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‘The perfect job on the planet’: groom speaks up on why she loves her work


  • A groom who has labored within the trade for practically a decade desires to share why she thinks it’s the finest job on the planet.

    Abbie Salter, head lady for worldwide eventer Jodie Amos, advised H&H she began her weblog about her job nearly accidentally one evening when she was unable to sleep. She despatched what she had written to a colleague, who posted it on Fb, and it was shared lots of of occasions.

    “Then Jodie’s sister, who’s a author, mentioned ‘That’s superb, it’s best to begin a weblog’, and it’s been actually common,” Abbie mentioned.

    “There’s a foul stigma hooked up to being a groom. Once I began, I didn’t receives a commission rather a lot and labored lengthy hours. I believe folks nonetheless suppose it’s like that, however it’s job, it’s life-changing and I’d love extra folks to be optimistic about it.”

    Abbie began working as a groom aged 16. She mentioned she did go away the trade, briefly, to strive one thing else, however it drew her again.

    “It’s a lifestyle, and I simply adore it,” she mentioned. “I completely adore the competitors aspect of it; I really like watching the horses do their factor, and I really like being away with them. You’re simply on this world the place nothing else issues for a number of days, simply the horses in entrance of you.”

    Abbie additionally loves watching younger horses progress, and dealing with them at dwelling, however her ardour for the job is about all of the horses; their completely different characters “and simply all of it”.

    “And it’s being a part of a crew,” she mentioned. “I grew to become head lady in January and this 12 months we’ve had two ladies coming in, and my factor has been nothing however setting them instance. We work exhausting however we get rewarded for it. It’s not a job you are able to do for those who don’t take pleasure in it.”

    Abbie mentioned by being a groom, folks study a lot, not nearly horses however about life expertise and obligations.

    “Generally you aren’t the one who’s thought of essentially the most,” she mentioned. “That’s the horses, however for folks, your baby will study to work exhausting however the groups are tight-knit and we’re right here as a result of we adore it a lot.”

    Abbie mentioned Jodie’s yard is an efficient crew with “the nicest bunch of householders”, and a rider who ensures her employees take break day, and that even with exhausting work and lengthy hours, “the nice positively outweighs the dangerous”.

    “It’s a rarity to listen to anybody speak like this about this job, and I would like extra folks to be optimistic,” she added. “There isn’t a day I get up and suppose I don’t need to go to work; it’s the very best job on the planet and I can’t think about doing anything.”

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