If you are contemplating a career in the equestrian industry, or are currently looking for a new job, it can be incredibly daunting looking at all of the possibilities on various web sites. There are reams and reams of jobs, you can select options to filter your results, but essentially your starting point must be know what you actually want to do and after that all you need a good dollop of dedication!
Eventing last week at Upton House I found my self looking around the lorry park and soaking up the activity. The grooms never stopped, grooming, studding up, tacking up, changing tack and boots, greasing up, washing off, de-studding walking round, bandaging, cleaning tack and finally loading up to go home. It was exhausting to watch, especially in the extraordinary heat we are experiencing at the moment, (although I did think the job is a little more appealing in these conditions with your shorts and strappy top on than when it is tipping it down with rain in a usual British summer) but at the end of the day, as girls and lads were sitting on lorry ramps eating ice cream waiting for riders/owners to return from the prize giving I was rather in awe of their work ethic, smiling all day, heads down and getting on with it.
And this is just eventing: what ever discipline you choose, whether you want to work in polo, show jumping or showing (to mention just a few) you will need to be dedicated. Professionals and amateur competitors alike require their grooms to have an understanding of the level of commitment that is required to be a top groom. I am never sure how to instill in a new candidate quite what is expected of them in any job, let alone a top job. The pre conceived idea of how much work a groom should be expected to do can be rather unrealistic, and when I learn that a groom has refused to start half an hour earlier on a show day, I know that he or she will not be in this industry for long. And with this statement I do not condone employees being over worked or abused, but there certainly has to be a degree of give and take from employees- if you start early one day, you will usually get an extra hour or two off during the easier non show days- it is the give and take attitude that is needed to make the job work! I worry that unless the next generation take on board the reality of working in equestrianism, and have the dedication necessary to stick at a job and learn their profession there will be a real gap in the equestrian employment market.
If you are a job seeker in the equestrian industry and are looking for a new job or a change of jobs give me a call, or drop me a message and let me help you unravel the tangled web of jobs that are available. I can offer you a personal approach to recruitment, I am very happy to chat about your career opportunities and options please call 07714236765 mail me at [email protected] or to view the current vacancies we have https://premierequestrianrecruitment.com/positions-available/