Advanced Apprentice Groom Rider at Tara Williams

Location: West Crudwell, Malmesbury
Position Available: Advanced Apprentice groom/ Rider
Age: 16+
Live in available? Yes
Weekly wage: £105/140
Working week: 30-40 hrs available. £105- £140 p/wk. 4/5 days per week must be flexible in working weekend days. General hours 8-5pm, 1 hr lunch break. Must be Flexible on competition days.

Course: City & Guilds Diploma Level 3 in Work Based Horse Care
Training Provided by: Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre LLP
Training supported by: Tara Williams and Toby Pickthall

About the yard: We have recently moved to a fabulous Cotswold Yard in Crudwell, super facilities, small team, working and competing horses in Full livery for clients, producing youngsters from 3yr olds to 2* Level eventing. 

We have lots of horses in on ‘bootcamps’ , holiday livery, schooling livery and some sales work , resting racehorses, hunters and competition horses so there is a huge variety in the yard.

As a BHSII Tara competes in all disciplines in BD to Elementary and Medium, BS to Foxhunter and 1.25/1.30m and also events up to CIC 2* , now qualified to ride at advanced level and seeking higher level rides, we hope to be working towards 3* in 2018.


Vacancy Description: The candidate will have access to various horses to work with for training, for the right candidate competition rides are available especially at the lower levels in BD and BS. Training with Tara Williams BHSII Accredited Professional Coach and Toby Pickthall BHSAI Yard Manager

 Candidates will be required to: feed, hay, water and muckout stables to a high standard and at industry speed, keep a tidy and safe yard and working environment. Tack up for dressage, jump, hacking out, Bring in/ Turn out fit horses, make safe use of a horse walker, Groom, Plait, Clip, Hack out and school horses for the right person, jump, use safe arena etiquette and maintain cleanliness of the arena, assist at events, prepare for competitions, paddock and grassland care, maintain a good, tidy and professional appearance at all times plus assist with Coaching sessions.

 Accomodation Available 

As horses are available for candidate to use as their own,  we would prefer someone without own horse but this can be considered for the right person.

Future Prospects: Possibility to become competition groom, head groom or yard manager

Skills Required: Industry qualifications or experience in Horse Care and Riding to Level 2. Experience in dealing with competition horses and youngsters

Personal Qualities: Reliable, willing to learn, maintains high personal standards. team worker

Qualifications Required: Industry qualifications to Level 2 or equivalent industry experience

To apply for this role, please email your full Equine CV & Covering Letter to Irma Sutton via

Hinton Equestrian- Apprentice Dressage Rider/ Groom

Location: Hinton Equestrian, Chippenham
Position Available:Apprentice Dressage Rider/ Groom
Age: 16+
Live in available? yes
Weekly wage: £140
Working week:Will include some weekend work
Total hours per week: 40

Course: City & Guilds Diploma Level 2/3 in Work Based Horse Care
Training Provided by: Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre LLP
Training supported by:Alice Peternell

About the yard:Professional dressage rider Alice Peternell – owner of competition and livery yard.

Vacancy Description:This vacancy is available to start as soon as possible

Training in yard operations and horse care – leading horses to fields or walker, mucking out, field maintenance, horse grooming, clipping, tack cleaning.

Subject to experience and competence, hacking horses, helping to train/back youngsters, and other aspects of riding as experience permits.

Apprenticeship includes training by Alice Peternell, keep of own horse, accommodation if desired.

Every effort is made to take apprentices to competitions and to support them in participating on their own horses.

Future Prospects:Possible advancement to head groom subject to aptitude and vacancy arising. A recent issue of Horse & Hound showed one of our former apprentices on the front cover and news of two others inside. It’s a proven launch-pad for a rewarding equestrian career.

Skills Required:
•Basic horse handling skills
•Good riding skills is a bonus

Personal Qualities:
•Team worker
•Can work on own initiative

Qualifications Required:None required

To apply for this role, please email your full Equine CV & Covering Letter to Irma Sutton via

Apprentice Groom at Kinnersley Racing

Location: Worcester
Position Available:  Apprentice groom
Age: 16+
Live in available? Possibly
Weekly wage: Apprentice Minimum Wage, depending on hours worked
Working week: We can be reasonably flexible so long as the apprentice attends complete sessions comprising at least 5 of the following. Mon – Sat – 6.15 to 12, Mon – Fri – 3.15 to 5.15 Every or alternative Sat and Sunday pm 4 – 5.30, Sunday am 8 – 9.30.
Course: City & Guilds Diploma Level 2 in Work Based Horse Care
Training Provided by: Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre LLP
Training supported by: John Spearing

About the yard: John Spearing has been training racehorses for over forty years, the last fifteen of which he has been based at the historic Kinnersley Racing Stables in the Worcestershire countryside and within easy reach of the M5. Working with first rate gallops, facilities and staff, his focus is to train a manageable number of racehorses, providing owners with plenty of success on the racecourse and satisfaction throughout their ownership experience

Vacancy Description: Learn about work and the routine on a racing yard – muck out, keep yard clean, put horses on horse walker, turn them out, bring them in, rug up, grooming. Learn what to do when they go racing. There may be an opportunity to ride. We are a small, enthusiastic and successful team and the right person would become an important part of that team. We would give you the support you need.

Future Prospects: The right person could become a permanent member of our team.

Skills Required: Basic Horse handling skills. Ability to handle horses sympathetically.

