Groom | Female | 29 years old | Slovenia | 0004

Age: 29
Nationality: Slovenian
Current living area: Slovenia
Smoker: Yes

Preference of discipline: Showjumping
Driver’s license: Yes
HVG license: No
Own car: Yes

Visa: Yes
Years of experience: 3-5, Yes
A little more about their work expierence: I learne the most working for Markus Beerbaum. Before that I worked for Gaj Riossa, a rider of Markus and after that I helped in Edvina Tops Alexander’s stable.

Skills:
Stallions: Yes
Clipping: Yes
Lunging: Yes
Plaiting:No

Shows: 2*, 3*

I would like to describe myself as: Hard working, I am a morning person, Outgoing, Teamplayer

Riding expierence: Basic
Name at least three employers: Gaj Riossa
Markus Beerbaum
Edvina Tops Alexander
recommendations: Markus Beerbaum

Freelance or full time: Full time
When can you start: 2019-11-11

Extra information for future employer: I am a mom so I can only work as a home groom. And I know in horse world there is no 7-3 mentality, but I would have to leave worl arpund 3pm. I also have a partner who would be more than happy to help on the yard as a handyman. He has a lot of experiance with tractors and machines. So it would be ideal if we could find work rogether.

Groom| female | 25 years old | Italian | candidate 0003

Age: 25
Nationality: Italian
Current living area: Brussels
Smoker: No

Preference of discipline: Jumping
Driver’s license: Yes
HVG license: No
Own car: No

Visa: Yes
Years of expierence: 1-2, Yes
A little more about their work experience: I worked for a couple of years as a teacher assistant during summer camps at a horse riding centre in Italy. I can perform all the basic duty of a farm and would like to improve my stable management skills and dressage skills. I am engaging myself in this amazing sport since the age of 7. I also am a certified Trekking Guide Assistant. I also conducted studies in Communication and Journalism and have experience in back office and administrative tasks. Despite I have followed this path as well, I have never stopped horse riding and gaining experience.

Skills:
Stallions: Yes
Clipping: Yes
Lunging: Yes
Plaiting:Yes

Shows: 2*

I would like to describe myself as: Hard working, Detail minded, Outgoing, Teamplayer

Riding experience: Advanced
Name at least three employers: My previous employer in this field is a horse riding centre located in Italy called Le Corti Gardesane. (2 years ago)

My last working employer is the European Parliament in Brussels.
recommendations: Marco Perrone, owner of the horse riding centre Le Corti Gardesane.
Freelance or full time: Full time
When can you start: 2019-10-15

Extra information for future employer: Since I studied also Communication and Journalism,  a career in communication seems the most obvious and natural for me, my passion for travelling and horse riding is much stronger. Therefore, I am trying to set my future career in this direction, following for once, my heart. So, I strongly believe that the chance to have a working experience there would be an important step in my career. Through this experience, I expect to harvest my personal and professional skills, and improve my knowledge in the equestrian sector and stable management. In order to do so, I will provide the company with my skills with teaching, communication and project management, being sure I could be a valuable resource for the team I will work with.

Groom| Female| 45 Years old | Candidate 0002

Age: 45
Nationality: Italian
Current living area: Weert
Smoker: No

Preference of discipline: Jumping
Driver’s license: Yes
HVG license: No
Own car: Yes

Visa: Yes
Years of expierence: 5 or more, Yes
A little more about their work expierence:

Skills:
Stallions: Yes
Clipping: Yes
Lunging: Yes
Plaiting:Yes

Shows: 5*

I would like to describe myself as: Hard working, I am a morning person, Outgoing, Teamplayer

Riding experience: Medium
Name at least three employers: Chloé Vranken
Annika axelsson
Bassem Hassan Qatar
Adi liebovitz
recommendations: Chloé
Bassem
Adi

Freelance or full time: Full time
When can you start: 2019-10-04

Extra information for future employer: I have 2 small dogs

Groom| 22 yeas old | The Netherlands | 0001

Age: 22
Nationality: Dutch
Current living area: The netherlands
Smoker: Yes

Preference of discipline: Showjumping
Driver’s license: No
HVG license: No
Own car: Yes

