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What does a Horse Riding Holiday Centre Manager do?

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 handle queries, problems and complaints. They are also in charge of arranging a daily routine of horse care and stable management.

Managers 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.

What's the working environment like working as a Horse Riding Holiday Centre Manager?

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.

What does it take to become a Horse Riding Holiday Centre Manager?

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
  • have knowledge of health and safety requirements.

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Further information

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Association Of British Riding Schools
Queen's Chambers
38-40 Queen Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BH
Tel: 01736 369440
www.abrs-info.org

The British Horse Society
Stoneleigh Deer Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2XZ
Tel: 08701 202244
www.bhs.org.uk

The Pony Club
www.pcuk.org

Riding for the Disabled Association
Stoneleigh Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2LY
Tel: 0845 658 1082
www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk

Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS)
Bruaich-Na-H'Abhainne
Maragowan
Killin
Perthshire
FK21 8TN
Tel: 01567 820909
www.ridinginscotland.com

Wales Trekking and Riding Association
North Barn Glanirfon
Llanwrtyd Wells
Powys
LD5 4RR
Tel: 01591 610818
www.ridingwales.com

Lantra
Lantra House
Stoneleigh Park
Nr Coventry
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG
Tel: 0845 707 8007
www.lantra.co.uk

Lantra career advice sites:

www.ajobin.com

www.afuturein.com

People 1st
2nd Floor
Armstrong House
38 Market Square
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1LH
Tel: 0870 060 2550
www.people1st.co.uk

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