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How the BGA Has Helped Me

The British Grooms Association (BGA) has helped so many members in so many ways - everyone takes something different from being a member of their association.

For some it is simply being part of something and receiving the quarterly British Grooms Magazine, however for others the BGA has been a real source of advice and support in difficult times. Here are just a few of our members that we have helped:

Liz Thomas 
"Thank you BGA! I mostly work on my own, so you have made me feel part of something big and shown me how to be proud of what I do! Your tips have been great too; there is always something to learn from each other."

British Grooms Association member Dan Tarpey

Daniel Tarpey
"The BGA has helped me a massive amount. I have taken out the insurance and have had interviews with the BGA which has made a big difference to my career - along with being on last month’s front page of the magazine! (pictured right) I appreciate all they do for me and I am proud to be a BGA member!" 


Kathryn Smith
"Thank you very much for your advice on how best to retrieve wages owed to me. I am pleased to tell you it worked and I have now been paid in full. Thanks again. The BGA is a great idea and a great help!"

Louise Trott-Grant, International Groom
"I would like to say thank-you for setting up this organisation as this industry needs more support."

Joanne Smith , Professional Freelance Groom
"I especially found the insurance really helpful as there is no advice around about insurance for freelance grooms. The discount was great and I am covered for every eventuality! Without the BGA I would probably still be none the wiser.

I am sure there are loads of people like me that kept putting it off as they didn't know where to go. I have had great response from my freelance groom advert I placed on the BGA site too and got quite a lot of work from that so the word is obviously spreading!"

Emma Jane SmithBritish Grooms Association Member Emma Jane Smith
"The BGA along with their insurance policy gave me the peace of mind and encouragement to work abroad and follow my ambition.

I am currently a freelance groom and rider and BGA inspired me to apply for a job in France re-training race horses. It has been an unforgettable experience so far and I hope the BGA inspires a lot more grooms to follow their ambition." (pictured right)


 Liz Jones, International Show Jumping Groom
"The BGA have helped me feel proud of my profession. I now feel like grooms have a voice and know that the BGA will help with any problems or queries that I have - particularly regarding employee rights as I had no idea before reading the BGA's info! Thank you BGA!"

Lianne Barrett, Stud Manager
"The Facebook side of the BGA has been a huge help being able to ask fellow grooms how they do things and get advice from them. It is great to have people who understand what you are talking about and are willing to help!

I have picked several grooms advice on the discussion form and we wouldn't have that opportunity if it wasn't for the BGA."

Has the BGA helped you? Please email us with how to



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