Visa: Yes
Years of experience: 5 or more
A little more about my work expierence: Studied British Racing School, worked in racing for over 4 years, riding instructor for kids, breaking in and training horses (own company), polo groom etc

Skills:
Stallions: Yes
Clipping: Yes
Lunging: Yes
Plaiting:Yes

Shows: 2*

I would like to describe myself as: Hard working, Detail minded, I like to work alone, I am a morning person, I am an evening person, Outgoing, Teamplayer

Riding expierence: Advanced

Name at least three employers: Karl burke racing

Mark Johnston Racing
Polo Club Vreeland
Hippo hoeve Texel
Vroege stables
CK horses
Manege nieuw eldorado
Stal Prinsenburg
Freelance or full time: Freelance

When can you start: 2019-10-01

 

 

Interview with GLOCK’S top groom Vanessa Ruiter

Today we are talking with top groom Vanessa Ruiter. We all know her as Edward Gal’s super groom.

As being a groom for many years, she took care of the best horses in the world!  If you were always wondering how life of a show groom of a top rider looks like, here is your change to have a little insight  !

Can you tell me a bit about yourself and for who you work?

My name is Vanessa Ruiter (40), born in Amsterdam. Since I was seven I got involved with horses and since then, I am totally in love with these special creatures

In 2003 I started to work for Nicole Werner and Edward Gal and the last eight years I am part of the incredible team GLOCK, that besides Edward Gal also includes the riders Hans Peter Minderhoud and Riccardo Sanavio.

How did you become a groom?

I started a long time ago in the riding school in Amsterdam where I met the parents of Tommie Visser. When Tommie started to ride in the Juniors a few years later, I groomed for him in the competitions. I discovered that I liked grooming much more than riding myself.

What is a normal day at work like for you?

At the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER we start the day at 7:30 with the daily stable duties, such as feeding and cleaning the stalls. Meanwhile, the first horses go into the paddock and walker. Than around 8:00, we prepare the first horses for Edward, Hans Peter and Riccardo. Of course, every day is different, but we spend the rest of the day mainly taking care of the horses that have been ridden. Making sure that they are happy! In the afternoon, we have time to walk them again and let them have some grass or it could be that the farrier is there, or some horses get a massage. Also, we turn the horses out that where ridden in the morning. The horses come out of their boxes minimum three times a day.

Why is being a groom the best job there is?

Being a groom became my absolute passion. First of all, horses are the most incredible animals and to be able to groom them and to travel all over the world with the best horses is the icing on the cake!

What was the highlight of your career as a groom and can you tell us about it?

Of course I have many great memories like my first show with Lingh in Breda which was the qualification for the Europeans in 2003. It was an amazing experience which made me want more of it! I was lucky to work with fantastic horses such as Gribaldi, Sister de Jeu, Interfloor Next one, GLOCK’s Romanov, GLOCK’s Undercover and many others. All great results and amazing moments I’ll never forget.

And of course, a very special horse, Totilas who brought us so far and who will be in our hearts forever. With the highlight Kentucky 2010 *where he won three times gold and of course his world records.

Which horse(s) has been your favorite and why?

I really feel blessed that all my “oldies” are still here. I love my old horses tremendously and also especially Edward’s first GP horse Risky Business who is now 29! They all have such special characters and I hope they get to stay with us many more years. I have a strong connection with the horses that I take on shows and at this moment that’s GLOCK’s Voice and GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. They are both totally different, but both extremely cute.

What is your secret grooming tip?

My tip is if you do something do it all the way! Sometimes it is long days, but when I see my horses trying their heart out in the ring, it is totally worth it!

What advice can you give someone that wants to become a professional groom?

I would want to say to them be prepared to give it your full 100%. It’s a beautiful job, but not for everyone. For me there is no better feeling than seeing “my kids” happy and satisfied in their stable after a long trip or good achievement. That makes me very happy.

Which quality does a top groom need to have in your opinion?

I definitely would say determination and love for the job. You can only do a great job, if you really have fun in what you do!

What else do you like to do beside from horses?

I really enjoy going out to the theatre or visit a concert. I also love to go out for dinner with friends. I feel sometimes it’s healthy to do something totally different than horses, so you can recharge your battery and that also makes me happy.