If you enjoy working with horses and have a passion for teaching others, then this may be job for you. Horse riding instructors teach people of all ages and levels of ability and experience to ride. They also train horses.
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:
Instructors may also teach assistant instructors and be responsible for supervising the stable. Some instructors may combine teaching with work as a groom.
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 people 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 find out more about becoming a horse riding instructor and that information 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
Riding for the Disabled Association
Tel: 0845 658 1082
British Driving Society
83 New Road
Tel: 01473 892001
British Equestrian Federation
Tel: 0845 707 8007