The main role of a ride leader is to organise group riding
activities. They may also have some supervisory
responsibilities and might have to take temporary
charge of the centre. Ride leaders assess a rider’s ability
and then provide them with a suitable mount. Part of the
job consists of explaining basic riding techniques such as
mounting, dismounting and halting. Leaders must
ensure that all the riders are wearing the correct
Responsibilities will include all aspects of horse care, grooming and tack fitting. Leaders may have to treat common horse ailments and/or assist a vet. As well as organising yard staff and employing assistants and other junior staff, they are also required to train assistant ride leaders.
Ride leaders must be capable of taking charge of the centre in the owner’s absence. This can include taking telephone bookings and dealing with accidents, queries and complaints.
Hours are long and variable and can include evening and
weekend work. Ride leaders usually need to live on site.
The majority of the work will take place outdoors in all weathers, although administrative duties will take place inside.
To be a horse riding holiday centre ride leader you should:
If you would like to know anything about Holiday Centre Horse Rider that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS)
Tel: 01567 820909
Wales Trekking and Riding Association
North Barn Glanirfon
Tel: 01591 610818
Tel: 0845 707 8007