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Riding holiday leader

Alternative titles for this job include Pony trekking guide

Riding holiday leaders take individuals and groups out on treks.

Average salary (a year)

£13,500 Starter

to

£23,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become a riding holiday leader

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

College

There's no set entry route but you may find it useful to do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Subjects include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Horse Care
  • Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships that you could work up to this role from include:

  • Level 2 Equine groom
  • Level 3 Senior equine groom

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a stablehand or groom and with further training and experience, work your way up to become a riding holiday leader.

Volunteering

Volunteering and seasonal work at a local stables or riding centre can be a good way to get started.

Other Routes

You could take a ride leader course, like those offered by The British Horse Society.

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Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 16 years of age
  • have a first aid certificate
  • pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • assess riders' abilities
  • make sure riders are wearing the correct clothing
  • explain safety procedures and basic riding techniques, like mounting, dismounting and stopping
  • take riders out on treks
  • organise yard staff
  • supervise assistants and other junior staff
  • train assistant ride leaders

Working environment

You could work at a riding stable.

Your working environment may be physically active and outdoors in all weathers.

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

Career path and progression

You could move into a management position, like a riding holiday centre manager.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Equine Groom

  • Wage: £136.50 Weekly
  • Location:

Courses In England

BTEC National Diploma Level 3 Horse Management

  • Provider: MOULTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Northampton

Equine Management - Level 3 (Extended Technical Certificate/Diploma)

  • Provider: THE COLLEGE OF WEST ANGLIA
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Milton

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