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Representing grooms at the highest levels

This week the British Grooms Association’s (BGA) Executive Director Lucy Katan has travelled to the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland to represent grooms.

The FEI Sports Forum is a gathering of National Federations, Officials, show organisers – and since 2022, the BGA’s sister association the International Grooms Association (IGA).

This forum is the opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the direction of equestrian sport, this year with a focus on welfare and sustainability.

Both the BGA and IGA represent grooms at the highest levels to ensure matters that are important to grooms are heard and real change is delivered.

It is a big step forward for BGA and IGA members to have Lucy there as their representative at these discussions.


“I am proud to represent our members at the 2024 FEI Sports Forum. Over the past two days I have liaised with a number of National Federations, Show organisers and Rider Clubs - before the founding of the IGA there was no representative voice of grooms to be a part of these discussions.

I was also really pleased to hear grooms mentioned throughout the Forum in most presentations; I am told that prior to the launch of the IGA the grooms were barely mentioned as stakeholders. This is a real marker of change.” BGA and IGA Executive Director Lucy Katan.


The Forum concludes today, and we will soon be able to share with you some of the exciting plans for grooms that we have been able to discuss at the Forum.

The teams at the BGA and IGA, are incredibly proud to take part in this event and to have the opportunity to discuss important matters that affect the equestrian industry, as changes made for competition grooms impact on all grooms, whatever the discipline.

Play your part in delivering change by joining your professional association; spread the word and encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up.



The BGA is your organisation that supports, represents, and champions the career of all grooms. If you are not a member yet, please join to help us make the equestrian industry a place of only Good Employment.


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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.   


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