knowledegable and competent, we have a variety of horses educated in a variety of disciplines based with us but they are primarily working stallions. As a stud we have homebred youngsters so the ability to produced newly backed youngsters also necessary. The opportunity to compete is certainly available and encouraged. This is a full time position and some yard work is necessary. I am looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated member of staff who is looking to support the development of both horses and a business. Minimum Requirements Full driving  licence/7.5 tonne bonus competition record and experience Experience with young horses, backing and breaking. Accommodation details Live out position at present Benefits Own horse possible Opportunity to compete Percentage commission on sales  
Job Description Lovely friendly international Event Yard seeks groom to work with youngsters to 4 star horses. Plenty of opportunities to travel to events at home and abroad. A good amount of riding involved. Minimum Requirements Applicants must be an experienced confident rider capable or working for competition horses in an outline and capable of all yard duties with a high standard of turnout. Ability to work on your own is a bonus. If not providing you have the prerequisite skills, some training can be given. Accommodation details Lovely accommodation provided with the job in a spacious flat shared with a couple of other girls.   Benefits Opportunities to bring your own horse and get training on and off your horse. Opportunity to travel to events at home and abroad.
*Live in or out (nice accommodation on site )*Salary up to £28K pa *Racing hours *3 days off per fortnight *Will consider seasonal or permanent applications This rehabilitation and pre training yard with fantastic facilities requires several keen RIDERS with basic, correct flat work  but also proper experience gained in any discipline involving thoroughbreds along with rider fitness and confidence to site astride horses who have may well have been racing. You will have an opportunity to learn new skills and receive further training if required. Working with a dedicated team you will receive excellent pay and a warm welcome from enthusiastic professionals . A key part of any young thoroughbred’s education is when they are being backed. At this yard, the process is tailored to the individual needs of each horse.The facilities and peaceful setting ensure the best possible start, with lunging and long-reining integral to the young horse’s training programme, before progressing to faster paces and cantering on the grass or all weather gallops. Racehorses also enjoy a well earned rest from the rigours of training, to recover from injury, or for pre and post-operative care at the facility. There will be some yard work, time allowing and you would be expected to ‘pitch in’ but the yard has specific yard workers to do the bulk of this, so the priority for this role will be riding. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
🙂 Located West Gloucestershire/Wye Valley.Only 5 miles from Monmouth! 🙂 * 5 days a week + 35hrs a week *Should be capable of sole charge *Partner welcomed also ‘shoot friendly’ dog *Lovely location *IRO £300pw+foc accomm+utilities Our client is looking for a flexible, live in Groom/Rider to look after 3 horses and a pony for approx 35 hours a week. Horses are hunted twice a week throughout the hunting season and do other events through the summer. All usual grooming duties plus clipping ideally. Capable and experienced exercise rider necessary. Horses are kept to a high standard and someone fastidious and  observant essential . Some other general ‘person Friday’ duties (time allowing) included eg: house and dog sitting. Family has 4 dogs. Other duties include field maintenance, tidying up yard areas, occasional dog sitting etc. Family yard with nice facilities. Flat which is a two floor, one bedroom but very spacious and recently converted. Fully insulated with heating and a Wood burner . Depending on age and experience IRO £300 + accom.+ all electricity paid and all utilities apart from phone and wi fi. Wood burner in accommodation so wood available from log store. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description We have a vacancy for another member of staff to join us for 2019 Show Season in our Family run, Friendly Yard. This is a great opportunity for a hard working, enthusiastic, dedicated person to work with one of the top show producers and her highly successful team of show horses. Usual yard duties, ability to ride an advantage preferred but not necessary. Experienced person keen to work to a high standard. with the possibility of riding at some shows.  Will also consider Trainee seeking a career with horses. Successful candidate will  travel to  County Shows plus RIHS and HOYS Accommodation available. Minimum Requirements Honest, Reliable, Hard working, enthusiastic, person. Dedicated to the love of horses. Keen to accept responsibility, ability to work as part of  team     Accommodation details Shared accommodation in 2 bedroom cottage -5 mins   from yard.     Benefits Opportunity to travel to top County Shows, Royal International and HOYS. Highly rewarded in return for accomplished success    
Job Description Groom/rider required by renowned and long-established co-educational school and equestrian centre. Either full-time or part-time working throughout the year to cover maternity leave. We would also consider part-time during school hours. Weekend staff also required. This School/ Equestrian Centre is a vibrant yard, mainly dealing with children and is part of a School community.  It is a 35 box yard, set in the centre of thriving an bustling village with 2 sand schools, a training cross-country course and on-site hacking. Due to impending staff maternity leave, we are looking for a competent, friendly and reliable Groom who is energetic and motivated, to join the team working in our busy Livery Yard and Riding School. We would welcome applications from those looking for either full time or part time working. Please state your preference in your application. Full-time work involves a five-day working week which will include one weekend day. Experience is preferred but not essential and we are committed to the continued professional development of all its employees. Only applications submitted on the School’s Application Form will be considered. Please download the application form under ‘More Information’ below. Details of how to submit your completed application form can be found at the bottom of the application form. Applications will be considered as they are received. We are committed to the protection and safety of our pupils. The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check.  
