Horse & Groom Equine Jobs is the inspiration of Mary Petersen. The idea to create an independent recruitment website that connects employers and job seekers in the equestrian world came in 2012, when Mary tried to find a groom for herself. After a few weeks of searching the internet and scouring directories, she soon realised there was a real need for such a service.
From her 50-hectare Central Hawke’s Bay farm overlooking the Ruataniwha Plains to the spectacular Ruahine Ranges she shares with husband Steve, Horse & Groom Equine Jobs connects people internationally in a variety of equestrian roles including grooms, riders and coaches, bringing them to work in New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Mary has always ridden and her passion for horses began long before she could walk. As a child, growing up in rural Taranaki on New Zealand’s west coast gave Mary the opportunity to ride every day. Hunting and show jumping were two favourite pastimes, as was her weekly outing to the local pony club. For Mary, horses are a way of life, inherited from her family who
were also keen horse enthusiasts.
In the early 1980s, Mary and Steve moved to Central Hawke’s Bay, settling on a large farm between Waipawa and Waipukurau. Initially sheep and beef farmers, the couple now focus time and energy on their horses and “casually” farm the land. The three Petersen children all rode, hunted, and show jumped competitively into early adulthood and their son Bruce is currently Huntsman for The Wairarapa Hunt. Granddaughter Isla has her own pony in London!
The farm boasts a purpose-built arena set beside the boundary stream. The arena has been utilised by International show jumper/hunter champion Jen Hamilton (for 25 years), Jock Paget, Kiwi International 4* Eventer, International coach Erik Duvander, Dressage coach Penny Castles; and welcomes riders to come and train in this little piece of paradise!