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The ultimate goal

We spoke to BGA member Charlotte Attwell, competition groom to Joe Stockdale, just before they travelled to the LONGINES FEI Jumping European Championship in Reisenbeck, Germany, to find out more about her and Cacharel.

"I originally came to the Stockdale's yard six years ago, just to do some work experience with Tim, Joe's father, and I’ve been here ever since!

I had been working in a riding school and I wanted to try something different. After a few days, Tim asked if I would consider working for him full time. Initially I was a home groom so that I could learn the ropes, just going out to a few shows here and there.

Eventually, I began going to bigger shows with Tim and so I got my HGV licence. Joe only did a few shows back then as he was playing cricket, but when Tim passed away in November 2018 Joe took on the yard and horses.

Joe and I now share the driving a lot of the time, so we know each other well, and Otis, my dog comes too.

Tell us about Cacharel

Cacharel (Cash) is the queen of the yard. She knows she is special and is very spoilt, but is quite a fussy eater too. She is very good to do and has the sweetest nature, she loves her treats. I have a special connection with her as I have been with her since she was a three year old and have had the pleasure to be with her through her whole FEI career, something I feel very proud of. The picture is us of us in the trot up at her first ever FEI event. 

getting selected for Team GBR...

Joe came onto the yard and spoke to grooms Carley, Kyle and myself to tell us he had been selected. We are a close knit team and Carley, Kyle and I also share a house. Joe being selected is a massive achievement for the whole team and we are all proud.

I am really excited to be going to a European Championship, representing your country is the ultimate goal. I sometimes think it’s easy to forget what a big thing it is, but when you are at a show and in your Team GBR kit it is a great feeling.

Is this your first time representing Team GBR?

No, Joe jumped his first senior team in October 2020. That was a 3* competition. His first 5* team was in June this summer in Sopot, Poland. We have done some teams, although I imagine, this is going to be a different experience and one I am really looking forward to."

Thank you Charlotte, we look forward to catching up with you after the Champs. To stay up to date with results from the European Championships this weekend click here.

If you'd like to join the BGA like Charlotte have a look at how we can support you.







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

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