£15,000 Starter - £30,000 Experienced
40 to 42 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
a college course
working towards this role
There is no set entry route to become a riding holiday centre manager but it may be useful to get a foundation degree or degree in equine business management.
You'll usually need at least 1 A-Level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree. You'll need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
It could be useful to do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:
Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management or a Level 4 Certificate In Horse Care and Management.
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course. You'll need 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 or Level 5 course.
You could train first as a riding instructor, groom or ride leader and progress into management.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- business management skills
- the ability to sell products and services
- customer service skills
- the ability to motivate and manage staff
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to have a first aid certificate. You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults.
What you’ll do
As part of your day to day tasks you may:
You'll also develop working relationships with other local countryside and tourism operators.
- plan and oversee riding activities
- arrange a daily routine of horse care and stable management
- manage the health care records for the horses
- handle queries, problems and complaints
- recruit and manage staff, organise work rotas and arrange training
- carry out administrative and financial tasks
- carry out marketing and promotional activities for the centre
You could work at a riding stable or in an office.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
You could do the Senior Trail Yard Manager qualification offered by the British Horse Society.
With experience, you could open your own centre.
You could work overseas. You could also become a qualifications examiner.