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Groom like a Champion

As the showing season is in full swing there is one question on everyone’s minds; how do you get the horses so clean?

We catch up with Louise Craigolly, Head Groom to Jayne Ross, 5 time RIHS Supreme Champion and 7 time HOYS Supreme Champion to find out how to keep those white patches, whiter than white and ask what the must have product is for removing stubborn stains.

What is your routine for getting your horses so clean?

"When we are about two weeks off our first show we have already started washing the grey horses tails a couple of times a week to get rid of the winter mud stains and we use stain remover to get them gleaming.

It is so important to have a good stain remover for a deep clean the day before a show, especially on yellow manes and tails and to get rid of stubborn grass stains.”

What’s your top tip for show day cleaning?

“Show days are usually an early start so we need to have the horses ready and looking immaculate the day before, but accidents happen so I always make sure the stain remover is in our show kit as a quick "on the spot' fix on the day!”


What is your favourite product for removing stubborn stains?

“Our go to stain remover is Absorbine® ShowSheen Stain Remover and Whitener, it is pH-balanced for the horse's skin and doesn't have blueing or bleaching agents, so it is colour safe and it is fast acting".

Go to Absorbine for find out more.






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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