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Show Groom - Minimal Travel - Tryon, NC

Columbus, NC 28722

Posted: 02/21/2024 Industry: Hunter/Jumper Job Number: 91 Pay Rate: $ 40000.00 - $ 42000.00

Job Description

About the Facility
This is a small, high quality Hunter/Jumper program in the Tryon area of North Carolina. With only 14 horses in training and an incredible facility with tons of bells and whistles, this program focuses on quality over quantity in the best of ways! There is an excellent staff in place at this facility, with a highly experienced and passionate barn manager and stable hands to handle the stalls and facility maintenance. Primarily showing at TIEC, the head trainer here is not looking to travel on circuit, chase down championship classes, or hustle for year-end points which allows for a consistent and reliable showing schedule throughout the year. There are never more than 8 horses attending a show, and shows never last for more than 2 weeks at a time. Currently the program is made up primarily of jumpers, but that is always subject to change as with any sales-based operation. This facility features a zero-drama atmosphere with an aquatred, miles of private, manicured trails, indoor/outdoor arenas, private turnouts, and the highest quality feed and care for horses stabled here!

Job Description
We are looking for a dedicated show groom to assist the head trainer here in the care of her 14 horses in training. This person will primarily be responsible for grooming the horses in training, tacking and untacking horses for morning rides, show grooming, maintaining the tack and equipment, and assisting the other members of the facility with the aquatred or other activities the afternoons as needed. The trainer here has worked every aspect of the industry herself, from groom to show groom to manager and now trainer - so she has a realistic understanding of the job and high but attainable expectations for horse care. She is one to work alongside you when the job is big or the team is short staffed! There will be night check responsibilities 3 nights a week. The ideal candidate is someone with a true passion for the high quality care of the horses and an organized, diligent work-style. Candidates should have a strong horse sense and be coachable, experience grooming on the A circuits is preferred. 

This is generally a 5.5 day work week when not showing. 

Job Duties
- Grooming horses to highest standards
- Tacking horses for morning rides
- Show Grooming 
- Cleaning tack and equipment
- Provide positive client interactions when necessary
- Assisting to maintain overall cleanliness of barns
- Assisting with Aquatred and other projects in the afternoons
- Night Check responsibilities 3x/week 
- Willingness to fill in for Barn Manager on her days off (making feed, overseeing staff, etc)

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
- Enthusiastic, hard working attitude with a horses-first mentality!
- Experience around the A circuits Hunter/Jumper shows - grooming experience preferred
- 1+ year working student or professional grooming experience
- 5+ years overall equine experience
- Strong attention to detail
- Above Average communication skills
- Zero-Drama personality
- *Bonus if able to give IV/IM Injections
- *Bonus if able to braid for jumper ring

- $800 +/- per week DOE
- $150/day show rate
- Guaranteed tips $600-1000 per show week
- Ability to bring a dog (no loose dogs at work!)
- Ability to bring personal horse with full care and use of aquatred if desired (weekly pay will reflect selected equine amenities)
- Private 1bed/1bath apartment on private farm 8min from facility
- No stall cleaning other than occasional show stalls when short staffed
- 4-5 day paid working trial to ensure a good fit for both parties

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