Job posting: Yard Manager

About The Cavalier Centre

The Cavalier Centre a fully accessible state of the art equestrian facility located just outside Much Wenlock, in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The centre offers inclusive horse-based activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, hippotherapy and horse care, all supported by volunteers and team members. It also has a range of other programmes and activities that help people develop life skills, emotional intelligence and wellbeing.

Our small team is dedicated to the wellbeing and development of our participants, the welfare and wellbeing of our equines and the support of our 200+ volunteers. We are a small, tight-knit team that works hard, laughs a lot, and brings energy and enthusiasm to our pioneering work.

We are looking for a highly motivated, qualified, experienced and organised Yard Manager to be responsible for all aspects of day-to-day yard operations at the Cavalier Centre.

Information about the role

The Yard Manager leads the yard team of paid assistants and volunteers to ensure the health and wellbeing of our horses and ponies through excellent care, management and exercise routines. Working with all members of the team and external practitioners to maintain healthy, happy equines for ridden, driven and ground-based activities.

You will be a skilled and capable manager with an excellent knowledge of all areas of horse care and stable management. You will be passionate about welfare and have excellent knowledge of different training methods to keep horses working well and enjoying their daily routine. The yard will run smoothly thanks to your excellent organisation and communication skills.

Hours 40 hrs per week, to include a Saturday or Sunday.

Salary £25,500-£27,500 (pro rata) depending upon experience.

The full job description and person specification is available to download here.

Essential skills and competencies required for this key role

Technical (qualifications and training)

  • BHS Stage 3 or equivalent experience
  • Proficient, experienced rider
  • Experience of yard management in a riding school environment
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Good IT skills and ability to use a range of programmes and applications
  • Experience of equine care and stable management
  • Experience of working with a broad range of people
  • Experience of meeting deadlines and prioritising own work
  • Experience of completing risk assessments

Skills and attributes

  • Budget setting and management
  • Good relationship management skills; ability to engage confidently and sensitively with stakeholders and partners
  • Excellent organisational skills; ability to demonstrate capability in multiple task management
  • A passion for making a difference
  • Strong work ethic and excellent team working abilities
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Willing and enthusiastic, being a role model to volunteers and other members of staff
  • A commitment to prioritising the care of the Centre’s equines

Personal qualities, communicating and relating to others

  • Strong commitment to supporting people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Resilience, positivity and team working
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Working flexibly to meet demand
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Patient and sensitive to the needs of others


  • Be able to display an awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults
  • This post requires a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure at an Enhanced level


  • A commitment to Equal Opportunities and Diversity
  • Ability to understand funding regulations and compliance requirements
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality
  • A commitment to continued professional development and the development of the wider team

Other skills and competencies are desirable, please check the full job description HERE

Opportunities for all

The Cavalier Centre is committed to achieving equity for all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We strive to have a diverse workforce because we believe diversity enables better organisational outcomes. We also believe that a more inclusive workplace, where people of different backgrounds work together, ensures better outcomes for all employees.

We therefore strongly encourage suitably experienced people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

Only suitable candidates will be contacted directly about this position, and we will not store or process the data of candidates for longer than is necessary for the recruitment process.

How to apply

Please provide a cover letter/personal statement highlighting your relevant skills and experience and how they meet the essential skills for this role, along with a CV, and send your application to [email protected].

We want you to be able to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential when applying for the role of Yard Manager. Please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustments to enable us to help with making the application process work for you.

Due to a high volume of applications for our roles, should a cover letter/personal statement not be provided when applying for a role, we will unfortunately not be shortlisting these applications.

Note: we will be speaking to and interviewing candidates throughout the advertised period. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the post at any time.

Closing Date for applications: 18th April, 2024

Interview date: week commencing 29th April, 2024


CPD: Collaborating with and through horses

Join us for this engaging CPD day to discover the benefits of collaborating with and through horses to achieve your therapy goals. This practical day is ideal for HCPC registered therapists and case managers, and will be taking place at the Cavalier Centre, in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Friday 26th April, 2024 from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

£45 per person, including lunch. Book before midnight 14th April, 2024.
Please wear warm, dry clothing and sensible footwear.

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Afternoon masterclass with Vittoria Panizzon


Afternoon masterclass with Italian equestrian and three-time Olympian Vittoria Panizzon


Saturday 6th April 2024 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Vittoria Panizzon is a 3-time Olympian, a multi-medalled Championship competitor and former World number 8. She has enjoyed top 10 finishes at 5* and championship level, along with numerous wins at CCI4* level.

90 minute ridden masterclass demonstration with Vittoria and a couple of her horses – demonstrating tricks and techniques! Followed by a Q&A about her time at the Olympics and her equine career.

Price includes a hot meal which will be available during the Q&A. Please bring own chair and blanket.

Drinks available to purchase on site. Tickets are £40 per person and must be purchased in advance.

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Equine Thermal Imaging Workshop & Demonstration

Equine Thermal Imaging Workshop & Demonstration


We’re excited to welcome Diana Robinson to the Cavalier Centre for a demonstration and workshop on Equine Thermal Imaging. Diana specialises in diagnosing equine unsoundness and lameness through thermography.

She’ll talk through the process of scanning that she carries out, how valuable infrared imaging is as a diagnostic tool and give a demonstration on horses to show how it works and what the colour signatures reveal.

It’s going to be a fascinating afternoon, and there are limited places, so book now to reserve your spot! Tickets £20 each.