Personal Qualities: Reliability, enthusiasm, desire to learn, self-discipline, professional attitude

Qualifications Required: None required

To apply for this role, please email your full Equine CV & Covering Letter to Irma Sutton via

Advanced Apprentice Groom/ Rider- Mount Pleasant

Location: Mount Pleasant Competition- Bromyard
Position Available: Advanced Apprentice Groom/ Rider
Age: 16+
Live in available? No
Weekly wage: Minimum £70 p week
Working week: Monday to Friday with occasional weekends, opportunity to be flexible to work around other commitments that you or I may have. 9am – 1pm 5days a wk with occasional extra hours if required. Tea breaks and 1hour for lunch if worked whole day. Total hours per week: 20.00

Course: City & Guilds Diploma Level 3 in Work Based Horse Care and Management
Training Provided by: Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre LLP
Training supported by: Chloe Hayward

About the yard: We are a private Event / Show Jumping yard with competition horses / stallions and ponies at all levels. As well as competing we also break / school and produce youngsters.

Vacancy Description: We are looking for a hard working, competent and dedicated rider, applicants must be at a good level in their riding; happy/ capable to ride young horses, assist with breaking and capable of working to improve the young horses way of going on the flat and over jumps. There will be continued help and support from the ground.


There is a chance to bring your own horse with field and stable provided plus additional lessons. There is however no live in accommodation for applicant. Applicant must be able to arrange own transport, however I am happy to help out with this where I can. There will also be an opportunity for the right rider to compete our horses. Half of the horses we have in our apron are 14.2hh ponies so rider needs to be lightweight and happy to work with a variety of levels and types.

Due to the size of the yard and the employer working away regularly as a freelance instructor, this vacancy is for a minimum of 20 hours a week. Candidates may be asked to work more hours as work requires. Due to this position being less that 30 hours a week, the Apprenticeship duration will be 18 months rather than 12.

Future Prospects: Possibility of ongoing employment for the right candidate.

Skills Required:

  • Competent on the ground with handling stallions / youngsters and have a good standard of stable management.
  • Competent good level of riding.
  • Happy to learn and wanting to improve.


Personal Qualities:

  • Reliable.
  • Happy.
  • A desire to learn.


Qualifications Required: BHS or Diploma Level 2 or industry experience at equivalent level

To apply for this role, please email your full Equine CV & Covering Letter to Irma Sutton via

Apprentice Groom at Brennan Equestrian Ltd

Location: Kinver
Position Available: Apprentice groom
Age: 16+
Live in available? No. There is no good public transport to this yard, so please check how you can get to work every day.
Weekly wage: £105- £140
Working week:5 days a week 8-5pm, statutory breaks
Course: Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship in Work Based Horse Care
Training Provided by: Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre LLP
Training supported by: Sue Brennan

About the yard: Brennan Equestrian is a small Livery/ Training and Dressage competition yard in Kinver. The yard is run by Sue Brennan, who is a BHS registered Instructor. Sue trains riders and horses of any level

Vacancy Description:

Brennan Equestrian is looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join their dedicated yard team. You will be required to help with all general yard duties including:

  • Handling fit competition horses
  • Riding may be an option for the right candidate
  • You may have to opportunity to accompany riders to shows
  • Ideally it would suit someone with own horse who wants to progress in the industry, must have experience handling big horses!

*There is no accommodation with this role.

Future Prospects: Possibility to train further to achieve Advanced Apprenticeship or BHS exams

Skills Required: Experience dealing with big and fit competition horses

Personal Qualities: Common sense, good sense of humour, well presented, clean and tidy

Qualifications Required: none

To apply for this role, please email your full Equine CV & Covering Letter to Irma Sutton via

Lyne House Livery- Yard assistant/groom

Location: Lyne House Livery, Newent
Position Available:Equine yard assistant/groom
Age: 16+
Live in available? no
Weekly wage: £105
Working week:30 hours in shift pattern to include weekends
Course:City & Guilds Diploma Level 2 in Work Based Horse Care
Training Provided by: Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre LLP
Training supported by:Genevieve Wilkes

About the yard:Lyne House Livery is a large livery/ competition yard. Lyne house Livery has a tight knit crew, so there is always a feeling of teamwork and high spirits on the yard. Lyne House Livery is owned by Genevieve & Sam Wilkes, who established the livery business after having horses on livery themselves. Genevieve & Sam have been at Lyne House Farm since July 2007, where they designed the yard and facilities to provide a top class livery service for the competitive rider. Genevieve’s experience of over 25 years working with, riding and competing a huge variety of horses ensure extremely high standards.

Vacancy Description:Lyne House Livery are looking to recruit an Apprentice Stable Yard Assistant/ Groom to work in their busy livery/ competition stables in Newent near Gloucester.
You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills within the Equine Industry. Applicants will be expected to take on yard duties and care of the horses in the day to day working of a busy stable yard. These may include; mucking out, tack cleaning, turning out, bringing in, feeding, grooming, checking fields.
There is also the opportunity to travel to competitions and be a part of the team. The ability to turn out to a high standard is an advantage.
The ideal candidate must be confident, be able to work in a team & have riding experience. Your working days will be varied and will include weekends.
Other opportunities for the right candidate may include; young stock training from halter breaking to backing, competing & assistance with breeding stock.
Wage is negotiable depending on experience

Future Prospects:Opportunity for a permanent position for the right candidate.

Skills Required:Basic Horse care experience is essential.
Riding experience is desirable but not essential.Competition experience, both ridden and grooming is desirable but not essential.

Personal Qualities:The prospective candidate must have a good work ethic and be willing to work in all weather conditions. They must be reliable and be able to work as part of a team. The ability to deal with stressful situations is important as horses can be unpredictable.

Qualifications Required:Equine qualifications and GCSEs (or equivalent) beneficial but not essential.

To apply for this role, please email your full Equine CV & Covering Letter to Irma Sutton via