Apprentice Equine Dressage Rider/ Groom Hinton Equestrian

Training in both riding and yard operations, stable care and all aspects of running a yard. Own horse welcome, accommodation if required. Start date as soon as possible.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Will include some weekend work

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    03 Feb 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Basic horse handling skills
  • Good riding skills is a bonus

Personal qualities

  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic
  • Team worker
  • Can work on own initiative

Qualifications required

None required.

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.

Things to consider

Work hours may be flexible depending on competitions. From 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Professional dressage rider Alice Peternell - owner of competition and livery yard.


Hinton Equestrian


Ford Farm Stables



SN14 8HG

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Training provider

  • City & Guilds Diploma Level 2 in Work Based Horse Care
  • City & Guilds Functional Skills Level 1 English
  • City & Guilds Functional Skills Level 1 math
  • 1st4Sport Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Summerhouse Education & Equestrian Centre


Irma Sutton

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017