Holiday Centre Horse Rider Careers

How to become a holiday centre horse rider

What does a holiday centre horse rider do?

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 clothing.

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.

What's the working environment like for a holiday centre horse rider?

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.

What does it take to become a holiday centre horse rider?

To be a holiday centre ride leader you should:

  • have good riding skills
  • have the ability to lead a group in a firm but friendly manner and reassure nervous riders
  • have basic knowledge of horse health and stable management
  • be physically fit, with plenty of stamina
  • have knowledge of health and safety requirements
  • have map reading skills, familiarity with local countryside and the Highway Code
  • have some clerical skills, including bookkeeping.

Experience of horse management and care will be useful in this role as there are not set entry requirements. Gaining a certificate from the following organisations will definitely give you an advantage:

  • the British Horse Society
  • the Association of British Riding Schools
  • the Pony Club

There is also potential to gain entry into this position through an apprenticeship. 

Holiday centre horse rider career opportunities

There is the possibility of progression within this role. With enough experience and qualifications, there is the chance of moving into a management position such as a riding centre manager. You may also use the skills you acquire to teach people how to ride horses. 


Further information

If you would like to learn more about becoming a holiday centre horse rider that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

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: 08701 202244

The Pony Club

Riding for the Disabled Association
Stoneleigh Park
Tel: 0845 658 1082

Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS)
FK21 8TN
Tel: 01567 820909

Wales Trekking and Riding Association
North Barn Glanirfon
Llanwrtyd Wells
Tel: 01591 610818

Lantra House
Stoneleigh Park
Nr Coventry
Tel: 0845 707 8007

Lantra career advice sites:

People 1st
2nd Floor
Armstrong House
38 Market Square
Tel: 0870 060 2550


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