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Riding holiday centre manager

Alternative titles for this job include Trekking centre manager, equine tourism manager

Riding centre managers plan and run the centre's activities, manage staff and develop the business.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

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How to become a riding holiday centre manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • working towards this role


There is no set entry route to become a riding holiday centre manager but it may be useful to get a foundation degree or degree in equine business management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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It could be useful to do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management
  • Level 4 Certificate In Horse Care and Management

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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You could train first as a riding instructor, groom or ride leader and progress into management.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a riding holiday centre manager from The British Horse Society.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day to day tasks you may:

  • plan and oversee riding activities
  • arrange a daily routine of horse care and stable management
  • manage the health care records for the horses
  • handle queries, problems and complaints
  • recruit and manage staff, organise work rotas and arrange training
  • carry out administrative and financial tasks
  • carry out marketing and promotional activities for the centre

You'll also develop working relationships with other local countryside and tourism operators.

Working environment

You could work at a riding stable or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could do the Senior Trail Yard Manager qualification offered by the British Horse Society.

With experience, you could open your own centre.

You could work overseas. You could also become a qualifications examiner.

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Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Equine Management Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma

  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Pulborough

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management (540)

  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: YORK

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