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BGA Governance


Our vision and mission 

The British Grooms Association is governed by a Board of Directors whose purpose is to ensure that as a professional association we are effective in working towards achieving our vision, using our resources to maximum effect, and upholding our core ethos and values.


Our Vision -  For the equestrian industry to have Good Employment practice as standard and be a great place for grooms to work.

Our Mission - To promote, support, educate and lobby, as the grooms representative body, on the importance of
Good Employment and the career opportunities the industry offers.


The Board’s role and functions are laid out in the Articles of the Association which set out our rules of governance. The Board meets four times a year and works towards achieving our Strategic Plan. 


Memorandum and Articles 

To read the BGA's Memorandum and Articles click here 

The BGA is a trading brand of the British Grooms and Equestrian Employers Group - company number 06146625.


Strategic Plan

Each year, the BGA reviews its strategy for the coming year and sets targets for the organisation.

The review of this plan takes place at the start of each year and will then be updated and published on this page. 

BGA Strategic Plan 2023-2027 

Read our latest plan of what we aim to deliver for our members and the equestrian industry.


Service Level Agreement 

The BGA puts our members first and commits to a service level agreement  


Good Governance

As a member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, we have an understanding that following a good governance model is beneficial to our organisation and our members. 

The BGA is signed up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance.




The BGA is committed to make all aspects of our work and support for members open to anyone who wishes to be involved in whatever capacity, and to actively encourage a more diverse equestrian yard workforce. 

Read our policy on equality 

We have completed the Foundation Level of Equality Standard. 




The British Grooms and Equestrian Employers Group is a an Introducer Appointed Representative (IAR) with the FCA.



What the personal accident policy covers you for:

  • Whilst at work
  • All stable duties – mucking out, grooming, washing off, turning out
  • Clipping
  • Riding – including hacking and jumping
  • Hunting
  • Lunging
  • Breaking in
  • Holding horse for a vet and other procedures
  • Travelling horses both in the UK and abroad
  • Competing in line with your job including: jumping, dressage, eventing
  • Injuries that may happen to you whilst you are teaching - but you must also be grooming as part of your duties and not be a sole instructor

What the personal accident policy doesn’t cover you for:

  • Riding in a race, point to point or team chase
  • Stunt Riding
  • Accidents occurring whilst travelling to and from work
  • Riding and competing your own horse (but you can upgrade when applying for membership to include this)
  • Public Liability – this is a separate insurance policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance
  • Care Custody and Control – this is a separate policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance

If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.


When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.




Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   

 Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.   


Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name NO NO YES
Buy and sell horses NO YES YES