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  • Finding Suitable Work as a Horse Riding Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
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Working Duties Expected

Riding holiday centre managers operate horse-riding schools which offer riding and trekking holidays. Managers need to balance the organisation of the riding centre and horse care with the marketing and operation of a holiday centre. Managers plan and oversee a range of activities for the clients, and may also handle queries, problems and complaints. They are also in charge of arranging a daily routine of horse care and stable management.

They employ and manage suitably qualified staff, organising work rotas and arranging training. They carry out the business and financial activities required to run a commercial organisation. Managers also actively promote the centre, keep up-to-date with current riding centre laws and aim to maintain good working relationships with other local countryside and tourism operators.

Hours and Environment:

Riding holiday centre managers generally work long hours including evenings and weekends. A flexible attitude to work is vital particularly during peak times and they often need to be available 24 hours a day.

Managers spend some time working indoors carrying out administration and the rest outdoors, in all kinds of weather, caring for the horses and helping out with other activities.

Skills and Interests:

To be a horse riding holiday centre manager you should:

  • have business and commercial management skills, including an understanding of stable management
  • have a sound knowledge of horse breeds and those suitable to recreational riding
  • have good customer care skills and an interest in tourism
  • have effective leadership and decision making skills
  • have good communication skills and the ability to keep calm in difficult situations
  • have a good level of physical fitness and stamina and good riding skills
  • knowledge of health and safety requirements.


To become a riding holiday centre manager, you will need thorough knowledge, experience and training in equestrian work.

The usual methods of entry into equestrian work are through on-the-job training, attending a college course, as a fee paying student at a riding school or through private study and distance learning.

Because of the amount of training and work experience required to manage a centre and its staff, it is quite usual to become a riding holiday centre manager after having worked in management elsewhere in the leisure industry.


The British Horse Society (BHS) offers qualifications including:

BHS Horse Knowledge and Riding Stages 1 to 4 - minimum age for Stages 1 and 2 is 16 years, for Stage 3, 17 years and Stage 4, 18 years
BHS Grooms Certificate - no minimum age
Intermediate Stable Managers Certificate and Stable Managers Certificate - allow you to run centres of varying size
BHS Preliminary Teaching Test - minimum age at least 17½ with BHS Horse Knowledge & Riding Stages 1 and 2. If you are under 18 years old, you also need a minimum of four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3)
Series of instructor certificates - from Assistant Instructors Certificate (BHSAI) to Instructors Certificate (BHSI). Full entry requirements and details available from BHS.
Candidates for BHS exams need to be members of the society.

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) offers practical exams to non-members and members:
Grooms Certificate and Diploma, Initial Teaching Award, Teaching Certificate - check full entry requirements and details with ABRS.
Riding Schools Principal's Diploma - allows you to run a centre.
Other qualifications available are:
NVQ/SVQ Levels 1 and 2 in Horse Care and Level 3 in Horse Management and Horse Care
NVQ Supervisory, Management and Owner Management Levels 3 to 5 and SVQ Management Levels 4 to 5 include many of the business skills needed to run a riding school. Other business qualifications or management certificates may be an advantage.
British Equestrian Tourism (BET) offers a Riding Holiday Centre Manager qualification. For this, you must be over 22 years of age and hold a BET Ride Leader Certificate or have operated a British Horse Society (BHS), Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS) or Wales Trekking and Riding Association centre for a minimum of three years. You also need a current Health and Safety First Aid at Work Certificate or Equine Specific First Aid Certificate.

You will also need a sound knowledge of equestrian techniques, business management, relevant current legislation and tourism activities.

Centre managers welcoming clients with disabilities should also hold a Riding for the Disabled Association Instructor Certificate.


The equestrian tourism sector is a developing area with scope for self-employment.British Equestrian Tourism (BET) qualifications are recognised internationally, offering prospects of employment overseas.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salaries begin at around £10,000 per year.
With experience, this figure can rise to a maximum of £17,000 per year.

Salary will be influenced by the size of the establishment and whether there are fringe benefits such as accommodation, stabling of your own horse and use of the facilities.

Further information:

The Association of British Riding Schools
Queen's Chambers
38/40 Queen Street
TR18 4BH
Tel: 01736 369440

The British Horse Society
Stoneleigh Deer Park
Tel: 0870 120 2244

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