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Badminton Supergroom - Adam Short

The BGA team caught up with some of the #supergrooms at Badminton to find out more about them.

First up we spoke to BGA member Adam Short, at Badminton yesterday. Adam supports Tom McEwen, managing horses, Toledo De Kerser and CHF Cooliser.

How many times have you been to Badminton?
“This is Badminton number 4 for me, I have previously been with William Fox-Pitt”

How does Badminton compare to any other event?
“It is a totally different vibe, because this is the most prestigious event in the world, it’s the big one. It is such a lovely place, the house is lovely, the grounds are lovely, the course is amazing and so many people, it’s a great thing to be part of.”

How does Badminton compare to the test event in Japan?
“In Japan the team is much bigger, you are working with managers, vets, physios, where are here the team is smaller, although other professionals are around if you need them, generally you have to manage your own horses and do everything, it’s more responsibility. “

You are here with event groom, Francesca Gorni, but how are the next generation of competition grooms supported?
“We are always in contact with the grooms at home while away at an event, making sure they are included and know what is going on. When we go away to events the girls take turns to come along to learn.”


Would you recommend the BGA and why?

“The BGA is a great support network, there is so much information available, especially if you are new to the industry. Plus, the discounted KBIS insurance gives peace of mind so you can get on with daily life.”

What are your views on the newly formed International Grooms Association, (IGA)?
“Amazing! I’ve signed straight up! #supercharged.”


If you'd like to become a BGA member like Adam, 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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