Horse riding instructors teach people of all ages and
levels of ability and experience to ride. They also train
Instructors develop training programmes suited to individual riders, give practical demonstrations, and observe riders in order to spot and help rectify problems and to ensure training is carried out safely.
They may work with:
Hours are long and irregular and include weekends and
evenings. Part-time work may be possible.
Instructors work outdoors, in all weathers, although larger riding schools may have indoor facilities. Some work may be seasonal. Instructors may travel with peoples to competitions, which at the highest levels may be abroad. Freelance instructors will travel between riding schools. A driving licence is useful, although not usually essential. Instructors may be required to live in.
The work is mentally and physically demanding.
Horse riding instructors need to:
Opportunities for riding instructors are good. Employers
include riding schools, competition yards and private
stables and agricultural/equine college stables. Trekking
centres, riding holiday centres and Pony Club may offer
seasonal work. Instructors may have to undertake other
tasks such as grooming.
There are opportunities for self-employment and experienced instructors may be employed on a freelance basis by a number of centres. Some instructors buy and run their own riding schools.
There are opportunities to work abroad and the International Equestrian Passport for instructors is officially recognised by 27 countries.
Fully qualified instructors may become head or senior instructors at a riding school, or competition judges.
If you would like to know anything about Horse Riding Instructor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
British Driving Society
83 New Road
Tel: 01473 892001
British Equestrian Federation
Tel: 0845 707 8007