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On to pastures new

British Grooms Association's Liz Daniels is off to pastures new! As we say a sad goodbye we chat to Liz to find out more about her move and the change that she has seen in the last 14 years of working with the BGA.

"As I reflect on 14 years, I remember the start of my BGA journey. I was working as a part time groom and a part time equestrian journalist when I saw the BGA advertised on Facebook.

I joined immediately, it’s pence per week (and still is), but mostly I remember being so excited that we had our own association and a voice.

Someone thought that we were important.

For so many years grooms had been overlooked with minimal recognition – was this the start of change...?

Lucy was delighted, having slogged behind the scenes for a long time ahead of the launch, and so any help was gratefully received. 
My BGA membership pack arrived through the door with one of the very first issues of the magazine and I immediately emailed Lucy (founder of the BGA) and asked what I could do to get involved and be part of making a difference.


Transferrable Skills

My journalism experience combined with the fact that I had been a professional groom for many years, meant that I was well placed to contribute to the magazine. I did this on a voluntary basis as I wanted to give something back to our industry and that is where my BGA journey started.

Within no time at all, I was editing the magazine and shortly after Lucy offered me a job with the BGA to manage all things marketing, social media and PR.

To start it was just Lucy and I and so the role was incredibly varied. We both grew our skill sets to keep up with the changing nature of the BGA and along the way we dramatically increased our knowledge of all things employment related!

But our common ground remained the same - we were passionate about making a difference and helping grooms.

Shortly after Fi, our BGA Membership Manager, joined our team, bringing with her many more skills – but also sharing our driving passion for making a difference.

I can hold my head up so high and feel so proud to know that as a team we have achieved so many great things – things that some of the more cynical people in our industry didn’t think we would manage.

Together we have reached so many milestones. Back in the early days we celebrated key membership numbers and having enough money in the bank to pay the bills!

With a mixture of important messaging, social media campaigns, talks, news stories and more, we have made such a difference to thousands of grooms. One of my proudest moments was being a key part in getting grooms named on team selections – the first country in the world to do this.


The element I have loved most about my BGA journey is meeting so many incredible people along the way and creating true friendships. I’ve been so lucky to speak to hundreds of our amazing members over the years, (thank you everyone!) – but for me, this is what being a groom is about.

Creating friendships and opportunities.

On that note I’d like to give a special mention to our Ambassador’s Alan Davies and Jess Errington for your continued enthusiasm, support and for making magical moments come true.

So as I go on to pastures new, to focus on my own projects under the Custard PR and Equiteam banners I’d like you all to warmly welcome your new Communications Manager Juliet Hamlyn-Payne.

Today I can step away from my laptop with a mixture of sadness and pride, but knowing that together, with every single BGA member out there – we have all made and will continue to make a difference."

Liz x
The BGA’s No. 1 Fan

PS – if you have made it to the bottom please join the BGA!








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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