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Riding holiday leader

Riding holiday leaders take individuals and groups out on treks.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £23,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need good riding skills and experience of horse care and management.

Experience of working in stables or a riding centre will be helpful. 

You could be an advantage if you have qualifications from:

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • riding skills
  • the ability to lead a group in a firm but friendly manner
  • the ability to reassure nervous or first time riders
  • map reading skills
  • administration and bookkeeping skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll organise and run group treks in countryside and coastal areas.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • assessing riders' abilities 
  • making sure riders are wearing the correct clothing
  • explaining safety procedures and basic riding techniques, like mounting, dismounting and stopping
  • organising yard staff
  • employing assistants and other junior staff
  • training assistant ride leaders

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500

Experienced: £23,000

Your salary will depend on the size of the centre you work at.

You may get extra benefits like accommodation, stabling, or use of centre facilities.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll often work long hours, including evenings and weekends.

You may need to live at the centre in some jobs.

You may need to work in all kinds of weather. 

6. Career path and progression

With experience and qualifications you could move into a management position, like a riding holiday centre manager.

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Last updated: 13 September 2017