Equine Groom Apprentice - National Hunt Racing Yard Fergal O’Brien Racing

Fergal O’Brien Racing, a National Hunt horse racing training establishment with a state of the art training facility, are looking for a competent apprentice to join their team. The successful candidate will get the platform and support to develop their skills and launch a career in the Equine Racing sector.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A minimum of £13,312 a year dependent on age and experience. Also, good pool money as per the employer's pool money agreement.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Working hours are done on a rota basis: Monday - Saturday (am) and one in three weekends 6.00 - 11.30 then 15.30 - 17.00

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Main duties will include:

  • Caring for top class horses.
  • The opportunity to go racing if desired.
  • Learning about how to train race horses.
  • Grooming.
  • Mucking out.

The training you will be getting

Equine groom Level 2 (GCSE)

All training will be provided on site during your paid working hours. Your day to day mentoring will be with your employer, and a combination of online and in person monthly sessions will be held with your Haddon Training Trainer Coach.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion, the successful candidate may have opportunities to experience race days, apply for their Jockey licence, progress onto the Level 3 Senior Equine Groomm apprenticeship, and/or gain permanent employment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Due to the nature of the horses, applicants must be competent and confident carrying out all daily racing yard tasks and activities. Preference would be given to a candidate that has previous riding out experience, but main priority is that you are a confident and capable rider. If you haven't achieved your English and maths grades, we will support you to gain these whilst on programme. The interview will consist of a trial day at the yard working with the horses. This is a race yard therefore early mornings are a must. You must be a UK resident or have lived in the EU for 3 years or more to apply for this role.

About the employer

Fergal O’Brien Racing is a National Hunt horse racing training establishment located in the heart of the Cotswolds with a state of the art training facility, both an uphill and a round gallop and an all weather schooling track. On site there is also an owners’ room, the racing office and 8 en suite bedrooms for staff accommodation. We were the 18th National Hunt training establishment ever to reach 100 winners in a season and have surpassed that mark for three consecutive seasons now. We currently have a fantastic team of staff all fully dedicated to the care of our horses. Our ongoing aim is to ensure the horses are well fed, happy and fit in order to give them the best possible chance of success on the racecourses. It is also important to us that owners are part of the entire journey and are welcome to visit us frequently. We have enjoyed much success since making the move to our permanent home here at Ravenswell Farm. We aim to continue on that upward trajectory.


Fergal O’Brien Racing





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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience




Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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