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RDA Carriage Driving Regionals – Saturday 27th April 2024

RDA Carriage Driving Regionals – Saturday 27th April 2024


Dressage from 11 am with Conobstacles from 1.30 pm

You are invited to compete in the West Mercia RDA Dressage and Conobstacle Classes at the Cavalier RDA Centre on Saturday 27 April 2024.  This is a West Mercia Qualifier event for the RDA National Championships in Hartpury in July. The competition is open to all members of RDA Driving Groups.

The Val Fisher trophy will be presented to the RDA driver with the highest cumulative score.

There will also be a Non-Qualifying Class for those who want to compete but are not confident with an un-aided dressage test or the Conobstacle Course.

Enter online by clicking the button below

Please note the following points when filling in the online Entry Form:

The competition will be run under RDA Rules 2024 and with RDA Insurance.

  • Turnouts are to be used under the same conditions as they are used in the Group.
  • Turnouts may be used twice.
  • Passports and vaccinations pages will be checked.


  • Dress code is Group sweatshirts as per the RDA Championships with hats, gloves, aprons and whips.
  • The accompanying RDA Carriage Driving Coach will be expected to have experience suitable for this situation, either from driving other turnouts or competing themselves
  • The dressage test will take place in a 60m x 30m Arena with side markers, A B, E and C equidistant from each corner. F, M, H, and K are each 10 metres from the nearest corner.

Photographs will be taken at event by a nominated photographer and put on the Cavalier Centre’s  website/Facebook page; and may be used in a future Cavalier Centre/RDA Newsletter as well as to  promote carriage driving for individuals with disabilities through the Carriage Driving Sport Groups (drivers with disabilities). Please indicate on entry form if you do not wish your photograph to be taken.

  • Entries are £15 per competitor (for the 2 phases).
  • ENTRIES CLOSE 6th April 2024
  • Please complete the online entry form and make payment by BACS – details on entry form.
  • Dressage times will be emailed to the Group Organiser.

We look forward to welcoming everyone and hope you all have a wonderful day!

Job posting: Yard Assistant

We’re looking for a hardworking, enthusiastic and motivated person to assist with the day-to-day care of our 14 horses and ponies, supporting coaches to deliver RDA lessons and maintaining excellent standards on the yard. You’ll work as part of a small, busy team of staff and volunteers.
Full-time 40 hours a week to include one weekend day.
Salary at relevant National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate.
Due to the location of the Cavalier Centre, you must have access to your own transport.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 18th February 2024.
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Download full details of the role here.

TO APPLY: Please email your CV and a letter detailing relevant experience, skills and personal qualities to: [email protected]

Equine Car Boot Sale

Friday 23 February, 2024

This is a wonderful chance to buy and sell anything equine (apart from horses!) There will be room in our Indoor Arena for up to 30 sellers, so there will be plenty of bargains to be found.

Refreshments will be available and all proceeds from the evening go towards the running of the Cavalier Centre.

Early Bird price for bookings made by 16 February only £10 per pitch.

Price for bookings made after 16 February £15 per pitch.

  • Sellers: set up from 5:00pm
  • Buyers: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Please note that as much as we like them dogs are not permitted on site.

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Lift & Shift Boot Camp – Wednesday evenings

Lift & Shift at the Cavalier Centre 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings.

Lift and Shift Boot Camp is designed to improve strength, fitness and wellbeing. With over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry, our coach John Docherty is committed to helping people achieve their goals. John is passionate about accessibility for all in their pursuit of improving their health and well-being.

Come and join John as he pushes you to do more, lift more and build muscle. It’s an exciting, dynamic and fun workout!

If you’d like to know more, please contact Claire or John via email at [email protected] 

Sit and Be Fit at the Cavalier Centre

We wanted to let you know about a new activity at the Cavalier Centre from 10am to 11am on Thursday mornings.

It’s called Sit and Be Fit and is a wonderful opportunity to explore health-related fitness in a sociable and supportive environment. With over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry, our coach John Docherty is committed to helping people achieve their goals. John is passionate about accessibility for all in their pursuit of improving their health and well-being.

Come and join John as he guides everyone through a series of movements designed to develop mobility, flexibility and functional strength, all from the comfort of a chair!

If you’d like to know more, please contact Claire or John via email at [email protected] 

You can also download a poster about Sit and Be Fit here: POSTER

Our volunteers win the Kings Award for Voluntary Service!

We’re incredibly excited to let you know that the amazing volunteers at The Cavalier Centre have been honoured with the King’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Centre will receive the award from Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire. The formal process will include the reading of the citation and passing over of a Certificate and Crystal award signed by His Majesty The King at an event in 2024. As part of the KAVS, two volunteers will be given the opportunity to attend The King’s Garden Party later in the summer.

Selina Graham, The Cavalier Centre’s Chair of Trustees said: “It is not only the very hands-on trustees, but all of our volunteers who provide a totally exceptional and wonderful experience to all the people who take part in our activities. They’re an incredibly dedicated and passionate team who support the Centre and each other, as well as caring for our horses in all weathers, 365 days a year. It’s amazing to see how they provide moments of joy to people of all ages. Their impact cannot be underestimated.

Rachel Lambert-Jones, The Cavalier Centre’s Manager, said: “Every day, when I see how hard our volunteers work, I am inspired by their caring nature and their resilience and dedication. They are truly inspirational. We are grateful to each and every one of them.”


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