Contract type: Permanent

Hours of work: To work within a flexible working pattern including evenings and weekends, with an average of 40 per week, working 5 or 5 1/2 out of 7 days on a rota basis for 52 weeks per year

Salary: £17 - £20,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience

Anticipated start date: ASAP

Closing date: 29th November 2023

Location: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Job Overview 

The Equestrian Centre is a highly commended BHS approved livery yard exclusively for the use of Stowe Group pupils and has twenty stables, an outdoor ménage, cross country course and 18 acres of grazing 

This position will join the existing team to assist with running and the development of the Equestrian Centre.  Applicants must have proven experience in the equine industry and the ability to ride horses and ponies.  You will have an enthusiastic, cheerful and flexible approach with proven high standards of animal care. 

Accommodation is not provided with this role

Stowe School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Purpose of the job:

You will be working with the Head of Equestrian to assist with the day to day care of the horses and the smooth running of the Equestrian Centre at Stowe School, to provide a centre of excellence for both horses and pupils. This position entails daily stable duties, exercise and riding as required and event support.   

Please see our website for more information on the excellent facilities and services we offer to Stowe Group pupils

Specific Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • To assist the Equestrian Centre team to perform the day to day stable management tasks to a standard set by the Head of Equestrian for stabled and grazing horses. 

  • To deputise for the Head of Equestrian, including covering their absence. 

  • To support the Equestrian Centre in providing a professional livery service.  

  • To ensure the adherence to Health and Safety legislation and working procedures that affects the facility, horses and staff. 

  • To act in a professional manner at all times towards pupils, parents, colleagues and horses.  

  • As the pupils range in age from primary to 6th form, you will be required to complete relevant DBS verification. 

Key Tasks

  • To carry out daily yard duties, such as mucking out, feeding, exercising, grooming, administering medication and assistance with equine professionals such as farriers, vets, etc. 

  • To support and assist pupils while riding and supervise external coaching as required.  

  • To support an excellent relationship with both parents and pupils, to ensure their needs are met for both the horse and pupil. 

  • To ensure appropriate records, policies and procedures are followed in relation to horses, pupils and staff. 

  • To have, and remain up to date with, knowledge and understanding of horse welfare and stable management. 

  • To escort pupils as necessary to competitions, hunt meets and any other relevant equine events. 

  • To undertake any ad-hoc duties as defined by the Head of Equestrian. 

  • To complete appropriate training e.g. safeguarding and health and safety.  


  • To work within a flexible working pattern including evenings and weekends, with an average of 40 hours (excluding half an hour lunch) per week, working 5 or 5 1/2 out of 7 days on a rota basis for 52 weeks per year.

Package and Benefits 

The possibility of further training will be available.  Also including an Employer contribution Pension Scheme and access to Stowe’s Gym and Swimming Pool. 

Holiday entitlement of 25 days plus 8 days (Bank Holiday entitlement) 

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder. 

Date agreed:  June 2022 

Person Specification

The selection of candidates for short-listing will be based on this specification and candidates should bear this in mind when preparing their application and completing the application form:





  • Minimum BHS stage 1 or equivalent 

Specialist Skills & Experience

  • Knowledge of basic stable management skills. 

  • Willingness to maintain confidentiality on all school matters. 

  • Ability to promote the care and welfare of horses. 

  • Ability to ride horses and ponies for exercise. 

  • Good communication and written skills. 

  • 1 Years Equine Experience 

  • Knowledge of BHS / ABRS qualifications. 

  • Proven track record in industry 

  • Proven track record in industry 

  • Ability to prepare horses for competition/ hunting 

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiasm for working outdoors in all weather. 

  • Hardworking, resourceful and cheerful. 

  • Enthusiasm for working with young people and helping them to achieve their potential. 

  • A patient, positive, calm approach. 

  • Ability to work positively with a wide range of staff. 

To apply now , please download the application form for this job here. We look forward to recieving your application.