£13,500 Starter - £23,000 Experienced
38 to 40 variable (evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this rolevolunteeringspecialist courses run by professional bodies
There's no set entry route but you may find it useful to do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Subjects include a Level 2 Certificate in Horse Care or a Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management.
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
Apprenticeships that you could work up to this role from include a Level 2 Equine groom or a Level 3 Senior equine groom.
You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for a Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for a Level 3 apprenticeship.
You could start as a stablehand or groom and with further training and experience, work your way up to become a riding holiday leader.
Volunteering and seasonal work at a local stables or riding centre can be a good way to get started.
You could take a ride leader course, like those offered by The British Horse Society.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- leadership skills
- the ability to work on your own
- knowledge of public safety and security
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to be over 16 years of age
have a first aid certificate. You might also need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults.
What you’ll do
- assess riders' abilities
- make sure riders are wearing the correct clothing
- explain safety procedures and basic riding techniques, like mounting, dismounting and stopping
- take riders out on treks
- organise yard staff
- supervise assistants and other junior staff
- train assistant ride leaders
You could work at a riding stable.
Your working environment may be physically active and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
You could move into a management position, like a riding holiday centre manager.