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.
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.
To be a horse riding holiday centre manager you should:
There is the opportunity to own your own centre with enough experience. The possibility of working abroad is also an option if you attain a BHS qualification.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a horse riding holiday centre manager that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Association Of British Riding Schools
38-40 Queen Street
Tel: 01736 369440
The British Horse Society
Stoneleigh Deer Park
Tel: 08701 202244
The Pony Club
Riding for the Disabled Association
Tel: 0845 658 1082
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