Avon Riding Centre Is Recruiting

Full Time Apprentice Groom Vacancy


Avon Riding Centre is an RDA Member Group focused on providing therapeutic riding to over 200 individuals living with disabilities across the Bristol area.


In addition to this, we operate Bristol Horse Riding, a subsidiary company; which offers non-disabled lesson to riders from beginner to advanced.


We run a very professional yard and you will be expected to maintain our high standards of customer service, horse care and stable management.


We are looking for an enthusiastic people person with a willingness to learn and can do attitude. Good time management and a flexible approach to working are essential as you will be expected to work shifts including evening, weekend and early mornings.


As an apprentice you will receive supported learning towards achieving your Level 2 Horse Care qualification with regular meetings with your training and feedback.


Our staff receive 28 days paid holiday (including bank holidays), training opportunities and support towards their BHS Stages and weekly riding lessons.


Please see our website for more information about what we do at the Centre. To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining relevant experience to stablemanager@avonridingcentre.org.uk.

For more information about this vacancy, please telephone

Abbie on 0117 959 0266

Full Job Description


Horse Care Apprenticeship



Contact Name:


Abbie Moorlen

Location/ Yard Name:


Avon Riding Centre



Address and postcode:





Kings Weston Road


BR10 7QT




0117 959 0266

E-mail Address





(maximum £52.85 p/w)


n/a Own Horse possible (Livery charge?) n/a
Full details of vacancy and duties to include







  • Mucking out
  • Turning out/bringing in
  • Tack cleaning
  • Tacking up
  • Feeding
  • Filling hay nets
  • Clipping/pulling/plaiting/trimming
  • Competition prep/grooming for competitions
  • Bathing
  • Rug changing
  • Schooling
  • Riding
  • First aid
  • Exercising horses from the ground (lunging, long reining, pessoa etc.)
  • Holding for vet/farrier/dentist/physio/saddler

The skills above will be supported with training, but the candidate must be keen to learn and have a commitment to being part of a team.

Avon Riding Centre’s main activity is providing Riding for the Disabled sessions, both mounted and unmounted. Ideally the apprentices we recruit have an interest in this and are happy to interact with our clients. They are strongly encouraged to train as an RDA Green Coach so they can teach our RDA sessions.

We are looking for someone with good people/communication skills, who can work independently and as part of a team. The desired candidate would have good initiative, and be hard working. Being able to confidently exercise the horses is an essential part of the role.

We also have a non-disabled riding school which helps support the RDA sessions financially, and we pay a percentage towards the cost of BHS Stage assessments for all our staff. There are weekly lesson opportunities for our apprentices also.


Days of Work


Maximum 5 days per week for 16-17year olds with two consecutive days off


Minimum of 30 hours per week for all ages

Maximum 40 hours per week 16-17 year olds / Maximum 48 hours per week for 18+



Minimum apprenticeship wage of £3.90 per hours
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