Epsom RDA

Horse and Pony Manager

Job Title: Horse and Pony Manager
Role: Part Time
Salary: £15 – £20 per hour (depending on experience, qualifications & employment status)
Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 19 July 2024

About Us

We are Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) on the outskirts of Epsom in Surrey. We’re an independent, incorporated charity and a member of the national Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK). Last year, we helped over 200 participants to benefit from the therapeutic power of horses with support from over 230 volunteers.

We hold sessions exclusively for disabled people, seven days a week including evening sessions. Each session is led by an experienced Session Leader supporting a qualified Group Coach and a team of volunteers. We provide our participants the therapy, fitness, skills development and the opportunity to achieve through the use of our fabulous herd of 14 equines.

Now is an exciting time to join us on our journey in the role of part-time Horse and Pony Manager.

Role: Purpose & Overview

We are looking for an experienced equine manager to join us in a part-time role to oversee the daily care of our 14 horses and ponies, keeping them fit for their role as RDA ponies. The role could be offered on either a self-employed or employed basis. Hours are 4 hours per day, 7 days per week. Job share applications will be considered.

The successful applicant will work with our team of volunteers including the Horse and Pony Welfare Team, Trustees and Session Leaders, to fulfil the following responsibilities and activities.

Responsibilities & Activities

  • Working as part of a team responding to the needs of the ponies / organisation
  • Working with sessions and the pony welfare team to:
    • ensure routine and emergency care of the herd
    • ensure a suitable feeding regime is in place and adhered to and to maintain supplies
    • administer medication and exercise programmes following veterinarian or other professional advice.
    • participate in and ensure consistency and oversight of exercise programmes including schooling, hacking and groundwork (centre weight limits apply for ridden work)
    • ensure that tack is maintained and fit for purpose
    • ensure professional visits are booked and attending those visits e.g. farrier, chiropractor, saddler, vet, dentist
    • prepare equines for events
  • Working with the volunteer training team to ensure high quality training for our volunteers
  • Working with the property maintenance team to manage grazing
  • Checking invoices and passing for payment
  • Maintaining records e.g. passports, vaccinations, herd inventory
  • Keeping communication boards up to date
  • Liaison with liveries
  • Any other tasks commensurate with the role and required to ensure the welfare of the equines

Qualities & Experience

Required:

  • Warm, friendly and professional manner
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with a wide audience
  • Will need to be able to work independently and with our team of session leaders, coaches and volunteers
  • Positive and proactive attitude, with the ability to identify service or efficiency improvements
  • Confident horse handling skills for working in a busy equine yard
  • Comfortable in a dynamic environment where situations can change, requiring a need to adapt
  • At least 2 years yard experience and qualifications equivalent to BHS Level 2 ride and BHS Level 2 horse knowledge and care 
  • Current first aid qualification
  • Safeguarding training and a commitment to safeguarding
  • If you do not hold the qualifications, a commitment to attaining these qualifications
  • Basic IT skills – an ability to communicate by email and keep electronic records using Office 365
  • Full drivers licence and access to a car

Desirable:

  • Experience working within a charity sector and volunteer led organisation
  • Experience working within a disability-focused organisation
  • Knowledge of RDA

Role Requirements

The role is available for an immediate start, or as soon as possible. The successful applicant(s) will cover 4 hours per day, 7 days per week, from approximately 9.00am – 1.00pm (although exact hours are negotiable).

Some flexibility to attend outside those hours may be required.

Safeguarding

Epsom RDA is committed to safeguarding and the successful applicant(s) will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check and references will be taken up in adherence with our Safeguarding Policy.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae to Jo Lee by email at jo.lee@epsomrda.org.uk, along with a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements for the role, outlined in this advert.

We encourage potential applicants to come and visit us. Please contact our Horse and Pony Trustee, Jo
Lee. E-mail jo.lee@epsomrda.org.uk.

Applications close on Friday 19 July 2024 at 5.00pm, although we reserve the right to close applications early should we find the right candidate sooner.