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

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

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

University

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 for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

More information

College

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) 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

More information

Work

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

More information

Further information

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

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

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • planning and overseeing riding activities
  • arranging a daily routine of horse care and stable management
  • managing the health care records for the horses
  • handling queries, problems and complaints
  • recruiting and managing staff, organising work rotas and arranging training
  • carrying out administrative and financial tasks
  • marketing and promoting 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.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a riding holiday centre manager right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Equine Management FdSc Foundation Degree (full-time)

  • Provider: GUILDFORD COLLEGE OF FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Start date: 16 September 2019
  • Location: Guildford

Level 3 Extended Diploma Equine Management (Riding and Non-Riding Options Available)

  • Provider: Brooksby Melton College
  • Start date: 16 September 2019
  • Location: Melton Mowbray

JobsIn the United Kingdom

The Find a job service can help you with your search for jobs and send alerts when new jobs become available.

Skills assessment

Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.

Get help using this service

Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat

8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

More ways to contact us

Is this page useful?

Yes No