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British Grooms Association Team


The Team

The British Grooms Association (BGA) is run by a voluntary Board of Directors who all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge about their areas of expertise and the equestrian world.

Our Executive Director, Membership Manager and Member Engagement Manager manage the day to day running of the association and are all ex grooms, so really understand our members and life as a groom. 

Lucy Katan British Grooms Association Executive Director

Lucy Katan - Executive Director

Lucy was an international dressage groom for eight years, representing Team GBR. She is the founder of the BGA & Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) and runs the office and coordinates all developments.

She previously worked at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Anti Doping, and at LOCOG (the Organising Committee of London 2012 Olympics).

Chris Hewlett, British Grooms Association Chairman

Chris Hewlett - Chairman

Chris is the founder and former Managing Director of Haddon Training - one of the leading equine works based training providers in the country, and the preferred and endorsed choice by the two BEF Olympic disciplines.

Liz Daniels British Grooms Association Engagement Director

juliet hamlyn-payne - communications manager 

Based within the beautiful countryside of Devon, Juliet grew up with horses as part of her daily life and started her career within the equestrian industry with an apprenticeship. Juliet went on to groom for private families and later freelance as an Enlightened Equitation Teacher. 

Over the years Juliet has also had a successful career within administration and marketing, finally combining her skills and passion together, to proudly work for the BGA. 


Fi Boughton - Membership Manager

Fi has worked with horses since leaving school in a wide variety of yards including with Lucinda Fredericks and Pippa Funnell as well as in racing, showing and veterinary convalescence.

She rides and competes herself as well as volunteering with British Eventing. She has been with the BGA over 12 years and is delighted to see it going from strength to stength.

Zoe Hargreaves British Grooms Association Membership Assistant


Zoe's love of horses began at a young age and after visiting the big four-star events she went on to become a groom for an international event rider. Now she follows from the sidelines but can't resist picking up a brush or a tail bandage at events with friends!

Zoe has a background in marketing and is excited to develop the membership with Fi.

John Smalls British Grooms Association Vice President

John Smales - VICe President

As Chairman of the BGA from 2008-2015, John was a key member of the team. John has now hung up his spurs and is enjoying retirement, but is a loyal supporter and always a friend to our association. 



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