*5 day week *Salary IRO £21,500-£25,000 neg.depending on experience *Dog a possible Experienced Groom to work within a growing team to manage a performance horse stud reporting to the Stud manager and the ridden yard manager. Immaculate, high end yard with 80 – 100 horses, boasting the best bloodlines in Europe. The yard has their own breeding programme, handling young stock through to international showjumping and dressage competition horses. You should be comfortable working with TB’s within a team but capable of using your initiative where required. Duties include : Handling young stock, mares and foals Mucking out and general yard duties Hand walking Holding horses for farrier as required, including help with youngsters Treating minor wounds, changing dressings and giving some medications as required Travel to other privately owned studs both nationally and internationally Monitoring condition of horses in fields, checking water, fencing etc Packing and unpacking lorry ready for travel Basic first aid and care Experience in foaling down and lactating and pregnant mares 5 days per week (on rota). 8am to 5pm and as required during the foaling season.28 days holiday (including bank holidays).Initial one year contract & probation period of 3 months. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*fantastic career development opportunity *Own horse welcome *Training on own horse available & time to compete if required *Super facilities *Salary up to £22.5K + no utility bills Lovely eventing yard which also offers rehabilitation, liveries, spa services and young horse producing is now looking for an experienced Groom used to performance horse management to work within the team as Head Person. Riding is not required, but you should be confident with handling and groundwork and lunging. Your own horse is very welcome and training is available if required from this top level eventer. If you wish to compete your own horse this can  also be accommodated within the schedule. Team working together to mange max.14 horses at any one time.Superb American barn yard with indoor, outdoor and gallops onsite. Lovely private accommodation (not shared) available on site. 🙂 Own horse done as part of the yard on reduced cost DIY livery – free weekly training, use of 3.5t lorry (if over 23), spaces on lorry for schooling / shows where there is one. Horse basics done on day off. Access to all facilities – indoor, outdoor, gallops, spa, solarium – no charge 🙂 Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description Experienced groom with or without stud work experience wanted to come and join our small friendly dedicated team. We are currently looking for a permanent stud hand to assist with the daily care of mares, foals and young stock. This position includes all general yard work (mucking out, bringing in and turning out, groom, general yard maintenance) as well as your standard stud duties. A big part of this position is preparing yearlings and foals for the sales ( Tattersales & Goffs) therefore the candidate must be confident in handling young stock. We also have several foals on the ground each year so there is the chance to help and assist with foaling and to assist with weaning. Minimum Requirements Atleast 2 references from previous employers. Uk manual driving licence.   Accommodation details Purpose built shared accommodation with own private bedroom. All bills and utilities payed for by employer.   Benefits Accommodation provided free of charge. 22 days holiday per annum + bank holidays Overtime Every other full weekend off or every sunday off.  
Job Description Full time job available for soonest start from now till May 2019 with a very well known, prestigious hunt. Role involves working with hunt horses and their day to day care & well being from riding to mucking out, feeding and preparing them for the hunting field. These are Lovely well mannered horses. Working as part of a fun enthusiastic team. You will be allowed to go hunting if competent and time allows. This hunt is renowned as having one of the best packs of hounds in the country covering some of the most beautiful countryside! Minimum Requirements A 6 day week but with time off during the day, (so not always full on ;)! Accommodation details A 2 bed cottage is supplied with the job with Council tax and water paid for.    
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours * Some riding possible  *Dog a possibility Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Experienced Dressage Groom (home and 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. 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. Please call Caroline or Beckie on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*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! 🙂 Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Riding * Homely, warm accommodation *Family, fun atmosphere 🙂 Groom compulsory (!) /Rider (optional)/Instructors (optional). 🙂  Salary range up to £366 pw plus accomm. High level, pretty, family run livery yard is looking for a few more team members. Friendly, fun & inclusive environment with staff members and clients staying in touch for years! 14 miles North of central London, this friendly, fun, high level & family run livery yard is looking for a team player who enjoys the world of high end livery. Very inclusive environment.  Some riding available type/amount depending upon your riding experience. Attention to detail is paramount. Staff will need to be capable of treating clients’ horses as their own. A good level of care and focus with a “no problem” attitude is desirable. All usual duties required. Accommodation is shared with others in purpose built houses and all bills/accommodation costs absorbed by the yard. 5 day 6 day alternate weeks Facilities include: 2 – 60 metre by 20metre arenas 2 – 40metre by 20 metre areanas x country course covered horse walker 64 stables all automatic water drinkers in each box all stables with rubber flooring 2 standard size arenas x-country course horse-walker Please apply and call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Own horse & dog & partner welcomed *Training and competing available on own horse or non rider fine also *3 bed cottage with garden available Eventing yard with Olympic aspirations is seeking missing cog in the wheel, which is a professional Head Groom. All levels of horses kept from babies to 3* Should be capable of sole charge and all aspects of Yard/horse management/competition grooming etc. Help available for daily chores as/when required but this is a responsible hands on position requiring someone looking for a long-term opportunity.Plenty of training on own horse if interested and opportunity to compete also but non- riders equally welcomed. Must be prepared to Groom at home and abroad when required so valid passport necessary. Very much a team effort so personable, professional essential. Beautiful setting, amazing facilities including ménage which is soon to have a cover! New cross-country schooling on site etc. Please call Caroline & 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

caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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