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Equine Groom Apprentice Guy Lochner

Cragside Riding School are looking to welcome to their small team an apprentice groom to join in learning the aspects of working in and helping to run the riding school. We are an expanding riding school and there may be an opportunity to train alongside our resident Level 3 coaches, level 4 Stable Managers.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

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

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  • Working week

    30 hours per week. We are open 7 days per week from 8am-8pm, there maybe an opportunity to work on a shift pattern. You will be required to cover at least 1 weekend day and other days will require either an early start or late finish.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Within the stables, you will be responsible, on a daily basis for:

  • Mucking out, skipping out, setting fair stables
  • Supplying all horses with hay AM & PM and when needed, and that all empty nets are filled ready for next day
  • That horses are given a constant supply of clean fresh water
  • Feeding and ensuring feed buckets are cleaned daily 
  • Yard and sheds are kept clean & swept throughout your shift, as well as arena and other facilities 
  • Bring in & turnout horses changing rugs if necessary 
  • Picking out horses feet AM & PM and basic health checks
  • Taking up and untacking horses for lessons and ensuring horses are groomed and presentable
  • Assisting in lessons/hacks when asked 
  • Maintain a professional manner with clients of all ages and work colleagues 
  • Be prepared to take instructions and ask advice from more senior members of staff

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to listen to and follow instruction
  • Recognition of the health and safety for being around large animals
  • Good time keeping
  • Organised
  • Good communication skills
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Some experience of riding horses (preferred)
  • Some confidence in working with horses (preferred)


Personal qualities


Caring, friendly nature

Genuine interest in horses and their care and well being

Patience with others

Desired qualifications

Grade 9-2 or A-E in English and Maths

Future prospects

Full time employment

Progression to Level 3

Things to consider

Working outside in all weathers is an expectation of the job

The animals require to be looked after all year round

About the employer

Cragside Riding School is a riding school based in Bardon Mill, offering riding lessons 


Guy Lochner


Cragside Stables

Bardon Mill


NE47 7JR

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Northumberland College

  • Level 2 Standard Equine Groom
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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