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Master Farrier - Equestrian

Hong Kong Jockey Club
Location Hong Kong, Asia
Posted 01/01/2019
Closes 21/01/2019
Sector Elite Performance & Coaching, Science & Medicine
Function Coaching & Sports Development, Medicine & Science, Technical & Elite Performance, Sport & Exercise Science Services
Contract Type Contract
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Master Farrier - Equestrian (Ref: 10011642)

The Department

Our Equestrian Affairs Department aims to fulfil the Club’s vision to promote riding as a sport and raise participation at all levels, from beginner through to elite. It oversees the management of four equestrian centres, including the Member’s facility at the Beas River Country Club and three public riding schools at Tuen Mun, Pok Fu Lam and Lei Yue Mun. The Beas River Equestrian Centre (BREC), being the largest in Hong Kong, houses 250 horses and provides world class facilities including a riding school, livery yard, competition centre, rehabilitation and retraining unit, as well as a spelling unit for Hong Kong’s racehorses.

The jobholder reports to the Executive Manager, Equestrian Affairs (EMEA) and is responsible for the following areas:

  • As the direct line manager of a team of eight local farriers, lead them in providing farriery service to the equestrian department.
  • assist the local farriers with specialist or surgical farriery services
  • support farriery services at BREC and all three HKJC Public Riding Schools
  • provide technical advice for national and international horse shows in Hong Kong
  • work closely with the overall Head Farrier and his team (Racing) to educate and develop the team to help to raise the farriery standards of local farriers and train apprentice farriers to a competent level.

The Job

You will:

  • Work collaboratively with the Head Farrier and the overall farriery department of the Club, oversee the provision of high-quality services for all equestrian horses at BREC and all HKJC public riding schools together with a team of locally-trained farriers.
  • Advise and maintain appropriate shoeing schedules for all horses within the riding schools and provide farriery services for routine shoeing.
  • Ensure adequate records are kept on the farriery care of all equestrian horses and gather objective data (lost shoe record, clinical data on lameness due to foot problems etc.) in order to be able to identify problem areas and assist the equestrian management team and veterinary team to provide expert technical services for managing problematic farriery cases at earliest possibility.
  • Provide support and regular training to the team of equestrian farriers to a competent level and encourage their continuous professional development. Additionally, undertake the annual performance management reviews in line with the Club’s procedures.
  • Support the Club’s Head Farrier with the ongoing development and delivery education programmes for apprentice farriers.
  • Under the guidance of EMEA, manage a team of local farriers to ensure efficient and effective use of available manpower and resources.
  • Liaise with Horse Owners, Members and riding school management to seek regular feedback on farriery services and troubleshoot and seek improvement where necessary.
  • Liaise closely and assist the Veterinary team with technical support as required.
  • Provide educational seminars to Staff, Members and Clients to help raise the understanding of foot care and farriery in the horse
  • Ensure all necessary administration is completed in line with Club’s procedures to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the Farriery team.
  • Support horse shows and events, both in Hong Kong and overseas where required.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by management.

About You

You should:

  • have a minimum qualification of DipWCF or equivalent, with at least 10 years’ experience as a qualified farrier
  • have a high level of professional farriery skills and be proficient in remedial shoeing with extensive experience shoeing Thoroughbreds and sport horses
  • be experienced in training apprentices, preferably Approved Training Farrier (ATF) status or teaching or training qualification
  • have sound knowledge of the equestrian horse practice
  • have the ability and experience to educate and develop others
  • have effective people management and leadership skills

Terms of Employment

The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Contract employment will be offered to the successful candidate. Contract renewal will be subject to mutual agreement between the Club and the individual.

Closing Date

Closing date for applications is 21 January 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

How to apply

Please send your resume, complete with expected salary and job reference to The Human Resources Department, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, 8/F, Sha Tin Central Complex, Sha Tin Racecourse, New Territories, Hong Kong; or email to or fax to (852)2966-6984.

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